Birchbox January 2013 Review

January 23, 2013
When looking up subscription boxes, many refer to Birchbox as the box that "started it all."  At only $10/month, I decided that it was at least worth a shot.  If you go to, you can sign up for a monthly plan, or for 3 or 6 or 12 months at a time.  If you sign up for the 12 month plan, you save $10, as the cost is $110 for the year, so it's like getting one month for free.  I just signed up for one month because I wanted to test it out and see what kind of products I received.

Unlike many other beauty subscription boxes, Birchbox offers a box for men.  Instead of using the word "beauty," the box is described as containing "high end grooming and lifestyle samples."  You should also be aware that the price is $20 per month for this box.  Here is the link if you want to sign up:  Unfortunately, there is a wait time in order to be able to sign up for these boxes.  My wait was almost a month, but the site says that the men's box should only have about a 2 week waiting period.  I thought the wait was kind of annoying because other subscription boxes let you sign up right away.  My friend signed up, didn't see the e-mail for a few days, and then once she did and tried to sign up her "window" had closed and it wouldn't let her.  She will now have to sign up again and wait another 4 weeks for the invite!  If you do sign up, be sure to check your e-mail regularly so you don't miss your chance to subscribe.

Here are the contents of my box:

I received:

1 full sized Model Co. Shine Ultra Lip Gloss in Berry Pink.
Full size retails for :$16

One of these retails for $16, so I love that I feel like I got my money's worth just from this one product.  I'm also very excited that I received a full sized product--I was expecting just some deluxe sample sized products.  I think I will get a lot of use out of this lip gloss because the color is nice, and it will keep my lips moisturized for the winter while still adding a hint of color.  The other cool thing about this lip gloss is that there is a mirror on the side of it to use when applying.

2 packets of Green Apple Nourishing Body Cream that are .066 oz each
Full size retails (8 oz)  for: $15, and my two sample sizes were .132 oz total, so the value of these two items is only about 25 cents.

These two packets are considered "extras," since the box doesn't have to come with 5 samples, so I don't really care that they are on the cheap side.  I've seen other boxes that contain different scents, but I was happy to try out green apple.  I wouldn't have picked out that kind for myself, so it was cool to try something new, and isn't sampling products the the whole point of Birchbox?

1 Viva La Juicy perfume sample that is .05 oz
Full size (1.7 oz) retails for $70, so my .05 oz sample is worth $2.05, however, these samples are given out for free at many make up counters, so I'm not really sure if I should consider it to be worth anything.  I guess I'll be generous and add it into the total value of the box.

While I like the way the perfume smells, I'm not overly impressed with this sample because these can be given/sent out at no cost to you. I don't really want any more of these because I can always test out perfumes at department stores/beauty retail stores before purchasing.

Number 4 Lumiere d'hiver Clarifying Shampoo that is 52 mL
Full size (250 mL) retails for $32, and I got a 52 mL sample worth $6.65

I never heard of this brand name, but I am excited to try out the product.  The small bottle is convenient for traveling, and the shampoo can double as a body wash.  It contains no sulfates, which is a plus because I've been trying to steer clear of those ever since my hair got damaged a few years ago.

Caudalie Vinexpert Radiance Day Cream SPF 15  (3 mL)
Full size (30 mL) retails for $75.00, so my 3 mL sample is worth $7.50, which is hard to believe because it is seriously such a small amount!

I am excited to try this product, but will probably only get to try it for about 2 days since there isn't a lot of cream in the tube.  The negative is that I can't really try it out long enough to see a difference.  I will, however, be able to judge the consistency/texture of the product as well as the smell.  I guess it doesn't really matter that much, though because right now I would not ever buy this product due to the high cost.

Total Value of Items in Box: $32.45

Overall, I'm very satisfied with this month's box.  Another thing worth mentioning is that I only received this box today.  I don't know if that is typical or if they usually ship earlier...perhaps I just got my box late since I signed up at the last minute for the month of January.  I've seen different versions of the January box on other bloggers' walls, so that implies that I did receive mine late.  Some of the boxes that were reviewed by other bloggers had combinations of very small items, and I thought that they were not worth the $10, so I'm super happy I got the items I did!
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