Birchbox: October Box Review

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably know that I recently signed up for Birchbox. For those of you who don't know what Birchbox is, it's a monthly subscription where you receive a variety of beauty samples. There are a few other companies doing this same: Julep and ipsy.  I have not tried their services yet. I did just sign up for ipsy though, so I'll let you all know how I like them too :)

Anyways, back to my October Birchbox...
I received samples of the following products:

1. The Twistband Hair Tie: These elastic hair ties are praised as a miracle hair tie that will not leave an ugly crease in your hair. I have to say, I was pretty impressed by them, but not awe-struck. They definitely left a lot less noticeable crease in my hair, but nothing miraculous. I would actually like to have more of these because I like the fact that they seem less damaging on my hair. My hair never tangles up in these ties like it does with a normal hair tie. The downside though, these run about $2-$3 a piece. The 12 pack shown above costs $18. I like them don't get me wrong, but at the price point I won't be running out an buying a ton.

2. The tili Bag: The tili bags were designed to make traveling with cosmetics easier. They make a decorative gallon sized bag for all your cosmetic necessities. The one in my box was the smaller version, but still great to throw my lip gloss and mascara in. These are not just a sandwich bag however, they are made from a durable plastic with fun designs. I can vouch for these bags being durable, I have used mine to hold my cosmetics and my jewelry while traveling.

3. Mox Botanicals Lip Butter: This lip gloss is very home grown, it's straight out of Oregon. It also lacks parabens and chemical preservatives. It smells of subtle pomegranate and figs, but nothing over powering. If I was to rate this lip balm on a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it a 5. It's very middle of the road for me. It's not bad, but it's not worth it's $16 price tag in my opinion. I am big on moisture and this lip balm isn't as long lasting as I would like it to be.

4. Kerastase Chroma Sensitive: Okay so I have to be honest, this was my least favorite product in my October box. First problem, there were no directions on how to use it on the sample. Sure, I could have googled it, buy why not put some damn directions? It is called a "cleansing balm" but I don't know if that's a shampoo or a conditioner, or both? I used it as a shampoo, but it didn't lather, it was much more creamy, like a conditioner. Yes, it made my hair a bit softer, but not $42 worthy. This hair balm, is supposed to be used after you have colored your hair in replace of regular shampoo to enhance your color. I can't say I would actually buy this product, but I'm glad I was able to try it.

5. Juicy Couture Viva la Juicy La Fleur Perfume: My October box also contained a sample of Juicy's newest scent. I have to be honest, I am not a Juicy fan. I mean I don't wear their clothing or accessories and I just never thought I would like their scents. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this scent. It's fruity and citrusy, but not in a prostitute way (Because I always rank my perfumes on what the likelihood is of a hooker wearing it). I would actually contemplate buying this for Spring or Summer.

6. theBalm cosmetics- Mary Lou Manizer: This eye shimmer is my absolute favorite thing in my box! You can use it as a highlighter around your eyes or an all-over shimmer. It's so rich and smooth, not grainy like other shimmer powders. The original size is 8.5g, which is huge, for $24! The sample I received is about the size of a single eyeshadow in one of those mixed palettes.  I totally love this stuff and when my sample runs out, I will be buying some more!

All in all, I am pretty excited about getting a new box every month. It's a small fee of $10/month and you can stop at anytime. I am looking forward to being introduced to new products I would have otherwise not known about.

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