Can you believe November is already halfway over? I sure can’t. I’m trying to get ready for the holidays and it seems like time is just speeding away from me!
In the spirit of holiday prep, the theme of the November 2016 Birchbox was supposed to be “extra, just-because details that make all the difference”. Unfortunately, I felt kind of “meh” about this box. Some of the samples were great, but some just fell short for me. Read on for mini reviews of each sample!
The sample I was most excited to try this month was the Living Proof Full Thickening Cream (full size, $27). I’ve heard great things about this brand but hadn’t gotten to try any of their products in the past. I really like how this made my hair look and feel. I would consider purchasing this in the future if I found it on sale at Ulta.
I felt really “meh” about the Coastal Scents Blush and Bronzer Palette (full size, $19.95). As a rule I’m not a palette girl—I prefer to mix and match for complete shade customization. I felt like these shades just weren’t the ones I would have selected for myself.
I think that the Ardency Inn Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner (full size, $20) is a little pricey, but worth it for what you get. It’s super smooth and won’t smudge away, so it’s great for creating a cat eye if you’re not quite up to liquid liner just yet.
I feel torn about the R+Co Analog Cleansing Foam Conditioner (full size, $29). A cleansing conditioner (CC) is great for those who shampoo often but don’t want the stripping effects of regular shampoo; however, if you have an oily scalp or use lots of products, you might find that your hair doesn’t feel as clean as with a traditional shampoo. I think my current routine of regular and dry shampoos is working great for my hair so I’m not interested in switching to this, but I do think I’ll do a post later in the week about different types of shampoos and CCs and how to put together a routine that works best for your hair! There are so many options these days that it would be a shame to not explore them!
I didn’t really feel like the sample of Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream (full size, $48) was relevant to me. If you struggle with eczema or severely dry patches on your face during the winter then this might be great, but I don’t feel like my skin is finnicky enough to justify spending this much cash on a specialized product.
So that’s it for my November 2016 Birchbox! If you’re interested in signing up for Birchbox, I’d love it if you’d use my referral link! I love that I get to try out so many luxe brands for just $10 each month—I’ve gotten to try out some great products that I would never have discovered otherwise, and it saves me from regret over dropping major cash on a full size product that I end up disliking. Plus, I get to review my samples for Birchbox points to purchase the full size items I love! You can see some of my fave previous Birchboxes here, here, and here.