Birchbox Curated Box #2 Review + Coupon – October 2019
Every month, Birchbox sends samples (and sometimes full-sizes) of new and exciting beauty products from top brands for $15/month. They allow subscribers to pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice with the rest of the items arriving as a surprise. Birchbox is one of the original beauty subscription boxes and is a great way to discover new makeup, hair care, and skincare products without breaking the bank.
This review is of the “Glow Time” curated box.
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About this Curated Beauty Box
The Subscription Box: Birchbox
The Cost: $15.00 a month + free shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.
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The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.
Ships to: The US, France, Spain, and the UK
Birchbox October 2019 “Glow Time” Curated Box #2 Review
There are two info cards in this month’s Birchbox. One of the cards details the included six items and has “Trick or Treat” tips on how and when to use certain skincare products. The other card talks about how to get $5 off and a free box for yourself when you buy a gift subscription for the beauty-lover in your life.
NuFACE Prep-N-Glow Cloths, 2 ct. – Total Estimated Value $2.00 (Buy a full-size 20 ct. for $20.00)
I wasn’t expecting much out of these wipes since it’s hard to get me to switch from Neutrogena. However, I found this cloth to be tough on makeup while not drying my face out (like Neutrogena wipes do). They’re also quite a bit larger than the more normal current cleansing wipes I use and have a “scrubby” side with little “microdots” to get some exfoliation action out of it too. I found the nubbins a little too rough for my skin, so I don’t think I’d get use out of that side. While these seem to be a great option for makeup removal and also contain hyaluronic acid, at $1 a piece, they’re a little pricey for me to switch to for an everyday face wipe.
R+Co HIGH DIVE Moisture + Shine Crème, 0.5 oz. – Estimated Value $2.90 (Buy a full-size 5 oz for $29.00)
R+Co quickly has become a favorite hair care line of mine through Birchbox discoveries. This moisture and shine crème has a wonderful scent and can also be used as a leave-in conditioner. I tend to use a very small amount and run it through the middle-ends of my fine hair when it’s wet to be sure I’m not overdoing it. After blow-drying, it left me with great smelling soft hair that looked a little less frazzled and damaged.
Specific Beauty Radiance Repair Night Treatment, 0.7 oz. – Estimated Value $26.76 (Buy a full-size 1 0z for $65.00)
This night cream from Specific Beauty is a little on the thinner side and has a slight off white color to it. It has virtually no scent and absorbed very quickly onto my face and neck and left me with a soft feel to my skin. Retinol, niacinamide, and shea butter work together to try and even skin tone as I sleep and smooth out any uneven texture. Only time will tell if I see results on this one, but I’ve liked the feel of the product thus far.
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator, 0.71 oz. – Estimated Value $5.71 (Buy a full-size 4.23 oz for $34.00)
I tend to love exfoliators because scrubbing face feels so good and productive to me. I received this same product in the August curated box I reviewed and it reminded me a lot of my beloved Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliant because of the micro scrubbies in there that feel gritty yet gentle and the thick consistency. This is a great size too which should yield plenty of washes.
Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment, 0.10 oz. – Estimated Value $7.80 (Buy a full-size 0.5 oz for $39.00)
This eye cream stands out to me due to the peachy pigment that makes it seem almost like a color corrector. It seems to go on transparently although the tint claims to “instantly brighten” my under eyes. Tell that to my 2 hours of sleep baggage. This tube suspiciously had very little product in it. I had to squeeze and squeeze to get it to come out, so the size of the tube doesn’t really mirror how much is inside. I think I can get about 5 doses or so out of this, maybe. It is a little thicker than other eye creams I’ve tried though and it has a soft powder-like satin once it’s on with a matte finish.
Lancôme Juicy Tubes Ultra Shiny Lip Gloss in Tickled Pink, 0.33 oz. – Estimated Value $12.54 (Buy a full size for $19.00)
Here, we have an almost full-size version (it almost fooled me) of what I now know to be a cult classic lip gloss. Both my best friend and fellow MSAer Megan confirmed that these were THE JAM back in the early aughts or so. I guess I’ve always been a gloss hater because these did not show up on my radar until this box arrived. After the history lesson, I found myself warming to the thought of wearing this strangely named product on the daily. This soft mauve gave my pout a shiny subtle coloring and really felt hydrating while smelling super fruity. It doesn’t feel overly sticky at all, but once I was driving with my windows down and my hair stuck to it, I was back on the anti-gloss train. Ah well.
Verdict: The Glow Time curated Birchbox ended up kind of neutral to me. Nothing blew my mind, but everything seemed like a pretty solid product. The R+Co Shine Crème and Vasanti exfoliator were prob my top two and I can clearly find a friend to pass the Juicy Tubes on to. I came up with an estimated value of a whopping $57.71 which is a fantastic deal for a $15 box, so that definitely makes these products feel a little bit more valuable.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? If you subscribe to Birchbox now, be sure to check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured at the bottom is the first month you’ll receive. You can’t pick a curated box like this one as your first box, but you’ll be able to pick it every month moving forward.
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Value Breakdown: At $15.00 for this box, here’s what you are approximately paying for each product:
- Facial Cloths x2: $0.51
- Moisture Cream: $0.75
- Night Treatment: $6.96
- Exfoliator: $1.48
- Eye Treatment: $2.03
- Lip Gloss: $3.26
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