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I am allergic to rose and get rose products all the time.....rose is more popular in skin care than bee venom, alas....

 

I've been wanting to try that mask out, but I guess birchbox thinks I need another glittery highlighter on my aging face.

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My fifth item loaded:  Harvey Prince Hello body butter.  

So weird!  My fifth item disappeared again from my page (not cheat).  Hope I get something better!

 

My other box (curated) is due for delivery today!

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Is it strange that I'm still only seeing the March tracking info?  I'm getting the curated box this time, so I was thinking I might get it this week instead of next.

 

Between this and Popsugar, the lack of shipping info is making me crazy.  

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Does anyone else have two separate packages in your BB tracking? I have package 1, then tracking info. And package 2, also with tracking info. It's listed under my April box shipping info link.

 

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Does anyone else have two separate packages in your BB tracking? I have package 1, then tracking info. And package 2, also with tracking info. It's listed under my April box shipping info link.

 

Did you do an add-on? Might be that, if you opted in.

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Did you do an add-on? Might be that, if you opted in.

Nope, no add on's this month. I'm wondering if they forgot to add something to my box since it is the curated NY box. I'm just confused. 

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Nope, no add on's this month. I'm wondering if they forgot to add something to my box since it is the curated NY box. I'm just confused. 

 

Weird! Well...maybe you'll get two of the pretty boxes out of it? I hope you do!

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Weird! Well...maybe you'll get two of the pretty boxes out of it? I hope you do!

Thank you! I'd be ecstatic if that happened!

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Just got caught up on the last week of posts. Scared to look at my cheat now...... Let's hope we see some improvement on the 10th. Is anyone having any luck with box pages?

My box that I posted yesterday - no cheat needed - is still loaded/ unchanged. Non clicky truck still.

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In case anyone wondered, I looked up Beaver shampoo. They are from China, but make a big deal about being free of sulfates and other wacky chemicals. This would explain the less than thrilling name. If this was butterfly or unicorn shampoo I'd be psyched.  

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My curated (NY) box arrived today.  The Liz Earle eye product is a large sample (though I'm still not sure what is the intent of this product).  The Cargo blush is a perfect travel size.  The product I most wanted is the Anastasia brow gel as I use that product.  I'm not sure what I'll do with the hair oil as my fine hair tends to get weighed down with oils so I don't usually use them.  Is anyone familiar with this particular oil?  Whish shave cream---meh!  But it's the perfect size for travel so okay.

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In case anyone wondered, I looked up Beaver shampoo. They are from China, but make a big deal about being free of sulfates and other wacky chemicals. This would explain the less than thrilling name. If this was butterfly or unicorn shampoo I'd be psyched.  

UGH!  I prefer not to use anything (or consume anything) from China.

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In case anyone wondered, I looked up Beaver shampoo. They are from China, but make a big deal about being free of sulfates and other wacky chemicals. This would explain the less than thrilling name. If this was butterfly or unicorn shampoo I'd be psyched.  

 

This made me lol. I would totally be all over Butterfly or Unicorn shampoo, too! 

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I'm getting:

 

WEI Manuka Bee Venom Mask

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Brightening Illuminator

Fekkai Pre Soleil Hair Mist

Temple Spa Peace Be Still Calming Face & Body Balm

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain

 

I'm pretty happy with my box this month. I'm also addicted to face masks right now.

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Every time I've used the cheat it has been the exact products I ultimately have received in my box. So if that's the case, I'm receiving the following:

WEI Manuka bee venom mask

Cynthia Rowley Beauty brightening illuminator

Fekkai pre soleil hair mist

Temple spa peace be still calming face and body balm

Jane iredale just kissed lip and cheek stain (pys)

 

I'm curious about these products since I've never tried any of them so as long as it stays the same I think this will be a pretty good month. My other account is getting the NY box.

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Every time I've used the cheat it has been the exact products I ultimately have received in my box. So if that's the case, I'm receiving the following:

WEI Manuka bee venom mask

Cynthia Rowley Beauty brightening illuminator

Fekkai pre soleil hair mist

Temple spa peace be still calming face and body balm

Jane iredale just kissed lip and cheek stain (pys)

 

I'm curious about these products since I've never tried any of them so as long as it stays the same I think this will be a pretty good month. My other account is getting the NY box.

I hope I get this box! I chose the Jane Iredale as well.

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Uhhh! I just canceled my second subscription because I've gotten everything they are sending me this month on my primary account, with the exception of the PYS. Plus, I'm getting ANOTHER one of those Not Soap bodywashes. This is my second one on both accounts!!

 

Main/Aces Account:

  1. POP Beauty POP Portfolio Eyeshadow Palette - I've tried this brand before. It's the cheapest thing, you can't blend it, and the color blows off with the wind. This is clearly a filler item and I'm disappointed I received it.
  2. Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel - I don't like peel off masks. They leave my skin irritated and feeling stripped. I wish I'd gotten the Bee Venom mask or the When Travelmate sheet mask.
  3. Paula’s Choice RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment - I'll try this but I'm not excited to see ANOTHER Paula's Choice item. I get one every month.
  4. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo - this looks and sounds so blah.
  5. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner - same as above.

2nd Account:

  1. Supergoop!® Advanced SPF 37 Anti-Aging Eye Cream - hate eye creams
  2. Ojon rare blend™ oil Moisture Therapy - JUST received this as a Pick 2 sample this past weekend. :(
  3. Not Soap, Radio Body Wash - my second one on this account, ugggggh!
  4. Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain - PYS that I'm not in the least bit excited about. This isn't even going to show up on me being that I'm dark skinned.
  5. ??? - the 5th product still not showing up yet. If they make it the Bee Venom Mask or the When Travelmate Sheet Mask, I'd forgive Birchbox for this lackluster box. But I know its going to be yet another disappointment and a product I've already gotten in my other box.
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I got my curated CA Madmen box today.  

 

12 benefits hair stuff:  smells nice & says it protects from chlorine, so I'll probably wait & use it this summer

Clean original perfume:  my daughter loves it - I gave it to her

Cynthia Rowley highlighter:  trading. I have too many highlighters & rarely use any of them.

Laqa & Co. lip pencil:  haven't tried it yet but not too sure about the color

Not Soap Radio body wash:  like the scent.  I have had samples of the red & yellow of this brand & I think the blue one in this box seems to be a smaller size sample.

 

Overall, I like this box, which I expected because I chose it.  Loving the print on the actual box too. 

 

edit: for spelling - my new keyboard sticks like crazy when trying to type.  <_<

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My curated (NY) box arrived today.  The Liz Earle eye product is a large sample (though I'm still not sure what is the intent of this product).  The Cargo blush is a perfect travel size.  The product I most wanted is the Anastasia brow gel as I use that product.  I'm not sure what I'll do with the hair oil as my fine hair tends to get weighed down with oils so I don't usually use them.  Is anyone familiar with this particular oil?  Whish shave cream---meh!  But it's the perfect size for travel so okay.

 

I also have fine hair but have success just using a few drops of the BP hair oil and focusing on my ends (my roots are greasy as all get out so I certainly don't need oil there).  I also really like the smell of the BP products so they're good for that, if you just add a drop or so for fragrance.

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Looks like I'm getting:

 

Atelier Cologne Vanille Incense

Jouer Tint (my PYS)

Beaver Shampoo and Conditioner (WTF?)

and Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain (yes! It was hard to choose the Jouer PYS over this)

 

2 of 5 things I'm really happy with. Also looking forward to the Rifle Bag as my upgrade.

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I so wish that BB would consider stated preferences. The #1 thing that I am always looking for is skincare, skincare, skincare. They also know that I don't like perfume and I think organic is a plus. Yet month after month, I see amazing organic products (that I rarely get) and awesome skincare (that I rarely get). This month between my 2 accounts I have 2 shampoos, 2 conditioners, 1 perfume, a body wash, body wash wipes, 2 lipsticks, and a body butter.

 

The only thing that I'm happy to see is the Jane Iredale lip product because I picked it (had received one from Sample Society a while back and my daughter adored the cute mini sample and the color/ingredients passed the test for an 8 year old play make-up option) but her sister accidentally smooshed it so this will make up for past wrongs.

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Looks like I'm getting:

 

Atelier Cologne Vanille Incense

Jouer Tint (my PYS)

Beaver Shampoo and Conditioner (WTF?)

and Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain (yes! It was hard to choose the Jouer PYS over this)

 

2 of 5 things I'm really happy with. Also looking forward to the Rifle Bag as my upgrade.

 

Atelier vanille incense is my all time favorite perfume. I don't know how to describe it other than it smells expensive. Even if you hate the scent it comes with a cute french post card.  

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I see what you're saying, but people are also allergic to rose, aloe, and other ingredients commonly found in skincare. Many people subscribe to Birchbox and other beauty sample services to try new products from new brands, so I get why it's included.

 

Right and I understand that but it does somehow feel different that it's a 'venom' - at least with rose there is a purpose to it (scent) we have known about other than just being "poison". I guess I need to wrap my head around the fact that the 'venom' has a purpose for humans other than to create an allergic reaction! 

 

Having allergies (not bees) myself, I totally understand your feelings on the issue. I do not go anywhere without a benedryl in my pocket. I have no worse fear than the fear of not being able to breath.  

 I think their feeling on the matter, is that, if you are allergic to bees, you will know not to use it. It is a relatively small percentage of people that are allergic vs. not. Bee venom is popular and proving to have great results for it's purpose. 

Because bee venom is so hot right now, you should be able to work out a really good swap for that. Also you might be able to contact their customer service and explain that it is something that you would not even be able to try and you never know, maybe they will give you some points or something. 

 

Yeah, maybe I just happen to know a lot of people allergic and that has created a bias in my head as well. Points aren't necessary or anything, sometimes it's just the nature of subs that you won't be able to use/like the products, the bee venom just came out of left field, I hadn't really heard of it before.

 

Personally, I'd LOVE the bee venom mask, as would a lot of people, I'm guessing.

Plus, I am also allergic to beestings to the point I had to carry an epipen as kid 'just in case' the severe swelling reaction I got didn't respond to benadryl or was in face/neck/torso, but the masks/bee venom products don't give me a reaction for whatever reason, and they're some of my favorite skincare products right now. 

 

ETA: I do avoid using them on broken skin, like active pimples, also 'just in case' that might trigger a reaction. I also did an inner arm spot test well before I slathered it on my face.

Yikes! Not sure I'll risk it but nice it worked for you even though you have the allergy.

 

In case anyone wondered, I looked up Beaver shampoo. They are from China, but make a big deal about being free of sulfates and other wacky chemicals. This would explain the less than thrilling name. If this was butterfly or unicorn shampoo I'd be psyched.  

 

Haha, I want unicorn shampoo!

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Looks like I'm getting:

 

Atelier Cologne Vanille Incense

Jouer Tint (my PYS)

Beaver Shampoo and Conditioner (WTF?)

and Jane Iredale Lip and Cheek Stain (yes! It was hard to choose the Jouer PYS over this)

 

2 of 5 things I'm really happy with. Also looking forward to the Rifle Bag as my upgrade.

That perfume smells amazing! It's one of my things I've received from Birchbox!
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