♪ ♫ "Jingle bells
Cuz I got cologne
Got a coupon to rent a dress
And they don't even have my size." ♪ ♫
OK. That may not rhyme very well, but that's about how I feel about my December Birchbox.
I guess I was on Santa's "Naughty List" when they were doling out Birchboxes this month. There are maaaaybe 2 items I might be interested in this time around.
As you can see there is the standard nice note from Birchbox telling me to be of good cheer and whatnot.
Then I open it up to reveal a shampoo (decent size), a mascara sample, a coupon to Rent the Runway and some eye gel patches. What awaits me in the neatly tied up package inside?
Shampoo. Sigh. I consider Nick Chavez a drugstore level brand/QVC/Wanting to be mid level, but at $22 for a full size bottle I'm not going to bite. Sorry. Even Birchbox doesn't list all the ingredients and I'm trying to remain sulfate free as far as hair products goes these days. It will be good for the guest bathroom, should I ever have a guest visit that needs shampoo.
The mascara sample is so incredibly small I'm wondering if I can get more than three uses out of it. I have yet to try it, but it sounds like an interesting product. According to Birchbox, the "...gel formula combines a flattering black pigment with a nourishing cocktail of ingredients to prime, condition, darken, and lengthen your lashes." "Plus, the non-allergenic formula is made without sulfates, parabens, or artificial fragrances." That sounds good for me. However the $28.50 price tag means that this stuff better rock my world before I plunk down the change to buy it.
I have actually tried the Frownies line reducer product in the past. I had a sample sent to me but they were so awful and so ineffective I couldn't bear to write a review about them. Seriously. If I didn't know better I would think I was being punked by using those silly cardboard things. Let's hope the eye gel patches work better than the original Frownies product.At $29.50 for a set of 3 patches (They are re-useable 2-4 times) they better be!
The package inside the package contained a face cream from Nuxe. I really like their products, but sadly I cannot use this face cream at all. Sure I have sensitive skin, but I have oily skin and this is for dry, sensitive skin. The sample size is a decent size so if one were testing this out they would have enough to see if they wanted to spend the $40 for a full size jar...which isn't bad for skincare.
Another perfume/cologne sample. This time it's one for MEN. Hi. I might be married, but that doesn't mean I want to get samples of men's cologne...EVER. I have already seen feedback from you all when you get men's cologne samples. I know how crappy that it. I agree. The ONLY good thing I can say about this sample is that it doesn't smell like Drakkar Noir and a full size bottle (2.5 oz) is only $62 which isn't bad as far as cologne goes....I guess.
Last and certainly least is a coupon for Rent The Runway. This service allows you to pick designer dresses and rent them for a few days. Say you're going to a fancy party and want a Badgley Mischka dress to impress, RTR can send you one in your size and another in a different size, just in case. Sounds' awesome right!? Well As long as you are a size 16 and smaller you should have no issues. Oh and BTW I'm not a size 16. I'm larger than that. The selection for size 16 is limited, obviously, but the sizes 4, 6 & 8 have a much better selection. For example. If a customer wanted to rent a dress for New Year's Eve a size 16 would have 13 dresses to choose from, but a size 4 would have 1,265 dresses to choose from. (The dresses range from $100 to $175 and up to rent) See what I'm talking about? Now I'm not going to go into a whole size/fat/skinny/whatever issue here, but this kind of "coupon" might as well be a another piece of paper I throw away. It's worthless to me.
So that's my December Birchbox. Very disappointing. I'll try the lash gel (Don't call it mascara!) and the Frownies eye patches, but other than that, everything else goes into the sample bag with all the other junk I would never use. I should have a giveaway of that entire bag, don't you think? That would be fun.
I am still keeping my subscription for now. However, should the quality of the boxes continue to decline (November was better than December, (by comparison) but not awesome) I will have to seriously re-consider my subscription. I just signed up for ipsy (Glam Bag) again, after hearing how nice the bags have become I decided to give them another go. I still believe that saving $10-$15 a month and using those savings at the end of the year or every 6 months in order to buy one super, ultra, mega awesome item is better than all the sample boxes in the world. That's just my opinion.
I have provided my referral link HERE. As I have said in the past, signing up for Birchbox through my referral link will get me referral points which I can use toward purchases from the Birchbox store. So far, this is the only beauty subscription service where I have shared my referral code. I have provided my referral code only once in his post. (Located above with the "HERE" designation) Throughout the rest of this post I have used non referral links to Birchbox. If you choose not to sign up though my referral code, I'm totally OK with that. The non-referral Birchbox links in the post will not give me any points or special favors from the company if you decide to click on them.