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Birchbox April 2016 Sample Choice Spoilers + Coupon!

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

The options for sample choice are:

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rms beauty The Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes (2)

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Au Naturale Cosmetics Lively Trio Set

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Briogeo Don’t Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

And here is the April 2016 featured box:

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Are you going with the sample choice or the curated box this month? Is it bad that I’m most excited about the boxes themselves? I love Rifle Paper Co.!

And here are the Birchbox Plus Add-On options for this month:

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Birchbox is doing something new and interesting this month – you can use coupon code EARLY25when you make a Birchbox shop purchase of $25 or more, and you’ll automatically get early access to Birchbox April selection!

And don’t forget to add your free mystery sample pack on orders of $35 or more!

Full Details: To redeem, use code EARLY25 on any Birchbox Shop purchase $25+. Must be logged-in to redeem. Cannot be combined with other promotions except Mystery Sample Pack. Only valid for current Birchbox Women’s subscribers. Offer is valid until invitations run out or 3/23.

FYI – if you are an ACE, you already have Birchbox Early Access, so don’t use this coupon.

And if you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet:

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While supplies last, use coupon code EYEKOGIFT to get a free, full-size Eyeko Fat Liquid Liner with your first month of a Birchbox subscription!

Birchbox is $10 a month. Check out our reviews of Birchbox to learn more about this monthly beauty subscription box!


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. Has anybody been able to do their sample choice? I’m an Ace and just tried to log in and choose but there’s just the video up there. I can’t seem to do a Sample Choice at all. Did I miss it? I thought it was on the 23rd.

    • 29th I think…

      • Thanks!

  2. Ugh. BB has been such a disappointment lately! 🙁

  3. Kinda weird that one month’s curated box includes an item that was in boxes two months ago (the Parlor spray was in Feb’s boxes). I feel like the curated boxes should be new exciting things or some kind of theme.

    Not disappointed in any of the products (choice or curated), but none of them are overly exciting for me.

    • I agree. I’m so tired of lotion samples. I signed up for BB because I was told you would get awesome makeup samples and so far, in the six months I’ve subbed, there have been at least ten lotion samples. I’m not even counting the primers and bb creams. I’m probably going to spend my points and unsub.

    • No, it’s a different spray – last month was the blowout spray.

    • The Parlor spray is different than last month’s. Last month’s was a blowout spray, this one is a volume lift spray.

  4. Yikes. None of the above? This may make me cut the cord. I also love the boxes themselves though!

    One request Liz: I can’t stomach watching the whole video. Any way you could post the 2 dates? The ACE date and the non-Ace date for choosing???

  5. I have a “new subscriber” question”:) When does the sample selection become available for non-ACE subscribers? When I log in I see just add-ons, not sample selection…

    • Day after ACEs can. Maybe around the 29th? I can’t remember the exact day. They do send out email notifications, but I have found that the emails they send out come way later in the day. I have better luck that morning just logging in every once in a while and checking, otherwise, if I wait on the email some of the stuff sells out.

  6. I’m going to resubscribe for this box! However when I go to resub it still says “Sign up and get the March box” (which I don’t really want). Does anyone know when I can resub and get to still chose an April sample?

    • I don’t think you get to choose the first box. If you want the April curated box, wait until like the first week in April or so. I started very end of January and got the January curated box still.

    • I’ve asked Birchbox CS about this in the past; the next month’s box usually becomes available a day or two after sample choice. There is usually a code that you can enter at checkout when subscribing that will guarantee the guest editor box as your first box, but that code can’t be combined with any other promotions. I don’t think there is a way to get sample choice without paying for the previous month’s box.

    • I contacted cs for the same reason
      Resub now u get March
      You have to wait until they released the April box which is around the 27th, but by then you won’t have any choices
      I figure I’ll login that day and if I can get it I get it if not oh well

  7. I think I will pick the hair mask. I love them and that is a great brand. I haven’t really picked anything for a few months and those boxes turned out well for the most part, but this sample looks good.

  8. While I’m not big on any of the sample choices, I’m glad there’s variety in them. I feel like, for the past few months, they’ve all been in the same vein. For example, choose a lipstick vs. an eye shadow vs. a lip tint. Or choose a hair product vs. a different hair product vs. dry shampoo. At least this time we are offered three different products.

    I have that exact hand cream in my desk right now. It smells lovely, but the greasiness is a little long-lasting (I expect a little greasiness with quality hand creams). I prefer Crabtree & Evelyn ultra moisturising hand therapy, and I wish Davines Anti-Aging Hand Creme would come back in stock! However, I’m not averse to getting an above-average cream, so getting a product I already have is cool with me.

    I’m interested in the Dr. Jart, but I *love* Marcelle products! I use their eye makeup remover (I love the pre-soaked pads but also love the stuff in the bottle) and their daily facial cleanser. It’s all so gentle yet effective. I have been looking for a product like this 3-in-1, so I’m going to get the curated box for my Ace sub. The question is whether I want to skip sample choice on my other sub and hope for better stuff.

  9. The Au Naturale Cosmetics Lively Trio Set looks adorable and practical. This is something I could pop in my bag for touch ups. I just hope it isn’t so tiny I will not be able to find it once it is in there.

    • I agree!
      It does look rather small in her hand… like the MILK Lipstick from last month’s curated box… its somewhere in my vanity… lol somewhere…

  10. I really like the boxes. I love Tocca products, so that makes me want the curated, but the other products I don’t care for much. I really like the other box, but the sample picks aren’t great. Of all of them, maybe the makeup removing wipes bc although that is super boring, I know I’ll use them at the very worst while traveling.

  11. Not impressed by this month’s sample choice, but it’s not as awful as last month’s, at least.

  12. I wanted to post this for anyone considering the RMS makeup wipes, the only ingredient is coconut oil, which is what I love and use everyday to remove my eye makeup, but these wipes seem like such a rip off for a little packet. You can get big tub of organic coconut oil for around $10.

    • Also, if you haven’t used coconut oil on your face before, make sure to spot test. I used it once and my fave turned red and started burning. I’ve never had sensitive skin and was shocked that such a natural ingredient could create such a reaction but it seems that some people are sensitive to it.

      • Good point … It works fine on me but I have heard it can break out the skin too. It just seems crazy they are charging a lot for little packs of it when you can so easily purchase it at any store for a much better price.

        • Agreed. Good quality coconut oil is pretty cheap at Whole Foods. It’s surprising how much more cosmetic companies charge for tiny amounts of it.

      • Ditto. I love coconut oil, and use it for a moisturizer on my feet all the time. Tried it on my face for a while, and I started breaking out like crazy…and I usually only get period breakouts. Stopped using it and it cleared up. Love the stuff…just not on my face.

  13. Rifle Paper CO.

    You made me resubscribe to Birchbox…
    And now I am trying to figure out how to get both boxes because the curated box is always gone by the time I get the choice to pick. (I’m not a VIP). I can hope they put it up for sale but it annoys me that they do that when not all subscribers have had the option to choose it and I don’t know if I can support it.

    I an seriously in this just for the boxes. I have been underwhelmed with Birchboxes samples which is why I cancelled previously… Both times…argh…

    • I want both too. Is there a way to get both boxes? I mean can we pay for both? This will be my first time requesting the curated box. Oh and the boxes, drool! I use them as gift boxes. These are so pretty!

  14. April spoilers when I still haven’t gotten my March box. ?

    • My second sub (non-Ace) still hasn’t arrived but should be here tomorrow or Friday. My curated box (Ace account) arrived last Tuesday, but the Smashbox shadow was open and had shattered, leaving eye shadow all over the box. I asked for a replacement shadow (I can rinse off everything else), but they’re sending me a replacement box (which they said they’d try to make the same box). Even though it shipped a week ago, it still hasn’t arrived. I’m guessing it’ll arrive by Saturday.

    • The funny thing, too, is that people complain that Glossybox arrives way later than Birchbox, but I got my March Glossybox last Thursday. (They just show up. I almost never get shipping confirmations.)

  15. I love Rifle Paper Co.! You are all lucky, too bad thay put Canadian operations on hold, I would’ve loved this box =(

    • *they (sigh tired from work so can’t spell)!

  16. The only item I want is the baked blush, but I’ve already received a Laura Geller baked blush & Im wondering if it’s the same shade.
    I prefer the look of the non-curated box, so I think I’ll just let Birchbox curate a box for me.

    • I was wondering about the blush as well. I think I have the grapefruit blush…hoping this is the “Roseberry!”

      • I’m getting the currated just for the blush. I got it in a box last year and LOVE it! I’d buy the full size but I travel a lot with work so I prefer to have travel-sized cosmetics so this is the perfect opportunity to get another.

    • Same here! I love that blush but I’d love a different shade. I would buy it but blush is one of those things I’ll never run out of 🙂

  17. I’ll probably go with the Briogeo hair mask; love that brand. And I like the bracelet in the add-ons, too. Perhaps the charger also. If they offer the curated box for sale like they have in the past I might pick it up.

  18. For the second month in a row I think I am going to go with the curated box. The pink box is a lot cuter and most of the products are things I would use, like the blush, and hand cream, and especially the micellar solution which will be nice to have in a travel size. (LOVE anything micellar!!!) I just wish they would stop with all the Parlor samples, I am not a fan of their products so far.

  19. guess i’ll be picking the briogeo conditioner mask.. and cancelling my other account cause other than the points there is nothing i have wanted on the other one sooo yay more money for another box!!!! think i’m going with allure been loving their samples that i have been seeing!!!

  20. I think I’m going for the au natural trio. Some of the things look good in the curated box – like the marcelle, the Dr jart and the blush – but another Parlor hair item that just won’t use….yuck.

  21. I’ve been wanting that Laura Geller blush for a while so I might pick the curated but if I don’t I can always use a hair mask so I would pick the Briogeo. I’m glad they’re focusing on more natural products.

  22. yay!!!!! I love Rifle paper co! (doesn’t everyone?) I prefer a surprise each month, so I’ll be picking a sample choice, but that curated almost got me this month, it’s a good one!

  23. I was super disappointed with my Cargo eye shadow colors from the March box (I haven’t opened the sample, just googled the colors), but otherwise loved my March box. Looks like I’ll be getting the curated April box though!

  24. I am between the curated box and deep conditioning mask as it looks like a decent size. I received Laura Geller blush back in May 2015 and I have been using it constantly like 3-4 times a week since and it still hasn’t hit the bottom of the pan yet! This one is a little different, more shimmery, so maybe it is not as highly pigmented. I love Micellar water and Tocca anything.

    • I got this Briogeo mask in an ipsy bag last year. It’s just a coconut-smelling conditioner, that’s all.

      • Thank you! I was just given a large Wella hair mask, so I think I am good for a while. I might go for the curated box.

  25. After a 5 month break, the curated box got me good. Birchbox, I’m back! I might even add a 2nd box with my back-up account after the 1st, since the March box isn’t too appealing & I definitely don’t want 2 of them. I even added the fat eyeko liner, I won’t use it (if i’m using eyeliner, it’s going to be bright or metallic or both, & always a pencil) but I bet it’d be great for my mom & her painful arthritic hands.

    • Me, too! I’ve been on a Birchbox break, but the curated box PLUS the fact that it’s in a fabulous Rifle Paper box pulled me back in! I love that blush and if it’s the same size as the one in last year’s box, it’s very generous.

  26. The vanity tray set is really pretty! I really don’t need it and must resist them; but they’re so cute!

    • me too, want them but definitely don’t need them lol

  27. Wow I just found out the most annoying thing from birchbox. I always wondered why I could never access the add-ons and I had seen other people comment here and under the youtube video comments with the same issue. I finally emailed and asked. Apparently if you were gifted a subscription then they don’t have a credit card associated with the subscription on file. Doesn’t matter if you have a credit card on file on your account to make purchases. It has to be associated with the subscription. Are you serious birchbox?

    • YES this! I got the same response when I emailed. I think it’s ridiculous. You’re really telling me I couldn’t add in my credit card details when making an add-on item? I am three months into a year-long gift subscription, and at this point, I would absolutely not continue with Birchbox.

    • Thank you very much for posting this explanation about the elusive add-ons! Why in the world would they make it so difficult for us to shovel more money their way? Dunno. I went ahead and purchased a single box that will kick in when my gift subscription expires. I also used a code for $5 in points. Now, I can order add-ons! I can’t resist those trays. My boyfriend thanks you for the heads-up, too. He won’t have to hear me whine about not being able to figure this out anymore. ?

      • Hahaha! You’re welcome! I always wondered why birchbox never answered those people under their YouTube videos. But now we know! Not a great selling point for their gift subscriptions!

  28. I think I am going with the curated box this month again.

  29. For the first time since I’ve been subscribed to Birchbox, I have no clue what I would choose. Anyone have any suggestions/tried any of these before? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    • I have tried the Tocca and it’s a great hand cream and smells amazing. I have the Laura Gellar blush and brighten and it is a very good blush if you like a little subtle shimmer. And Dr. Jart products are normally excellent, although I haven’t used this specific item. So unless one of the samples is calling your name, I would go for the curated. I don’t know anything about the other 2 products in the curated box but the fun of a sample box is to try things. I do know people are a little over the Parlour haircare because it was in almost all of the boxes last month.

  30. What’s up with the same product again, Parlor by Jeff Chastain, ugggg!! I will choose the make up wipes and second box the featured box wish it didn’t have the Parlor hair product. Shaping up to be an excellent month.

    • It’s not the same product. The Parlor was a blow-dry conditioner this month, not a volumizing spray.

  31. I am thinking about the curated box, even thought a lot of it feels like things I already have (sub box overload). I love Laura Gellar blush and think that might be a good little purse size. And I love anything Dr. Jart and Tocca. I am thinking about purchasing a box for my daughter. Does anyone know if I purchased it now, would it be in time for her to choose her sample or box?

    • I believe as long as it’s on your account, she can choose. But if she gets her own account, she won’t be able to.

  32. This month looks great. Love the boxes, 2/3 sample choices and the curated box.

  33. I think the samples have gotten a lot smaller. I opened my box last month and was like that’s it? It didn’t even fill half the box. But I’ll get the curated box again for April. I LOVE Laura Geller!! Best blush ever!

  34. Nothing really exciting for me for April. But I really liked my March box and I didn’t pick a sample, so maybe I will go that way again.

  35. Love the look of the Rifle box. I am getting that on all my accounts, just for the boxes. Not everything in the box is something I can or will use, but I donate all extras so it works out.

    • Oops, dropped the word curated. Maybe one yellow box, but the choices are not exciting. I am disappointed in the add ons this month. Nothing I want or do not already have. Only one Rifle company item this time to go with the box. Love the tumbler and tote bag last year.

  36. YYYYYYYEEEESSSSS RIFLE PAPER CO. I love the curated, but will probably buy it separately and leave my regular sample up to chance just so I can get that gorgeous yellow box. <3

    • that’s exactly what i want to do 🙂

    • I’ve never gotten a curated one before-are we able to get both? You mentioned ordering it separately. Is it always listed for purchase? Thanks!

      • The past couple months the curated boxes have been for sale a few days after everyone can make their choices. So hoping it’s the case again bc I’ll def buy the curated box separately if I can – just for the box itself 🙂

  37. I hope I’ll be able to snag one of the curated boxes. I would use everything in it! This would be the first time I’ve chosen curated. I really enjoy being surprised by the random boxes. I’m not really feeling any of the sample choices.

    • I agree with this!!

      • When you don’t pick a sample does it really not pick one of them for you?
        I tried not picking a sample bc the only one I liked was the tiny Amiga bottle (I love dry-shampoos just not travel-tiny ones).
        So when I looked to see what I was getting, there it is!
        Along w a sample from a previous month…
        Very odd. Anyways now I think I might as well pick one as I may get unlucky and get one I don’t like…

  38. I thought I was imagining that the samples were shrinking. I have kept Birchbox because of their customer service and the points and it is an inexpensive way to have something new to look forward to each month. I have noticed the samples getting smaller and wish they would take note and try to offer a few more larger items. Birchbox has always been my favorite.

  39. Birchbox has sucked lately. But maybe it’s just the loss of novelty after over a year subscribing. I have 6 months to go but I’ve decided I’m done after that. I enjoy Glossybox so much more. I think I rather just fish for another cheap subscription when mine is over.

  40. Gosh those boxes sure are pretty! I’d like to get one of those prints in a sturdier box of some sort to keep out.

    I think I’ll go with the curated box again this month. Nothing really screaming at me from the sample choices.

  41. I’m wondering if they’ll do what they’ve been doing lately and offer the curated box for purchase on their site. If so, I think it’s worth it to pick a sample choice and then buy the curated box seperately.

  42. I want both of the boxes but none of the samples lol. Pity. The tocca looks like a nice scent though!!

  43. I’m usually really excited about at least 1 sample choice, but these are so meh for me. I might actually get the curated box for once… and I think I like that box style more anyway!

  44. I feel like Birchbox samples are the tiniest samples in the world. My March box wasn’t even worth $10. I agree the boxes are adorable, but to pay $10 for a cardboard box I’m quickly losing interest…

    • AGREED! I actually canceled my sub last month. The sample sizes have gotten so tiny that I could walk into a drug store and get the same thing…It’s unfortunate because I’d been a subscriber for 3 1/2 years.

      • I cancelled my own sub last month as well. There’s just nothing that’s exciting me about Birchbox right now, and it’s a shame after having some amazing boxes (like the Estee Lauder box). The curated box here has a couple of things I’d like. The hand cream is my favorite, and I like the Laura Gellar blush, but I already own that exact blush.

  45. I’m so excited for the boxes! LOVE Rifle Paper Co 🙂

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