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Reminder – Check Your Email for Birchbox Sample Selection!

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Reminder – Check Your Email for Birchbox Sample Selection

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Birchbox October Box Options

Reminder to check for your Birchbox email to select your sample for this month! (This link will take you to the sample choice page, but you have to use your own personal email link to be able to select your sample).

If you are new to Sample Choice, you should get an email today if you are a Birchbox Ace, or shared your box page – all other subscribers will get their email tomorrow.

Are you going with a sample pick or the curated box?

Also, if you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet, now through October 9th, use coupon code FIVEOFFBOX save 50% ($5) off your first month of Birchbox!


Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Am I crazy or was the link to pick your sample/box not on there? I emailed Birchbox and they never responded. When I looked later the link was there but the box I wanted was sold out 🙁 Also I think there was only one sample choice left.

    • I never even got an e-mail. I contacted them last night and received an e-mail requesting I list my choice. I asked for the Power Pose box but that was before I saw the comments on here that it was sold out.
      They sent me an e-mail never acknowledging the curated boxes (II had noted that the option for curated boxes is what pushed me over the edge to resubscribe) but listing the mascaras as available with a note that the window of availability was closing in minutes. I saw this about 45 minutes after it was sent.
      Does this happen often? Is it common for them to run out of curated boxes or sample choices? I stopped subscription to them previously because I didn’t like what they sent before.

  2. After seeing the spoilers for October I decided to hive Birchbox a second try (cancelled in 2013). I tried the coupon but used my original email so it didn’t work. I guess I am not a new customer even with a more than 2 year absence. :-). I never got an e-mail link. Checked account and it looks as if I am getting a September random sample box (does that sound right)?. So, I sent them an e-mail. Noting I decided to resubscribe after all this time based on the curated box option. I have not heard back but after checking these comments it looks like I will be out of luck. I wish I knew the boxes were up for sale without subscribing. I would have just purchased it that way.
    So far, this may be a short resubscription

  3. The extra box power pose box costs $10 plus $5 shipping, is that correct?

  4. Both of the Benefit mascara were out of stock when I tried to make my selection. So I went with the Eyeko black magic 🙂 I’m excited for that one too. And, since I wanted to try the Roller Lash Mascara, I went ahead and bought it for $24 along with a delux of the They’re Real mascara for $12. I used my 20% off any item coupon for being on my third month membership and also used my Birchbox points. So I only ended up paying $8 plus tax, total $11.20 ? OOHH, and since my initial order was $36, I’m also getting the $10 dollar Mystery Box for free!! 😀

    • Forgot to mention that my items had free shipping 🙂 Probably because the Benefit mascara are feature items this upcoming month.

  5. I’m not an Ace and by the time I got my email today both of the curated boxes and the Stila mascara were sold out :/ Really not happy about that – I was very much looking forward to the Estee Lauder items.

  6. The 5BOX code was not working when I tried to use it this morning 🙁

  7. I feel like I’m drowning in mascara and I didn’t like the curated choices so I chose to be surprised this month!

  8. I just did mine and both the Roller Lash and They’re Real are out! Roller Lash was my first choice but I’ve heard good things about the Stila so I’m excited to try it!

  9. I chose the Game Face curated box!! All options are still available except Benefits They’re Real mascara which I already have a sample of and IMO it’s not good. It’s clumpy and no volume.

    Still plenty of choices left!?

  10. I’m an Ace and I never received the email.

    • I’m an Ace too and I never get emails about this stuff, I feel like I am missing something else to get the options….

  11. The site is still showing September and not giving me the option to make a choice. I just sent them a message.

  12. I picked The Stilla Mascara and I bought the power bose one…Well, it’s sounds like I’m getting to boxes this month !!! Couldn’t resist !!!

  13. Nothing caught my eye. This is the first time I am not going to select something.

  14. I was intrigued by the Darphin so I went with the Power Pose box.

  15. the girl at Ulta says the Stuka mascara is the best new mascara just FYI
    I love the Eyeko but chose the Stila since she raved about it

  16. I was bad….I chose the game face box and then promptly purchased the power pose box from the birchbox shop for $10 haha I couldn’t help myself! They both look so good 🙂

  17. The curated boxes didn’t appeal to me, but I need a new mascara, so I picked the Roller Lash. Excited!!

  18. When I went to make my selection the options available were the sample choices from September. Everything was grayed out as well.

    Super bummed was really looking forward to the roller lash mascara. I contacted customer service

    • Did you use the personalized link in the email from Birchbox? Not last month’s email, had to be a new one that came today.

      If you did, and it still didn’t work, contact Birchbox customer service, tell them about the issue, and let them know your choice. They should be able to reserve it for you.

      • Oops, I see that you already did contact CS. Guess I should read a bit more carefully!

      • I did use the personalized email they sent me. Right abover the drop down box it even says October sample choice. So weird. I took a screen shot of it. Wish I could upload it here to show you guys

        • That happened to me at first too. I closed out the browser, logged into BB and then tried the link again and it worked. Hope you get it working soon.

    • That happened to me too. I hit refresh and then the correct October choices came up.

  19. how do I use my birchbox points to buy one of the featured boxes?

  20. I got the Game Face box. I swear by the origins checks and balances and smash box primer so they will be great for travel

  21. Got the Power Pose box but did notice that they also had the eyeko mascara which they didn’t originally say would be a choice.

  22. I’m going for the Power Pose box! I’ve really been wanting to try Darphin products and this seems like a great opportunity to.

    • I got that as one of my boxes. I looked up the price of that Darphin cream and decided that I needed to try that sample! 🙂

      • I’ve heard great things about Darphin! I can’t find any place around me that sells it locally. With high end skincare, I usually like to check it out before committing to a full size. I have a high sensitivity to certain scents, so that’s usually one of the things I like to check out first.

    • I wonder how many ounces the sample will be. I just checked the price of the Darphin, and WOW! I was impressed. I bought two boxes!

      • How do you buy another box? Do you have to sign up for a new account?

        I’ve done some checking, and it looks like the sample size will probably be 5ml. That’s the size of the deluxe samples of this product that I’ve found online. With the full size being 50ml, if we do get a 5ml sample it would be worth approximately $29.50. It seems it might be about the same size as other similar high end skincare samples.

        • Hi Dom,

          No. You do not have to sign up for a new account. At the bottom of the pick your sample page under the two curated boxes (you can also use the link Liz posted above), it says “P.S. You can buy the Power Pose Featured box in our Shop too! Click for details.” Click that link and you can add the box to your cart and it automatically makes it $10! No new sub needed.

          That is a great value! Thanks for doing the research! Can’t wait to have it in my hands.

          • Thank you so much, Amber! Unfortunately, it looks like the extra boxes are all sold out. That’s okay, though! I really don’t need extra samples, I’ve got enough to last me an apocalypse.

  23. Still haven’t made up my mind yet on what to pick. I just got the Benefit They’re Real mascara as a free sample at Ulta and have a Lorac sample macara as well. Maybe I’ll pick one of the curated boxes this month.

  24. The only mascara that I haven’t tried is the Stila. I went with the Power Pose box since I wanted to try both the cream and the serum – and I know I like the Chubby Sticks.

  25. Are you kidding me, they added another choice! Lordy, I can only have so many accounts! I think I will pick eyeko on one and stila on the other? Or maybe roller lash? Ahh! Guess I will have to swap for them all! Good choices for birchbox though, I have only received well people and they’re real in my boxes and I’ve been a subscriber for two years with two accounts!

    • that’s how I felt! I had to resub to my second account because I couldn’t decide between the roller lash (which I can’t believe I haven’t received yet) and the stila. I really want to try the eyeko too. But I’m not opening a third account… I will have to try to swap! 🙂

  26. This month was hard to decide … But I already love the roller lash mascara and was thinking of buying it so I went with that.

  27. Ahhh this is so hard. Both the special boxes look so good this month.

    Also for the record – Black Magic by Eyeko is my go-to lengthening and volumizing mascara. Highly recommend if you’ve never tried it.

    Tip for those who get this sample – it’s really great but you’ll want to use eye makeup remover at night or you’ll notice it still clings to your lashes the next morning (just water doesn’t seem to do it for me).

    • Thank you for the recommendation, I was specifically checking comments for one :).

    • Yes, thank you, Kat, this helps me too!

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