Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Birchbox Unboxed | October

This month's Birchbox was all about supporting The Power of Beauty - and how beautiful is this marbled hot pink box? The products inside were obviously just as great. Some months I get samples that I'm pretty indifferent about but this month was a win all around. 

Most of these products gave promises of rehydrating and getting ready for the cooler months, which is just what my skin is looking for! Usually I get uber excited over the beauty products - give me all of the lipsticks and BB creams - but in these cooler transitional months I always find myself investing in skincare. 

BioRepublic Skincare Pomegranate Crush Illuminating Mask Sheet Sheet masks use to be a foreign subject to me, but I've been super into them lately. Yes, you look like a crazed person with them on, but they force you to lay down and relax while the treatment soaks in. I love that this sheet is made from fiber so it's not as slippery as some sheet masks. It also has a super cooling feeling that seems to re-invigorate your skin. I also loved the subtle scent of pomegranate and green tea.

jane iredale HandDrink Hand Cream I currently have been using this cream in a rotation with my cucumber eos hand lotion. I always tend to apply a thicker hand cream prior to jumping into bed in hopes of locking in moisture. Although this cream is lightweight, it is super hydrating and tends to my thirsty skin. I despise any hand cream that is greasy so I'm loving the consistency of this one. The smell is one that I could do without, but I find that I barely notice it after a minute or two.

R+Co DEATH VALLEY Dry Shampoo I was so excited to see this in my box, since I've heard great things about it (and the packaging is beautiful). I found this to be a mix between a dry shampoo and a texturizing spray. I would apply this to my roots on second day hair and massage it in with my fingers for some serious volume. This doesn't tend to give a lightening effect as some dry shampoos do, and frankly I kind of missed it. As a blonde it's always nice to give a little boost to your roots when they're a bit dirty. I ended up preferring to use a separate dry shampoo on my roots and my Oribe texturizing spray on the ends, but can see how people can love this. If you're looking for straight volume without any color: this is a great product for you.

Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Lately I have been using this exfoliator on my skin every other day and I haven't looked back. After washing my face, I apply a dime sized amount on my hands and work it into my skin. The texture is enough to clear off any unwanted makeup and smooth out skin, but it isn't harsh. It deems to be a great product for anyone with redness (!!!) and sensitivity. I also love how it doesn't leave my skin tight - thanks to the aloe vera, coconut, and vitamins B and E added to nourish skin.

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara I have been on a mascara binge lately, and I don't hate it. When I first picked up this product I of course ogled over the gold packaging (GOLD EVERYTHING!). I was a bit disappointed that the brush was softer bristles since I usually like spiky plastic ones - they tend to grip my lashes better. However, after one coat I realized that the formula is a gamechanger. I love how this gives me super long and thick lashes without being clumpy or stiff. A lot of thickening mascaras tend to leave you scrubbing your lashes off at night, but this kept my lashes super soft. I didn't even need to use a lash curler, and just let the coat dry before reapplying the second. The only downside I can see happening is the wand getting a bit clumpy, but it's nothing a wipe-off can't fix.

Most loved product: The Vasanti face rejuvenator is one I can see keeping in my daily routine. I plan on buying the full-sized version when my sample runs out, and can't wait to use it through the winter months.
Most disappointing product: Maybe I overhyped myself on this one but unfortunately the R+Co Dry Shampoo just didn't do it for me. At a $29 price point, it's probably a good thing...

Have you tested any of these? If not, do you think you will now? Please share if you received any other loved samples in your boxes!




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