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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?