Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Birchbox - May 2014

Birchbox is a makeup and beauty subscription box that typically sends 5 samples each month. Four of those samples usually revolve around a central theme, while one is a "beauty extra". This month's theme was "Freewheeling".

 It's that time of year when everything, from our tiny window boxes to the giant trees in the park, is bursting into action. with this much freshness and optimism in the air, is it any wonder we can't seem to sit still? Accordingly, we're tossing out the rules and taking a playful approach to everything from our beauty routine to our weekend wear. In addition to this month's samples, we're bringing you an exclusive shopping offer from Kate Spade Saturday. Their fun-loving designs bring the spirit of Saturday to any day of the week - what's not to love about that? As always don't forget to share your pictures with #Birchbox - and visit to see how other subscribers are using their samples! xoxo - Katia, Hayley & Team Birchbox

The Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $10 a month

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Reward Points: Birchbox has a wonderful rewards program where you get 1 point for every $1 spent in their store (even if you use your points toward a purchase!) and you get 10 points for every product you review from your monthly boxes. For every 100 points you receive, you get $10 in credit on their site. Birchbox also offers extra incentives to earn more points, by making purchases from products that were featured in the boxes that month, etc. Even if you only do the reviews, the points quickly add up!

Coupon Code and Giveaway for Supergoop!

Number 4 High Performance Hair Care Volumizing Shampoo 1 oz & Condition for the Ultimate in Lightweight Hydration .25 oz - $4 and $1.06 respectively

What: This sulfate-free, botanical-rich cleanser creates bouncy, bodacious hair.

I really liked this shampoo. It smells great and it's volumizing without stripping your hair dry. I only wish there was a bigger sample of conditioner to try with it! This foil packet didn't even cover all my long hair for one use!

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream - Acai Grapefruit 22 ml - $2.93

What: A shea butter-packed shaving cream in a fresh new scent.

I'm not sure what it is about this brand, but I'm really not a fan of their sugary-candy scents! This is a nice product, but I prefer my ECO shave cream.

CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone SPF 40 - $2.47

What: Oil-free, mineral sunscreen that blends in sheer for a matte finish.

I loved this product. Not only does it provide a higher SPF protection for the summer than most makeup products offer, it also provides the perfect amount of coverage. I will probably purchase this in the future. I just wish the sample size was bigger!

Lifestyle Extra: All-in-One Gummy Vitamins for Adults (2 gummies) - $0.33

What: These delicious gummies provide essential nutrients without artificial flavors.

I wouldn't say these were yummy, but I love that they are free from artificial flavors. I will definitely purchase these in the future to have on hand.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Purple .07 oz - $18

What: Perfect for spring, this high-gloss, semi-sheer lip color glides on buttery-smooth. 

When I first saw this, I thought there was no way I'd wear this. I'm not very bold in my makeup and prefer nude tones, but I swatched this on my hand and it was more sheer and pinkish than it looked in the tube. If you use a slight hand, it's very flattering!

Overall this box had a value of $28.79, not including the coupon. This is definitely one of the better months in my opinion!

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