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Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – July 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. This review is of the curated box. (Birchbox subscribers can currently buy this box for $10 in the Birchbox shop!)

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!)

FLASH DEAL – While supplies last, use coupon code MESMERIZE to get this FREE full-size Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette in Plum Quartz with your first month of Birchbox! 

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

Check out all of my Birchbox reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.

Now on to the items!

Beautaniq Beauty Blush Serum – FULL SIZE! Value $16

Yes to a full-size item in a Birchbox! (This is pretty rare.)

The formula is creamy and highly pigmented. It’s also infused with apricot seed oil and vitamin E, and supposed to also have skin care benefits.

Here it is swatched:

(Blended-in version below the full swatch.)

A little goes a long way with this blush cream – it feels like this little tube will last forever! The bubble gum pink color ends up working with my skin tone when I blend it out, too.

MAC Prep + Prime Skin – 6 ml Value $6.20

Birchbox began carrying MAC this year, and I love getting their samples! (MAC doesn’t usually show up in subscription boxes.) This primer is lightweight, oil-free, and made my skin so smooth!

Oribe Matte Waves Texture Lotion – 15 ml Value $6.20

First, let me just say that I’m always thrilled to see Oribe in a subscription box! This haircare brand is so luxurious (i.e. expensive) that I rarely buy it, but always enjoy a luxe little sample!

I sampled this before thanks to the latest Net-A-Porter beauty kit, and it’s currently my go-to hair styling product. I’m using it a bit off-label, but I apply about 4 pumps of the product to my hair post shower, then blow dry. It adds texture and a fabulous scent. (I recommend this approach if you are on beach wave-overload!)

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser – 1 oz Value $4.50

This creamy, clay formula might be the perfect cleanser. It’s fragrance-free and gentle on my skin and didn’t dry my skin out either. Plus, I love that it is a foaming cleanser with a little grittiness from the clay to help with exfoliation. It does all the things!

Juliette Has a Gun Anyway – 1.7 ml Value $3.40

This scent is described as an “unexpected blend of green lime essence, neroli, and jasmine.” It’s a clean scent, and while I’m not much of a perfume wearer, I don’t mind this one.


Verdict: This box has a value of about $36 – that’s good for a $10 beauty box. In most cases, the curated box has a good value, so I recommend always picking it if that’s a priority for you.

And I am SO impressed with the sample sizes and brands included this month! MAC? Oribe? Kiehl’s? Yes, please! Yes, always!!

What do you think of the July Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?


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Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Birchbox Reviews, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: birchbox | 13 comments

Comments (13)

  1. I did not order anything and my account was billed.

  2. Where’s the coupons?

  3. I got the same box this month and am actually happy with everything in it!!

  4. I got thecurated box and the only items I got that matched the curated box were the blush Serum and Mac primer. I got a 1oz Fave4 hair styling cream that I can’t use as recommended but I will use it to twist my locs, a 10mL Michael Todd charcoal cleanser and a 7mL Marcelle eye makeup remover.

    Not disappointed but I was looking forward to a hefty sized Kiehls Cleanser.

  5. The Beautaniq product is kinda crappy. I tossed it after searching it. I wish I had waited and read the review so I could have just swappped it instead. It felt like low-quality makeup for children.

  6. Darn! These are the samples I thought I was getting as July is my first box, but instead I am getting other entirely different products. How did I not get the ‘curated’ box? I don’t see any way of selecting the curated option.
    I did use the Extrabox code; maybe that box will help ease my disappointment 😊

  7. I may need to resubscribe but I don’t know if I should wait for a deal or if there are any great deals coming up.

  8. I bought this curated box with points and I’m really happy with it! I love the Oribe.

  9. The EXTRABOX code is not working!

  10. WoW! Pretty impressive for birchbox! Might try the extra box promo again and see if I have any luck!

  11. I didn’t like either of my two birchboxes this month which is very rare for me! There was a lot of overlap despite me reviewing each product I get. Hoping for a better round in August.

    • Same here. Two subscriptions and both contain 2 choice products. I didn’t want this blush serum… and I ended with two of them. 🙂

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