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October 2014 Birchbox Overview

October 2014 Women's Birchbox

October 2014 Women’s Birchbox

*Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that has both a Women’s and Men’s box. The Women’s box is $10 a month that sends beauty and lifestyle samples. The Men’s box is $20 a month and includes grooming and lifestyle samples.*

Hi everyone! I just want to start by saying that I am extremely disappointed with my October Birchbox and I’m starting to think about unsubscribing. Most of the products I received this month just aren’t appealing to me and I am getting tired of seeing some of the same brands over and over again. Furthermore, the past three months I have received at least one product by Harvey Prince and in the last two months they were both perfumes. I don’t mind receiving perfume samples every once in a while but at least send me two perfumes by different companies!!! Why in the world would Birchbox send me three Harvey Prince samples back to back to back?! Seriously, this isn’t helping me expand my knowledge on new products and companies but rather making me dislike a certain brand all together. Here are the samples I received this month:

beekind body lotion dr brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner lord and berry paillettes glitter eyeliner modelco lipstick in kitty

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty swatched on lips

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty swatched on lips.

harvey prince petaly noir harvey prince petaly noir

Price Breakdown:

  • BeeKind Body Lotion (Value: $1.88)
  • Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Value: $11.25)
  • Harvey Prince Petaly Noir (Value: $1.30)
  • Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil in Black (Value: $3.50)
  • ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty (Value: $8.00)
  • Total Box Value: $25.93

I’m extremely upset with the Lord & Berry Paillettes Glitter Eye Pencil because it’s just so tiny! Is it an eyeliner for ants?! I received this exact same eyeliner in the shade black in my July ipsy bag and the liner smudges after 30-45 minutes of wear. I won’t even bother to try this one especially since it has glitter in it.

The only two items that I’ll be using are the ModelCo lipstick and the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner. The ModelCo lipstick just seems very cheap to me, I’m honestly not impressed at all. The shade is nice with a cremesheen finish but the wearing power is about one hour and that’s ONLY if you just sit there and look pretty. Dr. Brandt products have positive reviews on most sites so I’m going to give this product a try and see if it works any magic on my skin.

The Harvey Prince perfume is just disappointing because I’ve just seen so many Harvey Prince products that I really just want to try a different company 🙁 Finally, the BeeKind Body lotion has a good size for a sample but I own almost a whole year’s worth of body lotions.

**Disclaimer: I will now go on a huge rant about something that I noticed this month so beware.**

One of the item that was sent out to multiple subscribers was the BeautyBlender + Pure Solid Cleanser (Value: $25). This item alone is worth the same as my whole entire box. In addition, most of these boxes included the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner (Value: $11.25) and the ModelCo Lipstick in Kitty (Value $8) plus two other miscellaneous items. Of course, there were variations among these boxes, some might have only included the lipstick or the cleaner but many pictures I’ve seen have included all three. The value of all three of those items in one box is $44.25, ALMOST $20 more than my box’s value, and that’s not including the two other misc. samples. I know beauty boxes won’t always have the same value for each box and I don’t mind if the difference between box values is around $5-$7 but a difference of over $20 is where I draw the line. I do not think it is fair for that gap to exist. I might just be overreacting but honestly, I would’ve preferred to receive one item in my box that was close to the value of the BeautyBlender to make up for the gap differences. We all pay an inexpensive amount of $10 a month for these boxes; we should all receive our money’s worth in samples. This is just what I think and if you think otherwise I would love to hear your thoughts and maybe that’ll calm me down. OH and I just noticed that my box contained two items from this month’s sample choice which is awful because that means that someone else could’ve received the ant-sized eyeliner and actually been happy with it since I only chose the ModelCo lipstick. It’s unfortunate that this occurred and I’m going to swap the eyeliner and hopefully give it a good home.

Now that my rant is over, thanks for reading and let me know what you got in your Birchbox. What did you think of it? Was it worth your $10? I don’t think mine was but that’s life! You win some and you lose some. Well catch you next time, peace to the outtt.

-Purchased by me-

October 14, 2014

September 2014 Birchbox Overview

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

Birchbox September 2014

I was excessively excited about this month’s Birchbox because of two things: the box and the Macadamia Oil Spray. Please tell me that I’m not the only one who is in love with this month’s box! I have always liked patterns and geometric prints so this design is totally in my ballpark, absolutely love it. Also, the Macadamia Oil Spray was one of the choices for this month’s customization option. Besides the oil spray, you could choose from three other individual samples or pick a standard box. I will include the possible choices in a screenshot down below so that you all know what I’m talk about and don’t start to think I’m crazy 🙂

September 2014 Customization Choices Birchbox

September 2014 Customization Choices

Now let us get to the box value breakdown!

    • Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser (Value: $5)
    • Hello by Harvey Prince (Value: $1.30)
    • Macadamia Professional Healing Oil Spray (Value: $14.50)
    • Temptu S/B Highlighter in Champagne Shimmer (Value: $2.75)
    • Tocca Crema de Mano in Bianca (Value: $5)
    • NEW ChapStick dual-ended Hydration Lock (Value: $2.99)
    • Total Box Value: $31.54

Tocca Crema de Mano - Bianca

Avene Cleanance Soap Free Gel Cleanser Temptu HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

harvey prince hello

harvey prince hello

chapstick dual end hydration lock

macadamia oil healing spray

Hits: Hands down the Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is my favorite item in this box. It smells ridiculously good and has a decent amount of product. This product is supposed to provide moisture, softness, protection, shine, and help with frizz control. I’m excited to see how well this product works with my hair so if I love it, you will see it in my September favorites post. Another item that I liked from this box was the Chapstick dual-end hydration lock stick. This is a brand new item in the market so it’s cool that Birchbox was able to provide every member with this sample. I love chapsticks, especially Burt’s Bee, because I slobber them on right before going to bed and I wake with freshly soft and smooth lips. I haven’t used a product by Chapstick since maybe high school or middle school so I would love to see if they’ve stepped up their game. This dual ended chapstick is specialized for moisturizing and renewal; it claims to help make lips look fuller, feel smoother, look younger, and help revitalize the lips. The only thing that is a bit disappointing is that I will be receiving this exact same sample free from a program called Smiley360 but at least Birchbox gave us six samples instead of just five.

Misses: I have to say that Hello by Harvey Prince is a miss for me just because I already received a full size of this item in my Boxycharm this month. The scent is infused with Meyer lemon and grapefruit so if you don’t like fruity scents don’t try this one. The Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser is another miss for me because it is for oily skin and I have dry skin therefore this product probably won’t benefit me that much. The scent is similar to the ones found in cleaning products or laundry detergent it’s very close to a fresh linen smell. The Temptu highlighter is a joke of a sample if you ask me. The size is really small and is full on glitter with a gel like consistency. After blending this product, you’re barely left with any actual color or glow and just a bunch of glitter. I will try it out with a full face of products and see if it enhances the cheekbones or provides even a subtle glow but I really doubt it will be successful.

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer

Temptu S/B HIghlighter in Champagne Shimmer swatched & blended

The Tocca Crema de Mano is the only product I am indifferent about and it’s going to my swap pile because I have way too many creams and I just don’t need any more. The cream is made with natural oils, green tea, and lemon to provide you with the most moisture. The size of the sample is pretty good and this product is paraben-free!

The overall value of the box was fair and the Macadamia spray was what made the box worth it, in my opinion. Let me know what you guys got in your boxes and if you’ve tried any of these items before too. If you haven’t tried Birchbox and are interested just click on my referral button to sign up. If you use promo code BBKIWI100 to receive $10 worth of points to use in the Birchbox shop. Birchbox is $10 a month and they always send five or six samples from haircare, skincare, makeup, and lifestyle items! See you next time, Peace to the Outt!

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September 2014 Birchbox

September 2014 Birchbox

-Purchased by me-

September 14, 2014

Birchbox August 2014 Overview

August 2014 Birchbox

August 2014 Women’s Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that has both a Women’s box and a Men’s box. The Women’s box is $10 a month that sends beauty samples and sometimes even lifestyle samples; some past lifestyle samples are granola bars and vitamin gummies. The Men’s box is $20 a month and includes grooming samples and lifestyle samples. I have seen some Men’s box include wallets, aftershave, and even ties!

This month Birchbox allowed its Women’s box subscribers to choose one out of four makeup items to be featured in their box or choose a standard “Everygirl Box.” They sent an email when it was time to make your selection. I had positive experiences with Laura Geller products before thus I decided to choose the Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow.

august 2014 birchbox

Women’s Birchbox August  2014 selection options

The interesting thing about Birchbox is that there is an incredible amount of box combinations. I always have a hard time finding someone with the same box as me, which is somewhat hard to believe. The only thing that I’ve noticed about Birchbox that bothers me is that they do tend to send samples from the same brands. Back in April, which was my first box, I received a Marcelle BB cream. I cancelled after April and resubbed in late July and guess who made a reappearance in my box: none other than Marcelle but this time it was a 8 in 1 Power Serum. Contents of my August box are the following:

  • Harvey Prince Ageless Body Creme (Value: $1.10)
  • Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow in Silver Sands (Value: $12.42)
  • Neil George Shampoo (Value: $4.50)
  • Neil George Conditioner (Value: $4.50)
  • nügg Beauty Revitalizing Mask (Value: $3.00)
  • Total Box Value: $25.52

I am acquainted with Harvey Prince because I happened to receive one of their perfume samples in my April Birchbox. As you can see this is just another example of what I mean by Birchbox sending repeat brand samples. Anyway, the Ageless Body Creme is a decent size for a subscription box although it is only worth about one dollar. It is infused with a grapefruit fragrance and claims to leave your skin “silky-smooth.” I have way too many body creams already so I will be dumping this in my swap pile.

The Neil George products are generously sized samples in my opinion. They both contain Indian Gooseberry fruit extracts, which is what makes them smell so pleasant. I like how Birchbox always sends the shampoo and conditioner together but I would’ve preferred something else. The downside of receiving shampoo and conditioner samples is that they take up two out of the five samples you receive instead of just one. I will be swapping these as well since I am trying to use hair products that are free of sulfate, silicone, and paraben.

I’m really excited about the revitalizing mask because it claims to hydrate and replenish dull skin. I’ve been using a heavier dose of Benzoyl Peroxide and my skin can use the extra hydrating. I wish the sample for this mask were larger so that you are able to use it more than once; this way it would be easier to make a valid conclusion on whether or not it works for your skin.

laura geller cream eyeshadow silver sands

Laura Geller Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow in Silver Sands

The Laura Geller cream eyeshadow was probably the highlight of this month’s box. I absolutely love this metallic silver shade! You do need to wait a minute or two for the eyeshadow to dry completely, if not it will blend away to an extremely sheer shimmer. The great thing I noticed about this product was that once it dries, it does not budge. This cream shadow is versatile and can be used as a base for a powder eyeshadow or glitter, worn alone on the lid, blended with other colors, or even as an inner corner highlight. The sample size is equivalent to 65% of the full sized product and is valued at more than what I paid for the box. *amazing!*

Birchbox is always a hit or miss for me and it seems that although this box had decent sized samples I only liked two out of the five that were sent. If you are just getting acquainted with subscription boxes and don’t mind seeing the same brand every so often, then this might be for you. Birchbox points system is hands down the best one I’ve encountered and is the easiest to accumulate points. You receive 10 points for your initial subscription but sometimes there are codes floating around that will earn you 100 points on your initial subscription.

*If you are a new subscriber you may use the codes: BBPLUS100 OR bbstore100 to receive 100 points with your subscription*

100 points = $10 in the Birchbox store and you can receive 10 points for reviewing each sample you receive in your box. That’s easily 50 points a month just by completing their short review form! There are hundreds of items in their stores and they all come with free shipping. If you would like to subscribe you can use my referral button down below. If you have any questions just email me or leave me a comment. Thanks for reading, peace to the out!

-Purchased by me-

August 14, 2014