Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Birchbox February Box - Review, Pictures, Swatches


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?

48 comments:

  1. I laughed so hard at the twistband frownie; oddly enough, that would be the thing I would want most from that Birchbox. I do also like the nail polish, but the rest is pretty WTF. I think it's time to say goodbye... I did back in July, and I'm so glad I did.

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    1. I think I'm going to say goodbye in March. One last Hurrah. I just spent all my points in the store, so here's hoping I don't earn any more. LOL

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  2. My last Birchbox will be March. I did an annual subscription and I remember when the contents were so amazing! It has seriously gone downhill I'd say for me since October. For Feb I got a cream hairspray for curly hair (I have like 3 hairs on my head and they're straight and fine), mattifying lotion (hmm normal to dry here), my 10th Juicy Couture fragrance sample, and the chocolate-best part.

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    1. Oh man. If there had been a Juicy perfume sample in this box I would have cancelled on the spot. I don't blame you for not renewing.

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  3. Birchbox doesn't deserve you! You deserve better ;) I love the sad face, almost spit my coffee out. I agree with the lanolin on the lips(yuck), I had to wipe that stuff off my nipples or my daughter wouldn't latch. I hope the next one isn't as disappointing.

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  4. I am so over this "paying for leftovers & samples" crap. Finito.

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  5. I laughed at the frownie too...hilar!

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  6. I got the EXACT same box. i was very disappointed as well. i'm definitely thinking about cancelling

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    1. Yeah. Unless March is full of new products that I really love, Birchbox is going the way of the Dodo for me.

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  7. I broke up with BB after the Goop fiasco and I am so glad I did. The points were not worth getting a box of microscopic samples. I'm still with Ipsy, but they have got to stop it with the Coastal Scents eye shadows.

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    1. Smart move. and LOL about the CS from Ipsy. That will be tomorrow...I hope. :-)

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  8. I haven't even gotten mine yet, mine's always late. It irritates me that they send so many brightly-colored hair accessories, as I have really, really short hair. There needs to be a "NO THANKS ON THE SHITTY HAIR ACCESSORIES, I DON'T LOOK LIKE WHAT YOU ASSUME ALL WOMEN LOOK LIKE" box I can check on the site.
    My subscription runs out in March, and it will take a friggin' miracle to get me to resubscribe. Like, it would have to be full of all the things I love, in huge samples. I get five subscription boxes and BB has been the worst since last October or so.

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    1. I hear you! I just commented above that unless BB gives me a box full of stuff I love, I'm done.

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  9. WOW totally different from mine other than the chocolate and Color Club! Are they assuming your nipples will be sore in February?!

    Also, those damn headbands don't stay on my head either. My cousin can keep them in all day long. I don't get it. I asked her to school me and she said she doesn't do anything special. #lies

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    1. I think we just have funny shaped heads, Brooke.

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  10. I am very sad your BB made you sad...

    I lied. This was one of the most hilarious posts ever. I broke up with BirchBox last year and when I read sad blog posts, it validates my choice.

    That's all.

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  11. The Twistband frownie is the best. I got one of the little hair ties before I broke up with Birchbox. My hair laughed at it. My cat wouldn't play with it either. I feel so much better after cancelling Birchbox. ahh so liberating.

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    1. Dude! even your cat wouldn't touch it? Actually, come to think of it, my cat wouldn't play with it either. That's seriously sad.

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  12. No no no, that box is unacceptable. I broke up with Birchbox a LONG time ago, and glad I did. Sorry this was so sad for you :(

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    1. It's OK. I think I'll survive. I think I'll be breaking up w/ them after March.

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  13. The back of my head is too flat to wear those head bands, hate them any way. There is nothing in this box I would want or use and this just reinforces my lack of love for these beauty box things.

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    1. See? Now don't you feel better knowing you saved money? I'm sure I will after I cancel. :-)

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  14. Pretty nail polish, but the rest is utter cr** lol... That head band is so ridiculous.

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    1. LOL. It's ok to type out the word "CRAP" here. I promise I won't get mad. :-)

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  15. Thanks for reminding me I need to cancel my auto-renew, yeesh! Hilarious post :D

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  16. I got a different box and it was okay. The thing that I love most about birchbox is that you get points for reviewing everything, so essentially 2 boxes if you review everything you get $10 in the shop!

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    1. Truth. the points are pretty cool. I just cashed in all of mine, so hopefully it won't be too painful to walk away from BB.

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  17. Oh gosh, I kept hearing the sad violin playing as I was expecting this to be a bummer box haha and that frowny hair band was too hilarious - looks like it's saying "son you dissapoint" haha curios to see what happens with March and what you decide!

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  18. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your Birchbox as of late. I actually enjoyed mine this month, which I have a couple similar items. I had to give up my subscription because it is much too expensive to be subscribed to both Birchbox and ipsy and ipsy has been killing it recently. Sorry about your breakup. We can all get through it together!

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  19. Man, at least you got a nail polish in your last Birchbox. I got a miniscule sample of BB cream that's far too dark for my pasty skin. And the same headband that isn't anywhere near strong enough to hold back my curly locks. I actually ended up sending a complaint letter to them about poor sample choices and diminishing product sizes, but all I got back was tired rhetoric about how they have to work within price points and blah, blah, blah. They tried to placate me with Birchbox points and suggest I review products, but I think they'd need to give me a product that I can actually sample before that happens. I'm waiting to see what comes in March's box and if they actually took to heart what I said in my letter, but I'm not holding my breath. If it turns out to be a dud, I'll be saving $10 from here on out...

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  20. My February box review will be up this week too. I got nothing that you did other than the chocolate. The Color Club is a mini and I got it it in a coral/red shade. Other than that my box holds better items than yours. Sorry! But I'm done with Birchbox. My CC has been changed so it's the perfect time for reevaluation and Birchbox is gone.

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  21. I think I got 3 boxes and they were WORSE than this. Cancelled.

    I stopped the cheaper boxes and have upscaled to bigger/better boxes. Email me if you want more info ;)

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  22. I don't understand why those hair thingies are so expensive to buy in the store... you can get a whole role of that stuff at a fabric supply store for about $2! (it's elastic for making things like underwear lol)

    I use mine to loosely tie my hair back when I'm washing my face before bed, that way it isn't a big pain to take out. Other than that, they are pretty worthless for me. I'm glad all I bought was the one pack at Target that was on clearance for 75 cents :)

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  23. I have had "cancel Birchbox" on my to-do list every month since November, but I just can't bear to pull the trigger. I got the same box as you and it was really the almost last straw!! :) March better make up for the last few months and then some ~ or else. The chocolate actually was the high point of the Feb. box and that is not what I want from my beauty boxes! Here's to a new month! xoxo

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    1. My Doctor just told me I am diabetic. I nearly cried when I saw the chocolate. My trash can enjoyed it.

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  24. Broke up with Birchbox in Dec. 2011 when they delayed their Dec. box to get us a perfume sample that wasn't released yet but I didn't like the perfume or care about perfume samples too much anyways... then I received my Glambag in Jan. 2012 right afterwards, don't regret leaving birchbox for Ipsy, I don't even mind all the CS shadows they're sending me, it's fun to get and try new colors!

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  25. Birchbox has been super annoying. We're breaking up this month too.

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  26. Pitiful. Absolutely pitiful.
    I dropped them over a year ago. I don't miss the elastics or nipple balms.

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  27. I broke up with Birchbox a few months back. It was a tough decision, but the quality really seems to have decreased. In the months before I cancelled I literally had an arsenal of luna bars from them. Really? All I want it beauty samples, thankyaverymuch. I did get one perfume sample I fell in love with and ordered the product--not great odds. I have since subscribed to ipsy, my only caveat with them is they have a very involved beauty profile and since I'm a junkie I tried to make that very clear but somehow I was still in the boring-natural-beauty category. So I had to log on to the website and like a bunch of looks so that my profile would reflect a more adventurous point of view. No problems since then but it would be nice for them to tell you what your beauty profile is and allowing you to update it. Overall though, no complaints. Way more full size or at least deluxe size samples than Birchbox!

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  28. It's time to call it quits. I canceled mine in January. IMO, the only $10 subscription box out there that is typically worth more than the price is My Ipsy Bag (even though I broke up with that one in feb due to trying to cut back on my beauty products + spending).

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  29. LMAO - you had me at (Cue Sad Walking Away Music from The Incredible Hulk)

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  30. I considered Birchbox and other beauty boxes, but I feel like I never saw anything good or heard anything great about them. I'd rather research what I want and then sample or purchase in store. Most let you return used cosmetics anyway! I have seen and heard good things about the nail polish boxes you can get though, and I love my SquareHue subscription :-)

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  31. Your box was different than mine, but I was equally disappointed and cancelled it after I got it. I'd done about 6 months and wasn't impressed that my money was being well spent.

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