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Birchbox Review + Coupon – May 2015

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Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Box

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 box is the sample choice box for May.

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Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Items

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: Get $5 (50 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50

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

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK and Canada

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Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Info

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

Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Oil

Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment – 1 oz Value $10

This is my sample choice item for the month. It’s 1/4 the size of the full size version, and you only need a few drops per use, so I knew this would be a sample I could use for weeks! And most importantly – it made my hair feel instantly softer.

Dr. Jart+ Night BB Beauty Balm – .17 Value $3.80

I’ve sampled many BB creams thanks to subscription boxes, but this is the first nightime BB cream I’ve come across. I’m not sure what to make of it. From the reviews on Birchbox, I expected it to be slightly tinted and sheer, but the formula is actually clear with grey speckles. (Apparently then the speckles change to match the colros of your skintone). I wouldn’t say this is a BB cream for any type of coverage, but I did like how my skin felt after applying it.

Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Mally

Mally Evercolor Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in Shimmering Steel – FULL SIZE! Value $18

I don’t get too excited about eyeliners in subscription boxes (just because I have so many), but full size products in a Birchbox are always a win! This eyeliner glides on evenly, and is pretty smudge proof too. (If I hadn’t read the color, I would have assumed it was black or grey after testing it). Here is a swatch:

Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Swatch

Birchbox Review + Coupon - May 2015 Marcelle

Marcelle Hydra-C Energizing Hydrating Gel – .24 oz Value $3.40

This product works just as I expected from the name – it’s a really soothing skin gel. I like it!

Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist – .27 oz Value $1

I’m sure a lot of Harvey Prince perfume fans will like this product (it reminds me of one of their perfume scents). For me, it is a pretty strong scent for a hair product, so I won’t be using it anymore.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $36. I’m very happy with that value for a $10 box. At first glance when I opened this box I didn’t think it looked that impressive, but the sizes of the Mally eyeliner and Macadamia hair oil alone make it worth it for me.

What did you get from Birchbox this month? Any favorite new discoveries?

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. I didn’t pick a sample because I like the full surprise. I got Harvey Prince sea salt spray. Love the product and the scent. Yu-Be face cream. Very excited to try this new to me brand. Coastal Scents eyeshadow palette. Love the colors and the formula. Shimmery nudes and they stay put all day. Beauty Protector body wash. Smells fantastic and left my skin feeling really soft and lightly scented. Vasanti facial exfoilator. Perfect timing as I was out of my regular exfoilator. Love it. I am definitely buying a full size. Another great Birchbox!

    • I am 3 birchboxes in and I love it! My question is, I keep hearing how you can pick one sample and the rest be a surprise, but I watch my birch emails and don’t see that option. I really wanna know how to do this?

      • Check your spam folder. If still nothing email Birchbox and they can look into it. The email comes around the end of the month and gives you the option to either pick a sample or pick a special curated box. If you pick the curated box the entire box contents will be revealed to you on the page so keep that in mind if you don’t want to know.

  2. So disappointed with the May Beta Box. Wonderful if Liz will actually receive two full size samples…

    Another reviewer stated she was happy with her Beta box, but then went on to list one of her full size samples as a $5 Cargo eyeshadow. I’m confused at how the Cargo eyeshadow is supposed to be considered full sized.

    I received my box yesterday and cancelled my subscription within hours of opening it. SUCH a disappointment. I can’t believe Birchbox is putting their name on such this box. EVERYTHING about it is lacking – value, packaging, presentation – you name it – it’s not there.

    Back to the eyeshadow – our card states that we are supposed to receive the Cargo Eye Shadow – Yukon Palette of 12 Shadows, $34RV. What I received was a single sample shadow. I have no idea of the value and mine was essentially worthless, as it was crumbling and broken due to the complete and total lack of packaging.

    I have SO had it with Birchbox & this Beta Subscribtion. I simply don’t understand how they can do so many things so well and then launch a subscription as poorly as this one.

    I’d like to give them three months – but I can’t waste another $30 on a box as poor as this one. I’m a school teacher and work very hard for a living. Birchbox has done absolutely nothing to earn another cent of it with this Beta Sub.

    • I looked up the single shadow on cargos website and Amazon and it was listed both places for $16 but I’m with you the card listed a full palette not a full size single shadow. I’m not impressed with the beta box at all. I opened my box and had no clue which items were supposed to be full size which can’t be good!!!

    • I got a single shadow as well and it too was broken. I have found it online retailing for $10. I took a photo of it and attached it to an email. It was a mess in that box. It does say on the card the $34 palette. And the upgrade is advertised as a $50 value. We will see what they say.

      • I believe it’s advertised as the total value of your box with the beta subscription will be $50+.

        • If the total value is the case my box was not a $50 value and the eyeshadow was broken, crumbled and all over the box.

    • I updated my review to reflect the non-full sized item. Wonder what Birchbox will say about the eye shadow? Regardless – they did deliver on their promise of $50 or over for the box.

    • Just received a response back from birchbox about the beta sub. My eye shadow was all broken but thankfully it stayed in the container.
      here is the response:

      Hi Suzi,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and being one of the first to try our $30 Subscription!

      I’m so sorry about your eyeshadow and would love to send a new one to you right away. I’ve requested a replacement Cargo Eyeshadow be shipped to you, and it should be in your care in perfect condition within 10 business days.

      We’ll send you a second email with tracking information once it ships. If there is any trouble with sending this replacement to you, we will of course be in touch.

      To clarify, your Birchbox this month should have included the Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon, which is valued at $16.00.

      Every month, we’ll make sure your Product Card and Box History Page link you to the best version to purchase in our Shop. In this case, because we do not sell the individual shadow just yet, we wanted to share the Cargo Summer in the City Eye Shadow Palette because it’s a great value and allows you to try a wide range of shades from Cargo.

      That said, I completely understand the confusion and will be passing along your experience to our team to take into consideration for how we represent your products in the future.

      We are so appreciative of this feedback because it will help make your experience better and better each month. We hope you’ll continue to stick with us and let us know any time you find your Birchbox experience to be anything less than perfect.

      Thanks again for your thoughtful message, and I hope you have a great day!

  3. I have two subs a 10$ box and the upgraded beta version and I am not really satisfied. My regular box was ok I liked what I got and I liked what I got in my beta box but my two full size products are a joke! I received a cargo single eyeshadow tin and a jouer lip gloss how is that worth 20 additional dollars and my info card says a Cargo palette of 12 shadows so I’m lost. I think I will cancel my beta box it’s not worth $30 at all!

  4. I cancelled birchbox. I am done with their obsession with sending me Harvey Prince samples. Rather place the $10 into Boxycharm or Glossybox.

  5. I have had BB for 5 months now, the first month was great but since then not so much. One month I never even received a box I was charged for. They did give me the 100 sorry points and didn’t charge me the next month. I guess they have me in an “old lady” category or something. I see other posts about great boxes with a full size item and get samples each month and end up using one or 2 items. I don’t like perfume samples and have that on my profile but have gotten them a few times. I also keep getting dry shampoo I never will use. I have only gotten my sample choice once. I am tired of dry shampoo and skincare that’s not for my type. I have checked and changed up profile but has not helped. I don’t expect the world for $10 but I would like to use more than $2-3 dollars worth of samples each month. Does anyone have tips for a profile that will get better items? Just because I’m in late 40’s doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy make up and actually shampoo. I’m not old enough that I go get a wash and set once a week at the beauty shop yet! I lead a very active life and feel BB has me confused with my mother

    • This is one of the reasons I hate revealing my age. I
      was pleased with my first box but I’m very confused when I see everyone’s getting vastly different stuff.

  6. June’s sample choice video is up!

  7. I got the Chosungah lipstick in my box this month, it’s weird but I like it. It’s highlighter pink in the tube but glides on sheer. Though the sheer color is definitely highlighter pink as well, when the color sits on top of the pink of my lips, it’s not awful. I could actually see myself using this pretty regularly, for just a bit of color, the same way I used the Jane Iredale stain from last month. I have another May box coming with a beauty blender, excited to see what’s in it! I also went ahead and added the rose gold RumbaTime watch to my June box, my first ever Birchbox Plus item 🙂 It’s been sitting in my “Favorites” list for a while now so I couldn’t resist the -$17 discount.

  8. Is anyone else having a lot of issues with damaged products? In March I had a hair protector spray leak all over my box AND a cap fell off a lipstick and colored everything. BB was great, responded immediately and sent me a whole new box. In April I received a repeat sample (Whish) and the bee venom to which I am allergic. They responded immediately and sent me a mystery sample pack. This month the sea salt spray completely emptied and even saturated the outer box! I contacted them yesterday and they haven’t responded at all. After such a quick response before, I’m wondering if they are giving up on me since I’ve now had three problem months in a row. I don’t plan to renew my subscription after a year is up because the samples just haven’t been that good.

    • My Pop eyeshadow palette was shattered last month and this month the deodorant wipes are completely dried out. They gave me 50 points last month for the pop palette, but what I really wanted was the palette I was supposed to get. Waiting to hear back on the deodorant wipes…

  9. June theme, sample choice and the curated box video is up.

    • Where at?? I can’t find them!

      • I came across it in the Discover portion of the app.

        • I saw this last night and found it on their YouTube channel.

        • Ah, I don’t have a cell.. but I did find the video on their fb page.

  10. I just got my first box of a 6 month subscription. Mine was okay but the only makeup item was a mascara. I would love a Mally liner! I have several and they are my favorite. Here’s hoping!

  11. Have any of you ever gotten a generic product card from Birchbox before? Every box I’ve ever gotten included a card listing the products inside my box. This month, my card says, “We hope you [heart] your box. Learn more about your samples (and shop your favorites) at Weird.

    • Oops. Forgot to close the quote. It doesn’t say “weird”. lol

    • I got the same card and had the same reaction. This is the first time that I haven’t gotten a card detailing what’s in the box.

  12. Hi There,
    I got a bubblegum pink Laura Geller Lip Gloss in my Birchbox and I was wondering if anybody knew the actual name of the color? There’s no label on it and it’s hard to tell from the website; none of them really look like it. Thanks in advance to anybody that can help!

  13. I signed up for a second account for the beauty blender and added the upgrade on a whim. Then, when I found out what the two full sized items were going to be, I wanted to cancel the upgrade since I don’t wear eye shadow and am very particular about lipstick. I e-mailed them, and instead of refunding just the $20 upgrade, they canceled my entire subscription and asked me to resubscribe at my convenience. By then, of course, the beauty blender promo was gone 🙁 I’m so sad that I lost my beauty blender, but I had added a small item to the order to get the free mystery sample pack and those two items had already shipped by the time they canceled my subscription. So I guess I get that freebie!

  14. First time sub to BB, gifted myself 3 month, but there was an issue with getting me the Simply stylish box (generic welcome box sent instead). After contacting BB customer service, they said they’d send me the May Beauty Solutions instead. I was STOKED because my only reasoning for signing up was the W3ll mascara, which was offered with both boxes.

    However when the box arrived, it was the MARCH Beauty Solutions box. March…. SUPER disappointing.

    Spoke to BB customer service again, they said they’d fix it and send me the sample, but it’ll take 11+ days to get here. And that was almost 3 days ago and it still hasn’t shipped. Not even sure it will, but I’m tired of contacting customer service.

    I have super sensitive eyes to mascara, which is why I wanted to try it before investing.

    So if anyone received one and wants to sell/swap/pass it on, I’m all for it 🙂

  15. Hello all,

    I received my $20.00 BB Upgrade box today had below is what it included. Over all I am pleased, but I don’t think I will be keep the upgrade past three months, I work on three strikes rule, and I was not overly impressed by the upgrade.

    Full Size: $5.00 Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon a rose topaz color.

    Full Size: $25.00 Laura Mercier Lipstick Color in a bright red
    Total= $30.00

    English Laundry in Nottingham Hill Femme -$1.00
    Macadamia Professional -$10.00
    Naobay Moisturizer-$14.40
    Prescriptives Mascara-$5.94
    Smashbox Primer Water-$ 2.00
    Approx total-$33.34

    • Yeah, so far it doesn’t look like this upgrade is worth it, especially since it’s always going to be makeup/nail items. I’d strongly consider it if they were going to include full-sized skin/hair/body products according to your profile, but it seems like everyone gets the same two makeup items each week. I’d hate to end up with full size makeup I can’t use.

      • Each month*

        • Agreed. I just emailed BB and had my beta upgrade cancelled, but still keeping my monthly sub. After seeing what the extra $20 got me over the last two months, I decided I would rather put that money towards full size items I really want or need (or another sub.) The quality of the items are good and the value is there, but I’d rather not collect eyeshadows, lip and nail colors that aren’t my personal taste.

  16. Looks like nobody here got the Korean beauty products, I was hoping to see the sample sizes on those.

    • I’m supposed to be getting the Chosungah lipstick (if my box will ever get here!). I hope it’s a good color/flavor/size. I’ll try to remember to come back here and post the size.

      • Lipsticks usually seem to be full size or close to it, lip glosses however are sometimes teeny tiny. (I got a microscopic Cynthia Rowley tint this month) Since this is their Korean beauty debut items, I would hope that they stepped it up a little.

        • The Chosungah lipstick is full size! Mine is Vanilla Berry, and it is neon pink. However, it goes on mostly sheer. There is a slight pink tint. It’s pretty! It smells nice, but I’m not much of a lip-licker, so I haven’t really noticed a taste. It’s very moisturizing. I like the formula quite a bit!

    • I have gotten Lumi Pang, peripera. Korean lip gloss/stain actually quite nice.

    • I did. I got the Korean skin cream.

  17. Account 1: Chose Naobay.

    Box 1: Received it today.

    Account 2: Chose Beauty Solutions curated box.

    Box 2: Received it today. Tracking # matched account.

    Account 3: Resubbed to get free Beauty Blender.

    Box 3: Not shipped yet.

    Box 0: Received a Beauty Solutions box. Last week. Why? Now I have two of them. Don’t have the tracking # because I recycled the outer box.

  18. This is my second BB, I loved the first one but I am less than thrilled with this one.

    I was really disappointed to get another perfume sample. I got one last month too and I indicated on my profile that I wanted the minimum amount of perfume in my box. It is Sincerely by Harvey Prince. It is way too strong for me. If I wear anything, I wear Body Shop Vanilla.

    I also got Juice Beauty CC cream. This is a really tiny sample and I think it might be too dark for my really fair skin. But it might work at the end of the summer.

    I also got Lumiere d’hiver Super Comb Prep and Protect. The thing is I only comb my course, curly hair in the shower with thick conditioner. I guess the 10 year old long haired hippie boy will be getting it. And that’s another thing. I got a leave in conditioner last month too. This kid has the best smelling hair in the 5th grade!

    The Costal Scents Reveal 3D Palette Sampler is cool, but I don’t wear shimmery shades and the one matte shade I already have a similar color in my collection. I might try to swap this, I haven’t tried the swap yet. It is the Desert Bloom.

    My last item is Maobay moisturizing cream. I requested this, but for some reason I thought it was a hair moisturizer. I can always use a little hand cream though and I stash them all over. I like the smell of this one too.

    So one item win for me this month. Honestly, if I get another perfume sample next month, I may cancel.

    • This is one of my boxes, too. I think it is waiting at home on my doorstep.

      It’s not my favorite box. I don’t mind getting perfume but I have dislike every Harvey Prince perfume I’ve ever received except maybe Yogini. I especially dislike Sincerely.

      It took me awhile to come to terms with Birchbox. I do use a lot of the samples they send, eventually. I don’t mind boxes full of skincare and hair products because I have, honestly, too much makeup. And I feel like I have a good grasp on the points system. For $10 a month, $5 or more of which I get back in points (and generally spend on things I need, like SPF), it’s a fun way to try some stuff.

  19. Does anyone know how to call Birchbox? The number is no longer on their website (that I can find).

    I received a totally different box than what was (and is still) on my preview and review site. It also didn’t include my sample choice. It’s like I got someone else’s box. I’d rather call than email at this point. Thanks, if anyone has it!

    • Review the different box for points first. Then contact them and get it fixed. Double review points that way!

      • I did think of that, hehe. I really want the box intended for me (with my sample choice in it!). I’m actually dreading the whole we’ll give you 100 points for the first time ever. I was so excited about my box… :/

      • I don’t know if that will work because I’ve only ever been able to review products (for points) that were included in my reveal page. If you review any other products, it’ll direct you to a Customer Review page which don’t award points. However, I bet they’ll let you keep this box and send you the one you were meant to receive in the first place, after which you can probably e-mail them and ask to review the first/wrong box for points.

        • Thanks – I hope that’s true. The only products I have to review are the ones I didn’t receive, heh. So, I’ve reviewed those and we’ll see what they say.

          Does anyone know the #? They’ve changed their support website.

          • Phone Number

        • I mean, I’ve had the wrong products in my reveal page before. I was able to review those for points. Then the reveal page updated to what I actually received and I was able to review the right products for points too — in the same month.

    • Phone Number

      I noticed that the other day when I was having trouble redeeming my points…they took their number off the site!!!

    • The times I have needed their customer service they were great! I used email, but they were fast, friendly and ready to help me. Mine were just on sample issues, not receiving what I chose and a damaged one. They replaced them, didnt offer me points, all the better. I am sure they will replace your box with what you were supposed to get!

  20. I’m anxiously awaiting my BB, it says it was delivered to my mailbox, but just went out there and it’s not 🙁 Got other goodies though, but can’t wait to get my BB!

  21. I recently signed up for bb SBD j was just wondering if there is anyway to see what’s going to be in my box, and also when I would need to cancel by so I don’t get charged for following month, I think its the first but I wanted to be sure thanks

  22. I don’t dislike Birchbox. But as I try to cull all my subscriptions to a more responsible monthly bill, I realize it’s really superfluous.
    They send a lot of hand and body lotions; beauty fix already gets me everything i could want for lotions and potions, in brands i love or am curious about. ipsy gets me new makeup brands and colors to try out.
    more and more, it seems like birchbox is the watered down in-between that i usually feel whatevs about.

    • I’m sort of opposite. I’m narrowing down my options for financial reasons also (17 boxes are a bit much). I love Beauty Joy also, and plan to keep it. Birchbox usually provides me with at least half of the box I will be using. Not a single Ipsy product is something I will use this month. I tried changing profile, etc.. and I see others getting stuff I’d love in my bag, but everything goes onto swaps. I don’t like paying for what I don’t use, the shipping on top of that to swap for things I do want. It adds up fast. I think I have around $25 in shipping costs for swaps this week alone.

      • Interesting, so I’ve gotten 7 Birchbox boxes so far. I looked through all of them and they all have 1 hair product, 1 makeup product and either 3 skin products or 2 skin products and a perfume. I’ve tweaked around my preferences some, but I never wrote I wanted hair products.

        I just got my first Ipsy bag which I ordered for my daughter. It had, get this, 1 hair product, 1 makeup product and 3 skin products.

        In both cases the skin products seem to be geared to our profiles (aging skin vs. acne).

        Birchbox wins for me because of the point system and because I like boxes. Ipsy wins for my daughter because of the makeup bags (this month’s was just her thing).

      • Me too! I used to get a dozen a month at least. I had to stop getting them when I quit blogging-because I couldn’t justify spending so much of my personal money on them. The only ones I REALLY miss a lot are Popsugar & Glossybox. Right now I only get Birchbox, Naturebox & Petbox. Sometimes I will subscribe to a box for 1 month only if the spoiler is for something awesome or the deal is to good to pass up, and I stayed subscribed to things I can skip monthly (Julep, Bespoke Post…). I was getting to the point where the boxes weren’t that exciting anymore….and my hoard is STILL huge after almost 9 months…but I am starting to think about PopSugar and felt like I was missing out. Glad I wear RX sunglasses! 🙂

      • Holy cow that’s a lotta shipping! Yeah, I keep trying to be practical about what I get that I want or need from different boxes, but I can’t completely ignore the value of the anticipation, surprise and lovely packaging. That’s a whole lot of smile for $10/month.

        • I know, I’ve got 5 swaps I’m shipping tomorrow and that’s my rough guess on cost this time. I’m easing down from the 17-20 boxes the overexcited me ordered, LOL.

          • I wasn’t far off… $21 and change… and that was with a last minute swap thrown in, making it 6 I shipped.

      • My shipping amount weekly is about the same as yours. Some weeks its a bit less, some weeks its a bit more. Yet it is less then months ago. What has helped a lot, is I only ship heavier items to states close by, unless it is a small heavy item that can be fit in a small flat rate box. A lot of the very heavy items I’ve deleted from swap, and put in a gift giving box. The items I can’t use as gifts I donate. Rather donate then pay shipping on an item I’m not sure I will use to reswap it again.

        This month will be my first birchbox month. Because of the beauty blender promotion, I decided to try it. Liking the idea of points for reviews. I used to get ipsy, I kept getting items that would have been better suited for someone younger. I do miss the ipsy bag. Out of all the boxes I sub to Goodebox has been the only box I use at least 90% of the items in every month, sometimes it’s 100%. Its because they do a great job customizing with their long survey ( 4 pages ). –

  23. I am quite happy with my Birchbox this month. It’s not particularly high value, $28, and I actually paid the non-discounted price of $11 (including tax) this month, but it’s one month when we’ll use all the products. I got:

    -Aruba Aloe Luxe Foot Creme – this actually does a good job of making my feet feel softer.
    -Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo – I can always use more of these.
    – WEI Kakadu Plum Brightening Sugar Mask – I love trying new masks
    -Cotz Flawless Complexion Spf 50 – kind of a bummer how small the sample is, but I can keep it in a purse in case of emergencies.
    -Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain – this goes to my daughter who likes playing with makeup.

    If you click on my name you can see my “review” of this box.

  24. I’ve been happy with my boxes, and you can’t beat $10 plus the $5 credit for reviewing. 🙂
    I got the macadamia oil (my pick), cotz bb cream (which Im always happy to try spf stuff), benefit lollybalm, Tokyo lotion (very strong!) and Harvey prince yogini perfume sample.

    I think Harvey prince is in there too often. I’d love more cleanser samples!

    • i LOVE this oil.

      last month that teeny tiny samplesociety bumble & bumble oil inspired me to pick this oil for my bb, but then i got a full size oil from beautyfix, which i totally like, but…i’m still glad i picked this one. it’s my favorite of the three so far and my usual flat-on-top, wavy, frizzy in the back long hair is looking like a shampoo commercial.

  25. LIZ!! 🙂


    I haven’t received my box yet so I am thrilled to see your review and the sizes are fantastic !!! 🙂

    These are products that I’ve been wanting to try.

    I ordered another box with the 50% off code and then saw the FREE Beauty Blender offer and grabbed that one the same day the deal sold out so I am not sure on which items I’ll be receiving in those boxes but this one looks awesome. I think the Mally eye liner colors vary from what I’ve seen. Excited!! 🙂

    • I grabbed a second Birchbox this month too! I have a 1 year sub that was ended in another month or two, so I reactivated my original account to get a beauty blender. So glad I didn’t hesitate! Funny, I almost BOUGHT a beauty blender because mine is just starting to smell weird. I hope I get different items… for my first box I got the:
      Deodorant wipes (usable, and interesting…added more to my full-size order while I was playing cart tetris with my points the other day)
      Cynthia brightener (Tarina’s is my HG…so excited to compare)
      Wei Bee Venom mask (excited about that!)
      Cotz spf (meh…have so much spf stuff)
      Pop Beauty eyeshadow trio…Which I am so tired of. Hope I don’t get another one!

  26. Hey Liz, are you still a Beta subscriber?

    • I am! I think my Beta subscription will be late this month since my credit card info was stolen and I had to update that Birchbox account with my new credit card info when it arrived.
      (Having to update credit card info on all your subscriptions = the worst!)

      • I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you! That is a terrible reminder to me as well to be careful with my information online!!

        • Liz – When was your information stolen? I find it interesting that we both live in the same area and had our credit card numbers stolen. My Discover card went beserk the first day the MSA/Kloverbox went on sale.

          I need to remember to update Jouer!!!

          • I think like a month and a half ago… I was pretty annoyed that Chase approved a Western Union transfer in Utah for $40!

          • Not the same time. One would think Chase would know better! Whoever ended up with my card information sent me encyclopedias. Maybe that person thought I was ignorant LOL. I couldn’t believe it when the UPS guy told me. He was relieved he did not have to lug them up to the house.

  27. I didn’t realize the Macademia sample was 1 oz! I’m so excited to get my box!

  28. I got the Coastel Scents eyeshadow, Harvey Prince Yogini vial, moisturizer, clay mask, and No. 4 protect and prep spray. I’ve been pretty happy with Birchbox and use all my samples. I do wish they would send me less hand/body lotions…I usually don’t use them. I love Jergens and don’t use a hand lotion. But overall, I’ve been with Birchbox since December 2014 and there is only one box that I disliked.

    • I got the same box! I really don’t like anything but the sample I picked out (which I already have).

  29. So, I had an unusual exchange with. BB customer rep. I called to complain about a repeat sample (Wei bee venom mask). And the agent found my duplicate account–which was gifted to me by a coworker–who even though I rave about Birchbox-didn’t realize I have an account. I was asked to cancel my account and they followed up. So it looks like Birchbox is really cracking down. I emailed a complaint to BB customer service explaining the situation. I have been a BB customer for 4 years- I couldn’t believe I was asked to cancel my sub! Anyone else with two accounts have this problem?

    • I have three accounts right now. I’ve never had a problem. I’ve contacted them twice about issues with more than one account.

      Time 1: There was a problem reviewing a sample. I got it in two boxes. (It was a problem with the form on their site.) They credited me points on both accounts and let me know in a single message.

      Time 2: I got massive overlap in samples between two accounts. I asked what I could do to vary it a little bit and they activated the “beta preferences” thing on both of those accounts and gave me some tips about the profile questionnaire.

      I have also gifted myself a sub and referred myself for points. Never had an issue.

      I do use a different e-mail address for each account.

      • Thank you for the info. I think I unfortunately got an overzealous and possibly new employee. I still can’t believe any company would want to cancel a sub account that is four years old,( and I have gifted five different subs, all out of state-so you can see that I am not collecting those samples)over a three month gift sub. On the other hand is anyone wants to swap for WEI BEE VENOM MASK– I have plenty of it….

        • ME ME ME!! I’m addicted to the bee venom stuff, but since the only box that ISN’T running late to me this month was Sample Society, it will probably be next week before I post more to my swap page.

        • Julep did that to me!! Made me cancel one when I called in about an issue.

      • I wanted to do that using our business email, but totally forgot I had to go thru customer service before because my address comes up that it doesn’t exist (so annoying). So I can’t get in to take advantage of the half off the first box.

    • i actually just sent them a message on facebook asking them if i was able to order another box on my same account and they sent me a message saying that i would have to order another box under a different account and told me to help with not getting repeats to set my profile different ways, but that i could still get repeats on products.

  30. I wasn’t happy with the overall theme and choices for Birchbox this month so instead I used points to buy myself the 3 month mothers day gift subscription (even though I’m not a mother lol). The first box looked great! I got this macadamia hair oil, well people mascara, a mini candle, tocca perfume vial, and a cleanser. Very nice! And I get 2 more boxes I don’t have to pay for 😀

  31. Your box looks great this month! I can’t wait till my other ones come! I love how fast they ship the curated boxes each month, I got mine over a week ago and I’m loving the mascara and the lotion smells so good! My upgraded box is due tomorrow and I cannot wait to see which are the full sizes! Has anyone got theirs yet? (I think it’s going to be the Prescriptives mascara and Laura Mecier lipstick.) also I’m receiving the English Laundry perfume in both of my other boxes which really upsets me, especially after getting eight different ones for free I a adorable bagy from Sephora last week! Not even including my other three samples, but I love Birchbox and will never cancel.

  32. I get my box tomorrow, but I love what’s going to be in it! I can’t wait to see the sample sizes thought. I got completely different stuff! There is so much variation!

    Cynthia rowley beauty creamy lip stain
    Beauty protecter beauty wash body cleanser
    Harvey prince hello perfume (not happy about this, I get too many perfume samples)

    Marcelle Hydra-C 24H Energizing Hydrating Gel

    Macadamia Professional™ Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment (my pick)

    • I got the exact same box, love everything but the perfume.

  33. I wasn’t really happy with mine at all this month. Very disappointing. I didn’t pick a sample choice. I got: Number 4 prep and protect spray, Noabay moisturizer, a tiny Juice Beauty CC Cream, Harvey Prince Sincerely, and a Coastsl Scents eyeshadow quad sample. The only thing I’ll really use or try is the eyeshadow. I’m getting real tired of Harry prince perfume samples in Birchbox. I’m ready to cancel Birchbox and I’ve only had it 3 months.

    • My Birchbox has been pure Junk for 5 straight months. I keep changing my profile and email them but nothings been helping. I’m just shocked at how bad its been. It seems like ipsy is 1000× better lately

    • I completely agree. I don’t really like a single thing I got this month. I can’t recall the exact names, but I received a perfume sample (two months in a row I’ve gotten perfume samples now…and this one doesn’t even smell nice), two little skincare samples that are ok but nothing I get excited about, a lipstick in a brown shade that wouldn’t suit me at all, and the Harvey Prince sea salt spray that turned out to be really tiny, and mine doesn’t even look like it’s full.

      The last few months have been good, so I hope this was just a fluke. I do receive way too many lotions and Harvey Prince perfumes, and I also received two of the same items two months in a row over the winter, but I was new to Birchbox and didn’t realize they would fix this, so I didn’t complain at the time.

    • Maybe it was coastal scents not pop that I got…I get those two confused in my “Made in China junk” mind draw.

  34. I loved the packaging this month! Such pretty light peach colors.

  35. Your box looks amazing! I got the Beauty Solutions box which is decent but I’m a little jealous.

    • i got the same…beauty solutions. it seems ok. not the best not the worst.

  36. I’m still waiting for my box. *sigh* But, I peeked. 🙂 I’m getting:

    ~Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream – I love everything Benefit, so I’m excited to try this. I hope it’s a decent size.
    ~Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion – I am so over getting Number 4 products from Birchbox, I can’t even.
    ~Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel – This was my sample choice. I’ve used it before, and I really like it.
    ~Whish Flawless Swipes – I am so over getting Whish products from Birchbox, I can’t even.
    ~Chosungah 22 Flavorful Lipstick – This is a new brand for me, and I’m completely intrigued. I hope I get a good color/flavor!

    I’m just about ready to call Birchbox and beg them to stop sending me Number 4 and Whish products. I swear I get them every month. New brands, please, Birchbox!

    • I have the exact same products as you and I cannot for the life of me figure out what these Whish “swipes” are meant to be used for?? Also, this is the second time I’m receiving an orange lipstick and my skin tone is absolutely not suited for it. Blergh. I’m hoping this stuff is as sheer as they say.

      • @Em – I think Whish wipes are to freshen up the underarms. Like…deodorant wipes. I didn’t get that in my box but those are the only Whish wipes I’m aware of.

        • Seems like the website mentioned they were to use after shaving to help prevent ingrown hairs and bumps… if it works, I might have to kiss someone!

        • These are the Flawless Swipes, not the Deodorant Swipes. These are supposed to help with razor bumps and ingrown hairs. I’ll probably try them, but I am so over getting anything by Whish in my Birchbox. Uncle.

    • That’s what my box shows I’m getting!

    • I stopped birch box after No.4 and whish product overload.

      • Funny! I never received no 4 ptoducts, but the whish and miracle skin samples are in every box of mine! I even got 2 miracle skin sample in my May box!! One foil pack, and one teeny tube of primer that is all smudged on the lettering.. Like an old sample.. I finally cancel my subscription and the man one as well; redeemed my $60 in points on Acure products et voila, no more $30+ a month on repetitive samples, foil pack, and things I don’t use..:))

  37. The swatch is really easy to see there, thank you!

  38. My box isn’t here yet (i seem to have this issue with 75% of my boxes), but my peek at my box doesn’t show any of the products that anyone else got except the 3 minute peel, which was my sample choice. I didn’t realize they had that much differences in the boxes.

  39. I’m still waiting for my box to arrive! Ever since I signed up for a yearly sub, I get them later in the month. 🙁 The products look okay, but I have no idea what sizes they are yet! I’m getting:

    No 4 Thermal styler (I hate this brand!)
    Marcelle clay mask (ooh, I like masks!)
    Benefit Lollibalm (I also hate Benefit. And I have discovered way better tinted balms than this one.)
    Cotz Flawless Complexion (Dangit, I got Cotz in my Ipsy bag this month! Oh well.)
    Aruba Aloe Lux foot cream (Huh. This could be a good thing.)

  40. I got the Beauty Box and am pretty happy with it. CoTZ Flawless Complexion, Juara Candlenut Body Cream, Marcelle Hydra-C, Number 4 Blow Dry Lotion, W3LL People Expressionist Mascara. I love the mascara most of all and will likely purchase it. Probably the first mascara brush in my life that I really like and don’t make a mess with!

    • Received the exact same box. I’m pleased. I’ll definitely use everything and I’m intrigued that the blow dry lotion claims to cut down drying time.

  41. I made the mistake of choosing the sea salt spray and got that, a tiny ugly Cynthia Rowley lip stain in dark dark purple, a tiny sheedo serum, a Tokyo milk lotion, and a perfume sample of English Laundry.

    Not happy. The only thing I like is the Sea salt spray, although the scent is a little offputting (thankfully it only lasts a few seconds). I was going to go for the curated box, but I only wanted the juara lotion out of that.

  42. Can’t say I was super-thrilled with this month’s box…a Juice Beauty cc cream that smells like death and is super-orange colored, nano bay moisturizer which is fine, just boring, a number 4 thermal spray, peripera lip gloss that is the best thing in the box, and a tocca perfume sample that I think I already have 5 of.

  43. I like my box but my box didn’t say Birchbox or cupcakes and cashmere. Never had a blank box before!

    • I had that happen once, I emailed them to let them know and they gave me 100 extra points, which they definitely didn’t have to do and was really awesome of them. Also it never has happened again so it might be worth checking out!

    • That’s so strange! How could the person packing the boxes not notice?

      • Yeah I thought so too. I didn’t really noticed when I first opened it but then I started seeing other people’s reviews and was like something’s off with my box and realized what it was. It’s still the cute peachy patterned box just no gold foil Birchbox emblem.

  44. I liked my box this month, actually more than I thought I would:

    same hydrating gel
    same sea salt spray
    dr. jart tinted moisturizer
    perfume (notting hill english laundry)
    a lipstick

    The only thing I won’t try is the lipstick, as the reviews aren’t very good and I don’t really wear lipstick. I love the dr. hart and the gel, so overall I’m calling it a win.

  45. This is a great box! I wish I liked mine as much as yours. Deluxe foil packets annoy me. Meh.

  46. Yup! Was pretty mad! My sample choice is worth a dollar, and the rest is towelettes and sample pack.. And tiny tube of awful product, which is sane brand as the foil pack mask.. 1 mg!! Oh, and the lettering on the tiny tube is all it was some left over they throw in at last minute.. Happy that people had good boxes, but haven’t been impressed with birchbox for a long time!! Have $60 in points so I will redeem and move on to greener pasture!

  47. I just got my May box today and LOVE it! I got seven samples, so I’ll get $7 in birchbox points once I’m done reviewing everything! The total value of the samples was $39.96. I got:

    The same hydrating gel as Liz. Love it!

    The same eyeliner as Liz, but in navy. It’s okay, I’m really faithful to my Rimmel London liner so I’ll probably pass this along to my mom.

    Living proof hair lotion – I just put this on after my shower, once I wake up in the morning with my hair dry I’ll know how well it worked!

    Benefit POREfessional – one of my favorites, I haven’t splurged on full size yet so samples are always welcome.

    3 minute peel – this was my sample choice. Doesn’t seem to do much when I am using it, but my skin is so soft afterward.

    Living proof shampoo/conditioner – paper packets, but bonuses nonetheless! Again, I’ll have to wait for morning for my hair to dry and see if this shampoo made my hair too greasy or not. I loved the Beaver set from last month, so hopefully this is similar!

    I love seeing what everyone got!

    • Ack, sorry about the repost. 🙁 I tried submitting the first time and it said it didn’t go through. My bad!

    • 7?? Did your card list all 7? I always get 5.

      • Birchbox does send out more than 5 samples from time to time! And yes, you get to write reviews and get points for them, which is super awesome. 😀 Usually the extra samples are smaller sizes, like a foil or a fragrance vial, or a “lifestyle extra” (e.g. a piece of chocolate), but honestly, if it’s on top of the original five samples and I get extra points – bring them on! 🙂

      • Yes, seven!!! My card didn’t list the bonus shampoo + conditioner, but they were listed as separate items on my peek page. 🙂

    • I got the same box and I love it! I was skeptical at first about the eyeliner but I gave it a try and I ADORE it. I want to buy it in Black Cherry too. I love the 3 minute peel. I bought a full size one because it makes my skin feel so good!

  48. I received the Macadamia hair oil too and the size/value of that sample alone made the box cost worth it for me! The samples did seem to be a little larger than usual this month which I liked. However, this is my fifth Birchbox and the only one that I’ve been remotely happy about receiving. Amazingly, I will actually try 3 out of the 5 samples I received this month. There’s normally not one thing that I really care to try. The boxes are really cute and great for organizing samples and the rewards program is great but this is just not the sub for me. I’m becoming more interested in skincare (preferably natural) so I’m focusing more on those types of boxes now and will be cancelling Birchbox after using up the last of my rewards points.

  49. I chose the curated box, and the Juara candlenut body crème is DREAMY!

    • It’s my favorite discovery in a BB!! I bought the full size lotion and scrub together they’re both amazing.

  50. My box was horrible!! I got the sample choice sea salt spray, but had not idea it would be so small and only worth $1.. The rest of my items are amfoil packs!! Foil pack mud mask, two towelettes, a teeny tiny miracle skin ( hate the brand) primer.. Not even worth $10 box all together.. I had a horrible man box as well so I will collect my points and cancel both subscriptions; no longer worth it.. Tons of better subs out there!!

    • That is a terrible box, I would contact customer service about it. They have always been very good to me. As for the sample choice, I always watch the video because they usually show the actual samples. That way you get a better idea of the actual size. One foil packet is okay, but nearly a whole box…not even the $5 walmart box is that bad!

    • I can’t believe you seriously got that many foil samples. One foil pack is too many

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