Halloween is just a couple of days away and I have no costume as of this moment. I completely forgot about dressing up for work. I went as Progressive girl Flo a couple of years ago and haven't been able to top that costume idea.
|My hair does not like the bumpits.|
Photo credit: Kalani Pascual
What: Birchbox contains 4-6 samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products
When: Ships on the 10th of each month
Cost: $10/month or $110/year upfront
Fun fact: Birchbox has an awesome points system where you can review products or make purchases from the Birchbox shop to earn points. Every 100 points gets you $10 credit in the BB shop.
I missed the monthly pick-your-sample email by about 12 hours so by the time I opened it everything was unavailable. Even the last choice was no longer a choice which was kind of a bummer because for once I actually had a preference. So I ended up getting the complete surprise box (and of course ended up not getting my preferred choice. boohoo).
|October info card (click to enlarge)|
Clarisea Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant (Sample value: $4.50)
Perlier Body Balm - Shea Lavender (Sample value: $4.25)
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint SPF15 in Nude (Sample value: $3.80)
|Jouer Matte Moisturizer swatch in Nude|
Lord & Berry Pailettes Glitter Eye Pencil - Black (Sample value: $4.50)
Love this effect. Hate the pencil. This is a glittery black eye pencil that's buildable for extra sparkle. I have nothing like this in my collection so I was super stoked to get it. Unfortunately, it's not creamy at all despite its claims, and it doesn't apply evenly. You can see what I mean in my little swatch below. The glitter factor is definitely there, although you can't tell from the swatch. This is supposedly smudgeproof, but I'm guessing they're referring to the glitter because the color rubbed off with ease but the glitter didn't want to go anywhere. When they improve their formula I'll be the first in line to get this sparkly liner, but until then I'm gonna pass.
|Lord & Berry Pailette Glitter Pencil swatch in Black|
June Birchbox. I did not like the scent and was afraid this would smell just as masculine. Thankfully it doesn't. It's musky but not manly. I'm not a huge fan of musk either, but I can deal. This vegan shampoo is sulfate- and paraben-free (Nooooo! I like suds!!) and has lots of natural ingredients: black currant, soy, acai, vitamin C, oolong tea, Irish moss, lemongrass, and oatmeal. The masque is a leave-in treatment with soy protein to strengthen hair, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and sunflower oil to moisturize, and silicone polymer to smooth and detangle.
Did October deliver? So far not really. I wasn't particularly fond of the Lord & Berry eye pencil and I don't care to smell like sunscreen when I'm cooped up in the office all day with the Jouer slathered on my face. I haven't tried anything else yet, but I have high hopes for the Clarisea exfoliant. If you'd like to sign up for a Birchbox, use my link and start discovering some awesome beauty products. The shop also has some lifestyle and foodstuff too, so have a look around, but be forewarned you can spend hooours browsing their stock!
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