Last month, I decided to finally hop on the “subscription box” bandwagon.
I’ve never been a fan of subscription type of things because I don’t like the idea of being roped into paying for something every month. But two things made me want to try BirchBox: one) it’s only $10 so it’s not that much money (although over a year that’s still $120!) and two) I love beauty stuff but have let getting done up go to the back burner since having a baby. I thought BirchBox would be a nice way to treat myself in a way that won’t break the bank and help me feel inspired to do my makeup and feel put together again.
I’ve heard both good and bad reviews of boxes like this, so I didn’t have too high of expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised with this box.
First of all, the box is super cute. Each month there is a different box design. I love this but also don’t want to throw the box away, so now I fear I will be collecting this little small random cardboard boxes. I digress.
In my box was…
Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer
I am IN LOVE with the moisturizer and already bought the full size (see, this is where they get ya!). But you guys – it was the most amazing moisturizer I’ve ever used. It smells fantastic and I normally don’t go for scented stuff on my face. In just two uses over the course of a day, I felt I saw a difference in my skin tone and the elasticity of my skin. $20 for the full size is reasonable to me too.
Catherine Malandrino Style de Paris Perfume
I adore this scent and so did my husband, which is a biggie for me! It’s fruity and sweet in a sexy but you-can-wear-this-everyday type of way. But the scent just doesn’t last. I definitely couldn’t see myself paying $80 for the full perfume if I can’t smell it on myself but five minutes later.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in “Poppy”
I enjoyed all the samples except this lip stain. I never go for reds because I think it doesn’t work with my complexion & it makes my teeth look yellow. I have worn this a few times for fun though, and it’s not that bad. It’s far from a lip stain and more like a lip gloss, though.
TOCCA Nourishing Body Scrub in Pink Tulip + Green Apple
I really love scrubs and actually need a new one, so I was excited to try this. It smells divine! However, the sample was so small I felt I had to use almost the entire thing to get the desired effect. It’s scrubbing power wasn’t awesome, unfortunately. And $32 for the full size is pretty spendy to me!
Number 4 Lumiere dhiver Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil
I have very dry hair so a hair oil is definitely up my alley. A lot of reviews for this say it smells amazing but I can hardly smell it at all. So far, I don’t see it being anything amazing that I don’t already have.
Upon opening it, I did feel slightly disappointed because these are just samples. SMALL samples. Yes, there is enough to get quite a few uses out of each sample usually, but they are still much tinier than I envisioned. Sometimes I believe BirchBox does send full size products like a nail polish or lip stick once in a while, though.
Something I have noticed is that sure, it’s “just $10,” but BirchBox is marketing the crap out of me. I have gotten probably 15 emails from them already in about three weeks. There’s always a “deal” going on, or free gifts with purchase if you buy this much of this brand.
I think BirchBox is a great way to try really high end makeup that I’d otherwise never get to and if I need a new product or find I just really love one, like that moisturizer, it’s a great way to go. But if you buy things just because there’s a “sale” you’ll be in trouble.
You can get $5 off your first Birchbox if you subscribe today. Birchbox sends you monthly deliveries of beauty or grooming samples, picked to match your profile. Customize your shipment by picking a sample or adding subscriber-only product deals!
Questions for You:
- What’s your stance on monthly subscription boxes?
- What kind of face moisturizer do you use?