November 2015 Birchbox Review


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You all will be happy to know that I will resume doing my reviews of Birchbox and Ipsy!  I could only make my columns so long on Millihelen so I was forced to leave a couple boxes out each month.  I usually chose Birchbox and Ipsy just because they were the most well-known boxes and I preferred to give the lesser known boxes some exposure.  Now that I can do whatever I want with my own blog, Birchbox and Ipsy will be back each month!

Here’s what my November Birchbox contained:

My November Birchbox was worth approximately $23.74. The size of the FratBoy Shadow/Blush by theBalm wasn’t listed on the package, so I had to guess the size and, therefore, the value of the sample. Birchbox never has the highest value in the beauty box world, but it’s also one of the least expensive boxes out there.

While theBalm has some good quality products, I generally dread getting their products as samples in my subscription boxes. Their sample sizes are almost always teeny. While you can work with a small eyeshadow or lipstick, trying to use a mini blush with a big, fluffy brush is a little more difficult. This is supposed to work as either an eyeshadow or blush, but, for me at least, the color is definitely meant for my cheeks, not my eyelids. It gave my cheeks a peachy-pink glow and was long-lasting, so this would make a great blush.

Could the Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum be a Holy Grail product?!  I'll have to give it a few more tries, but it just might be.  My hair as never been as shiny and manageable as it has been when I've used this product!  It is just fantastic.  I don't have dry hair and my hair is generally quite shiny, but this just makes my hair look out of this world.  It only takes a couple pumps, so, even though it is a little pricy, I promise it is worth it.

The Temple Spa La La Lagoon shower gel is okay.  The scent isn't my favorite, but it's not offensive, and it's pretty light.  It's quite average as far as shower gel goes.  It did its job, but it didn't wow me.

I know a lot of Birchbox subscribers complain about the many Harvey Prince samples, but I've enjoyed the Hello fragrance and lotion I’ve gotten in past Birchboxes. Sincerely, however, was not my style. Its scent hurt my nose. It wore off pretty quickly, which made me happy, but if you happen to like the scent, that would be a definite drawback.

Last but not least, there was the LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick. LOC, which stands for Love of Color, is Birchbox’s new house brand. Every subscriber got a product from the LOC line this month. I didn’t have high hopes for it, so I was not looking forward to getting this lipstick. I was very surprised by the quality of it! The color, Glam Life, is a beautiful wine. It went on smoothly, felt very moisturizing, and had a nice, subtle scent. It stayed on for a few hours and showed no signs of feathering. I really wasn’t expecting much from Birchbox’s makeup line, but they did a great job and put out a high quality product. I can’t wait to try other LOC items.

The LOC lipstick and the Obliphica serum were enough to make this a great month for Birchbox. I loved everything about the lipstick and serum. The only product I disliked was the perfume. The blush and shower gel weren’t spectacular, but they were good, solid products. This is the best box I’ve gotten from Birchbox in quite some time.  I hope December is just as good.  I'd love to hear all about your beauty boxes in the comments!  Look for more November reviews in the coming days!