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New month, new January 2014 Birchbox. I finally got mine, days later than some. My post office is literally the worst.

(In case you’re not familiar with it, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where, for just $10 a month, you receive a box full of deluxe-sized and travel-sized samples. You receive Birchbox points for every purchase you make and every review your write, which can be redeemed in their store. Get your own here.)

So, I followed through on my threat to stop making videos. (Actually, if I’m honest, that was decided by my oversleeping by an hour yesterday morning.) I’m sure you’re devastated not to watch my hack productions. (This will give me more time to hone my craft for next month?)

If you’ve read my previous unboxing posts and/or watched my videos, you know that I’ve been finding Birchbox disappointing for a while. Every month I’m THISCLOSE to canceling, and just never pull the trigger. I am not an optimist, but I guess I just WANT it to get better since I love getting my Birchbox (in theory).

Well, this month’s has not gone far to staying my hands. Especially considering one of the main things was tea. (Fine, it was a “lifestyle extra,” but still!) I got a couple of things that were, hmm, okay, cool. But only one thing that I’m like, “Yayyyyyy!!” about. Maybe my expectations are too high?

Anyway, on to the rundown!

January 2014 Birchbox

1. Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk (full-size, $18)
Yayyyyyyy!! Travel sizes of dry shampoo are invaluable (THERE’S NEVER ENOUGH TIME ON VACATION), especially a good one. A couple of years ago when I was in Paris I picked this up, only, I bought the weird one with the powder that you have to puff onto your hair. A spray=infinitely better. I currently have Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo, but I find the scent of it very overwhelming (and I smell it until I wash it), so hopefully this will work out better.

2. Nail Rock in Velvet Burgundy (full-size, $6.99)
This looks complicated, so I looked up the description: “Every kit comes with two pieces: a polish for a solid foundation and a pot that houses a textured topper. Accent options include Nail Sequin, for the ultimate disco-ball mani; Nail Glitter, to create serious sparkle; Nail Caviar, for a rich encrusted look; and Nail Velvet, which leaves a luxe matte finish.” This is probably the most genuinely interesting one to me, and I think it’s mostly because a) I do my nails every week and b) I’ve never tried a velvet/matte finish nail polish. And the color is nice.

3. Benefit Benetint (full-size $30)
I feel like anyone else but me would have been over the moon about this sample. I’ve tried Benetint several time over the years, and have never been super won over. It always leaves a really patchy stain on my lips and never looks even. A friend of mine uses it and it looks fantastic on her (maybe I’ll hand this over). I would have been a lot more excited for a sample of the new Lollitint, to be honest.

4. 100% Pure Reparative Cream, Smoothing Night Cream, and Organic Eye Cream (full-size $19-$38)
Weeeeeeeell. I know that I like to try new skincare products, and I’ll probably try the eye cream and maybe the body cream for elbows or something, but, really, these were wasted samples on me.

5. Ahmad Tea London Assorted Teas (full-size $7)
I love tea. I do. But I have lots of it. I didn’t need 3 tea bags. I would have preferred chocolate. Or another ChapStick.

6. A Bunch of Postcards With Words on Them (full-size garbage)
Postcards do not a sample make, sorry, Birchbox.

I feel like I got more filler than actual real samples. I keep reviewing my settings to see how I’m getting what I’m getting, and sometimes I’m baffled.

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 2.04.00 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 2.04.17 PM I had even unchecked “skincare products” and still got three packets!

So, what do you think? Unsubscribe? Stick it out, if only for something to bitch write about once a month at a bargain price? What did you get this month? And aren’t you glad I didn’t make a video?

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8 comments on “January 2014 Birchbox Unboxing”

  1. I would have been happy with the Benetint because it's something I've used and liked in the past, but I do think it's a bit weird that they're sending that instead of Lollitint. Especially since this box is supposed to be all about "new" stuff. At least there's swap/gifting potential with it (unlike the crappy teabags and random packets of eye cream).
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    • I'm lame, I still haven't sought out the swapping board. I think I'm just ready to cancel and move on. I have always had trouble walking away!

  2. gosh I understand you! I got my birchbox yesterday and honnestly, I was a bit…surprised, to formulate it in a diplomatic way. I posted on my instagram (naelleoip) a picture of what I got… hope the februray box will be better. : )
    My recent post Chapeau!

    • That's so funny, I always see the photos of the French and UK Birchboxes and think they look so much better. I guess everything is relative. 🙂 Ah, yes, it does look disappointing, though! (Just followed you!) I think I'm going to unsubscribe (finally) and try something new. I guess we'll see next month. 🙂

  3. Have you thought about trying Ipsy? I subscribed to it for 6-7 months, and only hated one out of all the bags I received. It's the same price as Birchbox, but I found the product sizes to be a lot more generous. (Also: hi!)

    • I have, but I also heard they were kind of low brow brands, aren't they? I'm thinking of trying Sample Society. At least for a month? (Also, HIIIII!!!!!!! 😀 )

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