I’ve written before about my disdain for subscription boxes. There are a few exceptions (like Julep and Graze), but for the most part I hate the disappointment and feeling that I should have spent my money on something I actually wanted instead of a surprise box of samples. I can be pretty picky but I do like trying new products. When I saw that Birchbox was collaborating with Cupcakes and Cashmere for the May 2015 box, I decided to try it out. I’ve been a fan of Emily’s for awhile (Cupcakes and Cashmere was the first blog I started reading regularly) and Stacie had tried Birchbox before and liked it so it seemed fitting that I try the Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere collaboration.
Birchbox was one of the first subscription boxes. For only $10 a month, you get a box filled with five beauty and grooming samples from luxury brands. You can also fill out profile questions that help Birchbox tailor each box to you. You can cancel at any time and my favorite part is that you can earn Birchbox points for every box sample you review. 100 points are worth $10 in the Birchbox shop and each review gets you 10 points. So basically, for every $10 box you buy, you can get up to $5 to use in the store.
My Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere May 2015 box was delivered in a super cute peach and white cardboard box. Inside was a card with a note from Emily talking about the collection and the samples were wrapped in matching peach tissue paper. The whole presentation was really nice.
Inside the box was a card detailing the products I received, what they do, and how to use them. I thought it was really useful but I didn’t like that the card only listed prices for the full-size products. I wish it had said what the cost was of the samples I received so that I could easily see the value of my box.
Most of the samples were loose in the box but a couple of them were packaged in a gift envelope. The Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere box looked a little sparse with this packaging but they all arrived in one piece.
My first sample was Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream (supposedly Emily’s all-time fave although she’s never mentioned it on the blog). I like Benefit’s makeup products and I’ve actually tried a sample of this eye cream before. In my opinion, it does the job but it’s nothing special. It can also irritate my sensitive eyes if I use too much.
Next was Coastal Scent’s Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad. When I saw this sample on my list, I was worried I was going to end up with a piece of cardboard with eyeshadow samples on it. I was pleasantly surprised by this sample. It contained a mini palette featuring four of the colors from the Revealed 3 shadow palette. They are decently sized and the colors are very pretty. They are a little warmer than the colors I usually wear but I’m excited to try them out.
My third sample was Harvey Prince’s Hello. I’m really picky when it comes to scents. I almost opted out of all perfume samples from Birchbox but in Emily’s introductory video she mentioned a Tocca scent that sounded really interesting. Unfortunately I ended up with this Harvey Prince perfume instead. It’s a citrus and floral blend that is alright but not really me.
I also received Marcelle’s Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel. I already have a moisturizer that I’m completely addicted to but I will still try this one out. I like gel formulas because they are super light and great for summer. Plus, if I hate it, I can always use it as hand lotion.
My final sample was Parlor by Jeff Chastain’s Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray. I like sea salt sprays because they add a little bit of texture to my fine but very thick hair. Most of them tend to feel dry so I really like the idea of a moisturizing version.
My overall thoughts on the box? I wouldn’t have picked up any of these products but I am excited to try most of them. However, I’m a little disappointed with the box as a Birchbox + Cupcakes and Cashmere collaboration. There were two different videos and a couple of pages talking about the collaboration but out of all of the products shown, I only received one of them (the Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray). Instead of being a collaboration, this box feels like Birchbox just threw a bunch of samples into a cute, branded box. It doesn’t feel very tailored to my preferences and I can’t really see Emily using these products. I might try out Birchbox for a few more months as it is fun to get and I love the whole spend $10, get $5 back thing, but I don’t think this box was as strong as it could have been. If you want to try out Birchbox for yourself, you can use my referral link to sign up here, plus get your first box for only $5 if you use the code BB50OFF.
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