Birchbox October 2017: Behind the Scenes Beauty

This month’s Birchbox theme centers around behind the scenes beauty, and features beauty’s secret weapons. I’m a little disappointed at the theme – one, what does that even mean?? And two, October is the perfect time for something bold and fun in the spirits of Halloween. But that’s just me – Birchbox has to appeal to me the masses, and not everyone wears bold makeup often.

The OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil gets a glowing review because I picked it as my Sample Choice this month. Fun fact: I used to think Ouai was pronounced oo-why instead of way. (On a slightly different tangent, I thought Quay was pronounces as kway instead of key.) Ouai’s Rose Hair & Body Oil is lighter in texture and smells heavenly – just like fresh roses! It’s a little less expensive than the Bumble and Bumble Invisible Oil serum I’m currently using, too.

Last month’s box included the Amika Un.Done texture spray that can double as a dry shampoo, and this month they sent me the Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo. Is Birchbox telling me off about my hair greasy or what? (Considering that I wash my hair every 5 – 7 days: probably.) I don’t care for Oribe (said only me, ever), even though they’re one of those cult brands in the beauty community. I don’t use dry shampoo often – I probably should, but I just don’t care so I throw it up in a bun when it gets gross. I’ll save this for those lazy days.

I’m running low on my current serum, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the Avene Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum in here. Sadly, I don’t like it – the fragrance is strong, and fragrances in skincare really turn me off. I’m going to (begrudgingly) power through this anyway since it’s okay sans the scent.

birchbox october 2017 reviewSwatches L – R: Lipstick Queen Lipliner in Nude, The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Liquid Highlighter

Highkey disappointed in the Lipstick Queen Lipliner in Nude because it was one of my sample choices and I DIDN’T PICK IT FOR A REASON. Despite doing lip art and bold makeup over on Instagram, I don’t actually wear a lot of makeup outside, and especially not lipstick. Nude doesn’t really seem all that nude on my lips at least, but I’ll give it a try eventually. Who knows, maybe it’ll actually come in handy for lip art?

I almost got offended at the The Beauty Crop Glow Milk Liquid Highlighter because I thought it was a nail polish at first, and I’m not going to wear a shimmery champagne on my nails. Then I realized it’s actually a liquid highlighter! Liquid and cream products are my JAM lately since they’re so travel-friendly and easy to use. The shade is basic and isn’t as unique as I’d prefer. Either way, I can use it every day to mix in my moisturizer or tap on my cheekbones for a pretty glow.

Have you tried these products, or anything similar?


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  • You crazy for not liking that Lipstick Queen sample! LOL! I love lipstick and can’t be without one so that would have made me happy. LOL! This is a pretty good month though, love the mixture of products.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • HAHA I dunno, maybe wearing lipstick is like first wearing makeup, where it feels weird and heavy? And then you just get used to it after a while. I think my getting used to phase never came, haha! So I just prefer bare lips or lip balm or tinted lip balm – it has to be something that I can eat greasy food with, and will look okay or fade afterwards!

  • I haven’t tried any of these, but I would go crazy over the Glow Milk highlighter. Even if I don’t use makeup, but that bottle is so damn cute! But I would like to try that dry shampoo. I’m looking other brands now, since I have been using same one for a long time now.

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner

    • isn’t it?! the little illustrations on the cap is like the cherry on top. i’ve heard batiste is a cult favorite that isn’t too expensive for dry shampoo. though i feel like everyone’s used it at least once, so i wouldn’t be surprised if you did, too!

  • that highlighter is very intriguing. i’ve been contemplating splurging and getting one of these boxes, i get fabfitfun and love it! have you been happy with them?

    love, rach.
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  • That highlighter is pretty! And it totally looks like a nail polish and I would have been offended to! And yes this is the perfect month for bold things and they should have themes it better even though not everyone wants bold makeup

    • the highlighter reminds me a little bit of the coverfx illuminating drops, though this one is a lot less metallic. maybe it’s just because i’m so used to bold makeup being “natural,” hahaha.

  • Ohh I’ve heard a lot about the Oribe dry shampoo!! Hopefully it’s good!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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    Great post dear
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  • The colour definitely does not look nude at all! More of a terracotta brown but i’d be lying if i said i didnt like the colour. Fab photos <3

    Abigail Alice x

  • Sam

    I thought quay was pronounced kway as well, and when I saw desi perkins’ video on her sunglasses from there and she kept saying “key” in my head I was like what. what are you saying. I think it took me 15 minutes out of the 20 minute video to figure it out lol. eh, sad you didn’t like the avene, I feel like I always hear glowing reviews about every single product from them!

  • The rose hair and body oil sounds lovely. I bet it smells amazing.

  • Aww but that Lipstick Queen lipliner is in such a pretty shade! I can see why you’d be annoyed though, I would be too if I ended up with a product that I don’t really wear regularly. I’m a big fan of the Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Serum and was going to repurchase it during the Sephora VIB sale, but now I think I might give the OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil a try instead! Thanks for sharing!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  • Yiotou_La

    The highlighter looks like a nail polish, I own one from W7 and it has exactly the same packaging, I thought it was a nail polish but it’s a beautiful highlighter that gives a nice glow to my skin! x


  • Hahaa I also thought Ouai was pronounced Ou ai as well… So much for sophistication. I haven’t tried anything from them simply because it’s so damn pricey! Everyone swears by it though??? I’m on a no-spend on makeup for the rest of the year because I need to get through my current stash!

    Cherie ✿

  • The dry shampoo sounds like such a promising product! I wash my hair everyday but I tend to just use shampoo or conditioner every other day xD

    cabin twenty-four

  • that ouai oil got me intrigued. sounds wonderful! i feel the same about oribe. i feel like they’re overhyped and i’m tired of the #ad here and there. then again most bloggers seem like people who have everything normal — normal hair, normal skin type — in which i’m not! XD that lipstick queen lipliner looks lovely though!