October’s Birchbox has the theme “Feeling good” and I had high hopes as my last couple of boxes have been spot on. My star product from September (review here) is one I’m still in love with, and use every day. Who would have thought a lip balm could be so fantastic? Is Birchbox on a roll, can we make it three fab boxes in a row?
Birchbox have teamed up with CoppaFeel in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cause very dear to my heart. The box itself is beautiful, with a gorgeous pink and violet marble effect, I couldn’t wait to see what was inside.
The name of this shower gel made me smile and I love that anatomicals created the zesty body wash especially for CoppaFeel, to help spread breast cancer awareness. It’s a great travel size, ideal for the gym bag and retails at £1.50. Accompanying the shower gel is a sticker explaining exactly what to look out for while you wash your melons! It’s a great idea, but the melon fragrance isn’t for me, unfortunately, so it’s not a product I’m going to use.
I’ve had other Balance Me products in previous Birchboxes and they’ve managed to irritate my skin. This face wash is packed full of essential oils including: grapefruit, petitgrain, frankincense, and spruce knot to decongest the skin. Plus it has moisturising and antioxidant rich moringa and rice bran oils, and it’s sulphate and petroleum free. The full size version retails at £16.00, which isn’t a bad price. But, as I’m not sure what it is about Balance Me products that upsets my skin so much, I’m not willing to risk it again with this sample.
I love the idea of charcoal-infused sticky tape that naturally purifies and yanks out all the yuck collected in your pores to prevent blackheads. But … I’ve tried these before and OMG they hurt so much when you have to remove them. Seriously, I’d rather have my bikini line waxed than use one of these strips ever again. At least with a wax you can stop when it gets too much and no-one is any the wiser. But you can’t go out with one of these strips stuck to your face! Another product I won’t be using, or paying £8.99 for the privilege of full price pain.
I’ve had a ModelCo eyeliner before and it’s still going strong so I know the brand is a good one. The brush looks like it would do a great job of adding lift and volume but I’ve got so many mascaras in my make up drawer already that my heart sank when I saw yet another one. It will probably be Easter by the time I might get round to trying this product! Full size retails at £16.00, which isn’t too expensive, I guess.
What to say about this product? I’ve said it before, as have many other Birchbox subscribers, DRY SHAMPOO IS NOT A TREAT. Please stop putting dry shampoo in our boxes. In any case, I’ve only found one dry shampoo that doesn’t leave white powder in my dark(ish) brown hair and that’s a Batiste one, which I’m sticking with. Perhaps this sample that claims to clean, moisturise, strengthen, repair split ends, and enhance shine, might be suited to someone with lighter hair though. Full size retails at £20.00, which seems steep to me when compared to my trusty Batiste.
Did I like October’s box?
Sadly, no, this month’s Birchbox was a disappointment and I won’t be using any of the items. I’m so sad about this because I really wanted to love everything, especially as it’s all about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I realise that not everyone will feel this way, but this is my review and I want to be honest, there’s no point in me enthusing about products I’m not happy with. I’m just hoping that November’s box redeems itself – apparently it’s going to be curated by Vogue Beauty Editors so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
Do you subscribe to Birchbox? Did your October box leave you feeling good or not?