Birchbox: September 2011

Oh, it's September 22nd. I was suppossed to do a Birchbox review, wasn't I? Sorry.
Just kidding, I didn't forget, but Birchbox this month was, sadly, a little forgettable. Surprisingly so considering this was the 1 year Birchbox anniversary and all about celebrating "you", meaning me. I don't know if I felt particularly celebrated, but whatever. I did get my box pretty late this month, the 17th. I thought it might have been worth the wait. Nah, not really.

First, here's what I got:

colorescience pro® sunforgettable® Mineral Sun Protection Powder Brush SPF 30
Incoco® Nail Polish Applique
Jouer Lip Enhancer
Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale

I suppose a lot of people might be excited to get those nail applique thingys, but considering I have a stupid nervous nail biting habit, I don't think they make appliques small enough to fit my pathetic excuses for nails. Plus, the color/crystal glitter combo was a wee bit tacky for my taste. Maybe a subtle pink that didn't scream, "hey world, these are nail appliques!" And even though the card suggests you can use them on your toes as well (and I do paint my toenails occasionally), I don't see how they could possibly fit properly on most toenails. The thing I really don't like is that I have gotten nail polish twice in Birchboxes already, and while the first one was acceptable, I pointed out in my product reviews on the website that I didn't have any need for more nail polish (or any variation thereof). So stop sending me nail stuff, please, Birchbox. Unless it's some magical nail growing serum. That would be OK.

And perhaps, instead of those vague, mutable questionnaires where you ask us to identify ourselves as "classic", "trendy", "adventurous", etc., ask us pertinent questions like, "do you have any allergies or products you cannot use or would never want to see in your Birchbox, such as...nail polish, perfume, and so forth." Especially when we don't know exactly if or how you interpret that "trendy" identifier and how its inclusion will affect what products we receive. Just a suggestion.

The Jouer Lip Enhancer...was a lip balm. It was tiny. It has no tint and no taste. End of story. Snooze.

The Colorscience Mineral Foundation was a decent size for a sample, and they did at least send me a "fair" shade. It was actually too fair, and looked a little chalky. Maybe I could wear this in the dead of winter, but since I've found Meow Cosmetics foundation, I won't feel a burning need to.

The Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale is described as a combination of peony and jasmine, and that's what it smells like. Very straight-forward. I actually do like peony, as far as floral fragrances go, so this one isn't totally awful. It's a little pedestrian and unremarkable, but not bad. It's definitely more of a spring fragrance, not a scent for the verge of autumn.

The "treat", the friendship bracelet, is a bit cheesy, but I may deconstruct it and use the metal doo-dad for some other jewelry project.

One thing that does annoy me is that, if you look here, this forum conversation includes a list of all the possible Birchbox variations for the month. There was apparently 11.
I got box 10, which contained the 4 items listed above. Most of the other boxes contained some core items like the Colorscience or the Incoco appliques and then some varying items. That is fine, but I don't really understand why some some boxes contained everything that I received plus an item like Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firm and Lift Cream or Jurlique Rose Hand Cream. Considering I've been with Birchbox for 6 months now, I don't think the longevity of my subscription should be a factor. It's only one little extra item, but it's just the idea that one box contains all the items as another except more. Variations are okay, but that scenario seems wrong to me.

Or maybe I'm just turning into a grumpy, bitter old lady.

Are these "Minimalist", "Practical", "Classic", and "Adventurous"  labels supposed to refer to our own profile labels, the whole "celebrating you" part? I don't remember saying I was "Minimalist"...hmmm.

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  1. How disappointing! Hopefully the next one will be tons better.

  2. Not sure if my other comment came through....
    Hello fellow nail biter!
    The sample boxes have taken over Australia right now. I can't justify paying for samples that I may or may not like or even use. US ones are better value I guess. Yet to order any of these boxes!

  3. I know I sounded like a grouch here, but I am pretty easy to please and don't have sky-high expectations like getting a full size product every month, like I've seen some people have. And I LOVE the concept of Birchbox, because I am a sample junkie, and I do like the surprise element in a way. I have gotten to try some products I never would have any other way and did end up liking many, so that does make it worth it for the most part. I just think they need to re-work their box distribution matrices or however they decide who gets what. I'm not a business minded person but I'm sure there must be a more efficient and accurate method. I know a lot of people have cancelled over the past few boxes but I will stick with it for now. I'm paranoid that the month I cancel will be the month the most awesome product ever makes its way into the box!
    Oh, you bite your nails too, Su? I have my entire life and they are such an embarrassment. So bad they actually hurt. Even tried the gross tasting polish, doesn't work. Guess it's an anxiety thing for me.


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