Yup. It's May 1st and I'm posting my April Birchbox Review. I promised myself I'd never be one of those bloggers who does that, but honestly April flew by so quickly and I was so incredibly busy that I just couldn't get everything done in time! I really wanted to share this particular box with you guys this month though, because for the first time ever, I ended up giving into temptation and grabbing a "Birchbox Plus" item!
If you're unfamiliar with Birchbox, they are one of the reasons why subscription boxes are such a huge deal! They weren't the first beauty box, but they were one of the first, and definitely the original low-cost beauty box to hit the market.
For $10 a month, 4-7 deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples are delivered to your door. You take a little beauty survey when you sign up that helps them choose samples they think you would most enjoy. Birchbox is always fantastic for trying new up-and-coming brands, as well as some higher-end. I still use this subscription as a way to "try before I buy" because it's truly set up to be exactly that.
What's the Points System?
Each box you get contains a random number of samples, however the average amount is usually 5. When you receive your box, you can try out the products, and then go on the Birchbox website and review them. Birchbox awards 10 points per review, which is equal to $1 to spend in their shop. So at the end of it all, you're spending $10 on a box, and getting $5 or more dollars back in credit on their site. This pays off big when you find a product you really love and want to buy a full size. More often then not, you can pick it up for free with the points you've earned over time.
So before I get into what was in my box this month, I have to talk quickly about Birchbox Plus. If you're not aware of what that is: Each month, Birchbox releases a group of items that you can purchase as add-ons to your regular monthly box. They are always discounted (although not hugely) and many of the items they feature are exclusive to Birchbox. This is the case with the Rifle Paper Co. Tote bag that I added on this month. Just look at how pretty it is!
I love Rifle Paper Co's floral patterns, and when I saw how pretty this month's box was, I was really hoping for a Birchbox Plus item like this. It's much larger than I expected it to be, and it could easily hold a laptop or school books. It's very well-made and absolutely perfect for Spring!
Beaver: Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner
While I'm not a huge fan of getting Shampoo and Conditioner in my Birchboxes, I will usually let it slide if it is relevant to my hair type or seems like it could be a great product. Weird brand name aside, this duo doesn't match my oily, thin hair type at all. I wasn't sure why they sent these to me at first, although I realized after I had opened the entire box that they ignored my Sample Choice this month, meaning they most likely sent me a completely random box. These will not be used, but I'm hoping I can pass them onto someone who they will work for.
Paula's Choice: Resist 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment
While I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice products, this is another product that has nothing to do with my skin, at all. I don't suffer from dark spots and my skin absolutely hates vitamin C. It causes me to breakout horribly, although admittedly the Paula's Choice Vitamin C products have been OK for me. I wish that I had received a PC product that would benefit my skin since I really enjoy the brand, but I'm going to pass this on to my Mom.
Jouer Lip and Cheek Tint
Another Jouer product...shocker.
This was one of the sample choices this month, although it is not the one I picked. (I chose the Jane Iredale Lip Tint) I'm not into cream blushes or "multi-use" creams because they tend to look chalky on the lips. I didn't bother swatching this because I'll be giving it to my Mom. Another item that doesn't work for me in the slightest.
Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio
Yet another one of the sample choices this month, although I did not choose this one, either. Interesting how I got 2 of the 3 sample choices in my box, yet not the one that I actually picked?
Anyway, I've received a Pop Beauty shadow trio in an Ipsy bag eons ago and I wasn't impressed. Having said that, I actually thought this one was pretty good. The swatches I did are one swipe of my finger with no primer, so I've got to admit the pigmentation is pretty good. I do find them to be a bit powdery and can easily be wiped away if a primer isn't used under them. I think this trio in particular is quite nice for spring, and kind of plays off the rose gold trend nicely.
What an epic failure of a box for me. If you noticed this review is a little short and lackluster, that's because I was just so incredibly disappointed with this. Not only did I not get the one item that I was allowed to choose, but when I contacted Birchbox about it, they basically told me "sorry we're sold out here's $5 in points." I think it just bothers me because they should probably set aside extras of the sample choices in case a situation like this arises, which I'm sure it does every month. Something about getting the other 2 choices and not the one I wanted was kind of grating to me. I felt like I got someone else's box since everything else in the box didn't work for me, either. I'm not one of those people who endlessly tears apart Birchbox, usually. I feel like sometimes people expect too much from them in terms of having everything in their box fit their beauty profiles perfectly, or subscribers expecting way more for the small price tag. I actually think the only thing Birchbox needs to improve on is curation. If they're going to have 60+ variations of box each month as well as a beauty profile, they should be put to good use or eliminated entirely. I can't remember the last time I got a box that was so completely wrong for me.
Since it's already May, I can start to look forward to another Birchbox soon. I can only hope that it is an improvement, so I'm going to cash out my points and call it quits for awhile.
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