Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birchbox July 2014 Review

Birchbox is a subscription service that sends a box full of samples to your door each month. They have a wide variety of samples and many box variations are sent out so you will not necessarily receive the same items as someone else you know.  This might be the cutest box yet!  I love how colorful it is.  I should figure out something fun to do with it. 

The Cost: $10/month (Use code BBFAB100 to get 100 Birchbox points at sign up)

What You Get: Samples including everything from make up and skin care to non beauty essentials like candles and tea.

Birchbox has probably one of the best points programs out there.  For every dollar you spend you get a point.  For every review you write you get 10 points.  For every 100 points you get $10 to spend in their shop.  This is one of the reasons its so hard for me to quit Birchbox.  It's only $10 and even if I don't love what I got, I can find something I *do* love in their shop and get it practically free.

I got my box insanely late this month.  They said there was some kind of billing issue but I doubt it.  I mean, if there was, it was on their side.  Anyway, that was their excuse.

The theme this month is Power Up.  I'm not going to lie to you and tell you I care about the theme because I don't, I just like the samples!  This one came with a booklet with a bunch of challenges.  I opened it up to see what kind of challenges they were.

Are you ready for this?  I happened to open up to Challenge #2: Part your hair differently.

I'll let you think about that for awhile.

SmartyPants All-in-One Gummy Vitamins-  These are a lifestyle extra which means they don't count toward the value of the box.  Which is good, because if these were one of my samples, I would be grumpy.  At least they are for adults! (I'm looking at you, Bulubox...).

No. 4 super Comb Prep and Protect- This might be my biggest beef with Birchbox. WAY too much hair stuff!  WAY too much!  SERIOUSLY way too much.  I marked that I have perfect hair that is too short for a ponytail on my profile and I still get PILES of hair crap.  This is a leave in conditioner.
Of course, say what I will about hair crap, everytime I see their Beauty Protector Leave In Conditioner, I'm totally happy.  I adore that stuff!!  But thats it.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion- Olive oil and avocado oil based moisturizer for hydrating and softening skin.  This smells amaaazing! I'm keeping it.  It's a great size, too.

Supergoop Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37- A peptide packed antiaging cream for brightening under eyes and providing SPF protection.  This is super tiny.  Only 2ml but eyes aren't very big.  This is the size that all eye serums should come in.  With the lower price, too, of course.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Black Eyeliner-  I was hoping this would be the silver one but no luck!  Smudge proof for all-day wear.  I've got so many black liners so this will inevitably go up for swaps.

VERDICT: Not my favorite Birchbox but not the worst either.  At least this one only had one hair product (not THREE like my last one!).  Quite frankly, I get Birchbox because of their awesome points program an d not because of their sample boxes.  I've received some pretty great items from their shop totally free because of the points.  I'll probably only end up using the lotion and the eye cream from this box.  Oh, and the gummies because why not? :D

Oh, and I almost forgot!  This comes with a card for a free 1 year subscription to Womens Health Magazine!  That's 10 issues (why 10, I wonder?  Which two months do they skip? ).  You wont be re-enrolled and if you don't want the magazine you can send in for the $9.99 refund.

If you want to sign up for Birchbox, you can do that here.  There's no waitlist with my referral link and I'll be super happy if you use it.

*referral links were used in this post :)


  1. This box doesn't seem awful, but it's kind of boring (if we're being honest). At least if you send the magazine card in it basically pays for the box!

    1. You're right, it is boring. I think most of my Birchbox's tend to be boring but the points program totally makes up for it. In my opinion, anyway (as I sip tea from my new Bodum mugs I bought with points) :D

  2. Whoa, you got it even later than me? As long as youre in the States I'm pretty sure they'll give you like a hundred points if you write in to customer service about receiving it late. Then you can buy more things from the shop! I'd take that black eyeliner over my silver one any day!