I’ll admit that my interest in Birchbox has never been very high. Reading reviews of previous boxes, I always felt that there were just too many little odd lifestyle items thrown in–like tea bags and chocolate bars. There also seemed to be a lot of foil and perfume samples. I don’t mind foils, but I don’t feel like those are something I should spend money on. I’m never been big of fragrance either, so the thought of getting a bunch of perfume samples also turned me off.
In the past couple of months, however, I’ve felt like I’ve seen less foil samples from Birchbox. And after feeling a bit of burnout with my other subs, I thought I’d give Birchbox a try.
This month’s box is a collaboration between Birchbox and Women’s Health. In addition to the regular box, each subscriber was also given a one year subscription to Women’s Health magazine. The box costs $10 per month and points accrued by doing reviews of the products earn discounts that can be used in the Birchbox shop. Use code WOMENSHEALTH100 when signing up to earn 100 points, which the equivalent of $10 to use in the shop.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Black Eyeliner
0.03 oz., Estimated value: $12 || Full size: 0.04 oz., $16
Black eyeliner is something I definitely don’t need right now. I’ve gotten several from Ipsy in the past few months, as well as a couple from other subscription boxes. I will likely just hang onto this, as it is something I will eventually use.
Harvey Prince Singular Scentsations Imperial Gardenia
1.5 ml, Estimate value: $4.94 || Full size: 8.8 ml, $29
The dreaded perfume sample! I’ll admit to kind of curling my nose up when I opened my box and saw this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the scent. It’s definitely not for those that don’t like florals, but I did enjoy it. Probably not something I’d wear all the time, as I prefer a cleaner scent, but I will use this on occasion.
Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
30ml, Estimated value: $2.89 || Full size: 250 ml, $24
I always like to have lotion samples because I think they’re great to throw in my purse. My skin is itchy and dry, so I moisturize a lot throughout the day. This lotion wasn’t anything special and provided adequate moisture to my skin. The issue I had was the smell–it smells just like lemon cleaner. I will use this up, but it’s definitely not something I would purchase in full-size. I appreciate that it’s natural and organic, but I wish they’d put a little more thought into the scent.
Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
.17 oz., Estimate value: $4.80 || Full size: 1.7 oz., $48
This product is a quick peel to remove dead and dry skin. It seemed very gentle and did not really have a smell. The gel formula had a nice consistency, and my skin where I applied it felt much smoother. I have a lot of masks and peels already, so I’m not sure if this is something I’d purchase in full-size. I tend to apply masks when I want to relax, so I prefer the ones that stay on my face for 20+ minutes. This might be a quick fix, however, when I neglect my usual skincare routine or when I have dry patches on my face.
Supergoop! Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35+
3 ml, Estimated value: $2.05 || Full size: 47 ml, $32
This was such a small sample, but I was very happy with the shade. It claims to self-adjust and I did feel like it almost melted into my skin. I like that it has a fairly high SPF for makeup, but the coverage was very light. For me, I think this might work better as a primer, rather than a foundation.
Total value: $26.68
The value for the box is definitely there, but I feel very indifferent about the contents. There was nothing that stood out or that I was really excited to try. I’m not sure whether that fault lies with Birchbox or I just have subscription burnout in general. I might be all sampled out! I will probably stick with this for a few more months to see if I change my mind.