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My no PYS box arrived - earliest ever.

 

Even though I didn't pick it, I got the Iredale stain - it is a great product

 

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Yay, someone else! My second sub is in my cat's name (Miranda). I've thought about getting a third sub so the other cat (Fiona) doesn't feel left out.... 

 

。^・ェ・^。  

 

Though it seems the cats actually prefer Glossybox, as the box size offers a more generous box-space to cat-hindquarters ratio than the Birchboxes, and they're packed with fun crimped paper shreds that are just perfect for strewing all over the house while mom and dad are out...

If you don't write for a living, you should seriously consider it.  You are hilarious and have a great way with words.

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What do you all do with the pretty boxes, I just re subbed in feb so it was the first month I got a pretty box. (I think....when did they change from the plain?) anyway it came crushed so I just threw it away since the products were fine. Last month was a welcome box so it was plain too. This is the first one I want to keep but don't know what to do with it. I'm swimming in ipsy bags too (just part of the reason I switched to BB).

I had one on my nightstand that has my hand cream, facial oil, eye cream, some pens, and lip products in it. I also have one on top of where I store my bath and hair products. In it I keep my hair products that I use the most and some samples that I want to try so I don't forget about them. I also have two more boxes in my nightstand that I keep pens, pencils, markers, and jump drives in. They are super useful for organization! Much better than the bunch of small makeup bags that are sitting under my vanity right now!

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I didn't get shampoo and conditioner in my box this month!  My cheat shows the Whish, POP, peel, hair serum and Jane Iredale combo.  But a few weeks ago, I placed an order and got a pick-two sample pack with it.  A foil of shampoo, and a foil of conditioner.  Not Beaver brand, but still - worth $10?  I don't think so.

 

What cheat are you using to see?  Figured it out! :)

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I use my old boxes to organize my nail polish collection, and I'll be using in my new vanity to keep makeup organized.

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When I first saw all the posts about the Beaver shampoo I thought, why are people getting mad? I had an organic lip balm and an aromatherapy balm from them that I thought were great.

 

Then I remembered those were from Badger. Not beaver. Lol.

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Just sneaked a peak into my box: 

 

 

 

1. Jouer Tint (my sample choice) - Does anyone know what shade we are getting, or is it going to differ?
2. Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe Duo (praying this isn't my upgrade item)
3. Paula's Choice RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment
4. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo
5. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner
6. Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Pillow Pie
7. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss (hoping this isn't the hot pick shade I received previously.)
8. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner - Navy (I've already received this as a sample, this is probably the upgrade add-on)

 

 

 

Does anyone know which 2 of those items are my add-ons? I'm assuming it's #2 & #8. 

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When I first saw all the posts about the Beaver shampoo I thought, why are people getting mad? I had an organic lip balm and an aromatherapy balm from them that I thought were great.

 

Then I remembered those were from Badger. Not beaver. Lol.

 

I think people are getting mad, or at least I am, because we receive shampoo and conditioner samples ALL the time, and they're mostly drug-store or drug-store quality. Plus, hair, for me anyway, is a very sensitive subject. There are just so many hair types that most shampoos just won't work with. Also, most of the shampoos that are sent out for sampling are not sulfate-free. I have color-treated hair so I can't use them. Another reason why I'm upset is they keep sending me shampoo and conditioner samples for DRY hair and I have the exact opposite problem (extremely oily). My profile also reflects that. 

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I am bored so I started looking for reviews of Beaver. This brought me to Birchbox France.  The French girls all think it's a great product.  Bien sur- "Beaver" doesn't mean anything weird to them. This was the closest to a negative review I could find.

 

 Roxane

Je pense que cela peut être un bon produit, mais pas pour des cheveux sec et bouclé comme les miens !

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Ugh, you've got to be kidding me Birchbox!  According my box page, this month I'm getting a perfume sample AND the shampoo and conditioner.  Seriously?  I feel like I just paid $10 for my PYS (the Jane Iradale tint) and a pretty box.  My sub runs out in a few months, and I'll definitely be putting my money elsewhere.

 

That said, I've been saving up my points for about 10 months and I'm pretty excited for my shopping spree!

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Ugh, you've got to be kidding me Birchbox! According my box page, this month I'm getting a perfume sample AND the shampoo and conditioner. Seriously? I feel like I just paid $10 for my PYS (the Jane Iradale tint) and a pretty box. My sub runs out in a few months, and I'll definitely be putting my money elsewhere.

 

That said, I've been saving up my points for about 10 months and I'm pretty excited for my shopping spree!

I always choose to look at my box as costing me $3-4 (after points and 10% discount on subscription and 20% discount on future purchase with anniversary codes.) and I look at overall 'box happiness'. I mean, I think that is how this subscription is intended. I wish we could get some specific products , and I guess that was the intention of PYS. I can never save up more than $10 in points because I love to get packages in the mail! Edited by artlover613
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Can you already review your samples?
I cannot even review one of my boxes which was supposed to be delivered yesterday :/
 

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I'm actually not super upset about the Beaver stuff- if I decide not to use it, its something that can go into my collection of items to donate to the local women's shelter.

 

I will be curious to see if my box stays as is and I do end up with 2 duplicates, because I will be messaging BB to make the suggestion that if they are going to repeat items you've already received but in different scents/colors, that they at least break them up so you aren't getting 2 out of 5 repeat items.

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Can you already review your samples?

I cannot even review one of my boxes which was supposed to be delivered yesterday :/

 

I have both my boxes, but I can on one, but not the other. I submitted a ticket for the one, but they just told me to wait until the 10th, even though I have already submitted reviews, just not getting any points for them.

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I think people are getting mad, or at least I am, because we receive shampoo and conditioner samples ALL the time, and they're mostly drug-store or drug-store quality. Plus, hair, for me anyway, is a very sensitive subject. There are just so many hair types that most shampoos just won't work with. Also, most of the shampoos that are sent out for sampling are not sulfate-free. I have color-treated hair so I can't use them. Another reason why I'm upset is they keep sending me shampoo and conditioner samples for DRY hair and I have the exact opposite problem (extremely oily). My profile also reflects that. 

 

I hope this isn't too terribly off topic, but can you (or anyone!) share what kind of sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner you use?  I have the hardest time finding sulfate-free stuff in the drugstore, and unfortunately I can't spend the money on salon stuff.  Any suggestions would be awesome!

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I hope this isn't too terribly off topic, but can you (or anyone!) share what kind of sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner you use?  I have the hardest time finding sulfate-free stuff in the drugstore, and unfortunately I can't spend the money on salon stuff.  Any suggestions would be awesome!

If you are not anti-L'oreal, L'oreal Paris has a really good sulfate free hair care line that is affordable: EverPure. You can find them in any drugstore or in Walmart. I especially like the OleoTherapy shampoo, conditioner, and nourishing mask which are also sulfate-free.

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I got up to box 71 using this link

 

www.birchbox.com/shop/birchbox-1/april-2015/april-2015-bb59

 

Box 59 would be my ideal box but I'm getting #37.

 

No spectacular boxes in my opinion.  

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Just sneaked a peak into my box: 

 

 

 

1. Jouer Tint (my sample choice) - Does anyone know what shade we are getting, or is it going to differ?

2. Lord & Berry Black Wardrobe Duo (praying this isn't my upgrade item)

3. Paula's Choice RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment

4. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Moisturizing Shampoo

5. Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Conditioner

6. Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer - Pillow Pie

7. Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss (hoping this isn't the hot pick shade I received previously.)

8. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner - Navy (I've already received this as a sample, this is probably the upgrade add-on)

 

 

 

Does anyone know which 2 of those items are my add-ons? I'm assuming it's #2 & #8. 

Number 7 & 8 are your full size most likely.  It seems everyone so far that has the add on has gotten the Jouer full size gloss in Blush (a soft neutral pink) and the CR liner in Navy.  

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I got up to box 71 using this link

 

www.birchbox.com/shop/birchbox-1/april-2015/april-2015-bb59

 

Box 59 would be my ideal box but I'm getting #37.

 

No spectacular boxes in my opinion.  

68 has 7 items, wow! I wish I was getting that. It has smith&cult nail polish which I would love to try and the box would come to $3 after all reviews. All other boxes seem to have just 5 items. 

Come on Birchbox! Only 5 items in most boxes including shave cream and Beaver shampoo-conditioner...

This is such a poor month other than the Mad Men theme.

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I hope this isn't too terribly off topic, but can you (or anyone!) share what kind of sulfate-free shampoo/conditioner you use?  I have the hardest time finding sulfate-free stuff in the drugstore, and unfortunately I can't spend the money on salon stuff.  Any suggestions would be awesome!

 

 

I've also used the L'Oreal Everpure line and it's really good. I've also used the OGX line, I loved the Argan Oil one, but there are a number of other formulas in that line. Both can be found at Walmart and are really inexpensive. I'm now using Living Proof Perfect Hair Day line and loving it, but it is more expensive. 

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Number 7 & 8 are your full size most likely.  It seems everyone so far that has the add on has gotten the Jouer full size gloss in Blush (a soft neutral pink) and the CR liner in Navy.  

This may be a dumb question, but what upgrade are you guys talking about?

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I've also used the L'Oreal Everpure line and it's really good. I've also used the OGX line, I loved the Argan Oil one, but there are a number of other formulas in that line. Both can be found at Walmart and are really inexpensive. I'm now using Living Proof Perfect Hair Day line and loving it, but it is more expensive. 

 

 

If you are not anti-L'oreal, L'oreal Paris has a really good sulfate free hair care line that is affordable: EverPure. You can find them in any drugstore or in Walmart. I especially like the OleoTherapy shampoo, conditioner, and nourishing mask which are also sulfate-free.

 

Thank you, ladies! I've tried the Loreal and not been a huge fan, but I haven't tried the OleoTherapy version.  I'll also give the Living Proof a shot.  Thanks!

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This may be a dumb question, but what upgrade are you guys talking about?

No such thing as a dumb question, feel free to ask anything :)

 

A while back, BB offered upgrades to the existing subscription that would include 2 full size products but the price would also be increased to $30. Some took the upgrade. I ended up upgrading because I was interested in seeing what those full size products would end up being. I haven't got my box yet so don't know what's in it. I'm avoiding the cheats because I want it to be a total surprise.

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