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Birchbox January 2016 Sample Choice + Curated Box + Add-Ons!

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Thanks to Lindsay we have the sample choice spoilers for the January 2016 Birchbox!

The options for sample choice are:

Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner

TONYMOLY Delight

IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer

And here is the curated box:

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IPKN Flash Cream Radiant Primer
TonyMoly Delight Tony Tint in Red
RE:P Bio Fresh Mask with Real Calming Herbs
Manefit Soothing and Moisturizing Sheet Mask
Goodal Waterest Essence
Goodal Bonus Packettes

Are you going with sample choice or the curated box this month?

And here are the Birchbox Plus Add-On options for this month:

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All Birchbox Aces will automatically get early access to sample choice. Not an Ace? Not to worry! You can get early access too, just by inviting friends to Birchbox. Here’s how: Simply enter at least one friend’s email address on your Birchbox invite-a-friend page by December 26. And that’s it! You’ll get your sample choice email on December 28—one day earlier than everyone else.

FYI – if you haven’t subscribed yet:

Now through December 30th (or while supplies last), use coupon code BAGGUGIFT to get a free Baggu Bag ($9 Value) with your first month of Birchbox!

Check out my Birchbox reviews to learn more about this subscription!

Full Details: Use code BAGGUGIFT at checkout to receive a free Standard BAGGU bag with the purchase of a women’s monthly or yearly rebillable subscription. Offer available until December 30, 2015, 11:59 p.m. ET or while supplies last. Your free gift will ship with your first subscription box. Please note that this code is only valid for new subscribers. Redemption of this code for existing subscribers does not guarantee receipt of these promotional items.

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.

63 Comments

  1. The code on Birchbox is KBEAUTY16 if you want to join and get this box.

    Otherwise try emailing BB or purchasing it for $10 in the store.

  2. My December box is up 🙂

  3. I just joined because that curated box looks amazing and I want it. I also want the lipstain that is one of the three main samples. I can’t figure out how to set it as my choice or how to get the curated box!!! Help please.

  4. I chose the curated box and my daughter got the Eyeko, which if you can recall correctly they sent out this year already. They said that everyone would receive the Eyeko and then when it did not show up, I contacted them and they said their shipment never came in…hmmm. I agree BB does a great job with Customer Service though. They are VERY kind if you are. Saw that you can buy the curated for $10 if you are a subscriber, so I should have done something differently. Anyhow, looking forward to the curated box.

  5. I was wondering if anyone ever wins any of the giveaways Birchbox does, like when they did the Birchbox list giveaway. They don’t do them often, but when they do, I never hear anything about any winners when they’re over. Anyone else?

    • Per the rules on their giveaway, after that Say Yes! Promo they did this past July, I have emailed them twice for the winners list (once in August and once in October) AND sent a written request with a self addressed stamped envelope enclosed by certified mail (since I never heard back and they signed for the request in November) and I have NOT received a single reply from them by either method. So my guess is no, no one wins and it’s all BS. Who knows. It’s federal law to release the winners names upon request so I’m shocked they didn’t respond.

      • Wow.. That makes me wonder if it’s not just a marketing scheme… I never expect to win anything from things like that, but I have thought it’s weird that they never made a big deal, or any deal at all, out of any of the winners, or even announced some of the things people won- something. That’s nuts they never responded to you after all that!

  6. Tried to purchase recovery skin care kit. Out all ready!!!!only first day of email!!! Geezzzz

    • The skin recovery kit has been in the Birchbox shop for a few weeks. I think after my review was posted here the other day, a lot of people bought it, which may be one reason why it sold out.

  7. The curated box looks good to me!

  8. I have to say, that after getting my December box, I was so frustrated and just felt crushed. Tiny,Tiny samples, the only thing I liked was the box. The samples are to small too even use for stocking stuffers. This was the first time that I was actually disappointed with Birchbox, so I am hanging in there for one more month, and hoping that with my birthday in January that I will be Blessed again, and at least this way I can use my points.

    • Agreed. I’ve been a subscriber since August – so still kind of new – but have reviewed and purchased enough to be an Ace. I was pretty saddened not by the content but by the sample sizes this month. I just upgraded to an annual subscription, too, last month 🙁 It’s almost like they got me locked in, then slipped this disappointing box in there. Everything is miniscule. I don’t expect five deluxe sized samples, but at least give me one!

      • Yes, December COULD have been a great holiday box, but you’re right, it was as flat as last New Years’ opened bottle of leftover champagne.

  9. Not sure if I’ll go with the curated box or just the Tony Moly and 4 surprises.

  10. Hi Liz and MSA readers! I’m really confused! January will be my third month of receiving birchbox. This is the first time I’ve noticed that I can pick a sample, or go with the curated box. What exactly does this mean? Will they add the sample I pick to the normal box? Do I pick the sample and they send me completely different products than the curated box? I’m so confused! Any clarity you (or your readers!) can provide on this subject would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • If you do nothing, they select ~5 samples for you based on your profile.

      If you select one sample, they add ~4 more for you based on your profile.

      If you select the curated box, you get exactly what you see and they don’t add any other samples.

    • They will send you and email with a link.

      • *an email ** typo 🙂

      • Or, on sample choice day, you can go to their site and along the top there is a link that says “your box.” You can choose to customize your box from there. I’ve done this for two months because, for some reason, my account gets the email really late, even though I’m an Ace.

      • I wouldn’t wait for Birchbox to e-mail you about sample choice. Instead, I would sign up for e-mails from this site because some months I either haven’t gotten the BB e-mail telling me I could go choose, or I got it way later than I found out about it from MSA, meaning I could have missed out on a sample choice. It’ll be on 12/29 unless you are an Ace or you have a successful referral by the deadline they mentioned.

    • You can either pick one of the samples and receive it and 4 mystery items or you can pick the curated box. I typically pick a sample and wait anxiously to find out what else I’m getting unless I really love everything in the curated box. Hope this helps!

    • Thanks ladies! Your reply’s helped make it so much more clear!

      Now… I can’t decide what to do! Lol The curated box already has two of the options I could pick for add-ons, but a lot of you seem to not like their custom boxes. I’ve been very happy with the curated boxes thus far and am not sure I want to risk it!

      The curated box seems pretty good this month, but I have enough masks to last me a while from BB and other subscription boxes.

      Decisions… Good thing I have until the 28th!

  11. I think I will go for the curated box this month ! Nothing really appeal to me…But I would like to try the mask and the peeling paquets.

  12. I really like the curated box, but after the Target box, the Amazon box, last month’s Glossybox (December’s box is MIA), and a few months of Birchbox, I feel like I’m overloaded on facial care! I don’t need more mascara, so I think I’m going to go for the TonyMoly sample and be surprised by the rest.

    • Target boxes* (I think I have bought three now, and I think all have included facial skincare items)

  13. Remember when Birchbox told us last January to save all our boxes for the year? Have they ever done anything since then that told us why or what was going on with that? Or did they just say it and then never do anything with it?

    • Was wondering the same thing. Never heard another thing about it!

    • I asked Birchbox about that the other day and she said keep hanging on to them. They have a surprise announcement shortly.

      • Thank you!!

  14. I’m new to bb- when can we select our sample ? It won’t let me. Plus I never got mine from the cyber monday sale .. Is that normal?

    • You’ll be able to select your sample on Dec 29 (or Dec 28 if you referred people or are an Ace).

    • I’m often unable to choose a sample. It’s hit-or-miss. Even when I refer someone, I don’t get the one-day early option.

    • The others are correct – it’s 12/28 for Aces or those who have successful referrals and 12/29 for everyone else. It’s not open yet – this is just a preview. I would sign up for e-mails from this site because some months I either haven’t gotten the BB e-mail telling me I could go choose, or I got it way later than I found out about it from MSA, meaning I could have missed out on a sample choice. In other words, don’t wait for the e-mail from BB if you hear that sample choice is open to you from MSA 🙂

    • Also, if you’re still missing something from the Cyber Monday sale, I’d get on a chat with Birchbox (it’s faster than waiting for an e-mail response, which for me seems to take 2-3 days). They’re pretty good about making things right.

  15. I’m going curated on 1 account and Eyeko on the other, thereby ensuring I get everything on offer! Pretty slick how they did that! I’m beyond excited for all, Korean beauty is my latest obsession. And I totally agree that this style of video is so much better than the usual! And I already sneaked one of the Recovery Skincare pillow pack kits in as an add on…it was just sitting there, so lonely!

  16. I like the video this month. To the point and you don’t need sound. I usually watch them at work and it’s much easier w/o sound.

  17. Manduka is supposed to be the Cadillac of yoga mats…. I never know how to feel about the add-ons though haha.

    • It is!! I have the crazy thick one (Black Mat PRO, 6mm I think?) and it is honestly the best mat I’ve ever had. The only drawback is that it’s hard to travel with, and I travel a lot for work. Love my mat so much, I’m actually thinking about getting this thinner version just for travel!

      But yeah – their mats are incredible. If you tend to only visit local studios or practice at home and are ok with the investment, definitely go for one of the PRO mats.

      • I have the travel mat and I love it. Never leave home without it. It rolls up really small or you can fold it in fourths or whatever and it fits into a suitcase nicely. Has the same great grip as the other manduka mats. You won’t be disappointed.

        • Thanks, Kim! I think I’m going to have to do that add-on now. I like to travel light, but I’ve been disappointed with the few travel mats I’ve tried so far. I appreciate the feedback! 😀

    • Okay, okay, you’ve convinced me 😉

      Thanks!!!

  18. I’ll probably go for the Eyeko, or maybe the curated box. I’m not especially excited about either (especially since I already reviewed the primer back in August), but they’re not BAD options. I like that the curated box has seven items to review (six for me), but I kind of love gambling on my other 4+ items by choosing one sample! Ehhhh decisions!

  19. Hi Liz, if you use the code for Baggu between now and 12/30, do we get December box or January box?

    • I know that at least as of today if you sign up for a subscription your first box will be the December box. Then you’ll get to pick your sample choice (or curated box) for January. Hope that helps!

      • I see. I wanted to sign up for second account, but I guess I will wait for another promo as I don’t want December box again 🙂 Thanks!

      • Hey Liz! Do you know if we wait until sign-ups pick up for January, does that not mean we get to choose a sample? Also, is the curated box more expensive than the regular box?

        • The curated vs regular boxes are the same $10 a month cost, but they usually offer the curated box for sale in the shop as well for $15. If you wait until January, you will likely not get to pick your first sample. (Sometimes though, they offer a coupon that isn’t a discount, but guarantees you’ll get the curated box for your first month). Hope that makes sense! 🙂

          • When they offer the Curated Box for sell in the shop, it will say $15 at first, but if you are already a subscriber the price will change to $10 at checkout. If you have points and are an ACE you would get it for free, otherwise you would need to get your total up to $35 or pay for shipping. For new signups, they usually have a code such as “SNOWBOX” (for December’s box) but those were snatched up quickly.

  20. Cancelling! Already cancelled ipsy. My Novembers Birchbox was not good and this doesn’t look good to me either. I might resub sometime in spring or summer. I like getting spf face creams:)

  21. The curated box looks great. Alas, I’m starting a git subscription in January, so it’ll be the “random box of junk” for me. Alas, the last one of those I got was pretty good.

  22. Curated it is! I was excited about the lip stain and the rest of the box looks great and if you review all 7 items and share your box on Twitter you’ll get a total of 80 points, so almost enough to make a $10 purchase. Score!

    • I’m also going for curated? just wanted to let you know there will be 6 items to review, not 7. Still great as with reviews and sharing you can get 70 points. I just didn’t want you to be disappointed once review time comes.

      • Ah, I saw the two packets and thought that they were two different products instead of two of the same.

        • Actually the packets are two different products, so there will be 7 items to review.

        • I am so sorry! Apparently it is 7 different products to review, yay! I just watched the detailed video on the curated box and wow! It looks even better than it did before. Hope I can snag one up! Have a happy holiday!

  23. I haven’t heard of half the brands in the curated box, it looks exciting, I’ll pick that. I might add the duck bag too, haven’t been able to swap for it.

  24. The curated box looks great! I’m glad after the pretty disappointing box I am getting this month..

  25. I’m excited for the curated box. I have heard soo much about K beauty products but don’t know much about them so it will be fun to try. I also love masks so it’s a win win for me.

  26. I am finally fed up with birchbox enough to cancel after two years. Last month’s sample choice was annoying (the tiny eye shadows) and this month actually makes me mad. We all just got a thick eye liner from bbox a few months ago, and I’ve never even heard of the other two brands. Those two items are also in the curated box along with masks, and I avoid face masks since they usually make me break out. I may reaubscribe for February, we will see.

  27. I think this is the first month I’ll choose the curated box! I got that eyeko liner this month and while I really love it I don’t see needing another.

  28. Curated. Is the choice. Both the Tony Moly and the Radiance primer plus masks galore! I hope I can get this box since I’m just starting the new gift card sub from BB 🙂

  29. Nothing for this month seems appealing to me. I cancelled after this month and don’t think I will resubscribe. The sample choices aren’t anything that I would want. And the curated box and add-ons don’t look too good to me either.

  30. Man, American companies are riding the K-beauty train HARD. Sephora, Birchbox, etc. I love k-beauty and have soooo much of it already that I’m having to be selective in order to AVOID getting any more right now lol!

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