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Birchbox – October

ZOWIE!
I live on the west coast, and this was the fastest I have received my Birchbox!
I’m digging the quick turnaround!

October’s Theme:  Beauty Buzz

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Nothing LOOKS scary – but let’s take a closer look…

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Our list of fun.  Looks like this month they are focusing on
products with the most buzz.

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Pop Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia
Retail $14 for .34 fl oz / 10 ml – Full Size Sample

I was so excited when I read on the product list that this contained jojoba oil.
Then I looked at the ingredients – MINERAL OIL – #1 on the list?!?  SERIOUSLY?!?!
Why would you waste good jojoba oil on a product with cheap petroleum
based man-made oil?  When ChapStick is the better choice that’s kinda bad.

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Dr. Brandt Mircrodermabrasion Skin Exfoliant
Retail $78 for 2 fl oz / 60 g – Sample Value $9.75 for .25 fl oz / 7.5 g

I loved this!  It reminds me of the Vasanti Brighten Up but with a finer texture.
It left my skin feeling super soft.  However, it is over twice the price of the
Brighten Up – so I will be sticking with Vasanti – unless I find a killer deal.

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Miss Jessie’s Original Pillow Soft Curls
Retail $22 for 8.5 fl oz / 250 ml – Sample Value $2.55 for 1 fl oz / 29 ml

Okay first the good – this made my hair feel uh-may-zing!!
My hair was silky feeling and felt light almost airy – and I have super
thick course hair.  I never felt my hair like this.

Now the bad…

….Oh Dear God does this smell bad :-\  They made it to smell like a fabric
softener – and it does – times a hundred!!!  We don’t even use commercial
fabric softeners – so the last thing I want is to smell like I spilled Downey
on my head.  I hope they come up with unscented – I’d buy it by the gallon then.

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Benefit Fake Up in Medium
Retail $24 for 0.12 oz / 3.5 g – Sample Value $3.43 for 0.01 oz / .5 g

Kind of funny we got this in October – because it reminds me of grease paint
that we used at Halloween when I was a kid.  Their theory is great – but the
execution does not work.  It actually acentuated fine lines around my eyes –
ones I did not notice so much.  Plus, it did not play well with my foundation.

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ChapStick Hydration Lock in Vanilla Crème
Retail $2.99 for .15 oz / 4 g – Full Size Sample

It’s ChapStick.
Not any different from the rest of the ChapSticks I have tried – except the Vanilla isn’t gross.
It’s cool to have for the upcoming cold weather – and nice as a bonus.
Plus, we got a $1 off coupon.  That’s cool.

Total Value for my October Birchbox – $32.72

This was a decent box.  I had some hits and couple of misses – but that is what I love
about these subscriptions.  I get to try things I normally would not.
It would be cool if they went a little nuts for Halloween –
but the scent of the Pillow Soft Curls was frightening enough 😉

Birchbox is a $10 per month subscription service that offers deluxe & full size samples.
Click here to use my referral link if you would like to learn more
about Birchbox based on my post.

I paid for my subscription and have not been asked to write or been compensated for any of the reviews listed in my blog!

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Birchbox – September

Birchbox is celebrating their 3rd anniversary this month
and the box they put together is a great way to celebrate fall.

September’s Theme:  Heritage

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Hair, nails, mascara and lips – I’m soooo excited!

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What this month is all about.

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Eyeco Black Magic Mascara
Retail $24 for 8 ml – Sample Value $12 for 4 ml

This is kind of odd mascara for me.  It didn’t look very nice on my upper lashes.
However, it REALLY lengthened my lower lashes!
I have been using the It’s So Big mascara from Ipsy on the upper and this on the lower.
Love the final look!

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Amika Blow Up Spray
Retail $24 for 8 fl oz. – Sample Value $6 for 2 fl oz.

I love Amika products.  However, volume is the opposite of my needs.
Trying to tamp my mane down is my concern.  But I tried it anyway
and it really does add volume.  Hubby got a giggle from my “large hair.”
My girlfriend with super fine hair will love this!

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream
Retail $39 for 40 ml – Sample Value $4.88 for 5 ml

I didn’t care for this.  The formula is rather heavy.  Plus, it seems to only come
in one color – and that color made my skin look ashy.  Because it is so heavy I
would not be able to put my foundation on top of this without looking overdone.

I will see if one of my friends would like to try it.

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Ruffian Nail Lacquer in ‘Hedge Fund’
Retail $10 for 5 ml – Full Sized Sample

At first I was not thrilled to see green – the last nail color BB sent me was green.
Then I put it on and I loved it!  It’s khaki with gold fleck – perfect for fall!

What I didn’t love is how toxic smelling this is!  Yipes!  I will be painting
my nails outside with this.  Haven’t they figured out how to go 3 free??? :-/

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Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips
Retail $14.50 for 15 ml – Sample Value $2.90 for 3 ml

This is very similar to Bag Balm – but more expensive and in a better package.
It’s moisturizing and very thick – which is great for protecting your lips from
wind and cold during harsh winter weather.  Just keep in mind you will
be balming your significant other’s lips when you kiss 😉

Total Value for my September Birchbox – $35.78

All-in-all this was a pretty great box!  I just wish Birchbox would send
nail polish that isn’t so harmful – like Zoya, butter LONDON or Sation.
I am looking forward to seeing what they have in store for next month!
Halloween would be a great way for them to let their freak flags fly :-}

Birchbox is a $10 per month subscription service that offers deluxe & full size samples.
Click here to use my referral link if you would like to learn more
about Birchbox based on my post.

I paid for my subscription and have not been asked to write or been compensated for any of the reviews listed in my blog!

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