February 2014 Birchbox (very low value) | US Weekly Collab

I decided to pay for the yearly upgrade last month, because I really liked the direction Birchbox was going. I was loving my boxes… and then this happened. I am praying that I didn’t make a horrible decision.

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Let’s dive on in to this extremely low value box. Oh, and this is a collab box with US Weekly.

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The first thing I received is the Agave Healing Oil Treatment. I’m interested in trying this out, but I hate the packaging of the sample. What am I supposed to do with a cardboard container? Good thing I bought some of those mini plastic jars from Walmart’s travel section. This sample is worth $1.00. … It doesn’t get much better as we go; don’t get your hopes up.

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Next we have a perfume sample. This is Couture La La Malibu from Juicy Couture. I have received Couture La La in the past, but I didn’t really like it. I don’t really like this one either. It’s too high school for me. The sweetness in this perfume is very young and not in a good way. I’m not hating on Juicy Couture. I LOVE Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy La Fleur. I’ve been considering purchasing that one since I sampled in a Birchbox forever ago. This just isn’t for me. The value is $1.44. :/

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Next is a bar of soap. This is from Ayres and it is in the scent Patagonia. I don’t really use bar soap. I don’t actually know many people who do. I will still try it out, but I’m not liking the scent. It smells…. old. Not like it has gone bad but that the scent has missed its heyday back in the ’20s or something. I really do not care for it. I’ll try it and let you know how I get on with it. The value of this sample is (drumroll please) $0.64!

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Next we have the Miracle Skin Transformer Face Spotlight. I literally just stopped writing this to see what this is. I’m guessing it is a base for the skin. But the one I received is very dark… like VERY dark. And it seems to have silver shimmer in it… Yep. I just spread out the swatch. The color isn’t so terrifying but the shimmer is. My hand looks SO greasy right now. I will not be putting this on my face. Ugh, it’s like a disco ball… What were they thinking? Sorry. That’s just my honest, uncensored first impression… Needless to say, I will NOT be using this. The value of the sample is more than any of the other at $3.20.

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Last is the OPI Sheer Tint Top Coat. The color is I’m Never Amberrassed and it is an orange color. Now, I’m not going to fault them for sending this to me, because there is no way they could know that I don’t care for sheer colors. I might try layering it over some of my other polishes to change their color a bit, so this won’t totally go to waste. I would have preferred a creme finish or a sparkly finish. Oh well. OPI is a good brand, and I like the inclusion of this. Ending on a high-ish note! The value of this is $2.25.

If you’ve been keeping track, the value of the box is a horrifically pathetic $8.53! Seeing as the box costs ten dollars a month, I expect to receive at least that much. There wasn’t even anything extra in this month. Like when they did the collab with Women’s Health, we got a certificate to receive a year’s worth of the magazine for free. Nothing in here. Honestly, this box is making want to NEVER EVER buy from US Weekly. They curated such a crappy, low value, small sampled box. I’m really not impressed with this whatsoever, and I think it is wrong of Birchbox to not insist on having the value of the samples over the cost of the box.

I’m not pleased. Are you pleased with yours? Do you think it is wrong of Birchbox to allow boxes like this to be sent out? Let me know your thoughts.

I paid for this myself (sadly). All opinions are my own. I’m not getting paid for this post.

I need to relax. Maybe I’ll go have some tea now. 🙂

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6 Responses to February 2014 Birchbox (very low value) | US Weekly Collab

  1. Oh gosh that is horrible! I would be so so mad if I received this box and was still subscribed! I’m really sorry this was such an awful box :L Maybe you can use the the silver stuff to mix in with your lotion or under your foundation on your cheek bones? Also the top coat might look nice over a orange or red nail polish! Maybe they’ll blow you away with next months box!
    XOXO
    Veronica
    PS. I nominated you for the Leibstar Award! Check out my newest post for the details

    • Sara says:

      I’m sure the boxes will be better in the future (optimism :D). I’ve received plenty of great ones in the past, but I’m still super bummed. I think that lotion is too much for my cheekbones, but I’ll play with it. And I agree about the top coat. I think it might be fun to play around with other colors too. I might come up with something awesome! Hahaha
      On my way to check it out! 😀

  2. I had some different things in mine, but I covet your OPI there…isn’t that alone usually $8? I love Birchbox too and was bummed my box this month didn’t have anything full sizeish, but I still love. Love.

  3. Andrea says:

    Ahhh I hear you! It’s the worst when the value of the box doesn’t even equal $10.00! I do love Viva La Juicy La Fleur too- I bought the full-size once I sampled it and it’s amazing. I hope that your next month is better, especially since you upgraded and paid for the whole year! It does kind of confuse me that this month was a collab with US Weekly because it doesn’t seem like it fits the theme. Thanks for sharing! ❤

    • Sara says:

      Hey Andrea! Thanks so much for checking out my blog. 😀 Yeah, I think I might spend my points on a full size of La Fleur. I just got my 21 month code. Ahhh decisions!!

      I hope it gets better too. I’m thinking that the collab was the reason for the not-so-great boxes this month.

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