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I have had three boxes for ten months (and had two accounts for a few months before that) and am rarely unhappy and have only had a duplicate box twice.  One of my accounts has a blank profile and the other two only have one or two questions answered--I started this 7-8 months ago and have had good luck with it.  The only thing they seem to never send me is theBalm, whenever it is in a box, it never comes to me--but I have had good luck trading.

I think maybe trading is what makes multiple boxes worth it.  I am super lazy about getting to the post office and sometimes flat out FORGET (I have a $100 pair of boots from HauteLook that I forgot to mail back, they don't fit and are sitting in my closet).

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Box #1 for me... I commented on one of the Facebook spoilers they posted about already getting 4 of the samples they were sharing in previous boxes. They clearly told me "we'll never send you a sample you've already received -- don't worry!"

BS!

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil (the one already received in last months box. I rated it and clearly put I don't use such things. It had best not be purple again!)

Ruffian Nail Lacquer - Rosary

Ruffian Dressing Room Nail Laquer Remover Towelettes

dr. Brandt Exclusive Camera-Ready Kit

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel

I got the nail lacquer for my daughter, who's birthday is 4 days away. Happy that's in there, at least. Not that they knew that though. This still just means to me I only get to use 2 items out of the 5. I think it's time I cancel and stick with BeautyDNA and Ipsy.

 

July 2014 Birchbox #1

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One of my boxes has updated. I'd call this a Prime Punishment box ( with 3 foil samples) except that I DID get the nail polish sample I requested ( Ruffian Ambrosia). Also, I can think of few products I'd less rather have than St. Tropez self- tanner for face or any other self- tanner. A bottle of chemical dye. Phew.

 

https://www.birchbox.com/shop/birchbox-1

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Yet another box #1 for me! I commented on one of the Facebook spoilers they posted about already getting 4 of the samples they were sharing in previous boxes. They clearly told me "we'll never send you a sample you've already received -- don't worry!"

 

BS!

Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

LAQA & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil (the one already received in last months box. I rated it and clearly put I don't use such things. It had best not be purple again!)

Ruffian Nail Lacquer - Rosary

Ruffian Dressing Room Nail Laquer Remover Towelettes

dr. Brandt Exclusive Camera-Ready Kit

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel

 

I got the nail lacquer for my daughter, who's birthday is 4 days away. Happy that's in there, at least. Not that they knew that though. This still just means to me I only get to use 2 items out of the 5. I think it's time I cancel and stick with BeautyDNA and Ipsy.

 

You can always get the same samples in different colors.  Your Laqa should be another color.  Reviews are not factored into the samples you receive, unfortunately. 

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You can always get the same samples in different colors.  Your Laqa should be another color.  Reviews are not factored into the samples you receive, unfortunately. 

That's what I assumed when they said they never send out the same, as there are multiple colors. I even posted that on Facebook earlier today in reply to their comment. Yet - I still find it to be a bit silly. If it's purple though, I will definitely be emailing them with some words LOL.

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Here's my main box (46):

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Got the Ruffian color I'd selected, so that's cool.  I've had the Suki cleanser before, and I love it, so glad to have another sample.  I'm curious to try the Hello lotion, the perfume was much too strong for me, so I'm hoping I like the lotion better. 

 

The only bummer in the box is the CS Revealed sample.  Ugh.  From the people who brought us  "88 eyeshadows for $5".  That's going straight in the trash.  

 

 

Second box (8): 

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Not thrilling, but OK. A dupe of the Hello lotion.  I haven't tried No 4 products yet,so that'll be fun to play with.  The vitamins are ridiculously overpriced, I'd never buy them.  I just found my HG CC cream and ordered the full size, so I'm not really interested in the Supergoop.   If the CR eyeliner is silver, I'll be thrilled. 

 

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That's what I assumed when they said they never send out the same, as there are multiple colors. I even posted that on Facebook earlier today in reply to their comment. Yet - I still find it to be a bit silly. If it's purple though, I will definitely be emailing them with some words LOL.

I've been dying for the purple laqa. From the pictures I've seen on instagram, it looks really stunning, even though the thought of purple lip stick sounds silly.

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I am quite pleased with my boxes. Assuming I actually get these, it is the sample choices I picked out! I do want that hair mask tho, off to the trade boards I go :)

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ETA - The purple laqa IS amazing!! I traded for it and am in love, so if I do in fact end up with it this month, I would love to trade it to a new home. It's really lovely, I get compliments on it every time I wear it. 

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WTF the benta berry moisturizer is back in stock, I just got an email. I have been waiting seriously like 6 months for this :000

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Add me to the list of ladies who emailed birchbox with my sample selection (CR lip stain in Valentine) but didn't get the correct box. Wahhh.

 

Birchbox is a hot mess lately! I'm genuinely tired of e-mailing them with problems... that probably sounds so silly, but seriously, I've e-mailed them soooo many times over the last few months. I feel bad for their customer service!  :blabla:

 
I'm too lazy to find the exact quote, but I loved the insight another member made earlier about how these subscription services are probably based on magazines, which leaves rooms for mistakes because behavior of customers is different than you might expect. Whoever said that - I found it so eye-opening! Explains a lot of BB's problems. 
 
It seems that BB technology/distribution is always 3 steps behind their marketing campaigns. So, their marketing is trying to ramp up subscriptions by doing all these collabs/discounts, and their warehouse is stuck in June during July. It's just such a mess. 
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YAY!! UPS is delivering my July box TODAY!

This is great CS. They sent me a June box which shipped on  July 3rd, refunded the price and sent a July box out UPS for free..

 

I think I might want a 3rd subscription while there is a points promo with the magazine. Hmmm,

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Well, I thought that adding a ton of things I really liked and would use to the " My Favorites" section might make a difference in what I get in my boxes, but nope. They have self- tanner so they are hauling it out. They have nail polish remover wipes, so out it goes.

I think I'm going to try cultivating a presence with one of the CS people. That might work... " Will schmooze for samples" LOL. Not really that desperate. 

 

And those vitamins are just gross to receive as one of the products. They should be a lifestyle extra, like my delicious chocolate bar was yesterday ( in the errant June box with 8 reviewed products).

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I've been dying for the purple laqa. From the pictures I've seen on instagram, it looks really stunning, even though the thought of purple lip stick sounds silly.

I have a purple one from last month just sitting in one of my empty BBs. Reusing the box for the unwanted samples lol. Then again, I have a teenager who likes to dig through my things but she didn't want to lip lube either. I'm just not a fan of lip anything. I use chapstick and on occasion, a sheer or lightly tinted gloss. Actually, lately when I go out I use my NYX Butter Gloss that I got from Ipsy and I love that stuff. 

 

I will have to do some research into some those trading sites. I tried to stay away since I don't know much about trading and item values, etc. but I think it needs to be done if i'm going to stay a member to at least one of these subscription boxes.

 

 

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I've been dying for the purple laqa. From the pictures I've seen on instagram, it looks really stunning, even though the thought of purple lip stick sounds silly.

If I did just a couple of quick swipes, so it was very sheer, it was quite pretty.

 

If I put another coat or two on, so it was opaque, I looked like The Joker.

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I'M SO SICK OF NO. 4!!! :angry:

 

Sorry, just had to get that out of my system.

 

You and me both, sister!

I....I like the No 4 hairspray...and some of the shampoos...both of which I didn't get in my box  :(

Send all your nonaerosol spray and hydrating/volumizing shampoo to meeeee

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I will have to do some research into some those trading sites. I tried to stay away since I don't know much about trading and item values, etc. but I think it needs to be done if i'm going to stay a member to at least one of these subscription boxes.

 

I'd love to try trading, but I have no clue where to start. Is there a trading FAQ around here someplace? Thanks! :)

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I've been dying for the purple laqa. From the pictures I've seen on instagram, it looks really stunning, even though the thought of purple lip stick sounds silly.

I have worn the purple out very sheer a few times and I like it. Another thing I have done is put it on really heavy before bed. I wake up with the most beautifully pink stained lips. If I am careful with the way I brush my teeth and don't wipe my lips a lot, the stain lasts a long time. 

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I'd love to try trading, but I have no clue where to start. Is there a trading FAQ around here someplace? Thanks! :)

Unless another mod comes around, I can type up a FAQ about trading when I get home tonight since there's some new faces.

 

I'm at work browsing via my phone right now and its hard copy/paste things and format and such.

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I'd love to try trading, but I have no clue where to start. Is there a trading FAQ around here someplace? Thanks! :)

I was just browsing around and noticed there were some classifieds on here for trading. I don't have a very big list yet (one "have" item, one "will have" item) so i'm wondering if I should just wait or I should just reserve a seat and edit as I get more product. I was a member to one site that I had to be on a waitlist for, but I cannot recall the name and never bookmarked the link  :wacko:

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I know a few companies (Lipstick Queen, for one) have blue lipsticks that are berry colored -- on most people.  I got one purple Laqa and am looking forward to trying it out.  But I know I don't need 2 of them.

 

@@Lyllis -- there's usually a Birchbox-specific monthly trade list.  If there are other BB items you're interested in trading for, it might be a good place to dip your toe in the trading pond, so to speak.

 

http://www.makeuptalk.com/f/topic/133223-birchbox-swaps-july-2014/page-2?hl=%2Bbirchbox+%2Bjuly+%2B2014&do=findComment&comment=2241396

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I was just browsing around and noticed there were some classifieds on here for trading. I don't have a very big list yet (one "have" item, one "will have" item) so i'm wondering if I should just wait or I should just reserve a seat and edit as I get more product. I was a member to one site that I had to be on a waitlist for, but I cannot recall the name and never bookmarked the link :wacko:

There should be a July Birchbox Swap thread under new topics or somewhere around here. Its a nice easy place to start because you can make a list of what you want and what you have, and contact other people or let them contact you.

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Has anyone else NOT gotten a shipping email or box update? Birchbox already said yesterday that I'm fine and they're just sending them in waves, but my confidence in them has been low as of lately bahaha.

I haven't received either for my main account.

 

 

I....I like the No 4 hairspray...and some of the shampoos...both of which I didn't get in my box  :(

Send all your nonaerosol spray and hydrating/volumizing shampoo to meeeee

I like No 4 products as well! I love the hairspray and volumizing shampoo.

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Boo. No polish in one box and lip gloss instead of polish in the other. That on top of all the confusion over my BB plus order, I'm kind of fed up.

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Here is an update for those of us who did not receive the sample we reserved via email. I called BB CS and she said that this has happened with "a small handful" of people who reserved their sample via email with a CS rep. She said she could see in my account that it was reserved, but there was a warehouse issue that prevented us from receiving the sample. She said we would be getting our sample and that we would be contacted shortly via email regarding the mix-up. 

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omg - they are giving me an effing run around with my box - I have the email stating I was confirmed for rosary, they see those emails, but they have to "get" back to me.

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