Beauty Box: April 2012 Birchbox Review

Hello :) I hope everyone's doing well today. Yeah, this post is a bit overdue...it's May, and I am now reviewing my April box. But at least it's before they shipped out my May box!

Have y'all entered my giveaway yet? I'm giving away the Spring 2012 Wet N Wild ColorIcon Be Jeweled Collection. Go enter if you haven't already :)

Courtesy of Birchbox.com

So I've been subscribed to Birchbox since February. I've received their Intro box, the Teen Vogue box, and this is the third box that I've received. Birchbox is the first beauty box subscription I've ever subscribed to. Frankly, I thought Birchbox was the only one that did it in the US. I know UK has Carmine and Glossybox, and Canada has Luxe Box by Loose Button. So I just figured every region had one main producer of these box subscriptions. Then, I stumbled on a beauty box blog (turns out there are quite a few), and they list all the different subscription services available. These boxes aren't just limited to beauty products. There are some companies that make boxes just for the home, babies, pets, food, really anything you can think of. They all vary in price, but the average price seems to hit around $12-15. Now since discovering this fact, I have subscribed to other things as well which will come in future posts.

I know this has nothing to do with nails really, but I was amazed about the beauty box services, so I wanted to share. By the way, some of these beauty subscriptions aren't just limited to makeup, they provide skin care and hair care products too. In my Teen Vogue box was this Kerastase Hair Oil, and it's amazing! I don't even have to condition my hair in the shower. Just put about six drops in my hands and work it through my hair. I can do this on wet hair, and so long as it's not too humid, my hair will air dry as if I blow dried it. It's amazing.

Anyways...on to the actual Birchbox.

Outside packaging.

Box inside a box. I repurpose these to hold all my knick knacks and odd ends.

Every month they change the color of the tissue paper.

Now for the contents inside...

Revolution Organics Freedom Glow Beauty Balm

Full size product! Retails $36

Le Palais des Thés Tea Bags

These are this month's throw-ins/extras. In two different flavors. Retails $12.50/20 bags.

Befine Gentle Cleanser + Daily Moisturizer w/ SPF 15 Samples

My moisturizer batch was actually expired, so Birchbox swapped us for 100 points instead! Very generous, and way to go, customer service! Cleanser retails $24, and Moisturizer retails at $25.

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Petite Cologne Absolue

Retails $55.

Olìe Biologique Huile Moderne

Retails $56.

Overall, I say Birchbox is a great way to sample premium makeup at a fraction of the price. $10/month is what I pay. I'm pretty sure that's still the same. If you join now, you may be put on the waitlist. I was, but it took about a week before I got on the subscription list. Another great thing is that you get the chance of getting full-sized products. Last month, I received a full-size Essie As Gold As It Gets and a Tarte Lip Indulgence stick. This months was that beauty balm. I like Birchbox because it gets me to try a lot of products I would never think about picking up, even as a tester in stores. I also end up finding out about products that are awesome and I can't believe I've gone without them (Kerastase Elixir). Best of all, this has opened me up to the world of box subscription services. Go to this directory..you can search based on box category or see what's featured now.

If you want to join Birchbox, click through here. By the way, for each product you review that came in your Birchbox for the month, they reward you 10 points, and 100 points = $10!

That's it for now. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!!!

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