Monday, October 14, 2013

October 2013 Birchbox Review

Yay! It's here! Lucky for me, my Birchbox came first this month! (A coworker and I both have our Birchboxes shipped to the office, hers came a full 10 days before mine did last month, which meant I was waiting and waiting in anticipation of mine every time the mailman came.)

This month's theme is "Beauty Buzz" - so the products are supposed to be award winners, celeb favorites, and up and comers.

Value - $4.75

The first item up is 12 Benefits Healthy Hair Treatment. It's a leave in conditioner, shine spray, and heat protectant all in one. It smells similar to Infusium, which was the leave in conditioner of my childhood. At this point I probably have more leave-in conditioners and heat protectant sprays than I'll be able to use before they expire, so I'm not super thrilled about this. 

Value $0.97 / $0.96

Dr Brandt Light Years Away Whitening Cream Cleanser and Whitening Renewal Solution. Ugh. Packets, I HATE packets for samples! One time is not enough to know if you like something enough to purchase it, and when you try to save a packet to use again, the product is typically dried up or discolored when you go to use it, which makes me doubt the effectiveness. I'm always happy to try anything that claims not to dry out skin, and that exfoliates and brightens, I just wish there were multiple uses in these packets. 

Value $9.75

Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant. Now THIS is a sample that I can get excited about. A microdermabrasion scrub in a tube that I can close and reuse. yay! It has great reviews on Makeupalley, I can't wait to try it. 

Value $3.40
Staniac in Beauty Queen. This is an interesting product, it's reminiscent of Benefit's BeneTint, but it doesn't sting like Benetint. It's a lip and cheek stain that goes on more like a gel, and doesn't seem as drying as most tints and stains I've used. I'm curious to see how well it will hold up to a full day at the office, of sipping on water and coffee all day long. 

Value $3.00
Chap Stick Hydration Lock. I'm always happy to receive a lip balm. I constantly apply lip balm throughout the day and like to keep one in my coat pocket, in my purse, in my desk drawer at the office, in my car, and littered throughout my house. I do not buy ChapStick brand because it's pretty much just a waxy coating for your lips (as is most other lip balm) and I'm always looking out for something that will actually quench my poor dry lips - but I'm happy to have received it. It has a pleasant scent, and while it certainly is lying when it claims to give 8 hours of moisture, it definitely staved of my need to reapply for a full hour after I put it on. This will be going into rotation with my other lip products for sure. 


Overall this months box was an okay value. A monthly Birchbox subscription is $10.00 - and this box included about $22.80 in products. If you're interested, you can sign up for Birchbox here.

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