Hey everybody. As you may know if you keep up with the site, I fell behind on the monthly Birchbox reviews at the end of the year. I thought I had only missed one or two, but it turns out that I missed October, November, and December! Oops! I’m sorry about that. I was planning to combine all three into one post to get caught up, but that turned out to be way too long. So here’s the October review and I’ll get to the others soon, as well as my February preview and review. Confusing enough for ya?
October 2012 Box: This was the box sponsored by Goop
DDF Wrinkle Resist Plus Pore Minimizing Moisturizing Serum: This is a fairly pricey product that alot of people seem to love, so I was happy to give it a try. I’m still on the search for my ideal moisturizer, and though I’m not really looking for one in this price range, it’s always fun to try out a new one. Unfortunately, I just didn’t see anything that special about this one. I broke out every time I tried it, so I gave up on it after a few uses. I really can’t say that I noticed a significant difference in my pores, either.
Beauty Blender: I was so excited to find one of these in my Birchbox! I’ve wanted to try one for a long time, but wasn’t willing to pay $15 for a sponge I may or may not use. Normally I wear Bare Escentuals mineral foundation, but I got a sample of the newest Urban Decay foundation and tried the beauty blender with that. To use the blender, you’re supposed to wet it and then squeeze out the excess water, leaving it damp before you apply your foundation. This worked pretty well and I got very nice results with it. Unfortunately, I didn’t get nice results EVERY time. I think there’s a slight learning curve to this, and considering that I don’t normally wear liquid foundation I just didn’t get the hang of it immediately. In the few times that I used it, at least once I had to wash off my makeup and start again. That being said, I think it’s a really nice product. Is it worth $15? That’s debatable. I want to switch to liquid foundation soon, so I might start using the beauty blender on a regular basis. It seemed to do a better job than the other sponges I’ve tried, but I don’t think I’m a great judge of that since I don’t use them often. If the price isn’t a factor to you, give it a try. If I were going to use these regularly, I would probably invest in the 2 pack that comes with it’s own sponge cleaning product.
Luna Bar (Lemon Zest): Isn’t lemon zest a cleaner? I’m not sure, but I wasn’t too eager to try this bar and find out. Alot of people really like the Luna bars, so I’m sure you can find some reviews on them. Sadly, you won’t find one here, sorry! I have a little bit of an aversion to eating food from the mail, so I never even tried this bar. In fact, I couldn’t get anyone else to try it either – including my brother who will normally eat any food that’s free. I’m just not a fan of getting food products in my Birchbox but I can see where it might be a nice treat for some.
Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss: This was a tiny little gloss sample in a pale pinkish-nude color. The gloss itself was nice, and although the sample was really small, it could be handy for throwing into a small evening bag when a full sized lip product won’t fit. Unfortunately, the color is just a little too light to be flattering on me. I will still use it over other products, but I didn’t like it enough to consider purchasing the full size. The consistency is a little bit thick, but didn’t seem to be very long lasting. If the sample uses the same applicator as the full size, it has a little brush instead of a sponge tip (or doe-foot, whatever you want to call it) applicator. I prefer the consistency and price of the Zoya Hot Lips glosses to this one.
Marie Veronique Organics Anti Aging Oil: Who doesn’t love anti-aging products? None of us want to look older, so I was really interested in this product. I love the little dropper bottle, too. The product itself has a somewhat odd smell, not bad but just noticeable. A little goes a long way, so the sample has lasted a long time, though admittedly I do not use it regularly. I found it to be a nice product and had no issues with breakouts from it. It absorbed pretty quickly and made my skin feel nice, but it’s another product that I wasn’t wowed enough with to spring for a full size. It runs for $80 a bottle and I think that’s a bit overpriced, but it’s a nice indulgence once in a while. Normally I only use this when my skin is extremely dry and needs a little pick me up, it makes my face feel soft. I guess I’ve been a little wary about using too much oil on my face and that’s why I don’t use it daily, but that’s my personal preference, nothing to do with the product. The oil itself is an orangey color, and I’m not sure if it’s the color or the smell, but it reminds me of Marigolds.
My favorite item in this Birchbox was by far the Beauty Blender. The oil was a close second, and who doesn’t like trying new lipgloss? Since a beauty blender is $15 on it’s own, it more than paid for the price of the box. Plus with 5 products to review, that’s 50 points back into my account. (100 points = $10 off in the Birchbox shop). It wasn’t really what I was expecting from the Goop box, since the Beauty Blenders have gone out in other boxes before and so have Luna bars, but I’m not complaining since I had been disappointed to not get a blender the first time they went out, and kept holding out hope that one would turn up in my box. 🙂
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