Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Birchbox: January 2013

Our Birchbox is here!  Normally I get super excited about these but this month has been really disappointing for me.  I haven't kept up with these the way I should but over the past year I've received quite a few disappointing boxes from Birchbox. At first I was excited to be getting new things to try but over time the value seemed to just diminish.  This box is a prime example. I can't find where it says this either but the website used to say you got FIVE samples. Now you get four and a "bonus". Nine times out of ten my bonus has been a Luna bar or something equally silly. Anyway here we go....

The first thing I do with my Birchbox when I get it is throw it in the floor. Lol...I make myself go through all the mail first and in the beginning, Aoife would knock it off the table and she and Eoghan would proceed to try to open it.  Now she's well trained to sit beside it (as above) and wait. Although she does get impatient sometimes! Just look at her face today! Then, we open it together...

Aoife gets to poke her head in first. Eóghan only comes out for the gauze bags and Birchbox has never, or rarely sent me one of those.  If there's anything sparkly inside Aoife will nick it for herself.  Today she was pretty unimpressed.

Nope. Nothing exciting. I was pretty disappointed in this one too, like I said. This box costs me $10 a month. Here's the breakdown for this month:

Harvey Prince Skinny Chic perfume sample: This is one of those samples that makes me shake my head. First of all, perfume samples are free at almost all major department stores. Second of all, they send me one EVERY month. I have so many now I could start a business with them. Third of all, I'm one of those people who has a signature scent.  I have one I love and wear everyday. I have one I wear for special occasions and I have one I wear if I need a pick me up or just to mix things up. I don't need a million of these suckers.  A full size version of this scent retails for $55 (50mL) that means 1mL is about $1.10.  I want to rank this as a free value but I suppose technically it's not.

Value: $1.10

LASHEM Lash Gel Serum: When I first saw this on my box I was stoked. Then I realized I wasn't getting the mascara, rather, I was getting a serum to grow longer lashes. If you follow this at all you know my lashes are obnoxiously long and thick. This stuff is my worst nightmare! It also says you can use it on brows but I can't imagine wanting thicker or longer brows. So it's kind of a wash. There is no size listed but a full size version is $69.99 for 3.5mL. That's right guys....19.99 PER OUNCE. Redic. Anyway I'm guesstimating value on this at $9.99. 

Value: 9.99

No. 4 Clarifying Shampoo: Promises to deep clean without stripping moisture. Haven't used this yet but the smell reminds me vaguely of dryer sheets. It's very clean and fresh. Clarifying shampoo makes me nervous since I have curly hair which is fairly dry but I'll give it a go. The sample is 1.75oz. The retail is $32 for 250mL.

Value: 6.76

The Balm Hot Mama! All in one blush and shadow: This I'm actually excited for.  I won't use it as a shadow since the color is so peachy but as a blush it's perfect. I like that it's small so I can throw it in my bag for on the go touch ups.  The full sized version is $20.00. 

Value: $2.83

Then we come to my "bonus" item. It's two sample envelopes of 

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream: I've used this brands cleanser before and really liked it. Not enough to replace my regular Origins cleanser, but it works well without stripping my skin.  I'm sort of non plussed by these though because I feel like with a moisturizer or face cream you really need to use it for a week or so to see if you like it. There's enough here for maybe a few days.

Not including the "bonus" the value of the box LOOKS good at around $21. Here's the issue I have. One, although the perfume has an accepted value...in my book, it's a freebie. I can get it for free anywhere I go so that makes it free regardless. Two: there are two items in this box that I can't use, the bonus isn't enough sample to make me want to buy it and the shampoo is a maybe. So when you consider that only two items even slightly appeal to me...that makes the box a fail. Half the box value is tied up in an item that I'll never even use.  My bigger problem with them is that they don't seem to listen. I've repeatedly asked to please not get perfume. I've changed my profile to try to avoid it. To no avail. Also, my profile clearly states that I like nail polish yet this month when a polish was up for grabs, I didn't get it. Nor did I get any of the 20 OTHER items I'd have loved which are all in other boxes this month. So...Aoife and I have given up on Birchbox for awhile. We've moved on to Glossybox.  We'll be reviewing that one as soon as it arrives!!

Do you get a Birchbox? Did you love it this month?


  1. I wish these subscription services were better here, we can get glossybox but they never seem that good. It is interesting to see what you ladies get in yours!

    1. I've heard the Glossy Boxes are great in the UK. I had another service for awhile but I can't remember the name. All it was filled with was cheap knockoff brands of eyeshadow and lip gloss. :/ It was terrible.