I cannot believe how quickly time has passed since I last reviewed my empty products. This has been hard time with a lot of loss so my mindset was not focused on beauty as much as it usually is. During 2017, I barely ever wore makeup, although I continued to collect some for the day I once again had the desire to spend quality time getting ready. Since this was a year of bare minimum pampering (other than moisturizers, which I consider a necessity), I have a lot less than I usually would. It is still important that I tell you what I thought of the items I finished and saved (as I spent a lot of time between two houses and hotels this year so I did not save all of my empties). My ex also started throwing things away after we separated when he used to save the items we both used when we were still together.
I’ve happily subscribed to Birchbox since February 2014, so the July 2016 box marked my 30th month. There were also months along the way where I simultaneously carried two or three subscriptions (under different emails) with them. That means I’ve received a lot more than 30 boxes, and I’ve been happy with most of them. It is a quality subscription box that helps me discover a lot of gems. The rewards program was the best in the business until monthly review points halted on 07/11/16. Under the new rewards program, each subscriber gets 10 points each for his/her first five reviews. After that, review points are unavailable. Every product review received 10 points before, and there were a minimum of 60 products a year. This new program is closer to rewards program other subscription boxes offer.
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Sephora Play! is a subscription box that offers six beauty samples for $10 a month plus tax. Shipping is included. The charge posts from the 1st through the 4th, and the boxes start shipping around the middle of the month. Spots are limited, but you can place your name on the waiting list. This is one more sample than the standard $10 box offers (which makes me feel better since I have to pay tax), because it considers the monthly fragrance as a bonus item. Only items sold at Sephora come inside the box, so it only includes well-known mid to high range items. There is not a traditional rewards program with this box, so you cannot get points for referring friends or writing reviews. It does award 10 Beauty Insider points and applies $10 toward your Beauty Insider status. Visit my Sephora page for descriptions on points and status.
When it comes to shopping, I love benefits. Beauty.com and Drugstore.com not only offer rewards, but they share a cart. That means I can purchase from both sides of the store in one order with just a simple click of the mouse to switch sites. It makes hitting the $35 free shipping minimum a lot easier. Having a $35 shipping minimum is already lower than most stores, but I can add a cheap item from the Drugstore.com side when you Beauty.com side is a little short of $35.
If you purchase one item from the Beauty.com side, you also get to select three beauty samples. There are times when I add a Beauty.com item to a Drugstore.com order when I want the samples. I’ve placed a lot of orders from Beauty.com, and can almost assure you that you will get the samples you order. Unlike some stores, I’ve never received substitutes. If the samples arrive, they will be what you ordered. You get 5% back on everything you buy rewarded as a store credit every quarter. They give you the first month of every quarter to redeem your rewards earned from the previous quarter meaning I had from 04/01/15 through 04/30/15 to redeem the rewards I earned from 01/01/15-03/31/15. Every quarter resets.