Birchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – December 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.
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This review is of the Sample Choice, $10 a month, 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!)
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!
Check out more details here about the 40% off sale on Aces-only Limited Edition Boxes, Kits, and other beauty sets and 30% off sale for everyone, too!
The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
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Each box comes with a card that has a blurb of the month’s theme and focus. December’s theme is “Shine On!” and is designed around products that are “brilliant and festive, plus treats for on-the-go touch ups and easy gifting.” Sounds like exactly what I need this month!
And the flip side of the card always lists the names and details of the items in your box!
Also included in my box this month was a little sheet with gift tags!
The first thing I noticed about my box was there was an extra little bonus from Birchbox this month, a little pocket mirror.
It’s one-sided, so there’s no hinge or anything. I always keep some kind of little mirror in my purse, so I appreciate this as a little extra.
Saphira Hair Mineral Mud – 0.7 oz, Value $2.55 (Full size: 8.5 oz, $31)
This is a nice hair mask! I love that it only takes 5 minutes because sometimes I just can’t commit to an extra 20 minutes pre-shower with a toddler around or during naptimes. This smells amazing and definitely left my hair feeling softer and more hydrated – much needed during these winter months especially!
Hey Honey Walk the Walk Propolis Foot Cream – 0.84 oz (25 ml), Value $3.83 (Full size: 150 ml, $23)
This foot and heel cream contains propolis extract, jojoba oil, chamomile, and aloe vera, sage essential oil, basil essential oil, and is paraben-free. The ingredients work together to purify, soothe inflammation, relieve soreness, and naturally eliminate bacteria. I’m not generally a big fan of herb scents in my beauty products so I was relieved that I mostly smell the chamomile. This formula hydrated my feet well without being greasy or weird-feeling. I also like using this on elbows and even a little on my knuckles when they get really dry this time of year.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel – 0.17 fl oz, Value $4.80 (full size: 1.7 fl oz, value: $48)
This peel was my sample choice this month because I’ve tried it before and love it! It has an acid-free formula to exfoliate, and in the 3 minutes, this takes you literally see the dead skin cells this is sloughing up and washing away. When I worked at Sephora, I found a very similar product from Peter Thomas Roth that uses fruit enzymes to do the same thing. I like this Real Chemistry peel but I like the PTR one just as much, and you actually get twice as much product for the same price from PTR.
Laura Gellar New York GlamLASH Dramatic Volumizing Mascara – Value $17 (full-size: 0.28 oz, value: $24)
I love this mascara! I hadn’t tried this one before, but I really love the wand and formula. It was completely clump-free, the thin wand really helped with separation and length. It was also easy to apply mess-free since I was able to get a lot of control and precision from the shape of the wand. I was ready to say this is my new favorite mascara, but after a full day, I had a lot of product smudged under my eyes. It didn’t look good, but I’m wondering if topping with a coat of clear mascara or waterproof top coat could help with that. It’s a shame, though – it’s fantastic in every other way!
I’m bummed, the mascara smudge for me, but I’ll have to try it on a couple more days to see if that’s a consistent issue with it. Maybe it was just something about the day.
Here is how the Laura Gellar mascara looks on my lashes.
This perfume is a mix of linen, white tea, bergamot, and honeysuckle. Unfortunately, this is a definite miss for me. It smells powdery and soapy and doesn’t settle into a fresh classic scent, like Birchbox’s website says it’s meant to. I will say, though, that I love the packaging – the full-size bottle has the same navy and gold pattern on it as this sample card.
Verdict: I’m happy with my December Birchbox. The sample choices underwhelmed me a little this month, but I was able to get more of an expensive favorite that I’ve tried before. Aside from the perfume being a bit of a throwaway sample for me, the rest of the products were things I enjoyed finding. The value adds up to $28.18, which I’m happy with.
What do you think about Birchbox? What samples did you get this month?