Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reviewed: November Birchbox - Tati Westbrook Version

Apparently this didn't go up as it should have this morning. Oh, well. It's still Hump Day, right?

Happy Hump Day!

I've got the November Birchbox curated by Tati Westbrook, also known as the Glam Life Guru.






Birchbox subscribers had the opportunity to choose this box over the regular November box through an email. I apparently missed seeing that email because I missed out on making the choice. Fortunately, Birchbox held back some boxes to sell, which is how I got my hands on it. All of the products included have been personally used by Tati and highly recommended.

For those that aren't familiar with Tati Westbrook, she has a YouTube channel on which she does honest product reviews and makeup tutorials using both drugstore and high-end products. If I want to know how well a new product works, I can usually find a video on her channel that will tell me. She also takes suggestions on products to review.

Tati has also partnered with Birchbox to create her own line of lipsticks and eyeshadow sticks, one of which is in this box.





This is one of the One & Done Eyeshadow Sticks in the color Day Trip. These shadow sticks are formulated to be crease proof. Goes on creamy and they do 'set' very quickly so that they don't smear even when intentionally rubbed at with a finger. Really looking forward to using this. 

Individually, the shadow sticks sell for $10, while the lipsticks sell for $8. There are also various collection options, including the Ultimate Collection, which I purchased for $42. I'll have that post for you sometime before the end of the month.

On to the other products in the box.

First, a dry shampoo from Living Proof that is highly recommended by a lot of YouTubers - Perfect Hair Day (PhD).



I don't normally use dry shampoos. Guess I'm still thinking of the Psssst! from back in the day. Never really liked how my hair turned out back then but I am anxious to give this one a try.

My hair currently doesn't look all that great next day. I tend to just throw it up in a clip or a ponytail and forget about it but it would be nice to have better next day hair and this product promises to give me that. 

This is a deluxe sample that actually sells for $12. The full size is 4 ounces and sells for $22.

Next, Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum.



Haven't tried this one yet - other than on the back of my hand. This is definitely a serum-type consistency that can be used under moisturizer. Smells pleasant and absorbs pretty quickly. I'll give this one a try along with my normal Philosophy products soon.

Full size is 30 ml and sells for $36. The 5 ml sample is worth around $6.

The box also included a deluxe sample size of the Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate.



I'm currently working through an eye cream from Philosophy along with the other two I've been using all along but I'll add this one to the rotation. 

This has a gel consistency and smells really nice. It basically disappeared into the back of my hand within seconds so I'm interested in seeing how this works on the eye area. Especially under makeup. 

A full size of this product is 15 ml and sells for $65, making this 5 ml sample worth (drum roll) - approximately $21.67. I'll enjoy this while it lasts but the price will prevent me from purchasing.

The last item is a lip treatment from Jouer.



Now, I'm still not sure how I feel about this product. It smells strongly of rose and - have you ever tasted perfume? That's the experience with this product. The 'taste' goes away while the scent lingers and isn't all that unpleasant, I just don't like 'tasting' perfume.

Otherwise, this is clear, loose liquid - at least mine is. Don't know if it just melted or if this is actually what the stuff is like. It feels more like lipstick once applied, which is also not exactly unpleasant and I do believe it's very moisturizing and actually long lasting.

The suggestion on the Jouer site states to use this treatment 3 times a day for 29 to experience any improvement. This is supposed to enhance the fullness of the lips while decreasing fine lines with regular use. I'll follow directions for the next month and we'll all see if that's true.

Basically, I like how this feels, I just don't like how it tastes.

At 4.5 ml, I would consider this to be a deluxe sample size. The full size is 10 ml and sells for $16, making this sample worth around $7.20.

Total value of the box is an impressive $56.87 - the priciest item being the Shiseido eye cream. Impressive considering the monthly cost of this box is $10. If you would like to get a Birchbox of your own, you can go here to sign up. 

As I said above, I purchased this separately since I missed out on the email to choose this as my official November box. That means I also received the normal box for November and I'll show you that one next week.

Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned.

Penny

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