Last month, I came across a webpage that was talking about monthly subscription sample beauty boxes. I decided to try two, Birchbox and Ipsy. Each are $10 a month for 4-5 samples and I decided to sign up for both of them. Birchbox has a really good reward point system. I used the promo code "USWEEKLY100" for Birchbox to get an extra 100 bonus points. Ipsy also has a reward system. After signing up, I was added to both sites wait-lists. It didn't take to long before I was off their wait-lists and anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 1st box.
My 1st box will be from Birchbox: February 2014. My Ipsy box subscrition will begin in Mid-March. I will be reviewing each box I get on my blog and I was super excited when my first one arrived yesterday! Turns out our dog Cotton, couldn't wait to see what I was opening. Sorry Cotton, it's not a dog treat, thou there are animal subscription services. I may have try one out soon.
This month Birchbox paired up with US Weekly
so the box came in a specially designed shipping box.
Since this was my 1st month, I qualified for a free 12 issue subscription to US Weekly.
I am still waiting on my email to sign up.
The inside box is their standard box and it is sturdy
and if your the thrifty type Birchbox boxes can be saved and repurposed.
It's a wonderful size.
A Peek inside!
This months theme is "Step and Repeat".
Birchbox's website and social media sites offer sneak peaks at the beginning of the month. A thing that is really important to know, even thou they have sneak peaks you might not get that particular item. Their boxes are tailored to you based on your profile and based on the samples they have available. There are lots of different boxes they send out. You can preview the box sent to you on the website after it is shipped or if you like surprises you don't have to peek. I peeked online, I couldn't help myself.
The card breaks down the monthly theme on one side.
The other side gives a description of each product and info on the cost for full sized products.
Everyone new who signed up in February 2014, apparently got this box of samples.
Here is a breakdown of what's inside.
Protect & Oil
This is a hair oil, it only takes a few drops applied to damp hair or to the ends of dry hair
I plan on using this and I can't wait to see how this works for my hair.
I am excited to try this.
Described as cheerful citrus scent with floral notes
I very rarely wear perfumes and many scents give me headaches.
I had my daughter try this and the scent was pleasant.
This is a perfume I would consider wearing.
Though, I will most likely pass all perfume samples down to my daughters.
Sheer Tints: Don't Violet Me Down
Designed to wear alone or on top of other polishes as a high shine tinted top coat.
It is very sheer, this is the first product from this month that I tried right away.
I was disappointed that I could not read the lettering on the packaging.
It is hard to tell with only one coat only nails that it is even tinted violet.
The first thought that came to mind is this might be a fun twist on a french manicure
in October for Halloween using this violet instead of pink. Use several coats for darker looks.
Truffle Therapy Serum
This sample is a boosting anti-aging serum and listed as an antioxidant-rich truffle extract that says it smooths wrinkles and restores dull, parched skin. I have added this to my nightly skin care regiment for this week and will let you know if I like this in a later blog post. It was very liquidly and did have a scent to it. It was slightly sticky and looked milky. I don't mind the feel of my skin after using it for the first time. I have never used anything with truffle as an ingredient for my skin care, so this is a nice change.
The last items in this months box are listed as a Lifestyle Extra.
Harney & Sons Fine Teas
The two samples flavors I was given are:
Cleansing White Vanilla Grapefruit a flavored White Tea
Enlightening Paris a flavored Black Tea.
I won't be trying these since I only drink Herbal Teas.
I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we abstain from drinking tea.
I may try to use them for another beauty purpose, or trade them for herbal.
Herbal Teas do not contain any part of the tea plant so I have enjoyed trying different herbal teas this winter. Harney & Sons does offer Herbal Teas, I do hope I get one of those to try one day.
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