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The theme of the October Birchbox is beauty buzz and 2013′s top products and trends are highlighted for you right in Birchbox Magazine. Birchbox Magazine also includes a cheatsheet with some of the latest industry buzzwords so you can be in the know and on top of your game. I love that Birchbox keeps you connected and shares useful beauty tips!
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer
Full size 0.34 fl oz, value: USD $14.00
POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer delivers a sheer wash of color and tons of shine, without the sticky feeling that other lip products can leave behind. This bold Flowering Fuchsia color makes quite a statement with its hot pink shade and bright, glossy finish. This product features vitamin E and jojoba oil which provides extreme moisture and I found the formula to be very lightweight.
Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask
Full size (1 face mask) 0.95 fl. oz, value: USD $7.00
These masks can look pretty scary when they’re worn, but the benefits to your skin are undeniable. Karuna Hydrating Treatment Masks contain Beauty Boost, a unique blend of natural antioxidants that work wonders on all skin types. Through the all-natural cloth, your pores can get maximum absorption so your face can recharge. After the 20 minute treatment, my skin looked flawless!
12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment
Sample size 1.5 oz., value: USD $4.75
I absolutely love detangling leave-in conditioner hair sprays! 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment make dry, parched hair disappear. The product features a combination of natural lipids and UV absorbers and fight damage caused by hair dyes, heat styling, and environmental wear and tear. The light scent smells so clean and this spray made combing and blow drying a breeze.
ChapStick® Hydration Lock
Full size 0.15 oz, value: USD $3.00
ChapStick is one of the most well-known lip balm brands around. The new Hydration Lock variety is clinically proven to hydrate lips for up to eight hours with its combination of antioxidant CoQ10 and vitamin E. After applying this vanilla-scented product, my lips felt softer and silkier. A $1.00 off ChapStick coupon was also included. Score!
Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum
Sample size 5ml, value: USD $4.44
For youthful looking skin, daily sunscreen is a must. Supergoop City Suncreen Serum is amazingly lightweight and contains moisturizing elements and a broad-spectrum SPF 30. This paraben and fragrance-free product is perfect for sensitive skin and it reverses the signs of premature aging. I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Total box value: USD $33.19!
- POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer – USD $14.00
- Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask – USD $7.00
- 12 Benefits™ Instant Healthy Hair Treatment – USD $4.75
- ChapStick® Hydration Lock – USD $3.00
- Supergoop!® City Sunscreen Serum – USD $4.44
Wow! Birchbox has been on a total hot streak lately. In my October shipment, I received three FULL SIZE beauty products (counting the Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask) and the total value of the box was more than three times the cost. My favorite item this month is the 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. I’m a sucker for a good leave-in conditioner and the spray will get plenty of use.
What did you receive in your October Birchbox? What was your favorite beauty product this month? Let me know!