May 2012 Birchbox: Gossip Girl Edition
Date of arrival: May 10, 2012
Packaging: This month's packaging is slightly different, courtesy of the Gossip Girl theme. The outer box normally comes in bright pink and packaging, this month it was black and pink. The inside box had a fancy gossip girl sleeve over the normal brown box, and this month's tissue was yellow and pink. Overally, the Birchbox packaging is really nice. You could absolutely reuse the boxes (maybe for storing your lovely samples) but I just threw all of mine out in a fit of decluttering. B
Contents: As per usual, the box came with a card describing the goodies...
4 samples (Algenist Anti-Aging moisturizer, Arquiste Flor y Canto perfume, beautyblender blendercleanser, and stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner)...
...and 1 Birchbox extra (a Gossip girl themed notecard).Mini product review: I have tried two of the four products so far.
The Flor y Canto perfume is heavenly; I would absolutely buy the full size if it wasn't 165 bones. I am bad at identifying scents beyond "floral" or "citrusy", but Birchbox tells me that it includes Mexican tuberose, magnolia, and plumeria. I have no way of knowing whether it "evokes an Aztec summer festival in Tenochtitlan circa 1400" (wtf?) but it smells nice and didn't turn gross after interacting with my body chemistry (I'm looking at you, Kate Spade Twirl). A+ for scent, F- for price
The stila eye liner is the star of the box, in my opinion. I have been interested in trying out liquid liner after years of sticking with a less scary pencil. I had so much fun playing with it that I even tried a winged look. It's much prettier in person than I was able to capture with my phone. It's sparkly, but not obnoxiously so. It was also a full size product, not a sample. Birchbox rules. I put it on around 7 this morning, and it's not even slightly smudged near midnight. I will definitely be purchasing another stila liner in black, sans sparkles. A+
In case you are wondering, I am wearing urban decay primer potion, foxy, naked, and buck from the naked and naked2 palettes, and benefit bad gal lash mascara. I also have a brown urban decay 24/7 pencil on the bottom lash line (too lazy to check the color, but it's a double sided pencil with either zero or perversion on the other half). The orangey pics are bathroom lighting, the pinky ones are outdoors.
Value: Here is a handy dandy spreadsheet showing the box value compared to the price. This month's box was approximately $52.31, compared to the $10 monthly subscription fee. I double checked all of the stated values with amazon, and Birchbox isn't overcharging. I should note that the blendercleanser units are a guess - it might only be a half ounce, dropping the box value to $50.52. Either way, amazing value. A+
Overall opinion of the box: This was probably one of my favorite boxes (the teen vogue one was another favorite - apparently I have young taste). I have to admit, I was a little disappointed after initially thinking I was getting a beautyblender itself, only to find the cleanser in there. I can't really complain though, and my brushes could use a more thorough cleaning than my standard casual swipe with a baby wipe (gross, I know). I could do without the gossip girl card extra, but the rest of the samples were great. A+
Overall opinion of the service: I have been getting Birchbox since December 2011, and I have been really happy with...hmm...all but 2 of the boxes. The 2 I didn't love, I still liked. The boxes always come on time and I've never had any reason to call customer service. I feel like Birchbox is one of the few subscription services that is not having any problems - they consistently deliver. There's a good mix of hair, skin, and makeup products. There's always at least one thing that I'd never in a million years buy outside the sample, but it's fun to try nonetheless (like those crazy ass winged eyeliner stickers, or this sparkly eye liner, for that matter). This is definitely the box you should get if you just want to dabble in the subscription service world. Just be careful - it's addicting. A-
UPDATE: I totally forgot I can get credit if you sign up because of me. If you want to order Birchbox through my referral link, I get 50 points (100 points = $10 in the Birchbox store). Thanks!