You guys. I have something very troubling to tell you.
Are you sitting down?
I think Birchbox is trying to break up with me.
I know this because my February Birchbox was one of the worst Birchboxes I have ever received. It wasn't the absolute worst, but it was not even just "OK".
Let me explain.
February. We associate Valentine's Day with February. So it is natural to assume that Birchbox would provide a very lovey dovey box for February. Right?
RONG! (intentional misspelling)
This Birchbox tells me that maybe I'm the February 15th Girlfriend. The one that is seen after the wife or main girlfriend. I'm the one that was told,
"Oh babe, I'm workin' late on the 14th. Let's do this tomorrow and make it our own evening."
Only you KNOW he isn't working late, he has other plans. Then he shows up the day AFTER Valentine's Day with discounted roses and chocolates.
Only Birchbox shows up with samples that are less than impressive and a Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Square. That's when you know your relationship isn't real. That's when you know it's time to break up.
So the month of February was pretty much a total loss for me. I was sick for 3 weeks, and when I received my Birchbox in the mail it literally sat unopened until last weekend. When I opened the box, the Sad Trombone Music started to play.
Aside from the Ghirardelli Milk & Caramel Square, I received the following:
A twistband Headband. ($19 for a package of 6 headbands) Seriously? Not only is it in a color I would never use with my red hair, it's a freakin elastic strap that does not stay on my pointy little head. It is useless. Hence the frownie face.
Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips. ($14.99 0.507 oz for Full Size) - Touted as the "European Secret passed from Nursing Mother to Makeup Artists". I'm not a prude, so I don't get upset at the word "nipple" I'm also not grossed out by putting something intended for "nipples" on my lips. It's not like they smeared the balm over a bunch of "nipples" before they packaged it up. Plus "nipples" are pretty innocuous anyway. The thing I DON'T like about this "nipple" Balm is that despite the "100%" natural stamped all over the tiny tube, I cannot find ingredients. I looked on line and found it is 100% Medical Grade Lanolin. Duh. Of course. That's what nursing mothers use on their "Nipples" in the US. I could just grab a tube of Lansinoh HPA Lanolin for nursing mothers at my local Target for only $9.99 and get 3 times as much product as the Dr. Lipp. LAME I'll use it on my cuticles because 100% Lanolin is kind of bitter tasting for a lip balm.
Skin&Co Bagnodoccia Body Gel ($17.50 for 8.45 fl. oz. for Full Size) - Body Gel. It smells Citrus-y. It's nice enough, but honestly, I don't need it or want it. Into the guest bathroom it goes.
Color Club Fiesta Collection in Wild Cactus. ($8. Unclear if for a mini size or full size) - Nail Polish. At least I got some nail polish. And Oh hey look! It's in the Pantone Color of the Year, Emerald! That's great...if I didn't ALREADY have a full size nail polish in this color from Sephora, which I wrote about yesterday! Now that's not Birchbox' fault. It's my fault for not opening the box to see what was in it before I placed an order with Sephora for the same freakin color! I'm more annoyed with myself than I am anyone else. It's not as if I wear a lot of Emerald Green Nail Polish. Now I have 2. Blerg!
|Looks as if I could have used some of that nipple balm on my cuticles before taking this picture.|
Wait! That's only 3 things? Well Technically 4 id you count the headband and 5 if you count the chocolate. (Cue Sad Walking Away Music from The Incredible Hulk)
So shall I keep my Birchbox subscription? If you remember, my January Birchbox was disappointing as well, not as bad as this month, in comparison, but not great. Well It is too late to cancel the March box, so I'll get that, and if it is as disappointing as the February box, I'll say "Adios" to Birchbox. 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, mega, ultra awesome beauty 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 through 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.
So what do you think about the February Box? Is it time to call off the engagement with Birchbox and return the ring?