I joined your $10 a month beauty subscription service (awesome deal, by the way) with a one year subscription in December of 2010. It was a Christmas gift from my Mother that I requested after watching a review of Birchbox from MissGlamorazzi. I immediately fell in love with the service and when my subscription ran out I requested that my fiance buy me another year for Christmas of 2011. Two full years of Christmas presents every month, what a dream!
Sadly though, my subscription has come to an end and I will not be renewing.
It’s not entirely your fault, Birchbox. I legitimately love you (your two year anniversary celebration video was beyond amazing, I’ve embedded it below) and am very sad to leave.
It isn’t a customer service issue, it’s a change in my life. I am now a cruelty-free blogger. This decision was hard for me to make (I talk about it more here). Since Birchbox isn’t only cruelty-free brands, I feel quilty about trying products from brands I’ll never support. Also, with my Learning to Live Minimally resolution, trying new samples every month isn’t in my best interests (though I probably would have still stayed, I love you that much). I have also left Ipsy/MyGlam for the same reasons, though I don’t feel the same remorse because no brand or service has ever been as fun to me as you Birchbox.
This goodbye letter also serves as a plee. If you ever make a cruelty-free option, tweet me right away! I would sign up without a moments hesitation. Even if it were $20 a month! I really think there is a market for a cruelty-free Birchbox-like subscription. We need chic and glam products too! I’ve tried other cruelty-free services like Conscious Box and Eco-Emi but the joy I felt with my first boxes were short lived. I unsubscribed from both within the first few months. No other subscription service is as good as you. No one is as chic and no one creates the same sense of community.
So, this is my goodbye. I can’t guarantee I won’t be using your general shop every now and again (the Birchbox branded items are addictive, you can see a handful of the ones I own below) but sadly, I have received my last box.
I’m a huge fan of cloth or cotton face masks. I was using a bunch of them from myfaceworks but the brand shut down and now the only place you can buy them is Birchbox.com (and occasionally Hautelook) and I’m sure they must be running out.
So, I decided to give making my own masks a try. They don’t feel as good and aren’t as beneficial as the real deal but they will do until I find another brand I like.
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Less then an hour ago I received my June 2012 “Jet Set” themed Birchbox! Yay! Out of all of my subscription services, I’ve always felt the most connected and excited about my Birchbox.
If you haven’t seen these kinds of posts before, Birchbox is a monthly subscription service where for $10 a month you are sent product deluxe samples and full sizes to try out based on a theme and your style quiz.
My Stila melted on the way to me, not surprising in this weather!
I understand that it is summer in the USA but I am pretty darn tired of getting bronzing products in my boxes. I’ve received three bronzing primers recently that I never plan on using. I tried on the Stila One Step and it made me look like a shimmery brown mess. I know most people enjoy being bronzed but I actually like my fair complexion. I think I may be in the minority in that way. As for the tanning wipes, I’ll try them out on areas where the sun doesn’t shine so I can even out my skin. Am I the only one that does that? You know what areas I’m talking about, haha.
What did you get in your Birchbox?
Kindness is the best accessory,
+ = Brand animal testing whereabouts unknown or unclear. * = This brand tests on animals. All non-tagged brands free of animal testing.
(I originally had Masqueology as a + but they confirmed over Twitter that they do not test on animals. )