Saturday, October 8, 2011

October Birchbox

Disappointment. Disappointment disappointment disappointment. I have nothing good to say about this month's Birchbox. Every single item in it is a disappointment to me. There's only one makeup item, three skincare items, and one hair conditioner sample. I hate when there are really little samples that are only good for one or two uses, and that's what the hair sample is. Everything about this Birchbox is blah, and there wasn't one thing I was excited about.

Sorry for the lack of pics of the products in their wrapping. I sort of just tore through it this time in excitement. Womp womp. Joke's on me.

BIRCHBOX                                                                PREP & FINISH| OCTOBER 2011

1. AHAVA | Mineral Hand Cream                                                                   3.4 oz| $20
A mineral-rich salve that softens and smoothes without any residue. It smells pretty darn fresh, too. + AHAVA| Dermud Foot Cream

2. Laura Geller | Spackle Tinted Under Makeup Primer in Bronze    2 oz| $25
This hydrating primer gives you a flawless foundation for makeup- plus a subtle glow. It works on all skin tones-we tested it!

3. Ouidad| Moisture Lock Leave-in Conditioner                                       6 oz| $18
This light treatment infuses hair with antioxidants and vitamins, then seals strands to keep moisture in and humidity out. 

4. Sunday Riley Modern Skincare | Juno Transformative Lipid Serum     30 ml | $125
Celebs and models wear by this luxe cocktail of 13 essential oils, which absorbs instantly to replenish, firm, and protect skin.
So there you have it. I'll start with the hand cream.

  • I really don't care about hand cream. My hands are soft enough and people aren't really touching them anyway so... I don't care. Plus I had an Ahava cream before and I really wasn't impressed by it.
  • This is the one silver lining in the box. I like being given primer samples because a lot of primers just don't do much for my foundation and if I could find one that really made a difference, I would buy it. I don't like that this is brown though- or bronze as they call it. I'd prefer a colorless primer, and the bronze doesn't show up that much but it just makes me feel paranoid about the coloring of my makeup.
  • I'm game for haircare because my hair is parched and disgustingly dry. But I'm not that excited about it. The packaging is kind of cute- looks like a bottle and even stands upright. 
  • Meh. I have very very very sensitive skin and right now I'm sticking to a basic no-frills routine so I'm hesitant to add this to the mix. I will try it though and see if my skin looks/feels better. At the end of the day though unless it transforms my skin literally into a new skin I really won't feel much about this. Even if it did work there's no way in hell I would spend $125 for one skincare product. Not that I have the money to.       
Here's to hoping next month's Birchbox is better. For the first time I feel like I've wasted my money.


  1. Thats why I canceled and start buying random. Travel size stuff for fun.

  2. I got the exact same box! There isn't anything too sexy or exciting in here, but I have to say that I used the Ouidad conditioner today and am pretty happy with it. My hair is incredibly curly/frizzy and I'm always looking for a new product to help with that situation! But the bronzer makes me a little paranoid about the color of my foundation now, too.

  3. Do you have an annual or monthly subscription? One thing I hate about Birchbox is that the boxes WITHIN each month vary so much, there's always going to a be a universally-disappointing box each month, and it's random chance if you get it or not.

    My first BB, September, was horrible. I got a smelly hand sanitizer, two free samples, and those nail strips that chipped within a week. I like my October BB better, but I don't know if it's worth sticking out another month..