Birchbox : October 2016

It’s time for a new subscription box! What what! Birchbox is $10 a month, just like Ipsy, and it’ll be rated the same way. If you haven’t been here before, I’ll break it down. I rate these boxes based on the monetary value of the samples I receive that I will actually use. If the value of what I receive and enjoy is worth more than the cost of the box I consider the box a win. If it’s not a win, it’s a lose… Obviously. If I get three non-winning boxes in a row I’ll be cutting myself off.

I didn’t take a picture of the box because… I don’t think they’re cute. Or useful. What am I going to do with a box? It’s too small to really hold anything but too big for me to find space for it on my vanity or desk… And if I have multiple I can’t stack them without making the bottom one unusable… Ipsy has the bag going for it so right out of the gate, I’m on team Ipsy.


Like Ipsy, I don’t check the sneak peak things because I don’t want to spoil the surprise when I open it. I did however, chose a sample. I chose the resurfacing mask. I really like face masks and I kind of assumed it was a peel off mask… It’s not. But that’s okay… Kind of. It’s a really sticky, citrus kind of smelling mask. It’s the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask and if you purchase the full size it’s going to take $58 from your bank account for one ounce. I probably won’t buy this ever for myself but I like that I get to try it and for the sample size of 0.25 ounces it values in at a whooping $14.50. So this would normally make the box a win, but one product? I’m not going it in just yet, especially when there’s not even a cute bag to go with it.

The next product is something I’m honestly confused by and haven’t done much research on. Hustle Butter is a multipurpose hydrating cream… It was originally created as a tattoo healing cream and is supposed to be ah-mazing. It’s a solid balmish kind of thing. I don’t really know how to describe it well. It’s a Birchbox exclusive and it’ll cost $25 for 30ml of product. I don’t know if I’ll use this because it seems like it’ll make my skin oily, maybe I’ll give it a shot.

Rolling up to plate next is a LOC product curated by Tati, aka one of my idols. I only follow a few true beauty gurus and she is one of them. I know that she endorsed this collection awhile ago but it still has her name on it so I’m actually pretty excited. This is the eyeshadow one and done pencil in the shade Impress Me which is described as rose gold, my favorite color ever. I’ve seen a few reviews because I was on the fence about purchasing this set for myself, and I haven’t seen many good things. A set of three pencils goes for $25 and $10 for one so I never bought one… And I’m kind of upset I didn’t. This is gorg! It is absolutely budge proof, no joke.


The fourth product is these hydrating collagen eye pads. I’m not an eye cream person, I know I should be because ultimately we all age faster than we think we will. I’ll use these, I probably won’t like them. I didn’t bother looking up the price or anything because this is a product I wouldn’t even look at twice if I saw it in the store. Also, can we just take a minute to look at this diagram of where it says to put the pads. It says ‘place firmly beneath the eyes… Uh… That one by the lips there is not by the eyes. I mean, I just think that if the company wants me to use something in that way it should be in the directions.

And the last product is a leave in conditioner by Number 4. It doesn’t smell like much and I like have a lot of heat protection products and detangling sprays on my vanity because I like to change it up so this is cool. If you buy it from Birchbox this product is $32 for 200ml, that also means this sample is valued at $4.80.

I mean I guess this box is technically a win but I don’t know that I actually enjoyed my experience with Birchbox. We did order the Birchbox Man as well, which is $20 a month! Look out for that post, which should roll out some time tomorrow. Maybe it’ll do better…

Until next time. Xx.

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