Ah… look how “Spring-y” and gorgeous my Birchbox is this month! I love how they change up the box design nowadays. It used to always just be in the plain brown box.
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. (To view my past Birchbox reviews, click here.)
One of the perks of being a Birchbox subscriber is their awesome reward point system. Every 100 points you receive equals $10 you can spend in the Birchbox shop on full-sized products. Points expire within a year being issued, so you can save them up, but you can’t hoard them forever! (I redeem a lot of mine for my haircare products that I usually have to spend my $$ on, so I end up saving a lot of money by doing this!)
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 5 products this month. That is 50 points I’ll be receiving just for reviews which equals $5. So as you can see, they’re really easy to accumulate.
Every month, Birchbox has a box theme. The theme for April 2015 is “Rifle Paper Co” which is an illustration brand founded by a husband and wife duo. The Birchboxes this month feature a print from “Rifle Paper Co”.
Although every month the contents of subscribers’ boxes are a surprise, you can control the type of content you receive in your boxes by filling out your profile. So as a subscriber, I can click if I enjoy hair samples more so than cosmetics, how experienced I consider myself to be with beauty products, etc, and they curate my box according to these preferences, hoping that I’ll be able to make the most out of my samples. I think there’s somewhere between 30-50 variations of boxes each month!
Beaver Professional Hydro Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo ($3.60)– My hair has been feeling pretty dry and damaged lately, so I figured I’d give this a whirl even though it’s a deviation away from my color-treated products that I usually use. I washed my hair with this once and found that it had a really nice lather to it. I know a lather isn’t really necessary, but my hair is on the thick-side, so feeling the lather in my hair is a helpful way to help me determine that I’ve spread product over all of it.
Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner ($3.20)– Ahh… I love the way it smells! Honestly, it’s not a unique scent, but it reminds me of going to the salon and how my hair smells afterwards- a really overall clean and refreshing fragrance lingers.
Side note: Does anybody else walk around and put their hair up to their nose and sniff it when it smells like this? The other week I was with my sister planning her wedding and she goes, “Did you just smell your own hair?” I didn’t realize this was something I did in front of people, LOL.
Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain ($7)– I haven’t tried this out, but this “forever pink” color doesn’t look incredibly impressive in the tube– it just looks the shade of regular lip balm. However, it’s supposed to change to a flattering shade according to your body chemistry, so I’m interested to see what happens!
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream ($2.04)– I really just don’t care CC creams and wish I could opt out of them :(. I know a lot of people enjoy them because they’re lightweight and clean feeling and even out skin tone, but my skin just needs a bit more coverage than what CC creams can do for me.
WEI Manuka Bee Venom Mask ($7.50)– This is an anti-wrinkle mask that you’re supposed to use 1-2 a week for 10 mins after washing your face. It is supposed to firm, soften and minimize fine lines. I just used it while I was calculating the prices of all my samples and the fragrance reminds me of a honey/beeswax scent. I noticed there was a just a slightly warm tingle. I didn’t really think much of the mask until I patted my face dry after rinsing it off. Um, seriously, wow. My face feels sooo soft. I’m glad there’s enough for more than one application in this pod because I can’t wait to use it again!
After I totaled the price of the samples up, I came to $23.34 which is more than double the $10/a month it costs to subscribe. If I add in the $5 in rewards points I get for reviewing the products on the Birchbox website, it brings it up to $28.34. Pretty good! I think my favorite item in the box this month is the pampering anti-wrinkle mask!
Make sure you try these coupon codes when you sign up!
- “Gap10”– 100 Free Birchbox Shop Points (equal to $10) with any subscription purchase
- “SUBSCRIBENOW50”– 50 Free Birchbox Shop Points (equal to $5) with any subscription purchase.
If you’re a subscriber, here are some coupon codes:
- WELCOMEOFFER20 for 20% off your shop purchase PLUS add a free mystery sample pack to your cart with a $35 purchase.
- 100FORME for 100 points when you spend $30 now through April 27th.
Are you a Birchbox subscriber? What did you get in your box this month?
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