Birchbox is a $10 monthly subscription where you receive a box of five beauty and lifestyle product samples from both up & coming and well known brands, tailored to your skin, hair, and style. You get generously sized samples so you can decide if they’re right for you.
What would you typically find in my makeup bag? Well… nothing, because I don’t own such a thing. My eyeliner, lip balm, and foundation stick (when I’m having a gross skin day) simply gets thrown into one of the side pockets in my purse.
And I admit, I still don’t know how to properly apply mascara… no matter how many YouTube videos I’ve gone through, they always end up smeared across the entire surface of my eyeball… and lipstick makes my lips feel a thousand pounds. Pretty much everything else – eye shadow, blush, highlighter, etc. are just too much trouble for me.
Updates after updates from my fun and beautiful girlfriends came a scrollin’ down my news feed… about these mysterious boxes for which they were placed on a waiting list to receive. A Waiting list?!?? Curiosity got the best of me and I went to their website to see what all the excitement was about.
The deal is, for $10 a month, Birchbox will send you five beauty samples from both brand new & high-end brands, tailored to your skin, hair, and style. Don’t ask me why, but I had to have it. I requested to be added to their waiting list, and about two weeks later, I received an email telling me I’ll be getting my first box the following month! Yay success! (Success in what? I dunno yet…)
And then came my first box! I received over $80 worth of samples and full-sized products including:
Mighty Leaf Teas are still my all-time favorite! Especially Chamomile Citrus… and I wouldn’t have known about them if it weren’t for Birchbox!
Here are some of the other products I received in the following months… and yes, they even sent me snacks!:
Value: A monthly subscription costs $10… and my first box contained products with a total value of over $80. The average value of the boxes I received was around $40… however, I have received a box with items totaling just $16. That being said, I feel getting $30+ worth of samples tailored to your personal style is worth the membership.
Included Items: Most items I received were obviously “sample sized” but my boxes contained at least one “full size” product each month. There were several items I normally do not use or go out and purchase… oils, mascara, blush, lipstick, etc., but that’s the very reason receiving these mystery boxes was so much fun. 🙂 I was able to play with products and brands that I would otherwise not have tried on my own!
Customer Support: Top notch customer support! I contacted their support when I did not receive a product listed for that month. They took care of it right away… got the missing item within the next week.
Opting-Out: I’m sensitive to just about anything with a floral fragrance. I may not break out in hives, but flowery scents give me killer headaches. Headaches slow me down… and that interrupts my routine. Yuck. I wanted to opt-out of receiving any fragrance items but was unable to opt-out of any category entirely, so I received several fragrance samples that I simply gave away or threw into my makeup drawer (or the trash).
For a little more than 2 Venti Starbucks coffees, you receive a beauty box containing five beauty product samples tailored to your skin, hair, and style. I think it’s a fun way to discover products and brands that you wouldn’t have known about otherwise. Success? Most definitely!