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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:09:50 PM
This is my first box and I dont like anything in it. I know it's chancy that you may or may not like what you get. Everyone always seemed to get really nice stuff they really liked. I dont know if they are all the same but mine has fugly green nail polish, stinky perfume sample, some kind of lotion and a piece of candy...

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:19:55 PM
I tried Birchbox for several months and felt it was not getting any better. I quit and started doing the Ipsy Glam bag. Much prefer that one to Birchbox.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:20:39 PM
I just received mine today, and it's the same as yours but my nail nail polish is a lovely red shade. I'm going to cancel mine because I enjoy glam bag (ipsy) more these days - I've loved it every month so far.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:23:11 PM
thanks! off to check them out!

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:23:14 PM
I haven't gotten my February box yet but I will probably cancel after I receive it.

I don't want anymore food items. The other samples have not been great. I'm on the waiting list for ipsy. Hope it's better.
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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:30:17 PM
I was on the birchbox wait list but took myself off after deciding it wasnt worth it. I am loving my ipsy bags though.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:33:15 PM
Did you fill out your profile? My samples this month are (according to the website since I don't have the box yet) a ghiradelli chocolate square, jouer moisturizing tint, wei chrysanthemum eye pads, a twistband, and tigi catwalk styling cream.

This is my third box.

Box 1 had theBalm cosmetics Hot Mama Shadow & Blush All-in-One (liked), 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment (liked enough to buy full size and liked enough that I thought it made the whole box worth the price), Emily's Chocolates Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies (not bad in concept but the cookie tasted stale); Sampar Ultra Hydrating Fluid (wanted to like because it's expensive but hated the smell); and Fresh Citron de Vigne Rollerball (super generous size, but I don't wear perfume.)

Box 2 was Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy (again, I don't wear perfume and obnoxiously, this is the same size I can get at Sephora for free); My Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer (meh); Frownies Eye Gels (liked okay, but I don't ever really do those spa type things; theBalm cosmetics Put a Lid On It (an eylid primer that, IMO, is not as good as Urban Decay's); and Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray (meh).

Aside from being annoyed by perfume samples, I have been... okay with the samples they've sent. I might not have liked most of them in the end but I've gotten enough things that I've wanted to at least try out. We'll see how I feel after a couple more boxes.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:59:10 PM
I have been with Birchbox for a year and am not renewing. It's so hit or miss. Sometimes they toss in a candy or energy bar - what the heck? Also, heavy on the perfume samples, which I do not like. I like MAKEUP AND SKINCARE! Don't want candy, energy bars or perfume!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:42:26 PM
I've done both Birchbox & Ipsy / My Glam for a few months and didn't end up feeling like either one was worth it.

I really want to like the sample box thing... I love the idea and I love trying new products. But, I've yet to find one that I love.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:04:11 PM
Funny -like many in this thread - I canceled Birchbox after a few months and just received my 3rd month of Ipsy and still loving each month!

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Posted: 2/20/2013 12:47:05 AM
It's funny that you say that... I was actually ready to cancel Birchbox this month but I loved it, and will probably end up buying 3 of the items!

I had this "Beauty Protector" detangler, which made it SO easy to comb through my long, fine, straight hair. Usually I lose a bunch of hair, but this time less than 10.

I already use the Dr. Jart's premium, but I like the one they sent in this box just as much. If it's less expensive, I'll use it on days when I'm not in the sun.

And I think I might need the Twistband headbands too. (My other items were the chocolate and "nipple balm for lips." )

Ipsy this month left me "meh." I gave it all to my SIL, and I think I did the same last month.

Popsugar is my favorite! It's more expensive, but you get tons of stuff.

There's a few more I want to try someday, but I think 3 a month is good for now.

Here's a list I found, if anyone needs enabling. (Not my list for the record, found it while browsing the interwebs.) I think her links are affiliate links, for those opposed to that kind of thing:

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Maybe I'll cancel ipsy and try Glossybox or Testube.

Makeuptalk has some good reviews too, but they're hard to find. I think it's under "groups" not forums.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 1:35:49 AM
I've never done the birch box, but I've had Ipsy for a year. That I love.

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Posted: 2/20/2013 6:14:17 AM
I cancelled Birchbox after about 6 mos because I just didn't feel it was worth the money. I liked some of the samples, even loved a few, but I didn't like a lot of them. Also, if I liked the samples, I couldn't afford the regular size version. I mean, I could....if I took it out of grocery money or something. Fifty dollars or more for some of the items. Nope, out of my price range. I mean, it's makeup, you know??

ETA: I do like the actual boxes that the samples come in. They are great little drawer organizers.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 6:28:55 AM
I just got my 3rd birchbox and so far, I like it. I enjoy perfume samples so that has been fun and I've gotten some neat lotions and hair stuff. the "fugly" green nail polish graced my hands for a bit and I thought it was pretty cool-not something I would have necessarily chose myself but it was fun

so far it's worth it for me-I might check out the ipsy thing though.


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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:39:25 AM
I joined Ipsy. I think they had much more for the money. I also checked out Pop -sugar. You dont have to pay there, you get a full sized product to sample but you have to give a review o it.

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Posted: 2/22/2013 11:46:19 AM

Also, if I liked the samples, I couldn't afford the regular size version. I mean, I could....if I took it out of grocery money or something. Fifty dollars or more for some of the items. Nope, out of my price range. I mean, it's makeup, you know??

I've never paid full price for a product I purchase from the website. I just review each item I get and save up my points until I've got a nice chunk of change to go shopping with. I think last time I ordered from them my total was around $80.00 but after using my Birchbox points I only paid about $20.00.

ETA: I just looked at the order I placed. I had $113.00 worth of product in my cart. I had a 3 month anniversary 20% discount and had $50.00 worth of points to use. Total cost to me ended up being $40.00 plus free shipping.


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