Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

With rain still hitting Houston pretty hard, I have plenty of time to enjoy all my subscription box goodies! One of the plus sides of being a secret subscription box hoarder is having lots of products to try on a rainy day like this.

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.

Promo code alert: Use coupon code RIFLEBOOKS to get two free pocket notebooks from Rifle Paper Co. with your first month of Birchbox!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Rifle Paper Co. designed the boxes for April, which made me so happy. Who doesn’t love Rifle Paper Co. floral prints? I still have the box from last year’s collaboration and use it to store stationery now! This month I went with the curated box: Effortlessly Elegant. Feel free to use my 20% off code at Rifle Paper, by the way! It’s a unique code: 3EM-07J. First come first serve!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution | $3.57
I can always use more travel friendly makeup remover, so I was happy to sample this. What I really love about this remover is that it is oil free, but still easily takes off eye makeup without tugging. I love cleansing oils, but lately I’ve been trying out lash extensions and you can’t use any oil based cleansers with them. If anyone out there is searching for a great makeup remover that is safe for lash extensions, this is the one! It removed my liner and eye shadow perfectly. If I continue using extensions, I’ll be grabbing a full size version of this.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues | $6.36
Blush is one of those things that lasts me a super long time, so a sample like this means I won’t have to buy any blush any time soon. I can’t remember the last time (if ever?) I actually hit the pan of a blush. Even though this shade is brighter than the others in this line, it works well with my complexion. The pigment isn’t too strong and it’s mixed with highlighter, so you can build for a bold look or just do a light dusting for a soft glow.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray | $4.90
I’m overloaded with hair products right now, so this will probably be given away to a friend. I tried it once after showering and it did give me a little boost in volume, but nothing that made me want to buy the full size product. It does smells amazing though!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Tocca Crema de Mano in Giulietta | $5.00
Hand cream is another thing I have plenty of, but since Tocca fragrances always smell so good I can’t say no to another one! Giulietta is a light and fruity fragrance that has notes of pink tulips and green apple. I have sampled plenty of Tocca lotions in the past, so I know this hand cream is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly. I like to keep them in my purse and on my desk, especially in the winter.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream | $6.00
I was really excited to try this because it sounds so intriguing, but I’m disappointed in the small sample size. I feel like for things like skincare it’s really important to get a larger sample because you won’t be able to see results or get a good feel for a product without extended use. As for this “contour” cream itself, I was a bit confused. I applied it at night and while it moisturized my face and absorbed well, that was pretty much the only thing it did.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Overall my box is alright. I really loved the makeup remover and the blush, but everything else was pretty unexciting. The total value comes to $25.83, which is decent. I think I definitely got my money’s worth with just the remover and the blush, since I also got my $5 worth of points from reviewing all my samples.

Next month’s sample options:

Or choose the curated box, which comes with

What do you think? I’m really tempted by the COOLA White Tea Moisturizer but I also really want the curated box! The Davines Shampoo and Benefit Hoola are both great products that I would love travel sized versions of.


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