Birchbox Review – October 2014

My October Birchbox

My October Birchbox

I got my October Birchbox last week but I’ve been dragging my feet on writing about it because:

  1. I like to try all the products before I review the box.
  2. This box was pretty boring to me.

Birchbox’s October theme was “Fandom” but it didn’t seem as strong or cohesive (or interesting?) as past box themes. The box included a brightly-printed card on which you could write your favorite book/movie/show/artist and then post it to social media. The month’s special editor-curated box was a nod to a movie called “Laggies,” which I’ve heard nothing about outside of Birchbox promos, so that’s kinda odd to me.

Here’s what I got:

ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in shade Kitty – This was my sample choice and the only real winner for me in this month’s box. I’m not a lipstick person at all, but this shade is basically the exact same color as my lips and I like that. It evens out my lip color and provides lots of moisture and a little bit of shine. Despite the name, the lipstick is not matte at all. I would call it more sheer than matte. It also has a great scent that reminds of me strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups, so it’s fun to use. πŸ™‚ I was a bit disappointed that the tube didn’t have a mirror on it (I’ve seen online that the old ModelCo tubes were square with a little rectangular mirror glued on one side of the cap) but the top of the cap has a cool clear window that lets you see the lipstick. That’s cool to me (I don’t get out much).

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner – I got 99 problems but blackheads aren’t one (thankfully). This facial mask is targeted to oily and combination skin, but my skin leans more toward normal and sensitive. I tried a little on my T-zone (forehead, nose, and chin) this weekend and it was pleasant to use. The mask is a clear gel that dries into a whitish paste. It’s cool and refreshing at first and then feels taut and tight as it dries. I washed it off and my skin felt smooth and soft. It does seem to soak up excess oil and leave your skin matte. I will share this with a friend and see what she thinks.

Lord and Berry Paillettes Eye Pencil – Meh. I don’t have many occasions for glitter eyeliner and a glitter eyeliner pencil can be picked up cheaply at the drugstore. This one is more of a dark charcoal gray than a true black. I swatched it on the back of my hand and the color did have some serious staying power (I still had some color on my hand the next morning but no sparkles), but it also seems like it would smudge easily. I never tried it on my eyes.

BeeKind Body Lotion – Meh. I appreciate that this lotion has clean ingredients, but I got a very similar Naobay lotion from Birchbox in July. The two lotions smell identical to each other, too (like lemongrass). This seems like a repeat to me.

Harvey Prince Petaly Noir perfume sample – Whoa. Heavy florals, heavy musk. This scent is so not me. Also, I got a Harvey Prince sample from Birchbox only two months ago.

All in all, this month was kinda boring for me, but I can’t complain. I reviewed my five products on the Birchbox site for $5 to spend in the online shop, and I take advantage of 100 point ($10) resubscription codes whenever I can, so I’m not losing any money. I also bought myself a Pixi lip balm from the Birchbox shop to make up for the unexciting month. πŸ˜‰

I’m really looking forward to seeing what holiday gifts pop up in the Birchbox shop!

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