Birchbox: September 2016

Birchbox: September 2016

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. It is only $10 per month. Each box comes with a mix of five deluxe or sample-sized products. They send

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Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. It is only $10 per month. Each box comes with a mix of five deluxe or sample-sized products. They send a mixture of beauty and care products, which tend to be on the higher end of products. Each box is curated to the subscriber. Products can be reviewed for points. Every 10 Birchbox points is $1 to use in the Birchbox shop. This month’s box is all about multitaskers. This month I received a conditioner, face mist, a highlighter, a facial cleanser/makeup remover and a lip pencil.


The first thing I got was the Avène Thermal Spring Water. It came in a nice 1.76 oz can. It says it can soothe redness and skin troubles. The spring water can also be used as a toner, refresher, and to set makeup. I’m on the fence about this product because it’s essentially water in a “fancy” bottle. It does gives a perfect spray for a midday refresher. As for its other claims, I don’t know if it works wonders; I don’t really have any skin troubles that I’ll be able to notice much of a difference. I’ll continue to use the spring water and see if this product will work wonders. I don’t think I will ever buy the full size as I don’t really find the need to use this.


I got the Bioderma Sensibio H2O which doubles as a facial cleanser and a makeup remover. The product sample is extremely small, but the product itself it pretty good. The sample only gave me two good uses. I’ve used it once to take off my makeup; it took off my makeup really easily. Since I wore waterproof mascara that day, it came off with a breeze and I was happy I didn’t end up with racoon eyes. I accidentally spilled the other half. I would have definitely liked a bigger sample, so I can make a proper opinion on it to see if I wanted to buy the full product.


I got the Milk Makeup Highlighter in the shade Lit. The sample is 1/10 of the actual full size, so it great to put in your bag for whenever you need a touchup.  It gives a nice and subtle sheen to your face. It does have a bit of a waxy smell, but that doesn’t really bother me. The highlighter is easy to blend out and it feels very lightweight on the skin. This is probably my favorite product in the box.


The next thing I got was the R+Co ANALOG Cleansing Foam Conditioner. It’s supposed to strengthen and soften your hair. I have used it once and so far I like it. The smell is a bit weird, but not in a bad way.  It feels good in my hair and it leaves your hair smelling fresh and clean. The sample is a pretty good size; it comes with 1.5 oz of product. It’s a perfect size for travel.


The last, but not least, product I got was the LOC Ultra-Gloss Lip Pencil in the shade Cherry Bomb. This pencil is supposed to give a vivid long lasting color while keeping your lips moisturized. The shade I got is a nice bold red with a glossy finish. It doesn’t feel like a lip gloss though, it feels like a comfortable lipstick. The size of the lip pencil is perfect for on-the-go also. This product is a bit of a miss for me because I already have so many red lip products. The product itself is pretty good.


Overall, I am pretty pleased with this month’s box. I give this a three and a half stars out of five stars; out of the five products, I’ll be using four products on a semi-daily basis. The fifth product I’ll just use every once in awhile when I feel like using something different. I would probably have given this box a higher rating if the facial cleanser sample was a better size and container.