7.13.2011

Birchbox: July 2011

Friends, have you heard of Birchbox? Yes, no, maybe so? Well, if not, let me tell you about it... It's basically a $10 monthly subscription service where you receive 4-5 deluxe, high-end beauty samples from a variety of brands - such as NARS, Too Faced, Stila, and Benefit (here is a list of all the brands). The box features makeup, skincare, and lifestyle product samples.

As if the generous samples aren't enough, once you use your products you can go to the website and review the products to accumulate points - points that turn into dollars that you can use to purchase any of the products you've used and loved! It's really a fabulous deal that pays for itself! The mission behind starting the company was to "help women cut through the clutter of the beauty world to find products that work for them."

So I signed up last month and I have been anxiously waiting for this first box to arrive! So, without further adieu, here is a step-by-step photo of me jumping into my first (of many) Birchbox!

 

This month Birchbox collaborated with Cynthia Rowley to guest-curate the box! This gorgeous sleeve was over the box - it's so pretty.

 

Once you open the box, you are greeted with a card that gives a bit of background on Birchbox and that month's items/events going on - like the collaboration with Cynthia Rowley. On the back side of the card is a list of all the items in your box, a brief description of each, and the full-size price of the item. Pretty convenient. 


This is what my box looked like inside, once I peeled back the tissue paper. Look at those goodies! 


Here is a look at my items and my card with their descriptions. An extra treat was included - a favorite of Cynthia's. It was a Kind Almond and Apricot snack bar. I haven't tried it out yet, but I hear it's delicious. So I'm going to get busy using my samples and next month, when my new Birchbox arrives, I'll share my new goodies and give you all a review of this month's items. I'm off to use all my items. Maybe even all at once! 

This service is wonderful if you are really into makeup and beauty. You get to try out a variety of  brands and products without committing. If you love the item, then you can feel confident in an investment of a full-sized item and if you don't like something, you've lost nothing! It's truly win-win!

25 comments:

b. said...

i keep coming across this, it sounds fantastic! i am a total product (and sample) junkie and it would be amazing to get a box of new treats each month, but sadly it isn't in the UK yet :(

x.

Caitlin Erin said...

Thank you for sharing this. I hadn't heard of it but love trying new products. This is like Christmas once a month - can't wait to get started!

Meg said...

One of the reasons I love ordering from Sephora is being able to choose free samples. I've never heard of Birchbox before but I'm already tempted to check it out!! :)

Pixie in Pumps said...

I got my first birch box this month too. And we had all the same items except that you got the nail polish and I got a brow pencil. I really love all of the things in the box, though I doubt I'll get use out of the brow pencil because I don't really use them, but I am a big fan of my birch box! And that KIND bar was delicious... I am seriously on the hunt for them now!

Kristin said...

Totally just signed up for it just because of your post!! I dont know If I can wait a month... so excited :)

Alexandria said...

I've been teetering about joining Birchbox, but I think this post put me over the edge. I feel like I'll really enjoy getting such an awesome package each month!

M @ Cupcakes and Cardigans said...

I have seen a few posts now about Birchbox. I have been debating joining after I saw the first few posts. I think I am going to look into it more! Thanks!

Jordan Streetman said...

I might have to do this! I love beauty products and those hardly look like samples!

Eclectic Flair said...

I've been wanting to sign up since I saw this on another blog!! So tempting!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Jessica Gitler said...

wow, brilliant!! I am signing up as we speak, thanks for letting me know about this!!
www.jesscauseblog.blogspot.com

Susanna N. said...

Just signed up! Thanks for the tip, Linley! Gotta love getting these large samples for only $10 a month! ;)

Raych said...

I've wanted to try Birch Box for a while. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!!
~Raych
www.marriagebydesignblog.com

Queenie said...

Mine came yesterday and as I opened it, it was like Christmas morning! I can't wait to try out all the products!
Sara

C + D said...

Thanks a million for sharing this! I have never heard of this before, and am SO excited to get started! Looks like this months goodies are awesome!! Cant wait to see next months :)

Julie Faires said...

I've been getting the Birchbox for about 6 months now and I LOVE IT!

Bethany said...

I've been getting BB for a few months now and I look forward to it like a 5 year old before Christmas! I've been pleased with almost everything so far! I got the same items as you, except instead of the shower gel I got Nuxe multi-purpose dry oil - oh my gosh, best thing ever!! That KIND bar, holy cow SO GOOD, I just ordered a box, Amazon had the best price I could find.

shelby said...

Oooohhh want. Must sign up xx

Lydia Marie said...

Oh wow, those are pretty good sized samples! I'll definitely have to look into this, thanks for sharing Linley!

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erinshahan said...

Got my first box yesterday too! Instead of the shower gel I got Ahava Mineral Hand Cream. Also, how cute is the box it comes in!

dani said...

When I saw your tweet this morning, I anxiously awaited returning home to see my birchbox waiting for me - and there it was! :) I also got the philosophy face wash and Redken shine spray. I got my Zoya polish in more of a slightly metallic nude tone. And then instead of the shower gel I got a hand lotion.

Looking forward to enjoying my Kind bar tomorrow! ;)

Yay can't wait to see what we get next month! (P.S. Such an awesome review!)

<3 The Daily Dani

Leslie said...

i can't wait to try this!

Lap of Luxury said...

Thanks so much for sharing. I just signed up :)

Jess said...

I love Zoya nail polish! I think I need to look into signing up for Birchbox!

Lyndsy said...

Ooh so great! I need to seriously sign up! I love beauty stuff!

Amanda said...

I signed up before I even read the rest of your blog! I'm so excited to receive my first box!

Thanks for sharing this gem!