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Birchbox August 2015 Sample Choice Spoilers!

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Birchbox August 2015

The Birchbox Sample Choice Video for August 2015 is up! (Thanks Patricia for the heads up!) Here are all the sample choice options for August:

R+Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo

Air Repair Complexion Boosting Moisturizer

Rusk Volumizing Mousse

Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray

Or, you can pick the curated box:

Guest Editor Box

Inside the Birchbox + Candidly Nicole box
dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant
LAQA Cheeky Lip Tints in Humble Brag
Rene Furterer Lissea Leave-In Smoothing Fluid
St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
OPI Fall/Winter 2015 Venice Collection—you’ll get one of four shades: a dusty peach, a rose-gold, a charcoal, or a deep red.

And here are the Add-On options this month:

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Subscribers will start to get emails to make their choice on the 27th. Full Details:

If you’re a subscriber, keep an eye on your email inbox on July 28th to choose your sample or select the Birchbox + Candidly Nicole featured box. Supplies are limited, so don’t wait! If you’d rather not choose a sample, don’t worry: We’ll create a great box for you based on your Beauty Profile.

SAMPLE CHOICE EARLY ACCESS! 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 refer-a-friend page by July 26th. And that’s it! You’ll get your sample choice email on July 27th—one day earlier than everyone else.

What do you think of the choices for August? The curated box is looking good to me!

FYI – if you haven’t subscribed yet, get $5 (50 points) to spend in the Birchbox shop when you subscribe with coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50

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. Does anyone know if it’s too late in the month to get the curated box with a new subscription? Or if I can choose the curated box for my first box if I subscribe to a second BB?

  2. I picked the dry shampoo for my sample choice. Believe it or not I’ve been subscribed to ipsy over a year and almost a year for birchbox and have yet to receive a dry shampoo sample! Crazy, but I probably won’t get it anyhow as the 1st of the month is always a dry spell time for my checking account so I usually end up with a total surprise. I did however buy the Nicole Richie curated box with my bonus points so I’m excited for that! Im just hoping I don’t get the red polish cause I’m not a big fan of that color on my nails, other than that I’ll be a happy camper!!

  3. I was so paranoid after missing out on last months curated box due to “glitch” that I wanted, so I message Birchbox thru a chat on their website and made my selection for the curated box. So excited! I would’ve been totally bummed had missed this one too. Birchbox really has some great customer service!

  4. I waited too long, and the add-on mask sampler is out of stock. 🙁

    • Hi! If you search Mask Maddness, the set is still available on its own in the Birchbox shop. Just order it separate from there (its available at the same price)! 🙂

  5. I’m confused. You said we’ll get it the 27th (today) if we’re an ace or the 28th if we aren’t.. Birchbox’s official page says the 28th if ace, 29th if not?

    • I agree, I finally got aces status this month and thought for sure the early birds got the email on the 27th?

      • I just talked with someone at BB, early access starts tomorrow not today.

        • Thank you, Elise!!

  6. The curated was awesome enough for me that I had to resubscribe, but not sure if which box I’ll get July or August. July looked good too so I wouldn’t mind 🙂

  7. Ahhh! I’m so excited for August! Definitely getting the dry shampoo on my 1st account and the guest-editor box on my 2nd account.

    I have been dying to try that new in-shower tan!! I’m going to be getting into fake tanning soon, and I’d like something easy to keep my tan looking good through the week. Having to wait in the shower with it on isn’t a big deal for me because I regularly use FRANK.

    Has anyone else tried using regular self tanner over (red) stretch marks? Does it conceal them a bit? Should I smear extra product over the marks with a q-tip or something? I have deluxe samples of the Tarte tanner and the St. Tropez mouse to try out. If they work out, definitely gonna buy some fake tan from the Birchbox shop.

  8. Hi Liz, I love your reviews! I started watching you about 5 months ago, and now I’m subscribed to about 15 different boxes. I think. I have an addiction, lol! Have you done you reviews for the July birchbox and ipsy yet? Thank you for your site, I love being able to see what is in past subscription boxes before I make a decision. Thanks again!!

  9. I like a bunch of the samples, but the curated box is just so pretty!!

    I am a bit bummed out though because I still haven’t received my July box! Is there anyone else that is still waiting or should I contact bb to see whats up?

    • I also never received my July Birchbox, even though it said it was delivered, so I contacted BB a few days ago and they were really nice about it. They said they couldn’t resend the July box but were going to give me the August box for free. I would contact them!

  10. Curated it is! I won’t use the tanner but 4/5 isn’t bad. None of the sample choice are that exciting.

  11. Ak! The only thing I really like is the pretty box from the curated box. A lot of the products don’t work for me due to ingredients. What will people be most likely to want to swap for?

  12. Cool, this makes up for last month for me when I really didn’t love getting a bright lipstick. I love the collab with Nicole Richie, and that box is gorgeous. Weren’t the curated boxes from the last month or two available as a separate $10 purchase? If so I might also have to buy one because the sample choices all look good to me too!

  13. I have a comment about the Coola SPF setting spray. This is a chemical SPF. Chemical SPF (unlike physical SPF) needs to be applied directly to the skin in order to work. Therefore, I am wary of these new SPF setting sprays. I’ve seen one, the Goldfaden “Sun Visor,” that’s a physical SPF; otherwise, the one’s I’ve seen and heard of are chemical, and I doubt their efficacy. It seems like if you put a SPF over makeup, but it needs to combine directly with skin to work, that it won’t work (as an SPF; it might work as a setting spray). Does anybody know otherwise? I’m not a dermatologist and am willing to be wrong.

    • i just want to point out that that Sun Visor product also has oxybenzone in it, which is also a chemical SPF (and terrible for you!), which I was so disappointed about when I got the Kloverbox/MSA box ug

    • Chemical sunscreens don’t have to be applied directly to the skin to work – the chemical mechanism works whether the molecules are right on top of your skin or separated by a layer of makeup. Consumers are told to apply directly to skin and wait ~20 minutes because that allows the sunscreen to set in even layer of protection that’s less likely to get rubbed/sweated off and because that’s the only way to ensure you’re really getting the SPF as rated. So as a bonus bit of extra sun protection in your setting spray, chemical sunscreens do still work, but I wouldn’t count on getting the stated SPF from a setting spray even if you used enough product.
      (Not a dermatologist, but a med student who taught a sun safety course for middle schoolers, for what it’s worth.)

      • It’s worth a lot. Thank you for the information 🙂

  14. The pink sunglasses from last months add on are my new favorite pair. Nothing looks good this month so no add ons for me. All the sample choices look fine. I’ll let Birchbox surprise me. I got the curated last month specifically for the Bella hot pink lipstick and it’s my new favorite.

  15. The Coola was in my July box. I absolutely love it! I may lose out on points but I’m definitely choosing it again.

  16. Looks like I’ll try for the curated box! Hopefully it’s still a choice when I get my email!

  17. I’m going to chose the dry shampoo is the hope that this will mean they won’t send me any other hair items. I DON’T want any more hair oils, hair texturizers, hair creams, hair anything. Dry shampoo, however, I’ll use.

  18. I am SO Pumped for these offers! I almost bough the Coola Spray the other day- it would be nice to sample it first- I think its like $50. I also always love dry shampoo. The curated box looks awesome! I am SO glad I signed up for another account with that Tati $1 box- kept the account going. Last month was the first time I liked to curated box so it was nice to get the curated box and still pick a sample. Getting the curated and a sample choice this month- YAY!

  19. I wondered if any of the plus items were worth it and so I did a little looking around- anyone else looking at the speaker – The site is selling the seemingly same speaker for $20 (less than the BB offer) which makes me happy to overlook this plus buys as they are no great deal.

  20. I really want the coola choice but I also really want the curated box. I might have to sign up for a second box just for next month.

  21. i really like the charcoal nail polish so i probably won’t get it lol…but i also like the coola has anyone tried it????

  22. Are you able to use points or anything towards the add ons or do you have to pay full price? That towel is really cute but expensive.

    • Hi, you can’t use points for add ons, they will charge you at the same time they charge for your monthly sub. You do earn points for a purchase of an add on. Hope that helps.

  23. Definitely the curated box this month. I added the bracelet and necklace already — I’m on a jewelry kick lately.

  24. WOW, the curated box looks amazing !! already made my choice ! Hopefully, I can get it !

  25. Meh..not feeling any of them.

    What choice do you guys think will be most swappable?

    • I might try to swap for one or two of the Venice OPIs: the rose gold and/or the beige.

  26. I am going to get the curated box this month.

  27. I added the necklace — so pretty! Think I’ll be doing the curated box this month.

  28. The choices this month are kind of blah, but I’m going with the moisturizer. I’m excited to see an OPI Venice collection.

  29. Is there a way to check our account to see whether our add-on order worked? I didn’t get a confirmation email.

  30. Birchbox is starting to bore me…love Boxycharm so much better and you get way better (and bigger) samples!

    • I agree – I’m getting that same feeling.

    • I kind of feel the same way, I haven’t been too excited about my Birchbox in a few months. August’s samples are again stuff I don’t usually use or hair care stuff which I’m sick of. Birchbox has been sending me way too many hair care samples for fine, thin hair when I have thick, wavy/curly hair; doesn’t make sense. I just canceled Boxycharm last month but somehow still got July’s since their customer service sucks right now and it was the first one I’ve loved in like 4 months.

  31. The mask sampler add-on looks really good! Will probably get the dry shampoo as my sample choice.

  32. Can you review (and get points from) a product from the curated box if you’ve already received it in the past?

    • Nope 🙁 When this happened to me it didn’t give me the option to review it for points again.

      • Bummer! Well, the Dr. Brandt is fantastic so even if I lose out on points for it, I don’t mind.

        • I’ve had repeat samples in curated boxes a few times, and it won’t let you review for points through the site. However, I dash off a quick email to birchbox CS, and they have credited me the appropriate review points each time. Hope this helps anyone who is hesitant to lose review points by choosing a previously received sample!

  33. I’ve reserved the Mask Sampler, $15 is pretty good for 4 sheet masks (does one of those Real Chemistry masks really go for $25??). The towel also looks really nice but it’s a bit expensive for me right now or else I’d love the blue one. For sample choice, I’m between the dry shampoo and the mousse.

    • $25 for the Real Chemistry mask is what they advertise as MSRP, but I don’t think people actually pay that much for it. It’s always massively discounted in kits. You can get the Real Chemistry Radiance kit from Birchbox for $24 and it includes 2 masks, a sample of the peel, make-up bag, and headband. Not a bad deal. Also, if you go to Real Chemistry’s website, basically you can get 2 samples of the peel for $6.

  34. I am so excited about the Opi in the curated box! I think I’ll end up swapping for the other colors. All the other items bore me, though.

  35. This is the first month I’ve ever requested an add on. The necklace was just so pretty. Not hugely excited about the sample choices this month but the moisturizer looks intriguing.

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