Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Birchbox Subscription Box Review - October 2015



This is a review of a cosmetics subscription box called Birchbox. It only costs $10 per month and they have a generous point system, so in the end this box really only costs $5 including shipping. For October I chose one of the two boxes that weren't a surprise. There was also a mystery box to chose from. These options are a grand improvement that Birchbox has made which caused me to resubscribe. The box show above is perfect for me since it has lots of moisturizers and high end brands that I love. Included in this box were the following products:
  1. Clinique - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief, .21  oz, $4.81 retail value
  2. Darphin - Stimulskin Plus Multi Corrective Divine Cream, .17 oz, $29.50 value
  3. Clinique - Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon, full size is $17, perhaps it's a half sized sample, $8.50 approximate value
  4. Smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer, .25 oz, $9 value
  5. Estée Lauder - Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II, .14 oz, $18.20 value
This is one of the best boxes they have put together in a long time. I have calculated it's minimum value at $61.51 which doesn't include the chubby stick who's label doesn't indicate it's size. I'm guessing it's a half size which makes it worth $8.50 for a total of $70.01! These samples are like the deluxe samples you have to use 100 points each for at Sephora, so I can't tell you how happy I am with this box! This must be the best box out of the twenty-one that I have purchased so far over the years!

The Clinique moisturizer is wonderful. It has a cooling effect and it's a gel so it sinks into the skin very quickly. Not real crazy about the Darphin moisturizer since it's a bit thick, yellow in color and stinks a bit. Never heard of this brand before, so it's my least favorite item in the box. I'm not a fan of chubby stick lipsticks since I don't like the packaging. This color reminds me of a lipstick my Mother wore in the 80's! It appears as a semi-gloss and it seems moisturizing but it doesn't have lasting power. I've tried the Smashbox primer before and I like it since it applies quickly and I can move on to the next step right after application. It's very similar to Laura Geller's & Julep's versions. I prefer Julep's version due to the better ingredients but Laura Geller's is my favorite as far as effectiveness. They also enclosed a pink ribbon pin for October's breast cancer awareness month.

Check out some of my previous boxes here:

September 2015

Bargain Alert - Subscribe by November 9th and receive a $10 credit to use in the Birchbox shop! Click here.

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