Subscription Boxes

My Birchbox: November 2014



Cost: $10.00 per month, $110 per year, free shipping

The rewards: Every review of a product you receive in your box, you earn 10 points. If you refer a friend and they use the link you send them, you get 50 points per person. In no time you will rack up 100 points which translates to $10.00 to use in the Birchbox shop. Only when you get 100 points do you get $10.00, if you have 60 points, you currently have $0.00 in rewards.  You can earn as much as you can save!

So here’s the deal: “Each month, you’ll receive a selection of samples that we’ve tried (and retried) ourselves. We source our samples from both well-known brands and emerging gems. The women’s subscription includes everything from skincare to makeup, as well as fun non-beauty extras. The men’s subscription delivers top-tier grooming products in addition to lifestyle accessories ranging from hip socks to tech accessories.”

Birchbox now allows us to pick one of our samples if we want or choose a whole box with the samples revealed.  You can opt out of choosing by selecting surprise me in the chooses.  Every month they will have a video showing us the samples to choose from and about a week later you get an email to let you choose.  This month, I chose the pre-made box.  If, however, you are a Birchbox Ace by collecting 500 points in a calendar year, you get the choice a day earlier.

The Box:


I chose the pre-made Buzzfeed + Birchbox collar box but when I got it, wasn’t as excited as I originally thought I would be.  This box contains a mini dry shampoo, mascara, lip balm, candle, and a face mask.

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo
Sample Size: 0.75 oz. Value: $6.75


This dry shampoo not only smells great but does a laundry list of good things for your hair.  It revitalizes, volumizes, moisturizes, strengthens, creates shine, and repairs split ends.  It contains obliphica oil which smells great and helps create the weightless texture this dry shampoo has.  As another plus, it is safe for color treated hair.  It’s the perfect size to stash in your bag or gym bag for on the go hair touch-ups.

Dr. Jart+ pore Minamalist Mask
Single Mask, Value: $7.00


This mask is a sheet mask which means you don’t have to deal with goo and rinsing it off.  It also means that it is super hydrating.  The pore minimalist mask not only minimizes pores but help with excess oil and pimples.  It clears, smooths and detoxes your skin as well.  Love, love, love.

Dr. Lipp Nipple Balm for Lips
Sample Size: 0.1 oz Value: $2.90


As you can see, this is incredibly small.  It’s good for about 5 uses max.  This lip balm is 100% natural and isn’t just lip balm.  You can also use it to hydrate your cuticles and prime your lips for lip color.  I did get this in January and haven’t used it much so I might be passing this on to a friend.

Greenleaf Candle in Silver Spruce
2 oz votive, Value: $3.58


This candle is incredibly fragrant and smells exactly like a Christmas tree!  I opened the box and was immediately hit with a wave of Christmas. Essential for a Christmas scented house.

Mirenesse iCurl 24hr Mascara
Deluxe Sample, Value: $11.60


This mascara is waterproof and lasts all day.  It has a curved brush to help curl your lashes without an eyelash curler!  I love this mascara’s incredible formula!

The Value:

  • amika Dry Shampoo – $6.75
  • Dr. Jart Mask – $7.00
  • Dr. Lipp Lip Balm – $2.90
  • Greenleaf Candle – $3.58
  • Mirenesse Mascara – $11.60

The total value of this month’s box was $31.83.  Although I chose this box knowing what was inside, I wasn’t very thrilled to get it like usual.  I learned my lesson, I like the surprise.  I have just chosen my sample for next month!  I got a rose-gold eyeliner!  Sounds like holiday fun to me!  If you would like to sign up for Birchbox and skip the wait, click here!


By the way, giveaway begins tomorrow!