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Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – October 2018

Liz Cadman
ByLiz CadmanOct 16, 2018 | 15 comments

Birchbox
3.7 overall rating
659 Ratings | 190 Reviews

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.

FYI – you can still buy this box for $10. (Or $15 if you aren’t a Birchbox subscriber.)

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!)

DEAL: Use coupon code READYTOJET to get a free Stila makeup set ($36 value) with a 3-month subscription!

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

Ships to: US, France, Spain, 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!

Laura Geller New York Nude Kisses Lip Hugging Lip Gloss in Blushing – 1.3 ml Value $8.40

This lip gloss provides a sheer wash of color (in a lovely mauve pink), a healthy dose of shine, and just a hint of shimmer. The formula wasn’t too sticky, and I loved it layered over my matte liquid lipstick.

(Swatched in lower photo.)

ittsē Pearl Eye Shadow in Metamorphosis – 1.5 g Value $7.50

(This is practically the size of the full-size pan. I assumed it was full size at first.)

This is a shimmery, pearlescent light mocha. And I’m seriously impressed with the formula. Excellent pigment, so easy to blend, stays put, and no fall out issues.

Here it is swatched below the lip gloss:

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment – 10 g Value $4.29

This is a new-to-me brand that I’ve been wanting to try, so I was pumped to see it in the curated box this month! To use this exfoliating treatment, you apply it to clean skin that is a bit wet, let sit for 5 minutes, then massage to remove. (Use up to 3 times a week. If you have sensitive skin, spot test first.)

On the exfoliating particle size scale, this is on the grittier end, but it didn’t irritate my skin. And I liked how smooth and soft my skin felt after using it – and it wasn’t dried out at all.

R+Co ACID WASH ACV Cleansing Rinse – 1 oz Value $5.33

I really love the R+Co brand – their haircare products all smell SO good. I was expecting this one to not smell good because of the vinegar, but the vinegar is actually pretty subtle! If you aren’t familiar with Apple Cider Vinegar rinses, they are a great way to remove product buildup from your hair. And this rinse is easy to use – wet hair in the shower,  apply it directly to your scalp, massage into hair, leave in for 1-3 minutes, then rinse. (Then follow with shampoo + conditioner.)

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream – 5 ml Value $4.80

Good news! I am happy to report that this tube is completely full! And this formula is lovely, too. It’s a rich cream that’s hydrating and plumps your skin without leaving it greasy.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $30.32 – I think that’s good for a $10 beauty box! In general, the curated boxes from Birchbox tend to have a good value, so if that’s important to you, I recommend picking those each month! I was happy with thie box this month, too. I had several new great product discoveries (so impressed with that eyeshadow formula), and all the sample sizes are multi-use, too.

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, this box is available for a one-time purchase! And if you subscribe to Birchbox now, check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured is the first month you’ll receive. You can’t pick the curated box as your first box, but you’ll be able to pick it every month moving forward.

COUPON: Use code FIRST15 to save 15% off your first Birchbox purchase and get free shipping on $50+ orders! (Not valid for subscriptions).

Use coupon code READYTOJET to get this Stila makeup set free with a 3-month subscription. ($10 a month).

The set is a $36 value and includes:

  • Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (0.008 oz.)
  • HUGE™ Extreme Lash Mascara (0.20 oz.)
  • Stay All Day® Liquid Lipstick in Rubino (0.05 oz.)
  • Zippered Pouch

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

Birchbox ($15 per month) was one of the very first beauty subscription boxes—we’ve been reviewing it since 2012! Each month, subscribers get a new mix of 5 beauty samples, such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items. Birchbox lets you choose whether you’d like a box of items picked just... read more.
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!

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!
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15 comments

SP

I didn’t do the curated box, but still received the dr. Jart, the ACV , and the sand & sky (I chose the Davines product and also got winky luxe strobe cream. Anyway, my question-does anyone know if ACV products in general are OK to use on colored hair? Seems like they’d strip color considering they’re basically hardcore clarifying shampoos?

June

I just used the acv rinse on my highlighted hair this morning. It actually seemed to brighten up the highlights a bit, and gave my hair more volume. I actually think I will repurchase this for use a couple of times a month on a regular basis.

tammy g.

hey liz Cadman, can you tell me anything about beautyfix for November 2018, i’m wanting to join but not liking October box……oh, and I love birchbox, mine came on oct. 13…..I have no problems with birchbox, and I like how they let you choose too…

Janet

As usual, I’ll have to email their customer service about my box. It has yet to be shipped. This is the third month this happened. Label created and their it sits.

Janet

*There it sits.

Em

I loved this box! I ended up buying the customizable ittse palette and some additional shadows. (I did not notice this was a sample eyeshadow either!) ittse has a good selection of matte and pearl shadows, and you can add various shades of face and cheek powder too. Birchbox has a lot of their stuff on the site, but the ittse site has even more. The cost was a little lower through ittse, but I get free shipping through Birchbox, so ultimately that’s where I got my palette (plus they had the variety I wanted). I’d recommend checking out the ittse site for more options though! Oh, and the packaging was super cute which isn’t important but adds to the great experience overall.

Amberlyn Schollhammer

I’m loving that ready to jet makeup set…it might actually make me resub to birchbox!

Jen

Then you’ll get a nasty email that it’s only for “new”subscribers. Then stop sending me the emails to subscribe!

amber

I’ve never had any issues with the new subscriber gift. I’ve been on and off for a few years and used the same account.

Liz Cadman

I recommend it. It’s a really cute set, the liquid lip is my favorite long lasting lip formula, and the mascara and eyeliner are great, too! 🙂

Enid

I liked this box. I was able to use all items.

Liz Cadman

Yay! Glad to hear you liked it, too! 🙂

Anna

I love the ACV rinse on between shampoo days. It also keeps my hair from tangling. I’m eyeing the curated boxes lately if they stay consistent I may resubscribe to Birchbox.

Liz Cadman

I’m pretty much always happy with the curated box. I recommend the curated box only approach 🙂

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