Birchbox ships 4-6 beauty and lifestyle items to your door each month for only $10 a month. Plus, Birchbox lets you review your items (a short multiple choice questionnaire) for 10 points per item. Each 10 points is equal to $1 in the Birchbox shop. So, this month I paid $10 for my box and received 5 items so I earned back $5 in products. I love the Birchbox shop because they sell a mixture of high end and lower end items. Plus, they have add-ons like the Mystery Sample Packs (check out my reviews here and here) and some great gifts with purchase.
This month I added on the Loren Hope Lilac Mini Alex Cuff. This was a Birchbox exclusive (not available on their site anymore) for $30. I actually like it better than the regular Alex cuff. It’s a great weight and not flimsy at all.
Loren Hope Lavender Cuff
Loren Hope Lilac Mini Alex Cuff
The Information Card:
This month’s theme was beauty inspiration from pop icons. The theme didn’t show as much in my box as it may have in others, but I like the products so I’m not too worried about the theme.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner: $45.00 full size/$11.25 sample value
I love that this sample is worth more than I paid for the box. But, here’s a pet peeve of mine with Birchbox. When they release the contents of your box, they linked this to the set, but the only item from the set that was sampled was this. Why not link to the exact item? Or, why not sample multiple items from the line? Rant over. I like dr. brandt products, but I don’t really need this so I can’t tell how effective it’s being. As a cleanser/mask I like it.
Essential Elements Shower Gel
Essential Elements Shower Gel: $19.00 full size/$3.56 sample value
We got this in a Birchbox Man box a few months ago. It smells like peppermint and doesn’t dry out my skin. It’s not something I would buy full size, but I like the mint smell as a pick me up for when I do shower in the morning.
Mally Beauty Liquid Lipstick Pen
Mally Beauty Liquid Lipstick Pen: $20.00 full size!
This was my sample choice for the month, but I had no idea that it was going to be full size! That item alone is twice the value of the box. This is creamy, not overly sticky and provides good coverage. Will it replace my Cynthia Rowley creamy lip stains? Probably not. But that’s mostly because the applicator is a brush like the Stila pens and it’s not something I’m really a fan of. With that said, I’ll use the whole thing :)
Model Co Power Lash Mascara
Model Co. Power Lash Mascara: $20.00 full size/$3.40 sample value
I really like this mascara. It doesn’t clump or smear during the day. Not sure I like it as much as the Benefit mascara, but it’s a really good mascara.
Harvey Prince Petaly Noir
Harvey Prince Petaly Noir: $55.00 full size/$1.00
I love all things Harvey Prince and this is no exception. When I first sprayed it, I thought I hated it. But, the longer I wore it, the more I loved it. It has a musky scent, but still feminine.
The box was $10, I received $5 in Birchbox points for reviewing my products (two products wouldn’t let me complete the form for sampling them), so in the end the box cost me $5. Even without the points, the sample value was $39.21 – still much greater than the initial cost of the box.
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