My October Birchbox came a couple days ago and it is a lot more fun than the September box, in my opinion. :-)
Before I jump into my first impressions, I want to give a quick shout-out to my buddy Sara who recently signed up with Birchbox after reading about last month's goodies. She didn't realize they gave points to the person who referred them (me) so afterwards she wrote a super sweet email to them asking them to give me my referral points and even linked my blog! So I got +50 points thanks to that email. Thank you, Sara. You rock! :-)
On to the box...!
First up is a delicious body butter in a pretty good sized tube. It's a Guava Body Butter by Korres. A little goes a long way and it feels sooo silky. It also smells great. A little fruity, a little warm and buttery - just yummy. Can you tell I like it? A full sized tube of 235mL sells for $29. This 50mL is a nice amount and will probably last me quite a while b/c it's really rich and creamy. Here is the blurb from the card included in the box:
"This lush lotion has rich shea butter and healing quince extract to keep skin soft all day. Warning: the refreshing tropical scent will inspire vacation daydreams."
The next product that I'm really excited about is a full-sized Stila eyeshadow single in the color 14k. It's a metallic gold shadow and is perfect for fall. I've been wearing a lot of gold shades and even gold jewelry lately so I was glad to see this in the box. It has a nice velvety texture and is well-pigmented, too.
Next up is a night cream by Caudalie called Vinoperfect Cell Renewal Night Cream. The description reads: "A rich moisturizer that uses a patented grape compound to exfoliate and brighten skin so that you wake up looking perky."
It came it a teeny tiny tube, but the cream is really thick so a little goes a long way. I think I might try this on my cheeks where I have some hyper-pigmentation from old acne scars and see if it does anything to brighten my skin (and hope it doesn't make me break out!). It's got a slightly fruity/medicinal smell to it which isn't that strong. They say to avoid the eye area, though; probably due to the exfoliating properties.
The fourth item is a tube of mascara by Blinc. "This mascara won't smear, smudge, or run - plus it gives the lashes a sassy, extra glossy look." I had high hopes for this one b/c I usually like the kind of mascaras that come off in "tubes". But this one was pretty lackluster. It didn't make my lashes glossy, just stiff and kind of hard. It didn't even hold a curl! And as you can see from the photos of my eyes it didn't do much at all in the length/volume department at all. Sorry, Blinc.
I guess if I want my "tubes", I'll turn to my Eve Pearl mascara or the L'Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes.
As a bonus, I also received a little packet of laundry detergent for my "delicates". I don't really have "delicates" - most everything is made of cotton. But, I'll probably use it anyway. You never know what random item Birchbox will include as your bonus, and I love the surprise!
Hope everyone's having a lovely October!