Friday, March 28, 2014

Birchbox March 2014 Review


Birchbox was one of the first sample boxes to start delivering to homes by subscription!  With Birchbox you are sent high end beauty, grooming and lifestyle samples for only $10.  Its a fun, easy way to try new things for a small payout.  This is by far the cheapest of any box and you still get great things.

The Cost:  $10 a month, lower for annual subscriptions paid in full at initial sign up

What you get: You will receive 4-6 regular or deluxe size samples each month, ranging from toothpaste and lipstick to chocolate and body creams.

This month Birchbox moved warehouses and boxes were generally late being sent out.  This doesn't bother me in the slightest but other subscribers were very upset.  Luckily, Birchbox appears to have amazing customer service and treats everyone kindly whether they deserve it or not.
I couldn't resist including my own tulips!  A nice promotional shot, I thought. :D  Each box comes with an informational card and a note from the owners.
This box is (incidentally its box #44) had a lot more than I was expecting in it!  I'm pretty excited to use some of these products.  Birchbox also included an Intense Dark Chocolate Square that I've already tested. It's Cherry Tango, full of dried cherry bits and almonds.  It is VERY cherry and VERY tasty. Yum!
stila Lip Glaze in Raspberry Sorbet- this lip product has a brush applicator.  I've never used stila before and I've never used a lipgloss with a brush before so this will be a fun experiment!  I thought this was a full size sample, it is so generous but it is not.
Full Size Value: $8/.08oz
Included Size: .05oz
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle- I love this stuff!  I really do.  This box is an automatic win for me because this product was included.  It smells like heaven, instantly detangles and also protects my hair from heat damage, locks in my color and makes it soft and silky.
Full Size Value: $21.95, 8oz
Size Included: 2oz (guesstimating because the bottle isn't labeled)

Air Repair Rescue Balm- This is an all-natural salve for repairing dry, cracked skin from your lips to your heels.  I've never used before but I just tried it on my lips.  It's got the same consistency as Neosporin (a clearish gel) and smells like menthol cough drops.  I don't think I'd want to use this before a date but my chapped lips are already soft in the time it took to write this so Im impressed!
Full Size Value: $12/ .9oz
Included Size: .17oz (guesstimating as there is no label)

Gena Pedi Cure Food Treatment Creme: A spa grade moisturizer that heals with peppermint and menthol.  Rub into your feet and feel the goodness.  I guess.  I'm not really a foot person so this will likely go up for swaps.  It's two half ounce packages which I would imagine would be enough for quite a few treatments!  At the very least four but I'm thinking you could get four treatments a package.  Its a LOT!  I don't like foil packet samples much because you cant close them really.
Full Size Value: $14/8oz
Included Size: 2 large foil packets totally 1oz

Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Eye Cream and Regenerating Neck and Decollete Cream: These lotions are to help hydrate, firm and minimize fine lines for dewier skin.  Apply a pea sized amount to your eyes and a generous amount to your neck.
These are considered "Lifestyle Extras" which means they don't count toward the value of your box.  Which is good because the samples are foils and tiny.  I'll use them for sure even though neither of them contains any of my favorite ingredients (hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin E or Vitamin C)!
Full Size Value: $58/ 1.4oz(neck), .58oz (eye)
Included Size: 1 packet each of .05oz

VERDICT:  I love this box!  I've already eaten half the chocolate, the Beauty Protector is already my favorite and I can always use more of it.  Stila is a great brand that I haven't tried yet and the lip color is just my style!  I won't use the pedi cure cream but I will definitely be using up the Dr. Hauschka even though they're foils.  This was a great box for me and Birchbox has redeemed themselves in my eyes.  My last boxes did not thrill me in the slightest and I had cancelled because of it.  I shall continue through another month for sure after this one!  They also have a great points program that makes it really easy to earn points (just review the products in your box!) and every 10 points is $1!  Sign up, if you haven't already!

Did you get Birchbox this month?  Were you happy with the contents?  And what did you think compared to Ipsy (if you get both)?  I *really* liked my Ipsy this month.

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