November Birchbox Review.

Posted by Tori on Nov 24, 2012 in beauty

Well, it finally made it to me! Birchbox shipments were delayed due to Sandy and today, I got my November box! I had heard good things about this one so I was excited to get it. Here’s what was inside:

J.R. Watkins | Hand & Cuticle Salve: I actually used to have this product when I was a teenager. I remember not liking the texture of it then. Way too greasy. But it was fun to try it out again. It’s still the same as I remember, but I enjoy it much better now. As long as you remember to use it sparingly, it really is a great product. Perhaps as a teenager my hands were not as worn or quite so busy as they are now. This is a great moisturizer. I prefer to use it nightly before bed. I’m not sure this sample will spur me to buy another, but I will definitely enjoy using every last bit of what Birchbox sent me. The full-sized product is priced at $8.99. Not bad at all.

 ModelCo | SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss: I am pretty sure I received a full-size (or nearly full-size) product in my sample box. The tube of this lip gloss is neat because it has a mirror on one side, which makes it easy to put on wherever you are! The color is pretty and I like how it feels while you’re wearing it. The only thing I’m not crazy about is the scent. It has a fruity scent, which makes me flash back to my first ever lip gloss. Other than that (which is entirely subjective), this is a really good gloss. The product sells for &16. Not terrible, but if I was going to spend $16 on lip gloss, I’d stick with my Mary Kay.

Sumita | Color Contrast Eyeliner: Ok, I really loved this eyeliner. It is a soft wax formula that is effortless to apply and lasts all day. It is perfect for the delicate skin around your eye. The liner also contains glycerin to protect against irritation. The available colors are lime green and classic black. Of course, Birchbox sent me lime green. I did try on the eyeliner, and I did fall in love with it, but not the color! I’m going to have to get some black. The full-sized eyeliner is only $11. Well worth it.

 Curly Hair Solutions | Curl Keeper: I love the idea behind this one. Apparently so do a lot of other women because it is currently out of stock on Birchbox. So, what’s the worst thing about using a gel to style your curls? The crunchy, wet look that you’re left with and that awful sticky residue. Well, now there’s a product that will define your curls without leaving them stiff or frizzy. Full-size: $10. Can’t go wrong there.

Chuao Chocolatier | Assorted ChocoPod: This one is a Birchbox Lifestyle Extra added to the box for fun. This yummy chocolate comes in seven different exotic flavor combinations. The one in my box was Honeycomb, described this way on the package: “luscious amber honey, caramelized into crisp bits and enrobed in dark chocolate.” (…and only 50 calories…) This thing really was fantastic! I savored each bite! Now, some of the other flavors seem kind of “out there,” but if they are anything like this one, don’t be intimidated by the names or descriptions. $7.95 for the assortment. Not bad and a really great idea to add this to a gift for someone special. Once again, I must not be the only one who loves these because they too are currently out of stock on Birchbox.

So, there you have it. Overall, I was extremely pleased with this box. Everything in the box was very reasonably priced too.

If you are unfamiliar with Birchbox, you can check them out here. This is how the subscription works: Each month, you receive a box filled with samples of high-end beauty and lifestyle products. You can subscribe for a whole year, or just try it out month-to-month. The boxes are $10/month & it’s always a fun surprise to see what’s inside! Once you get your Birchbox in the mail, you can sign in online for a list of the products you received, more information, videos on how to use the products, as well as the option to purchase them with free shipping during that month. With each product in your box, you also have the option to submit feedback and receive 10 points. 100 points are worth $10 for future redemption in the Birchbox shop on any product they carry or promote. Pretty neat! (And, if you save up your points, you could get your favorite item free!) Also, for each friend you refer to Birchbox, you will be rewarded with 50 free points! For more information, or to subscribe click here.

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