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post #211 of 2868
I subscribed for 2nd subcription too...I wonder I will get the January box first or February?
post #212 of 2868

I emailed and said "Will I be receiving the February US Weekly box? I used the appropriate promo code."

 

I got this response: "

Thanks for reaching out. I'm so sorry for any confusion!

Your Order Confirmation will not reflect the use of your promotional code. However, you can rest assured that the code has been successfully applied to this order, so you are all set!"

 

-

 

this is my first birchbox so it's exciting if I get the US weekly box!

post #213 of 2868
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Originally Posted by TippyAG View Post
 

That beauty protector oil seems intriguing... I'm curious about hair and face oils, but feel like my hair and skin gets oily enough without adding any more to it. But the bottle is very pretty! Much prettier than the pink and white color schemes for the other products.

Speaking of the Beauty Protector Oil.... I am currently very suspicious of Birchbox... Let me explain (in a spoiler since it is a lot of text):

 

Warning: Long, rambling conspiracy theory. (Click to show)

SO, about 1 hour ago BB posted a hyperlink on FB with the teaser, "Our #1 bestselling brand just launched a new product -- and it works on ALL hair types." (My bolding). So, I go to the link and it is the BB store's product page for the Beauty Protector Oil. Now, I'm fully aware that this is a super new product and I even thought, "I wonder if anyone has even purchased this yet?" Personally, the first time I found out about this product was when someone in this thread linked us to the box pages. Yet.... IT ALREADY HAS TWO REVIEWS. It has two reviews from 3 days ago, which would theoretically mean that someone (or two someones) had to order it at least a week ago (considering shipping) to get it and review it immediately (with almost no time for true product testing). 1) I highly doubt this since the product is so new and it had not been promoted yet.

 

2) Check out the language of the first review (blonde, oily, straight): "If you're a fan of Beauty Protector's Detangler, Shampoo or Conditioner you will LOVE this oil. This stuff smells amazing and it keeps my hair shiny and frizz free through heat styling and crazy winter weather. After a couple uses, I can really feel my hair getting stronger. And it has the same amazing smell as their other products. I normally don't get hair oils because I have hair that tends to get oily but this works on everyone. My friend with thick curly hair loves it too. I would definitely recommend this product!"(My bolding)

-- Now, doesn't that sound a lot like Birchbox's social media team? It sounds exactly like the way they tease things, or explain things on their blog. And how likely is it that the first person to purchase and review this product would make sure to mention that this oil would work on everyone, even their friend (who also has access to this brand new product?). 

 

3) The second review also makes sure to rave about the product, but it also has a directly opposite profile (wavy, fine, brunette). Thus, enforcing the idea that this oil "works on everyone." Very crafty and intentional, indeed.


So, basically, I am like 95% sure that Birchbox staffers padded this product page with the first two reviews. This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I just found it to be really odd, kindof hilarious, yet also a little shady. Am I reading too much into this, or do these reviews seem sketchy to anyone else? 

 

And it makes me wonder, if these are 'fake' reviews added by BB staff: do they do this all the time, with every product? How legit are their website reviews, really? I have frequently used their store reviews as a way to get an idea if a product will work for me or not, but now I feel that I can't really trust their review process. 

post #214 of 2868
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Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

Speaking of the Beauty Protector Oil.... I am currently very suspicious of Birchbox... Let me explain (in a spoiler since it is a lot of text):

 

Warning: Long, rambling conspiracy theory. (Click to show)

SO, about 1 hour ago BB posted a hyperlink on FB with the teaser, "Our #1 bestselling brand just launched a new product -- and it works on ALL hair types." (My bolding). So, I go to the link and it is the BB store's product page for the Beauty Protector Oil. Now, I'm fully aware that this is a super new product and I even thought, "I wonder if anyone has even purchased this yet?" Personally, the first time I found out about this product was when someone in this thread linked us to the box pages. Yet.... IT ALREADY HAS TWO REVIEWS. It has two reviews from 3 days ago, which would theoretically mean that someone (or two someones) had to order it at least a week ago (considering shipping) to get it and review it immediately (with almost no time for true product testing). 1) I highly doubt this since the product is so new and it had not been promoted yet.

 

2) Check out the language of the first review (blonde, oily, straight): "If you're a fan of Beauty Protector's Detangler, Shampoo or Conditioner you will LOVE this oil. This stuff smells amazing and it keeps my hair shiny and frizz free through heat styling and crazy winter weather. After a couple uses, I can really feel my hair getting stronger. And it has the same amazing smell as their other products. I normally don't get hair oils because I have hair that tends to get oily but this works on everyone. My friend with thick curly hair loves it too. I would definitely recommend this product!"(My bolding)

-- Now, doesn't that sound a lot like Birchbox's social media team? It sounds exactly like the way they tease things, or explain things on their blog. And how likely is it that the first person to purchase and review this product would make sure to mention that this oil would work on everyone, even their friend (who also has access to this brand new product?). 

 

3) The second review also makes sure to rave about the product, but it also has a directly opposite profile (wavy, fine, brunette). Thus, enforcing the idea that this oil "works on everyone." Very crafty and intentional, indeed.


So, basically, I am like 95% sure that Birchbox staffers padded this product page with the first two reviews. This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I just found it to be really odd, kindof hilarious, yet also a little shady. Am I reading too much into this, or do these reviews seem sketchy to anyone else? 

 

And it makes me wonder, if these are 'fake' reviews added by BB staff: do they do this all the time, with every product? How legit are their website reviews, really? I have frequently used their store reviews as a way to get an idea if a product will work for me or not, but now I feel that I can't really trust their review process. 

In my year and a half of being a subscriber I have never once wrote a review of a product after I actually used it.  I make up my reviews every single month and sometimes before I even receive my box.  I don't consider the BB reviews to be all that helpful anyway since people write them based on a specific factor of their sample (too small, wrong color, etc.).  It's the same with most sites that have product reviews so I don't think much of it.

post #215 of 2868
Did they start sending out the BP oil in the January box? Otherwise it could be a Birchbox staffer who just happened to like the product and wanted to review it.
post #216 of 2868
Quote:
Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

Speaking of the Beauty Protector Oil.... I am currently very suspicious of Birchbox... Let me explain (in a spoiler since it is a lot of text):

 

Warning: Long, rambling conspiracy theory. (Click to show)

SO, about 1 hour ago BB posted a hyperlink on FB with the teaser, "Our #1 bestselling brand just launched a new product -- and it works on ALL hair types." (My bolding). So, I go to the link and it is the BB store's product page for the Beauty Protector Oil. Now, I'm fully aware that this is a super new product and I even thought, "I wonder if anyone has even purchased this yet?" Personally, the first time I found out about this product was when someone in this thread linked us to the box pages. Yet.... IT ALREADY HAS TWO REVIEWS. It has two reviews from 3 days ago, which would theoretically mean that someone (or two someones) had to order it at least a week ago (considering shipping) to get it and review it immediately (with almost no time for true product testing). 1) I highly doubt this since the product is so new and it had not been promoted yet.

 

2) Check out the language of the first review (blonde, oily, straight): "If you're a fan of Beauty Protector's Detangler, Shampoo or Conditioner you will LOVE this oil. This stuff smells amazing and it keeps my hair shiny and frizz free through heat styling and crazy winter weather. After a couple uses, I can really feel my hair getting stronger. And it has the same amazing smell as their other products. I normally don't get hair oils because I have hair that tends to get oily but this works on everyone. My friend with thick curly hair loves it too. I would definitely recommend this product!"(My bolding)

-- Now, doesn't that sound a lot like Birchbox's social media team? It sounds exactly like the way they tease things, or explain things on their blog. And how likely is it that the first person to purchase and review this product would make sure to mention that this oil would work on everyone, even their friend (who also has access to this brand new product?). 

 

3) The second review also makes sure to rave about the product, but it also has a directly opposite profile (wavy, fine, brunette). Thus, enforcing the idea that this oil "works on everyone." Very crafty and intentional, indeed.


So, basically, I am like 95% sure that Birchbox staffers padded this product page with the first two reviews. This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I just found it to be really odd, kindof hilarious, yet also a little shady. Am I reading too much into this, or do these reviews seem sketchy to anyone else? 

 

And it makes me wonder, if these are 'fake' reviews added by BB staff: do they do this all the time, with every product? How legit are their website reviews, really? I have frequently used their store reviews as a way to get an idea if a product will work for me or not, but now I feel that I can't really trust their review process. 

 

It's not uncommon for companies to do this. I've been on quite a few websites that the first few reviews are labeled as "staffer" or something to that effect. Granted if those reviews WERE written by BB staffers, it would have been nice for them to at least label them as such. I'm sure they just think it's not a big deal. They most likely give products to their staff to test out so that they can better help customers, and in turn, invite them to leave reviews. Maybe they think that if people see it's a staff review, they won't take it seriously? I have no idea, but I do know that it's a very common practice, although I think it would look less shady if they just had "Staffer" next to their names or something.

 

Also, we all knew that the Beauty Protector Oil was going to be in the boxes before they announced it, as I already had it on my wishlist. It's possible that some BB subscribers have already tested it outside of getting a sample in their BB and reviewed it?

 

As someone else said, I honestly wouldn't put too much stock into the BB reviews. Especially if the item was offered as a sample in boxes. I only lightly test a product before leaving a BB review, and there are times where I change my mind for better or worse once I've had it for a while. Most people just leave reviews on their first impression of the product. I'm not saying there aren't reviews that are legitimate, but I wouldn't base my decision on a product on the BB reviews alone.

post #217 of 2868
Up until a few months ago I didn't even know you didn't have to leave a text review to get your points. I'd get my box, skim the contents and go leave feedback so I wouldn't forget!
post #218 of 2868
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Originally Posted by Lolo22 View Post
 

In my year and a half of being a subscriber I have never once wrote a review of a product after I actually used it.  I make up my reviews every single month and sometimes before I even receive my box.  I don't consider the BB reviews to be all that helpful anyway since people write them based on a specific factor of their sample (too small, wrong color, etc.).  It's the same with most sites that have product reviews so I don't think much of it.

What's the point in making up the review when you can just leave that portion blank? :-/

I always put thought into the review, if I bother to write one. I guess I just assumed other people did the same. :icon_redf If I haven't received my box yet, or if I don't really have anything to say about the product, I just leave it blank.

 

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Originally Posted by MissJexie View Post
 

 

It's not uncommon for companies to do this. I've been on quite a few websites that the first few reviews are labeled as "staffer" or something to that effect. Granted if those reviews WERE written by BB staffers, it would have been nice for them to at least label them as such. I'm sure they just think it's not a big deal. They most likely give products to their staff to test out so that they can better help customers, and in turn, invite them to leave reviews. Maybe they think that if people see it's a staff review, they won't take it seriously? I have no idea, but I do know that it's a very common practice, although I think it would look less shady if they just had "Staffer" next to their names or something.

 

Also, we all knew that the Beauty Protector Oil was going to be in the boxes before they announced it, as I already had it on my wishlist. It's possible that some BB subscribers have already tested it outside of getting a sample in their BB and reviewed it?

 

As someone else said, I honestly wouldn't put too much stock into the BB reviews. Especially if the item was offered as a sample in boxes. I only lightly test a product before leaving a BB review, and there are times where I change my mind for better or worse once I've had it for a while. Most people just leave reviews on their first impression of the product. I'm not saying there aren't reviews that are legitimate, but I wouldn't base my decision on a product on the BB reviews alone.

 

I would never buy/not buy a product based on BB reviews alone, but I definitely use them to find out if a product smells good, if a lot of people with sensitive skin are having reactions to it, or if it is going to pill off of my face (ex: benta berry moisturizer). I can't imagine that I'm the only one who puts a relative amount of trust into the reviews, especially amongst non-MUT women. But again, maybe that was my mistake.

 

I think your point about having a "staffer" marking next to their name would be very helpful. I'm not even saying that staffers aren't reliable. In fact, they might be more reliable reviewers since they actually test the product, discuss it with other people, and then write their reviews. But it also has the potential to be padding the reviews to sell more product (ex: EM by Michelle Phan).

post #219 of 2868
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Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

What's the point in making up the review when you can just leave that portion blank? :-/

I always put thought into the review, if I bother to write one. I guess I just assumed other people did the same. :icon_redf If I haven't received my box yet, or if I don't really have anything to say about the product, I just leave it blank.

 

I would never buy/not buy a product based on BB reviews alone, but I definitely use them to find out if a product smells good, if a lot of people with sensitive skin are having reactions to it, or if it is going to pill off of my face (ex: benta berry moisturizer). I can't imagine that I'm the only one who puts a relative amount of trust into the reviews, especially amongst non-MUT women.


Oh definitely! I'm just saying that it's common for people to just leave reviews based on very basic knowledge of the product. As I said, I tend to just leave them after first impressions. As someone said above, I didn't even know it wasn't a requirement to leave a written review in order to get the points until recently, and I'm sure many others don't know either, which is why you find the "I didn't like this" reviews every now and then lol

post #220 of 2868
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Originally Posted by AshJs3 View Post

Up until a few months ago I didn't even know you didn't have to leave a text review to get your points. I'd get my box, skim the contents and go leave feedback so I wouldn't forget!
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Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

What's the point in making up the review when you can just leave that portion blank? :-/

I always put thought into the review, if I bother to write one. I guess I just assumed other people did the same. :icon_redf If I haven't received my box yet, or if I don't really have anything to say about the product, I just leave it blank.

LOL, ok, well I just learned this today!  I always saw the "must be a minimum of 50 characters" thing and just assumed it was required.  I actually just logged in and tested it and you're right, it's not required!  Doh, silly me! 

post #221 of 2868
Well also, bb gives products for review purposes to those on the birchbox bloggers list. I'm sure there's more inventive to write a formal review in order to keep receiving the gifts!
post #222 of 2868
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Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

So, basically, I am like 95% sure that Birchbox staffers padded this product page with the first two reviews. This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I just found it to be really odd, kindof hilarious, yet also a little shady. Am I reading too much into this, or do these reviews seem sketchy to anyone else? 

 

And it makes me wonder, if these are 'fake' reviews added by BB staff: do they do this all the time, with every product? How legit are their website reviews, really? I have frequently used their store reviews as a way to get an idea if a product will work for me or not, but now I feel that I can't really trust their review process. 

 

If you look at the product page, under "Related Content" there is a link to a bunch of Birchblogger Reviews (with the bloggers names and blogs) for the new oil. They must have sent out a bunch as a preview, so that could be where the reviews are coming from.

 

http://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/10-birchbloggers-review-beauty-protectors-brand-new-protect-oil

post #223 of 2868
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Originally Posted by alisong View Post
 

 

If you look at the product page, under "Related Content" there is a link to a bunch of Birchblogger Reviews (with the bloggers names and blogs) for the new oil. They must have sent out a bunch as a preview, so that could be where the reviews are coming from.

 

http://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/10-birchbloggers-review-beauty-protectors-brand-new-protect-oil

That's very true! Some of those blogger reviews even sound similar to what is said in the BB reviews, which might be why those reviews felt so polished and initially very sketchy (to me). This makes me feel a lot better to know that they might be real testimonials! 

post #224 of 2868
Thanks for the tip ladies! I also didn't know until reading this that you could leave a review without putting any text in that box. I would usually try out a product at least once before writing a review, but occasionally if I didn't have time to use it I would just make something up, because I too assumed that a text review was required. I'm glad to know that as I'm sure people looking for real reviews get annoyed reading posts like "this was not a good color for me so I gave it to my sister" or "I don't drink tea so I gave it to a friend" which is what I do when I'm not gonna use a sample LOL smile.gif
post #225 of 2868

Subbing for updates. 

post #226 of 2868
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Originally Posted by alisong View Post
 

 

If you look at the product page, under "Related Content" there is a link to a bunch of Birchblogger Reviews (with the bloggers names and blogs) for the new oil. They must have sent out a bunch as a preview, so that could be where the reviews are coming from.

 

http://www.birchbox.com/magazine/article/10-birchbloggers-review-beauty-protectors-brand-new-protect-oil

 

Almost just wrote out the exact same thing! Haha :roflmao:

post #227 of 2868

just subbing for updates all :heart:

post #228 of 2868

Only somewhat related: Whenever I see someone say "BP Oil" I momentarily forget that I'm reading MUT and am wondering how I was transferred into a vortex where I'm reading about British Petroleum.

post #229 of 2868
I never type in the text box when doing my reviews! I always just use the drop down menus.  I am happy they finally added on the drop down menus a "have not tried sample yet."
 
The one time I took time and wrote a long thoughtful review Birchbox never posted it.
post #230 of 2868
Quote:
Originally Posted by jocedun View Post
 

Speaking of the Beauty Protector Oil.... I am currently very suspicious of Birchbox... Let me explain (in a spoiler since it is a lot of text):

 

Warning: Long, rambling conspiracy theory. (Click to show)

SO, about 1 hour ago BB posted a hyperlink on FB with the teaser, "Our #1 bestselling brand just launched a new product -- and it works on ALL hair types." (My bolding). So, I go to the link and it is the BB store's product page for the Beauty Protector Oil. Now, I'm fully aware that this is a super new product and I even thought, "I wonder if anyone has even purchased this yet?" Personally, the first time I found out about this product was when someone in this thread linked us to the box pages. Yet.... IT ALREADY HAS TWO REVIEWS. It has two reviews from 3 days ago, which would theoretically mean that someone (or two someones) had to order it at least a week ago (considering shipping) to get it and review it immediately (with almost no time for true product testing). 1) I highly doubt this since the product is so new and it had not been promoted yet.

 

2) Check out the language of the first review (blonde, oily, straight): "If you're a fan of Beauty Protector's Detangler, Shampoo or Conditioner you will LOVE this oil. This stuff smells amazing and it keeps my hair shiny and frizz free through heat styling and crazy winter weather. After a couple uses, I can really feel my hair getting stronger. And it has the same amazing smell as their other products. I normally don't get hair oils because I have hair that tends to get oily but this works on everyone. My friend with thick curly hair loves it too. I would definitely recommend this product!"(My bolding)

-- Now, doesn't that sound a lot like Birchbox's social media team? It sounds exactly like the way they tease things, or explain things on their blog. And how likely is it that the first person to purchase and review this product would make sure to mention that this oil would work on everyone, even their friend (who also has access to this brand new product?). 

 

3) The second review also makes sure to rave about the product, but it also has a directly opposite profile (wavy, fine, brunette). Thus, enforcing the idea that this oil "works on everyone." Very crafty and intentional, indeed.


So, basically, I am like 95% sure that Birchbox staffers padded this product page with the first two reviews. This might not seem like a big deal to anyone else, but I just found it to be really odd, kindof hilarious, yet also a little shady. Am I reading too much into this, or do these reviews seem sketchy to anyone else? 

 

And it makes me wonder, if these are 'fake' reviews added by BB staff: do they do this all the time, with every product? How legit are their website reviews, really? I have frequently used their store reviews as a way to get an idea if a product will work for me or not, but now I feel that I can't really trust their review process. 

Honestly I don't pay the reviews any mind, unless I'm really hard up for some feedback on a product and can't find anything about it on any blogs. Normally I just use my experience, and feedback from users around here.

post #231 of 2868

I asked this last month but haven't seen anyone pop up with this month's again: birchbox plus emails anyone? i wanna keep an eye out to see if they drop the beta

post #232 of 2868
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post
 

I asked this last month but haven't seen anyone pop up with this month's again: birchbox plus emails anyone? i wanna keep an eye out to see if they drop the beta

I haven't gotten any! Then again I never got any emails about them to begin with bahahah.

post #233 of 2868

I know a lot of BB subscribers were looking to buy the Coastal Scents Revealed palette, so I thought I'd put this here: Coastal Scents has a deal for Valentines Day called the "Sweetheart Collection" where you can get the Revealed palette, a 10 shade blush palette, liquid liner, pink kabuki brush and a 7 piece brush set with case for $24.95, which is about $10 cheaper than the Revealed palette and brush set Birchbox has right now.

 

http://www.coastalscents.com/sweetheart-collection-1.html

 

 

post #234 of 2868
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Originally Posted by barbyechick View Post

I asked this last month but haven't seen anyone pop up with this month's again: birchbox plus emails anyone? i wanna keep an eye out to see if they drop the beta
No emails for this yet that I've heard.
post #235 of 2868

Just signed up a second sub, sigh.. lol. It says shipping February 10th 2014 :)

post #236 of 2868
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Originally Posted by kawaiimeows View Post
 

I haven't gotten any! Then again I never got any emails about them to begin with bahahah.

I don't get any e-mails from them either….I can't remember the last time I got a "special code" e-mail. :sadno:

post #237 of 2868
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Originally Posted by devadorned View Post

Just signed up a second sub, sigh.. lol. It says shipping February 10th 2014 smile.gif
I did too! How do you see the shipping date?
post #238 of 2868
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Originally Posted by MissJexie View Post

I know a lot of BB subscribers were looking to buy the Coastal Scents Revealed palette, so I thought I'd put this here: Coastal Scents has a deal for Valentines Day called the "Sweetheart Collection" where you can get the Revealed palette, a 10 shade blush palette, liquid liner, pink kabuki brush and a 7 piece brush set with case for $24.95, which is about $10 cheaper than the Revealed palette and brush set Birchbox has right now.

http://www.coastalscents.com/sweetheart-collection-1.html

Of course they do since I purchased the one from BB. That looks like a really nice value. Oh well, I used points so it wasn't money spent out of pocket.
post #239 of 2868
Harvey Prince is having their annual sale until 1/31. 40% off most things on their site including samples. I know several girls liked the journey scents they received last month. ANNUAL40 is the code.
post #240 of 2868
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Originally Posted by jesemiaud View Post

Harvey Prince is having their annual sale until 1/31. 40% off most things on their site including samples. I know several girls liked the journey scents they received last month. ANNUAL40 is the code.

even their sample roller balls are 40% off, i noticed - so that makes them like 7 bucks. I thought about getting eau de creme but i'm also in love with journey right now.

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