If you’re a Birchbox subscriber, check your email closely the next few days. Over the weekend I received an email from Birchbox that said that based on my beauty profile, they thought I would enjoy a free collection of Nuance products from Salma Hayek’s line. (Yes, I would!) The email said that this box will include five samples and be sent in ADDITION to my regular Birchbox, not instead of, and be completely free. Awesome!! Do you see why I love Birchbox? The email gave the option to ‘opt in’ which I of course did, and it said that you must opt in before May 7. Since they mentioned that it was based on profiles, I am guessing that they are only offering this box to people who have selected certain profile options. I remember some people receiving a similar box from a different brand a while back. I have no idea if the length of time that you’ve been a subscriber has anything to do with whether or not you are selected for this offer. They also said that opting in does not guarantee you for the box, but if I get one, I will definitely post pictures. It should arrive in mid May.
As a side note, I did once try some of the Nuance shampoo and was not that impressed. I remember telling my friend that the scent reminded me a little bit of old people and some sort of spices, (who doesn’t want to smell like spicy old people?) However the shampoo in the email image looks slightly different, perhaps there are different scents or formulas – I can’t remember anything specific about the one that I tried. I’m hoping that it might work better when used with the conditioner, and I’m still interested in trying out other products from the line. I can’t really tell if all of the boxes will be the same, or if you may get different Nuance products. Either way, I’m excited to have the chance to try it since my experience with the brand was only a one time use.
I don’t think the invitations for these boxes went out all at once. I saw a blog post where someone had written about it several days before I got mine. As I said, I’m not sure how they selected who to offer these to. Generally, when a box is curated by a specific person like this, it is offered INSTEAD of that month’s Birchbox and you can opt in if you’d like. The other time that I’ve seen them do this was with some brand that started with a V, but I was not offered that box and cannot remember the brand. Did any of you guys get the email? If so, did anyone decide not to get it?
So just to clarify what you actually get when you subscribe to Birchbox, I’ll sum it up since I haven’t described it in detail recently. For $10 a month you receive 5-6 deluxe beauty samples, shipped for free and chosen based on a beauty profile that you fill out (though sometimes the samples are hit or miss). Occasionally your box might include a full sized item (yay!) or sometimes one of your items might be food related like a granola bar or a piece of chocolate. They are also really fond of perfume samples, which I don’t care for much. Your samples arrive in a small, reusable cardboard box and wrapped in tissue paper with a small card detailing what’s in the box and the prices for the full sizes. Sometimes they will include coupons, discounts, or even mp3 download links. You can then go to the website and review each item in your box through a quick multiple choice form. Each review that you fill out will earn you 10 points, and for every 100 points you accumulate you get $10 off a full sized item from the Birchbox store. You can also earn points from buying full sized items, and from referring friends. (Click here if you’d like to use my referral link. Thank you!!) These points add up quickly, and you can wind up getting products for free, as well as the fact that Birchbox often has coupon codes, special items on sale, or codes to earn bonus points or gifts if you spend a certain amount. For my one year anniversary as a subscriber, they sent me a free keychain, and they also send percent off codes to celebrate milestones for how long you’ve subscribed. Sometimes the boxes are sponsored by a magazine, website, designer or tv show and have products related to it. Otherwise, the boxes usually have a monthly theme, which I always forget to include in my reviews. I tend to talk alot about Birchbox because while I don’t love every product they send, I do always feel that I get my moneys’ worth or more. I have received products like a beauty blender (normally $15), a full sized lipgloss ($16), full sized Tarte Lipsurgence (around $22 I think?), full sized Eyeko eyeliner ($15), and a full sized Stila eyeliner ($24 or so?) just to name a few. I’ve used the points to buy many products for myself, and even to send gift subscriptions to others [you cannot pay for your own box with points, however]. For me, trying out all these new products and getting all the rewards back has been well worth the price, although I know a couple of people who don’t feel that way. It doesn’t work out for everyone, but it’s definitely worth looking into. Enjoy!