October 13, 2011

October 2011 Birchbox - shipment #2

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This is my husband's October 2011 Birchbox shipment. If you want to see my shipment, click here.

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October 2011 Birchbox
My husband's Birchbox beauty profile was set to Adventurous.

The Included Info Card:

  • Value of October's Birchbox Shipment: $54.51 (value is approximate)
  • Total # of Items Received: 5
  • # of makeup items: 1
  • # of nail items: 0
  • # of skin care items: 1
  • # of body care items: 1
  • # of hair care items: 1
  • # of fragrance: 0
  • # of other items: 1

Now I'll break it down, product-by-product...

ANASTASIA Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
  • DESCRIPTION ON INFO CARD: Groomed brows take your look from pretty to polished. This clear brow gel keeps hairs perfectly in place without any flaking or stickiness.
  • MY THOUGHTS: I already have a sample of this brow gel (a smaller sample), but I have yet to use it. I do like to use clear brow gel. I remember using clear mascara back when I was in middle school, way before they even had an actual clear brow gel product. I've also used clear brow gel to tame fly-aways when I have up-do's. 
  • FULL SIZE: 0.28 oz @ $21
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: 0.085 oz
  • VALUE: $6.38


 NUMBER 4 HAIR Lumiere D'hiver Reconstructing Masque
  • DESCRIPTION ON INFO CARD: This rich treatment does more than hydrate -- soy proteins strengthen strands from the inside, while light-reflecting polymers add major gloss.
  • MY THOUGHTS: I've never heard of this brand, but I'm always interested in trying out hair masques. The scent is nice; it reminds me of something but I can't figure it out. The texture of the masque is nice too. I'll have to give this a try soon.
  • FULL SIZE: 5.1 oz @ $58
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: 1.5 oz
  • VALUE: $17.06

 AHAVA Mineral Foot Cream
  • DESCRIPTION ON INFO CARD: After all those ouchy hours in high heels, our feet deserve a treat -- like this hydrating cream, which has natural avocado and jojoba oils to soften and soothe.
  • MY THOUGHTS: I recently fell in love with another foot cream (Philosophy Soul Owner), but I can always add this to my nail supply shelf and use it on others when I do pedicures.
  • FULL SIZE: 3.4 oz @ $19
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: 1.3 oz
  • VALUE: $7.25

SUNDAY RILEY MODERN SKINCARE Juno Transformative Lipid Serum
  • DESCRIPTION ON INFO CARD: Celebs and models swear by this luxe cocktail of 13 essential oils, which absorbs instantly to replenish, firm, and protect skin.
  • MY THOUGHTS: This is another skincare item to add to my "try in the future" list. It's not something I'm jumping at the chance to add in right at this moment, but it is something I would like to try in the future.
  • FULL SIZE: 30 ml @ $125
  • VALUE: $20.83

TEA FORTE Minteas - Results - Matcha Chai
  • DESCRIPTION ON INFO CARD: Our new obsession, these tasty mints are infused with energizing yerba mate and rich cocoa.
  • MY THOUGHTS: This is a Birchbox "Extra". These mints aren't something that interests me, or something I would ever buy on their own. Maybe if I had gotten the Ginger Pear or Lime Mojito I would have given them a try or been more interested. I'll have to find someone who will want these.
  • FULL SIZE: this is a full-sized product
  • SIZE I RECEIVED: full sized
  • VALUE: $2.99

Unless I did my math wrong, this box has the highest value yet, totaling in at $54.51! This is a huge surprise considering last month's box was such a let down with the value you received. Again, also happy this box had no fragrance samples! Yay!

I am really happy with everything, overall, except the mints. That's the one thing I could care less about, but everything else is something I will use at some point or another.

I'm not sure if I like my husband's October shipment better or my shipment better. His shipment is valued way higher (although I have no clue of the value on that face mask in my shipment), but value isn't everything. Both shipments had one item I didn't like (the mints from his shipment and the laundry detergent from my shipment). Both shipments had items I already had (the Anastasia Clear Brow Gel from his shipment, and the Laura Geller Tinted Spackle from my shipment). They each had a skincare and a hair care item I want to try. It's really hard to decide between the two. If you had to buy just one, my shipment or my husband's shipment, which would you prefer?

Let me know what you think...
Did you receive a Birchbox shipment this month? If so, what are your thoughts on your box box? Discuss in the comments below.


  1. Your husband's box is what I actually received. After 3 months of disappointing boxes with teeny tiny samples, I was very happy with receiving this box, since it had good sized samples. I have to say, that I was really hoping for the one you got, but I was just ecstatic to get items I would use for once.

  2. Both boxes are great! I would Love to have gotten some of your stuff especially the foot cream! I also got the mints but I got the Lime ones. Have yet to try them though! =)


  3. I recieved the Ahava foot cream in my box this month and I LOVE it! I also got a sample size of Blinc mascarra, still forming an opion on it. Can't remember the names of the other things i recieved-at work right now, but i was pleased with my box this month. i also got some organic facial scrub that i like, some hair gel i don't like, and some lash paper things.

  4. ugh I like his box better than mine too... mannnnn lol I need a box that will WOW me and after 3 months it hasn't happened. hopefully month 4 will be it!

  5. I want mine to hurry up but I really hope I don't get the hair masque...I got it before and didn't like it at all!

  6. Your math is correct. I got the exact same items. My setting is low maintance. It's $50 buck worth of fun stuff. I can't wait to use all the products!

  7. I got the Lime Mojito is delicious that's the one I got!!

  8. I got box 14 which i love. The only thing I didnt like was the mints. I got the Lime Mojito flavor. I did not care for them.

  9. I really like the hair mask, but I heard that it makes some people's hair flat and oily.


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