Friday, May 1, 2015

Birchbox April 2015 Review and Unboxing

Yup. It's May 1st and I'm posting my April Birchbox Review. I promised myself I'd never be one of those bloggers who does that, but honestly April flew by so quickly and I was so incredibly busy that I just couldn't get everything done in time! I really wanted to share this particular box with you guys this month though, because for the first time ever, I ended up giving into temptation and grabbing a "Birchbox Plus" item! 

What's Birchbox?
If you're unfamiliar with Birchbox, they are one of the reasons why subscription boxes are such a huge deal! They weren't the first beauty box, but they were one of the first, and definitely the original low-cost beauty box to hit the market.
For $10 a month, 4-7 deluxe beauty and lifestyle samples are delivered to your door. You take a little beauty survey when you sign up that helps them choose samples they think you would most enjoy. Birchbox is always fantastic for trying new up-and-coming brands, as well as some higher-end. I still use this subscription as a way to "try before I buy" because it's truly set up to be exactly that.

What's the Points System?
Each box you get contains a random number of samples, however the average amount is usually 5. When you receive your box, you can try out the products, and then go on the Birchbox website and review them. Birchbox awards 10 points per review, which is equal to $1 to spend in their shop. So at the end of it all, you're spending $10 on a box, and getting $5 or more dollars back in credit on their site. This pays off big when you find a product you really love and want to buy a full size. More often then not, you can pick it up for free with the points you've earned over time. 

So before I get into what was in my box this month, I have to talk quickly about Birchbox Plus. If you're not aware of what that is: Each month, Birchbox releases a group of items that you can purchase as add-ons to your regular monthly box. They are always discounted (although not hugely) and many of the items they feature are exclusive to Birchbox. This is the case with the Rifle Paper Co. Tote bag that I added on this month. Just look at how pretty it is!
I love Rifle Paper Co's floral patterns, and when I saw how pretty this month's box was, I was really hoping for a Birchbox Plus item like this. It's much larger than I expected it to be, and it could easily hold a laptop or school books. It's very well-made and absolutely perfect for Spring!

Beaver: Professional Hydro Nutritive Repairing Shampoo & Conditioner
While I'm not a huge fan of getting Shampoo and Conditioner in my Birchboxes, I will usually let it slide if it is relevant to my hair type or seems like it could be a great product. Weird brand name aside, this duo doesn't match my oily, thin hair type at all. I wasn't sure why they sent these to me at first, although I realized after I had opened the entire box that they ignored my Sample Choice this month, meaning they most likely sent me a completely random box. These will not be used, but I'm hoping I can pass them onto someone who they will work for. 

Paula's Choice: Resist 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment
While I am a huge fan of Paula's Choice products, this is another product that has nothing to do with my skin, at all. I don't suffer from dark spots and my skin absolutely hates vitamin C. It causes me to breakout horribly, although admittedly the Paula's Choice Vitamin C products have been OK for me. I wish that I had received a PC product that would benefit my skin since I really enjoy the brand, but I'm going to pass this on to my Mom.

Jouer  Lip and Cheek Tint
Another Jouer product...shocker. 
This was one of the sample choices this month, although it is not the one I picked. (I chose the Jane Iredale Lip Tint) I'm not into cream blushes or "multi-use" creams because they tend to look chalky on the lips. I didn't bother swatching this because I'll be giving it to my Mom. Another item that doesn't work for me in the slightest.

Pop Beauty Eyeshadow Trio
Yet another one of the sample choices this month, although I did not choose this one, either. Interesting how I got 2 of the 3 sample choices in my box, yet not the one that I actually picked? 
Anyway, I've received a Pop Beauty shadow trio in an Ipsy bag eons ago and I wasn't impressed. Having said that, I actually thought this one was pretty good. The swatches I did are one swipe of my finger with no primer, so I've got to admit the pigmentation is pretty good. I do find them to be a bit powdery and can easily be wiped away if a primer isn't used under them. I think this trio in particular is quite nice for spring, and kind of plays off the rose gold trend nicely.
Overall Thoughts
What an epic failure of a box for me. If you noticed this review is a little short and lackluster, that's because I was just so incredibly disappointed with this. Not only did I not get the one item that I was allowed to choose, but when I contacted Birchbox about it, they basically told me "sorry we're sold out here's $5 in points." I think it just bothers me because they should probably set aside extras of the sample choices in case a situation like this arises, which I'm sure it does every month. Something about getting the other 2 choices and not the one I wanted was kind of grating to me. I felt like I got someone else's box since everything else in the box didn't work for me, either. I'm not one of those people who endlessly tears apart Birchbox, usually. I feel like sometimes people expect too much from them in terms of having everything in their box fit their beauty profiles perfectly, or subscribers expecting way more for the small price tag. I actually think the only thing Birchbox needs to improve on is curation. If they're going to have 60+ variations of box each month as well as a beauty profile, they should be put to good use or eliminated entirely. I can't remember the last time I got a box that was so completely wrong for me. 

Since it's already May, I can start to look forward to another Birchbox soon. I can only hope that it is an improvement, so I'm going to cash out my points and call it quits for awhile.

If you're interested in signing up for Birchbox, you can do that here!
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  1. That's terrible! I received the same box box, but fortunately will be able to use everything. I'm really looking forward to May's delivery though...chose the customized box this time around (but both choices looked tempting - eek!) I'm sure you'll have better luck this month =)

    1. The box actually is a nice one if the products work well for the person, unfortunately they didn't for me. :( I'm hoping for a better box this month too! *fingers crossed!

  2. I'm so sorry this box was a flop for you! That does not make sense that you got 2 of the choices but not the one you actually picked! I really liked that pop beauty palette but mine came completely crumbled and it took me forever to put it back together! I contacted them and they told me the same thing that they didnt have any left but here is 50 points.

    1. See, and that is what bothers me! I got the Pop Beauty shadows and didn't even choose them- when they should have kept at least 100 or so of each in the warehouse to deal with damaged items or missing items in boxes etc. I don't mind the 50 points, but if you're doing to do a sample choice at least send the product that the person chose! haha

    2. I completely agree! I'm ok with getting 50 points I will use them, but I actually would have preferred having a Pop Beauty Palette that wasn't damaged- well here's hoping we get our sample choice this month!:)

  3. Oh, man! I would have loved this box! Aside from the haircare, of course. :D But um...I LOVE THAT RIFLE CO. BAG!!! Why didn't I read that email!? /cries.

    Anyway, I'm sad you didn't get your choice but I think I'd rather have $5 anyway. None of the choices were super awesome this time around.

    1. If it wasn't for makeuptalk I wouldn't hav eknown about the tote!! I never partake in he bb plus items but this one was way too pretty to pass up! And I agree though-the $5 was preferable, I just wish that they would keep some extras of the products aside rather than throwing the in other people's boxes so that if a mistake happens they can rectify it. I see way too many people reserving their ssample choices and not getting them!

  4. The tote bag is awesome - I don't usually look at the add-on emails so I missed it, but it's so pretty! I felt "meh" about my April box (also got that Beaver haircare duo, blah). I saw a lot of complaints last month, honestly - hopefully Birchbox learns from their mistakes and steps up their game.

    1. I LOOOVE the tote. I never check the BB Plus emails because I'm usually not interested, luckily someone posted about it on makeuptalk and I was able to snag one because it's seriously so pretty! and ugh the Beaver haircare is a huge womp. I don't think many people liked their boxes this month, it's such a shame. BB is usually on point for me but lately they've been really slacking in the curation department.