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Birchbox February 2016 Sample Choice + Curated Box + Coupon!

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We have the sample choice spoilers for the February 2016 Birchbox!

The options for sample choice are:


And here is the Curated Date Night box:


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

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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. Could someone tell me about the surprise samples that come when you go with the sample choice option? Are they things worth getting, or a bunch of foil packets? I’ve only ever received curated boxes but February’s version isn’t doing it for me.

    • Darcy, the samples you receive in the uncurated box are equivalent to the sizes of products you get in the curated. Sizes vary, sometime you get full size with either box. Like the eyeko eyeliner this month. If you read thru January’s bb threads you can read people’s posts about what they received. Or watch unboxing videos on YouTube. So far I’ve always preferred the uncurated box. I’ve always been happy with mine but I know that’s not the case for many others.

  2. I hate when they put fragrance in the curated box. I often pick the curated box just to avoid fragrance.

    And, yes, I notice that same thing about my Aces status in my accounts.

  3. Well now I’m curious… How do I watch the video?

    • Go to Birchbox’s Facebook page.

  4. The arrow lip balm! I love lip balm/chapsticks…the few reviews this product has are good too. Hope I’ll be able to get this!

  5. This is the first time I’ve thought the curated box has been a dud. None of the sample choices are jumping out at me in the sense that I must have one over the others. They all look interesting and usable.

  6. Sample choice for me..hands down. That lip balm sounds really cool, and my thick, naturally curly hair has no need for blow out spray and I hate getting perfumes. Easy choice this time around!

  7. How do you pick your sample choice? I have the app but don’t see where or when to pick it. I missed the deadline for last month’s box.

    • You’ll get an email about sample choice. I think you can still pick from there. Or, once it’s time to add plus items or pick a sample, you’ll be able to go into your box- same place you go to see your samples, and then customize your next month’s box.

      • Do you know when the timing is on choosing the samples. I’m new to Birchbox and want to take full advantage. I’ll watch for the email.

        • When you get your email from Birchbox about sample choice, it’ll give you the date. Or once they actually post the video on their site, it says it there too. I’m guessing the email will be coming out in the next few days. I have the app too, but I usually just log into the BB website through my browser because it’s easier for me to navigate since that’s how I started. I don’t blame you, you’ll get the hang of it! Oh, a little tip: since you’re new, if they give you options for getting sample choice early, like inviting friends to join, etc, take them because a lot of people have trouble with their sample choices already being out of stock by the time they get their email. Once you’re an ACE, you’ll always get the email a day early.

        • Oh, you should get one email letting you know about sample choice, and then you’ll get another email later when you can actually make your choice.

    • There isn’t a way to select it on the app, once sample choice goes live you need to log in to from a computer and go to Your Box > Customize Next Months box

      • You don’t have to use an actual computer. I use the browser on my phone to log in to the website, just like I would on a regular computer.

  8. Love, love, loved the live video!!!

  9. Is anyone else who absolutely earned 500 points many times over at birchbox last year suddenly not showing up as an ace on their account? My emails from BB still say ace but my account page says I have 400 more points to earn to get ace status! I thought earning 500 points in the calendar year put you through to the next year?

    and I’m so tired of them doing everything on periscope! I love Lorelei but I couldn’t watch this video.

    • Yes this happened to me! I emailed them and haven’t received a response yet. Ace status didn’t reset last year. If this is a new policy then i am not very happy about it.

    • Did your points counter bar reset, or are you seeing your status somewhere else? I know I earned the 500 points and then some. Right now, my points counter says I have earned 60 out of the 500 ACE points, but I believe this is for the requalification. Here’s what the current ACE Terms and Conditions states:

      “Birchbox Ace status is conferred on those registered Birchbox members who are (i) eligible for the Birchbox Points Program, and (ii) who earn a minimum 500 Birchbox Points on Site during one calendar year (January-December). Birchbox Ace status is good for the calendar year in which you qualify and the following calendar year; annual requalification is required.”

      So as far as I can tell, I am still an ACE through 2016, but they are showing me my progress towards re-qualifying. My Sephora Rouge and Ulta Platinum points did the same thing, though I am still both through the end of the year. Of course, I’m not sure if this is what’s going on with your account, so it’s probably still worth looking into.

      • My points bar reset, but when I first sign in it has my name and then where it tells me how many points I have to spend it says “Ace since 05/15”. So I assume the reset is for this year.

    • This happened to me too! I was an ace and got over 500 points last year and now it says I’m not and that I have 400-something to go. I know this isnt for re qualification because I no longer have free shipping on items like I did when I was an Ace. I think its pretty dumb if when you qualify as an Ace you get the rest of that year and the following year but the points you earn in the following year aren’t eligible for the re qualification. Because if they were, I’d still be an Ace…

  10. I’m probably the minority here but I LOVE Feb’s curated box so I’ll nab that with my “Aces” account then pray, by the time my 2nd account gets its email, that I can nab the Whish oil. I’m a Whish Fanatic.

    I love honey; However, I JUST reordered & received my Honey Bomb apoule from Shara Shara so skipping the honey item in this box is a no-brainer for me.

  11. Wow, pretty surprised by all the negative comments here about the livestream video today! I would love to see all those critics doing the same thing so others can pass judgement. We are women, supporting women, having fun, no??? I think it was real, comical and genuine. If you didn’t like it, you can just sign off.

    • if it’s on the Internet, it will be judged.

    • In pretty much any business, there’s a level of professionalism that should be upheld for the sake of paying customers, women or not, in my opinion- which I’m entitled to, just as you are entitled to yours. And sign off I did, but thanks for the tip! 🙂

    • I don’t blame Rachel and Lorelei. They seemed to have been put on the spot by the marketing team. This isn’t a good format for sample choice reveals. FB/ Periscope would have been fine for just Q&A with fans or a promo for Arrow.

      • Agreed. Just watched out of curiosity, but they were really hitting their stride and having fun towards the end (after power outage). Not too shabby for a first-time live FB video.

  12. I am in love with that REN mask and was looking at trades. I’m so excited this will be one of the choices. I get two boxes so will definitely try and get one in each box.

  13. Did anyone else receive extra samples in an envelope from Birch box within the last couple days? I know I didn’t order anything, but I got 5 samples today in the mail. I’m new to this so maybe I’m just confused.

    • Did you by any chance gift a subscription (to yourself?) with code 20GIFT back in December? Today I received a bundle of samples for that purchase also in an envelope 🙂

      • Yeah, I got that today too!
        I thought it was only another free gift until I remembered it was with the subscription deal!

      • Yes I did, well I feel better knowing it was supposed to come to me, and it wasn’t an accident. I was worried I got someone else’s items

  14. Well since I recently got 2 of the items that are in the curated box I’ll get either the Arrow lip balm or the REN mask.

  15. You guys crack me up. I’ve always hated those videos but I thought maybe I was the exception. To be real both girls are annoying to me, what a waste of time because the videos are so so long and what a waste of data.

    Overall, they could have just posted a short and sweet Web page like Liz and save us all the pain of watching those dingy women act like 5 year old girls that just discovered their parents liquor cabinet… oh a a video camera

  16. Agreed! Wish I could get a box of the sample choices instead 🙂

  17. Do I need to wait to February to sign up to start w this box? I may try this out but probably will just start w this curated box I think

  18. Is anyone else swayed by the boxes themselves or am I just really, really weird? A couple of months back I went with the dark pink nox because I liked it better than the light pink one. Addicted and demented?

    • Go with demented. It is a fabulous word.

    • I am! I’ve paid for a second box if I liked the samples in one but loved the box for the other. I keep them and use them for storage and have wrapped Christmas gifts in them and everything. My most favorite box ever was the one last April (I think) that Rifle Paper Co. did! Addicted and demented here too. 😉

    • It’s not just you. I like the items in the curated, but the regular box is so much cuter that I think I will just get the lip balm.

  19. When can we make sample choices ?

    • January 28, unless you refer a friend. In that case, you should be able to choose on the 27th.

  20. Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask I received in other boxes last year, so wonder why were getting it from birchbox. I’ll get the curated box!

  21. I wish the sample choices were the curated box. I want to try everyone of those items. Love REN, want to try Arrow products, oil cleansers are fun and then the Hey Honey mask. So hard to choose!

    • Agreed! The sample choices are all better than anything in the currated box. I think I’ll go with the Arrow balm on one account and the REN mask on the other.

      • The only thing that interests me in the curated box is the lip tar, so I wish it were one of the sample choices, but I think I’m going to do sample choice for my two subs. I’m not sure whether to pick one of each mask or get two of the same. Decisions, decisions.

  22. Thanks for this Liz… I can’t bear to watch the videos. But do you think you could put the 2 dates when you post these? That would be so helpful.

    I think I’m in for their new lip balm.

  23. I’ll probably go with the Hey Honey mask. The curated box just doesn’t do it for me this month.

  24. Lip balm for me! I have an over abundance of exfoliators from sub boxes and I love to exfoliate so that’s saying something.

  25. I think I’m going to take my chances with choosing the Arrow lip balm & surprise samples. The curated box would be nice if I didn’t have so many lipsticks, lipglosses, perfumes and highlighters.

    • *To clarify, I feel like a lip balm is a lot easier for me to wear every day or throw in my purse and during winter I’d rather use that than dark lipsticks/glosses.

  26. As I posted on Ramblings, the lip balm reminds me of those “mood” lipsticks they had back in the 80s…the color would change to fit your colors (why they said mood, I have no idea). I’ll be skipping that choice since back in the day those always turned out neon pink on me (which was/is not a good look).

    I’ll probably go for the cleansing oil because I have a thing for those. The curated box is a dud for me. (Is it normal for the curated boxes to get a perfume sample?)

  27. Another month another Amika blowout spray. I like them but I have about 5 of them they keep sending me!! And please no more fragrances and bright red lipsticks. I am not excited at all about this month. I think I am going to cancel one of my two subscriptions. Please more interesting products! At least there are no eye shadows. The only thing exciting is the illuminating stick.

  28. Were there Birchbox Plus items?

    • Yes:
      Rifle Paper stationary set
      Lacy thong underwear
      Umbra Jewelry rack and picture frame set
      Jar candle
      Stud earrings

      They had no prices. They didn’t get to the Plus items until the last 10 minutes of that video monstrosity, at which point anyone still watching at home was either suffering alcoholic hallucinosis or praying for the Rapture. Consequently I don’t remember the brands of everything, or what was available US only (not everything was available in Canada), but this is at least the gist of the plus items.

      • Lol! Thanks!

  29. the chick on the right was SOOOOO ANNOYING! I couldn’watch the BB Plus items because I had to quit watching that hot mess of a live stream at around minute 18…….

    • Yes, agreed. Plus, I kept tapping the screen accidentally or thinking my phone was why the video wasn’t playing, and apparently every time I did that, it made a heart that was logged with my name under the video. I didn’t “heart” that video at all. I didn’t really even get to see the samples.

      • how can you get online to discuss a beauty product and act ditzy about it? It wasn’t cute. I like the blonde but the other girl ruined the video. It really made BB look bad that she was acting so ‘dingy’ about the products.

        • I was just talking about her over-bubbliness recently- she dominates videos and makes them frustrating- I just want to hear what they have to say about the products. Not listen to Rachel interrupt, trying to be cute and get her share of face time. I thought she was done doing sample choice because I hadn’t really seen her on them. Guess I was wrong. I like the other girl better too.

  30. Curated box isn’t doing it for me this month. I don’t want any more of that blowout spray (I don’t even use the one I have) and I’ve gotten that perfume before.

    Love masks in general and skincare with AHAs. Trying to decide between Hey Honey and REN.

    • Oh yeah, and I don’t like OCC Lip Tars. I have 4 or 5 of them from boxes and I pretty much never use them.

      • OK, that makes me feel better about the low likelihood of choosing the curated box for one of my subs. The lip tar was the only thing that interested me. I think you’ve solidified my almost-solid idea that I’ll be doing two sample choice boxes. The question is whether to get one of each mask or two of one. I’m thinking two peel-off because it’s easy. I think I’ve got enough masks that I have to rinse off.

  31. I knew I could count on MSA! That video was a hot mess to watch. Other than that, not really excited. If there was no BB points, I would have moved on form them already.

  32. I have two accounts so I’d like to do the Whish Cleansing Oil on one and Hey Honey on another. I’ve been wanting to try a cleansing oil for a while so I’m thrilled that they’re offering one as a sample choice!

    • Hi! How do you get 2 accounts?

      • Just sign up with a second email address 🙂

        • Don’t forget to refer yourself and get 50 points.

  33. Thank you Liz!!! I tried to watch this but it seems a lot of people had problems watching this on Facebook. I’m not to excited about the sample choices but the curated box looks good. But I have to accounts so now to decide which sample to choose lol

  34. I love Hey Honey with a passion, so I know what I am doing!

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