Monday, February 19, 2018

Birchbox: August 2014

birchbox: august 2014

For the second month in a row, Birchbox allowed subscribers to pick a sample that would be included in their box. There was also the option to choose a specially curated box, which was a collaboration with The Everygirl. The contents of this special box were not a surprise, so subscribers who chose this box knew exactly what they were getting. I chose this box because I wanted to ensure I got one particular sample.

About Birchbox:

Birchbox is a subscription sampling service that delivers a box of 4-6 products to your door each month. The box is only $10 per month and offers a very generous rewards program. Each item you receive and review is worth 10 points. Every 100 points is equal to $10, which can be used to purchase full-sized products in the Birchbox shop or gift subscriptions.

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Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect
30 ml, Estimated value: $4.80 || Full size: 200 ml, $32

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

Conditioner is something I only use occasionally because of my scalp issues. I also only use it on my ends. I haven’t tried a lot of leave-in conditioners, but that actually might be a better solution for me. Lots of people have raved about this product, so I’m really excited to give it a try.

Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner
0.003 oz., Estimated value: $1.80 || Full size: 0.04 oz., $24

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Liner

This sample is the reason I chose this box. Reaction to this liner has been pretty mixed, so I wanted to try it for myself without committing to a full-size. Unfortunately, this sample is junk. The full size contains a clicking wheel to release product; with this tiny sample, I had to squeeze. It took forever for me to get anything to come out. Once it did, I found it to be a thick, clumpy mess.

Benefit Cosmetics They're Real! Push-Up Liner

I think Benefit really missed the mark here. I’m not opposed to paying more for something that works and would have gladly paid the purchase price for this had it actually felt like an innovative product. Sadly, it just seems to be over-hyped and overpriced, much like other Benefit products I’ve tried. If they weren’t going to make a sample that functioned in the same manner as the full-size version, why go to the trouble at all?

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub
1.0 oz., Estimated value: $3.75 || Full size: 4 oz., $14.99

Acure Organics Brightening Facial Scrub

My Lush Ocean Salt cleanser, which is my go-to exfoliant, is almost empty. I think this product will be a nice substitute until I can repurchase the Lush. I’m excited to try this. If it turns out to work well for me, with the cheaper price point, it could replace my Lush cleanser.

Harvey Prince Hello
1.5 ml, Estimated value: $1.65 || Full size: 50 ml, $55

Harvey Prince Hello

Two months of Birchbox. Two Harvey Prince perfume samples.

Subscribers complain a lot about all of the Harvey Prince products in these boxes, as well as the inclusion of a lot of perfume samples. I will probably get annoyed at some point, but I’ve like both samples I’ve gotten. This perfume feels very summer-y, so I’ll probably try to use it up before cooler weather hits.

Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash
1.5 oz., Estimated value: $1.75 || Full size: 13.61 oz., $16

Not Soap, Radio Happiness Inducing Body Wash

Much like the lip balm in my Ipsy bag, this isn’t exactly exciting. It smells amazing, though! Other scents are available in the Birchbox store, so this might be something I will purchase in the future. I’d love to try some of the other scents.

Total value: $13.75

The value of this box is extremely disappointing, especially given how horrible the Benefit liner sample was. Even worse, I chose this box.

What do you get in your Birchbox this month?

  • alyssa

    I really want to sign up for a birchbox subscription but I’m waiting to have the extra money each month. Kinda wishing I could sample a month. 😉

    • I am currently laid off and really shouldn’t keep up my subscription boxes, but I feel like that’s one small thing I can do for myself. I cut back other places, like not buying a coffee or eating out, to afford the $10. Hopefully you’ll be able to try it soon.

  • I used to sub Birchbox. Many of the products at that time were hair related and I couldn’t use them. It seems to be better now. I am a sucker for a beauty subscription box. Lip Factory Inc is my current fave beauty subbie.

    • Lip Factory is on my list to try. If I could, I’d probably get all the subscription boxes, though I have no idea what I’d do with all that stuff!

  • I just subscribed to Ipsy and have been considering one more box subscription…I will have to go by and check out Birchbox for sure…

    • I hope you’ll post what you get. I love to compare bags and see what other people receive!

  • I’m SO happy I read your review. I was really excited to try that eyeliner – but I’m so happy I didn’t waste my money!

    • The reviews I’ve seen on it have been very mixed, although I’ve noticed a lot people that loved it also received it as a PR product. Seems fishy!

  • Mandy Young Carter

    I love box subscriptions! I haven’t tried this one yet but it is on my list to try.

    • I love them, too! It’s such a nice little surprise for myself each month.

  • divasrunforbling

    I haven’t heard of Birchbox before. I may have to give it a look. i am sorry this box was disappointing.

    • Hopefully the coming month will be better! I picked one of my samples, so there’s at least one thing I should love!

  • Modern June

    I have been dying to get my hands on Hello!

    • I wore it yesterday. I liked the scent a lot, but I felt like it didn’t wear well. I couldn’t even smell if after a couple of hours. :/

  • You got some really nice samples! I’d love to try that facial scrub. I may have to check into Birchbox!

    • The points program is really great and makes it worth the cost. I unsubscribe and resubscribe all the time with points codes. I’ve gotten 2 boxes and have almost 500 points, which is $50 to spend in their shop.

  • I think it’s cool that Birchbox combines full sizes with samples.