One of my favorite things about subscription boxes is the mystery; the idea that you might get something worth a lot more than you paid is very appealing! While I now appreciate both mystery and non-mystery boxes (I always spoil the Allure Beauty Box for myself, but I never look to see what I'm getting in my Birchbox nor Ipsy Glam Bag), I still love the little thrill I get when opening a mystery box.
Birchbox is a $10 a month makeup and beauty subscription service; you get about five deluxe samples a month, though I have gotten both less and more. All the items are available through the Birchbox shop, and Birchbox does offer quite a few promos and coupons, though they're nowhere near as good as they used to be. You can still earn reward points for purchases and referrals (which you can use to get money off your orders), but you unfortunately don't earn them from reviews anymore.
Overall I got five deluxe sized samples with a total value of $36.62, sans the lipstick. This was a pretty good box, especially from Birchbox; I'm sad that I missed out on the thrill of the mystery, but I'm happy that I got a box with three products that I'm going to use for and two products that I might use with a value that's over three times what I paid. Birchbox is one of the most variable subscription box in terms of quality and, while I am going to stay subscribed, it's not my favorite $10-$15 subscription box out there.
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