The Birchbox October 2014 box is an awesome collaboration with breast cancer charity CoppaFeel, so think pretty and pink for the contents! There are 5 products included alongside a couple of Birchbox ‘lifestyle’ items.
The October 2014 Birchbox is definitely one of the brand’s better boxes, with a decent selection of well-sized products spanning both skincare and make-up as well as hair care. Here’s a look at the contents in order of my favourites:
Starting with the Shea Butter Lip Balm from Pixi which is one of my all-time favourite tinted lipbalms as it’s so incredibly versatile. A quick application provides a sheer hint of colour, but it can built up to serious pigment that leaves lips looking almost like they’re wearing gloss, so it’s great and well-priced product from a brand I love. I got the Ripe Raspberry shade which is great as I have a few of these, but not this particular shade. It’s £8.
Next is the Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm which is a welcome addition for me as I’m really into cleansing balms at the moment. I used to be the type who hated wash-off cleansers, but now I don’t feel like I’ve done my full skincare routine without using one, however, my skin is very dehydrated so it needs cleansers that are gentle and kind to skin, which is apparently what this one from Balance Me is. The included sample is a relatively decent 40ml and full sized this is £20.
I’m intrigued by the Meaningful Beauty Glowing Serum which is a collaborative effort from skincare giant Dr Sebagh and model Cindy Crawford. This is an anti-ageing serum that’s quite thick for a serum – more of a gel – and it smells lovely! Full sized this is £30.95, so not too bad, and we’ve got a 8ml sample, which sounds small, but for something like a serum where you only need 1 pump, this should be enough to give you an idea of whether it’s for you or not.
The Shaveworks The Cool Fix sounds like an interesting product, albeit not one I can see myself getting much use from. It’s a post-shave gel that soothes razor burn and all the associated issues and I like the look of it too. I don’t to get razor burn, but if you do then I can see this proving to be a handy inclusion. The sample is 29ml and full-sized this costs £11.
Last we have the KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Creme. I was quite excited by this inclusion as I love KMS, but going by the blurb that states it’s designed to smooth curls, waves and frizz, I’m not sure I’ll get any use out of this as my hair doesn’t fit into those categories; at worst it’s flyaway, and I feel this product sounds like it’d be too heavy for my hair type. The sample is a very decent 50ml and full-sized this costs £15.50.
The lifestyle items are rather cute; a Birchbox lipstick pen which is, as the name suggests, a pen in the shape of a lipstick, and a rather lovely mini Birchbox make-up bag that I like very much and it’s the perfect size for putting together some day-trip beauty essentials. All-in-all, not a bad month at all! The Birchbox October 2014 box is available now from here – link.