February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review – “Friendship” + Coupon Code

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February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
February 2015 Birchbox – “Friendship”

One of my February 2015 Birchbox boxes arrived over the weekend!  I have have been receiving Birchbox for years, but last fall during an amazing Birchbox subscription sale I picked up another annual subscription.  It turns out to be a good thing because it was at that exact time that Birchbox began to offer their Guest Editor boxes.  So now I can get the “regular” Birchbox on one account and the Guest Editor box on the second.  This review is on the February 2015 “regular” box.

If you aren’t familiar, Birchbox, which is $10/month, offers 4-6 (sometimes more) hand-picked beauty and lifestyle samples, delivered to your door each month. You can review the samples you receive on a monthly basis to earn points in their shop, which makes the “real” cost of the box even less. Points accumulate until you are ready to spend, so you can stockpile and combine with coupon codes and get some complete steals (which I try to do).

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
The Box

Birchbox ships via Newgistics (it’s delivered by the Post Office) and took just three days to arrive to me.

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
The February Birchbox

I mentioned it last month too, but Birchbox announced in their January sneak peek video that all of the boxes this year will be fun new designs and that we should save them because they are going to have some ideas on how to use them down the road. I personally think they should make a series of coffee mugs to match that month’s box. I’d so buy that!

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
First Look
February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
Second First Look

I peeked at my account through this link (Birchbox warned subscribers on their Facebook that these previews were subject to change before the 10th but mine was right on) a few days ago and was kind of meh on it.  The sizes in the first look were pretty good though.

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
The Information Card

The February 2015 Birchbox theme was “Friendship” and was all about celebrating those who cheer us on, calm us down and make us laugh.  Here is what my box – Box #51 (*) this month:

~Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal ($0.95): Oh I love this!  I have always liked Juicy scents and I think is my new favorite from them. It’s described as a “delicious blend of candied apple, juicy pear, jasmine, and gardenia with a hint of marshmallow and vanilla”.  I am pretty sure I know what I want for Valentine’s Day ;).

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal

~theBalm Cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss (BAM! Rose Pink) ($4): I love the color I received and thought the formula was smooth and creamy – not sticky at all.  theBalm makes great products and has such fun packaging.

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
theBalm Cosmetics Read My Lips Lip Gloss

~Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($6.50): So far so good with this one.  I haven’t been using it long enough to see a giant difference, but my skin does feel a lot cleaner after I use it.  I am going to try and use this consistently until it’s gone because I am hearing that this one could be a gamer changer!

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

~Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Shower Gel ($2): I’m just meh on this on.  I can’t figure out exactly what it smells like (I kind of get almonds from it, but who knows?), but it really reminds me of a hotel freebie.  A really nice hotel freebie and one that I would be thrilled to get at a hotel, but in my Birchbox I am not as excited about it.

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
Gilchrist & Soames London Collection Shower Gel

~Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray ($4.90): This was my Sample Choice selection this month.  I am a huge fan of sea salt sprays so when I saw this I knew I had to try it. I found this to be a lot different than most of the sea salt sprays I have tried. It left my hair feeling soft, but still gave it some nice texture.  I’m not sure if I will end up switching to this or not, but I will use the bottle up and decide.

February 2015 Birchbox Subscription Review
Parlor by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

All totaled I came up with a value of $18.35 for my February 2015 Birchbox.  Including the points I get for purchasing the box (10 points = $1 to spend at Birchbox) and reviewing / sharing the items in the box (60 points = $6), the value increases to $25.35.  While I liked the box more in person than I did in the sneak peek, I didn’t love it.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t super good either.  Just kind of there.

Have you gotten your Birchbox yet this month?  What’d you get? If you are interested in subscribing I believe you can still use coupon code “BBSTORE100” to get 100 extra Birchbox points (which is equal to $10 to spend in the Shop) with any subscription purchase.

(*) If you want to check out all the boxes this month, go here and change the #1 at the end (instead of “february-2015-bb1”, it’d be “february-2015-bb2”, “february-2015-bb3”, etc.) to anywhere between 2 and 61 since there were 61 different box varieties this month.

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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Linda Flick

    I won’t try to look from that link above anymore. It showed I was getting and awesome box and I got excited, what I actually am getting now is horrible:(

    1. Jennifer

      Fingers crossed it changes back!

  2. PA Anna

    My box arrived last Friday. I received: Coola Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint, Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, Marcelle Gentle Make-up Remover for Sensitive Eyes, and Obliphica Professional Intensive Hair Serum. I did not pick a sample this month.

    I like yours better. I always wanted to try Paula Choice. The only items I will use this month will be the sunscreen and hair serum. I tried the link above and it matches my box.

    1. Jennifer

      The Klorane is good, but the rest doesn’t seem overly exciting.

  3. Jen Hodgen

    I am getting a Beauty Blender and solid cleanser – yay! I have wanted that for awhile and was thrilled BB was sending them out in boxes. My box is a nice one this month – face cleanser, body wash, lip balm, conditioner, and a Beauty Blender!

  4. laura r

    Gilchrest & Soames is a hotel soap company! My boyfriend went away for a business trip and brought me back some from the hotel he stayed at.

  5. sarah

    Just a head’s up that Birchbox now ships to Canada….and Glossy Box does too. I just thought that you might want to update shipping locations.

  6. vanessa!

    I got the same exact box. I’m not thrilled with it. I feel like everyone who chose the sea salt spray this month all got the same boxes. 🙁

  7. Kate

    Do you get the 10 points for the $10 the box costs? I asked BB and they said you only get that on your first order… Love your box!

    1. Jennifer

      I thought the same, but a few people were saying that they get 10 points every month when they are charged the $10 monthly fee. I have an annual membership, so when I pay for that I get 110 points .

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