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post #2011 of 2321

I got box 1! Any box twins? What is the verdict on any of these products?

  • 12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment
  • Emily's Chocolates Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies
  • Sampar Ultra Hydrating Fluid
  • theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One

and those fortune cookies are freakin good!!

post #2012 of 2321

So, long shot, but would anyone who received the fresh perfume or atomizer have preferred to get a box 4? They sent me a box 4 on each account and I'd love to trade at least one of them away.

post #2013 of 2321
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Originally Posted by allthingsaimee View Post

Got box 13 and really like it!  However, I was totally expecting a decent size Ahava Foot Cream since that's what they show in the picture.  Instead, I got one single use packet.  Boo.  

 

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What the heck? Is it even enough to use on both of your feet? Now I'm totally worried that one of my products will be a foil packet even though none of them are pictured as foil packets. 

post #2014 of 2321
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Originally Posted by queenofperil View Post

 

What the heck? Is it even enough to use on both of your feet? Now I'm totally worried that one of my products will be a foil packet even though none of them are pictured as foil packets. 

 

that's crazy. i got the sabon foot cream back in august. it was a very generous sized sample and i'm still using it to this day. shame on bb for this.

post #2015 of 2321
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Originally Posted by queenofperil View Post

 

What the heck? Is it even enough to use on both of your feet? Now I'm totally worried that one of my products will be a foil packet even though none of them are pictured as foil packets. 

It is enough to use on both feet, but it definitely is a one-time use packet.  I'm so sad because I freaking love the product and wish there was more!  (Just used it tonight.)

post #2016 of 2321

Hey i know this is really off topic but I cant seem to figure this out. When you buy a full size product where would you find a tracking number for said product? I have a problem with stealing in my neighbor hood so I like to know when things are going to be delviered so I can be sure to be home to grab it before someone else does.

post #2017 of 2321
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Originally Posted by queenofperil View Post

 

What the heck? Is it even enough to use on both of your feet? Now I'm totally worried that one of my products will be a foil packet even though none of them are pictured as foil packets. 

It is enough to use on both feet, but it definitely is a one-time use packet.  I'm so sad because I freaking love the product and wish there was more!  (Just used it tonight.)

 

You need to try the AHAVA Dermud Intensive Hand Cream (mud line) then if you like the Foot one. I REALLY like the Dermud hand cream but don't really care for the Mineral Hand Cream (water line).

post #2018 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

I'm not sure how happy I am with birchbox. On one hand, I'm not loving everything I got (GRRRR NICOLE RICHIE PERFUME). I found maybe like 1 or 2 things TOTAL out of the stuff they sent me that I love and would want to rebuy... on the other hand, I've gotten nice samples of other stuff I find useful that's large enough to last a while and maybe wouldn't have wanted to buy myself. I already have a lot of HGs but it's nice to be able to try something just for the sake of it.

I did a little bit of thinking. Technically, Birchbox has a really nice shop. It's not as well stocked as Sephora's, but there are definitely a lot of prestige brands in there, and stuff that a lot of places wouldn't discount regularly (Sephora and Ulta), whereas you're guaranteed that 20% off every ___ months. I guess it's a cost-benefit thing.

Technically, you get ~50 points for every box you get, or about $5 back from each box. If you buy a yearly subscription, that's 110 points + 50*12, or ~$70 (well, $71 but it doesn't translate like that), and that's not including any accidentals (where you get another $5-10 in points usually). If you catch it at another time when they do the buy ___ of stuff get double points thing, you get back even more (like another $10) Let's face it, most of us are going to drop that ~$70 cosmetics in 3-4 months if not even more frequently, much less a year, and through their shop, you get the added bonus of 20% off, and likely another sample from you pick two.

That means you are technically paying only ~$40 for 12 months of samples, which comes down to $3.33 box, since the rest is given back to you. Love it or hate it, it's not that much money for 5 things, some of which have been and could be awesome. In other words, for example, if you  bought a pack with a $10 coupon and one item (worth, say $30) for $15, you technically only paid $5 for this $30 item, since the $10 gift card can be treated "like" cash. So in this case, you're paying $3.33 for a box of 5 items, because the other amount is coming back to you.

As frustrated as I am with BB sometimes, I think I'll stick with them. I'm not sure how I feel about Sephora's rewards system, but I definitely think Birchbox has a better rewards system than they do. If you think Birchbox less as a sampling service and more as a beauty store in which you first invest money into and slowly get the stuff back from, it is worth it.

This is exactly the story and excuse I give my bf for having 2 accounts lol.
post #2019 of 2321
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Originally Posted by quene8106 View Post

that's crazy. i got the sabon foot cream back in august. it was a very generous sized sample and i'm still using it to this day. shame on bb for this.

It was listed as a "lifestyle extra" on my account so I'm trying not to get too mad about it.
post #2020 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Ladyrawrness View Post

Hey i know this is really off topic but I cant seem to figure this out. When you buy a full size product where would you find a tracking number for said product? I have a problem with stealing in my neighbor hood so I like to know when things are going to be delviered so I can be sure to be home to grab it before someone else does.

Birchbox (should) send you tracking info in an email when it ships. If they don't email you after 3 days after your order I would give them a call.
post #2021 of 2321
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It was listed as a "lifestyle extra" on my account so I'm trying not to get too mad about it.

You're totally right about that!  I just noticed it was listed as an Extra on my card along with the men's perfume.  Only thing I will argue is that they should have the box photo with the right sample product and size.  Totally misleading.  I'm not too upset.   Been a subscriber for like 16 months now so I've definitely had worse boxes than this :)  

 

 

 

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You need to try the AHAVA Dermud Intensive Hand Cream (mud line) then if you like the Foot one. I REALLY like the Dermud hand cream but don't really care for the Mineral Hand Cream (water line).

That one packet really did it's job on me.  I am in love with this product and definitely want to try the hand cream to see if it helps with the eczema on my hands at all.  Been using the J.R. Watkins Hand Slave and it's great for (sorry, this is going to sound nasty) sloughing off the dead skin, but is not good for daytime use.  I need a solid hand cream that can work when I am.   

post #2022 of 2321
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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

Ok i totally want to do this! How do you fill out the form? Do you need a separate email address to claim the gift sub for yourself or will it work if you put your own?

I used a second email address and used my middle name as the name that the subscription is under. I don't know if it would work using your own name since I didn't try that. Good luck...I hope it works for you. I'm sure I will end up getting a welcome box, but I'm ok with that since I can trade anything I don't want.

post #2023 of 2321
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Originally Posted by lovestarbrooke View Post

It was listed as a "lifestyle extra" on my account so I'm trying not to get too mad about it.

Oh ok that explains a lot. I thought you were getting dinky samples like the goop box.
post #2024 of 2321

I REALLY like my box this month, I received box #18:

 

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I like the Balms Hot Mama! blush even more than I like my Nars O, and I found patting a little bit of it over the Mox lip balm resulted in a really pretty, lightweight sheen.  I think it will be perfect for every day looks in the summer.  The shampoo is really nice too, and with my short hair the sample will last ages.  I thought the little gift tag was kind of silly at first, but I have already used it - guess I shouldn't be so quick to judge.

 

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post #2025 of 2321
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Originally Posted by lovestarbrooke View Post


Birchbox (should) send you tracking info in an email when it ships. If they don't email you after 3 days after your order I would give them a call.

okay thanks :)

post #2026 of 2321

Well, my boxes finally updated yesterday on my accounts, looks like I'm getting boxes 6 and 24, (yay, different boxes) and I have to say, I'm very happy. Just when I think about canceling one, or both my subs, bb sends me great stuff and convinces me to keep them. On box 6, do we know if the eyeko is coming in different colors, or just black....I got this same thing in my first account when they first sent them out and I got it in purple. (I love it.) I have sooooo many black liners from subs that I'm hoping I get a color, but I'd prefer it not to be purple just so I can try something new. Either way, I'm happy. Yay!

Sorry for the excessive white-out, but I didn't want anything in there that would even hint at what it could be, incase someone has more willpower than I do and hasn't peeked.

post #2027 of 2321

I got box 4, and I'm pleased. I'll use each and every sample this month. The Kerastasse is amazing! I emptied the 2 packets into a Lush sample pot, and it's filled to the brim. A small amount is really all that's needed, so even with my long and obnoxiously thick hair it will last a while. I'm pretty sure I'll hoard some points and purchase the full size. 

 

I also ordered a limited edition home box as a Christmas gift, and got a free Birchbox Man and Pick 2 sample pack. Although I never got shipping notification and it still says processing on the website, it was delivered on Friday. 

post #2028 of 2321

Dont add it on as capitals pr rtr10 thats what i did and it worked:)

post #2029 of 2321

Received box # 19!:)

 

 

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Everything was really small it literally fit inside the box perfectly.Really wasn't so thrilled but what can you do:/

post #2030 of 2321

Question: I have accumulated some points and have a handful of items I am dying to get my hands on but my one year anniversary is in January (I believe). Does everyone get an anniversary coupon code for their one year? Or is it only for those who do the annual sub? (I'm sure this question has been asked before...so forgive me for asking again.)

post #2031 of 2321

Off topic: I've been dying to get the naked 2 palette and the nars orgasm blush...but I hate to not get points and they aren't in BB shop. I feel like I don't shop enough at sephora for the points to be worth it because I like to try to get my stuff all at one place so between BB and ulta I'm pretty much covered. My go to brands for makeup are usually tarte or too faced and I know those brands have knock-offs of both products but BB doesn't even carry the knockoffs! ...Anything comparable in the shop to Naked or the blush or should I just head over to sephora (...ulta doesn't carry nars... whomp whomp)?

post #2032 of 2321

Happy moment with Birchbox this weekend.  I saw I was getting a duplicate item in my box (box 12) - one of the products I had gotten in August.  I was going to complain eventually, but I wanted to actually get the box to see if I really ended up with a duplicate.  On Friday I got an email from Birchbox, proactively apologizing for the duplicate and giving me an extra 100 points!  So they reached out before I even got my box (box came Saturday) to acknowledge the duplicate item.  Nice

 

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per-fekt beauty lash perfection gel - this was my duplicate item. I wasn't blown away with it the first time, but oh well
Number 4 shampoo - I love shampoo samples, but it really bugs me that I don't get a conditioner with it, since my hair needs conditioner
Juicy Couture perfume - I'm a weirdo that likes perfume samples.  Haven't tried this one yet though
Frownies - I should probably try these tonight. Rough night last night.  :)
Tea - I don't drink tea, but I'll probably try these, just so they don't go to waste

 

I'm not blown away by my box, but oh well.  An extra 100 points makes it all ok.  I'm easy like that.  Just like the person who said they'd rather get their box late every month and get an extra 100 points.  That's so me, as well.

post #2033 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Legalista View Post

Off topic: I've been dying to get the naked 2 palette and the nars orgasm blush...but I hate to not get points and they aren't in BB shop. I feel like I don't shop enough at sephora for the points to be worth it because I like to try to get my stuff all at one place so between BB and ulta I'm pretty much covered. My go to brands for makeup are usually tarte or too faced and I know those brands have knock-offs of both products but BB doesn't even carry the knockoffs! ...Anything comparable in the shop to Naked or the blush or should I just head over to sephora (...ulta doesn't carry nars... whomp whomp)?

word on the boards is thebalm hot mama is a dupe for nars O, but there isn't anything comparable to naked in the BB shop.

post #2034 of 2321
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Originally Posted by Legalista View Post

Off topic: I've been dying to get the naked 2 palette and the nars orgasm blush...but I hate to not get points and they aren't in BB shop. I feel like I don't shop enough at sephora for the points to be worth it because I like to try to get my stuff all at one place so between BB and ulta I'm pretty much covered. My go to brands for makeup are usually tarte or too faced and I know those brands have knock-offs of both products but BB doesn't even carry the knockoffs! ...Anything comparable in the shop to Naked or the blush or should I just head over to sephora (...ulta doesn't carry nars... whomp whomp)?

 

TheBalm's Hot Mama is really close to Nars' Orgasm. Hot Mama is just a little pinker to me. You're probably not going to find an exact dupe to the Naked 2 (which I completely think is worth the money) but the BB shop does have two neutral palettes I've heard good things about - Stila's In the Light and theBalm's Nude Tude. Though they're in the same vein, they're probably not very comparable to the Naked 2, so I would say go for it if that's what you really want. I can't remember exactly how long I've had mine, but I've used it really heavily for months and I've barely made trenches in the pans.

post #2035 of 2321
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Originally Posted by hindsighting View Post

 

TheBalm's Hot Mama is really close to Nars' Orgasm. Hot Mama is just a little pinker to me. You're probably not going to find an exact dupe to the Naked 2 (which I completely think is worth the money) but the BB shop does have two neutral palettes I've heard good things about - Stila's In the Light and theBalm's Nude Tude. Though they're in the same vein, they're probably not very comparable to the Naked 2, so I would say go for it if that's what you really want. I can't remember exactly how long I've had mine, but I've used it really heavily for months and I've barely made trenches in the pans.

I have the stila paletta, and I have to say there is really nothing like the Naked palette. UD's shadows are so pigmented and velvety and I don't think any other shadow really compares.

 

As for the person asking if the eyeko only comes in black, I got it in Olive (and I LOVE it) and I know other people got purple.

post #2036 of 2321

I was looking at my points history today i noticed that i have yet to be given the points for this months birchbox. anyone else? should i call/ email them about this?

post #2037 of 2321

This was my very first Birchbox! I feel so-so with it. I wasn't at all blown away but not completely let down either. I received box #14.

post #2038 of 2321
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Originally Posted by hindsighting View Post

 

TheBalm's Hot Mama is really close to Nars' Orgasm. Hot Mama is just a little pinker to me. You're probably not going to find an exact dupe to the Naked 2 (which I completely think is worth the money) but the BB shop does have two neutral palettes I've heard good things about - Stila's In the Light and theBalm's Nude Tude. Though they're in the same vein, they're probably not very comparable to the Naked 2, so I would say go for it if that's what you really want. I can't remember exactly how long I've had mine, but I've used it really heavily for months and I've barely made trenches in the pans.

I think I might just go for it- I wish I'd gotten the Hot Mama in my box to play with so I could decide! Maybe next month...My birthday is Christmas Eve so I'll wait and see what pops up and then I'll prolly just go for it!!

post #2039 of 2321

I emailed BB about the box switch so hopefully i'll hear from them tomorrow. I'm really loving the Hot Mama!! It's such a gorgeous color!

post #2040 of 2321

So I got the email to upgrade to a yearly and get an extra 50 points.  But....ehhh...I'm not sure yet.  I mean, my first boxes were AWFUL.  This one was pretty good...I like the points system...but not sure I want to be locked in.  I mean, I can always just tough it out....it's only $110....not like I am going to go hungry or lose the house because of it. hahaha

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