Birchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 2016
Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items.
This review is of the sample choice box.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)
COUPON: Get $5 (50 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50
Try any of these free gift with purchase coupons on orders of $35 or more!) And don’t forget your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Each box comes with a card that has a blurb of the month’s theme and focus. This month is “all about the things that get you up and at ‘em.” They’re showcasing mascaras because that’s the #1 items subscribers said they wouldn’t leave the house without. You could pick 1 of 3 different mascaras – one from Benefit, Smashbox, or Marcelle.
And on the flip side, it details the items included and some tips on how to use them.
Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula – 1 oz, value: $2.53
I like Clinique’s brand, so I’m happy getting a sample from them. Unfortunately, this cleanser is for oily skin and I have dry skin. Since this is reflected in my profile I have emailed customer service about it. I wanted to get this review out to you ASAP, so I’ll update in the comments section when I hear back from Birchbox, but I’ve never been disappointed by their customer service. Whenever I’ve had an issue (with a sample or a shop purchase), they’ve sent me a free replacement or added points to my account, or both, so I’m sure I’ll be satisfied.
Milk Cosmetics Sunshine Oil – 0.1 oz, value: $11.18
This is my newest favorite discovery! I already love using oils on my skin/body/hair, and this oil is a great versatile moisturizer. It has a blend of seven essential oils including grapeseed, avocado, grapefruit peel, tangerine peel, mandarin orange peel, and lemon peel! It smells amazing. A couple ways I’ve used it so far include as a facial moisturizer, a highlighter, and in my hair (I rolled some onto my palms, rubbed them together, and ran my hands through the ends of my hair).
The packaging is also fantastic. I love the rollerball.
This oil has no shimmer in it, but it naturally gives such a pretty, dewy look. FYI – this swatch was before I rubbed it in, so it doesn’t look this shimmery after it’s blended/applied. It just looks radiant.
Klorane Shampoo with Chamomile (For Blonde Hair) – 0.8 oz, value: $1.88
Klorane Conditioner with Chamomile (for Blonde Hair) – 0.3 oz, value: $0.75
This is another brand I like a lot. Klorane’s products smell good and are free of harsh chemicals. This kind has chamomile and is gentle for natural or color-treated blondes. I’m happy to have some more of a brand I know I like.
Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara – 0.15 fl oz, value: $7.50
I feel like I’ve tried every mascara under the sun, so when we had to choose one as a sample choice, I picked one I actually hadn’t played with yet. But I can say this is actually my new favorite! The wand didn’t hold onto too much formula or clump, the silicone bristles did a great job with separation and coating well, the shape of the wand felt like it gave me a good amount of control and seemed to curl the lashes well, and it also stayed well! For the two (hot) days I’ve worn it so far I haven’t had a problem with raccoon eyes thus far.
(Good to know for swaps – this product came sealed in plastic.)
Here’s a close up of my application of the mascara – I did not curl my lashes before applying.
Verdict: I’m really happy with this month’s Birchbox! I’m thrilled with 2 new fantastic product discoveries and the fact that the rest of my box is products I know I already like all add up to a win for me. Even though the Clinique cleanser is the wrong skin type, I’m confident that’ll get cleared up just fine and I’m not bummed about it (especially because of how satisfied I am with the rest of the box)!
What did you get in your July Birchbox? Any good product finds?