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November 2017 Birchbox

november 2017 birchbox review

As the last installment of my Birchbox trial… I think you’ll know what I think since I’m saying it’s the last. I’ll go with reviewing/making first impressions on the products included like usual, and have my final thoughts at the end.

November 2017 Birchbox

The Briogeo Rosarco Blow Dry Perfection & Heat Protectant Creme was my sample choice this month, and I’m kind of upset at myself since I didn’t actually read what it was. I assumed (don’t assume things like I did) it was a conditioner and thought that it’d be perfect to take along with for my upcoming trip to Toronto. Either way, it’s kind of similar in that it gives a protective layer in your hair, so I’ll still be taking this with me. I’ve always had a good experience with Briogeo, so that’s a plus. It smells nice and fruity, too!

I’ve mentioned that I don’t really use eye creams, and I haven’t made even a small dent in the last one Birchbox sent me. I was kind of excited for the Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel-Cream though, since I’ve never heard of a gel formula for eye cream. This stung my eyes (to be fair, I’ve heard that most brands will not advise you to use this on your eyelid because it can get in your eye), so I think I’ll be avoiding this (because all the other eye creams I’ve tried don’t sting my eyes).

I don’t have any real initial thoughts about the Rene Furterer Karite Intense Nourishing Mask. It’s mostly because it’s a brand I haven’t heard of before. It smells pleasant though, and I think it could be a substitute for conditioner as well – yay for me!

As someone with a ton of lipsticks, the Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Driver’s Seat doesn’t really excite me. A regular consumer (that doesn’t own almost a million lipsticks) would probably be thrilled to see this, though – everyone seems to love Smashbox. I haven’t tried their liquid lipsticks before though, so this’ll be a good introduction to them. I just wish it wasn’t in such a basic (albiet safe) color that I probably already have a dupe for!

I’m gonna be super bitchy here: I’m *very* picky with fragrance, and I didn’t like the Tocca Emelia Eau de Parfum at all. When you fill out your beauty profile on Birchbox, they ask whether you’re okay with receiving fragrance samples. There’s a choice for “anytime” or “no more than 6 times per year.” If you have to ask that, it’s probably a good indication that most of them are… not okay with it? I’m disappointed that there isn’t even a survey for a preferred scent or note. Plus for this size, it’s something that you can easily get as a free sample. I’m docking major points for this since I’m kinda salty lol.

november 2017 birchbox

Final Thoughts

It’s safe to say that Birchbox isn’t for me. I’m pretty well-versed in cosmetics, so I already know what I like and dislike.  I’ve received a few things that I know for sure I wouldn’t use, and I’d like if there was an option to opt out of certain products entirely. Birchbox doesn’t cost a lot in the grand scheme of things, but I’d still rather put aside the money to spend it on something I know for sure I’ll love. And if I don’t, I always have the option of returning it!

Birchbox isn’t all that bad, though. It’d be great for someone who truly loves discovering new products, or if they’re just new to cosmetics in general. I’m reusing the cute boxes to store things in (they’ve been great for keeping my drawers organized and unaesthetically pleasing things out of sight) – but I can imagine it getting out of hand when they pile up.

What are your thoughts on Birchbox, or other subscription services? Are there any out there that you enjoy?

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