I always love to see the Birchbox parcel waiting at my post office box.

This month’s theme was friendship and it came in a orange and hot pink box.

First look

 

 

The products

 

Benefit Cosmetics Posiebalm
Sample size 0.5 grams
Sample value $3US

Birchbox says – ‘This mango butter balm hydrates lips and provides a wash of sheer, just-right pink. Sweep onto bare lips, or over your favourite Benefit tint for instant moisture.

Yay! I love Benefit and I’ve been wanting to try this colour. I already own it in two other colours Benebalm and Lollibalm. So I know I am onto a winner with this.

Davines MINU Shampoo
Sample size 75ml
Sample value $7.50US

Birchbox says – ‘Richly foaming wash that gently cleanses hair and safeguards color. Massage generously into wet hair. Rinse well, and follow with color-safe conditioner.’

I’m always happy to see hair products in my Birchbox. I love that this smells like citrus. It makes washing my hair even more pleasant.

Davines MINU Hair Serum
Sample size 6ml
Sample value 0.94US

Birchbox says – ‘Bonus item – This citrusy-fresh formula protects hair color and boosts shine.’

A bonus hair serum is always a good thing in my book!

Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Shower Gel
Sample size 1 oz
Sample value $2US

Birchbox says – ‘Rich in antioxidants, this paraben-free cleanser leaves skin soft and lightly moisturised. Squeeze onto loofah or washcloth, and work into a rich lather. Apply to skin, then rinse.’

This shower gel reminds me of being in a super posh hotel. Which is a nice feeling in my quaint little bathroom.

Harvey Prince Hello
Sample size 1.5ml guesstimation
Sample value $4.43US

Birchbox says – ‘Best-selling spritz that mingles cheerful citrus with floral notes. Well, hello there! Apply to pulse points and let this upbeat scent do the talking.’

I don’t wear perfume all that often but this is a nice cheerful scent. It’s sweet and fruity, perhaps a bit too sweet for everyday wear although it does soften throughout the day.

Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes
Sample size 50ml
Sample value $5US

Birchbox says – ‘Hypoallergenic formula that’s tough on even long-lasting makeup, but gentle on the eyes. Dispense onto cotton ball and wipe eyes to remove liner, shadow, and mascara.’

I actually needed a new eye makeup remover so I am happy to give this one a whirl.

How much does it cost?

Birchbox costs $10US a month. I signed up for a 12 month subscription of $110US, you get one month free and it works out $9.16US a month

I use Shipito to ship the box from the US to Australia. This months shipping cost was $26.81 USPS Priority Mail. It cost quite a lot more this month as you can’t ship perfume by airmail economy. Sigh… So I don’t really like getting perfume samples.

TOTAL COST $35.97US (on today’s dollar that makes it $46.40 Aussie dollars)

Was it worth it?

I am a huge fan of Birchbox. Each month it is nicely packaged and presented and I get useful items. This was a good month for me as it was very practical – lip balm, shampoo, shower gel, perfume and eye makeup remover. All good daily products. It’s good to try different daily products to reinvigorate yourself and experience new things. It really does brighten my day trying new beauty products!

This month I received $22.87US worth of products. Value wise this would be good value if I didn’t have to ship it to Australia using USPS due to perfume in the package. It would be great if Birchbox had an option where you could choose no perfume.

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