Birchbox SoHo

My sister and I picked a blisteringly cold day to stop by Birchbox SoHo. We had been planning to drop by since they opened, but bizarrely enough I haven’t really spent much time in SoHo this past year. Anyways, as one of the first customers in the store we could see the entire layout minus the crowds and it was probably one of the most inventive ways of using NYC’s notoriously limited space that I’ve seen. Even though the store itself was really narrow, the set up was so clean that I felt like the place was a massive beauty hideout. I could probably browse in here for hours and not even notice. I don’t know why I thought that was worth mentioning, but I feel like inventive use of space should equal New York City brownie points or something, haha! That or I’ve been watching too much Fixer Upper.

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My younger sister has become something of a beauty addict, and we’ve actually been debating adding her own series on here for curly haired gals. Seriously, she will give you the low down in a minute on which curly hair products are even worth looking at. I’m so proud of her (*cries a beauty blogging tear). She’s been dying to build her own Birchbox, which we heard through the blogosphere is one of the highlights of the Birchbox store. The BYOB section is located in the back of the top main floor, there is a lower floor as well where you’ll find more products as well as Birchbox Man. I’ve read that you’re meant to choose one product from each sort of beauty section but we spoke to two sales associates and they said that if you really can’t find something you like in one section then they’ll let you get two of another, no big deal.

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A BYOB costs $15, or $16.33 after tax. The entire BYOB section was loaded up with great products, the sample sizes were huge so I felt like the $15 was well worth it (yes, I know that a monthly subscription comes in at only $10 a box, but you get to pick what you want here). They also featured a free item – that week it was travel sized Illume candles, my sister and I love Illume so we were thrilled about that addition! The customer service was also great too, the staff there can help you find any sort of product that you’re looking for, but they don’t hover, aren’t pushy at all, and just leave you to do your own thing if you like.

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She picked out Wilma Schumann Skin Care Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads, DevaCurl Super Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Leave-in Cream, Ayres Body Polish – Pampas Sunrise, Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Indigo, and the Illume Gardenia tin candle.

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Birchbox SoHo also offers a menu of beauty services including makeup, nails, and hair – which you can book online here. They also offer beauty classes, which are free for subscribers, and $30 for non-subscribers – however, you get that amount of money in store credit when you take the course, so it’s basically like getting it free with a $30 purchase.

Are you a Birchbox subscriber? Have you ever been to their SoHo flagship store?

My June Wanderlust Birchbox!

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I love this month’s Birchbox theme – Wanderlust. Ironically, I didn’t get the box until I had come back from traveling earlier this month. Still, all the products in the box were amazing and I can’t wait to try them all! Here’s what was inside:

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BirchBox + Color Club’s London Calling polish from their Wanderlust Collection. London Calling is a super pretty minty green – I would definitely consider it a “neon pastel”. Also, Davines Love Smoothing Conditioner and Davines Oi/Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion sample packets.

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Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser – with lemongrass extract and natural sugar it really does smell super citrusy – it reminds me alot of fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Scrub.

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LAQA & Co. lip pencil – one half of the duo, I’m so surprised by how much I love this lip pencil. I usually do not wear bright colors, in fact for the most part I stick to sheer lip glosses. This color looked really nice with my new tan, I liked it so much that I wore it the the whole day after opening my box.

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Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo: this gentle shampoo is packed with moisturizing Indian fig extract and olive oil. My strands are in desperate need of some TLC after all that time spent out in the salt water and sun, so I can’t wait to give this one a try – and I love how generous this sample was!

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The Verdict: I loved this box, and have already purchased some treats from the Birchbox shop – I think it was well worth the $10, especially since I’ve never tried any of these products/brands before.

Do you subscribe to Birchbox? What did you think of this months box? Have you tried any of the products featured in this months box? Let me know in the comments section below!

Sample Boxes: Why I Can’t Wait for the Mail

For as long as I remember “mail-time” has been one of my most favorite time of day. Even when I was too young to actually receive anything I used to get excited.Now that I’m older and I actually receive things in the mail, my most anticipated time of day has gotten even better.

However, I don’t always get things in the mail. And a month without anything but bills and maybe a couple of home decoration magazines doesn’t seem like much of a month at all. That’s why I’ve decided to subscribe to Subscription Sample Boxes. Yup, you read that right. I am going to pay for somebody to send me a box of samples. But these samples aren’t a bunch of scratch and sniff perfume cards (not that I don’t love those either). These companies go through the trouble of arranging a select number of premier samples, and sending them out to their customers in adorable packages. Among these (nineteen) Subscription Sample Box’s are box’s for foodies, make-up fans, and those looking for environmentally friendly, healthy products to test out. If they tell you that they’re all sold out, subscribe to an email update so you’ll know when they’re available again- act quick because they go fast!

 Birchbox: The infamous subscription retail company has been featured on a just about every news platform out there from People to The Times- and for good reason. They deliver high end samples at $10 a box/month. Check out some happy customers YouTube vid’s here. Also, Birchbox is a NYC-based company- so yay Birchbox!

VoxBox: Now I’ve done my research and Voxbox has a lot of really good reviews. I just joined myself, but you should know that the box is part of a program called influenster. It’s a really great program that allows users to qualify for boxes and then review them- which creates a really good environment for active consumerism where users promote brands they love.

My Glam: The monthly glam bag sent to customers is fiLled with 4-5 samples of full-sized products and is paired with video’s created by stylists using the products included in the bag. At $10 a month- MyGlam is well worth a try and is a great opportunity for brand discovery.

Conscious Box: “Conscious Box is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet- just like you.” Conscious box is a little more expensive at $12 a month, plus $7 shipping- but has received some pretty positive reviews.

 

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Julep Maven: Being a Julep Maven means that you get access to the beauty editor Sneak Peak Box created by Julep every month. The box is filled with the hottest trends in nail color and the latest mani/pedi care products. A subscription is $19.99 a month. Reviews here. For a limited time use the code COLOR2012 to get the box for $0.01!!!

Foodzie: Foodzie tasting boxes are run by the artisinal food site Foodzie. A tasting box for one month costs $29.95. These boxes make for great gifts, each box is carefully selected by the Foodzie team- which pretty much ensures a wide range of quality products.

GoGo Girlfriend: Right now gogo girlfriend is only allowing people to sign up on their waiting list. And for good reason. They’re notorious online for sending out great make-up sample boxes (especially to their premium members). If you happen to be able to score the chance to obtain membership- don’t hesitate. Basic membership is $6.99 a month (1 box every 2 months), premium is $12.99 a month (for a monthly box).

BlissmoBox: For $19 a month, you’ll get a box filled with organic eco-friendly products. What’s great about BlissmoBox is that you get to choose which box you want from a set of curated limited quantity box options. They also offer a “BreakBox” for non-junky office snacks.

Eco-Emi: Another “green” box, Eco-Emi offers a wide variety of eco-friendly products for $15 a month. Their packaging is supposed to be super adorable as well.

New beauty Test Tube: New Beauty’s test tube includes their magazine, various beauty samples, and a $50 gift card to Spalook.com all for $29.95- of all the sample subscription boxes. I’d have to say this one offers the best deal- the gift card alone pays for the cost of one month.

Beauty Army: Beauty Army gives you the option of choosing exactly what samples you want from their selection of products. With premium packaging, the Beauty Army box can arrive in your mailbox for $12 a month.

The Sample Lounge: The Sample Lounge gives you the option of being a yearly or monthy subscriber ($14.99 a month/$153.00 a year). Inside each of TSL’s sample boxes are 7 healthy beauty and skincare products.

Beauty Fix: Beauty Fix isn’t technically a “sample box”- they send out full size high end products chosen by a panel of experts specifically just for you. It’s still steal because $50 is a lot less then the combined total retail of the products they send you.

Glymm: Glymm, like a quite a few of these subscription programs, offers a points program that can be used to purchase products, or another box. Glymm conveniently allows users to pay for any number of months they want in one sitting as oppose to having your card charged monthly. 4 -5 Luxury samples are yours for only $10 a month.

Luxe Box: The Luxe Box is a sampling program created by Loosebutton.com, they also offer about 4-5 samples for $12 a month. As of now, Luxe Box is only available in Canada- but they’re working on going international.

GlossyBox: Another company also working on making it to the states- glossybox is currently allowing users to join the VIP Line for when they go live in the US. Sign up here!

Beauty Bar Sample Society: Beauty Bar has partnered with allure for this beauty sample offering. They include a monthly mini-mag, an allure subscription, and 4-5 deluxe sixed samples. At $15 a month, membership is limited.

Spirit Beauty Lounge Sample Boxes: Spirit Beauty Lounge’s sample boxes aren’t a part of a subscription service. However, you can choose from their available boxes based on your skin type. They also offer a deluxe sample kit that lets you choose the 10 samples tha you want.

Pink Moment: Pink Moment is very much like eco-emi. For $12 a month you get a box of natural or organic samples for you to try out.

White Apricot Green Grab Bag: “Get minis of the best natural, organic and vegan skin and hair care, make up, fragrance and more delivered right to your door for just $15 a month, and shipping is free!”

Quarterly Co.: I really love the subscription service that Quarterly provides! They allow you to choose what contributor that you want to subscribe to. They explain this better here. For $25 Quarterly allows a more personal, tailored experience for the customer. It’s so cool!

I just scored a subscription to Julep Maven- so stay tuned!