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Birchbox September 2015 Sample Choice Spoilers!

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Birchbox Sample Choice for September 2015

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

Birchbox Sample Choice

Davines Love Smoothing Shampoo + Conditioner

POP Beauty Eye Shadow Trio in Sugar Plum

Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil Mini in Medium Brown

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser

Or, you can pick the curated box:

Birchbox Customer Favorites Box

*Inside the Customer Favorites box*
Beauty Protector Protect & Shampoo
Beauty Protector Protect & Condition
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
Harvey Prince Hello
Marcelle Mini Waterproof Eyeliner — Mulberry

And here are the Add-On options this month:

Birchbox Plus

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 August 28th to choose your sample or select the curated 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 August 26th. And that’s it! You’ll get your sample choice email on August 27th—one day earlier than everyone else.

What do you think of the choices for September? I can’t decide yet which sample I want – probably the mini palette or the eyebrow pencil.

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. I guess I’ll get the shampoo on one and the brow pencil on the other account. That is truly the worst curated box I’ve seen. And that Marcelle eyeliner is terrible. Not only is it not waterproof, it smears and ‘drifts’ something terrible!

    • Weird that so many people hate Marcelle eyeliner. I love it so much I’ve bought 2 full size.

  2. Wow, this months box really seems like a bust…i’m surprised. I own the Liz Earle hot cloths and they make your skin feel amazing, so if you haven’t tried them, i’d do that. Guess I’ll have to take my chances this month and not pick any samples at all. Maybe the Birchbox gods will be nice to me and give me something better 🙂

  3. Is it possible to skip a month? Not feeling anything this time around…

    • Nope. No skip option with Birchbox.

    • You can either not pick something and hope you don’t get one of the items in your box (though you probably will anyway) or just cancel and resubscribe next month. The only catch is you will probably not get a sample choice next month, because if you re-sign up before sample choice day at the end of September, you’ll get a September box.

  4. Liz, does Birchbox have any deals where they try to lure you back in?

    My year was up so I cancelled. Now I regret it,? but I’m trying to hold out until they have a deal.

    • Not Liz, but chiming in:

      There were a bunch of deals over the holidays. $99 subs with free gift, and for a couple of days I think subs were $88 or $89. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen anything like that in months. They do sometimes have 100 point bonus codes for signing up.

  5. I added on the Stila liquid lipstick trio. I picked Bella the hot pink one in July and it is my new HG lipstick so I can’t wait to try the bright orange and red.

  6. hopefully i get the email this month…its very hit or miss for me but i would pick the brow pencil. hoping its the right color ! all other items dont appeal and i think i have all the items in the customer faves box

  7. I am so excited because I was one of the winners from the box design contest and my name is going to be on the box! I am not choosing the curated box since it has its own box design.

    • Congratulations! It’s beautiful.

    • That’s awesome! It’s a beautiful box.

  8. This will be the first time in several months that I won’t be opting for the curated box – is it just me or is it seriously underwhelming? I’m not crazy about the other sample options either – love Davines but I only use specific shampoos for my blonde highlights, not a huge fan of Pop shadows (I received a brown trio through ipsy and never used it beyond the initial swatch), and I’ve never been wowed by the Pores No More line from Dr. Brandt. I would try the Anastasia brow pencil, but I’m traditionally taupe in that line and I’m afraid it’ll be too dark. September’s shaping up to be a bit of a miss at this point. Oh well – enjoyed July and August 🙂

  9. I wonder if the brow product will work with dark eyebrows? I might get that and the eyeshadow, simply because I’ve received both the other samples before (in fact I have the cleanser in FS from BeautyDNA). Curated box does not interest me primarily because of the Harvey Prince. Also I’ve gotten the Liz Earle product before and I have a couple of the Marcelle liners already. (Harvey Prince fragrances are just not for me. Although Sincerely is the worst!)

  10. I’ve been subscribed for two months now and haven’t gotten this email about choosing a sample. Do I need to pay more than the $10 to do this or is something wrong with my account? Thanks.

    • Check your email settings. Somehow I had turned of all emails from Birchbox so I wasn’t getting them either. If you can’t figure it out from poking around in your account, contact Birchbox customer service and they will help you out.

      • *off

    • You don’t need to pay more for sample choice. However, you have to elect to receive all of their promo (ad-like) emails in order to get the sample choice emails. If you email customer service, they can set you up to make sure you’re getting the emails. After that, if you still don’t see them, check your junk mail / spam folders.

    • Ariel, the others gave you good advice, I just wanted to add that I DO have my settings to accept all Birchbox emails and I still only get the sample choice email sporadically. I don’t know why this is so, but I’ve been a BB subscriber for 7 mos and have only received sample choice emails twice! (Not in Spam folder either.) Luckily I don’t care all that much or I’d be peeved. 🙂

      • You can also e-mail them on sample choice day, say you haven’t gotten your e-mail, and tell them what you want. That usually works for me.

  11. I got the Hello! sample in this month’s box, a Beauty Protector body wash (I’m not a fan of the scent) AND the Davines shampoo in the Mystery trio so me thinks the Dr. Brandt cleanser will be my choice (I just brought a eyeshadow palette in plum-y colors AND medium brown is probably too light for my brows). This is an underwhelming month, given how I got similar selections in my recent bonuses/boxes, I can’t help but feel like BB is experiencing a little fatigue!

  12. Got the Dr. Brandt’s in my last box but I like it so I may choose that. Or maybe the eyebrow pencil, though it may be too dark for me.

  13. Are you kidding me ?? Same stuff all the time. I love the concept of BB and have subscribed with them for years , but am over getting the same things over and over when they sell thousands of products. I’ve yet to get a sample of foundation. I am over the same hair products already. Barely get a lipstick except for the crayons and I’ve received more than one of the Stila awful long lasting lip stains. I bought a yearly subscription and once that is over will rethink if it’s worth it to spend $10 to get the discounts. I’m on the Sephora waiting list and and thinking they have to do better than this for $10.

    • I don’t think I’d want foundation from them. They’d send totally the wrong color. Or they’d send the same color to everyone.

    • I wholeheartedly agree with you!! I’ve been a BB subscriber for over 4 years and very underwhelmed lately. I used to get lip glosses, snack items, or life style items sometimes. Now I never get them, the last couple boxes have been hair product boxes for me, and they’re for fine/thin hair when I have thick/curly hair. Don’t know what’s going on with them. I’d kill for some actual makeup like blush, foundation, concealer, bb creams, lip glosses. All my boxes anymore seem to be mascara, eye liner or crappy hair products I can’t use. Hell I’d even like some body wash or lotion, at least it would be something different. I’d like different products than what I get every month and September, I’ve already gotten the Liz Earle, Harvey Prince, Dr. Brandt, Davines and Marcelle. So I won’t even get the 50 points, super disappointing.

  14. None of the sample choices really stand out to me, but I LOVE that “mood board” box! Gorgeous!!! I’ll probably go for the Davines or Anastasia item 🙂

  15. I’m new to Birchbox I’m trying to figure out what the “Harvey Prince Hello” item is. Is it a fragrance? thanks

    • Its a fragrance. Not one of my favorites either. I’ve already gotten one in my regular Birchbox from late winter.

      • Do you remember at all what it smells like ?

        • On the BB website, these are the notes they highlighted: “top notes of Meyer lemon and Satsuma mandarin) and floral notes (summer forsythia and pink plumeria —traditionally found in Hawaiian leis).”

          For me, the mandarin and the plumeria really dominates. It’s an interesting floral-citrus mix (just not for me! FYI I like Chanel perfumes and Estee Lauder’s pleasures).

          • Great, thanks for your insight

          • To me this smells like hard candy. Not my thing at all.

            I’m big intro citruses and I like soft florals, but I dislike this one quite a bit.

        • Annie, Hello smells a lot like Juicy Couture’s Viva La Juicy, if that helps. I like it a lot, but it is weak (no longevity). I went through a rollerball in a hot minute and decided to just stick with VLJ instead, it lasts longer. 🙂

  16. Try harder, Birchbox! If I get one more blasted Harvey Prince Hello sample I’m going to lose my mind.

    • I totally agree. Birchbox provides a great service to new brands by letting people know about them, but overexposure can kill you just as sure as underexposure. After getting four Harvey Prince perfumes, I’ve grown to change the brand.

  17. I think I’ll go for the shampoo. Not a wildly exciting sample choice for me this month, but I like Davines.

  18. I loved the last 2 curated boxes but definitely won’t be getting this one. That grayish-purple mid tone, last in the palette, looks nice though so hopefully there will be enough to go around.

    • Oh, and what is the deal with red eyeliner everywhere? I got on in my Ipsy bag. Are people really wearing this?

      • Yes!!! It looks awesome with green or hazel eyes. It’s one of my favorite colors for eyeliner or eyeshadow. I have hazel eyes.

      • I got the Mulberry eyeliner sample in my July box and it’s not red, but an earthy purple. It’s very pretty.

        • I’ll have to lookout for people with this. I don’t think I could pull off this color, but it does sound pretty.

  19. I like the eyeshadow, and that cuff bracelet looks nice. The necklace might be interesting, too. It seems every other month either there’s something I want in the regular box, or the curated box looks cool. I figure one of these days I’ll want both (and I’m not adverse to signing up for two boxes) but so far it’s worked well.

  20. I am not too thrilled either but I will go with the Dr. Brandt but I love the tote so I think I will get it.

  21. Anastasia brow pencil, yay! I wonder how come I didn’t get an email with the video link? I usually do. I hope my sample choice email on the 26th gets here!

    • I got the email today with the PYS video 🙂

  22. Can you cancel an add on?

    • I don’t think so. Maybe try emailing Birchbox to ask.

      • I’ve done it by calling. It was no problem.

    • Hey Annie, I tried to cancel my plus item & was sent an email that they can’t take cancellations after the first of the month as they bill for them on the second of the month so I think if you send an email to Birchbox they might be able to do it for you, they ended up refunding my account & sending me an email to send the item back for free. Hope this helps you.

  23. I’m not too excited about September’s choices because I’ve gotten almost all of those items before in my previous Birchboxes. I will be choosing the Anastasia pencil since it’s the only item I haven’t received thus far.

  24. Hm… I’m not too into the addons this month, and the curated doesn’t appeal to me since it has shampoo, which I rarely use. (I have curly hair and use a cleansing conditioner.) I just got the Dr. Brandt cleanser in my August box, and I don’t need a brow pencil, so I’m going with the eyeshadow trio, which actually has some colors I’ve been looking for.

  25. Ooh. It’s gonna be hard choosing my sample this month.

    And as someone who purchased the La Mer Necklace last night, let me advise against picking it up. It looked so chic on Lorelei last month, but up close it feels kind of cheap. I can find use for it, but it was kind of disappointing nevertheless.

  26. That eyebrow pencil from Anastasia!. I use the Anastasia brow whiz and love it, but I am running low. So excited.

  27. I almost always let Birchbox surprise me as I prefer the surprise but I might get the curated just for the shampoo and conditoner. I have gotten that brands shower gel and leave in spray in my Birchbox before and they smell soooo good!!

  28. I want the eye shadow, I loved the peach parfait set from a few months ago!

  29. Thank you birchbox…I LOVE hair products!

  30. None of these options look exciting to me, I’m so over the hair products in Birchbox! I’ve gotten hair products in my last 3 boxes, and generally for fine/thin hair when I have thick/curly/wavy hair. I’ve gotten the Liz Earle before, still have yet to use it and didn’t we just get the Marcelle eye liner?

    • I have curly hair and they’ve been very good at giving me hair products that are for my hair type. Maybe ask them if they could tweak your profile for you.

    • Odd… I actually ended up getting three really good curly hair products in my August box– a leave-in conditioner, a dry shampoo, and a detangler/anti-frizz spray with sun protection. All three are things I’d use. Definitely check your profile. Ipsy was the one for me that sent a volumizer this month.

      • I used to get awesome stuff for my hair, like Miss Jessie’s but lately the last few months it’s all stuff for fine/limp hair I don’t get it. My profile hasn’t changed, don’t understand oh well.

    • I have fine/thin/wavy hair and have gotten A LOT of hair products from Birchbox, but the only ones I need/want/like are conditioning treatments. I think my profile indicates I don’t ever do my hair (don’t blow dry), but I keep getting styling products. That and Harvey Prince Hello samples. DOH

  31. Oh, not really excited about any of these options lol

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