Birchbox Reveal – June 2015

birchbox_zpsz5crv0c3yesterday there was a package from Birchbox waiting for me in the mail area. I used to subscribe to Birchbox on and off in the past, but this is my first box in quite a while, so I’m excited to dive into the testing process!

oh, are you wondering just what a Birchbox is? it’s a monthly subscription service to try out new general beauty and lifestyle products. for about $10 per month, you get at least five samples, ranging in size from single-use to multiple-use. you can expect samples that include makeup, tools, skincare, hair care, body care (including perfume), edible goodies, home goods (like a candle). these are often sourced from new or expanding brands so members discover products they might not otherwise on their own. Birchbox also works with well-established vendors to bring members newly-launched products and cult favorites as well.

below, I’ve described the six products that came in my June 2015 box. stay tuned for my upcoming blog post, detailing my testing results.

1. Dermaclear™ Micro Water by Dr. Jart+ – $32 (8.4 oz.)
“Made with active hydrogen mineral water, this cleansing water removes makeup and brightens skin. Dispense onto a cotton pad and wipe over face to whisk away makeup and gently cleanse.”

2. Waterproof Eyeliner by Marcelle – $11 (0.04 oz./1.2 g)
“This blendable waterproof eyeliner goes on smoothly and stays put all day.” (I received “Blue Lagoon.”)

3. Good Hair Day Shampoo by Temple Spa – $14 (6.8 oz.)
“Botanical-infused formula that cleanses strands, repairs damage, adds volume, and boosts shine.”

4. In Good Condition Conditioner by Temple Spa – $14 (6.8 oz.)
“Made with refreshing peppermint, this creamy detangler hydrates, softens, and tames frizz.”

5. Bianca (Eau de Parfum) by TOCCA – $68 (1.7 fluid oz.)
“This clean, citrus scent has undertones of rose and sugar for long-wearing, intriguing layers.”

LIFESTYLE EXTRA
6. Lace Headband by Pura Vida – $18 (Pack of 8)
“Add polish to any style.”

the information listed here is copied directly from the Birchbox insert included in my box. according to my research through their website, not all subscribers will receive the same items nor the same colors, so I’ve also mentioned the colors I received, where applicable.

although monthly subscription boxes are becoming more and more popular, Birchbox seems to be one of the main beauty-based contenders. in my opinion, that’s because it happens to be the most economical option on the market. at only $10 per box, it seems easy to find a little space in your budget for this little monthly treat.

if you love something you’ve received in your box, there’s the convenient option to buy it full-sized, directly through Birchbox. as far as I’ve seen, the prices in their marketplace are right on par with brand stores and websites like Sephora and Ulta. so why shop through Birchbox if you can pick up the same product at your local mall? because of the rewards! for every $1 you spend, you get 1 point. annnnd for every 100 points, you earn $10 towards a future purchase.

but buying products from their store isn’t the only way to gain points. every time you get a Birchbox in the mail, you can sign in and review the products you’ve just tried. for each of those reviews, you receive 10 points. let’s do a little math here: with a minimum of 5 samples in each box (and quite often that number is actually 6), that’s 50-60 points per box. after 2 boxes, you’ve already gained 100-120 points! so, if you buy 2 months at the maximum price of $10 per month, you end up with $10 in rewards. I take this to mean that every other time you purchase a box, you get $10 back – it just happens to be in products instead of in cash. so great!

and I’ve never had a problem finding a product I’ve wanted from their store as Birchbox has offerings from a wide variety of brands (some of my favorites are Origins, Benefit, and Eyeko). points convert only in increments of $10, so once you reach 200 points, you will have $20 available and so on. points are currently valid for one full year from the time of receipt. I often let my points accumulate to $20 or $30 until I can take home a prestige-level item for free or for very little cost. I haven’t discovered a service with nearly this level of rewards to date!

do you subscribe?
– if so, what products were in your June 2015 box?
– if not, you can get your own monthly women’s Birchbox subscription here.

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