Birchbox: What I’ve Actually Purchased

{Originally posted at Erin’s blog for her Favorite of the Week!}

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Birchbox has been blogged about to death, but I haven’t seen anyone ever take the plunge and ORDER a full-size product because the sample they received was so awesome. For those aren’t too sure about Birchbox, it’s a monthly subscription service where you receive {usually} luxury samples for just $10. At the current time that I’m writing this… it’s “sold out.” How an online subscription service can sell out is beyond me, but back to business. Have you ordered anything full-size from your Birchbox? Or, do samples you receive frequently make you upgrade for the large size?

One nice perk of Birchbox is the ability to leave reviews on the samples you receive. When you log into your account and look at the box you received for the month, you are able to click on the items. Usually there will be an icon to “leave feedback.” Once you do, you receive 10 points. After receiving 100 points, you’re able to turn those 100 points into $10 off! Holla!

Anyway, before the holidays I finally committed to ordering some products that I had received samples off in the past year.

Colorescience pro® sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection SPF 30 Jar

I received a tiny pot of this about six months ago and used every last drop. It is a sunscreen that goes on like a mineral powder…but something about the coverage I enjoyed. Since I opted for the darkest shade — the “almost tan” — it gave slight coverage that I liked. I usually am in a rush to leave for work in the morning, so I throw on some moisturizer, some concealer, then cover my face with this. I like the results for day time. The full size jar was $28…but it was larger than I expected! And, I use this daily…which is why it’s my favorite of the week!

Stila Holiday Daydream Palette

My very first Birchbox had a Stila eyeshadow pot in it. While most people are familiar with this brand, I wasn’t. When I saw that this palette was just $18 … I immediately added it to my cart. I love all the colors. Very fun!

Birchbox’s shop also sells things that I had never received as a sample {but perhaps others have}, but the items looked fun anyway. One of those bonus buys was:

J.R. Watkins Peppermint Foot Salve

I used it around the holidays. It did work…but I always forgot to use it before bed. I must remember!

I also threw in this as a gift for my mom:

Benefit Ooh La Lift

So…what have you purchased after receiving a great sample?


  1. says

    i purchased the ooh la lift from birchbox, not because it was in my box, but because i had been wanting it! currently saving up my points for a night cream and blemish clearing serum! :)

  2. says

    My younger girlie subscribes to a similar service and rarly buys the full size. We went to sephora last month and she did talk me into buying her a couple items she had used up, but I think that was the first time… She gets “Christmas morning” excited each month when her box arrives though!

  3. says

    I got a sample of Twirl by Kate Spade in one of my birchboxes before I cancelled them. Then I asked for it for Christmas and got two bottles. I really liked it. I also ordered a tinted primer. Besides that I wasn’t sold on anything else they sent me.

  4. says

    New reader/follower here :) Birchbox is such a genius company idea- I wish I had thought of it!! It’s such a good deal for the companies- they get people like you introduced to their products… But stila is a great brand. They also have awesome eyeliner that lasts for ages.. Good purchases :)

  5. says

    I want that Stila palette! How is it? I have purchased Zoya and Twist bands from them…haha. I am a cheapy. I only paid for shipping and got the rest free with credits.

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