Do you Birchbox?
In case you have been living under a rock these days, it is a monthly subscription service that delivers 5-6 high-end, well-vetted beauty samples to your mailbox for a cost of $10/box. When the box comes in the mail, my 5 year old and I jump up and down and run inside to open it up and see what surprises are inside!
I signed up for Birchbox in May 2012, and have received 13 boxes to date. I have ordered about 1 full-sized product for every box sent to me, which at about 20%, is a pretty good success rate! There are a number of ways to accrue points on the site for discounted products, such as writing reviews and ordering full-sized products. Also, all orders over $50 ship for free.
Admittedly, before signing up for Birchbox, I never routinely spent more than drug-store prices on most of my make-up and beauty routine. And, I had a routine that I was happy with — I wasn’t thinking that this service would shake-up my products, but I was so wrong. I like that I can tryout a product with very little commitment, and if I like it, I do not mind paying more for a product that I know that I will use a lot. I estimate that 60% of my beauty routine has morphed into Birchbox products!
Here are my favorites, so far:
Nick Chavez Color-Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo, $22. This leaves my hair so frizz-free and smooth, even during the summer in the South!
Beauty Protector, Protect & Detangle, $21.95. This product replaces conditioner in the summer for me! I spray this on my damp hair before I blow dry it and it leaves my hair really shiny and smooth. It smells like vanilla and cotton candy! I have given my 5 year old my trial-size bottle and we use it as detangler on her hair – she loves it too!
theBalm Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One, $20. I use this as blush and it is the perfect amount of color, bronzer and illuminator.
Vasanti Brighten Up! Face Rejuvenator, $34. I use this face wash twice a day (even though it says to only use it 5 times a week) and I love how clean, soft and smooth it leaves my face.
Coola Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face, $32. This is the lightest, most effective and yummiest smelling face sunscreen I have ever found. I mix it with the next product every morning in the summer.
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint, $38. In the winter, I mix this with my moisturizer for a great overall tint with no shine or oiliness. In the summer, I mix it with my sunscreen during the day or wear it alone in the evening. It is such a light-feeling but full-coverage, tinted moisturizer.
Do you subscribe to Birchbox? If not, here is an invitation. If so, what are your favorite products??