November 2015 Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month several samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video.

This month, Birchbox is launching their first makeup line, called LOC or Love of Color, and subscribers have the chance to choose any of the 8 products that are a part of this line. That’s the most sample options that have ever been offered through sample choice! There is also a curated box, as always. The LOC line was developed in partnership with Youtuber Tati Westbrook, and so she appeared in all of the LOC announcement videos.

First, the sample options. This month’s theme is “Feeling Fancy”. I don’t really understand the theme in context with this month’s sample choices, but I am completely in love with all of the sample choice options. There are 3 lip colors and 5 shadow sticks in the LOC line.

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October Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month 3-4 samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This month, Birchbox subscribers have the chance to choose from a wild 5 samples, or select one of two curated boxes. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video.

First, the sample options. This month’s theme is “The Power of Beauty,” and the boxes were inspired by October being breast cancer awareness month. The sample options are all mascaras.

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September Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since sample choice started!!! The time has passed so quickly. I’m especially excited because I finally qualify as an Ace!

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month 3-4 samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This month, Birchbox subscribers have the chance to choose from 4 samples, or select a box curated by a guest editor. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video.

First, the sample options. This month’s theme is “Better Together” and was inspired by Birchbox subscribers.

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July Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month 3-4 samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This month, Birchbox subscribers have the chance to choose from 5 samples, or select a box curated by a guest editor. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video.

First, the sample options. This month’s theme is “Go Bold”.

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This month’s sample choice is the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in one of three colors: Bella, a bright pink, Venezia, a bright coral, and Beso, a bold red.

I’m a little bummed that, once again, the sample choices are all pretty much the same. One product, three colors. If you don’t make a sample choice, it seems like you will still get the Stila Lipstick, just in a random color. Bella and Venezia are new releases as part of the Sun, Sea & Splash Summer 2015 Collection, while Beso has been around for a while. Continue reading

Currently In My Birchbox Cart…

In 12 months of being subscribed to Birchbox, I’ve received a lot of products. Most of them have been products I’ve appreciated trying samples of, but that haven’t found their way into my daily routine. Some of them have barely left the box they arrived in because of how little they excite me. The products on this list are the third category… the products that I mete out carefully to extend their lifespan, and that stay on my mind after the sample is used up.

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Products I Really Loved, and Will Buy ASAP:

Harvey Prince | Hello | $26 for rollerball (8.8 mL)

I received this in my very first Birchbox almost exactly a year ago, and it’s been on my to-buy list ever since. Now that summer’s here again, this cheery scent has hit my to-buy-asap list.

Paula’s Choice | RESIST Moisture Renewal Oil Booster | $35

Ever since I first received this and put it on my face, I’ve been in love. This is such a great additive to any moisturizer and it makes my face glow. I’ve known I needed to get a full size since the very first use. While there are other products on this list that I’m hesitant to spend $35 on, this isn’t one of them because it’s something that lasts a lot longer than BB cream since you only need 1-2 drops per use.

Coola | Face SPF 30 Unscented Matte Tint | $36

That said, this is a $36 BB cream that I’m willing to take a chance on because I think it’s really unique. I love the mousse-like texture, its mattifying properties, and that it contains SPF. Another perfect product for the upcoming summer.

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June Birchbox Sample Choice Comparison

For those of you not familiar with sample choice, it’s a program that began last August where Birchbox subscribers have the option to select a sample to be included in next month’s box. Each month 3-4 samples are revealed and the sample you pick will replace one of your traditional 5 samples. This month, Birchbox subscribers have the chance to choose from 5 samples, or select a box curated by a guest editor. This is a comparison of those options based on research I’ve done using other blogs and my own calculations. This month I’ve taken all of my images as screenshots from the official Birchbox video. I also had too much time on my hands, so I calculated the value of every sample.

First, the sample options. This month’s theme is ADVENTURE. I’m so excited about this theme that I needed to write it in all caps 🙂

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However, I am pretty disappointed by the first announcement that every box will contain an Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner. I’m sure it’s a lovely eyeliner, but I don’t actually like eyeliner very much and I certainly don’t need another one when I already have quite a few. Still, it’s a brand new product, and I’m sure most of you will love it. Sample value: ~$9.

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