The First Birchbox Since the Devaluation

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A few months ago Birchbox devalued their loyalty program under the guise of customer improvements, eliminating opportunities to earn $5 in store credit per month by reviewing your products. This month starts the new policy of only getting points for your first box review, so that changes my assessment of how happy I am with the beauty box.

And it did make a difference. While I’m pleased with the box, I’m not thrilled like I would have been at a lower price point.

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Benefit Cosmetics has been making a big deal about their new brow line, but being blessed(?) with a dominant brow, the goof proof brow pencil ($24) isn’t super appealing, particularly since it’s in a light color…

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I do like Bumble & Bumble, so will be interested to see if the 6 lightweight oils in their Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer ($11-$28) is actually light enough to protect my hair without weighing it down like most of them do.a bottle of hairdresser's haircare

Yay for the Hey Honey Trick and Treat Cream Concealer ($32)! With all my travel I definitely need good travel size eye creams.a hand holding a cream container

And I was glad to see the full size Manna Kadar Cosmetics The Day Dream Palette ($25) was an everyday shadow color that will be useful for end of summer and even year round. A lot of people reported theirs showed up broken, but I got lucky apparently.

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I go to great lengths (ha ha ha) to keep my hair from curling, so skeptical about the Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($22-$39). Not sure beachy waves are really what I’m going for, but guess it’s worth a try, especially on tropical trips. The questions is whether I’ll actually get waves or just look like a cocker spaniel.

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Not a bad box, not a great box. If I wasn’t locked into an annual subscription, I’d be debating whether I wanted to keep getting Birchbox and the Sephora Play Box or just the latter. If you do decide to give Birchbox a try, it’s $10 a month and you can get $5 store credit by reviewing 5 products you receive.

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  1. I cancelled my Sephora and will cancel Birchbox – they’re nothing but disappointments and I’ll save my $$ on Walmart and Target and well, travel 😀

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