So I have been with Birchbox for over a year now (I started in May 2012) and I must say that getting those beautiful pink boxes in the mailbox always makes me SUPER happy! Sure, some months are better than others, but I absolutely love the service so there's no way I'm giving it up anytime soon.
Here's what I love about the whole Birchbox system (hint hint - why YOU should join too!):
1 // I get 4-5 of the hottest beauty samples delivered to my door each month!
I don't know how often you have the time to go out and try new products, but I am definitely way too busy (and cheap!) for that. How am I supposed to know what works well and what totally isn't the right product for me? Well, Birchbox makes it easy! If I absolutely hate a product, I never have to use it again, and I've only invested $10 (which covers the ENTIRE box). I don't have to worry that I'm going to go out and drop major cash on something that I don't even like.
2 // I'm kept up to date with trends.
I knew about BB cream (and CC cream) just as it was coming out, because Birchbox does the research for me. I get the opportunity to sample the newest stuff as it hits the shelves. Plus, certain brands often make exclusive items just for Birchbox subscribers!
3 // The rewards system.
So Birchbox costs $110 per year (which is roughly $10 a month), right? Well, for each sample I get, I have the opportunity to review it for rewards points. Each review that I write earns me 10 points, which is equivalent to $1 (every 100 points = $10) and I then have that money stored up to spend in the Birchbox store. At 5 products per month, I'm essentially getting $5 of spending money back! And trust me, after sampling all of those amazing beauty and style items, you're going to WANT to get the full-size thing!
4 // I have discovered TONS of great new products that I had never heard of before.
Check out some of my faves...
Stila "In the Light" Eyeshadow Palette
$39 (includes a full size eyeliner)
I wear these colors every. single. day. They are amazing and there's something in here for all occasions, from natural day looks to dramatic nights out. The formula of the shadow is very smooth and stays on all day. I highly, highly recommend ALL things Stila.
theBalm Mary Lou Manizer
I didn't actually sample this through Birchbox, but I did get to try Kati's and I immediately fell in love. It's a shimmery highlighter that works wonders for my skin and adds a beautiful glow.
I've been using this on my hair since about October and it's been amazing. The smell is fantastic and just a little bit brushed through the ends every morning makes my locks smoother and shinier. I'm in love!
Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator
This stuff is absolutely incredible. It's non-irritating on my sensitive skin and provides just enough exfoliation to totally brighten my complexion. Plus it smells nice, too!
So...is it worth the $10 per month?
I say ABSOLUTELY! Like I said before, some boxes can be hit or miss, but I have never had a box where I've hated every single product inside of it. In fact, I've even had some where I've been obsessed with all of the samples!
Interested in reading more about some of my favorite past boxes?
Wanna sign up for Birchbox? Just click on this link and head on over there. If you sign up using my link, I'll get some points to spend in their shop, so it's win-win for all!