Thursday, February 14, 2013

Organization Re-do AND Birchbox Cancellation

About a year ago I did a post on organizing your "it's time to look presentable and smell good"stuff. You can check that post out here. After being a Birchbox subscriber for one year I decided to cancel my subscription. I looked back at the 13 boxes I received (I got a bonus box one month) and realized it wasn't even worth the $10 I paid each month. At first, I thought, how fun it would be to get a little something in the mail each month for only $10. To be honest, I used the boxes (to mail Poppy and Pippa goods) that the products come in more than any product I received.

That's not to say I didn't receive any products I found worthwhile because I did. There were a few months that I received full sized products but, unfortunately, it seemed more and more the things that came in my box could easily be picked up at any cosmetic counter. Every single month there were fragrance samples. Many times I would get the same one month after month. I mean, really!? So not worth $120 a year.

The thing that really made my decision was when I realized that my make up caddy (About a year ago I did a post on organizing your toiletries. You can check that post out here.) weighed about 10 pounds and I only used 4 or 5 items from the entire thing. It was overflowing with products from Birchbox. It was facial moisturizers and cleansers as well as wrinkle reducers. In all reality, no one can tell if a product is going to work with such a small sample. So, I made the decision to cancel. I'm really going to miss those sturdy little  boxes for mailing my products...

Here's what I did with the products I use

I purchased this bamboo drawer organizer at TJ Maxx for $9.99. It's wonderful because there are little dividers in each section that you can move or even remove. It fits everything perfect and as soon as I open my drawer I can clearly see what I have...and maybe even what I "need."

What's in my drawer?

Top left corner - Brushes and such that I don't use on a regular basis.
Top center - Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream 
Top right - "free" Clinique lipstick, Baby Lips, Tarte Lip stain, and Body Shop Balm
Far right corner - my lifesaver - Clean & Clear advanced solutions. LOVE.

Middle sections - Hair ties, Bare Minerals blushes and eye shadows, and warmth

Left - Brushes I use on a daily basis
Large section - Revlon mascara, Roc eye cream, Benefit Erase Paste, Bare Minerals - the rest you can clearly see for yourself.

If you have any questions about any of the products I use - just shoot me an email!

Enjoy your day!

Bev said...

I loveeee this!!! Anything with compartments makes life so much more easier!! And this one is adorbs!

How much do you LOVE ROC cream?!?! I swear it's working miracles... thank you Dr. Oz for the recommendation!

And I cancelled my Birchbox after receiving it for about 6 mos. I wasn't swooning over all (or even most) of my products! Wise choice ;)

Happy LOVAHHH's Day!!

Michelle said...

I'm going to cancel my Birchbox too! I have the exact same complaints. And every month I get the EXACT same perfume and then several lotion samples. It's annoying and not worth it.

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