Birchbox November 2015 products

This was my first Birchbox! Overall I am pretty happy with my samples. I will use all of them, except maybe the face gloss.

What’s In The Box

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Grand Total $51.65
Brand Item Value
LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Impress me
.05oz (Full Size)
$10.00
Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel
.84oz
 ~$3.00
Living Proof Perfect hair Day™(PhD) dry shampoo
1.8oz
 ~$9.90
MAKE Face Gloss
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1oz/ 3mL
 ~$6.25
Liz Earle Superskin™ Moisturizer with Natural Neroli
.5oz
~$22.50

Since Birchbox is more about sample sized items, the ‘grand total’ is a bit subjective. But with the inclusion of the eyeshadow stick, the box has already paid for itself.

Item Reviews

LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Impress Me

LOC One and Done Eyeshadow Stick

This is the one full-size item in this month’s box, and a little bit of shameless promotion for Birchbox’s new brand, LOC.  The One and Done shadow sticks are very wearable, easy to use eyeshadow crayons. After application, you have about 30 seconds to smudge and blend the shadow before it sets.

The staying power on this is awesome, and I’m already planning to purchase at least one more. I wore it without a primer and it still stayed put.

Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel

Temple Spa La La Lagoon Bath & Shower Gel Sample

This is a sort of indulgent shower gel. This is basically a travel size sample. It’s free of parabens and sulfates and has a sort of musky aroma that lingers. According to the Temple Spa website, the ingredients are: Thyme, Aloe Vera, Bitter Orange, Basil, Peppermint, Guaiac, Coriander, Nutmeg.

I don’t have any complaints about this product, and it will have a place in my travel toiletry bag. My bar for shower gel is pretty low though – as long as it doesn’t give me a rash or make me itch I”m happy. I’m not sure I’d repurchase just on account of the price being so high but I wouldn’t rule it out.

Living proof Perfect hair Day™(PhD) dry shampoo

Living Proof Perfect hair Day™(PhD) Dry Shampoo

This is a dry shampoo that you can use to revitalize oily or dirty hair without washing. The sample size is pretty generous in my opinion – I’m guessing this would be considered ‘deluxe’ sized. It dispenses a very fine clay mist and has a very fresh scent.

I’ve used dry shampoo for several years now but haven’t ever tried a different brand. I really like this one by Living Proof. It dispenses a lot more easily, smells great, and even adds a little volume. I am considering buying a full-size bottle when I finish up my old standby.

MAKE Face Gloss

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This is by far the most puzzling item of the box. I had read a lot of reviews of the item prior to receiving it and was actually a bit relieved to find that it was such a small sample. It’s supposed to be a way to add a little sheen (think ‘dewy’) to the face without adding color. It seems like a good idea but I think most people accomplish this with a skin-toned highlighter instead. On the bright side, it’s not tested on animals, cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, preservative-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free, oil-free, and talc-free.

On top of being just a strange product idea, it’s also difficult to work with. You have to use a teeny tiny amount to avoid having it become a sticky mess, but when you use a little it’s not super noticeable. If you tend to be oily, this is NOT a product you’d want in your regimen. And quite honestly, the price is ridiculous – $62.50 per ounce?! I might play around with this more, but have absolutely no plans to purchase.

Liz Earle Superskin™ Moisturizer with Natural Neroli

Liz Earle Superskin™ Moisturiser with natural neroli

I’m always happy to try new moisturizers, as I don’t have one I use regularly. This one by Liz Earle supposedly contains ‘naturally active ingredients’ and is proven to visibly plump and smooth mature or very dry skin. In addition to neroli, it also has cranberry and rosehip seed oils. It has a very ‘herbal’ scent that is a bit surprising, but thankfully fades quickly.

This cream smooths on very nicely and feels great. It doesn’t take much to get full coverage and my skin really does feel nice. I’m just not sure I’m ready to pay $45/ounce for a moisturizer.

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