I had a year of birchbox and like you said, it became a turn off because of the lifestyle movement and the small samples. I just got on the waitlist for ipsy. I'm looking forward to it!
I was bummed with my birchbox this month too. It was very different than yours, a little eye shadow/cheek color from the balm, two hair products Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique - Protect and Kérastase Elixir Ultime - Protect, a Juicy fragrance, and DDF® Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum. I've noticed that I get a fragrance in my box each month, I have a stash of them so I appreciated your POV with the points and I think that is a great reason to stick with Birchbox.