The Birchbox Blowout Kit Review + Coupon
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The Subscription Box: The Birchbox Blowout Kit
The Cost: $48 + $5 shipping ($152 value)
And don’t forget your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!
The Products: Everything you need for a DIY blowout!
The Birchbox Blowout Kit May 2019 Review
Here is the info sheet for the products included.
R+Co PARK AVE Blow Out Balm,1.7 oz – Estimated Value $9.86 (buy the full-size version for $29)
I like that this blow out balm adds softness and protects from heat, and it smelled good with a scent blend of orange, cardamom, fig, guava, and amber. This didn’t weigh my hair down, but if you have fine hair you probably want to start with a small amount of this first.
Oribe Straight Away Smoothing Blowout Cream, 0.5 oz – Estimated Value $4.40 (buy the full-size version for $44)
I love a lot of products from Oribe, but this isn’t one of them. There wasn’t anything particularly bad about it, but I didn’t feel like it made a noticeable difference in my hair to justify the premium price that Oribe sells their products for. Like all Oribe products, though, this smelled great.
Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo, 1.35 oz – Estimated Value $5.40 (buy the full-size version for $34)
I am a very critical judge of shampoos – if it isn’t hydrating, I don’t want it near my hair. Luckily, this shampoo lived up to its claim of being a moisture shampoo, and I was really happy with how my hair felt after using. My hair didn’t feel dry or tangled.
Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner, 1.35 oz – Estimated Value $5.40 (buy the full-size version for $34)
I love that we got the matching conditioner! This was like a tall drink of water for my hair, and I loved that it made things much easier when it came time to comb my curls. It is rare that I find a shampoo and conditioner duo that I like as much as this one, but I will take it.
Bumble and bumble. Repair Blow Dry, 2 oz – Retail Value $15
This may be my favorite styling product in this kit – I love it. It really added softness and shine to my hair, and it also works as a heat protectant so you don’t have to use multiple products to make sure your hair is safe. I found it to be lightweight while still being nourishing, and I could also see myself using this on dry hair at the ends to help with split ends.
Number 4™ Jour d’automne Smoothing Balm, 1 oz – Estimated Value $5.88 (buy the full-size version for $30)
I like how multi-use this smoothing balm is – it can minimize frizz while also protecting against humidity and heat damage. Since I have dry hair, I found this to be nourishing, but nothing about it seemed particularly special.
amika Brooklyn Bombshell Blowout Spray, 2 oz – Retail Value $10
This spray adds volume, body, and shine without weighing hair down, and I would say that it delivers on what it claims to do! I definitely didn’t find this to be heavy on my hair, and when I was done blowing my hair out I definitely noticed that there was a boost in volume, too.
Spornette 2″ Square Heat Styler – Retail Value $26.70
This brush definitely isn’t for when I want to wear my curls naturally, but I thought it helped to smooth my strands when I was trying to blow out my hair. I would never pay this much for a brush, but I am happy to add it to my arsenal of tools at a discount.
amika Mini Ionic Hair Dryer in Lemonade – Retail Value $60
The fact that this kit comes with a mini Amika blow dryer was definitely what made me want to try this – I needed a new blow dryer, and I have been really curious about Amika tools. Along with being adorable, this thing packs a punch! It can take mostly dry hair to fully dry in five minutes, and it took less than thirty minutes for me to get my towel-dried hair fully dry and blown out. I actually use this on the lower heat setting, because I find the higher setting to be too strong.
Here I am with mostly dry hair.
And here is my head five minutes later using the diffuser head. I was amazed!
I decided I needed to see what this blow dryer could really do, so I set aside some time to blow out my hair. I don’t really do it (at all), and I am no expert, but I was happy to give it a try. I started out with towel dried hair and the amika Brooklyn Bombshell spray combed through.
Next, I pinned most of my hair up with a clip and I ran the Bumble and Bumble cream through my hair. Using the air concentration nozzle and a fine tooth comb, I gave my best efforts at blowing it dry.
Here is what one layer looked like when I was done. My hair looked so soft and shiny! I then repeated the processing, letting out a layer of hair at a time.
Here was the finished look (wearing the scarf from my May Oui Please box, review coming soon!). This is definitely a different look for me, but I liked it! I am definitely thinking about picking up the heated straightening brush from amika to smooth out the ends of my hair that loves to curl (or a straightener, in general—I don’t own one!).
Verdict: I think this was another stellar discovery kit on Birchbox’s part – the value is high, and the quality of the brands sent are impressive. I am loving my new mini blowdryer, and honestly, it works well enough that I don’t currently feel the need to get the bigger version. Birchbox promised a total value of $152, and by my math, this kit has a total value of $142.64. That is a little below, but I definitely feel like the value is there for $53 ($48 plus $5 shipping).
To Wrap Up:
Value Breakdown: This box cost $53 ($48 + $5 shipping) and I calculated a total value of $142.64. That means you are paying approximately the following per item:
- R+Co: $3.66
- Oribe: $1.63
- Alterna Shampoo: $2.01
- Alterna Conditioner: $2.01
- Bumble and Bumble: $5.57
- Number 4: $2.18
- Amika Spray: $3.72
- Spornette: $9.92
- Amika Blow Dryer: $22.29
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