October 2015 Birchbox Unboxing

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Happy October!

I am so excited that it is October because it finally feels like fall. The air has that crisp freshness that it loses during the summer, the leaves are changing, the sun is setting earlier, and I just want to be outside all the time. This is truly my favorite time of the year, and it is so short lived in Chicago. We’ve been lucky with some really sunny, but cool weather, perfect for afternoon walks and steamy cups of tea. I’m currently obsessed with the Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend Tea. It’s spicy and apple-y, and basically fall in a cup. My Birchbox arrived super quickly once again, and I’m hoping this trend of boxes arriving earlier in the month continues. Before we get into October’s goodies, let’s look at how I fared with September’s box.

September was a good month! My two favorite items were the Japonesque eyeshadow and the Anastasia brow pencil. The eyeshadow is just the perfect all over lid color for fall. It looks natural, but still gives some color, and the brow pencil gives such a soft, natural look. The Acure face wash and L’Artisan perfume were both nice, but not life changing. The dud was the Davines sea salt spray. I think I have the wrong hair type for this product. It didn’t change the shape of my curls, but made my hair really dry and frizzy. It’s probably great if you have straight hair, but for me it did nothing.

On to October’s box!

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How beautiful is October’s box? I feel like I say that every month, but I absolutely love the pink marble pattern on this one. The theme of October’s box is “positive force” and the boxes are pink to promote breast cancer awareness. Birchbox partnered with the Estée Lauder Campanies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund a whole year of breast cancer research lab hours, which is so awesome.

My first sample this month is Borghese Fango Purificante Clay Cleanser. This foaming cleanser is supposed to be very gentle and leave your skin feeling like you’ve used a face mask. The grey color isn’t super appealing, but it smells really fresh and floral. I love trying new face cleansers, so this is going straight in the shower.

My next sample is Harvey Prince Yogini perfume. I’ve tried several Harvey Prince perfumes, and they’re usually hit or miss for me. This one is a hit, once I put it on. Just smelling it in the vial, it smelled a bit off-putting, but once I put it on my skin it completely changed. It’s a really light scent and smells of citrus and jasmine. It smells very relaxing and like the sex bomb and Christmas Eve bath bombs from LUSH. I’m a huge fan of this scent for fall and the holidays.

The next sample I received is Number 4 Texture Styling Créme. This is supposed to give your hair weightless control and a hefty dose of texture. I don’t usually use texturizing hair products because I have enough natural texture. I’ll try this, but I don’t foresee it being a win for me. Plus, this tube is so tiny, it’s probably only enough product for one use for me.

My next sample is Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer. I love Smashbox and have been wanting to try this product. I don’t typically wear foundation, but I like primers to help fill in pores for smoother looking skin and to put under eyeshadow to help it stay. I tried this on the back of my hand, and at first it definitely has a silicone feel, but it quickly blends into the skin and just leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It’s unscented as far as I can tell, and given that it’s a primer and you only need a tiny amount, this little tube will last quite a while.

My final sample this month is stila huge extreme lash mascara. This was my sample choice this month. Everyone got one of five mascara samples, but I made sure to pick this one because it was the only one I hadn’t tried, and it’s a brand new product. This promises to give you a major boost in volume, curl, and length. The wand is huge. They really weren’t kidding about that. I put this on almost immediately and am pretty happy with it. It’s jet-black, and definitely delivers on curl and length, but I don’t particularly notice a lot more volume. The look it gave my lashes is pretty dramatic though, so I’m not sure this would be an everyday mascara for me, but my first impression is that I do like it.

So that is my October 2015 Birchbox! Overall, it seems like a pretty good month. Once again, there is a nice mix of products that I think I can use and incorporate into my daily routine. 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.

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