Friday, 31 October 2014

The October Birchbox 2014!

A little late in the month but here is Octobers Birchbox Review! 
If you're new to Birchbox, let me fill you in. 
Birchbox is a monthly subscription beauty box for £10 + P&P! You receive 5 beauty based samples +  the occasional lifestyle extra! This allows you to try out new products each month that you would perhaps never find in the stores! PLUS you can earn up to 12 "Birchbox points" with each box and once you've earned 100 points you can redeem them for £10!! BARGAIN!

Onto the review!

October 2014
Lollipops Voyage a Paris Nail Varnish | Full Size £7.00 - This was a complete surprise to me as I was actually meant to receive the Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream according to my little card telling me what I got. I'm not entirely disappointed by this substitution as I actually received the Eye Cream last month anyway! However, I did not get on with this polish. I found it took forever to dry (even though I did very thin even coats) and chipped so easily despite its promising claims. The colour is lovely but I just don't have the patience to wait for it to dry! This sample is full size.
KMS California HAIR PLAY Playable Texture | Full Size £15.50 - I do love a hair product and this one is no exception. First of all the sample size is nice and generous meaning I can really test it out and see what its like. Secondly, the product is actually good! It's more like a light hold hairspray but it does that job well! This sample is worth £5.80
Shaveworks The Cool Fix | Full Size £11 - I'm really not a fan of receiving this type of product! I had a massive rant when I received the shaver in a GlossyBox last year and this is only marginally better. I get subscription boxes to try out new higher end beauty products I wouldn't otherwise be able to try due to lack of finding them or lack of funds! This doesn't fall into that criteria... It doesn't really scream luxury does it?! I'm sure this product has its own merits and that's why we've been sent this but I'd rather choose things like this for myself.  This sample is worth £5.30
Pixi by Petra Shea Butter Lip Balm | Full Size £8 - I love lip balms and this one is no exception to that. I received the colour Honey Nectar which is a nude tone pink. It is super moisturising and smells amazing! (just like Vanilla Cupcakes!) It really helps to sooth my dry lips! This is easily my favourite product from the box! This sample is full size.
Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Face Balm | Full size £20 - I'm a lover of skincare but I am so bored of receiving cleaners... please send us some treatments or moisturisers!! I haven't actually tried this out as I already have a fair few balm/oil cleansers on the go. I will definately get round to using this but I would love to see some different skincare in the next few boxes! This sample is worth £6.40
Lifestyle Extra
Birchbox Lipstick Pen | £2.50 
I certainly wouldn't pay £2.50 for this pen as it is very light plastic and feels flimsy, it isn't weighted at all and so it feels uncomfortable to write with. But as it's an extra I will happily keep this on my desk for display as it is cute (albeit slightly tacky!) 

Overall this box is worth £32.50. Despite the high price, I was fairly unimpressed with this box... I don't know why but it just didn't excite me. Everything was just "ok" with exception of the lip balm. Birchbox needs to up their game again!


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