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post #511 of 2326
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

i just noticed the new shop tab 'Find Your Shade'

http://www.birchbox.com/shop/featured/find-your-shade

I like that they're trying this will definitely be at least a bit helpful in comparing shades to brands, but I can never tell by pictures when someone is closest to my shading and sometimes I really question what's considered medium and what's light (cause I swear there are times on sites the medium is lighter than the light they're just not caucasian lol)
Thanks for pointing that out!!
Btw..... HELP!!!!! If I knew how to post pics on here I'd post one of the towering pile all around me. I decided to empty my closet and my drawers to clean ( chase memory boobie traps away) and organize. Now I'm a tiny person buried under a mountain of fabric. If I don't post again soon send out the dogs with food & alcohol in their little pouches. I WILL BE ORGANIZED!! I might suffocate in jersey but I'll be organized!! Oh... Sad thought ... make up area next time O-O ok chatty break over... Note I keep typing instead of working......
post #512 of 2326


Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.
post #513 of 2326
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Originally Posted by BonnieBBon View Post

Thanks for pointing that out!!
Btw..... HELP!!!!! If I knew how to post pics on here I'd post one of the towering pile all around me. I decided to empty my closet and my drawers to clean ( chase memory boobie traps away) and organize. Now I'm a tiny person buried under a mountain of fabric. If I don't post again soon send out the dogs with food & alcohol in their little pouches. I WILL BE ORGANIZED!! I might suffocate in jersey but I'll be organized!! Oh... Sad thought ... make up area next time O-O ok chatty break over... Note I keep typing instead of working......

Good luck!  I'll be doing this soon to pack away summer stuff and haul out the sweaters!  Yay for fall!

post #514 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.

What the heck?! There's a men's pick two for a reason...(not that a woman couldn't technically use those products, but come on.)

post #515 of 2326
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Originally Posted by KayEss View Post

What the heck?! There's a men's pick two for a reason...(not that a woman couldn't technically use those products, but come on.)

I got the arangara lotion, also. I'm pretty sure that one is a women's lotion. It smells ok...nice size to try, at least smile.gif
post #516 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.

Probably a mistake. I know another member received a mens sample in her pick two and Birchbox rectified it, as far as I know. Definitely email them!

post #517 of 2326
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Originally Posted by JamieO View Post

Isn't cinnamon way irritating on sensitive skin? I have sensitive skin, and I haven't tried my mask yet, or ever in my life put anything with cinnamon in it on my face before that I can think of, but I would think it would cause some burning for sure!


yup!

Cinnamon is also an ingredient in many lip plumpers, isn't it? I can smell it and feel it working in the sample I got from Jane Iredale. I don't like it. And I would guess it's a good idea to avoid cinnamal and hexyl cinnamal, a key ingredient in Bath & Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin shower gel, which makes my skin freaking burn if I exfoliate before I use it. And omg I used it for shaving my arm pits once and they felt like they were on fire. If I use it and don't exfoliate before, it doesn't burn.
post #518 of 2326
Looks like the theme for September is vintage or retro.
post #519 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.

Yeah, that's exactly the pick two mystery I got.....sadly there was no man to use it included in the box.
post #520 of 2326
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Originally Posted by magicalmom View Post

Good luck!  I'll be doing this soon to pack away summer stuff and haul out the sweaters!  Yay for fall!
Thanks Leigh!!! I need all the good luck I can get! Idk wth possessed me to think I could do all that in a day but everything is empty cleaned murphys oil soaped and the drawers are back together & organized. Plus, old hole filled stuff out for the lady on freecycle that always asks for that stuff, a donate box & a giveaway box. Sorta started on the closet but all the vacuuming, moping, laundry etc has me POOPED OUT! Looks like its gonna be a 2 day job. Ugh why don't I do this stuff more often?!?! It would be so much easier! When you start let me know & I'll send you an rx kit of Advil lol I'm soooo happy it was invented right now!!
post #521 of 2326
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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

Wow this is helpful.... for people with warm undertones. I think there are maybe like 1-2 profiles with cool undertones :\

Absolutely.  And then there's the part where, uh, what's the point in updating our profiles since they're not matching undertones?  Caroline (as a side note, my closest match given the undertone issue) and Candice have radically different skintones, but they're both grouped under "light."  

post #522 of 2326
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Originally Posted by KayEss View Post

What the heck?! There's a men's pick two for a reason...(not that a woman couldn't technically use those products, but come on.)

My thoughts, exactly! Luckily the mister likes evolution man, so it wasn't a total loss.
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Originally Posted by jmd252 View Post

I got the arangara lotion, also. I'm pretty sure that one is a women's lotion. It smells ok...nice size to try, at least smile.gif

The lotion could definitely be used by a woman. Smells great!
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Originally Posted by kawaiimeows View Post

Probably a mistake. I know another member received a mens sample in her pick two and Birchbox rectified it, as far as I know. Definitely email them!

I'm thinking about it! But I've already dealt with CS twice this month. Don't wanna end up on the naughty list wink.gif
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Originally Posted by ButterflyGrl View Post

Yeah, that's exactly the pick two mystery I got.....sadly there was no man to use it included in the box.

I wouldn't have been angry if I found Patrick Dempsey in my pick two.
post #523 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.

I got the same one today with my shampoo. I also have a mister and thought at first if maybe I selected the men's pick two.
post #524 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post

I'm thinking about it! But I've already dealt with CS twice this month. Don't wanna end up on the naughty list wink.gif

 

I worry about that too. Idk what birchbox's policy is but I've been conscious about how much I contact CS-ers in general after my fiance told me that he had to flag repeat callers when he worked for AT&T, even if it was for legitimate reasons. Sometimes you have to pick and choose your battles hahaha.

post #525 of 2326
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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.

Thats the same one I got today! I had a feeling it was a men's sample. :(

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Thats mine tooooo.

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Originally Posted by tnorth1852 View Post



Today's Pick Two. Guess it's a good thing I have a mister. FAIL, Birchbox. Womp womp.
post #527 of 2326
I got the same lotion and a keratase conditioner foil...
post #528 of 2326
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Originally Posted by kawaiimeows View Post

I worry about that too. Idk what birchbox's policy is but I've been conscious about how much I contact CS-ers in general after my fiance told me that he had to flag repeat callers when he worked for AT&T, even if it was for legitimate reasons. Sometimes you have to pick and choose your battles hahaha.
This is how I always feel. If I get a wrong or missing pick two, it's not a big deal. It's free. My coastal scents quad came broken, but I wasn't going to use it anyway so I didn't say anything. If it was something I was going to use, I might ask for another or definitely if something was messed up with an order.

I'm worried that if people keep contacting them for every little thing to try to get points, they will start being less generous with them.
post #529 of 2326
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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post

Absolutely.  And then there's the part where, uh, what's the point in updating our profiles since they're not matching undertones?  Caroline (as a side note, my closest match given the undertone issue) and Candice have radically different skintones, but they're both grouped under "light."  

 

I wouldn't say cool undertones are exclusively 'light', I think that's actually part of what bugs me - usually warm undertones are just classified as medium without consideration of other factors. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into Sephora and been matched to something 3-4 shades darker just because of that. smileno.gif (ex: illamasqua skin base, I couldn't decide between a 3 and a 4.5, the sephora lady insisted I was an 8.5 maybeeee a 7.5 lol)

 

At least birchbox didn't commit that issue, as every category seems to have a warm, cool, and neutral...I also love that they based it on what the women like best for their skin rather than just saying something should work best for them. Great first step!

post #530 of 2326

I'm so bad at color matching even the new pictures on BB don't really help. I had to pull up several pictures of myself on my phone and hold them next to the BB ladies. I think I'm a Caroline... maybe... I don't know  *Sigh*  and when I tried to do the color match thing at Sephora their system was down. 

post #531 of 2326
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Originally Posted by nikkimouse View Post

I'm so bad at color matching even the new pictures on BB don't really help. I had to pull up several pictures of myself on my phone and hold them next to the BB ladies. I think I'm a Caroline... maybe... I don't know  *Sigh*  and when I tried to do the color match thing at Sephora their system was down. 

The skin IQ is still... flawed I think... I kept getting radically different codes so they ended up just matching my foundation by eye and even then they still had trouble figuring out which shade worked best for me lol.

post #532 of 2326
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

 

I wouldn't say cool undertones are exclusively 'light', I think that's actually part of what bugs me - usually warm undertones are just classified as medium without consideration of other factors. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into Sephora and been matched to something 3-4 shades darker just because of that. smileno.gif (ex: illamasqua skin base, I couldn't decide between a 3 and a 4.5, the sephora lady insisted I was an 8.5 maybeeee a 7.5 lol)

 

At least birchbox didn't commit that issue, as every category seems to have a warm, cool, and neutral...I also love that they based it on what the women like best for their skin rather than just saying something should work best for them. Great first step!

 

When I go into Sephora anymore I don't let them "match" me anymore.  I have a drawer full of samples that are way to dark, and when I tell them that they reply "trust me, it is a perfect match".  Now I just grab 2 I think are the closest and ask for a sample.  The Skin IQ machine thing said I wear a 5 in UD Naked foundation and I have it in 3 and it is still a little too dark.  I go with what I know will work for my skin.

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Originally Posted by kawaiimeows View Post

 

I worry about that too. Idk what birchbox's policy is but I've been conscious about how much I contact CS-ers in general after my fiance told me that he had to flag repeat callers when he worked for AT&T, even if it was for legitimate reasons. Sometimes you have to pick and choose your battles hahaha.

 

I worry about this also.  I just bought a full size amika hair mask and it leaked in the box. I decided not to contact them because I will still use it and it's only missing about 1/4 of the jar.  I contacted them in July about a missing sample and I'm nervous about contacting them again.  I also wonder about the return policy.  If you return too many purchases will you be flagged?  I've kept some things I can't use (like the Suki cleanser) because I don't want to be one of those people.

post #533 of 2326
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

I wouldn't say cool undertones are exclusively 'light', I think that's actually part of what bugs me - usually warm undertones are just classified as medium without consideration of other factors. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into Sephora and been matched to something 3-4 shades darker just because of that. smileno.gif
 (ex: illamasqua skin base, I couldn't decide between a 3 and a 4.5, the sephora lady insisted I was an 8.5 maybeeee a 7.5 lol)

At least birchbox didn't commit that issue, as every category seems to have a warm, cool, and neutral...I also love that they based it on what the women like best for their skin rather than just saying something should work best for them. Great first step!

My point was that light cool tones need different colors than light warm tones (and fair only had a warm tone represented). It seems like samples are almost invariably sent out in warm tones, and getting a warm concealer is just as bad as getting a dark one for me. Neither one will work. (I even make supposedly neutral stuff go horribly wrong. I've tested stuff and had the MUA say, "Whoa, I've never seen it turn *that* color before!" It's like a super power.)
post #534 of 2326
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

At least birchbox didn't commit that issue, as every category seems to have a warm, cool, and neutral...

I ... would personally disagree. It's the way the organized the chart in three rows, but actually they don't each have a cool/warm/neutral. If you look on the left hand side http://www.birchbox.com/shop/featured/find-your-shade you can see what BB really classifies them as. There are two people who are light, two people who are light-medium, two mediums, everyone has only one. So....... unless if you are one of those exclusive 9 people they profiled, tough luck! :D

 

Also, I would disagree with their classifications in general. They call Candace a "light" which I guess you can if you want but I'm close to that shade and I'd probably consider her and myself a medium...

post #535 of 2326
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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

I ... would personally disagree. It's the way the organized the chart in three rows, but actually they don't each have a cool/warm/neutral. If you look on the left hand side http://www.birchbox.com/shop/featured/find-your-shade
 you can see what BB really classifies them as. There are two people who are light, two people who are light-medium, two mediums, everyone has only one. So....... unless if you are one of those exclusive 9 people they profiled, tough luck! biggrin.gif

Also, I would disagree with their classifications in general. They call Candace a "light" which I guess you can if you want but I'm close to that shade and I'd probably consider her and myself a medium...

I'll agree but I meant more that they didn't just do the usual 'warm tones/yellow undertones are medium' 'fair/pink undertones' are light. And at least on my screen they are registering as different undertones. It's a very common classification that has gladly been changing the last couple of years. It's actually only been really recently that I've been able to find warm light colors

I did try to make the point that's its a great start and that it still had many problems, I was just pointing out that they were trying to address the color matching issues so yay.
post #536 of 2326

I really think the Birchbox Fair to Light is really strange. Molly is the only Fair and she has warm undertones, but then Caroline is next and has rosy undertones, but she's considered Light??? My complexion has rosy undertones similar to Caroline's but I'm definitely Fair. I've tried Light foundations, concealers, BB Creams, etc. and I know for a fact I need the Fairest shade. Something just seems off with their list of girls LOL

post #537 of 2326
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Originally Posted by ButterflyGrl View Post


Yeah, that's exactly the pick two mystery I got.....sadly there was no man to use it included in the box.

LOL

 

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Originally Posted by Holly120 View Post

I got the same lotion and a keratase conditioner foil...
I got this exact pick 2 in one order, and my other order had CC polish in Put a Pin in it and a random perfume sample (vanille abricot). not bad to get for free - i had actually wanted the polish lol. Both of my orders had the shampoo. I've been using it and I really like it! but not enough to pay $34 for it lol
post #538 of 2326
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

I wouldn't say cool undertones are exclusively 'light', I think that's actually part of what bugs me - usually warm undertones are just classified as medium without consideration of other factors. I can't tell you how many times I've walked into Sephora and been matched to something 3-4 shades darker just because of that. smileno.gif
 (ex: illamasqua skin base, I couldn't decide between a 3 and a 4.5, the sephora lady insisted I was an 8.5 maybeeee a 7.5 lol)

At least birchbox didn't commit that issue, as every category seems to have a warm, cool, and neutral...I also love that they based it on what the women like best for their skin rather than just saying something should work best for them. Great first step!

My point was that light cool tones need different colors than light warm tones (and fair only had a warm tone represented). It seems like samples are almost invariably sent out in warm tones, and getting a warm concealer is just as bad as getting a dark one for me. Neither one will work. (I even make supposedly neutral stuff go horribly wrong. I've tested stuff and had the MUA say, "Whoa, I've never seen it turn *that* color before!" It's like a super power.)

rofl2.gif  

post #539 of 2326
Thread Starter 

Have you guys tried the Pantone Color IQ thingy at Sephora? It's interesting, but not 100% foolproof like I was hoping. The MUA tried the color for MUFE HD foundation ColorIQ recommended, and she wound up going a couple shades lighter because it didn't work out so well.

 

Finding just the right foundation is tricky even when you're trying it on in store. I can't imagine buying a new foundation online without swatching it first or getting a sample.

post #540 of 2326
There was a crazy line for the IQ thing when I went. (Thursday. 11 am. Sephora is busy... go figure) The associate ended up recommending a different shade than what the IQ thing said for pretty much every person in line. Don't forget that sephora sometimes has weird lighting too.
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Have you guys tried the Pantone Color IQ thingy at Sephora? It's interesting, but not 100% foolproof like I was hoping. The MUA tried the color for MUFE HD foundation ColorIQ recommended, and she wound up going a couple shades lighter because it didn't work out so well.

Finding just the right foundation is tricky even when you're trying it on in store. I can't imagine buying a new foundation online without swatching it first or getting a sample.
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