Birchbox Review #2 – August 2014
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).
I have two Birchbox subscriptions, and this month I’m reviewing both since one was the Everygirl box, and this one is the pick-one-of-your-samples box. (Birchbox emails subscribers every month to pick out a sample, so make sure to contact customer care if you aren’t getting the emails!)
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.
Neil George Shampoo and Conditioner – 50 ml each Value $9.50
I really like the scent of this hair care line, but the shampoo has Sodium Laureth Sulfate as an ingredient, and I try to avoid sulfates in hair products since my hair is color treated. Looks like I’ll only be using the conditioner~
Key West Aloe Mango Lotion – 1 oz Value $2
nugg Face Mask Revitalizing – 10 ml Value $3
This nugg brand is new to me and I’m so excited to try this mask. It’s free of petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances or colors, and I love that it is packaged in single serving sizes. (You get 5 of these little masks with a full-size purchase). I’ll probably try the variety pack next.
(This Key West lotion smells lovely, but I’ll be swapping/sharing it since I’m allergic to one of the ingredients – Red No. 40).
Laura Geller Cool Lids Silver Sands Cream Eyeshadow – .17 oz Value $12
This item was the sample I picked for this month. It’s a great size (more than half the size of the full-size version), and it pushes me a little outside of my comfort zone with the silver color. The formula is somewhat sheer so you can get a subtle look or build the color for more of an impact. I’m wearing it right now and I love it. It’s a very wearable silver shade since it is sheer, and it adds a nice shimmer with no sparkle.
Verdict: I paid $10 for this box and received about $26.50 worth of products. Even though I can’t use every product, I’m happy with the box – the nugg mask is a new brand discovery for me, and the Laura Geller Cool Lids eyeshadow is a great find!
Did you pick your sample this month? Were you happy with your box?