April 2014 Birchbox Review- Rainy Days Theme

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2014 April Birchbox

April 2014 Birchbox Contents

It’s that time of the month again!  Cracking open my April 2014 Birchbox! (To view past Birchbox reviews, click here)

In case you aren’t familiar, Birchbox is a subscription box service where you receive 4-6 beauty and lifestyle samples delivered to your mailbox every month. Boxes usually consist of samples, deluxe samples, and sometimes full-sized products.

Outside of the Birchbox

Outside of the Birchbox

One of the perks of being a Birchbox subscriber is their awesome reward system. Every 100 points you receive equals $10 you can spend in the Birchbox shop on full-sized products. I’ve been hoarding my points to spend on something really good! (They do expire within a year of being issued, though, so I need to be mindful about that. That’s not a bad thing, though… I’m starting to get the itch to spend them!).

April 2014 Birchbox box

The box inside the box

One way to receive reward points is to review the samples you receive in your Birchbox. For each review you submit, you receive 10 Birchbox points. So, for instance, I received 6 products this month. That is 60 points I’ll be receiving just for reviews which equals $6.  So as you can see, they’re really easy to accumulate.

A few other ways to receive points: If you sign up for a  3,6, or 12 month subscription, if you refer friends to subscribe, or by shopping in the Birchbox shop.

April 2014 Birchbox review

First peek inside the box

Birchbox recently launched a VIP program. If you rack up 500 Birchbox points within a calendar year, you earn a spot in the Birchbox VIP program: “Birchbox Aces” where you receive extra perks!

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April 2014 Theme: Rainy Days

The theme in the April 2014 Birchbox was “Rainy Days”. I personally couldn’t see how most of the products I received flowed with the theme, but I thought the packaging was pretty, nonetheless.  Along with the regular information card, all Birchbox subscribers received a “Rainy Days” tip card this month. I got tip #20 that speaks about curling up with a magazine.

Color Club Gala's Gems Collection nail polish

Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection Nail Polish

Color Club Gala’s Gems Collection ($3.25)- This nail polish is in the color “Gold Struck”, but it looks more like a pearly pink champagne color to me. It goes on pretty sheer, so you need a couple coats. It’s sold in a set of 4 polishes in the Birchbox site and it might be a cute set to gift a younger girl.

Oi Absolute Beautifying Shampoo

Oi Absolute Beautifying Shampoo

Oi Absolute Beautifying Shampoo ($1.08)- This shampoo and conditioner set made my hair feel so incredibly clean, but not stripped of oils. This duo is packed with antioxidants and natural ingredients and oils and made my hair feel really silk and shiny. I was hesitant to try this initially is because is has volumizing properties, which is something I definitely DON’T need, but it turned out a-okay.  Would consider purchasing in the future!

Oi Absolute Beautifying Conditioner

Oi Absolute Beautifying Conditioner

Oi Absolute Beautifying Conditioner ($1.56)- See above!

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash ($2.40)- This was the one product I felt went with the “Rainy Days” theme because the fragrance reminds me of a mix of fresh morning dew and cantaloupe. This foams up really nice and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.  This is my box favorite this month!

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner

Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner- Jamun ($4.80)- It’s hard to see in the photo, but this shade is actually a deep greyish purple. What I like about this pencil is that it’s blendable, so if you desire, you can create a soft smokey eye with it. It’s a wax pencil, that glides on smoothly and doesn’t tug.

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar

KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bar ($.79)- This came in the flavor “Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt” and I wish I could relate exactly how it tasted, but my husband snatched it and ate it on his commute to work! I told him I needed to review it for the blog, so he texted back his review: “It was very good.”

Golly… what a wordsmith! Too bad he’s not a blogger, eh?

Birchbox April 2014

Another look at everything.

So, after totaling everything in my April Birchbox, I reached $13.88. If I include my $6 I receive for reviewing the products on the site, I reach $19.88 which is nearly double the $10/month price for the box.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber?  What was your favorite item out of your box this month?

If you aren’t a subscriber, you can click here to learn more about it if you’d like!

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12 Responses to April 2014 Birchbox Review- Rainy Days Theme

  1. That looks interesting! I have yet to try either the Birchbox or the Klutch Box, and have been on the fence with both! I’m a foodie, so I generally gravitate towards the food-themed subscriptions, but this looks neat! Thanks!

    • Celeste says:

      I don’t think I’ve heard of the Klutch Box! I hear you.. I’m posting my food box shortly, but every time I see a new one I’m always teetering towards trying it. They always get me when I’m in a snacking mood 😉

  2. Oh, I have never done a Birchbox and the packaging does look very pretty. Looks like you have a new reviewer for your blog, get him signed up stat!

  3. Lisa says:

    Gosh it’s a whole new world isn’t there? Goodies delivered to your house? Man, I’m so behind the times. I’ll have to see what sorts of things are available in New Zealand!

    • Celeste says:

      I think I heard of one called Sample Bar that was from New Zealand? I’m not sure if they’re around anymore. I just tried to google to see if that was the correct name, but couldn’t pull up the sight!

  4. Carolyn says:

    Oh man I’m so jealous right now. It seems like it must be so much fun to get that box every month! I can’t wait until I can order mine in a few weeks!

  5. Louida says:

    You got some great products this month Celeste! I would love to try that body wash! #ProductReviewParty

  6. Cookie says:

    Wow this box really gives a variety of items. I like those Kind bars they are really good. The Birch box rewards program sounds awesome!

    • Celeste says:

      Yeah, I was going back and forth between this subscription and another one, but the BB rewards program is what made me resubscribe again to BB :) Thanks for stopping by!