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DoctorToaster last won the day on November 13 2015

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  1. Just a general comment on liquid bronzers - they are actually really useful as a one-shot eye shade. I can't use bronzers for their intended purpose (oompa loompa effect), but they are great to take on vacation for just a touch of eye color without the risk of an eye shadow palette being destroyed in a suitcase. I've been using the Bare Minerals one from last month this way since I just can't with summer heat + makeup. It's great!
  2. I got mine today. I received the normal/dry box, which does correspond to my current profile settings. When I signed up, I recall picking the "normal" option as I have had a lot of bad experiences with Birchbox when I used "oily" as a profile setting. I do wonder if they will start utilizing shades/skin tones using this model. I'd be thrilled to actually get, well, anything usable for my extremely light skin tone. This is my third play box, and I'm still very happy with the subscription. All of the samples are good sizes, the brands are quality, and the three boxes I've had did not feel like they were full of filler items. I never had a run of three good months in a row with Birchbox (over 36 women's boxes and 12 men's boxes). Even the items I'm not 100% enthralled with are actually decent stuff.
  3. I was considering holding my points until Black Friday, but I went ahead and cashed them all out. For their sake, I hope they don't fold; however, the risk of losing those points or being forced to buy the scraps of a close-out type situation didn't sit well with me. I got a few things that I rarely find discounted anywhere, and that's that for me. I was also concerned that they may devalue the points. They've already shown that they are willing to make sweeping changes with a significant financial impact to the consumer. I don't feel that they can be trusted to be upfront right now.
  4. I had five boxes left. It's worth a shot if you want to try.
  5. I contacted them about a refund on my last few annual subscription boxes since they won't benefit from the points program that was in place when I bought the sub (essentially a "loss" to me of at least $20). They gave me a full pro-rated refund. FYI if anyone else with an annual wants out now. It's already taken effect on my account, and the refund is already showing up.
  6. I've opted out of auto-renew for my annual. I have a handful of boxes left. I feel like this is a bit of a bait-and-switch for annual subscribers, since that purchase was made with the understanding that the points system was a part of the program. Oh, well, this is just one more issue in a long list of problems I've had with their service over the past year...including some truly atrocious CS. I was very happy to get into Sephora Play, which I'll stick with for now. Between Play, the random Target/Amazon boxes and Memebox, I'm set.
  7. I totally agree with your comment. I've had Birchbox for nearly three years. I can count on one hand the number of boxes that had the same diversity and quality of products compared to Sephora Play. In addition, Birchbox is typically five samples, which often includes a tiny perfume vial as one of those five. Sephora Play is always six samples, with the perfume considered a bonus. The larger samples that I've received in my Birchboxes are typically dry shampoo, shampoo/conditioner or black eyeliners. All of these are things I like, but they are also the cause for a LOT of complaints on MSA. The "frequent repeat" brands from Sephora Play are broadly a higher quality than the "frequent repeat" brands from Birchbox. I think this is a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. That, and people seem to love to complain. The value for Sephora Play is great. It's a $10 box, so expecting the type of items you get in a $20 box is very confusing to me.
  8. Mine is almost completely empty. I still have some of the mango spf from last year, and it is completely full. I remember that the cucumber one was also full. Both the cucumber and the mango tubes are also significantly bigger as well.
  9. Yessss. I'm very hopeful about this subscription. If they maintain the quality level and product variety, I'll stick with them. I know I may be in the minority on this, but I love the tiny lip product samples as I lose interest in colors and finishes very quickly.
  10. My hair is slightly darker than yours, and when I use a light brow product, I feel like Lady Gaga (in a bad way). I agree with your sentiments about the color options from Benefit; they both work well depending on the overall makeup look.
  11. I have a Men's box loading on my Women's subscription page. Hmm.
  12. I am assuming that the Coola will still allow for points since it is a new scent. If that's the case, I'll just go with the Coola. I'm not enamored with the idea of the SPF oil, have no interest in another gommage product, and do not self tan. I'm a great match for Missha's #13 bb to give some context to my paleness. Self tanners make me look like a carrot cosplayer. I received all of the Coola samples during last year's sunscreen palooza. My sunscreens of choice tend to be AB, so these minis just go in my "arbitrary outdoor activity pile" that I use for my arms and legs on trail runs, etc.
  13. I did as well, but on my other email. Interesting.
  14. OMG! I was able to sign up too! I'm going to give it several months for sure. Thank you, @@pearldrop!
  15. I hate perfume, and this really resonated with me. It's also hilarious.

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