Monday, December 9, 2013

Birchbox (October 2013 & November 2013)

I've been meaning to try Birchbox for a while, as a lot of my friends are obsessed with theirs. The idea of paying $120/year for beauty products intimidated me, though, as I'm a poor student. My friend Sami put it nicely, though--go out to eat one less time each month, and you're saving more than $10. That covers the cost of the Birchbox!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept, you fill out a beauty survey and pay $10/month for a box of samples curated for you based on your survey results. Make sure to write a review of each product you test each month, as you get 10 points per sample review. Every 100 points is $10 in the Birchbox online shop!

I've been watching a lot of "unboxing" videos, so I think I'll post each box I receive. So far, I've received boxes in October and November, and I'm eagerly awaiting December's arrival. Let's go!

October 2013

RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer in Hedge Fund: full size costs $10; sample value is $10 (received the full-sized product)

theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac: full size costs $17; sample value is $2.25

SARAHPOTEMPA The HALF-UP™: full size costs $9; sample value is $9 (received the full-sized product)

dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant: full size costs $78; sample value is $9.75

ChapStick® Hydration Lock: full size costs $3; sample value is $3 (received the full-sized product)

Total value: $34

I wasn't too impressed with my first Birchbox, I'll be honest. I don't love the nail-polish color (but I can't knock it until I try it, I guess), and the Stainiac feels sticky on my lips. My favorite product this month was definitely the ChapStick. I can't get enough of it! Too bad it's sold out in the Birchbox shop...



November 2013

Folle de Joie eau de parfum: full size costs $98; sample value is $1.75

WEI™ Pomegranate Buffing Beads: full size costs $20; sample value is $2

AYRES Body Butter in Midnight Tango: full size costs $28; sample value is $4.15

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara: full size costs $24; sample value is $10.75

Fatty Sundays Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels in Toasted Coconut: full size costs $7; sample value is $1

WEI™ Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask: full size costs $42; sample value is $5.25

Total value: $30.90

This month was so much better than October! I absolutely love every single product that Birchbox sent me, especially the mud mask. Although it says that each pod is for a single use, I've used mine four times already and still have half of it left! The AYRES body butter is to die for, as well--the scent is marvelous.



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