October 2012 Birchbox

Toward the end of September, Birchbox sent out an email which gave subscribers the chance to opt in to an October box curated by goop. Since most of the Birchbox collaboration boxes have been impressive, I opted in right away and impatiently waited for spoilers and my box.

Shipping took a while; I received my shipping notification at the last minute on the evening of October 10th, and didn’t receive my box until October 18th.

My box included:

  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
  • Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask
  • Lulu Organics Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder
  • Naked Princess Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss
  • Luna Bar

I’ve received the Lulu Organics dry shampoo in a previous box, and really enjoyed it. Though the scent doesn’t do much for me (I’m not a fan of sage), the powder itself works really well. I just have to be sure to work it into my hair, or it leaves behind the dreaded gray residue.

The Luna Bar in my box was Lemon Zest, and while it tasted okay at first bite there was a very odd aftertaste that put me off. Two bites and I was done. I’ve seen plenty of favorable reviews for the Lemon Zest flavor, so it may still be worth a try if you’re interested.

The Naked Princess lip gloss was the last item I tried, and I’m considering a full-size purchase. I received the shade ‘Barely Nude’, which is a peachy pink that worked well with my skin tone. The gloss is meant to subtly plump lips, but I didn’t notice any change… so it must be very subtle, indeed. I was most impressed with the texture; it stayed on my lips for quite a while, but wasn’t sticky like many long-wearing glosses can be.

I haven’t had a chance to try the Embryolisse lotion or the Karuna treatment mask, so a review for those will have to come later.

The value of this Birchbox is just under $14.

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