For the past year, I've been thinking these monthly subscription services were a waste of money. This is because I can get samples from ordering online, or asking in store for free sooo I didn't see the allure of paying for samples that I could otherwise get for free!
But I caved in and decided to subscribe to Birchbox. I've seen videos on the boxes and I was the most impressed with their brands and selection! And that they had great full sized products in their boxes! Not to mention, they had the best reputation as far as customer service!
For those who don't know what Birchbox is, its a monthly beauty sample subscription! You get 4-5 deluxe samples and a full size product every month for $10! Its a great way to try out new brands and products!
Without further ado, I got my first Birchbox! The May box was Gossip Girl themed. Even though I don't watch the show, I can appreciate the hair, makeup and style of it all! I'm a New Yorker so I've got a soft side for my hometown!
There were a couple different themed boxes (I don't know if this is normal for Birchbox) and I got the "Downtown Book Party" theme! Which was the one I wanted (yup, I cheated and Googled the other boxes before mine came)!
It came with a nice sleeve that featured the beautiful City skyline!
And a cute little card about the theme of the box and about Gossip Girl.
On the other side of the card is a list of products, descriptions and prices of the full size products!
The rest of the inside, all wrapped. NOTE: This box did come with a cute little XOXO note card! Sorry, forgot to photograph!
First up is a BB Cream from Dr. Jart+ and a FULL SIZE Stila Sparkle liquid liner! I am a bit scared of BB creams since I have such sensitive skin but I'll give this a go! As far the Stila liner, I couldn't wash it off! Seriously is waterproof! The color is "Curacao" and its a pretty sparkly royal blue color with a little bit of a purple feel!
Then there were all the hair samples! From Kerastase's Cristalliste line there was a shampoo, conditioner and shine serum. OHEMGEE! Do you see the full-size prices of these?! I want to know what magic these can work on my hair! Though, I don't think I would ever buy the full-size! They are REALLY fragrant, not a big fan of that!
Last but not least was a little mini bottle of nail polish from Color Club in the color "Disco Nap". Ok. I had to Google what the eff a disco nap was. Word from the Goog is that its a nap one takes before hitting the clubs. A pregame nap, if you will. Haha! But its a pretty gold polish! Maybe I can get somewhat of a tan to rock this color!
Here is a breakdown of the prices of the full sizes and sample sizes!
Dr. Jart+ BB Waterfuse BB Cream: Full Size is $32 for 1.7 fl. oz
Sample Size is .06 = about $1.13
Color Club Nail Polish: Full size is $8 for about 0.5 fl. oz
Sample size is .25 = about $4
(Though I will say this polish is full size is actually $3, haha but for this we'll say its $8)
Stila Sparkle Liner: Full Size is $22 for .05 fl. oz
This is Full Size! Yay!
Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristal (Shampoo): Full Size is $36 for about 8.45 fl. oz
Sample size is .34 = about $1.44
Kerastase Cristalliste Lait Cristal (Conditioner): Full size is $39 for about 6.76 fl. oz
Sample size is .34 = about $1.96
Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide (Shine Serum): Full size is $42 for about 1.69 fl. oz
Sample size is .10 = about $2.48
Total value is $33.01 for my $10 box!
Overall, I'm impressed! I am excited to see what else is going to come!
Anyone else subscribed to Birchbox? Or any other subscriptions? Let me know!
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