In case you're unfamiliar with Birchbox (referral link) it's a monthly beauty subscription service. It costs $10/month and each month they send you samples of different products to try. The samples range from cosmetics to skincare to haircare to lifestyle items. Usually there's 4-5 items in your box plus one lifestyle item. One of the best things about Birchbox is that when you review your items every month you earn points (1 review = 10 points) and every 100 points you earn gets you $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop - a great way to buy your new discoveries or try something new!
|Box #7 for anyone who is interested|
In each month's box is a listing of all the items you received. One of the things that I specifically like about this is that they include how to use the item. All of these items are pretty straight forward, but if you've never tried a type of product before, you can quickly see how it's used. The values given are also for the full-sized products (available in the Birchbox store, all brands used in that month's boxes also ship free - even if they weren't in your box!)
This month's box had a theme of "rainy days." Each box included one of their 52 "tips" for things to do on a rainy day. I got tip 2. I kid you not, the tip says to binge-watch a TV show.
Alright, I can see how this was probably a cute idea that was brought up in a meeting at some point, but it's really silly. I probably wouldn't give it a second thought except that they're selling the set of 52 in their shop for $10. I mean, really? I can't give a monetary value to this - there's no way I would spend money on that.
This nail polish is part of a set of 4, Color Club Gala's Gems Collection. I would have loved any of the other colors. I was really hoping for green. Instead I got white... It's not that bad for a white polish, I've seen worse. But it's not something I'll really wear. I'm debating swapping this, I can't see myself ever wearing it. I was fairly disappointed when I opened my box today and saw the white polish instead of one of the other pretty colors! This is definitely one of those items where the pick of this item I was happy with, but not the actual product. Oh well. The set of 4 sells for $13, which means the value for this is $3.25.
The shampoo is Fekkai Technician Color Care shampoo. Another item I was pretty excited about. Since I dyed my hair red at the end of February, I've tried really hard to use color-care shampoos so that it doesn't fade too much. I hate the one I bought at Ulta, so I was excited to have something to replace it. Until I saw that the second ingredient was Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Boo. Sulfates are bad for your hair and really bad for colored hair. I was like a balloon deflating when I saw that. I can excuse cheap-o shampoo and conditioner that has sulfates, but not something that runs $20 for 8oz. Again, happy that Birchbox put a product like this in my box, but not happy with the actual product. Value for the sample is about $5.
This is a lip balm/cheek cream from theBalm, in "Pie." The packaging on this is adorable. It opens like a little book. Definitely perfect to keep in your purse.
So there's a lot of hype about theBalm cosmetics and a lot of people on the Interwebs seemed to be really excited when this item started hitting boxes last month. ...I don't really understand the hype. I think it's cute, but it's the kind of thing I used when I was 13. It's a nice lip balm as far as the way it feels on your lips, but there's no real pigmentation to it. I'm so pale that I need a lip product with good pigmentation. So I'm kind of on the fence on this product. Full size is $32 and comes in a palette with 3. Estimated sample value is about $5-6.
ETA: I've tried this a few times and like it a lot more than I thought I would. It's definitely a light color, but it lasts for a few hours and is good when I'm not wearing that much make-up.
Hopefully you're not too bummed out! Ironically, the item I was most worried about was the eyeliner by Cynthia Rowley. To my knowledge they sent it out in black and silver. I was really hoping I wouldn't get black. I don't wear black liner that often because it's a little harsh of a look for me. PLUS I should be getting black liner with my Ipsy bag. Luckily, I got it in silver and I totally love it. I tried it quickly on my hand and it had a great color, just the right amount of shimmer, and went on very smoothly. The full size goes for $16 and the sample is probably half-size, so I'd estimate the value around $8.
I didn't take an individual photo of the Kind bar, but I was also pretty excited about that. I was really excited that I got the maple & pumpkin seed flavor as I've bought the other two before. I'm anxious to try it! The value for that is probably $1-2.
Overall, the value I got in the box was about $23-24, and I paid $10. Not too bad, though most of the value came from the eyeliner! I was fairly "meh" about this box, but not enough to be too disappointed, especially after how much I loved last month's box. This one was so close to being an awesome box and I think that bums me out more than anything!
Hope you all enjoyed this month's review! Stay tuned for Ipsy!