Well, darlings, I did it.
I cashed in some of my Birchbox points.
Believe me, this was an occasion.
It took me nearly 2 weeks to make a decision. What oh what to spend those precious points on? Something new? Or something I’d tried? If something I’d tried, what? In the end, I decided that the smart thing to do was to get something I’d tried and loved, that way I wouldn’t end up getting it in a later box and being annoyed that I’d cashed points in on it.
Once I got that part figured out, I then had to decide which products. Sigh. It started off well…I knew I wanted the Davines “This Is A Sea Salt Spray” that I’d gotten in my September box. Love that stuff, and no way in hell I was spending $27 on it (though I probably will eventually when I run out of this bottle. Gonna start saving now.) But that meant I was at $30 something after tax, and they were going to take 400 Birchbox points, which seemed like a waste. So then began the long process of finding something I wanted that would get me as close to that $40 mark as possible in order to get the most from my points.
I managed to find a 20% off coupon code, which helped a lot.
After a lot of deliberation, I finally decided on the mascara from 100% Pure. I’ve tried a few things from this brand, and have loved them all (well, with the exception of the corn chip eye cream). I got the black mascara in my February box, so I didn’t really want to get the same one. I settled on the Blackberry, which I thought would be purple but is really more like a maroon or even brown. It’s a pretty color though, and smells just like blackberries. I’ve been wearing it a lot because it feels really good on my lashes. Plus I feel good about wearing it, because it’s fruit.
Jimmie asked if that meant it would expire, and to be honest, I don’t have any idea. Good question.
Since I spent over $35, I got to add a bonus mystery sample pack. That was exciting! I ended up with a perfume sample (Juicy Malibu – it’s very sweet) and the Beauty Protector Hair Oil, both of which I was pleased with.
So that was fun. And here’s June’s box.
Egyptian Magic Skin Cream: I’d never heard of this, but I like all-purpose balms. And I really like the fact that everything in this is stuff I’ve heard of, so it’s 100% natural. As far as the product itself…it’s ok. A little thin. And definitely not worth $38. But, the sample has already found a home in my travel bag!
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner: This was the one thing in my box that I was just ecstatic to see. First of all, the packaging is gorgeous! Second of all, I’ve managed to get enough eyeliners through Birchbox (and Ipsy before I cancelled it) that I never have to buy eyeliner again. Third of all, I’ve decided that this kind of eyeliner is the only kind I’m ever going to buy. I don’t have a clue what it’s called. Soft? They’re the best. I loved the Sumita one in my last box, and this one is just as good. Goes on easily, doesn’t smudge, and doesn’t irritate my eyes. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. Yes.
English Laundry Signature for Her: I always have mixed feelings when I get a perfume sample. I love them, but I can get them at Sephora, so I’m mildly annoyed when I see them in my box. This time, I had so many other things that I didn’t mind, thankfully. And then I smelled it, and it might be my new favorite. It’s floral and musky at the same time. Basically, it makes me feel sexy. Yes, I said that.
Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, and Vibrancy Retention Conditioner: I desperately need to recolor my hair, so I’m saving this for when I do. Nice to see the full trio as a sample, and I get to review them all separately. Which means bonus points.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Starter Kit: I wasn’t super excited to see this. I know, I know. It’s been a Birchbox cult favorite. But honestly, my skin is so freakin’ sensitive that new stuff terrifies me. But, I’ll try it. I like the ingredients – rosemary and eucalyptus. We’ll see. The packaging is beautiful, I will say that.
Overall, I’m happy with this box. Honestly though, I’m kinda falling out of love with Birchbox. Yes, I’m still enjoying it, and yes, I still find at least one item in every box that I like. But the novelty is wearing off, and really, while I’ve found a few brands and products I love, there are only a handful that I have any interest in purchasing.
I now have 500 points, so at this point I’m either going to cancel or do two more months. I’d planned to do one more, because I didn’t think I’d get 7 items to review in this box. Now I’ve got a decision. Do a full year, or stop now?
I did put myself on the Ipsy wait list, and I’m also interested in Beauty Box 5. Basically, I’m bored with Birchbox and want to try something else.
What do you guys think?