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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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