Yay for another beautiful box from Birchbox! I have quite a nice collection of their gorgeous box designs now. I need to find a good way to reuse them! I’m thinking maybe for Christmas I can repurpose them as gift boxes or something? If anyone has any ideas, please let me know! Now onto the review:
Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash | $8.48
This was my sample choice for this month, and I’m really happy with it. I’ve tried Benefit’s latest mascara before and really enjoyed the formula, so I jumped at the chance to get another sample of it. If you have straight lashes like me, I highly recommend giving this mascara a chance! It does a good job of curling and actually holds the curl throughout the day. The wand is not as “stabby” as Benefit’s They’re Real (sorry if that was a bad description) so it doesn’t hurt my eyelids like They’re Real sometimes used to.
Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint | $6.25
Another product that I’ve sampled before through Birchbox, and luckily it’s one that I like. Somehow I’ve managed to go through my collection of dry shampoo recently (I know!!!) so I am actually happy to get more. This one is tinted for brunettes and has a really light natural fragrance and works well for me.
Avene Soothing Moisture Mask | $2.45
I’m always happy to try new masks and this is a new brand for me. Unlike most of my other masks, this one is a leave on kind. You apply a thin layer on your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wipe off the excess. It’s so hard for me not to rinse my face after a mask! While I thought the smell was pleasant, I didn’t like how my face felt sort of sticky afterwards. I think if you have really dry skin this will help you moisturize, but overall it didn’t really do much for me and wasn’t worth the sticky feeling.
Manna Kadar Lip Locked in Lucky | $1.80
Is it just me or do I feel like we get a lot of Manna Kadar lip products from Birchbox? I swear this is like my 4th one or something. On the bright side, the color is a perfect nude for me and gives me a really nice natural look. The stain properties of this gloss aren’t as prominent with this lighter color, but I know that the bolder colors act as more of a stain. For a gloss it has great staying power without being sticky.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream | $4.80
I wish this sample were bigger! I think all skincare samples should be enough for a week to really give you a good idea of how your skin will react. This is a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly and has a very light fragrance. I really like how this moisturizer feels on my face, but I also keep reading reviews about how it can make you break out after continued usage. This tiny little sample only lasted me 3 days, and I’m a bit nervous about splurging for a full size.
Overall value for October comes to $23.78, a value I’m happy with. It wasn’t an amazing box for me but I definitely got my money’s worth. Now onto November Sample Choice! You can choose a LOC full sized product, which is really exciting. Your options are:
- LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick Stick (Choice of Wildest Dreams, Glam Life, or First Kiss)
- LOC One and Done Shadow Stick
Or you can choose the curated box:
- Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
- Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Concentrate
- Jouer Essential Lip Enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment
- Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum
- LOC One & Done Shadow Stick
I’m thinking I’ll go with the curated box next month. I love Living Proof and Shiseido, and the full sized LOC shadow stick sounds really promising.