What I've received from Birchbox.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

So a look back at to everything I've received from Birchbox since I became a member May 24, 2013. Breaking up is so hard to do but honestly I haven't been happy with the sample sizes or products I've received the last five months. In fact, what have I rceived over the last five months? Sumita eyeliner, which I like; that hair protecting spray, which I like; a bar of soap, which smells nice but the scent wasn't lasting.... I can't recall anything else.

Birchbox: May 2013

  1. Sumita Color Contrast Eyeliner (love the gray one on my youngest daughter)
  2. Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle (love the smell of this, I'm obsessed with the smell from this one)
  3. Folle de Joie eau de parfum (gave me a headache and a sneak attack, gave it to my middle daughter who loves it.)
  4. Yes To™ Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub (It was fine but not enough for me to test over a longer period of time, came with a serum as well)
  5. COOLA Classic SPF 30 Cucumber Moisturizer for Face (it's too runny and I think it's a sunscreen not moisturizer)
Birchbox: April 2013

  1. Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-on (burns my skin)
  2. Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate (burns my skin)
  3. Nexxus® Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Elixir (didn't see any difference but it smells really nice)
  4. Mirenesse Glossy Kiss (loved this)
  5. LAFCO House & Home Soap (smells good but the scent doesn't linger)
Birchbox: March 2013

  1. Madewell for Birchbox Nail Emery Board (it's okay)
  2. MAKE Face Primer SPF 30 (no clue where this went to)
  3. Caldrea Body Lotion (can't recall if I even used this)
  4. Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills Color-Saver Sulfate-Free Shampoo (packed for my trip to LA)
  5. Nick Chavez® Beverly Hills Color-Saver Paraben-Free Conditioner (packed for my trip to LA)
  6. MAKE Satin Finish Eyeshadow (it was nice)
Birchbox: February 2013

  1. Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel SQUARES (chocolate but I already am a Ghirardelli addict!)
  2. twistband™ Headband Collection (these things stretch out)
  3. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (I vaguely remember using it)
  4. Skin&Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel (I don't recall this one at all)
  5. Color Club Fiesta Collection (pretty color... which I've used once)
Birchbox: January 2013

  1. DDF® Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum (don't recall what I thought of it)
  2. Kérastase Elixir Ultime - Prime (don't recall what I thought of it)
  3. Juicy Couture - Viva La Juicy (passed this onto my daughter)
  4. theBalm® cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One (bought this, love this)
  5. Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique - Prime (don't recall what I thought of it)
Birchbox: December 2012

ModelCo SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss (don't recall what I thought of it)
12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment (took with me to IMATS and used it, smells nice)
NUXE Masque Crème Fraîche® de Beauté (don't recall what I thought of it)
Emily's Chocolates Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies (I've since bought this twice)
Fresh Citron de Vigne Rollerball (I actually liked this... but my daughter did too so guess what went missing)
Birchbox: November 2012

Chuao Chocolatier Assorted ChocoPod (these are good, especially the potato chip ones, yum)
Miracle Skin Transformer™ Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector (too oily for me)
Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray (It worked fine.)
Atelier Cologne Rose Anonyme Petite Cologne Absolue (perfume bandit struck again, aka my middle daughter)
stila all over shimmer liquid luminizer (I wish I could say I liked it but I got to use it once before it "disappeared")
Birchbox: October 2012

LUNA Fiber Chocolate Raspberry (couldn't eat it, allergic to raspberries)
essie® fall picks Nail Polish Collection (liked the color but used it once)
Kiehl's Aromatic Blends: Orange Flower & Lychee - Liquid Body (smells really good)
Joanna Vargas Daily Serum (don't recall what I thought of it)
Naked Princess Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss (I think I got one that I already had and it was a pretty color just not right for me)
Birchbox: September 2012

LÄRABAR® über (don't recall what version but I ate it I think)
twistband™ Hair Tie (stretched out)
WEI™ to Go Sleep Over Kit: Real Clean and Ideal Skin (not enough for me to try over a longer period of time)
21 drops Aromatherapy Blends (perfume bandit, I liked it)
Birchbox and Color Club® Custom Collection (I vaguely remember the color but it's nail polish and I love nail polish)
Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Binding Targeted Leave-In Treatment (it was fine, I buy Nexxus at Cosmoprof when I want)
Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Conditioner (it was fine, I buy Nexxus at Cosmoprof when I want)
Nexxus® Pro-Mend Split End Treatment Daily Shampoo (it was fine, I buy Nexxus at Cosmoprof when I want)
Birchbox: August 2012

Beauty Fixation Make Up Remover (don't recall what I thought of it)
Schick Hydro Silk Razor (love this razor, bought more since)
Comodynes Self-Tanning Intensive (I don't tan or faux tan so this was traded away)
Comodynes Hydra-Tanning Face Moisturizing Summer Glow (I didn't get this item)
Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur (gave it to the perfume bandit)
DDF® Brightening Cleanser (I liked this, still have some left)
Birchbox: July 2012

Harvey Prince Hello (gave it to the perfume bandit)
AHAVA Purifying Mud Mask (allergic reaction - burned my skin)
Tea Forté® minteas (drank it, didn't care for it)
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner (loved it, stole my daughter's, I mean borrowed it... permanently)
Alterna Bamboo Color Hold+ Fade Proof Finishing Gloss (don't recall what I thought of it)
Birchbox Exclusive Earbuds (Quality was terrible, gave it to one of the kids)
Birchbox: June 2012

Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+ (don't recall what I thought of it)
JOYA Âmes Sœurs Parfum - A Scent of Soulmates (gave it to the perfume bandit)
theBalm® cosmetics Stainiac (love this, still use from time to time)
BAND-AID® Brand Adhesive Bandages by Cynthia Rowley Bundle (the perfume bandit made off with these as well)
KELLY VAN GOGH® Colour Protecting Caviar Shampoo (oh I remember I took this and the conditioner to IMATS and liked the smell)
KELLY VAN GOGH® Colour Protecting Caviar Conditioner (oh I remember I took this and the shampoo to IMATS and liked the smell)
Melvita Floral Water (I actually liked that)
Birchbox: May 2012

Kiehl's Abyssine Cream + (don't recall what I thought of it)
Birchbox Notecards (youngest daughter loved this so she took it)
fresh Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 (obsessed with Sugar but I have a half dozen of these now)
BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline Eau de Toilette Spray (don't recall what I thought of it but I know I gave it to the perfume bandit)
Miracle Skin Transformer™ Body SPF 20 (I want to say it was oily for my skin)
Birchbox: April 2012

Dropps Laundry Detergent (used it, don't recall much about it)
willa™ Lavender Facial Towelettes (used it, I think I thought the sheets were too small)
Zoya TRUE Spring Collection (used it, like the color)
Wonderstruck Taylor Swift (gave it the perfume bandit)
J.R. Watkins Hand & Cuticle Salve (still have it, used a few times but don't recall if I liked it or not)
Birchbox: March 2012

boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens (I've used most of it up, I want to say I took these with me to CPNA since it was so hot there)
stila smoky eye shadow (oh, this sample annoyed me since it was a piece of paper)
Kusmi Tea Paris - I Love My Detox Tea (drank it, thought it was fine but honestly I don't think I cared for the funky flavors)
Color Club® Neon Nail Polish (polish, again... polish addict here)
Grandma Stelle's Hand Wash (I actually just finished that the other day, it was fine but I didn't really like it)
Traditions by Nick Chavez Yucca Shampooing Cream (I had two of these, gave one to my perfume bandit daughter and used the other one at least once but can't recall what I thought of it)
Birchbox: February 2012

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint (It was meh for me)
Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum (Couldn't use it, gave it to one of my girls)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant® (hated this at first but have become a huge fan of it, in fact I need to order this again since I'm out)
Eye Rock Designer Liner (Hated these at first but the girls at Eye Rock booth at CPNA showed me how to use it so I like it now)
Birchbox: January 2012

LÄRABAR® Mini Bars (don't recall what I thought of it)
Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream (don't recall what I thought of it)
Juicy Couture - Juicy Couture (gave it to the perfume bandit)
stila smudge stick waterproof eye liner (LOVED these liners)
Archipelago Pomegranate Body Soap (kept it in a panty drawer)
Birchbox: December 2011

Jouer Moisturizing Lip Gloss (oh I think this was the Birchbox pink gloss... gave that to my youngest daughter who was eying it)
Harvey Prince Ageless - Pink Grapefruit (perfume bandit)
OROFLUIDO Elixir (gave it to the eldest)
ShowStoppers® Designer Fashion Tape in Nude & Black (traded these)
Benefit The POREfessional (bought a full size one)
EBOOST Orange Natural Energy Booster (don't recall what I thought of it)
Birchbox: November 2011

LaROCCA Champagne and Shimmer Supreme Creme (don't recall what I thought of it)
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Cologne Absolue (perfume bandit)
Two Paperdolls Coasters (trash)
BORGHESE Fango Active Mud Face & Body (don't recall what I thought of it)
Zoya Gems & Jewels Collection (polish... oh I remember it was a gorgeous green)
Birchbox: October 2011

Pangea Organics Facial Scrub (I vaguely remember liking it)
blinc Mascara (I like this item and hate it because of the tubes. Freaks me out still because I think my lashes are coming off. LOL)
Ouidad Climate Control® Heat & Humidity Gel (don't recall what I thought of it)
The Lash Card (LOL I have so many of these now)
AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream (it was okay)
Birchbox: September 2011

Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firm and Lift Cream (don't recall what I thought of it)
colorescience pro® sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection Powder (don't recall what I thought of it)
Incoco® Crème Solid Nail Polish Appliques (don't recall what I thought of it)
Jouer Lip Enhancer (don't recall what I thought of it)
Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale (perfume bandit)
Birchbox: August 2011

WEI™ Tibetan Chrysanthemum correcting eye treatment pads (loved these, used at IMATS LA 2012)
blinc Eyeliner in Black (liked it)
Carol's Daughter® Monoi Repairing Hair Mask (LOVED the smell of this, came with shampoo and conditioner)
Pangea Organics Cleanser for Oily to Combination Skin (I liked it)
twistband™ Hair Tie (I really dislike these because it doesn't keep it's shape)
Birchbox: July 2011

Redken shine flash 02 glistening mist (I want to say I did like this but it can leave a person's hair looking oily)
Zoya Touch Collection (I think it was a nude polish)
AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream (it was find but I had to reapply constantly)
philosophy® purity made simple™ one-step facial cleanser (love this, in fact I need to buy more since I gave the last of mine to my daughter)
Birchbox: June 2011

Herban Essentials Towelettes (don't recall what I thought of it)
XEN-TAN Deep Bronze Luxe (traded)
kate spade new york Twirl (perfume bandit)
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion (smelled funny)
Laura Geller Beauty Baked Blush-n-Brighten (LOVE! Bought three more since)

It's italicized I liked while items underlined I've purchased.

I paid $230 since May 24, 2013 and earned 1,290 points on 129 items I've received. From referrals I earned 3,100 points plus purchases where I've earned points. In total I earned 4,500 points ($450) which I've used all but 800 points ($80). I've more than made up for what I paid out between the samples and products I've bought but I'm no longer happy with Birchbox so I cancelled.

What I loved about Birchbox when I first joined was that they use to send out full size beauty products. My first box I received a Laura Geller blush which I absolutely loved and over the last two years have purchased three others - one for my daughter and two for myself. LOVE those blushes and it was because of Birchbox that I was able to try those blushes. I look back and there are so many other products they use to send out that I absolutely loved - Purity from Philosophy, Carol's Daughter (haven't bought yet but I loved that Monoi mask, shampoo and conditioner). I wish Birchbox would go back to sending out products I'm more inclined to purchase than stuff that I can't test over a week to see if I have a reaction to it as sometimes I won't develop a reaction until constant use.

In the long run Birchbox was worth the price but the last few months it hasn't seemed to be worth the price to me. Out of the 26 items I received since January only five I liked but two I've purchased. I hope Birchbox improves with their new re-branding but for now I'll watch to see how it goes any maybe down the road I'll resubscribe like I did with Sample Society.

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  1. I completely agree, I cancelled my subscription with BB last month. The products were getting less impressive and sample sizes almost ridiculous! My last box I received four samples of almost unseeable sizes and a pen?!!!

    BTW, that's some categorising after my own heart you've done there :-)


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