I'm really not sure what to make of this month's Birchbox. First off I apologize for the lateness. I received the box late and with all the stuff going on in my personal life I wasn't able to have the review ready until now. But that's not what is puzzling me. I'm not sure if Birchbox thinks I'm inept at lining my eyes or overly hairy. I received some unusual, not bad, products in this month's box and I'm not 100% sure if I should be happy or displeased. Let's all take a look and you can tell me what you think.
First of all, my Birchbox arrived super late this month. Well past the 15th of the month and well after most other bloggers posted about their box. I'm more than a little annoyed by that. But I don't have a leg to stand on because I didn't blog about it until now and what, it's Wednesday the 22nd? So I'll shut up. As always my box arrived well packaged and looking pretty.
I received a pretty full box of samples this month...as you can see.
I also received this rather long, yet informative insert that came with the box. It was called Beauty School or some such nonsense. The insert had some helpful tips that I already knew and some that I didn't. However, if I see one more "Shaving Tips" piece on the web or in magazines I'm gonna explode! If I didn't know how to shave my legs properly at my advanced age, I might as well just give up shaving entirely. It's not rocket science people!
Which brings me to the first item in my Birchbox. A Schick Hydro Silk Razor. Not a terrible extra if you ask me. I could totally use this. While I already have a Schick Razor I can always use another one for travel. Plus this sucker retails for $9.99 so a nice value as well.
I received the Oscar Blandi Jasmine Shampoo. I like this shampoo. It smells amazing. It cleans my hair well. The sample size is generous and it's large enough to take on a trip and not have to worry about running out. I'm happy. I have a TON of shampoos at home, so I don't plan on purchasing a full size, but if I didn't I probably would. Sadly tho this shampoo retails for $20 USD which is pretty expensive for just Shampoo....*says the woman with so many bottles of shampoo in her shower that the combined cost is well over $100!* But we're not talking about me, were talking about Birchbox. Let's move along. Nothing to see here.
OK. The next item made me guffaw. Eye Rock Designer Liner. This is a stick on adhesive liner. This retails for $13 USD and the package has 4 sheets of liners. I received what looks like a full size. So yet another good value...if you like adhesive liner. Personally. I watched the instructional video and it looked like it takes longer to apply the adhesive than it does to draw the line yourself.
HOWEVER, I must admit that for those that want a bold look and are not as experienced at lining their eyes with liquid liner, this MIGHT be a good alternative for a special occasion. Each package comes with four different designs, ranging from classic cat eyes to "bold runway-inspired styles" Birchbox's words, not mine. I probably will try this out and then give the other sheets away to a friend.
I received 2 little sachets of Caldrea Hand Soap. I'll keep these with me in my purse on the rare occasion there is no soap in a public restroom I visit, but other than that I have no desire to spend $10.50 USD on a 10.8 oz bottle of liquid hand soap. I wash my hands too often to spend big bucks on hand soap. Sorry.
Last but not least, I received Beauty Fixation Pre-Tweeze Treatment. Another full size product in this month's box. This retails for $5 USD. Basically this contains single-use swabs that are filled with a solution that has an antibacterial properties and an analgesic (aka temporary numbing agent) that relieves the discomfort of waxing or tweezing. All you have to do is snap the end of the swab with the blue band, and the liquid is released and soaks into the cotton on the other side. Then you just swipe over the skin before you tweeze or wax. I plan to attack my Grouch Marx-esque eyebrows this weekend. I'll give these a try and I'll let you know how they work.
I also received a perfume sample, but honestly I don't count those because let's face it. Unless it's a mini bottle of a scent I really like/want, it goes in the giveaway pile.
So do I like this month's Birchbox? I do and I don't. Nothing blew me away as far as "Oooh I've been wanting to try that!" but nothing turned me off like "Yuk I have no use for this. Ever!" So it's is OK. It gets a B+ (Since they used the back to school theme). I like that there were lots of full size items in this month's box and things I could actually use (for the most part). DO I recommend Birchbox? Yes. I still recommend it. However, it's better for those that are sample junkies and have $10 extra bucks to spare each month. I have provided my referral link HERE. As I expressed lat month. Sharing my referral link will get me referral points which I can use toward purchases from the Birchbox store. So far, this is the only beauty subscription service where I have shared my referral code. I have provided my referral code only once in his post. (Located above with the "HERE" designation) Throughout the rest of this post I have used non referral links to Birchbox, should you choose not to sign up though my referral code. I'm totally OK if you choose to do that. These non-referral Birchbox links in the post will not garner me any points or special favors from the company.
I still maintain that putting $10-$15 a month aside and using it at the end of the year or every 6 months to buy one super, ultra, awesome item is better than all the sample boxes in the world. That's just my opinion.
So what do you think of the box I received this month?
If you also receive a Birchbox. How similar was your box? Did you like yours?
After reading 6 reviews of my Birchbox boxes have I convinced you one way or another to sign up or not sign up for this service?
Just like the other beauty subscription box I received this month, the Beauty School theme in this one made me start singing the "Beauty School Drop Out" song from Grease. That's an earworm I'm not getting rid of any time soon. Grease was the first movie I ever saw in a movie theater and This was my favorite scene from the movie. What made a lasting impression was Frenchie's pink hair and the awesome silver hair roller headpieces worn by Stockard Channing and others in the Beauty School Drop Out Scene.