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It’s time for my March 2019 Birchbox review! Birchbox gives at least 5 deluxe beauty samples each month for $10, and I received 5 in my 2019 March Birchbox. Some boxes have more than 5, but anything over 5 is usually a foil. Boxes get customized to your beauty profile, and you can opt out of one type of sample per box during sample choice. All boxes are a mixture of haircare, makeup, and skincare. There are times when body care items pop up, and you can select an option to receive no more than 6 fragrance vials a year in your profile. You could get a box with 2 haircare items, 2 makeup items, and 1 skincare item or any similar variety, but you will rarely see more than 2 items from any category unless the third is a foil. If you are looking for a box that is mostly makeup or mostly skincare, this is not it. Those looking for a well-rounded sample box may enjoy this subscription.
See a synopsis of a year of Sephora Play Box reviews vs a year of Birchbox reviews. Every year, I review my $10 boxes against each other, so I can declare the annual winner. This is also helpful for those who would like to see a year of reviews for either box in one place.
The $10 charge processes immediately for new subscribers and on the 1st in succeeding months. Boxes usually ship from the 8th through the 12th. At the end of every month (actual date varies), Birchbox will email an option to select a sample (from a choice of 3-5 items), or the featured box where you know all samples up front. Those who respond to that email can also opt out of one type of sample. If you want a sample choice and the featured box, I suggest making a choice and purchasing the featured box separately. Subscribers can review 5 samples for 10 points each once during the lifetime of the account. Those who pay full-price for their subscriptions up front get points to use toward shop purchases. People who use a discount code on up front subscriptions will not get points. No one on a month-to-month plan gets points for the subscription either. The amount spent for the subscription goes toward the $300 annual minimum to achieve Aces status.
Birchbox makes a custom box design for each month. It has a spring theme with its flowers.
The first thing you normally see when you open a Birchbox is a product card. It lists the items in the box and the price to purchase the full-size.
The back of the card goes over the theme, which is, Invent the Reality You Want to Live. Birchbox is giving at least five members the chance to win $5,000 in honor of International Women’s Day (which was yesterday, March 8th). This $5,000 is to help them realize their dreams.
Contents are loose inside the box with a single piece of black foam at the bottom. As you can imagine, fragile samples move around too much inside the box and are subject to breaking. *My husband took the amika before I grabbed this photo. I also took it at night, so I needed a flash (which is unusual for my pictures).
The three items to choose from were: amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil, thisworks® deep sleep™ pillow spray, or The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream. Those who selected the featured box got all six of these samples: Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Eye Shading Brush, Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse, ModelCo Metallic Eyeshadow Trio Positano, Benefit Cosmetics BADgal BANG! Bigger, Badder, Volumizing Mascara, My Clarins RE-CHARGE Relaxing Sleep Mask, and Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil. Subscribers can always purchase this curated box separately for $10 if they want that and a sample choice. Everyone else can purchase a featured box for $15. I wanted the curated box, so I decided to purchase it separately this month (review coming).
The Box I ended up with is 63176499. It has two hair products, one skincare product, and two makeup products.
The 0.34oz The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream retails for $12. This is a full-size product. It is uncommon to receive a full-size product from a brand outside of own Birchbox owns, but this is proof it does happen. I already own this, so I will not keep this duplicate. I opened my original for the first time today to swatch it, but it looks a little dark as a highlighter for me. If I sheer it out, I will see if I can wear it.
The 0.23oz Marcelle City Multi-Protection Tinted Cream SPF 25 is worth $5.06. I am grateful Birchbox sent me the fair shade, because it is a little too dark and yellow. Who knows if I could have even worn this without adding something else (altering the formula) if I received the light shade. This is a multi-tasking product, which might be great on days where I want a little coverage without spending too much time applying makeup.
The 1oz amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil is worth $3.73. I selected this, because my husband has complained about his itchy, flaking scalp. It seems like this could help. Scalp scrubs are something I’ve been into lately. If this can deeply cleanse my scalp the way a scrub does, I hope my husband saves me some.
The 1.4oz Beachwaver Co. Great Barrier Heat Protectant Hairspray is worth $4.72. I do not use hairspray often, but I will probably hold onto this. It promises a light hold with heat and environmental protection. That sounds perfect for the few times I wear hairspray. A light hold is usually all I want.
The 0.27oz [ comfort zone ] Active Pureness Hydrating Fluid is worth $11.50. This is new to my collection, but it is horribly suited to my skin type. Not only does it say it is ideal for oily skin, but I cannot get away with something this lightweight on my dry skin, even in the summer. As such, I will try this. One of my oily skin friends will inherit this.
This March 2019 Birchbox has a $37.01 value. That brings the value of the average box for 2019 to $41.23. My personal value is $13.51, because I will not keep my duplicate or the item not suited to my skin type. Even though my husband will use most of the amika, even trying it once is all I need to see what it is about. As such, I will claim its value. Besides, as I’ve said before anything that stays in my immediate household is something I have to buy anyway. There was some potential for greatness with this box. After all, there is a full-size product in here, and I had not received it in a subscription box so it is fair game. Had Birchbox sent me a moisturizer that matches my profile (as it usually does), I would have liked this better. It is still worth the $10 I paid, but barely.
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What are your thoughts on the March 2019 Birchbox? Let me know below. If your purchase is over $25 (longer subscriptions or purchasing something from the shop with the subscription), you can pick a free item from the bonus shop if you do not use a subscription start-up offer or discount code, which I cover on my Birchbox Deals Page. Some discount codes on that page will not work on subscriptions, but I will post any that work on my Birchbox Subscription Deals Page. You can always add a free two piece sample pack when spending $35, because it combines with any promo code. Tips For Getting the Best Deal lays out all the ways I know to save money at Birchbox. Product reviews do not always make it into the haul article, but you can always type the product into the search bar to see if I’ve mentioned it or reviewed it elsewhere. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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