Birchbox Update

After my second Birchbox disappointment, I decided to call it quits. I e-mailed the company regarding the missing lip gloss. They responded within 48 hours an promised to send a replacement my way once they received them. Then I received this message from them a few days ago:

Hi Carol,

We wanted to reach out to you in regards to your missing/ damaged Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydra full Lip Gloss sample from your November Birchbox. Unfortunately, we won’t be receiving any more of these items to send out as a replacement. I’ve added 100 Birchbox points to your account (a $10 value in our shop, and the price of the monthly box) as a replacement for the missing replacement. So sorry for the miscommunication! Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you further.


I love great customer service. However, points are only good towards purchase and I can’t use them to buy a Birchbox. I had my eye on the Oribe shampoo but it would still be $26 after the $10 off. So, that’s that.


Birchbox, Dos

So despite my disappointing initial Birchbox experience, I decided to keep the subscription and give it another go.

Bad choice.

The November box arrived today and I couldn’t be more disappointed. Let’s take a look inside my sad half empty box.

  • Harvey Prince Eau Flirt – Smells like something Britney Spears concocted.
  • Supersmile Professional Whitening Toothpaste – This is actually useful since we’re going to Dallas this weekend. However, I could have purchased one for $1.50. Sure, it wouldn’t have been a whitening toothpaste but really, who cares?
  • Zoya Nail Polish in Holly – Admittedly, this is a cute color. But it’s tiny and I don’t need new polish.
  • Chuao Chocolatier Firecracker Chocopod – This was awesome! It’s a piece of dark chocolate that’s spicy and filled with popping candy.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills HydraFull Gloss in Sugar Pink – I wouldn’t know because IT WASN’T IN THE BOX. 😦

I canceled my membership. That missing lip gloss was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Honestly, I never wear lip gloss and I don’t even like the Anastasia brand but still! $10 for that?

In all honesty, their samples are high quality items. I was a bit harsh with my initial evaluation of my first Birch Box. This was what I got:

  • Two packets of Oribe shampoo and conditioner samples. I originally reviewed these as lame but they turned out to be magical for my hair. The downside is that Oribe products are sold at Bergdorf Goodman for $30-40 per bottle. So while I loved using the samples, the chances are slim that I’ll purchase them full-size.
  • Befine lip exfoliator. As a lip balm addict, my lips are never chapped. So I gave it to a friend.
  • Caudalie night cream. There’s nothing special about this cream. I haven’t noticed any kind of change in my skin. Lame rating stands.
  • Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Primer. This wasn’t bad since I did need a primer. It’s sheer and the bronze color is subtle. I’d never buy it full size though – I already know which primers are for me.
  • Orofluido hair oil. Originally rated as lame but came out as the surprise hero. It’s light and absorbs quickly. It also smells pleasant. I don’t have to much use for it, but on days I need a bit of oomph, I believe it achieves that.

Here are some Birchbox pros:

  • High quality products
  • Cute packaging
  • Getting a little present every month is fun 🙂

Now, onto the cons:

  • Not enough samples. The box is half-empty. I’d suggest using a smaller box to help with the empty feeling.
  • Missing sample.
  • Not worth $10 monthly, $110 annually (yikes!)
  • Not into every product.

Birchbox was fun while it lasted. The $10 is better spent on this delicious chocolate 😉


After reading countless reviews about Birchbox, I was intrigued. My skin gets clogged up when I use the same stuff over and over again so I need to keep changing stuff up. At $10 per month for a box of large-sized samples, I thought we could swing it for a few months 🙂

To be honest, I was pretty disappointed by the contents. So meager. Within the box, I found:

  • Two packets of Oribe shampoo and conditioner samples – LAME
  • Befine lip exfoliator – LAME, I never use this stuff. As a lip balm addict, my lips are never chapped.
  • Caudalie night cream – LAME, so teeny tiny.
  • Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Primer – PROMISING, since I needed a primer and this was the largest sample. Also, the bronze color is pleasant.
  • Orofluido hair oil – LAME, I don’t like putting oil in my hair.

I’ll try each of the products of course but I’m not sure this is worth $10 per month. I’m not the only one who’s been disappointed but too bad I didn’t see that review until right now 😦

That’s what I get for jumping on the trendy wagon. I think I’m going to give Birchbox one more try and see what I get next month.

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