Last Word on Birchbox and a Haul

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Birchbox haul

Birchbox haul

You may have noticed that I did not post my Birchbox review in December or January.  I did get boxes, but frankly they were both unimpressive and I was too bored to post about them.  I have canceled my subscription, but first I redeemed my loyalty points and placed one last order in the Birchbox shop.

I am so disappointed to see how much Birchbox has declined over the last six months.  I have been a subscriber for the last year and a half, and I used to love Birchbox.  Long time readers will remeber that I used to rave about the service, and I have enjoyed many of the products that I have received.  Unfortunately, Birchbox isn’t what it used to be, and the last six months have been box after box of uninteresting and, in some cases, substandard samples.  I lingered over the holidays to see if Birchbox would step it up for Christmas or for the New Years box but, alas, they did not.  So, finally, I have given up and canceled.

The only remaining virtue Birchbox has to offer is their loyalty points program and the subsequent discount in the Birchbox shop.  I’ve been banking my points over the last several months, and had $60 worth to redeem.  I managed to get all of the above items, $70 worth, for only $10 out of pocket.  Woohoo!  Here’s what I got:

  • Tea Forte Cucumber Mint Green Tea for Youth Recovery–  Tea Forte teas are supposed to be good for your skin.  I don’t know if that is true, but this Cucumber Mint green tea tastes fantastic.  I received a bag as a sample in one of my past Birchboxes and loved the flavor, so I wanted to get a whole box.
  • Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer–  I received a tiny sample of this lip treatment in a past box, put it in my purse, and promptly forgot about it.  As the weather has gotten colder, I pulled it out of my bag and started using it as an overnight lip treatment and love it.  My lips are so soft!  At $14 a tube, it’s more expensive than I would normally pay for a lip treatment, but with the Loyalty point discount it was totally worth it.  In fact, I love it so much that I picked up two tubes.  A little goes a long way, so they should last me a while.
  • Weleda Skin Food–  This was not something that I had sampled before, but I have heard some very good things about Weleda Skin food.  “This ultra-thick salve quickly hydrates parched skin without any greasy residue and keeps it moisturized and protected all day.  Organic sunflower seed has tons of essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which work to restore dry and damaged skin. Organic pansy and rosemary leaf are both natural antiseptics that help to soothe irritation, while calendula adds marathon hydration.
  • TheBalm Balm Jovi Rockstar Palette–  I have wanted this palette since the first time I laid eyes on it back in early September.  It’s freaking adorable!  I was going to show restraint and pass on it, but when Birchbox added it to the Birchbox shop, I knew I was going to spend my points on this one.  TheBalm eyeshadows are a great formula, and this palette has a great selection of shades in both matte and shimmer.  Also included are a blush, highlight, and two lip colors.  I’ll show you pictures and swatches in a separate post.

I am really pleased with my Birchbox haul, especially considering the low price tag.  As frustrated as I have been with Birchbox over the last several months, I am glad that I can end things on a positive note.  You won’t be seeing any more Birchbox posts on this blog.  It’s sad that a company with so much potential has really let their customers down and has let themselves slip so far.  Oh well, C’est la Vie.

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I am a self proclaimed eyeshadow junkie whose main hobbies include shopping, reading, singing, and mainlining caffeine while hanging out with my friends. I love interesting socks and have amassed quite a collection. The place that I want to visit before I die would be Greece. I like to read all seven Harry Potter books once a year the way some people read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. (Sorry JRRT, but JKR kicks butt in my book.) I love art, and use my creativity in many different ways through painting, crafts, and makeup. I love to cook and try new things, and I especially love to eat. My favorite "date" is to go wine tasting, and do so with my husband once or twice a year. I love musical theater and think the world would be much better off if we all just watched more musicals. I am 100% a cat person and, although I think dogs can be really cute and sweet, they make me sneeze so cats will always rule. I love faeries and magic, mythology, theology, philosophy, and psychology. I regularly do logic puzzles and sometimes crosswords. I adore Bette Midler, Betty White, and Carol Burnett. I am not ashamed to admit that I watch Glee. I would like to start making some of my own clothes because I can't stop myself from buying fabric. I'm sure that there is much more, but I'm suddenly distracted by something shiny.

2 responses »

  1. Ah, I’m still loving Birchbox! I’ve yet to see any of the other subscription boxes have such consistently high quality brands and I definitely love their loyalty point system and periodic discounts. However, I think now that subscription boxes have been around for a while, people are naturally gravitating towards the services that best meet their expectations/needs, so it’s nice to have a variety to chose from!

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