Birchbox Review, October 2016

Birchbox, $10 per month (US only)

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The babies are growing up much too fast!  They've become much less cooperative models!  All they want to do is run around and play, not sit in a box for a minute so I can take pictures.

Birchbox is one of the most popular beauty box subscriptions.  At $10 per month, it is also one of the most affordable.  The brands tend to be higher end and the sample sizes tend to be smaller than those of ipsy.  Birchbox is usually heavier on skincare than makeup, although they always have a mix of both.  Subscribers fill out a profile upon joining and Birchbox supposedly customizes boxes based on that profile and also based on any products you may review.  Birchbox used to have the best points system out there, but, in July, they completely overhauled their points system and now it's very hard to earn points.  Birchbox allows subscribers to choose one sample from a small selection, choose a special curated box, or have a box full of surprises.  If you like the curated box, I'd recommend going for it.  If you have any opinion whatsoever on the samples offered, be sure to choose one as you'll probably get one of them in your box anyway.  Birchbox is almost never my favorite subscription, but it's a good way to get a basic introduction to beauty products and brands.

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Here's what I got this month:

My October Birchbox was worth about $44.57.  I had to estimate the sizes of the MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick and the Hustle Butter Luxe, so the value is an estimate, but it's worth quite a bit more than the average Birchbox.  Birchbox is usually one of the first boxes I receive each month, so I was surprised that it was one of the last boxes I got this month.  There were three skincare items, a hair care product, and one makeup product, so the product mix was okay.

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The first product was the Hustle Butter Luxe.  This is a face and body moisturizer that was originally used for tattoos.  This is a very heavy moisturizer, so it was a little too much to put on my face.  I prefer both my face and body moisturizers to be a little more lightweight than this. I could see using this in the middle of the winter if the skin on my hands is cracking from the cold, but this isn't something I would use regularly.

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The next product was The Organic Pharmacy Double Rose Rejuvenating Face Cream.  I was a little surprised that Birchbox would include not one, but two, facial moisturizers in one box.  While the Hustle Butter Luxe could also be used for the body, it seems a little strange to get them both in one month.  I've never had Birchbox do anything like that.  I liked this moisturizer much more than the Hustle Butter.  This was a little more lightweight and wasn't greasy at all.  It had a beautiful rose scent to it and made my skin soft and smooth.  At $88 for a full size, its expensive, though, and I don't like it any more than less expensive facial moisturizers I've tried.  I'm happy to use the sample, but I  wouldn't buy it.

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I've tried a number of Number 4 products over the years, but this is the first time getting their oil.  The sample looks pretty small, but a little goes a long way with this, so it should last me a while.  This left my hair looking shiny but didn't leave it feeling greasy or heavy.  I'm not normally a hair oil person, but I'm a fan of this one.  I've never liked the other Number 4 products I've tried, so I was surprised by how much I liked this one.  Of course, the other products I've gotten were for volumizing and blow drying, which are the types of hair products I never need.  

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I have heard lots of great things about Tata Harper, but I never tried their products until now.  I'm absolutely in love with Tata Harper's Resurfacing Mask!  You apply a thick layer to your face, let it set twenty to thirty minutes, then rinse it off.  At first, when I rinsed it off, I didn't think it had done anything.  When my face dried off, though, I touched it and couldn't believe how soft and smooth my skin felt.  It's a little on the expensive side, but it's worth it.  Although the sample looks small, I think there's enough in there for me to get four or five uses.

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Swatch of MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy

Swatch of MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy

The last product was the MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Taffy.  I don't wear pinks all that often, but this lip color was very flattering and pretty.  It didn't last quite as long as I would have liked, but it had okay staying power.  You'll definitely need to reapply this after eating or kissing.  The top was a little smushed when it got to me as the lipstick was up a little too high in the tube, but that wasn't a big deal. 

I liked this month's Birchbox a lot.  The Hustle Butter Luxe wasn't really my thing, but I loved the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and thought the MAKE lipstick, The Organic Pharmacy face cream, and the Number 4 hair oil were great products, too.  I can use the Hustle Butter for my hands in the winter, so I'll still get some use out of it.  This is one of the better Birchboxes I've gotten!

What did you think of your October Birchbox?  Did you get the same stuff I did?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!