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October 22, 2012

October Birchbox: theBalm, LiQWd, Harvey Prince

This month, Birchbox let us choose between a "Goop" box and a regular box. I didn't choose because I was unsure which I would wind up liking more. I was given the regular box which contained products dedicated to "transformations" or changes in beauty.

What came in my box

Harvey Prince Eau Flirt
Full size $55-98
My sample size: Not sure of exact size

This flirtatious scent pairs pumpkin with lavender, two scents that positively stimulate men. Other notes include citrus, freesia, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
My thoughts: Yep, another fragrance sample. Luckily, I happen to like the scent. I don't pick up on the pumpkin very well, but I can detect the lavender, freesia, and cinnamon. I'm not sure if I like it enough to buy it yet.

LiQWd SiLK Professional Deep Conditioning Treatment
Full size $24 (120 ml)
My sample size: 7 ml

This conditioning treatment contains quinoa proteins to make hair moisturized, nourished, and tangle-free. You apply the treatment once a week to clean, wet hair. Comb and let sit for 5-15 minutes, then rinse out.
My thoughts: This brand seems familiar (sarcasm)! More on that later. As for the product, I haven't tried it yet. Since the sample is only enough for one use, I won't really be able to tell how well it works. It's doubtful I'll buy this based on one use.

LiQWd The Perfect Wave
Full size $22 (150 ml)
My sample size: 7 ml

A texturizer that gives you tousled beach hair. The formula is lightweight, but it volumizes and creates body while fighting frizz. To use, you apply a dime-sized amount through clean hair and scrunch.
My thoughts: I used this once already. It made my hair look a little stringy. Again, there isn't enough in this sample to determine if I like it or not.

Mox Botanicals Pomegranate & Fig Lip Butter
Full size $16 (0.2 oz)
My sample size: 0.1 oz

A lip balm from Oregon made with shea butter, jojoba, and other natural ingredients. It doesn't contain parabens, chemical preservatives, or harmful additives.
My thoughts: While I don't care for balms in a jar like this, I like that this lip butter makes my lips soft and smooth. The scent is very pleasant. This sample size is big enough that I will be able to use it for awhile. So far I like it a lot.

theBalm Cosmetics Mary-Lou Manizer  
Full size $24 (8.5 g)
My sample size: 1.0 g

A three-in-one luminizing powder that can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow, or all over shimmer.
My thoughts: I love it! This is the cutest sample I've ever received and I really like the powder. I see a purchase in my future and also more purchases from this brand.

Mighty Leaf Tea Assorted Teas
Box of 15 $9.95
My sample size: 3 pouches (Green Tea Tropical, Organic African Nectar, Organic Earl Grey)

Whole leaf blends that come in a biodegradable pouch and made with natural ingredients. Each pouch is labeled with caffeine content and brewing time.
My thoughts: I drink tea every once in awhile, but I usually don't branch out with my selections. Since cold weather is on it's way, I can give these a taste. I normally don't like food/drink items in my box but this is an extra I don't mind.

Overall thoughts:
On a scale of 1-10, I'd rate this box a 6. My favorite products are the luminizing powder and the lip butter. I'm really happy I got both of those. On the other hand, I wasn't thrilled with getting the two hair samples. Don't get me wrong, I love trying new hair products, but I had two samples from the same company in my last box. On top of that, the size of these samples aren't big enough for me to fully test. Also, I am getting tired of the fragrance samples already! I can get fragrance samples anywhere; I really want samples of other products that are harder to find.
I like this month's box regardless of its shortcomings. We'll see what next month brings!

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Disclaimer: This is not a paid or sponsored review. The box was purchased by me and all opinions are my own. A referral link was used. An affiliate link was used.
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