Birchbox // October 2013


October was a pretty fun month; football, cozy weekends, and Halloween, October is always full of fun mischief. October was also a month full of Birchbox! This month was filled with a lot of great “beauty buzz” products. This month was focused on what Birchbox is just obsessed over, which I thought was so awesome because I’m always wondering what the experts and professionals use in their daily lives. I have to say that I was really impressed with my box this month. Here’s what I received:

Dermablend Professional, Smooth Indulgence Mineral Finishing Powder
My usual make-up routine does not consist of a finishing powder and I never really thought about using one. When I got this product in my box, I was kind of like “what am I supposed to do with this?” Plus, I already get pretty oily skin naturally, so I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to add more “stuff” to my face to get all mixed up in that. But this product eliminates a lot of the shine I get, plus it just evens out my skin tone really nicely and doesn’t feel like I’m wearing another layer of make-up. Two thumbs up!

Liz Earle, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
This stuff is awesome! Seriously, my face felt so fresh, clean, and happy! It’s a make-up remover and an exfoliator! Double whammy! Liz Earle is a product that is quite popular in the UK and a Birchbox exclusive! All you have to do is massage the formula into your skin, then with the muslin cloth you wipe it off in a circle formation. If you’re going to try any new product this month, please try this one! But you also have to  get the muslin cloth, it makes a huge difference! Read my comment below!

Liz Earle, Pure Muslin Cloth
Just like any great pair, it works best if you have the other. If you get the cleanser, you need to get the muslin cloth. The cloth isn’t rough on your skin like an exfoliator might be, it gently wipes off the formula and polishes the skin as well. Use warm water with it while taking off the cleanser and then just wring out and hang to air dry. Simple as that. Get it!

theBalm cosmetics, Stainiac in Beauty Queen
If you like to pack light and use products that can be used for multiple reasons, this product is right up your alley! At first, the product was a little intimidating because it came in this bright red/maroon color in a liquid formula with a wand. Automatically I’m thinking the color is going to be too much for everyday wear, it’s going to be messy, and not last. False. The color is just so slight, it goes on cleanly and it lasts all day! It goes on like a gloss but wears like a lipstick but stays like a stain. It’s fantastic and is probably the utopian version of a lip color. Just a little swipe on both lips and you can call it a day. Oh, but wait! You can use it on your cheeks as well! Dab a little on each check and blend it quickly, it dries fast!

ChapStick, Hydration Lock
Birchbox has started something that I am a HUGE fan of. They started adding mass-marketed products in their boxes. It gives us a chance to be able to try out products that maybe we hadn’t thought about trying or have wanted to but weren’t sure if we would like it. This month we received ChapStick’s Hydration Lock and let me tell you, I’ve tried probably every lip treatment under the sun (and in the sun) and have to say that this ChapStick is pretty freakin’ epic. It keeps my lips soft all day. Plus, it doubles as a lip primer and is full if antioxidants like CoQ10 and Vitamin E. With winter upon us, it’s take to take extra care of your lips, so pucker up with Hydration Lock!

So, in my last review I failed to try one of my products before reviewing: Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel Sensitive. I finally was able to give it a whirl and to be honest, I wasn’t super excited about it, but I was more impressed with it than I thought I would be. I have never used a peel before and I’m not even really sure if I did it right. Putting it on was nice and easy, but as it dried I really felt my skin getting itchy and tight. But when I got it off my skin did feel soft and clean. So maybe that’s how peels are supposed to go, but the results are definitely worth it. I’m going to try using it a few more times to see if it is something I can really get into.

Well, that’s it from me. I hope you’re all having a great week and let me know, what beauty product are you buzzing about lately?