Birchbox is a beauty sample subscription box that sends 5 new items to test out each month so you can try before you buy. Birchbox recently made some changes and is now $15 a month, or sign up for longer terms and save a buck or two per month. Birchbox lets you choose a monthly sample during selection time or let Birchbox decide. You can also pick a pre-curated box and from now on they are supposed to have two different curated boxes to choose from. This is a review of a monthly box without sample choice!
NOTE: You can read all about the recent changes, including pricing structure and ACE prices.
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Birchbox sends the cutest boxes and I have them all over my dresser, corralling beauty products. It was kind of hard to photograph this one because it is iridescent.
The product info card mentioned some of the changes that are going on, plus gave a number that you can text to let Birchbox know your feelings about the changes, good or bad.
The information card gives brief details on each item as well as the price if you were to buy the full size. Keep in mind that Birchbox sends a variety of product combos each month and your box may vary from mine. I believe everyone received at least 6 items in April.
Back when I first started getting Birchbox my items would be wrapped in tissue paper but that stopped somewhere along the way. I guess it is back!
Everything in the box! I filled out a profile when I joined so I could let Birchbox know which types of items I would like to receive, plus I selected my skin type, hair type, and other info so they could send products that work for me. I did not make a sample choice since I didn’t care for the choices this month, but I ended up getting all three sample choices anyways.
I found a card with a coupon code for a shop purchase.
The coupon is not valid on subscriptions and you must make a $60+ order to take advantage of the offer.
Everything in my box!
Number 4 Lumiere d’hiver Clarifying Shampoo ($3.76) I’ve tried Number 4 products before and one thing to keep in mind is that they smell like perfume, maybe something by Tom Ford that I’ve smelled in the past. Every Sunday I use a clarfying shampoo followed by a deep conditioner (see below) so it was fun to change it up with something different. I thought it did a good job of cleaning off all of the residue that I had from styling products.
Number 4 Reconstructing Hair Masque ($2.84) Since this product is a one-time use foil packet, it is listed as a bonus on my product info card. I use a deep conditioner once a week and this one was pretty thick and took a bit longer to rinse out than my usual product. I didn’t feel like my hair was weighed down after styling and luckily the perfumed scent faded fairly quickly.
Living Proof Prime Style Extender ($4) was one of the sample choices this month. It is a primer that is supposed to help extend your ‘do, so I’m not sure how it can help me since I wash my hair every day. I applied it to damp hair and combed it through, then used my regular mousse. The scent was very nice, another hair perfume, and smells fruity. I thought my hair looked fine after styling, but I don’t think this is a product I would use again since I plan on washing my hair when I wake up but for those who wait a while between washes this might help them out.
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($10) Oribe is another brand that has a beautiful perfumey scent, which to me is very feminine. This product can be used as a dry shampoo or just blast it at roots to add volume to flat hair. I’m not sure how well it works as a dry shampoo since it doesn’t come out as a powder but it isn’t crunchy, which I appreciate.
Marcelle City 24-Hr Anti-Pollution Day & Night Moisturizing Emulsion ($4.08) is meant to protect skin against “the visible signs of pollution”, including dehydration, irritation, and dullness. It is supposed to provide a barrier between skin and those environmental stressors, although to me the biggest “stressor” is the sun but sadly this doesn’t have SPF. It is fragrance-free and doesn’t have parabens but it also didn’t feel moisturizing enough for my dry skin.
Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil ($6.47) was another one of the sample choices this month. Wow, $6.47 seems like a high value for a sample that was practically empty! When I opened it up I was surprised to see that it wasn’t clear but was tinted, but then it just blobbed out of the container! Also, I would hesitate to call this a lip oil since there were 8 chemicals listed before they actually got to the oils. It goes on like a thicker lip gloss, but not as thick as a lipstick. Also, it kind of made my lips burn.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($15.12) I know Sunday Riley is hugely popular but I am not their biggest fan. It was another one of the sample choices.
Ingredients were listed on the box. Something interesting to note is that the gorgeous color comes not from blue tansy oil, but from artificial colors. There are also lots of plant oils in here, including some that are irritating and may cause sun sensitivity. Apply this before bed and make sure to wear sunscreen in the morning.
It is so pretty, of course, and the color fades as you rub it into your skin, but I don’t really want to rub dye on my face. It has an herbal scent and leaves behind oils on the skin, which I don’t really mind since my skin is dry. I would like this product more if it didn’t have the dye. Yes, I wear makeup, which also has colors added, but I try to balance it out with fragrance-free and dye-free skin care.
What do you think of the new, improved Birchbox? I still think some of the samples are super tiny but I did manage to get several uses out of them, even the foil pack (since my hair is short). The whole point is to try before you buy to see if an item feels good, smells good, or works good for you so in that case Birchbox has hit the mark. I was disappointed to see all three sample choices in my box and 4 hair products was a bit too much, although three of them were a good fit for my profile. I was also frustrated that there wasn’t anything for my body, especially since my profile says that is my favorite beauty category, and I am one of those people who wouldn’t mind receiving a perfume sample every month. As for the value, my box was worth around $46.27!
What did you think of the April 2019 Birchbox Box? What did you get in your box?