October 2014 Birchbox Unboxing

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It is already that time of the month, can you believe it? This is potentially the earliest I have ever gotten my Birchbox.  I usually get it between the 10th-15th of the month, but for whatever reason my October box shipped on the 5th (!) and arrived today.  Definitely not complaining.  Before we get into October’s box, I want to look back at how I fared with September’s products.

Atelier Fragrance: I haven’t used this a lot.  A little goes a long way and it’s a little sweet for me.  I will probably save this for spring / summer.

Macadamia Healing Oil Spray: I love this product, so it breaks my heart that the 2 oz sample I got in my box costs $14.50.  It smells amazing and has really helped the ends of my hair to be less dry and frizzy.  I will definitely be ordering a bottle of this with some of my Birchbox points.

Real Chemistry Peel: this product was a dud.  Honestly, my skin didn’t feel or look any different than it does when I just wash it.

TEMPTU Highlighter: This is really pretty and feels really good on my skin, but I just don’t use highlighter a lot (okay, ever).  It’s good to have on hand, and because I don’t use it a lot this little sample will last forever.

Tocca Hand Cream: I like the way this smells, but the cream itself is very drying.  It feels moisturizing at first, but then it dries into something akin to a powder finish.  At least, that is how it feels to me.

Chapstick Night & Day: This is your basic chapstick.  It’s really nothing special, but it does the trick.  The night side smells really great.

So that was September.  Overall, it was a good month.  Now onto October’s products!

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Because  my box came so early this month, I had absolutely no idea what was going to be in it.  The box previews go up on the 10th, and I haven’t been keeping up with the sneak peeks that Birchbox does on their Facebook / Instagram accounts.  This month’s theme is Fanfare, which I guess is in reference to the fact that October is a big sports month with the MLB playoffs, college football, and professional football.  I also love that this month’s Birchbox book club picks are Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and Dark Places and Sharp Objects.  I love all three of these books, and I cannot wait until I can go see the Gone Girl movie.  They also had sample choice again this month, but I opted to be completely surprised.  I love that they have the sample choice option though, so if there is ever something I really want to make sure I get, I can pick it.  Otherwise, I really like the element of surprise.

The first product this month is dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner.  This is a gel that you put on and leave for about 10 minutes, and it is supposed to de-gunk your pores.  I like the idea of this product, but, sadly, there is next to nothing in my tube.
photo 1_FotorNot the best picture, but as you can see there is a tiny amount of product in the tube, which is still sealed.  This is not a knock on Birchbox, since they don’t have any control over the production of the samples, it’s just disappointing.

My next sample is Essentiel Elements Wake Up Rosemary Shower Gel.  This smells like Christmas in a bottle.  It’s a really refreshing combo of rosemary and peppermint. I will definitely be giving this a try, and the sample size is quite generous.

The next product is Harvey Prince Petaly Noir Perfume.  I’ve sampled 2 or 3 other Harvey Prince perfumes and I really liked all of them. This one is what I’ll call a “dark” scent.  It’s more like men’s cologne to me, and what I will call a fancier fragrance.  I’ll probably use this up, but it’s not my favorite scent.

The next sample is actually not a sample, but a full size product.  It is a Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick.  I have been wanting to try a Mally product for a while now, but they are not the most affordable.  This liquid lipstick is super pigmented, really shiny, but not sticky.  The applicator reminds me of the Stila lip glaze pens, since it has the brush applicator.  It goes on so smooth, and feels really moisturizing.  It’s also perfumed, which I’m not the biggest fan of on my lips, but I like the soft pinky purple color of Petal to the Metal.

My final sample is a ModelCo High Impact Black Mascara.  If I’m over getting black eyeliner, I am definitely over getting black mascaras.  I will definitely give this a try, though at first glance the wand doesn’t look particularly special. It claims to add length and volume, so we will see.

That is my October 2014 “Fanfare” Birchbox.  Over all, I’m really happy with this box, and I love that for the first time since probably my first box, it was a complete surprise to me.  I can see myself getting use out of all the products, and I would say I’m most excited to use the Mally liquid lipstick this month. 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.

Happy October!

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