Review: Birchbox (beauty to your doorstep!)

May 17, 2011

It’s about time I shared with you my beauty love: 
Have you heard of it yet? If not, read carefully. This is important scoop:
Let’s call it a beauty club. For $10/month, Birchbox sends to you deluxe beauty samples of the newest, best and often, the most coveted  products.
I just received my second box (they come once a month) so now I’m fully capable of giving you my two cents… actually, a lot more!
Here’s how the box looks once unwrapped from mailing box…
Moi’s vote on Birchbox after two month’s of service? A!
Before I tell you why I graded it so well, must confess that I’m not a beauty junkie or the gal who would ever test out and cross compare four eyeliners, for example.
However, as I’m getting older (and wiser!), I am interested in products that can keep some lines at bay and keep my skin looking young and vibrant. I also increasingly find myself seeking affordable new products to make me look my best.
What I find so appealing about Birchbox is that I get to try products and brands I never would have purchased on my own. Some of which, by the way, are only available online or in upscale stores that might make me feel uncomfortable to test products. Those women can be so rude or snooty! Haha. 
The $10 monthly price is worth it right there!
Before you receive any products, Birchbox requests you complete a quick beauty profile. This way, they send you the types of items you want and that are ideal for your needs.
Here’s what my Birchbox looked like this month when I opened it.
And, here’s last month’s…
(mental note to fully unwrap before snapping pics; lots more beauty goodies hidden inside!

Last month, a favorite was Zoya nail polish in a shimmery gold. This month, my fave is the Jouer moisturizing lip gloss. I’ve been ddyyyyiinnngggg to try this brand the past few weeks so was thrilled to see it here.
(And, it is indeed amazing; ample moisture with a sparkly shimmer).

Each box comes with this handy dandy card like this one to give you the full deets on each product.
If you love an item so much you want it full size, you can buy it from Birchbox and earn loyalty points along the way good toward future purchases. And, during the month, Birchbox sends you a few informative emails with a make-up tip or trick, the scoop on a new product or something else.
I haven’t tried all my products yet (or confession: even one or two from my last box),
however my $10/month is totally worth what I have tried so far…
and nothing beats the fun of getting a package in the mail every 30 days.
Happy holidays to me!
Have you tried Birchbox? Are you a fan?
Or, are you going to give it a go?
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  • matildalucille

    I am dying to try Birchbox! I cannot wait to sign up. love trying new products to find out what is best for my skin, hair, etc. and this looks like a great way to do it! I signed up for the Test Tube program by New Beauty and have been doing that for years. I recommend it too! Thanks for introducing me to Birchbox…so excited!

  • Tara @ Haute Lunch

    Yay! It's so fun to see what everyone gets in their BirchBox! I definitely enjoyed mine, but I must confess- I'm a little jealous of everyone who got the Jouer Lip Gloss! Hopefully I get to try some Jouer products in the future! I can't wait to get my next box!

  • Bonnie

    I am really, really considering signing up for Birchbox, but I am so picky about my beauty products … Ahhhhh. I'm conflicted.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  • BethA

    I love Birchbox! I'm not a huge product gal, but this is the right amount of "fun" of new product without a big money commitment. And, I travel a lot, so it's helpful to have travel-sized products.


    This sounds awesome!
    I wonder if they ship to Cananda?
    I will have to look into this further - thanks for the info!

  • sarah

    OMG im so jealous of what you got this month! had i received what you got (i got the tiny card, thats all that were the same), i would not have canceled my membership!! i got totally different items-an eyeshadow (which was cool) and a bunch of random samples that were not exciting at all. so i cancelled. even though it is $10 a month, i figured i didnt need to spend any $ on things i wouldnt use. had no idea that completely different items were sent to different people. :(

  • shayna

    I signed up today - can't wait to get my first box in the mail next month!!

  • Alyson

    matilda: have not heard of test tube, need to investigate! def. think this is worth testing out, do it month to month so there's no major commitment.

    Tara: fingers crossed for next month with Jouer; I was SOOO thrilled to see.

    BOnnie: I'm pretty picky — and not super adventurous — but thought the $10 was reasonable. Not sure if I'll ever order full-size products from them but this is still fun.

    BethA: totally, love the little commitment.

    FoJoy: Canada? Hmm, let me know what you uncover.

    Sarah: that stinks but totally agree it's not worth having if you don't get the value. $10 can go mighty far if you play it right!

  • Alyson

    Shayna: yay! check back and let me know what you think.

  • Megan, The Frugalista Diaries

    I think you sold me on this! Xo

  • Jamie

    You have really peaked my interest in signing up for Birchbox! I might use you as my tester for the next few months. If you are happy with what they send each month and you are not getting many repeats I may have to give it a whirl!

  • Kimberlee

    Aw we both reviewed Birchbox! We got different things and I'm so bummed I missed the Zoya nail polish :( But hope next month has some more goodies!

  • Mel

    My sister and I were just talking about Birchbox, and I think we're both going to join too! Although, I'm a little nervous about some of the products I might get, being that I have eczema and sensitive skin. Might be worth it, if I have that option to define. :)


  • Nila Do

    That's pretty cool, Alyson. I'm gonna definitely look into birchbox. Thanks for featuring it and enlightening me!

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