Birchbox is a beauty sample subscription box that sends 5 new items to test out each month so you can try before you buy. Birchbox is $15 a month, or sign up for longer terms and save a buck or two per month. Birchbox lets you choose a monthly sample during selection time or you can let Birchbox decide. You can also pick a pre-curated box and from now on they are supposed to have at least two different curated boxes to choose from. This is a review of a regular box where I chose one sample (out of three available).
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Birchbox sends the cutest boxes and I have them all over my dresser, corralling beauty products.
My items were tucked into teal tissue paper.
I filled out a profile when I joined so I could let Birchbox know which types of items I would like to receive, plus I selected my skin type, hair type, and other info so they could send products that work for me. Of course, when you choose a curated box then you get what was promised, with nothing chosen based on your profile.
I received a card that encouraged me to make a new kind of to-do list for the holidays, one that involves making memories.
The information card gives brief details on each item as well as the price if you were to buy the full size. Keep in mind that Birchbox sends a variety of product combos each month and your box may vary from mine.
I received a second card with an offer for a free brush set when I make a $75+ shop purchase.
Everything in my November Birchbox!
The shampoo (ingredients are in the above picture on the left) worked well and I had lots of suds that rinsed out easily. The scent reminded me of Oribe products, kind of like peachy perfume. The conditioner didn’t weigh my hair down and is probably best for those who don’t need a super deep conditioner – I have fine hair and it worked well for my hair type. It had a scent similar to the shampoo, but with a little bit of woodsy spice added, like a unisex cologne. I was left with hair that was bouncy and clean.
Davines Liquid Spell ($17.98) I have fine hair and am always on the lookout for products that give me oomph.
I placed three squirts in my hand and then distributed through my hair before blow drying. It had a light scent that reminded me of licorice, or maybe Good and Plenty; I’m not a fan of the candy, but the fragrance was nice. I used a round brush and it did give some extra body to my hair. I tried curling it afterwards but it also left my hair kind of soft so I would use this on relaxing weekends and stick to my usual bodifier on work days. For testing purposes, I used this with my regular shampoo and conditioner, and not with the samples shown above.
Derma-E Vitamin C Concentrate Serum ($3.06) is a serum that is supposed to fight free radicals while brightening the complexion and boosting collagen production. Apply to a clean face morning and night and use a moisturizer over top if you like. Contains hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin and smells a bit like, I don’t know, sunscreen?
TLW. Frizz Fighter ($3.22) My, what a lot of hair products this month! This one is meant for frizzy hair, which is not something that I suffer from, and is also supposed to help strengthen hair while preventing breakage and tangles.
It is also supposed to provide UVA sunscreen for protection and make strands shiny. I like the smell, kind of fruity and sweet, like candy.
Wander Beauty Mile High Club Mascara ($26) Birchbox lets you choose a sample for your box and I went with this mascara (the other choices were the Davines item shown above and a Sunday Riley serum).
I wasn’t expecting a full-sized mascara! The immediate benefits are longer, volumized lashes, but the formula has peach leaf extract and castor seed oil, which is supposed to make lashes stronger in the long run. It worked well for my lashes, I could actually see them afterwards and that is all I’m really looking for in a mascara.
Lise Water Lipstick in Prune ($7.81 value) Lise Watier is a prestige beauty brand from Canada and it is new to me!
I received the shade “Prune”, which is described as pinky purple. It is very moisturizing, not one of those long-lasting lipsticks that dries matte but more like a silky lip softener. I thought the color was perfect for me! It’s supposed to plump up the lips and hide fine lines and wrinkles but I just really enjoyed the color and feel of this product.
Here is the lipstick swatched!
What a great November Birchbox! I am loving my products this month and feel like I got a great value for the price paid. I do wish that I had received one less hair item and had received either a body product or perfume instead. Birchbox is a great way to discover new hair and skincare brands and that seems to be what they send the most of in case you were wondering. The value for my November box was around $59.91!
What did you think of the November 2019 Birchbox? What did you get in your box?
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