Now, this is not a paid review or even an unpaid review. Or even really a review. I just joined Birchbox, got a bunch of cool stuff and immediately wanted to tell all y’all. So if you’re a product whore like me, and don’t mind pic-heavy posts taken with a crappy iPhone camera (I’m getting a real one, leave me alone….) keep reading.
I have a thing for beauty products. When I lived with my best friend Michael (former Miss Gay Texas, thank you very much.) he had twice the amount of products that I had, so it was like living across the hall from Sephora. Between living with him and now my reviewer post at We Heart This, I’ve been spoiled. My counter is a mess and a bone of contention between me and Jethro. I need a vanity table in a big bad way. Possibly a vanity room. I am full of the vanity, apparently.
I’ve joined a beauty subscription service before and it sucked. It was expensive, I got full size products of things that I only marginally liked and trying to cancel the damn subscription was nightmare. But then I discovered a new program called Birchbox. It’s a subscription service, but it’s only $10 and it only sends you samples. That way you’re not stuck with a giant bottle of something you don’t like and $10 is super affordable, especially considering the samples I received. Let’s take a look at those, shall we?
My first box was April, which was a Earth Day themed. All their products they sent were earth-friendly and mailed in their usual recyclable packaging. AND, it was carbon-neutral shipping. No idea how that works, but I like it.
I got five products,
and my favorite nail polish brand Zoya Intimate Spring 2011 Nail Polish Collection in Dove
with swatch spoons and a catalog of the new line,
and a plantable card from Bloomin! (so cute. I’ll probably kill it, but so cute.)
So how are the products? I haven’t tried them all, but I can tell you that the Rose lotion is nice but not amazing and the Zoya polish is great but not a color that I like for me. I don’t know about the tea, has anyone ever had chamomile? (I drink tea and yerba mate, but only because coffee isn’t good for you on a daily basis and it makes me pee too much. Herbal teas make me twitchy, is it gross?)
But the fun part is with Birchbox, once I try a product I fill out a small survey and then earn points toward a $10 off a product. And any product they send me has free shipping for the full size counterpart during the month I receive them.
And this is on their FAQ and it makes me VERY happy.
I’m a woman of color. Will Birchbox fit my needs?
We would never send you something that we know would not work with your beauty needs and skintone, so we customize the boxes to make sure all the samples will work for you. In the case of color makeup products, we typically choose trend-based products that work for many different skintones.
THANK YOU. I cannot tell you how annoying it is to never be able to sample anything in a shade that would be kinda sorta my skintone. COLORED PEOPLE BUY MAKEUP TOO. And don’t get me started on the Covergirl Queen collection. Just…don’t. (Yes, I said colored. I say that all the time in reference to myself and was going to erase it but changed my mind. So there. )
So yeah. There’s my shilling for a company that I have no invested interest in other than I find it immensely cool. (Except referral points if a friend signs up, but I’ll only send you that if you want it. This isn’t one of those, “oh, this is so fun, I’m totally not getting paid…JOIN NOW AND USE MY LINK SO I GET REFERRALS.” That’s annoying.) I love beauty products, I love sample size anything and I love getting mail. It’s like they made this just for me and my shallow little heart.
Whatcha think, moppets? Sound fun? Sound stupid? Hate beauty products? Think I’m falling for a patriarchal construct in which I must hide my true self in order to fit societal views on beauty? Discuss.