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Originally Posted by wels5711 View Post

 

dang am I the only one who kinda liked the August box?

I loved mine as well. I was extremely happy that I finally got to try Miss Jessie's Quick Curls, and I got a Pixi eyeshadow pencil amongst other things. It was a great month to have restarted, in my opinion.

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August was my 8th box.  I liked it just fine.  Wasn't my favorite, wasn't my least favorite...had a few items I really liked, for sure, and nothing I was really disappointed about.  Even the perfume sample, I didn't mind - normally I hate getting perfume samples but I actually loved the smell of this one, so I got over it quickly :).

 

As for September...I LOVE fall.  Love everything about it.  The colors, the weather, the food, the holidays, the food ;)....it's my favorite time of year.  With that said, I'd LOVE to get a nice fall nail polish.  Zoya's fall/winter collections have several colors that look like just what I'm looking for, but I'm holding off buying anything direct from Zoya until I see what shows up in the boxes/shop. 

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So, I have a love/hate relationship with BB (which doesn't seem to be news here).  I was finally sent my shipment in June, so September will be my 4th box.  My June box was fab, on time, had a decent full sized sample (cream liner/shadow pencil).  July, my BB was late but I still liked the products.  The customer service in July was not at all helpful with the lateness.  August, my BB had my "full size" sample missing (it was the brightening cleanser, which I really do like).  BB ended up sending me a separate box with the sample in it and it seems like it's full size...    Note:  This is my first post to this thread but I look forward to reading through some of the BB threads. 

 

The thing I like about BB is that it really does force me to try new products--the tanning towelettes (b/c I got FOUR) and some lip/cheek stain but the other issue is this hapazard appearance of the company--from the shipping issue, to one of the samples being damaged, to the missing sample.  As a company, they need to impliment some quality assurance techniques for damaged/missing samples.

 

The plus-side to BB is that I had referred 3 friends, plus all the reviews, so I had about 300 points to use (people with more points, I am jealous!) and I just ordered my Benefit Brow Zings and some headbands.  So with the 20% off coupon and my points, I only paid $2.

That said, I also realize I've spent $40 (including the September box TBD) which is what the cost of my order was.  I tend to think I could have gone to Ulta/Sephora and bought the Brow Zings and spent $70.  I reuse the old boxes for gifts and the samples I absolutely won't use will be part of some gift for the holidays.

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Originally Posted by wels5711 View Post

 

dang am I the only one who kinda liked the August box?

Nope. I liked my box, too. It was far better then the previous few. 

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help! i dont know if i should resubscribe for this box :( I have a feeling it could be a good box since its birchbox's anniversary but not sure yet. I am very tempted any thoughts????

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Originally Posted by Caligirl132 View Post

 

help! i dont know if i should resubscribe for this box :( I have a feeling it could be a good box since its birchbox's anniversary but not sure yet. I am very tempted any thoughts????

 

I may be a terrible Birchbox enabler, but I say DO it!!!!! One month for $10.00 can't hurt, you still get points (that may add up to at least $10.00 in points if you still have a balance from your old account, AND it really could be an amazing month since it's their two year anniversary. They'll want to to it better than last year, and also be better than this month (which they have to know, MOST of us thought was lacking even though I know some of you loved it).

 

Moral of the story: one more won't hurt ;-) do eeeeeeet!

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Originally Posted by Jazbot View Post

 

Honestly you ladies and this community makes Beauty subs whether good or bad super awesome.

 

From the moment we get charged, get hints and or clues! You guys sure now how to make this into an Online adventure.

 

From then braking it down how the product worked or didn't worked this is a one stop shop for review updates!

 

I have fallen in love with so many different products I would have never ever used because of these subs and you ladies!

 

May the fall Season bring in AWESOME PRODUCTS!

 

As I said in another thread, we are a group of Rabid Box/Bag Ladies. It's not a job, it's a way of life (sometimes temporary). For $10-20 per month you get to treasure hunt, make odd assumptions, stalk makeup companies, rant, rave, and participate in the general madness that are included with monthly subscriptions.

Bring on September!!! bud.gif

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Originally Posted by wmb07 View Post

 

So, I have a love/hate relationship with BB (which doesn't seem to be news here).  I was finally sent my shipment in June, so September will be my 4th box.  My June box was fab, on time, had a decent full sized sample (cream liner/shadow pencil).  July, my BB was late but I still liked the products.  The customer service in July was not at all helpful with the lateness.  August, my BB had my "full size" sample missing (it was the brightening cleanser, which I really do like).  BB ended up sending me a separate box with the sample in it and it seems like it's full size...    Note:  This is my first post to this thread but I look forward to reading through some of the BB threads. 

 

The thing I like about BB is that it really does force me to try new products--the tanning towelettes (b/c I got FOUR) and some lip/cheek stain but the other issue is this hapazard appearance of the company--from the shipping issue, to one of the samples being damaged, to the missing sample.  As a company, they need to impliment some quality assurance techniques for damaged/missing samples.

 

The plus-side to BB is that I had referred 3 friends, plus all the reviews, so I had about 300 points to use (people with more points, I am jealous!) and I just ordered my Benefit Brow Zings and some headbands.  So with the 20% off coupon and my points, I only paid $2.

That said, I also realize I've spent $40 (including the September box TBD) which is what the cost of my order was.  I tend to think I could have gone to Ulta/Sephora and bought the Brow Zings and spent $70.  I reuse the old boxes for gifts and the samples I absolutely won't use will be part of some gift for the holidays.

I completely agree with you on pretty much all of this! My August box was the only one of five that I haven't totally loved, and I have used almost every sample I have gotten from the first 4 boxes. The points system is amazing! I'm letting them rack up and after September I'll have over 400 points! I also save all my boxes and use them to store things for now, but when I get enough I'm going to make something cool out of them. The issue I have with them is the inconsistency, with the customer service, the crazy shipping, whatever it may be. And I've only noticed this in the last 2 months. My July box was lost as well, and they were very helpful and nice, but It took an email and then a phone call after hearing nothing for 3 days for me to get a response. They really need to get their kinks worked out! They are a 2 year old company, so it's not like they don't know what they are doing at this point. I feel like it has a lot to do with the fact that they have grown so much so fast, and have so many subscribers, that they just can't keep up. BUT, again, they have been at this for 2 years now, so I feel like its really not an excuse.

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I have loved my boxes so far and enjoyed the box I got last month. Since it will be an anniversary for Birchbox, I hope we all get awesome products!

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Originally Posted by MissLindaJean View Post

 

Box madness for sure! I was so sad about the lack of spoilers last month. I hope we get a better "trail" to follow this month!

Me too! I have high hopes for September, and while I LOVE surprises, I am super impatient! I've always been a "peeker," haha!

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I surprisingly enjoyed my August Box.  I got the dreaded Eye Rock stickers, but will be saving those for Halloween or something.  I got the Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer which I didn't like at first, but now love. I already bought the full-size from the store. I enjoyed the Juicy perfume (despite me not really being a perfume person) and loved the Mentha Lip Shine.

 

Overall, I haven't been upset with any of my boxes yet (this will be my 4th month.)  I'm a college student, so $10 a month is a lot for me.  I love the samples, but the main reason I stick with BB is for the point system.  If I can rack up enough points, it's definitely worth it for me to stick around.  I'd be buying similar products anyway.

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Originally Posted by Jazbot View Post

 

Honestly you ladies and this community makes Beauty subs whether good or bad super awesome.

 

From the moment we get charged, get hints and or clues! You guys sure now how to make this into an Online adventure.

 

From then braking it down how the product worked or didn't worked this is a one stop shop for review updates!

 

I have fallen in love with so many different products I would have never ever used because of these subs and you ladies!

 

May the fall Season bring in AWESOME PRODUCTS!

Well said!  I received my first Birchbox last month and I was really happy with it!  That aside, I really enjoy the community that has transpired on this forum.  I love reading everyone's posts, interacting with everyone, sharing the anticipation of what may be in my box, getting hints and clues (like Jazbot said!)!  Once I get my box, I LOVE trying new things and new products; from there, I love reviewing and sharing what I did/did not like.  I try to keep it positive, because it really is subjective whether you like it or not.  For $10 including shipping, it's a great deal because you get a month long adventure!  Thanks, Jazbot, for sharing!

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Originally Posted by jannie135 View Post

 

Just so people know, Sephora is offering the 4 DKNY apple sample thingamabobers online as one of those free samples you can pick with any order. And I think you can choose up to 5 still. I'm getting mine todaaaay!!! Along with everything else I ordered lol.

 

I bought like 3 items and I'm getting like 14 samples THIS IS GOING TO FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS!!

 

 

haha I just placed a $2 order (clinique sharpener), got free shipping (VIB promo), and my 5 samples -- including the DKNY sample set. I'm completely jazzed. :P  Wish I could have ordered more, but I'm suuuuper broke, lol

 

I'm trying to feel optimistic about the September box....I've been subscribed for 2 months and I'm not terribly impressed. Haven't hated my boxes, but I haven't loved them either. My August box was an improvement on the July one though....well, except for that Stila card I got which was such a disappointment, AND it was like 5 shades too dark. grrr. So...as much as I'd LOVE to give birchbox an A+ and say I love them, I have to give them about a C+/B- right now. If the quality/distribution of samples continue this way, I'll probably cancel in a couple of months.

 

quick edit: I got their email for 20% off a $35 purchase (20foryou)....for those of you who are long-time subscribers, how often does BB have promos like that? I want to take advantage of it, but I want to save up more points first (and wait til school starts and I have my TA job again and an income, lol), so are they likely to send another promo offer in the next few months?

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Originally Posted by JamieO View Post

 

That is literally the EXACT same issue I had, and why I emailed them! This is my first box of 5 that I haven't totally loved, but if they promise samples tailored to our needs, and they have us fill out profiles to determine those needs, they need to follow through and not send us things we can't even try! If they are going to completely ignore the profiles, they should do what other companies do and send everyone the same samples. 

 

the month previous i had a tinted moisturizer in golden (my profile says light) and oil brotting sheets (my profile says i have dry skin)

 

i emailed them about it and they said they sent the tinted moistuzer in golden to use as a contour........................

 

and they said i could use to oil blotting sheets to get rid of sweat since it was a hot summer.......

 

really??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

 

that makes absolutely no sense id rather them say oops, we didnt pay attention to your profile for this moth then give me those full of **** answers

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Whoa. I placed an order yesterday afternoon and got a shipping notice last night around 8. Of course it hasn't been updated yet, but that was quick. Does anybody know where they ship from?

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Whoa. I placed an order yesterday afternoon and got a shipping notice last night around 8. Of course it hasn't been updated yet, but that was quick. Does anybody know where they ship from?
New York :)

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Originally Posted by Angelalh View Post

 

 

the month previous i had a tinted moisturizer in golden (my profile says light) and oil brotting sheets (my profile says i have dry skin)

 

i emailed them about it and they said they sent the tinted moistuzer in golden to use as a contour........................

 

and they said i could use to oil blotting sheets to get rid of sweat since it was a hot summer.......

 

really??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

 

that makes absolutely no sense id rather them say oops, we didnt pay attention to your profile for this moth then give me those full of **** answers

That was my issue last month. I got the tanning wipes and DDF Brightening cleanser when I have very fair, pale, sensitive skin. They responded to me and said that they thought tanning wipes constituted "sun protection" since they are safer than the sun or tanning beds (never mind the fact that I'm pale and DON'T WANT TO BE TAN!), and this is what they said about the cleanser when I told them I was afraid to use it because it contains ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin and there is a sunburn warning on the bottle:

 

As for the DDF Brightening Cleanser, this product was created by a dermatologist and includes a ton of natural ingredients. While we feel strongly this product will cause no issues for your sensitive skin, we always stand behind a skin test! We feel confident it will be a soon-to-be favorite.

 

Yup. So helpful. Anyway....I'm don't ranting about last month and excited for this month!! I have high hopes! :)

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They pay attention to the profiles only in large demographic ways, depending on what they are marketing or what the product partner wants from the feedback. That's really what I think. It may have started out as a way to customize more, but they are too big for that now. They really need to explicitly state how the profile really works. In the meantime, next time that happens, quote from BB's very own beauty blog, which promises something quite different and ask for a new sample or points:

 

http://blog.birchbox.com/post/16172972886/beauty-profile-key-to-finding-your-sample-match

 

Originally Posted by Angelalh View Post


the month previous i had a tinted moisturizer in golden (my profile says light) and oil brotting sheets (my profile says i have dry skin)

 

i emailed them about it and they said they sent the tinted moistuzer in golden to use as a contour........................

 

and they said i could use to oil blotting sheets to get rid of sweat since it was a hot summer.......

 

really??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

 

that makes absolutely no sense id rather them say oops, we didnt pay attention to your profile for this moth then give me those full of **** answers

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Originally Posted by samvanz12 View Post

 

I surprisingly enjoyed my August Box.  I got the dreaded Eye Rock stickers, but will be saving those for Halloween or something.  I got the Juice Oil-Free Moisturizer which I didn't like at first, but now love. I already bought the full-size from the store. I enjoyed the Juicy perfume (despite me not really being a perfume person) and loved the Mentha Lip Shine.

 

Overall, I haven't been upset with any of my boxes yet (this will be my 4th month.)  I'm a college student, so $10 a month is a lot for me.  I love the samples, but the main reason I stick with BB is for the point system.  If I can rack up enough points, it's definitely worth it for me to stick around.  I'd be buying similar products anyway.

 

That's exactly what I'm doing with my stickers.  Not a terrible idea for a product, but there's no way I could use them for an every day look.

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For what it's worth, I have ridiculously sensitive skin, and the DDF brightening cleanser was awesome.  Smells gross, but my skin felt fantastic afterward.  

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Originally Posted by dolceloure View Post

 

 

haha I just placed a $2 order (clinique sharpener), got free shipping (VIB promo), and my 5 samples -- including the DKNY sample set. I'm completely jazzed. :P  Wish I could have ordered more, but I'm suuuuper broke, lol

 

I'm trying to feel optimistic about the September box....I've been subscribed for 2 months and I'm not terribly impressed. Haven't hated my boxes, but I haven't loved them either. My August box was an improvement on the July one though....well, except for that Stila card I got which was such a disappointment, AND it was like 5 shades too dark. grrr. So...as much as I'd LOVE to give birchbox an A+ and say I love them, I have to give them about a C+/B- right now. If the quality/distribution of samples continue this way, I'll probably cancel in a couple of months.

 

quick edit: I got their email for 20% off a $35 purchase (20foryou)....for those of you who are long-time subscribers, how often does BB have promos like that? I want to take advantage of it, but I want to save up more points first (and wait til school starts and I have my TA job again and an income, lol), so are they likely to send another promo offer in the next few months?

 

What's the VIB free shipping deal?  I'm a VIB and I don't see it anywhere on the site - thanks!!

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