Happy November! We are now in my favorite time of the year. As much as I love the time around the beginning of autumn when the leaves are changing and the air is getting cooler, the time between Halloween and New Year’s is definitely my favorite of the year. It’s such a cozy, festive time. I could do without it getting dark at 4:30 p.m. now, but I have been loving big scarves, tall boots, and all the hot tea and cocoa I can get my hands on. A new month also means a new Birchbox! First though, as always, a look back at how I fared with October’s samples.
October was a good month. My favorite sample was definitely the Borghese facial cleanser. It left my skin so soft, truly like I had a face mask on for 20 minutes. I also liked the Smashbox primer, and the Stila mascara was nice too, but a bit more dramatic than I typically go for everyday. The Harvey Prince perfume really grew on me, and I wound up loving the jasmine scent. The dud of the box was the Number 4 texturizing cream. I just have no use for that type of product.
The theme for November is “feeling fancy” and I have to say, this box does make me feel fancy. I love the pattern, and at first glance, this month’s samples look like some of the best I’ve gotten in a while.
My first sample is Living proof. Perfect hair Day (PhD) dry shampoo. I’ve been wanting to try something from this brand and dry shampoo is right up my alley. This product promises to clean your hair and soak up oil, sweat and odor. This is a great sample size for a dry shampoo and I’ve got some early mornings ahead of me (which means no time to do my hair), so I know this will be getting some good use.
My next sample is Liz Earle Superskin Moisturizer with Natural Neroli. I love Liz Earle products, but darn are they expensive. This moisturizer is supposed to be superhydrating and restore your skin. It feels so silky, and smells delicious. This is another really great sample size, and I love that it’s in a tub, versus a squeeze tube. I just hope I don’t like it too much…I’m not sure I can justify the $72 price tag of the full size!
My third sample is LOC One & Done Shadow Stick in Impress Me. LOC stands for Love of Color and is Birchbox’s very own new brand. It just launched, and the first collection was curated by YouTuber Tati Westbrook (aka GlamLifeGuru). This is a creaseless, waterproof eyeshadow stick. It is SO creamy and smooth, and blends beautifully on my hand, so I can’t wait to try it on my eyelids. Each subscriber got to pick their shade this month, and I chose Impress Me, which is a beautiful rose gold that I thought would look lovely during the fall and holidays.
My fourth sample is MAKE Face Gloss. This is a clear gel-like product that is supposed to make skin luminous, without being a shimmery highlighter. I’m unsure of this product…it’s definitely got the feel of gloss and not in a good way. It stayed tacky on my hand for a long time, so while I like the idea of the product, I’m not sure I actually want to put it on my face.
My last sample is Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel. This is a bath gel that is supposed to soften and smooth skin. It smells like a mixture of peppermint, basil, and rosemary to me. It is definitely an invigorating scent, and I know I’ll probably use the entire tube. It smells really luxurious, so it’ll be a nice shower treat.
So that is my November 2015 Birchbox! Overall, I’m really happy at first impression with this box. All the products definitely feel fancy, and the sample sizes are fantastic this month. Plus there is a great variety of hair, makeup, and skincare in this box. If you are interested in signing up for Birchbox, it is a $10/month subscription service. You can pay monthly or pay for a full year up front. Everyone gets 4-6 different samples each month, tailored to the beauty profile you fill out and you can review your samples to earn Birchbox points. Birchbox has the best points system, hands down. You get 10 points per review and 100 points = $10 to spend in the Birchbox shop on full size products they sample. It’s like they pay you $4-6 every month just for taking your box. If you’re interested in learning more or signing up, you can click here for more details.