Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ok Birchbox, You Just May Have Redeemed Yourself

Hello Lovelies! Hope you're having a wonderful Mother's Day!
If you can't tell from the title of this post, I haven't been overly impressed with the Birchbox service in the past. I signed up about 6 months ago & was looking forward to receiving lux samples each month. Birchbox promised samples from high-end companies such as Stila, Kiehl's, NARS & Kerastase. At just $10 a month, it seemed like a great deal to me! However, every month that went by I became more and more dissapointed by the service. I never once received samples from any of these lux brands. In all honesty, how many samples of Pangea Organics does one girl really need?! So, I reluctantly decided to end my subscription. That was until a month ago, when I received an email advertising the Gossip Girl inspired May Birchbox. I had heard such good things about other inspired Birchboxes such as the Teen Vogue box, so I figured there was no harm in giving Birchbox a second chance.

And let's just say, Birchbox did not dissapoint! A part of me thinks that maybe they were trying to butter me up because I deleted my subscription before...but maybe that's just me being paranoid. Finally my May Birchbox was filled with the samples I had hoped for for all those months- a full sized Stila product, Kerastase samples, and no Pangea Organics or perfume sample in sight! Hallelujah!

Items In My May Birchbox:

Color Club Nail Polish in Disco Nap
Beautiful metallic gold color. I will most likely save this for the next winter holiday season.

Dr Jart+ Waterfuse BB Cream
I was pleasantly surprised to discover this BB Cream is light enough for my skin tone! I'm excited to see how my skin reacts to this.

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquid
I love shine enhancing hair products so this is a great sample for me.

Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Curacao (Full Sized)
I'm looking forward to using this gorgeous metallic cobalt liner for a pop of color on a night out. When they say waterproof, they mean waterproof.  The swatch on my hand did not budge or fade in the least the entire day, no matter how many times I washed my hands.

Kerastase Bain Cristal (Shampoo)

Kerastase Lait Cristal (Conditioner)


Stila Sparkle Waterproof Eyeliner in Curacao

 So, I'm going to give Birchbox one more try and see what comes next month. I will then ultimately decide whether or not I want to continue my subscription.

What do you think of Birchbox & other monthly box subscriptions? Great idea or a bit of a scam?

Lots of Love,



  1. You got some awesome products this month. New Happy Follower here doll:) xx

  2. I've always wanted to try this out but have heard both good and bad stories and haven't ever really signed up for it. A Gossip Girl inspired box sounds so fun!

    xo erica

    1. Yes, this was without a doubt the best box I have received so far! All my other boxes had just been meh... so can't really say if I recommend the service one way or the other :/

  3. This is a pretty great box! It's always awesome when they include a full size of a product that you actually love!!

    I have also been pretty disappointed with so many of the beauty boxes. I have just cancelled all of my subscriptions!

    1. Thanks Courtney! I was definitely glad to receive a full sized product after all of the the other dissapointing samples I had received from them. Completely understand you cancelling your subscriptions!

  4. Better then what i got! Though i did get a cook headband. My samples were so tiny!

    1. Aww, I feel your pain! I can't tell you how many times I saw what other girls got in their boxes & looked at me & thought "really?!" haha

  5. Last month was my very first box and i was SO disappointed! One of my samples was a hair oil thing, and the little bottle BROKE when I closed it, oozing oil all over my vanity.... another sample, they sent me an email telling me to check if it was expired (it was) and I got 2 samples of double stick tape.... and a little sample of Stila, which I haven't bothered to try, b/c I find there's rarely enough color on those for me to do both my eyes =( But this month I am MUCH happier! I also received the nail polish and BB cream, as well as a twistband hair tie, sample of Sugar Rose lip treatment and a vanilla cologne (which I actually REALLY like, even though it essentially smells just like vanilla extract...)

    I'm hoping next month is another good one, or I may stop my subscription.

    1. Lol last month's birchbox sounds like a nightmare! Double-sided tape? I actually laughed out loud when I read that! Glad to hear your box this month was an improvement ;

  6. wow, not a bad box at all!! I think all beauty boxes tend to do better in the beginning and then end up slacking once they have the subscribers :((

  7. My gossip girl bb did NOT have that stuff in it! I haven't been that impressed. A few things are cool, but the rest I'm either finding myself giving away, or imagine it will perish in a far corner of my vanity drawer.


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