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October 2012 :: Birchbox #6

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.

Sexy, right?

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

October Goop Birchbox Spoilers

I’M PISSED!

I just took a peak on my Birchbox account at what my October Birchbox has in store for me upon arrival (which should be today btw). I did in fact get chosen ton receive one of the highly coveted Goop Birchboxes and after watching the sneak peek video I was so excited! The products featured look amazing! Then I saw what I would be receiving…

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Where’s my sample of Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss and Faux Cils Mascara? Where’s my DDF Wrinkle Resist Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum? Where’s my Supergoop? And the most pressing question of all: Where the f*ck is my Essie?

I really expected this month’s box, partnered box with Goop.com, to have the best of the best or at the very least the products highlighted in the monthly video. A LUNA BAR!? No thanks Birchbox and Gwenyth Platrow can stick it up her ass. I’ll walk to walgreens when I want a LUNA bar; I don’t want it included in my monthly subscription that I pay for to receive cosmetics.

Once again, I’m disappointed with my Birchbox and I havent even received it yet. (It could very well be sitting in my mailbox right now though) I can only hope that my GlossyBox won’t disappoint. I received my shipping notification email from GlossyBox and when I tracked my package, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is closer than I expected. GlossyBox only sent me my email this morning, but my box was shipped on the 12th.

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That means I should have my very first GlossyBox by the end of the week! Be frightened, Birchbox. You’re on the chopping block, for real. There’s a few other monthly cosmetic subscription box services I’ve been researching recently and I might just have to kick Birchbox to the curb and sign up for another service.

I’ll have a full review of my October Birchbox up soon (hopefully by the end of the night). I’ll also have a full review of my GlossyBox goodies posted asap.

Thanks for reading and my apologies for all the expressed anger. BIRCHBOOOOOX [shakes fist in the air]. Love, GK

Goop Loot

I fell off the wagon. I dropped the ball. I’m not posting a daily threads post today.

I just didn’t feel like it and honestly, you’re not missing much but there is something else I wanted to express and it is my eagerness to receive my October Birchbox.

On the tenth, I received my shipping notification email from Birchbox and have been checking my tracking number regularly since. Now, the email I received mentions how “this month, Birchbox has teamed up with Goop.com… [blah blah blah…]” but it doesn’t mention anything about the alternative October Birchbox, Transformation. So does that mean I am one of the subscribers who will be receiving a Goop Birchbox? I’ve been assuming “yes”.

The products in the Goop Birchbox look ah-maze-zing.

  • Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss
  • Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara
  • Supergoop! City Sunscreen Serum
  • DDF Wrinkle Resist Pore Minimizer Moisturizing Serum
  • Essie Nail Polish

Give me! Give me! Give me!

The transformation box looks pretty good too, though:

  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner
  • Vitivia Pro:Vitamin A15 and Pro:Vitamin C10
  • Harvey Prince Hello 50ml
  • Harvey Prince Hello 8.8ml
  • Benta Berry G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream

If you haven’t already, check out the sneak peek video:

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I’m hoping, that when I get home from work tomorrow, my amazing October Goop Birchbox will be waiting for me. Also, when the hell does GlossyBox ship? I’m due to receive my very first GlossyBox this month and I haven’t heard anything out of them in over a month. I’m getting anxious…

Another quick thing I’d like to mention is a contest being held my one of my favorite blogs for redheads How to be a Redhead. The contest is being held through HTBAR’s Instagram and I am crossing my fingers that I win the goods. The afore mentioned goods are redhead approved by the girls at HTBAR and are provided by Whip Hand Cosmetics.

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If you’re one of my [fellow] Ginger readers and you’re on Instagram, I think you should enter asap! Make sure to follow both @HowtobeaRedhead and @WhipHandCosmetics. While you’re at it, you can follow me @GingerKate!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

Birchbox News

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…still waiting, Birchbox. As I have previously mentioned, there was a “shipping error” on Birchbox’s behalf and my September box would be delivered to me late. I came to find out that I wasn’t the only one; apparently, many people’s September Birchbox will be arriving late.

I received my email on Sept 20 and usually a few days after I get my tracking number, my Birchbox arrives. It’s been a week now. I’m getting antsy… so I decided to hunt for some spoilers.

I had no idea Birchbox had so many various boxes during any given month. Zadidoll has compiled all the possible September Birchboxes, Birchbox: The September 2012 Boxes Check it out if you haven’t received your September Birchbox either. Frankly, I’m disappointed with all of them. There’s definitely some boxes I would much rather receive than others though.

Earlier today, I received another email from Birchbox and if you’re a Birchbox subscriber, you probably got one too (Check your spam folder if you haven’t gotten it).

The email was asking whether I would like to receive my standard October Birchbox with the theme Transformation or a limited available Goop Birchbox.

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I’ve visited Goop a couple of times before but I don’t frequent the site because everything is uber expensive. It’s often described, by critics, as a guide for spoiled rich white woman… That’s exactly why I opted for the Goop Birchbox for October. I’m really hoping its full of super luxe sweetness!

It’s only 2am on this fantastic Friday and according to the tracking number, today should be the day I receive my September Birchbox. Unfortunately, I can’t play with my goodies right away because I work this evening. (Speaking of work, I have some exciting news about that to share next post!)

Thanks for reading! And thanks to my new subscribers!!

Love, GK