Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Despite the fact that I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox on-and-off for almost 4 years now, I still get excited to see the little pink carton in my mailbox. Birchbox is $10/month (less if you sign up for a longer subscription), and it’s the original beauty subscription box. I think my favorite part about Birchbox is that they have an amazing point system. Every 100 points is worth $10 in the shop, and you get 10 points for each sample you review from your box. So you’re basically guaranteed to get at least $5 worth of store credit from each box, making the subscription an amazing deal.

Each month you get 5 samples based on your profile, and you can choose one of the samples from a short list that they released the previous month. It’s usually an option between 3 or 4 samples, and you can log into your account to add one to your box. You can also opt to be surprised for all 5 samples, or go for a curated box. Curated boxes will list all the contents so you won’t be surprised, and are usually curated by a guest or with a partnership around a theme.

Two promo codes: Get $5 (50 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50 or use coupon code EYEKOGIFT to get a free, full-size Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner with your first month of Birchbox!

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Every month I praise their design team for the beautiful boxes, and this month is no exception. I love the soft colors with gold foil, and the geometric shapes are so on trend!

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo | $4.00
This was my sample choice for this month. I chose it mostly because I’m going on a few trips soon and want to stock up on travel sized shampoo and conditioner. I tried this shampoo once just to see how I would like it, and it works well for me. I think I may have actually sampled it before, but don’t remember. It’s not really a memorable shampoo for me. It cleaned my hair well and it felt soft and shiny afterwards, but nothing spectacular to warrant the price tag.

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Number 4 Hydrating Conditioner | $0.78
This was included as a bonus for me since I got the shampoo, so I guess I shouldn’t be complaining about a freebie. But I so wish the sizes were reversed! I use more conditioner than shampoo and would love it if I could opt to get a larger conditioner size. Like the shampoo, it worked just fine but personally I wouldn’t purchase the full size.

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads | $3.60
I tried these eye pads after a sleepless night to get rid of dark circles and puffiness, and it worked! It wasn’t a miracle fix or anything, but I definitely did notice the puffiness was significantly decreased and the dark circles were not as pronounced. Perhaps over time these could do more. At $18.00 for 5 sets it’s not a bad price at all. I might buy more just to help with puffiness, since it did a great job on that.

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Living Proof PhD Fresh Cut Split End Mender | $7.06
I love Living Proof products and have several of them, and I’m always happy to have travel friendly sizes. I personally really like this as a styling and heat protection product. My hair is always soft and easy to style when using this, and since it is so lightweight I can even use it to touch up dry hair without having it look greasy. And like all Living Proof products, it smells fantastic!

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil | $5.46
Oil products seem to be so popular right now! I didn’t know there was primer oil on the market, but it sounded intriguing and I’m glad to have received a sample. It worked surprisingly well for me, since I was expecting it to feel super oily and unmanageable. It absorbed quickly and my face felt very moisturized. It did get a tiny bit greasy as the day wore on,  especially when I went outside and started sweating a little. (It was over 90 degrees here this last week, can you believe that??) So I do have concerns about when it gets hotter here. Summers in Houston are no joke–high temperatures and humidity through the roof. I think this is a primer better suited for people living in areas with a dryer climate.

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

theBalm Stainiac in Beauty Queen | $2.27
I have received a Stainiac sample from Birchbox before, though I can’t fault them for that. Since I keep subscribing with new accounts, they have no way of knowing that I’ve already tried this before. Stainiac is similar to Benefit’s Benetint (one of my favorites!), but with a gel formula instead. It doesn’t last as long as Benetint does, but I do find the gel formula more easy to apply. This is a better alternative for on-the-go application and also has a lower price point. It’s also more forgiving if you’ve had trouble with Benetint in the past. This one gives you a little more time to work, so if you’re using it as a cheek tint you have more time to blend before it sets.

Birchbox March 2016 Review plus April 2016 Sample Options

My overall value comes to $23.17. It wasn’t my favorite Birchbox, but I did like most of the products. I will certainly use everything. I guess it just felt like nothing was that exciting. I am glad that I got to try a primer oil, something that I didn’t even know existed until this box.

Now onto April. The sample choices are:

  • rms beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes (2)
  • Au Naturale Cosmetics Lively Trio Set
  • Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Or you can get the curated box:

  • Marcelle 3-In-1 Micellar Solution
  • PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray
  • Tocca Crema de Mano Guilietta
  • Dr. Jart+ Liftra Cream
  • Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten

Is it sad that I’m the most excited about the box design? They’re partnering with Rifle Paper Company again (OMG!!!) and their floral patterns are simply to die for. I think I’ll get the curated box, since I’ve tried both the makeup remover wipes and Briogeo mask before. How about you? Anything catching your eye?

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