Let me start by say, “ughhhh.”
I received my October Birchbox yesterday afternoon along with my first ever GlossyBox. Bad timing, Birchbox. GlossyBox blew Birchbox out of the water and by far. I’ve been disappointed in the past with my monthly Birchbox but never as disappointed as I am this month.
I am positively fed up with Birchbox and their craptastic samples. They promise 5 (or 4) premium samples of high-end cosmetics. Um, no. From my very first box back in May i pointed out that the samples are far from premium and this month is the perfect example. Since when are one-time use samples “premium”? I can get better walking into Macys and not have to fork over $10 a month.
After pumping me full of hope and excitement over their partnership with Goop.com for the October box they sent me a box [far from] full of lame stuff. LAME, in all caps! I was really assuming that this months box would have such fabulous items inside since they were partnering with Goop.com. I was relieved because, like I have said in my monthly reviews, I’ve been disappointed with Birchbox; I figured Goop.com would provide them with amazing stuff and then they, in turn, would provide me with amazing stuff… nope.
I’ve read other beauty blogger’s October box reviews and it definitely seems that me and everyone else who received the same box as me got the short end of the stick. Not even, we can’t reach the damn stick!
Let’s just get this over with…
See what I mean? What the crap, Dude?
1.) Naked Princess – Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss in Barely Blush :: Full Size $26 – ♥ – Lets first take a look at the miniscule sample of lip gloss from naked princess.
I’m a lipstick/lip gloss lover so I’ll definitely use this sample… for about 1 day.
You can barely tell I’m wearing lip gloss at all as this is a “sheer gloss”. I like subtle glosses but I’m still not a fan. Hence, the 1♥ (and it would’ve been a zero if I didn’t love glosses so much).
2.) Karuna – Hydrating Treatment Mask :: 4 Masks for $28 – ♥♥ – This was definitely the most worthwhile product in the box this month. I applied my mask last night. Its not the most difficult sheet mask I’ve ever applied but it is also not the easiest. This mask is meant to provide intense moisture to the skin with it’s Japanese Natto (soybean) ingredient.
I took the opportunity of applying some teeth whitening strips while I let the mask sit on my face. After removing, I blended the remaining product into my face, neck and hands as the instructions stated. It felt nice. My skin felt soft. When I woke up, my skin felt dry… es no bueno. I will not be purchasing this product in the future.
3.) Embryolisse – Lait-Creme Concentre – 24hr Miracle Cream :: Full Size $16 – 0♥s – Since my skin was left feeling dry from the Karuna Mask from last night, I applied some of this Embryolisse miracle cream this morning, post shower/pre makeup. I don’t like. It’s also weird to me that the description boasts that this can be used a makeup primer AND makeup remover… how is that even possible? Remover I can believe since it’s so oily, but if it removes makeup, how will it help makeup to better stay on? If anyone can explain how that could be possible, please explain it to me. No sarcasm here at all. If it is possible for a product to be both a primer and later a makeup remover, I would love to understand why. Fo real-real.
4.) Lulu Organics – Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder :: Full Size $30 – 0♥s – I’m giving this sample a rating of zero ♥s even though I haven’t used it yet. I have very dry hair (which I believe was a question I answered when filling out my beauty profile but I could be wrong…) so I don’t use dry shampoos. If I don’t wash my very curly, very dry hair every few days, I’ll be rocking dreadlocks.
October Goop Birchbox score: 3♥s out of a possible 20♥s… and I was being quite generous.
As an EXTRA, Birchbox was kind enough to provide me with a LUNA bar. (Anyone of you who have read my last couple of posts about this box will have noted the intense sarcasm.) Thanks, BB.
That’s all. No, seriously, that’s it.
Thanks for reading! Love, GK