It’s that time again– Time for my Birchbox Review for November! I changed my beauty profile this month a bit just for fun because recently I’ve been getting mostly bath and body lotion/wash type products and I wanted to shake things up a bit. So let’s see if it made a difference!
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 not for forever!
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.
Every month, Birchbox has a box theme. The theme for November 2014 is “Giving” and the information card speaks about how they’ve partnered with “RED” for this month to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS. They’re donating $1 every time a Birchbox Subscriber shares a photo of our box with the hashtag #shaRED.
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!
Like I mentioned earlier, it felt like my boxes seemed to be getting into a bit of a rut with bath and body and lotion products, so I switched up my profile just a smidgen to see if that might change things.
Bain de Terre Argon Oil and Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil ($2.06) – I tried this out for the first time last Sunday evening before I went out. I have thick wavy hair with a lot of grip to it, and I usually straighten, style, and (try to) tame it with a round-brush and blow dryer. I noticed using this oil in conjunction to blow drying it, lopped off a considerable chunk of time due to it drying faster because my hair wasn’t quite so hungry to eat my brush and it let it do it’s proper job. I didn’t notice much of a fragrance to the oil and it left my hair with a nice, non-greasy sheen and soft feeling to the touch.
Eyeko Fat Eye Stick ($5.00)- The cap popped off this eye stick and it ended up drawing all over the rest of my Birchbox products :(. Birchbox customer service is pretty good about sending replacement products/fixing errors, but I wanted to get this review up before the new product could get shipped out, so I haven’t used this one! It is a cream based, so we will see if I like it. Like I said, I changed up my profile, which is why I received some more cosmetics, I think, than usual.
Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum ($1.72)- The last few times I’ve received fragrance samples in my Birchbox, they haven’t been a hit with me. This— IS. It is definitely a fruity floral with a mixture of rose and mandarin. The sandalwood makes it tame enough for every day use. I’m a fruity-floral fan and I found myself sniffing my wrist throughout the day. Ooh, ahh.. I just did it again!! Okay, that’s it! I just went ahead and utilized that universal wish-list button to put it on my Amazon wish list. Yep, I’m that in love with it!
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint sunscreen ($3.82)- I’m really not a huge fan of tinted moisturizers, so I wish there was a place on the Birchbox profile that I could check off to stop sending them, but what I usually end up doing is using my tinted moisturizers as a foundation base or I’ll just use it a bit in the summer.
Perlier Revitalizing Body Butter ($2.55)- I know I tried to switch up my profile a bit because I’ve been getting bogged down with bath and body products, but I’m so glad I did end up receiving this cream this month because the weather is making my hands and body so dry and this cream is ultra-rich and luxurious. A very nice sample this month.
Dang Toasted Coconut Chips ($1.50)- I think this is totally a snack that my mom would love so I’m saving it for her. I don’t usually get extras in my Birchbox because of how I filled out my profile, but this is a bonus in addition to my regular samples.
The perfume is glorious, so this whole box was worth it just to find this sweet-smelling fragrance. Definitely my box fave.
When I break down the costs, this box comes to $16.65 which is more than the $10/month that my subscription costs. If I factor in the $6 in points I will receive for reviewing my 6 products on the Birchbox website, the box worth comes to $22.65.
Are you a Birchbox Subscriber? What did you receive this month?
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