Monday, May 14, 2012

Birchbox May Gossip Girl Box - Review Pictures Swatches


I didn't think it was possible but a sample subscription box has made me feel OLD!


This May, Birchbox sent me the Gossip Girl Birchbox.  I was expecting items related to the core viewing audience of Gossip Girl 16-28 or so.  Nope.  I got items relating toward the geriatric parents of the girls that watch the show.


As you see the box came with the same fab packaging, as all birch boxes do.

Unveiling the contents I suddenly felt older and older.


What you don't see it?

Let me show you the products I received...which by the way I am actually happy with, I'm just feeling old because of them.


1) Stila sparkle waterproof liquid eye liner in Rock Candy.  This didn't make me feel old.  I must admit I was very pleased receiving a full size cosmetic item.  This is a liquid liner (my favorite kind of liner) in a rich brown sparkle color called Rock Candy. 


It's just the liner I was looking for actually.  When I wear my liquid brown liner I sometimes want a little more sparkle and this one will do that for me.  It looks fairly sheer alone so I plan to wear my regular liner underneath and top it with this one.  


All in All. VERY Happy with this item!  (Plus it retails for $22 so it's like my box is paid for!)


2. Kérastase Age Premium Bain Substantif  and Kérastase Age Premium Masque Substantif.  Shampoo and a Conditioning mask for "Mature Hair".  Mature?  That means OLD.  I do not have OLD hair. I'm only 40?  Oh goodness. I have old hair!  I'm 40!  Read the intro to the product description:  "As the years go by, it isn’t just our skin that starts to show our age. Our hair follicles become weaker and more porous with each passing year, leading to everything from breakage and thinning to overall dryness and dullness." Oh gawds.  I'm OLD!  And Birchbox and Keratase think so too!  I actually want to try Keratase products. I have heard great things about them and I loves me some conditioning masks.  After all, my OLD hair is getting dull and prone to breakage.  I'll get to see how this stuff works!  (I'm actually very happy with these samples)

But wait, there's more!!


3) Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion.  Not only am I old. I'm stupid as well!  Read the intro to this product: "Science class was never our strong suit back in our school days. Thankfully for us, the folks at Algenist were taking notes. This cutting-edge lotion earns an A+ in combating the common signs of aging." School Days?  It's not like I want to school in a one room schoolhouse and we used inkwells and had one book to learn from!  And now I didn't pay attention as much as the people at Algenist and suck at science too?  (OK that might be true, but still.)  ANOTHER Anti-Aging product.  Which I actually do want to try.  Even though I still am breaking out like a teenager, I am getting the first signs of aging and the Alguronic Acid in this product is supposed to smooth out my skin and help rid my OLD face of fine lines.  This is a hefty sized sample so it will last a decent amount of time to see if this lotion does what it claims to do! (I'm actually very excited to try this product out)


4) Dior Miss Dior Perfume Sample.  Meh. I like the scent and it does have "Miss" versus Mrs. or Ms. which makes me think they would like to aim this at a younger audience.  Of course it could be Miss because they think I'm an OLD spinster living alone with my cats in a house that is floor to ceiling boxes of makeup.  One day, one of my cats knocks over a box and they fall on me and I am crushed to death by lipstick and eyeshadow palettes. I am left that way for weeks because I'm old and no one likes me and no one checks on me.  As the cats slowly eat away my nose and fingers for food, a curious neighbor stops by and finds my mummified remains under a avalanche of boxes.  At least I'll smell good because the "Miss Dior" perfume sample will have been one of the first items that exploded on me when all the other product fell.  Or something like that.


5) Birchbox Note Cards - Uh oh.  This is treading dangerously close to the Paper Coaster Incident of 2010.  Watch it Birchbox!  A baby poop green note card and a hot pink envelope are included in this month's box.  According to Birchbox the description for these note cards reads: "Whoever said a picture is worth a thousand words didn’t appreciate the value of a handwritten note. We designed this light-hearted stationery for all your important correspondence. Each 12-pack comes with four shades—bright orange, marigold yellow [read baby poop green], deep purple, and forest green—along with a pack of Birchbox Pink envelopes. Now all you have to do is dig up some stamps."  Ha. Ha. Only OLD people use stamps!  How many times have you been stuck behind some old lady in the grocery store that wants to buy STAMPS when she is checking out?  I know I personally have at least once...so that's like...a lot.  Plus, who am I going to write a thank you note too?  Birchbox?

"Dear Birchbox,
Thank you ever so much for your thoughtful May Gossip Girl Box.  Not only do I not watch the show, I'm old enough to be the mother of most of the people that do watch the show.  Thanks for never letting me forget that by including a few products specifically aimed at OLD people.  The Shampoo and conditioner for MATURE hair was a sound reminder that my time on this planet is limited.  The Algenist Anti-Aging lotion really sealed the deal and led me straight to the nearest funeral home to make plans for my passing.  You can never be too prepared!  Thanks again for sending me, what is sure to be, the next nail in my coffin!
Yours in Beauty,
Elvira"
Ah yes.  Perfection!

This is my THIRD Birchbox, so the time has come to make a decision.  Do I keep it or do I quit?  Well after much thought (about 2 minutes before writing this review) and much research (looking back at stuff I received in previous Birchboxes) I have decided to KEEP my subscription.  I have dropped MyGlam and Beauty Army and don't plan on getting Glossybox so I'm OK as far as beauty subscription services go.  I also like the fact that Birchbox has the most user friendly website for writing reviews and purchasing products I have used so far.  It also has incredibly FAST shipping for products I do purchase, and I can get points that add up to a discount on future purchases.   Yup. I'll even add in a referral link for you all that have been waiting to sign up for Birchbox.  It is HERE (referral Link).  I'll include a non referral link as well in case you don't wish to give me credit for signing up (which I am totally cool with) HERE (NON Referral Link). I just changed my beauty profile to reflect my "real" age which has been holding steady at 29 for the past 11 years.  I'll see if that changes some of the items I receive.

All in all, as much as I "complained" about the box this month. I am really happy with it. It's full of products I have been wanting to try and I'm really OK with all the Anti-aging stuff. I just used it as a way to make the review a little more humorous.

This review contains a referral link.  By signing up with Birchbox though this link, you will be giving me "credit" for the referral and Birchbox will reward me with 50 Birchbox points. You can opt out of this by clicking on the link above that reads "HERE (NON Referral Link) or by going to http://www.birchbox.com.

60 comments:

  1. I love Birchbox and their CS is fab. The best I've dealt with so far!! And I best get a Stila liner too! I hope this comes today... ugh!
    XOXO - Brooklyn lol

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    1. I hope you got that stila liner. I'd hate to see you cry.

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  2. You are LUCKY! I just got my box today and I was bummed to not receive the Stile e/l nor Dior nor Caudalie :'(

    I got:

    Arquiste L'Etrog fragrance
    beautyblender cleanser
    Color Club n/p in Disco Nap
    Dr. Jart + Waterfuse BB Cream
    twistband Skinny Headband
    Extra: Notecard

    I was happy with the BB cream & headband though.

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    1. Yep, that's what I got too, but I'm kind of glad I didn't get the Caudalie. I piles of Caudalie samples. The only things I really thought were useful were the beautyblender cleanser (I have a sponge in need of cleaning) and the BB Cream which I tried out and like. The nail polish is kind of cute too.

      I'll pass on the notes and headbands too. It just slides right off my hair and is useless.

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    2. Dude. Color Club Disco Nap is an awesome color! and I hear the Dr. Jart + BB cream is nice. But yeah. the headband AND the note card in one box is a FAIL

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  3. Pardon my language but what the HELL is OLD HAIR? I mean unless your hair is literally down to your knees, it's not going to be that old! Even long hair is only a few years old, it's practically NEW hair! YOUNG hair even. What the frak? LOL Are they saying that old scalps sprout old hair? Wha..?

    That said... Hmmm! Mayhaps I shall have to hop onto the Birchbox bandwagon, though with my luck the first one I get will include a sample of "Old Lady Dior..."

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    1. Hi Daena,

      Yes, as we age, our hair does change in color, texture, quality, and quantity. I'm 67 so I know whereof I speak. As we age, our hair doesn't just become gray. It changes in texture, it doesn't grow as long, it loses a lot of its natural reflectiveness (shine), it becomes more fragile, and it starts thinning out. So, yes, there is such a thing as mature hair. The age reference is obviously to the person growing it, not to the physical age of the hair itself. Kérastase's Age Prmium line is targeted towards "geezers" like me who are coping with the ramifications that aging has on hair. It is an excellent, restorative product for those of us with "old" hair.

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    2. Thanks for that explanation Eileen!!
      And Daena LMAO @ "Old Lady Dior"

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  4. I would have loved to have gotten your box! I got the same as Christy and meh. The perfume samples is delicious though but a hair tie? I gave it to my cat and even he didn't want it! I'm going to see how Glossybox does before I drop BB.

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    1. Yeah. I agree the hair tie would have put me over the edge. Let me know how glossybox works out for you.

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  5. Ok, that notecard is just ridiculous...I love stationary supplies as much as the next girl, but not in a beauty subscription!

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    1. Agreed. one note card at that. And baby poop green. Yuck!

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    2. OK, I received the same BBox as you did, Elvira, with 2 note cards (one pink, which color I detest, except for the pink breast cancer ribbon since I am a survivor, and the other baby poop green). I got the Algenist, which after one use made my skin red (nice size sample, tho) and the old hair stuff. I did get the full size liner and the perfume sample (which I never use because perfume gives me migraines). Am I hard to please? No. Just picky. And for my $$ I'd rather subscribe to a beauty sample service that allows me to choose my own samples, even if it costs a bit more, like $5. No more. I'm considering Green GrabBag, which seems to fit my lifestyle more. Anyone heard anything about it, good or bad? Thanks!

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  6. You are to funny this was a great read. I love your thank you note back to BB! This was my first month with bb and I'm really happy with it.

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    1. Thanks! I try to be funny...it doesn't always work. Nice deal if this was your first BB. I'm glad you like it!

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  7. Oh and I think my note card was not in baby poop green. I *think* it was purple but maybe purple in their minds because I thought I got something pink. :)

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    1. Yeah. I think their definitions of colors need some revisions.

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  8. Thanks for the review - I don't think I've come across a beauty box review that is as humorous before :) The stilla liner is really neat, but I agree, that mature hair thing sounds a bit odd!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah. I think the "Mature Hair" is a result of the translation from French to English....at least I hope it is. :-)

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  9. Umm, wish I got this Birchbox instead of mine. lol What a difference.

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  10. Hahah, I love your beauty box reviews. After reading them all for the past few months I'm thinking I'll give Birchbox a try. ^_^

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    1. out of all of the ones out there, BB is the most consistent. Honestly, I'd just save my money and buy a new nail polish every month.

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  11. Haha, as always, you crack me up! I'm thinking of changing my age from 30 to 40 so maybe I will get your box next time! I got the same Stila liner, but in a bright blue... not so sure I will get so much use out of it, but I'm going to try! It is really bright, but sheer like your brown one. And, I really ant to try that Algenist product! Please review it!

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    1. LOL....We'll trade boxes b/c I just changed my age to 29. I think if you use the stila liner over a deep navy blue it would look really awesome. Plus the bright winged liner is a summer trend right now! I'll try the Algenist product as soon as i can. I promise I will try to review it.

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  12. At least there's no dishwasher tabs in this one. I'm really interested in trying Kerastase products. I've heard great things about them. Hmm. This is the most tempting Birch Box I've seen in quite a while.


    Despite the total misrepresentation job Glossybox did on their promo boxes, I went ahead and signed up for that one. I may regret it and come crawling back to Birch Box.

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    1. Hi Indie,

      Kérastase makes a lot of different lines, so be sure to try one that is suited to your hair type. Unless you're my age (67), the samples Elvira got would never do. The various lines are really quite different, so visit the site and read up about them. Start with a masque as it is the most transformative. The shampoo and daily conditioner are more maintainance oriented.

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    2. Hi Eileen. Thanks for the info, You rock!

      Indie: Yeah. Let me know how that glossybox goes. I think it will be a big fail.

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  13. Man, how do I get signed up for the old lady box? That box is WAY better than what I received. I think Birchbox may have blown their last chance with me this month.

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    1. :-( Aww too bad. But hey, think of it as saving $10 a month that you can spend on makeup to really want!!!

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  14. LOL you kill me! This box made me feel old, too!

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  15. Again, no nail polish or Stila for me. WTF man. I got a Miss Dior Mascara which is fine except that its a sample & everyone else got full sizes. This is the 2nd month I've had a lame box. I'm reviewing it soon & really hope next month is better. I mean, its only $10 which is why I keep treating it as the crack it is. I love the surprise but I hate hating you for what you got. Its a vicious cycle! Plus...this had like nothing to do with Gossip Girl which I did watch when I was younger...what a strange waste of advertising for an otherwise average box...

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    1. You're right. WTF does this box have to do w/ Gossip Girl? Sorry your box was less than awesome. I say if it sucks, quit and save your dollars!

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    2. Yeah I'm writing up my review right this moment & directing readers back on your baby poop card comment, do be proud your phrase stuck in my head. I have to give it more of a shot, these past 2 have been my only duds thus far & I've been doing it for quite awhile. 1-2 more in a row & I'm out though, despite my love of surprises.

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  16. I used to subscribe to Test Tube and it had lots and lots of moisturizers, cleansers and the like that on the whole would be out of my price range in the regular sizes. In comparison, Birch Box is a lot better for items that I would actually buy.

    What I got this month from Birch Box:
    Full size Stila glitter liner in Starry (greyed black)

    Arquiste Flor Y Canto perfume (love this! Actually thinking of purchasing)

    Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer (haven't used yet, I really don't need moisturizer in the spring and summer months)

    Beautyblender Blender cleanser ( I can ALWAYS use a brush cleanser)

    And a lame note card in baby poop..

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    1. Ogh Test Tube was like all skincare...and toothpaste. bleh! Oooh You got a cool color for the stila liner! You got a pretty decent box! Except for the baby poop card.!

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  17. All it needed to wrap it up was a sample of Ensure and a coupon for a box of Depends. Did you notice the unusually LARGE print on the explanation card? ;P

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    1. LMAO! Right? Maybe a diabeetus ad too!

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  18. I was thinking though that there would have been some really trendy stuff being a Gossip girl themed box and all (then again I don't watch the show so can't really pinpoint the best content). Doesn't seem there was much trendy between the 2 boxes Birchbox sent out this month.

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    1. You're right. This box has NOTHING to do with Gossip Girl. Lame.

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  19. Good I'm not the only person feeling old as dirt getting this box. I do appreciate the full sized liner, even though I no longer use/purchase Stila products. I will give this a go!

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    1. I no longer purchase stila products either...but like you, I'll try it out.

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  20. I was laughing out loud reading through this review!!

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  21. Hey, Sith--If you are really old, like me, you don't even get that fancy sparkly rock candy eye liner. Instead you get a basic Dior Mascara, and the Algenist is a cream lotion to help you contend with your masses and masses of wrinkles.

    Your posts always make me smile, though, so keep on that pink Dark Side.

    :)

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    1. OMG YOU MUST BE ANCIENT!!! LOL Just kidding! I promise to keep on the pink Dark Side!

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  22. This makes me super stoked to receive May's Birchbox! :DDDDD

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  23. i enjoyed my box this month i wanted the Stila and didnt get it =( boo but i did get a Dior mascara (not full size boo) so it was ok i kinda hate that some boxes get full shit things like yours and i didnt get ANY full sized product but at least i was happy with this month last months box i didnt care for

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  24. I was so annoyed with Birchbox this month I cancelled my subscription. The perfume sample, the note card, and the HAIR TIE decided it for me. I also had a bum MyGlam bag for the third month since I subscribed, so that service is gone as well. Sigh.

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  25. Oh geez. This is my box . . . and I'm only 30!! =(

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  26. I'm 26 and got anti-aging stuff too. What the crap!!??

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  27. This really made me laugh because I got the old lady stuff too and chalked it up to me being 40 and the people at Birchbox being in their 20s (thereby assuming 40 year olds have thinning hair!)

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  28. OMGLOL :) I loved this review, and I was laughing all the way through. I'm in my early 40s and am definitely seeing the age-related changes, so I'd actually enjoy this box too! I just signed up for TopBox, so when I can get one we'll see how they are.

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  29. This left me in stitches. I refuse to get old and I refuse to be told I am old (at 45) so I feel your pain. Why cant I wear a mini skirt and tube top to wal-mart with a poodle in my purse? I see no reason. Anyway keep up the good work

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  30. You got some stuff I'd LOVE to have gotten in my birchbox. The antiaging stuff is awesome (I'm 27) because I REFUSE to wait to use the antiaging stuff because I don't want to get wrinkles. Love the stuff!

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  31. I totally want to change my age. I got almost all the same things as you and I'm 31!

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  32. Unfortunately my birchbox got lost in the mail somehow. This was my very first one :( They are sending me another but I don't think it will be tailored to me like the one that was lost might have been. I'm 24...so I'm hoping not to get anti-aging products. Otherwise I'll have to give it to my mom.

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  33. This is one of the funniest blogs I've read in a while.... "school days" HAHAH! It does sound like a grandfather reminding his grandson that he used to walk uphill, backwards, in the snow to attend class during his "school days"!!

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  34. The only full size product I got was the hair tie. I may be getting BB confused with other sample box subscriptions, but I thought I was going to receive at least 1 full size product.

    -fresh Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 (not full size)
    -Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée Petite Cologne Absolue (not full size - took a while for me to start liking the smell. I am now interested in the orange scent the brand makes since I love the taste and smell of citruses)
    -Twistband Hair Tie (f***in hair tie didn't last a week. started to fray and unravel within 5 days of use. My hair is naturally curly, and after a couple days of use the hai tie looks wrinkled and dirty)
    -Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+ (not full size - you coud get 4 uses out of it, but I didn't notice a difference in my acne prone and blemish face)
    -Color Club Foil Collection in Disco Nap (not full size -the nail color is nice, but I'm trying to get away from colors I know I won't wear daily. by itself, I don't like. I would have to put essies shine of the times or another shimmer/glitter polish over it)

    This was my first BB, and I was underwhelmed as the theme was GossipGirl (don't even watch). My only highlights was the lip tint and perfume, maybe I'll go back and check on the polish which isn't very bad (it just needs a glittery polish on top)

    I do like your box. Hopefully the June box is better. I am hoping I will get the balm lip tint (it seems like everyone is getting it...)I'll stick around for some of the reasons you've mentioned. I do have GlossyBox and BeautyFix (if someone is interested in skincare, I recommend. 20 bucks first box, then the rest are 50 bucks each 3 months I think. My GB has items I love and will use.

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