Tuesday, April 14, 2015

March 2015 Birchbox (Welcome Box)

Birchbox is a $10/month subscription box full of 4-5 sample sizes of beauty products. You can review each item you receive in your monthly box and receive 10 points. 100 points nets you $10 to spend in the Birchbox Shop (in increments of $10) and you get 1 point for every dollar you spend as well.

They frequently offer coupon codes for bonus points for subscriptions and percentages off in the shop. Current promotion codes that I'm aware of are SUBSCRIBENOW50, for an extra 50 points and GAP10 for 100 points. You can only use one promotional code per order though.

On to my March 2015 box:

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle


I love this stuff! It smells so good. I've got ton of hair that enjoys getting tangled even if I just think about wind. I tested this out on some decent sized knots and it allowed my brush to go through my hair with no problems. It didn't leave my hair feeling greasy or stringy either, like some detanglers. This is definitely going on my "to buy" list.

Harvey Prince Hello

I'm very picky about perfume. I like fruity over floral, but I've had migraines ever since I hit puberty at 12 years old and scent is my biggest trigger. I actually like these little vials because they're perfect for testing to see if it smells good on me as well as if it'll trigger any migraines. Hello features notes of meyer lemon, mandarin, grapefruit, forsythia and plumeria. It passed my migraine test, but I don't think I'd buy the full size. I would, however, be thrilled if I were to receive this as a gift.

Jelly Pong Pong GLOW GETTER Highlighter

Isn't that just the cutest little bottle? It reminds me of BonBon nail polishes from when I was a kid. I actually thought this was nail polish when I opened my box, but it's really highlighter! It looks really dark in the bottle and I have been mistaken for a ghost more than once, but it works for my skin tone. It's not as glittery as it looks in the bottle either. I'll probably use this sample eventually but I wouldn't buy a full size.

TempleSpa Peace Be Still Calming Body Balm

First impression was that this looks like a hotel toiletry. Reading the Birchbox facebook page confirmed that this is indeed a brand that supplies hotels. It's a lotion you can use on your face and/or body. I've used it as a night time moisturizer because I'm on the hunt for the perfect one. The quality is average, nothing to really write home about. I will not be purchasing a full size of this though because the scent is very strong.

Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

This is a facial wash similar to microdermabrasion. I actually like it. The first time I used this sample, I hated it though because it hurt and made my skin very red. But that's because my face wasn't wet enough! My skin is really smooth after using this and I'm pretty sure it's doing something to my post-acne hyperpigmentation. This is a product I might actually buy in the future.

Overall, I enjoyed this month's Birchbox. I bought a yearly subscription for $110 and got 110 points (you only get 110 points for purchasing the yearly subcription, if you do month-to-month you only get the initial 10 points for your first month) plus I used a code for an extra 100 points. I've reviewed my 5 items and received 50 points for doing so. If I get 5 products and review them for the duration of my subscription, I'll receive 600 points for a total of 810 points over the year. That's $80 (since you can only redeem your points in increments of $10) to spend, bringing the total cost to $30, or $2.50 each month. Plus I get to try out new products and find things I like!

Don't forget to use my referral link if you want to sign up. For every member you refer, you get 50 points!

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