Birchbox Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2017
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!)
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The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
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Each box comes with an info card. This month is all about “low effort, high impact” – perfect for summer! The flipside of the info card lists information about each item they sent in my box.
OUAI Wave Spray – 1 fl oz, Value $5.20
Personally, I would be happy to never see another OUAI wave spray in a box because I feel like I’ve received about 12 of them this past year and they just don’t work for my hair type! Maybe Birchbox picked it for me because I said my hair is straight in my style profile, but my hair literally has zero natural texture to it so there’s nothing for this wave spray to work with. I pass along or swap these – although, I do like how they smell and they do get good reviews on Birchbox’s site from those who have the right hair type.
Evo Lockdown Smoothing Treatment – 1.1 oz, Value $7.55
I always use some sort of leave-in treatment in my hair before blow-drying, and the brand Evo is new to me. I like this product, though! I think it smells nice and was effective at making my hair feel hydrated with less frizz.
MDSolarSciences Mineral Crème SPF 50 Broad Spectrum UVA-UVB Sunscreen – 0.25 oz, Value $4.41
I love keeping samples of sunscreen stashed in my car and purse and diaper bag in case I forget or we end up doing a sunny park day or something. This sunscreen is nice because it has a sort of silky feel to it (think kind of like some primers do) and it doesn’t feel greasy on your face and doesn’t turn your face white.
MAC Strobe Cream – 0.2 fl oz, Value $3.88
MAC is new to Birchbox, which is exciting because they’re definitely a huge brand. I actually haven’t been able to try much of their stuff before, though, because there’s no stores or counters near me. I like this strobe cream! It’s a liquid highlighter and a little goes a very long way. This little sample will last me a while.
This strobe cream will work great for my paler complexion because it’s a white/silver highlighter. Many tinted or bronzey highlighters don’t work for me.
The Beauty Crop Fabulous Flocking Lashes Mascara – Full Size, Value $22
Yay, a full-size item! Having not heard of this brand before, except for one liquid lipstick in a previous Birchbox, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m picky with mascaras, too. But I like this one. It’s not amazing but it didn’t clump and it’s made with lash-nourishing ingredients like argan and jojoba oils. It’s also waterproof, and I can attest that it does a good job of being so because I happened to cry the day I wore this. Also, it removes well with a liquid eye makeup remover – my regular makeup remover wipes didn’t cut it.
Verdict: This was a pretty good Birchbox for me, but not amazing. I am especially glad to have a sample of the MAC strobe cream and am happy to have a new waterproof mascara for the summer, but I am so tired of wave and sea salt sprays. ‘Tis the season for those to pop up in every box, though. The value of my box adds up to $43.04 which is nice for a $10 box, and better than my last couple months, too.
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