Birchbox October 2014 Review plus November Sample Options

Oddly enough, I never remember when Birchbox ships and when to expect it, so it’s always a surprise every month. They’re the box that got me hooked on subscriptions in the first place, so I should probably know their shipping schedule by now….But anyways, I was subscribed for a long time but quit last year when I had way too many samples. I recently signed up again because they’re honestly the best beauty subscription in terms of value. Plus, they have super adorable boxes 🙂

Birchbox is only $10/month (even less if you prepay), and they have this amazing point system. For every sample you receive in your box, you can fill out a review to get 10 points (equivalent to $1) to spend in the Birchbox shop. And since every box has at least 5 samples, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get $5 worth of credit each month if you fill out all your reviews. It’s really satisfying when you want to treat yourself to something and remember that you have $50 worth of credit sitting around in the Birchbox shop!

Birchbox October 2014 Review

 

They have a fairly new feature where you can pick one of your samples each month. Birchbox provides you with four options and you can choose one for your box, or you can let them surprise you with five mystery samples. I wasn’t feeling any of the options for October, so I didn’t pick my sample. But most of the time I’m super excited to choose my own. I think it’s a really awesome feature for Birchbox to add!

Birchbox October 2014 Review

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream | $17.76
Love this! It’s definitely my favorite item from this box. It’s lightweight enough to be used twice a day and absorbs really quickly, which is really important for my morning routine. I can be picky about what I put around my eyes, but this one seems to be a keeper! It’s also a really generously sized sample, so I can get an accurate assessment of whether or not it works for me.

Birchbox October 2014 ReviewBeauty Protector Protect & Detangle | $2.74
I got this product from Birchbox in the past (before I resubscribed) and really loved it, so I’m happy to get another one! It’s another large sample, so it usually lasts me quite a while. It smells fantastic and works wonders on my hair. Protects from heat damage, conditions, holds style, AND smells really good? It’s no surprise that this is a bestseller on Birchbox!

Birchbox October 2014 ReviewDr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner | $11.25
I really give kudos to whomever chose the samples for me this week! It fits my style profile perfectly and I’m getting products that I seriously love. This Dr. Brandt mask is dynamite and really does get rid of stubborn blackheads. It’s not my “go-to” mask (Glamglow loyalty!) because for me it really only does one thing: extract blackheads. But it does that one job really really well 🙂

Birchbox October 2014 ReviewModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty | $8.00
I think this was one of the sample choices, but it didn’t really interest me so I was hoping to avoid it altogether. I’m not a big fan of ModelCo in my boxes since I’ve gotten way too many of their products. On the bright side, this color is totally wearable and it’s a shade I would have picked out for myself.

Birchbox October 2014 ReviewCoastal Scents Revealed 2 Eyeshadow Palette Set | $1.45
These colors are right up my alley! I go through eyeshadow really slowly, so this sample will last me a while. I tested them without primer and the color wasn’t showing up well, but with primer it’s a lot better. For the price, I think it’s a solid palette with a ton of very wearable colors at a great price.

Birchbox October 2014 ReviewMy total value for this month’s box is $41.20 and I’ll use all my products! I’m really ecstatic about such a great curation this month (my birthday month!). It makes me excited for November as well, especially with the awesome sample choices. Take a look! Your options are:

BirchBox November 2014 Selection ChoiceWhich one are you going with? I’m torn between the Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Mask and the Amika Hair Mask. The Juice Beauty is also tempting, even though I generally don’t like Juice’s skincare products. I just can’t resist masks!

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