October 2014 Birchbox Review

Disclaimer, this post contains referral links.2014-06-11 18_FotorIt’s Birchbox time again! This month they were celebrating the fan girl in each of us; sharing their passions and obsessions, and encouraging us to do the same.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my October 2014 BirchboxBirchbox_October2014_box

Screenshot 2014-10-17 18.26.37Here is a breakdown of the products.

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Macadamia Professional™ Flawless Cleansing Conditioner – (value $15) – A multipurpose, no-suds conditioner which is supposed to cleanse and soften hair, plus cut blow-dry time. I’m not all that excited about this. I am pretty loyal to the conditioner I use and like, plus I don’t blow-dry my hair so that benefit is lost on me. I’ll probably swap this. Having said that, I’m a little disappointed that this was the highest value item in the box.

BORGHESE Fango Brillante – (value $3.58) – This mud mask is infused with a blend of vitamins and minerals to brighten oily and congested skin, purifying pores, clearing up blemishes, and banishing dullness.  I was skeptical at first because this just sounded too good to be true. It was the first product from this box that I actually tried out, and I might be in love with it. First of all, my face felt like it was burning when the mask was on, which was a huge drawback because it was super uncomfortable. It actually made me wonder if I was having an alergic reaction to it because I had never used a face mask that felt like that. But, I kept it on for about seven minutes. You guys, the result was kind of amazing. The next morning I noticed a significant clearing of the breakout I had been experiencing on my chin, and my skin just looked brighter. I was really impressed! The only thing I’m not impressed by is the price tag. A regular sized pot of this stuff sells for $64.

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Benefit The POREfessional – (value $3.90) – An oil-free balm that shrinks the look of pores, smooths skin, and mattifies shine. I don’t have a big problem with pore size, but regardless I think that this probably acts much like a makeup primer. I love primers, so I’m sure I’ll use this.

Skin&Co Roma TRUFFLE THERAPY™ BODY MILK Super Enriching Anti-Aging Truffle Body Milk – (value $1.64 for 2 packs) –  This is an olive oil and shea butter lotion, rich in antioxidants, which hydrates and softens skin.

Lord & Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil – (value $4.50) –  Oh look, it’s another black eyeliner pencil. This is a blendable pencil, studded with bits of silver shimmer. In the last six months, Birchbox has sent me four black eyeliners. Seriously Birchbox? Stop with the black eyeliner already. Please, and thank you.

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I estimate the value of my October Birchbox at $28.62, and though it isn’t the highest value Birchbox ever, it was still a good deal. I found one product I really like, and another eyeliner to add to the growing pile (though if I get one more black eyeliner I may scream). I do hope next months Birchbox is more exciting though!

Also, as a side note I was pretty disappointed by my sample choice experience this month. I had requested the Mally Beauty High-Shine Liquid lipstick in a pretty melon shade, but I guess they ran out and weren’t able to fulfill my request. It was a total bummer, because I was really excited about that item in particular. They still seem to be experiencing a lot of kinks with their sample choice program, and I sure hope they get them ironed out soon.

September 2014 Birchbox Review

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I love Birchbox! This month they celebrated their 4-year anniversary, sent out adorable boxes with the theme “Fresh Paint,” and in my opinion killed it in regard to the samples. This was hands down my best box yet.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my September 2014 Birchbox. I should have received five products this month, but my box was missing the eyeliner. No big deal, their shipping me out a replacement.

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Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream -(value $2.94) – I’ve seen it around for months, but had never tried it. So this is a win for me. It’s made in the U.S. with eco-friendly ingredients, and the non-drying formula is supposed to give you a close shave without leaving your legs devoid of moisture. It’s also designed not to foam up, which is an interesting concept.

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Real Chemistry Luminous 3-minute Peel – (value $4.80) – When I realized this was in my box I was thrilled. I’d seen this sent out in past boxes to other subscribers and was really interested in trying it. Needless to say, I am beyond happy that I get to. Lately, I’ve really been trying to nail down a skin care regamin that works for me, and I’ve been looking to incorporate a peel into the mix. I hope that I love this!

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture – (value $1.35) – I’m typically pretty on the fence when I receive fragrance samples, as I’m really picky about my scents. But I really enjoy other fragrances from Juicy Couture, so I am actually really happy to receive another one. This smells great, and is said to include a blend of wild berries, honeysuckle, and has warm caramel notes.

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Rituals Foaming Shower Gel –  (value $3.75) – Made with rice milk and cherry-blossom. I’ve never seen shower gel in a foam dispenser before. Having used it, I like the effectiveness of the product, but I really disliked this particular scent. I seem to be in the minority though, based off the online reviews people really like the scent, lol.

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Chap Stick duel-ended Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew – (value $3.49) – This was the Birchbox Find that was included as an extra in my box this month, and was a complete surprise. It wasn’t listed in my sneek peek when I looked earlier this week. It’s a brand new product from Chap Stick. I love that it’s duel ended – one each side serving a different purpose. I love this chapstick, and I’m sure I’ll buy more when this runs out.

I estimate the value of this box at $31.33 (I included the value of the eyeliner pencil, which I didn’t receive, but which is being shipped to me). I can honestly say that I love and will use everything in my September Birchbox. It is by far the best one I have received yet. Bravo, Birchbox! You killed it on this one. And from what I can tell, everyone seemed to get pretty awesome boxes this month. I hope they keep it up.

EOS Lip Balm Review

Photo Sep 03, 8 02 45 PMIt took me a little while to jump on the EOS bandwagon. I didn’t get it. It’s just lip balm right? Well, yeah, it’s just lip balm, but seriously awesome lip balm! It’s moisturizing, super easy to apply, the flavors are great, and how adorable are those containers?

As these pictures show, I am now publicly admitting that I have a full-fledged EOS addiction.

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I love how unique some of their flavors are. My favorites are Summer Fruit (the red one), Coconut Milk(the one with pink stripes), and Honeysuckle (the lime green one), but they’re all super addictive. Summer fruit tastes like nectarines. Coconut Milk tastes like, well…coconut milk, and Honeysuckle tastes strangely like kiwi strawberry Starbursts (my favorite flavor of Starbursts). I can’t get enough.

2014-08-28 18_Fotor 2There are still a few flavors that I haven’t tried and am in search of. I’d love to get my hands on Passion Fruit (it’s purple), but I can’t seem to find it sold individually. It is available in a big multi-pack that I’ve seen on sale at Costco, but I can’t justify buying it since I already have most of the other flavors offered in the pack. There is also a plain Vanilla Bean flavor, as well as watermelon one that were offered as a combined Allison In Wonderland Disney themed set, but it’s not available anymore. I’d still really love to find them though.

All I can say is that I’m glad there’s a relatively small number of flavors to collect, lol. My husband just shakes his head every time we end up at Target and I glance sideways down the lip balm aisle just to see if there’s a new flavor available! But hey, that’s how I found the two new ones (coconut milk, and vanilla mint).

Are any of you as obsessed as I am? If so, what is your favorite flavor? And if you haven’t tried them yet, go buy one (or a few). I promise you’ll have a hard time not buying them all.