It’s time to review my empty products from Winter 2019. By the time I’ve finished something, I know exactly how I feel about it, so I prefer reviews of empties to first impressions. These are the items I finished during the winter of 2019. For items I neither love nor hate, I am always willing to try them again, but I will not seek them out. This generally means I will only try them again if they are: free, on sale, or in a set (sets are a great way to get a deal as long as the value of the items you want to try exceed the cost you are paying). Empties from my December and February Foil Challenge are not here, because I wanted to avoid redundancy. The pH of products I’ve tested this season are below. Visit the pH article for info on how I test and a list of everything I’ve tested.
Want to know the pH of products? At the end of each season, I will conduct pH (Potential Hydrogen) tests on all empty products that still have liquid in them and compile a master list here. The pH of each product will also appear behind the review of each empty article the product appears in. Type the product name into the search bar to find the corresponding article for the review. It is possible I will occasionally test products that are not yet empty. Place your testing request in the comments. I will test it if it is a product I own, and it is already opened. Opening and/or purchasing a product just to test it is not something I will usually do, because the expiration countdown starts the moment the product opens.
Today was the day I was most looking forward to in the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty. There are four steals happening today, and I wanted all of them. This is the first and last time I will probably purchase all four steals in one day. Of course, I was ready to go right at 10pm Pacific time (Ulta crosses each day over at midnight and runs on Central time). If you have not already laid out your purchase plans, I have all the steals for this event (gathered from multiple sources) laid out with some basic tips. I also go over a more detailed shopping plan from a previous event that applies to the different steals here.
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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the hair oil.
Welcome back to the year of Birchbox gifting. This is the year I decided to send all of the women in my immediate family three-month Birchbox gift subscriptions for their birthdays. My sister was about to turn 40 when I ordered her gift on 04/26/15. Seeing what comes in their welcome boxes, which are never customized to a profile, would be fun for me and hopefully helpful to someone thinking of purchasing a gift subscription for a family member or a first subscription for herself. Everyone was told about my plan to write an article on their welcome boxes before the purchase was made. It has not been worth mentioning up until this point, because I did not want to bore any of you with minute details (my articles are detailed enough). I told them my plan, asked them for their email address and mailing address which Birchbox needs to fulfill the gift.
They all knew that they needed to fill out their beauty profiles if they wanted their second and third boxes customized to their needs as well. Each sister was asked to send me a picture of the product card and box contents upon arrival. That is all I asked was a picture be sent to me. Anyone who reads my personal box reviews knows that I share how much I either like the item or am looking forward to trying it. I break down the value of the items and my personal value. The reason I have not valued any of these welcome boxes is because I thought it would be way too much of a hassle to give someone a gift and demand they review it or provide product sizes for me to calculate value.