The Daily Moxie Box reviews Birchbox

Welcome to our new on-going feature: The Daily Moxie Box. Monthly subscription boxes seem to be all the rage right now. So we’ve decided to take some of the guess work out of your purchasing decision and help you decide which boxes are worth the monthly fee. We will review some of the top boxes out there, post pics and give you an idea of  what you get in each box. Are some of them worth the monthly fees, which range anywhere from $15 to $50 dollars a month, or are you better off going to a department store and getting free samples on your own? Let us break it down for you!


Our first box is the one that seemed to start it all Birchbox!

When Birchbox first came out, the samples were incredible. A great size, unusual variety and different boxes for different people. Lately the Daily Moxie ladies have been a little underwhelmed with the samples. (Are we getting bigger or are the samples getting smaller?)

Here’s a look at July’s box:


Here’s a list of what you get:

b.right Moisturizing Collection by Benefit Cosmetics (full-size $30-40)

Curly Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions by Jonathan Torch (full-size $10)

CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 by purminerals (full-size $38)

Ceramidin Cream by Dr. Jart (full-size $48)

Birchbox Exclusive Colorfully patterned Bobby Pins – set of six ($5)

You also get a card that gives you the chance at getting a deluxe mini whenever you purchase a full size Benefit product or spend 25+ at the Birchbox Bonus shop.

Our thoughts:

While we’ve seen better boxes from Birchbox, we will stick with them a while longer. Some of the more jam-packed boxes make up for the slightly sparse ones. They’ve introduced us to lots of products we’ve never heard of (Hello, Jouer!) and they always have a whimsical flair to the packaging. Another bonus is if you leave a review on the Birchbox website about the samples you’ve received, you can rack up a bunch of points towards your next purchase. And you can’t go wrong at 15 bucks a month.


Moxie Box Grade: B (for Birchbox)

Stay tuned for more subscription box reviews at our newest feature: The Daily Moxie Box!

My Hand to Hold…

…my heart to keep.

My Hand to Hold. My Heart to Keep.

I love these ring bearer bowls from BHLDN. I may have to snag one for a bridal shower gift.

My New Obsession


THE DOUBLE WALLED TUMBLER! I was searching for a cup earlier today to put ice water in and I stumbled across my brother’s Starbucks tumbler.  Do you want to know why it’s AWESOME?? Because it doesn’t “sweat”. Do you know what I mean? When a cup of ice water gets all beaded up with water along the outside and then gets everything around it wet? Well guess what???? This doesn’t do that! And I’m kind of in love with it. I tried to order one from Glitzy Glam but it seems that they are out of stock. But you can bet the minute they come back I will be stocking up on these little gems! Here are some other links for the double walled tumblers.

Bath & Body Works: Santa’s Little Helper

Bath & Body Works has 400 Gifts that are $10 and UNDER! Now if this doesn’t give you plenty of inspiration for stocking stuffers, I don’t know what will! I love finding little body lotions, soaps and candles in my stocking. What are some of your favorite stocking stuffers?

And don’t forget to check out their sale page for some great deals!! (I’m all about the sale pages of my favorite stores…you would be surprised at the great deals you can find!)

Clinique’s 10 Days of Happiness

Clinique is running a Holiday Special through December 14th. Any $40 purchase made today will get you one of these top-selling items FREE!

-Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion

-Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer

-7 Day Scrub Cream

Click on any other day on the calendar to see the special offer for that particular day. I’m not sure if this is part of our current economic state, but a lot of companies seem to be offering more freebies and discounts than ever! Today’s Boston Globe had an article on luxury stores offering great incentives for buyers including discounts, free gifts and more!

Great Gift Ideas

Now is the time when people start scrambling to make sure they have something thoughtful for everyone on their list. I am here to offer some holiday suggestions.

Dr. Hauschka has a collection of trial sizes of their aromatherapy bath oils. The tin box contains Lemon, Lavender, Rosemary, Spruce and Sage. These oils are used to energize, relax or soothe. Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Richard Gere and Robert Downey Jr. are just a few of the celebrities who have publicly extolled Dr. Hauschka’s virtues.