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Birchbox October 2016 Box Reveals Are Up!

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The Birchbox reveals for September 2016 are up!

Use this link to see what you’ll get from Birchbox this month.

What are you getting from Birchbox this month? Here is what I am getting in one of my accounts:


If you haven’t signed up for Birchbox yet:


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Full Details: Use code SMOOTHIE at checkout to receive The Beauty Crop PBJ Smoothie Stick with the purchase of a women’s monthly or yearly rebillable subscription. Offer available while supplies last. Your free gift will ship with your first subscription box. Please note that this code is only valid for new subscribers. Redemption of this code for existing subscribers does not guarantee receipt of these promotional items.

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. Im not happy this month at all. I get four boxes and three are exactly the same and all bad. That’s never happened before. Now my ipsy on the other hand was amazing this month!

  2. Finally cancelled mine and it feels great…..the samples are ridiculously small lately and I don’t want more shampoo or mascara!

  3. Not getting met sample choice of the Tata Harper
    Clarins multi day active
    Clarins Energy Booster
    Hustle Butter
    A Parlor Shampoo and Conditioner
    Marcelle extension plus curl mascara
    Clean Skin parfum
    Not getting my choice and two items are far off from my request for ingredient conscious items.
    Looks like some family members are getting sample gifts.

    • SAME! Also not getting my sample choice (I chose the same) and am getting the same box. Annoying.

  4. I just looked at the spoilers for my box & theres 2 macaras, WTH! Plus dry shampoo. I keep getting dry shampoo/conditioner, I give bad reviews because I want to stop getting them but doesn’t seem to do anything. This has gotta be my worst box yet.

  5. I got more dry shampoo. Sigh. I don’t use dry shampoo, hate the stuff actually. I have no idea why I keep getting dry shampoo….

    I wI’ll use the rest of the items but that’s 4 tiny items I will use and a really nice sized dry shampoo I won’t. It is a good size, all the rest of the samples are tiny.

  6. Oh my, I somehow missed this post! Really like my box this month:
    Madison Reed Root Touch Up
    Madison Reed Color-Enhancing Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner
    Hustle Butter Luxe
    Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
    Make Silk Cream Lipstick (Why do they include a sample choice item I didn’t choose?? I hope it’s a different color than the one that comes in the curated box that I ordered).

    • I’m getting the same exact box. I’ve tried the Madison reed shampoo that comes with the hair color and it smells gross. I threw it away. I hope this isn’t the same shampoo. Hopefully the root touch up will be the right color. I th No this box really sucks.

  7. Formally I love Birchbox but this month! What in the world?
    ?Marcelle Xtension Plus Curl Mascara
    ?Montale Dark Purple
    ?dr. Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant(sample choice)
    ?Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
    ?Number 4 Comb prep and Protect

    • My box is a little different but I’m with you. Total disappointment >:(

  8. Okay, my peeve with BB is the packaging. Are the tubes overly large to give you the impression of more product? The majority of the samples I receive from BB already have a divet in them—before I’ve even opened them!!

    Most of the time, I check for leaks and see that the tamper foil is still attached. I typically have to do the toothpaste squeegee to get product out of the tube.

    This month I got the curated box (Liz’s recommendation on the Glam Glow) and the upper 1/3 of the tube is empty. I thought it was just me but I’ve watched the BB monthly videos and see they nearly fold the tube in half to get any product out.

    • I’ve noticed this with so called “deluxe” samples from Sephora too. I think its the brands themselves skimping out on the product, not BB or Sephora. It does suck because it gives the illusion you are getting more.

  9. My October Box:

    – Juice Beauty Cleansing Milk (not a huge fan of the company, but will use for travel)
    – Marcelle Extension Plus Curl Mascara (do not want, and they sent me mascara last month)
    – Air Repair Hydrating Eye Cream (nice enough sample)
    – Oribe Anti-Humidity Spray (love Oribe, but it’s about to be Winter)
    – Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (my sample choice)
    – Shu Uemera Cleansing Oil Shampoo (nice brand, probably not great for my oily hair)

    Sigh. This is a nice enough box. I’m just over Birchbox, I think.

  10. My box :
    Madison Reed Root Touch Up
    PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Smoothing Blowout Spray
    Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Conditioner
    Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Shampoo
    Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
    Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

    I will gladly try root touch up (hope for the right color) , Tata Harper is hopefully a bomb ! Foil shampoo and conditioner will always find a use. Happy to try Mally ( only wish it would be something else than mascara). And now I need to go buy a blow dryer so I can try Parlor 🙂

    • I’m getting the featured box, mostly for the lipstick. I’ve heard nothing but great reviews for it. The rest of the box doesn’t seem bad either.

      On a side note, does anyone have a problem where the box stalls when it is first introduced to the shipping point? Mine has been in Indiana for about three days now and hasn’t moved. I had the same problem last month too.

      • Birchbox uses a 3rd party vendor (newgistics) as part of the supply chain. They create the package, shipment label and then transfer it to a delivery service (UPS, USPS, etc.).

        The delay you are seeing is when the tracking number is created but not yet transferred to the delivery company.

    • Box twins! I’m satisfied with my selections. I selected the Tata Harper mask, and I love that I got more hair products. The mascara looks interesting since I’ve not tried that brand yet. Like you, I am looking forward to trying the root touch up powder. I really hope they send me black! I’ve tried touch up powder before and it just doesn’t work. I started going white/grey in my early 20s (hooray for genetics!) so maybe powder just doesn’t cut it anymore. I found a touch up marker that does work wonders for me.

  11. **Tokyo Milk Dark Pretty Rotten Eau de Parfum
    ** Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm
    ** The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream
    ** PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Conditioner
    ** PARLOR® by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing & Repairing Shampoo
    ** Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner

  12. Marcelle Extension Plus Curl Mascara (YUCK), Dr. Lipp Miracle Balm (meh), Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse (I don’t use much mousse anymore but I DO love Oribe), Dr. Brandt Microderm (my sample choice), Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré (meh).

    Not an awesome box.

    • Twins, just got mine. Another mascara ?
      Tiny samples

  13. I have no complaints this month because I ordered the Sample box.. The Total resurfacing mask.. My choice. This peek inside shows a Foundation product… That’s different and it is Sheer coverage which is my presence.. Getting Anoka hair mask.. that’s good..So far 3 Great products.. The Mally Mascara ..make that 4 Greats. 2 Parlor shampoo n conditioner.. I like Parlor but geezz.. Enough is enough of that brand. I ordered the Curated Box also soon this is a Happy month.. But.. Still upset at the Points earn change.. Nay still cancel soon.

    • Apparently you and I got the same box except I picked th tata Harper mask. I am quite disappointed with everything except the mask. Every month I have been getting shampoo and conditioner. It’s ridiculous. I think I am finally going to cancel

      • Hey! There’s another Luna on here! 🙂 I read your message, and thought… I don’t remember writing that! Ha!

  14. Last months was awesome for me so of course this months is awful:

    Juice beauty cleansing milk-my choice i’m meh on the brand but maybe it will help the burn the tata harper mask gave me.

    Dr.Brant Microdermabrasion-I didn’t choose this for a reason BB. Any MD scrub/Resurfacing mask I have tried has either broken me out/given me an allergic reaction or has burned my skin.

    Amika Mask- Okay, I’m not a fan of the brand though.

    Make lipstick-I like small lipsticks because I change my products often so this might be okay. At least it isn’t a liquid lipstick or matte.

    Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanilla amber- I like fragrance samples for the same reason as I like lipstick samples. This sounds lovly and up my alley.

    At least there isn’t a blow dry product (I don’t even own a blow dryer)

    • Ha! I got the Parlor blow out product, and also don’t own a blow dryer.

  15. I’m so disappointed with birchbox!!! I waited like a kid for the ice cream man, anticipation galore….only to have a freezer burned inedible ice cream. What I received was some shampoo and conditioner samples that were comparable to any mediocre Vegas hotel. First box seemed like someone just threw stuff in it last minute, from their hotel own stash ? IPSY beats this box all day. I’ve gotten a second, not nearly as disappointing, but the target box was 100 times better, at least it was an ounce of conditioner. I’ve given most of both boxes away. Honestly, how are you supposed to make a judgement on a nickel size amount of a product you can use once? If this month sucks, I’m canceling, I don’t care if they can afford a commercial now ? You can get the same samples from Macy’s if you are frugal and go to the mall. I live on an island, subscription boxes are necessities. Birchbox..there’s competition now, please up your game.

  16. I’m pretty happy with my box! I’ve skipped the sample choice the last few months, and I’m finding that my boxes are actually better (more suited to my preferences.)

    I’m getting

    – Juice Beauty cleansing milk
    – Dr. Jart+ Liftra contour cream (I already use this regularly, and I love it!)
    – LOC lipstick
    – Air Repair eye cream
    – Number4 Restore & Repair Oil

    I’m excited for everything!

  17. I’m done, 4 of 6 are hair products, I hate getting hair stuff in bags as I’m very particular of what I use.

    Here’s what I’m getting:
    Madison Reed Root Touch Up in light brown, my hair is burgundy and natural color is light brown, this wont be helpful lol
    Madison Reed Nourishing Color-Enhancing Shampoo & Conditioner yay, more foil
    Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara the only make up I’m getting.
    Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask the only thing I’m excited about.

    This is only my second box in over 1 1/2 years and I understand why I canceled that long ago too.

    • I’m getting exactly the same box … I have blonde hair .. why would I need a brown root touch up.? I’m done with Birchbox too ?

    • Ok, so I got that box too, and emailed them about how not happy I was and they immediately sent an extra curated box(I’d already bought one, but I’ll never say no to more oribe or that sleep spray)

      • I’m getting that same box also, are you getting the curated box in addition to the other box? I also already purchased the curated.

  18. I got two boxes this month to use up my points so I can unsubscribe. Glad I got the curated box for $5 with few shipping too!

  19. I can never see my birchbox reveals :/

  20. My box won’t show. Says their getting it ready… I don’t know if it’s just me but I seems like I’m getting my boxes later and later in the month. Starting to get really aggravated by it…

  21. I’m so glad I didn’t waste my money this month on Birchbox. Cancelling the sub this month was more exciting than the samples they are sending 🙂

  22. I went sample box:

    Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
    Oribe Imperméable 
    The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream
    LOC Complete Tati Collection for Lips
    Hustle Butter Luxe

    • Same! Seems like a good box. I am alright with it.

  23. I got the curated box in store plus my sample choice-Tata-in my regular box.

    Everything else is O.K.:

    1. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo

    2.Hustle Butter Luxe

    3. LOC Complete Tati Collection for Lips

    4. Air Repair Super-Hydrating Eye Cream

    So happy I got the curated box or I would be disappointed ?

  24. My sample pick box contains:
    -Hustle Butter Multi-Purpose Cream (sounds rich, so I’ll be using this as a hand cream)
    -LOC Shadow Stick (this will be gifted)
    -Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads (excited to try these!)
    -Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (sample pick… I already have so many samples of this, but I can never say no to more Tata Harper!!!)
    -No. 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect (I don’t blow dry my hair, but I’ll use this as a leave-in treatment)

    Overall, I’m pretty happy with my box! There are three new products I’m looking forward to trying, and two new-to-me brands.

    • Box twins! I’m overall excited about the box too. This is the first time I’ve seen myself get the same box as someone on here.

    • Box triplets! I think this is a pretty good box!

    • Same box! I’m pretty happy with mine, too. I’ve never used Tata Harper before, just heard good things.

    • I got the exact same box! I guess it’s not too bad!

    • Box twins! I’m okay with it. Not a lot of makeup but when I read what other people got, I am happy I suppose.

  25. My samples are:
    *Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – my sample choice
    *Madison Reed Root Touch up in light brown (my hair is dark brown)
    *Madison Reed Shampoo
    *Madison Reed Conditioner
    *Hustle Butter – a face & body balm
    *Make Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy (medium pink, the shade I would most prefer)

    I purchased the curated box when it was offered and I am honestly more excited about it. I would be happy about the root touch up if it was the correct shade, so I am going to contact CS and see if they will send a darker color.

    • I’m getting the same. I wonder if those are the colors we’ll get, or of that is just the first color on the drop down? I have dark brown hair with lighter highlights, so either would probably work for me.

    • I hoping that those are available colors and they will send us something based on our profile. I have black/dark brown hair and want the black shade.

  26. I just cancelled my sub after years with Birchbox. Was unhappy about the points change, but, like so many others, chose to hang in there for awhile. Well, I finally threw in the towel with them. Too many other boxes (BB5, Testube, to name a couple) that I think are a lot better than Bbox ever was.

    • What changed with the points? Which subscription do you recommend instead of Birchbox? (I have Ipsy and Birchbox currently)

      • Boxycharm is THE BEST! Check out their last few boxes. A couple months ago we got a Z palette with six shadows and last month we got another palette with six shadows. Thry are my number one followed by Glossybox and Allure.

        • I love the Sephora Play box. The products are small, compared to Ipsy, but their always good quality. Plus extra 50 pts a month.

      • Birchbox no longer gives points for reviewing the items in the box. Only way to get points is buying stuff in the shop or someone subscribing with your referral link. They also changed the early access to sample choice from referring someone to now buying products that ship with the box. Which sucks because once only 1 of the sample choice items went with my skin tone, but I didn’t want to have to spend $ on the box + extra stuff just for early access.

  27. I’m excited about my box!
    -dr. brandt microderm (sample choice)
    -Tocca perfume Emelia
    -LOC shadow stick
    -No. 4 super comb prep & protect
    -Embryolisse Lait-creme concentrate

  28. How odd, I chose the curated box and ended up getting nothing from the curated box.

    • Email them! They should fix it.

  29. Question- I was a subscriber for 4 years and unsubbed after they altered their point system. I re subbed for this box and I already received a sample in a past box that I’m getting this month. Do I contact customer service or are repeat samples normal because I unsubbed for a couple months?
    I bought the curated box and my regular box has:
    Avene rich cream- overpriced crap I won’t use because the second ingredient is MINERAL OIL!!!!! And I have combo skin so this doesn’t match my profile.
    Tatcha mask- sample choice and very excited for this
    Make silk lipstick- meh. Getting this in both boxes.
    LOC shadow sticks- already got this in a past box, okay with it if it’s in a different color
    PARLOR conditioner- so sick of this brand. won’t use because I don’t use silicones in my hair.
    Air repair eye cream- I’m oddly obsessed with eye creams so very happy with this (24 and want to prevent wrinkles and diminish dark circles)
    Overall I am happy with three things and will use 4/6 items out of this box. Birchbox has one more month to impress me, and if November sucks then I’m unsubbing again for good!

  30. Ugh this is the last straw. I decided to give Birchbox a little extra time after the points debacle, but my box this month is absolutely terrible. It is not customized to me one bit. Aside from the Juice beauty cleanser (my pick), I will not use a single thing. Milk mascara leftovers from last month, collagen eye pads, plumping hair mousse (??? Is this 1986 or 2016??), & Dr. Brandt scrub.

    • I just cancelled. Four out of six items in my box are hair products – two of those useless. And yet another mascara. Last month was so great, but on average it’s just missing the mark for me.

  31. I bought the curated box and an getting another box as well with:

    -Hustle Butter Luxe
    -The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream
    -Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer Restore and Repair Oil
    -Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (sample choice)
    -MAKE Silk Cream Lip Stick (so I guess I will be getting 2 of these since it is in the curated box as well)

    I’m the most excited about The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream .

  32. Box 1:
    -Tokyo milk perfume – pretty rotten
    -LOC complete tati collection for lips
    -Amika Nourishing Mask
    -Mally Mascara
    -Tata Harper Mask

    Box 2:
    -Hustle Butter Luxe
    -LOC One & Done Shadow Stick Trio
    -Wilma Schumann Collagen Eye Pads
    -Number 4 Super Comb Prep and Protect
    -Tata Harper Mask

    • I am so not excited about the perfume and I normally really like getting perfume samples (as add ons though, not as one of my normal items).

      • I love Tokyomilk! I will have to keep my eyes open on the swaps.

        • I read the reviews for that particular perfume and they are not good at all. If I don’t like it I can send it to you.

    • I have the same as your box 1 and am not very happy with it. I think I will be unsubbing soon.

    • Oh, hey, Box 1 is exactly like mine! I’m not mad at any of those items, even though I don’t really need another mascara—but at least it’s one I’ve never had a chance to try.

  33. I chose the curated box this month and I’m excited about each product in it! I wasn’t sure about the lipstick at first because it looked very summer pink but in their FB live they showed the color swatched and on and it is much more of a neutral color than the pictures make it look! I am hoping that sleeping spray helps my husband sleep because he can not fall asleep easily or is up off and on all night. I like that they have been having different products like this and that powder drink.

  34. Pretty pleased with my box- I’m getting the Tata Harper mask (sample choice), an organic night cream (don’t remember the name but looks nice), a phyto hair oil, oribe mousse (!!) and a maly mascara

  35. I did not pick a sample and should have. milk maraca and clarins. bummer. i wanted the glamgow and not the rest of the box

  36. I’m getting root touch up… for my 26 year old hair. And a shampoo, conditioner, blow out balm, and omg a mascara!
    At least I’ll be getting the mask

    • Feeling the same way. Another perfume sample, another black mascara, another poor quality “exclusive” item that I’ve already received in a previous box, but at least I get to try the mask.

    • I’m getting the same exact box. The root touch-up shown is nowhere near my color :/
      Four out of six items are hair products – not really pleased at that ratio.

    • Did you get a product for covering gray hair? If so you should call Birchbox, I am sure they would replace that product for you.

    • See that just sucks and doesnt make sense. I’m getting the root touch up too, but I’m in my late 30s and do need it so I’m okay with getting it. Let us know if you contact BB and they fix it.

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