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Birchbox February 2016 Sample Selection Time!

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If you are a Birchbox Ace, or shared your box page, you now can select your sample choice for the February 2016 Birchbox! (All other subscribers will have access to select their sample tomorrow). (Thanks, Rachel for letting us know!)

Here are the sample choices:

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And the Curated box:

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Are you going with a sample pick or the curated box? I’m thinking about going with the ARROW lipbalm to get another one since I liked it so much from the Strong Start box!

Also, if you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet, use coupon code SUBSCRIBENOW50 to get 50 bonus points ($5) when you sign up.

Check out my Birchbox reviews to learn more about this subscription!



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. So I am an ACE and with so much going on in my life I didn’t get a chance to pick in time and everything was sold out inc the curated box but then I saw on MSA that they were selling the same box for $15. So I emailed BB with my complaint about not being to selected the curated box as my Feb sample choice (even though its on sales) as well as everything being sold out. To my surprise and delight they emailed me back within a day and apologized as well as letting me know they would be shipping me out the curated date night box for FREE AND a regular Feb box (which will be a surprise on items). Soooo happy and I have ALWAYS had great luck emailing BB with any issues I may have and they have always made it right. Love BB!! cant wait for both boxes to arrive

  2. Since Arrow is the new BB product, I’m sure everyone will be getting it in their box kinda like LoC 🙂

    • Hope so! Really wanted to try it!

  3. I logged in today to pick a sample for my non-Ace account and all the samples are sold out. WTF?? I didn’t know they could sell out of samples. So that sucks I wasn’t able to pick anything but wasn’t really excited about any samples.

  4. Ugh i am an ace and had so much going on i didnt choose in time and now everything is sold out. Oh well guess it will be a surprise. Hopefully a good one

  5. Everything’s sold out! This happens to me every time. It’s so frustrating. Usually, I have better luck getting fun items in my box when I don’t make a selection and let everything be random, but I really wanted to try the color enhancing lip balm 🙁

    • What happens when all the choices are sold out??? Do you end up not even getting one of these items? Thanks.

      • It depends. It means you’re not guaranteed to get any of the sample choice items, but I have on occasion received one of them in my box when I haven’t made a choice.

  6. I just went in to make my pick and EVERYTHING was sold out….no samples to choose….no curated box…..that kinda sucks! I hope I don’t get a box full of junk 🙁

    • Same here which is weird because today was the early selection day.

      • No, yesterday was the early sample choice day. That’s when I made my pick.

  7. So bummed I missed out on the lip balm 🙁
    I got the whish cleansing oil.

  8. Choice for my non-Ace sub is now available. It was not when I tried about an hour ago.

    I chose the peel-off mask for both subs 🙂

  9. I rarely pick a sample since I love the whole surprise element. I always check the next day to check what is not available to get some notion if what the beauty gurus are craving… However, this time I did take advange of my Ace priviledge and went with the lip balm

  10. I won’t get to pick until tomorrow, but I’m going for the cleansing oil or one of the masks. I have a few unopened lip balms in my house already, and the curated box just didn’t appeal to me.

  11. I’m an Ace but I haven’t received my sample choice email yet!?

    • Haha I literally JUST got my email. All good!

  12. How is the CR highlighter? Is it sparkly?

    • I would say shimmery, but blends easily. I like it! I don’t want too much shine so I use just a little.

  13. I went with the lip balm! Excited to try it out.

  14. Also got the Hey Honey mask. I have an over-abundance of masks, but like the idea of a peel-off one.

  15. Thanks for the reminder! I went with the lip balm, since I was intrigued by it by your LE BB review. 🙂

  16. I went for the lip balm, just because it’s a useful item that one of us is likely to use. I wouldn’t have minded the oil or the honey mask, but truth be told I’m still using the oil from Beauty Fix last spring and I’m well covered mask wise.

  17. I was really turned off by the fact that the curated box has perfume in it. That’s so hit or miss and is probably either “meh” or a miss for a majority of subscribers. I also already got the Cynthia Rowley Illuminator in either a past box or a Mystery Sample Pack, so I don’t want that again, as I still have some left.

    I have two subs and picked the peel-off mask for my Ace account. My other account is newer, so it’ll be a few months before I am an Ace. When I’m able to pick for my second sub, I am probably going to pick the same peel-off mask again. For some reason I have an overabundance of facial cleansers and rinse-off masks at the moment, and I’m not interested in the lip balm. Even though it sounds great, I never wear nude/nude-ish lips. If I did, I’d be all over it!

    • I got the perfume in my January box. It’s your basic oriental floral. It’s well done, soft as far as an oriental goes, but nothing particularly interesting. I don’t like orientals of any type so I put mine up for swap. And I didn’t go for the curated box this month in order to avoid getting it again.

  18. This is my first time making a choice, as I just signed up a couple weeks ago. With that said, it still gave me the option to choose today. I will say that I checked back like 40 times, and maybe they just gave in to me 😉

    I just received the Arrow balm yesterday with my fit box, so I finally decided to just go with the curated box. I would love to try the blow out spray, and I like the idea of a nice date night using all the products. Still, I am so tempted to get another Arrow balm… I keep telling myself that one is plenty, and I can always use points to get another one down the road.

    I can totally see why some people do two boxes, one for curated and one for samples. I am so tempted to do that too!

    • I got the Amika Blowout spray last month and love it! I used it this morning any my hair is so smooth and soft.

    • I signed up for my second account last month and also sent a referral email. They did let me make early sample choice (they even sent me an email lol) which I did, but sadly what I received was a “favorites” box that had another item from sample choice, not the one that I picked (I picked face primer but received eye liner).
      I really hope that your choice works for you, but don’t be too excited in case they send you something else:(

    • The curated boxes usually go on sale after the first of the month, and subscribers can get them for $10. (The regular price is $15.) I always get the sample box, and I buy the curated box separately on the same account if I like what’s in it. You can’t review the items in it for points, but you do get points for the purchase.

      • Darn! I would have picked the sample in that case. Good to know for future months, though!

  19. I am an ACE and never wait for the email anymore since they started letting you pick from the website. I am always able to just log in the morning of sample choice and just pick from there. I got the lip balm.

  20. I love the balm it’s very moisturizing like a balm but has a slight hint of color. I love lippies but only love natural looking colors so it was perfect for me. I went with the face wash/oil since I already have the lippie.

  21. I got the lip balm as I am to the gills on face products right now, I just went to my account earlier and clicked where it says upgrade next months box, seemed like the balm was gonna be popular and I didn’t want to miss out!

  22. Got the lip balm – I’m excited! I usually go curated but this month’s box did not make my skirt fly up.

    FYI to people who are new to early choice day – don’t freak if you can’t make your choice yet. In my experience nothing sells out on this early day. It’s the main day choosers who have to hustle.

  23. I’m Ace and didn’t get the email either but the link works great! For those that can’t get through, email Birchbox with ur option explaining what is happening. I got the Honey Mask! I’ve been wanting one of these for awhile!

  24. Ooo! Gotta try the lip balm! It sounds like it does the same thing that Dior Addict Lip Glow does, and that stuff is awesome. I’d love to find an affordable alternative. You shouldn’t have to have a line in your budget for lip balm. o.0

  25. I gave a friend’s email for referral and still can’t get in to select. No email yet, either.

    • Same here!

      • I also sent a referral email and didn’t get an email about sample choice, but the link worked for me! Chose cleansing oil, yay!

  26. I got the Hey Honey. I love that stuff.

  27. Picked the Hey Honey peel off mask! So excited! 🙂

  28. Thanks for the reminder! I got the lip balm!

  29. Got the Hey Honey mask! I was so excited to see this included since I loved it when I got it in ipsy last year.

    In this case this helps anyone: Im an ace and didn’t receive the email yet, and when I went to the website I couldn’t choose yet either. I logged out and back in, and then I could choose through the site after all! So I’d try that if it’s not giving you the option yet.

  30. I’m an Ace AND I sent out a friend referral and I still haven’t received my sample choice email. Thankfully, the link Liz provided worked and I was able to make my choice on the website. Looking forward to trying the Arrow lip balm!

  31. Went for the lip balm
    Desperately needed one more

    • this made me laugh because I have SO MANY lip glosses I never need to buy another until I die. Come to my house and take some! 😉

      • Ha ha Krista
        Glad I made you laugh
        I have so many too, thx to Subs I
        could keep them in a candy dish for the guest to take LOL !!?

  32. Curated box! None of the sample items appeals to me. You’ll get lots of comments lauding the Hey Honey mask, but I got it from ipsy some months ago, and thought the smell and the texture were terrible.

  33. Phew! I’ve been watching like a hawk for either the e-mail or this post. I want to try that lip balm so bad, I was going to cancel if it had “sold out” before I got wind that it was time to pick.

    Snagged it – thanks for the post as my e-mail hasn’t come yet (I even checked Birchbox’s website this morning before work)!

    • Yay! Glad you got the lip balm. Hope you love it! 🙂

  34. For some reason, I always forget about this, so thanks for posting. I picked the REN mask.

  35. It will not let me make my early selection, I did get confirmation I get early access, UGHHHHH

    • Same! 🙁

    • I wouldn’t have gotten to make the early selection, but here we are on the day of, and I haven’t gotten the email, and I can’t do it through the website or use the link, either.

      It sucks because I really want to try out the cleansing oil, and with my luck it’ll be gone by the time they respond to my email.

      • When I went in to select the only option left was the cleansing oil, the date night box was sold out??

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