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No, you didn’t misread that. Yes, it says February 2014 Birchbox. I had canceled my Birchbox

(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.)

But then I saw that this month’s box was a collaboration with US Weekly. I keep seeing on the Birchbox UK and Birchbox France blogs that the often have collaboration boxes that look so cute and fun, so I thought I’d better make sure not to miss this one.

I should have listened to my original instinct.

February 2014 Birchbox Unboxing So, there we have the outside box, which is themed. I expected the inside box to be, too, It was plain. But you know what? No big.

February 2014 Birchbox Unboxing The theme for this box was “Step and Repeat,” all centered around awards season. The reason I decided to get this box was because I thought there would be fun celeb favorites or advice on products to use to get a celeb’s look.

February 2014 Birchbox Unboxing And I made the mistake of adding skincare back to my options, since I thought they might have celeb skincare faves.

Anyway, here’s what I got.

February 2014 Birchbox Unboxing (From l-r)

Harvey Prince – Hello Perfume (full size, $55)
Supposedly this is your new warm-weather scent. Strange to, you know, be giving this out in the dead of winter. The top notes are supposed to be citrusy and the dry-down floral-y. I thought this smelled good initially, but after spraying it on my arm to test it out, it started to get cloying and make me nauseous (a problem I have with a lot of scents), and I actually tried to wash it off. This will go to my mom, who is the beneficiary of the many, many, many fragrance samples I get with my various purchases.

Agave Healing Oil Treatment (full size, $24-$40)
Infused with blue agave, this hair oil is supposed to be good to treat, condition, and tame hair. My hair still has not recovered from not being cut for 6 months, despite having a hair cut in the meantime (I’ve found horrendous split ends, even the day after my appointment). My scalp also gets dry and flaky. So I am going to try this. I just worry that it will make my scalp oily and weigh down my fine hair. We shall see.

DDF Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Moisturizing Dew (full size, $42)
My skin is so persnickety when it comes to its oil production, I usually hesitate to try new moisturizers, once I’ve found one I like. So while this is “ultra lite” and “oil free,” I’m not sure I’d use this during the day. I could probably use it at night just fine, though I’ve been using something heavier at night to combat the horrible wind and cold during the day. So this may or may not get used. I feel like this is something someone else would have loved to get, because DDF is a good brand.

COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face (full size, $36)
Oh, Birchbox. You think you can switch it up for unscented, and I won’t realize I already got this in my September Birchbox? (I haven’t used that one yet, either.)

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Mascara (full size, $18)
Um, okay. I never felt the need to try a mascara that’s pigmented by fruit. I do feel the need to use volumizing mascara to beef up my thin, yet long, lashes. I’ll probably try this, just to see.

I always feel like someone else may have been thrilled to get what I got, but I was not. This was a big disappointment, not just in the content (why did I add skincare back, why?! not that that helped last month…), but also in the failure to really make it branded/themed. There was so much potential there.

Just like there is with Birchbox itself. But I’m not waiting for it to come to fruition; I re-canceled as soon as I opened my box. And subscribed to Sample Society, at least for a month. We shall see how that one goes!

What do you think of this month’s box? What did you get in yours?

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5 comments on “February 2014 Birchbox Unboxing”

  1. I've actually heard good things about that mascara, so maybe it will turn out to be useful for you. But mega eyeroll for them re-sending you the same COOLA thing in a different "flavor". That's how I feel about getting samples of the various Juicy Couture fragrances… they're not identical, but they're pretty damn similar, so stop sending them every other month!
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    • Oh, I'm glad to hear that! I'll definitely give it a try. It's always good to have small ones for traveling. But, yeah, really. It took me a few minutes to figure out how they were even different at all! They are pretty big on their Juicy partnership, so it's not surprising.

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