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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.
Birchbox has probably one of the best reward systems I’ve run across as far as subscription box companies go. 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. For every 100 points you receive, you get $10 off a product in the Birchbox shop (and yep, you can hoard your points to save for something really good, but be careful because they expire one year from being issued). So for instance, I received 5 items in my box this month. That’s five reviews I can submit and 50 reward points… halfway to the $10-off mark just from one box, so as you can see they’re really easy to accumulate!
This month’s Birchbox theme was “Spring Forward” which is a reference to changing our clocks, so the boxes were stuffed with items intended for us to make the best use of our time aka: products that multi-task.
Upon signing up, you can fill out your personal profile which gives you the opportunity to state your hair type, skin type, etc. Birchbox has quite a variety of boxes they send out per month (I’ve heard between 50-80 different kinds?), so they try to send you out a box they think will best fit your profile. You can tweak your profile at any time if you feel the boxes aren’t true to your taste.
I received Birchbox #4 this month and I think they did a pretty good job matching me. My interests lately lean heavily toward skincare and haircare love which was mostly what was packed in the box.
Air Repair Rescue Balm ($3 estimate)- This is a salve that repairs dry-cracked skin and advertises that it can be used even on the lips. However, it smells a little on the “medicine” side to me so I opted to use it as a cuticle cream instead of a lip balm, and it worked fab!
Beauty Protector Protect and Detangle ($5 estimate)- This stuff rules. It’s a leave-in conditioning spray that’s also a detangler, thermal protector, hair smoother, shine booster and more. I used it after washing my hair today before heat styling and my hair felt SO soft and smelled lightly like caramel all day. I think this is going on my wish list for my Birchbox points.
COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face ($3.60)- This is supposed to be a tinted moisturizer, but the consistency felt more like a face primer to me, so I applied a thin layer under my regular foundation and it actually worked really well in concealing my pores and keeping my foundation intact.
theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek & Lip Cream ($5.25? I wasn’t sure how to figure the cost, so since I received 1 out of six of the shades, I figured I should do 1/6 of the full palette cost which is $32)- I thought the packaging of this sample was pretty cute. It’s a mini look at the full-sized palette with the sample of “Pie” to try.
Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream ($1.60)- This product is called a “Birchbox Find” which means it’s a product that was included in everybody’s boxes this month. Birchbox Finds typically seem to be drug store products, and they’re included in addition to our regular samples, never as a replacement for one.
After totaling everything in my March Birchbox, I reached $18.45. If I include the $5 worth of points I receive for reviewing the samples, it brings the total to $23.45 which is more than the $10/ month it costs for a subscription, so I’m pleased with that!
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! It is $10/month, and until 3/23 you can use the code BB100 during checkout for new subscriptions to receive 1oo Birchbox points AND you get to skip the waiting list to subscribe.