The first thing I got a Coola Classic Face SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face. The sample size is .23 oz and is about $4.50. I tend to like most cucumber products and this was no exception. It has a nice clean scent and while it was a little thinner then I like moisturizers to be, I could totally see myself buying a full size especially for the super hot months!
Then there is a Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste. The sample is .5 oz and is about $1.50. Toothpaste really?! I've herd good things about this, but I was still a bit bummed, because honestly I can and prefer to pick out my own toothpaste, especially since I really hate the smell/taste of mint toothpaste! And not only does this smell strong it has a minty black licorice smell which makes me want to gag, there is no way I would ever use this! Sad too because it would such a good thing to bring on vacation. Anyway I'll probably give it to my fiancee who isn't so picky.
Then, my favorite item, is the Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner. This is a mini pencil and goes for about $5.25. I got a black one, but I hoard black eyeliner since I use it almost everyday. While I would have liked a bright color, I'm thrilled to have received the black one because I know I'll use it. I wonder if Sumita is cruelty free because I thought that this eyeliner was comparable to my Avon one (which is not cruelty free!) and the price is pretty good too.
Then I got another really item. Runa Guayusa Tea. I got 4 tea bags (I used one before taking the picture). I'm fine with this I drink tea, but again tea is one of those things I'd prefer to pick out since I prefer sweet tea to hot tea. Also these say they are energy boosting, and from the one I had I felt no increase in energy.
All totaled (and not including the tea) my box is valued at 12.85. Since I get 50 points a box (or $5) I always think of Birchbox as being $5 instead of $10 so I definatly thought that the value was there especially since I did like 3/5 items that I received. Would I recommend Birchbox? Not really. I think for $10 Ipsy is much better, but I do continue to sub to Birchbox because I love the points system and with my other subs I don't feel too let down, but I wouldn't recommend it as your only sub.