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Tempt: The Beauty of a Birchbox

Elena Odulak

Beauty lovers have been raving about Birchbox. With the slogan, "Discover your next everything," Birchbox is setting some high expectations. This company provides its customers with a surprise box of samples twelve times a year for a subscription fee of only $10 a month. Sounds too good to be true, right? I wanted to know if Birchbox was really worth the fee, so I tried a 3 month subscription. The verdict? I'm impressed.

November Birchbox. CC by Leah Marie Walkiewicz

Birchbox delivers it's products in a well packaged kit. The boxes themselves are stylish with hot pink tissue paper and a minimalist exterior. I received  a sample size of Aloxxi Firm Hold Hairspray, Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil, LA FRESH Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover, TOCCA Crema da Mano in Cleopatra and a "lifestyle extra" of 3 Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches, in my November Birchbox alone. The cost to purchase all of these items in their full sizes would be $75.94 which makes these samples a steal.

The lifestyle samples such as the Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches are a nice way to try new things that are unrelated to beauty. In the October box I received, there was a "Birchbox find alert!" which is what Birchbox referred to as a "mass-market find." The find was a tube of on-brand Chapstick. The tube of Chapstick has been living in the purse that I take to bars, and despite it not being the most glamorous product in the world, it's incredibly useful. So while the idea of a "mass-market find" showing up in a Birchbox earned the company a lot of backlash from consumers, it was a decent product.

Each Birchbox includes a nifty card detailing what the product is an how to use it. It includes the price of the full size item which can be purchased on Birchbox's website where users earn points for purchasing and reviewing items they received in their boxes. Birchbox points translate into perks for the users like free products or discounts.

I started receiving Birchbox deliveries in September. Each box has brought exciting new products and by November, I couldn't wait for my box to arrive in the mail. A Birchbox subscription is a must have for any beauty queen especially one who wants to treat herself to something special every month. For 3-6 great new products at only $10 a month, this service is a steal.