Birchbox Review – August 2014 “The Everygirl Box”
Birchbox is one of the original beauty sampling subscription boxes, and I think it will always be one of my favorites. Sometimes the samples are smaller than I would like, but I’ve discovered a ton of my favorite beauty brands thanks to Birchbox, and they have one of the best reward systems. (For every item in your box you review, you get 10 points ($1) to spend in the Birchbox shop).
This month Birchbox let you pick one of your samples or select “The Everygirl” curated affordable luxuries box. I have two subscriptions because I can’t get enough Birchbox, so I got one of each. This review is of the The Everygirl box.
The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.
Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner – .1 g Value $1.80
This eyeliner was the main reason I had to get this box. Whoever does PR from Benefit deserves an award because I have seen this eyeliner promoted everywhere for the past month and I’ve been dying to try it!
The sample is super tiny, but I guess they just want you to try the applicator and the formula, so this single-use sample is enough. The actual full-size product has a twist base, butwith this little sample you have to squeeze the sides of it to get the formula to come out. After getting over my slight frustration with figuring out how to use this sample, I was able to apply the liner and I’m pretty thrilled with the results. It was super easy to apply a line that hugged my lashes. And so far the formula hasn’t budged.
I saw a few reviews of this product mention issues with the formula clumping. That wasn’t the case with my sample – and I’m hoping that won’t happen with the full-size version either. I’ll be spending some Birchbox points on the full-size version of this liner!
No. 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect – 1 oz Value $4.80
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub – 1 oz Value $3.75
I really like both of these brands (Acure is one of my all-time favorites) so I know I’ll use both of these samples. I already have this facial scrub in full size, so I’m saving the mini for my upcoming vacation. (Subscription boxes are so great for travel packing!)
Harvey Prince Hello Perfume – Sample Value $1
Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash – 1.5 oz Value $1.75
This Not Soap, Radio brand is the only new-to-me brand in the box, and I was happy to learn that their body washes are paraben, phthalate and sulfate free! The scent wasn’t exactly the fresh lemon citrus scent I was expecting, but I like it!
Verdict: I paid $10 for this box and received about $13 worth of products. It’s on the lower end of values for Birchbox, but it’s a great value for me. I really wanted to try the Benefit eyeliner before committing to a full-size purchase, so that’s a win, and the other samples are good sizes I’ll use for travel. Plus I’ll review this box and get $5 worth of points to go toward my eyeliner purchase!
Did you get the Everygirl Box this month? Or the pick-your-sample box? What did you think of it?