Yay I got my November Birchbox! I love that their packages are small enough to fit in my mailbox. It’s always a fun surprise to see my Birchbox sitting in there amidst the sea of bills and flyers.
Birchbox is only $10/month (even less if you prepay), and they have this fabulous point system that makes every month a total steal. For every sample you receive in your box, you can fill out a review to get 10 points (equivalent to $1) to spend in the Birchbox shop. And since every box has at least 5 samples, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get $5 worth of credit each month if you fill out all your reviews. It’s really satisfying when you want to treat yourself to something and remember that you have $50 worth of credit sitting around in the Birchbox shop!
One thing I really love about Birchbox: they’re constantly working hard to improve and expand. They add new features (like awesome sample choices), have great sales and gifts with purchase, have AMAZING limited edition boxes, have consistently great customer service, and do a lot of wonderful collaborations with great organizations. I think they’re a company that really cares about their customers and employees and growth.
This month they collaborated with (RED) to raise money and awareness for AIDS. Really love the cause and I’m always a fan of companies that give back.
Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask | $9.66
For the past several months, Birchbox has offered customers the opportunity to choose one sample in their box. Each month they have four options and you can choose one for your box, or you can let them surprise you with five mystery samples. I chose this tea mask because 1) I can’t get enough masks, 2) the packaging is adorbs, and 3) I’ve never heard of the brand before and it sounds interesting. I’m so happy with my choice! I love love love this mask and the sample is a good size. It sort of tingles a little bit when it’s on, but your skin feels really amazingly soft afterwards. The full size comes with 6 of these tubes, which I think would make great stocking stuffers for my girlfriends!
Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion | $2.53
Not a huge fan of this lotion. To me, it smells really generic and the packaging reminds me of those hotel lotions you get. It did absorb quickly but isn’t anything special. I’m sticking to my Honest Co. body lotion!
Toni & Guy Classic Shine Gloss Serum | $15.00
I was really surprised that this is a full sized item! Surprised in the good way, of course. I just bought a new hair serum that I adore so I’ll probably use this as a stocking stuffer. It gets great reviews and every girl could use more gloss serum, right?
Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara | $14.28
How did Birchbox know that this is my FAVORITE mascara? I stocked up during the Sephora 20% off sale and got 2 full sized ones sitting in my drawer right now, but I always welcome minis of my favorites. I love that it builds volume without clumps, doesn’t smudge or flake, and the brush works really well with how I apply mascara. I can get a pretty natural but full look with this mascara. If you’re looking for the falsies effect, it might not be this. But if you’re more into the “no makeup” look, this is perfect!
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint Sunscreen in Linen | $3.80
I really like how this feels on my face. It has a matte powdery look after it’s applied, instead of that annoying super-greasy-look-at-my-shiny-face look I sometimes get with bb creams. The only gripe I have with it is that it’s only SPF 15! When a product has “sunscreen” in the name, I’m expecting at least 25 or 30.
Chuao Chocolatier ChocoPod in Honeycomb | $1.24
I completely adore Chuao and Honeycomb is my hands down favorite flavor from their entire line. (I also highly recommend Firecracker!) Chuao chocolates are pricey but in my opinion totally worth it. The chocolate is very high quality and the flavors completely unique. Plus, each ChocoPod is only 50 calories each for dark chocolate and 60 calories for milk chocolate so it’s a great way to get your chocolate craving out of the way without ingesting an entire Hershey’s bar. So happy to get this in my Birchbox! Is it possible to be unhappy about getting chocolate in a box??
Overall value for November: $46.51! Ridiculously good value, and I got items that I really love. This could be one of my favorite Birchboxes ever! The only sample I don’t care for is the lotion, but that was a low value item anyways and I’ll still end up using it.
And before I forget…the December sample choices! Your options are:
- Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky
- Vasanti Cosmetics Kajal Extreme Eye Pencil in Rose Gold
- Mirenesse iCurl Secret Weapon 24 Hour Mascara
- W3LL People Bio Brightener Stick
I’m really loving the idea of a rose gold eyeliner, since I’m all about rose gold right now! It would be so much fun for holiday parties. But I also want to try the Mirenesse mascara really badly, since I’ve been reading rave reviews for it. And the brightener stick is tempting as well…