Saturday, May 30, 2015

Birchbox May 2015 Review and Unboxing

Aside from the super-beautiful Rifle Paper Co. Tote bag I added on last month, my April Birchbox was a mega flop for me. I had high hopes that my May box would be more up my alley. While I don't think Birchbox is the greatest subscription service in the game, they have been around for long than almost everyone else. Birchbox continues to provide excellent customer service, interesting brands, and the best points system in the game. I will admit the only reason why I still subscribe to Birchbox is because of the points system. I have gotten so many things for absolutely free by using Birchbox points! I'm at a point in my life where I really don't need beauty samples anymore- I'm overstocked to the point where I give them away to friends and family like water, but I still like to get Birchbox because I think like how much variety there is in what box I could get. It's also a lot of fun to see what other bloggers got in their boxes.

What's Birchbox?
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 (on average it's about 5) 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. 
For the month of May, Birchbox teamed up with the blog "Cupcakes and Cashmere" who chose some of her favorite products for the boxes this month.
Coastal Scents: Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad
I own the first 2 Revealed palettes,although I am so overloaded with palettes lately that I decided to skip on purchasing Revealed 3. I also saw some mixed reviews on the quality of the shadows. I like this cute quad of shadows as they all compliment each other nicely, although I have to admit that the pigmentation isn't what I expect from Coastal Scents and they're also a bit on the powdery side. I don't think it's a terrible mini-quad or anything, but I know it's not impressive enough for me to keep and use. 
 Benefit Cosmetics: Total Moisture Facial Cream
I have oily/combination skin and this is for normal to dry skin. I know that Birchbox cannot give us things that 100% fit our beauty profile all the time, but it's always a bummer when I get something I can't use and wish I could! I love how cute the packaging is for this cream! I think this would be a cute addition to a gift for someone with dry/normal skin. 

Jurlique: Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum
This is a botanical-based serum that is anti-aging and contains lots of potent natural ingredients. Since most of my skincare routine is planned out for the next year or so (I have so many skincare products waiting to be used!) I will be passing this one on to my mom. I actually enjoy Jurlique products and this seems like a nice serum though, so I'm actually pleased with it being included in my box. 
Macadamia Professional: Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment
This was my sample choice this month, and while I normally don't choose hair products I noticed that I have an overwhelming amount of makeup and skincare, but no where near the same amount for my hair. Before I got into blogging or seriously into subscription boxes etc, I used and obsessed over this hair oil. While everyone was into the Moroccan Oil, I was singing the praises of the Macadamia Oil. Not only does this stuff smell absolutely amazing (seriously they need to make it a perfume) but it is super lightweight so it doesn't weigh my thin hair down at all.  I love how shiny and smooth my hair looks when I use this stuff. Plus this small bottle will last through months of daily use!
Harvey Prince Organics: Sea Salt Hair Mist
I believe Harvey Prince started out as solely a perfume company, but lately I've been seeing them coming out with Shampoo/Conditioner, body lotions and now a hair mist. Sea Salt mists seem to be insanely popular this season, and I actually used the entire sample of Parlor Sea Salt Mist that I received in a past Birchbox. I wasn't sure how I would like them in my hair, but I found that my hair had a bit more volume and texture which made it feel thicker, which I liked. I'm hoping this one gives me similar results!
Overall Thoughts
The May Birchbox was so much better than last month. Not only did I get my sample choice, but I received a nice variety of products: makeup, skincare and haircare. I think all the samples were substantial in size as well, which was awesome. Even though I'll only be keeping the hair products, I think the other 3 items were fitting to my profile (other than the face cream) and that's good on Birchbox. They're all perfectly nice products, so I'll be passing them on to friends and family rather than letting them sit in a drawer for all eternity! Overall, I'm pleased with the product selection and curation of my box this month. I'm still waiting on that "perfect" box that is filled with stuff I've never tried and things I can't live without. One can dream!

If you're interested in signing up for Birchbox, you can do that here!
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  1. We got the exact same box! I love the Macadamia Professional oil.

  2. This is a great box! It's too bad that the Benefit product won't work for you, though. The sizes were great this month!