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Whew! Can I just say that Birchbox makes me smile? September’s been a bit of a rough month, so receiving this in my mailbox was a very welcome treat!
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 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.
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.
Every month, Birchbox has a box theme. This month’s theme is “Fresh Paint” which speaks to turning the page on summer and diving into fall’s colors, textures, and inspiration. Also, it’s Birchbox‘s birthday month. Only four years old. Can you believe it? They shot so quickly out of the cannon that it seems like they’ve been around longer!
Juicy Couture: Viva La Juicy Gold Couture ($1.35)- I didn’t care for the original Viva La Juicy, but I was trying to be optimistic that this would agree with me. Unfortunately, it just seems like a ramped up richer version of Viva La Juicy. Caramel and Vanilla are the primary notes and they are VERY creamy and decadent. Vanilla is just not very appealing to my body chemistry unless it’s just in the fragrance dry-down, so I’m going to have to pass on spritzing any more of this on.
Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner ($15)- Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who sees eyeliner in their boxes and starts chanting, “Please be brown! Please be brown!” Because it’s always black… lol! I have such a stash of black liners. BUT… It’s a full-sized liner and not a sample-sized, so that alone is aces!
Real Chemistry Luminous 3 Minute Peel ($4.80)- Omg, I forgot I wanted to use this one before I reviewed it. Hold on! Okay, I’m back. So, with this product, you basically wash your face, dry it, then apply a quarter-sized amount on your face and neck. You leave it on for 30 seconds and then rub it in a circular motion for 2-3 minutes, then wash it off. It’s supposed to help with controlling acne breakouts, dimishing dark spots, reducing ingrown hair, evening skin tone, brightening complextion, and smoothing and resurfacing skin texture. I’ve only used it once, so obviously I can’t notice anything yet. You’re supposed to use it once a week and this is a nice-sized sample that I think I’ll be able to eke three weeks worth out of.
Rituals Zensation Shower Foam ($3.80)- This was a little different than regular shower gel in that it foamed up kind of like a mousse. It smells AWESOME. And I love the size of the sample.
Whish Shave Crave: Acai Grapefruit ($2.86)- You don’t need a lot of this, which is why this sample size is so great It’s an ultra-hydrating shaving cream, which is different than a gel because it’s base isn’t … well, air. It’s liquids and moisturizing properties.
Chapstick Hydration Lock ($2.99)- This was a “Birchbox Find” item this month, which basically means it’s a drugstore brand item that Birchbox found, thought was great, and threw into my box in addition to the other samples and products I receive. This is a dual ended lip balm. One end you twist up for moisturization, the other is for renewing/repairing dry, damaged lips.
After totaling everything up this month, it comes to $30.80. If I factor in the $5 (in points) I receive for reviewing the products on the site, it comes to $35.85. Ultimately, I enjoyed this month’s box so much more than last month’s. The products were all a great size, too!