Hello! Hope you're having a great weekend! It's been sprinkling off and on here, but the weather is pretty nice; not too cold, not too warm, not too gloomy - I'm pretty happy with it!
For this post I wanted to share with you my May 2015 Birchbox! This month's box was curated by Emily from the blog Cupcakes & Cashmere. I remember a long time ago reading the blog, but it didn't really catch my attention. The motto of the blog is "Elevate Everyday Life" which is a good motto, but sometimes, I'm just too dang lazy!
Birchbox is a $10 a month subscription service where you get about five beauty and lifestyle samples to try. Unlike Ipsy, 90% of the samples you receive will be deluxe sized samples; very rarely will you get a full sized item (though I don't think you'll ever get a foil packet as one of your five samples; you may get them for your bonus samples, though). While the value of the samples you receive tends to be lower than with Ipsy (I've always gotten at least what I paid for, though), Birchbox has a much better rewards system. For every product you receive, including any bonus samples, you can earn 10 Birchbox points for a review. Once you hit 100 points, you get $10 off anything in the Birchbox store. Basically, you're paying $5 for Birchbox to mail you some samples and then you're putting $5 away to spend in the store. On top of your points, Birchbox always has coupon codes for 20% off your order over $35 and if a brand is featured in that month's box, you get free shipping. Awesome. If you're interested in signing up for Birchbox, you can either use my referral link here (which I would appreciate greatly!) or you can just go to the Birchbox website (which is linked at the top of this paragraph).
I'm not sure what I like more; a box with a theme that the products loosely, if at all, adhere to, or a box curated by a specific person/company. I almost like the latter more since it feels a little more personal, especially if you know/like the person/company who is doing the curating!
Overall, I got one full sized product, four deluxe sized samples, and two bonus foil packet samples. My total box value was $37.55, plus I earned 70 Birchbox points! I almost think I'm more excited about the Birchbox points; I want to get more Smith & Cult nail polishes!
Thanks for reading! <3