All right. I heard those groans, but at least Monday only comes once a week and only lasts for 24 hours. Right? More groans, huh? Ok...moving on.
Today I have the October Birchbox for you.
This box was really special in that it was dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Birchbox and Estee Lauder teamed up with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund one year of breast cancer lab research hours.
The box is a gorgeous marbled pink.
The card explains not only what's inside but the idea behind this month's theme - Positive Force.
You can read this on the card, but I'll reiterate it here anyway.
"Breast cancer is one of the most prevalent health issues women face, affecting 1 in 8. That number is astounding. We're proud to support the cause with dollars, awareness, and volunteer hours. We hope you'll join us - and that you love what's in this (very pink) box."
Yet another excellent reason to get your own Birchbox. As well as what I found inside this particular box.
Starting with the Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo.
I love the colors on the can. It contains Sea Buckthorn Berry, which is supposed to stimulate hair growth. Since we generally apply a dry shampoo to our roots, this might be a good thing to use on a regular basis. I'll make an effort to use this and report back.
When looking for a website for the brand, I came across the Sephora entry and they had a really good tip for using this product. Apply before bed to "beat greasiness to the punch".
The full-size is 5.3 ounces and sells for $22. My sample size is 0.75 ounces and is worth around $3.11.
Next, a moisturizer from Embryolisse.
This is a French brand and apparently a favorite of makeup artists - according to the card, anyway. I received a very small metal tube of the stuff. This will be another one I'll give a try once I'm done with the Philosophy trial.
I did try the cream on the back of my hand and while it does feel rich, it didn't feel heavy and only slightly greasy. Might be a good night cream for me.
There are two sizes available as full-size products - 30 ml, which sells for $16, and 75 ml, which sells for $28. I thought these were affordably priced for something that seems to be high-end. My sample size is 5 ml, which makes it worth around $2.67.
The next product is one I have used since I received it. A mascara from Eyeko.
I found the packaging on this mascara very interesting. Instead of the normal hard plastic mascara tube, this tube is more like one in which you would get moisturizer or toothpaste. Instead of pumping my mascara, I prefer to insert the wand then try to swirl it around to pick up product. This packaging makes that really easy and I think you might even be able to maneuver the product around to get the most out of the tube.
I have never used a curved wand before and I think I like this type better than the straight. It did seem to get my lashes into a more upward stance. I used two coats on my top lashes and one on the bottom and I have to say I am very impressed with what it did.
It really defined my lashes and made them look fuller and longer. Um, I think this is the picture I took at the end of the day last Friday so ignore the smudginess at the corners of my eyes. I was also not fond of the way the shadow turned out, but you'll hear more about that in Friday's Face of the Day post.
And by the way, any smudge you see is from the cream eyeliner I used without setting with eyeshadow and not the mascara. This stuff was even a bit difficult to remove with my normal eye makeup remover. Probably should have used something a bit oilier.
The full size of this mascara is 8 ml and sells for $25. What I received is a half size, which makes it worth $12.50. This is another mascara that I would find worth the cost.
The other makeup product in this box is a lipstick from Model Co.
The name of this shade is Kitty, and it is the perfect nude pink for me.
This lipstick is very rich and creamy and went on smoothly. I loved how it felt.
This is a full-sized lipstick and is part of a full-size trio that Birchbox has for sale right now for $20. If bought separately, it would cost $17.
The final product in the box is a set of Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels from Skyn Iceland.
Haven't used anything like this yet but from what I hear, these work very well. I'll report back once I give them a try.
The full set comes with 8 pairs, and sells for $30. I received a single pair that are worth around $3.75.
The total value of this box is around $38.53, still a good deal since the monthly cost of the box is $10. I've received many good products in this box, many I have gone on to purchase full sizes. If you would like to receive your own monthly Birchbox, you can go here and sign up.
Right now would be an excellent time to sign up because you can get a choice for next month's box. You'll get an email from Birchbox asking you to make your selection. Either choose the regular monthly box or get the Tati Westbrook approved box that includes one her own products.
If you don't know who Tati is, you must check out her YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/GlamLifeGuru. She is the Glam Life Guru and I have learned a lot from watching her videos. She gives you honest reviews of both high-end and drugstore products and demonstrates how to use them. She has worked with Birchbox to create her own beauty product line starting with eyeshadow sticks and lipsticks. I'm really looking forward to trying out the products.
Hope this helped to brighten your Monday at least a little bit. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.