November 2014 Birchbox Unboxing

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Holy moly, it’s already time for November subscriptions, and a post! I’ve been a little MIA around here.  Things with school have just gotten crazy overwhelming, so I’ve had to step back on some things.  I love doing these unboxing posts, so I had to pop in for this.  It really does feel like this year has flown by so fast.  I guess that is good and bad, and of course now that Halloween has passed, we are getting into my favorite time of year.  November and December are just such festive, fun months, and I love the little bit of extra flare that comes along with the holiday season.  As usual, before we get into November’s goodies, let’s take a look at how I fared with October’s products.

My favorite products from October’s box were the Mally Liquid Lipstick and the Essential Elements Shower Gel.  The liquid lipstick combines the pigment of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss, and the nude pink color is right up my alley.  It also lasts a while once you put it on, which is nice.  The shower gel is like Christmas is a bottle.  It’s a great way to wake up when you’re feeling sluggish, and I really loved it for the couple of mornings that I woke up congested.  The full-size is pricey for shower gel, but I may break down and buy it.  As for the other products, the Harvey Prince Petaly Noir was not my cup of tea.  The scent is a bit too dark for me.  I liked the idea of the dr. brandt pores no more vacuum mask, but I could barely get enough product out of the tube for one use.  I can’t really speak to it’s effectiveness.  And the ModelCo mascara was a total bust.  It was so wet, clumpy, and goopy that it was unusable and went right to the trash.  Over all though, I was pretty satisfied with October’s box.

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The theme for November is Giving, which is perfect since November is all about Thanksgiving.  Birchbox partnered with the nonprofit group (red) this month and is doing something really cool.  If you share a picture of the red mailer (the outer box that your Birchbox comes in) on social media with the hashtag #shaRED, they’ll donate $1 to AIDS research.  Pretty awesome, right?  Once again this month, I didn’t participate in sample choice, even though it was available.  I don’t even remember what the options were this month, but I know that I didn’t see anything I was absolutely dying to try, so I opted for complete surprise.  My box shipped super early again this month (November 7th), and I did have an issue with the shipping.  This was the first time in a year and a half of subscribing that I’ve had a problem with a box, but Birchbox has fantastic customer service, and after a quick e-mail exchange they resolved the problem and got my box to me quickly.  This month’s box also included the holiday gift guide, which is a cute little magazine Birchbox puts out each holiday season with cute ideas and products you can give as gifts, which is nice to have on hand.

My first product this month is Curl Keeper by Curly Hair Solutions.  This is their gel.  It is supposed to add hold and definition to curls, and the formula is water activated, so you could sleep on your curls, then dampen your hair a bit and the gel would bring your curls back to life.  I sampled another Curl Keeper product when I first signed up for Birchbox and wasn’t that impressed, so I’ll be interested to see if this gel is any better than what I normally buy at the drugstore.

The next product is Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Dahlia.  I have been dying to try a Cynthia Rowley creamy lip stain.  I’ve seen so many Birchboxers talking about how great they are.  Dahlia is a new shade, I believe, and it is a deep purple berry color.  It goes on very sheer though, and is complimentary on a lot of different skin tones.  I also like that this stain isn’t runny and isn’t drying.  Plus, how cute is the little sample? So precious, and honestly it’s the perfect size since this is really a fall and winter color.

Next is a Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash.  This is a fantastically generous sample size for a body wash.  I love how chic the packaging is.  It looks like something I would expect to find in a spa or luxury hotel.  The formula is infused with marine extracts and is supposed to leave skin refreshed and hydrated.  This also smells very nice.  It’s hard for me to pinpoint the exact smell, but it’s very clean and fresh, with a bit of cucumber.

My next product is one I was super excited to get.  It is Ruffian Nail Laquer in Naked.  I love Ruffian nail polishes.  They are super high quality and they are all true one coat polishes.   I also love that Birchbox always sends a full-size polish, which pays for the box.  Naked is just a nude nail polish, which isn’t very exciting, but I have been really wanting this color.  It’s the perfect nude; it’s creamy and warm, but still neutral and perfect for the fall.

Up next is a sample of Skin and Co Truffle Therapy Cream.  I kind of hope I don’t like this product, as a full size is nearly $70.  This is a truffle infused moisturizing cream for the face that is supposed to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.  During the winter, you really can’t have too many face creams.  This cream is very light weight, but feels so velvety and lovely on the skin.  It’s got a very pleasant smell, almost like a cocoa butter, but a little more subtle.  I will definitely be saving this as a little treat for my face as we move into the really harsh weather months.

It’s not in the picture above, but I also received a Chuao ChocoPod in Honeycomb.  It’s not pictured because it was eaten roughly two minutes after opening my box, and it was wonderful.

So that is my November box.  This seems like another great month of products for Birchbox, and I am really excited that I  received a product that I’ve had my eye on for a while now, and in full size no less.  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 November!

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