October and November 2014 Birchbox, Birchbox Shop Purchase, Surprise Free Samples

So I guess I’ve been a little busy and will be writing about TWO Birchboxes (and some other Birchbox stuff) in this post.

In October, I decided to get the “Laggies” box because I was out of mascara and really wanted to get a new one.

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Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator: I am happy with the size of this sample and the item itself. I put it in my shower last week and while I can’t tell if it works well or not, my experience has been a good one. (love!)

Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle: I’ve received this item before in a normal Birchbox, and was thrilled to get more. I have a couple other similar products that I’m using right now, but am looking forward to using this again. (love!)

TOCCA Crema da Mano Luxe – Hand Cream: Now I have two of these! Thanks, Birchbox! I am pretty sure I have tried something from this brand before and liked it. (like!)

ModelCo Power Lash Long Wear Black Mascara: I was a little sad this was a small sample because the ModelCo FIBRE LASHXTEND Lengthening Mascara (love that one!) I got in my first or second Birchbox was full-size, but I’ll still get plenty of use out of this one. Not a huge fan of this formula, but it’s good enough. (like!)

SAGE + fasten Onward Eau de Parfum: I like that it’s a roll-on but I’m not really a fan of the grapefruit. I think it’s the grapefruit. I don’t know… but this scent is odd… and I don’t love it.

I’m happy with 4 of the 5 products. Way to go, Birchbox!

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Chuao Chocolatier Assorted ChocoPod: Mmmm. Chocolate. I was really happy to see this extra in my box because I love chocolate. The chocolate was gone by the time I got around to taking this photo (a day or two later). ;)

RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer – RUFFIAN Naked: I really like one of the RUFFIAN polishes I received a while back, but I don’t know about this color and I still don’t love painting my own nails. I’ll probably still keep it because of the good experience with the purple one.

dr. brandt® pores no more® vacuum cleaner™: I’m pretty sure I’ve tried at least one other dr. brandt product before and really liked it. Definitely looking forward to using this when I’m ready to open a new face care item! I have a few too many open right now…

amika Nourishing Mask: I was really happy to see this in the “choose one of your samples” email because I’ve liked some other amika products that I’ve tried and have considered buying this one. Hope I love it!

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash: I’m a fan of body wash and am looking forward to trying this one! I wonder if I’ll really smell like lemon after my shower.

MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick + Lip Primer: I received a full-size MAKE lipstick from Popsugar (Fall Style box?) and I like it, so I’m guessing I will also like this color and the primer. The sample size is pretty annoying, though. Wish they sent minis or something because this type of sample falls into the “looks free” and “should probably only use once” category.

Happy with 4 of the 6 items. Another Birchbox win!

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I recently also used my Birchbox points and purchased some items from the Birchbox shop. It was an interesting experience because there was cleansing gel in the order, and the container was not secured so the gel got all over everything else. I emailed them about it and they immediately gave me some points and re-sent all the items. The second gel container was also not secured and leaked a little, but I told them it’ll be fine and I just hope the warehouse people change how they pack.

Anyway… $11 plus some points ended up getting me: 200 Birchbox points (aka $20 to spend in the Birchbox shop), two mystery sample packs (all beauty stuff), two small packs of LA FRESH Travel Lite Antiperspirant Wipes for Women (super useful!), two Camille Beckman Hand and Shower Cleansing Gel containers, two free Birchbox women’s “thank you” keychains (yay!), and two Birchbox Stacked Tanks (WOOHOO!).

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I wished for my closet to contain more gym tops and I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money to make that happen, and it looks like the world (and subscription box companies- got a Nike top for $2 thanks to Popsugar!) granted my wish. So happy I have two of these now! They seem to run a little small but I actually kind of like that because it’ll be nice to see it fit differently as time passes (and I hopefully get a bit smaller). ;)

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Birchbox had this item on sale that week and I don’t like running out of soap/cleanser, so I decided to pick up this one. Glad I ended up receiving two! I just hope they start securing this item when they ship it. The cap of the first one wasn’t totally on and I ended up getting some gel on most of my items. The second one was better but it was still added to the box (not in a bag or anything), so a little gel escaped again. They offered to send me a third one and I said it’s really not necessary. They still added 100 points, though.

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A little “thanks for being a subscriber” goodie from Birchbox. Love it when they do these kinds of things! It’s a little odd to have two of these, but I’m happy I do because I have a feeling it won’t take too long for me to wear out the first one.

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I’ve gotten these a few times because they’re a useful small/cheap item to grab when I’m just under the $35 mark and want to make sure I get the free mystery sample pack or other item from the bonus shop. They’ve come in handy a few times because of fitness classes and because some days I have to go to events in the evening (and my morning antiperspirant isn’t really working/present anymore).

The only mystery sample that really stood out was the little tube of Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel. I’m looking forward to trying it when I run out of other face mask/peel type products. Subscription boxes do a good job making sure I have plenty of these kinds of items to get by for months. ;)

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While I’m here and writing about recent Birchbox experiences, I should probably also mention the free sample surprise that arrived a few days ago. Way to go, Birchbox Marketing team! Or whichever team made this happen…

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People seem to love Harvey Prince Yogini and Hello, so I guess I’m glad I get a chance to smell the Ageless perfume. I don’t really care for perfume samples because I don’t normally wear perfume, but it’s kind of fun to see what they smell like… especially when it’s a popular perfume brand that frequently gets mentioned by subscription box bloggers and YouTubers.

I already have a pink/coral LAQA & Co. Lip Lube (thanks to Birchbox?) and was amused by this purple one that arrived in this surprise package. At first I wasn’t sure how I could ever use it because it’s a bit of a wild color, but a few friends seem to think it looks good on me… or a little bit of purple could be paired with some other products. Guess I’ll have to play around with it and hope something works! If all else fails I’ll just have to see if I can attend some University of Washington alumni events (because Husky colors are purple and gold). ;)

Anyway… I think that’s it! I love Birchbox because of their points system… and customer service… and fun surprises. If you decide to subscribe, I hope you consider using my referral link. Just make sure to also watch for discount codes and other sales. I’m sure they’ll have plenty in late November and early December!

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