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Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – September 2016

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Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the curated September box.


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I am in love with the box design this month!


(And it’s Birchbox’s 6th Birthday, so this design is perfect.)


The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)

COUPON:  Use code NATURALEYE at checkout to receive a Free W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara with your first box!

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.


Now onto the items!


Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – .75 oz Value $3


Amika has such fun packaging – I love the ’60s vibe of this pattern! This dry shampoo smells lovely, too. I’ve sampled this before and think it is a great dry shampoo.

The only caution I would give is that this is a white dry shampoo (not clear like some formulas) so you may need to brush it out if you get too much on one spot of your hair!


Supergoop! Shine-On Lip Screen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – 1.5 ml Value $7.85

This formula has a ton of shine, no stickiness, and most importantly provides SPF 50 coverage! The only downside is that this sample is super tiny – I think I’ll only get a few uses out of it.


Dr. Jart+ Beauty Balm in #1 Light/Medium – 5 ml Value $4.90

This BB cream provides SPF 45 and it is very moisturizing and light. I found the coverage to be on the light end, so I wouldn’t use this as an alternative to foundation (I like a full coverage BB cream or foundation), but it’s a great primer for me.


MILK Makeup Mascara – 7.5 ml Value $13

If you’ve sampled Milk Makeup products before, you are likely familiar with their tiny samples. But this mascara is an anomaly – it’s over half the size of the full-size version!


I’m impressed with this formula, I was able to get major length without any clumping and had no issues with applying multiple layers. The brush design looks pretty innovative, but it just felt weird trying to apply it on my lashes. I think I’d prefer a regular brush with this formula.


Vasanti BrightenUp! Exfoliating Cleanser – .7 oz Value $5.60

This is a Birchbox classic to me – I think I’ve sampled it a few times over the years. Fortunately, it’s also a great product, so no repeat issues for me. It’s gentle enough to use 3-5 times a week, and it makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and clean. I can’t say enough good things about this cleanser!


Verdict: This box has a value of about $34.35 – I think that’s good for a $10 beauty box. With Birchbox, some of the samples can be on the small side, but the mascara size was a nice surprise this month! Plus I’ll use every single item in this box, so that’s always good!

What do you think of the September Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?

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. To got this box because of my favorites Amika, Dr. Jart and Vasanti! Excited to try the others too. The mascara looked great in Haleys review. What foundation/ bb creams do you love?

  2. This is my very first Birchbox! I received it today and I’m pretty happy with it and will use all 5 samples. My box was a bit different but I got the same mascara, I love it and I also got a different type of dry shampoo. Also in my box is Liz Earle cleanse & polish hot cloth cleaner, Loc ultra-gloss lip pencil-birthday suit and The Body Shop Nutriganics drops of youth. I love the box, it is super cute and can be used for something else. Along with the samples, I’m pretty excited to receive a new box each month too. I’m looking forward to next month’s box. Oh yeah and I really like how the website shows you the samples that will be coming in your box each month before you get it and also allows you to keep track of your box and tells you when it has been delivered.!

  3. I opted for a sample choice box this month. I was seriously considering the curated box though because I love the Vasanti cleanser. There seems to be a waitlist for it on the Birchbox site now.

    • Wow! Not surprised there is a waitlist for it though – it’s pretty great!

  4. I selected the curated box, but unfortunately it seems to be lost. I’ve contacted both the USPS and BirchBox and am awaiting a response from both. Hopefully I receive it or BIrchBox sends a replacement or credits my account. Would be happy with all of the items in this box if I get it. Fingers crossed 🙂 Never had this problem before.

    • My curated box was supposed to come yesterday, but now it’s saying the delivery date is undeterminable. That’s a first for me. I’m pretty patient though… I usually give boxes the full month until I contact them.

      Even though I’ll be donating/gifting two of the products in this box (dry shampoo & BB cream), I still think it’s a good box. I’m really excited to be receiving the mascara. I chose the mascara as my sample pick in my other box. I’m rare, in that I’m a huge mascara junkie, and I’ll take all of the mascara I can get! 🙂

      • I hope your box arrives soon Luna 🙂 I like trying different mascara too and this one looks interesting. I’m concerned about my box because the last status was out for delivery by my local post office on 9/7.

        • Thanks! I really hope you receive your box soon too! 🙂 I just found out that my box was delivered today.

          • So glad yours turned up! Birchbox is sending me a new box, which I am very grateful for. They do have very good customer service.

      • Mine did the same thing! It said I was supposed to receive it on the 10th, 12th or 13th, now it says they are unable to determine a delivery date….. this is my first birchbox, I’m really disappointed I haven’t gotten it yet… 🙁 …. Hopefully It makes it !

        • Has yours turned up Ashley?

  5. They also sent this curated box to flood victims in Louisiana. I got an email over labor day weekend (I think) that something special was headed my way. It was such a thoughtful gesture by Birchbox. Much appreciated. I look forward to getting my regular box next week. This one had some faves for sure!

    • That is very thoughtful on their part! Makes me proud to be a Birchbox customer. I hope you didn’t get hit too hard.

    • That is so nice to hear… we always hear the bad cs stories so it just makes me smile to hear/read something like this.
      Good job Birchbox

      And hope you are okay and didn’t get hit too hard

    • I am also from Louisiana and got the curated box. I was so surprised and it made my day a little better.

    • Aww man. This is so sweet of birchbox!

    • Great job, Birchbox!

  6. I got a non-curated box, but I’m happier with mine than the curated box. Really, it’s my best Birchbox is a LOOOOONG time.

    I got:
    -The Milk mascara (sample choice)
    – The supergoop lip screen (wish I’d gotten it at the start of the summer, but happy)
    -Klorane dry shampoo (larger sample than the amika)
    – Liz Earle cleanser & cloth (my daughter LOVES this)
    – balance me tinted underye cream (I guess this is concealer? I don’t usually need it but my daughter might like it)

    • That Liz Earle cleanser & cloth is fab! I got my mom hooked on it, too! 🙂

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