18 October 2016

October Birchbox UK Review

October Birchbox UK Review


October is in full swing and Birchbox subscribers are receiving their beauty boxes nationwide. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with subscription boxes in 2016, but the October box has impressed me so much in both design and products included, that I just had to share my box with you all.

For October Birchbox have teamed up with world renowned Astrologist, Susan Miller, incorporating subscriber star signs with beautifully designed boxes. There are four different box designs on offer this month, each corresponding to your own personal star sign with the most beautiful display of starry skies each with a different colour theme.

October Birchbox UK Review

The emerald green box corresponds to Earth signs; Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, the deep amethyst box corresponds to Air signs; Gemini, Libra and Aquarius, whilst the fiery orange box corresponds to Fire signs; Aries, Leo and Sagittarius and my own box, a stunning blue array, corresponds to Water signs; Scorpio, Pisces and my own star sign, Cancer. Presented in my favourite way to receive Birchbox boxes, instead of pulling the top lid off of the box, it opens up like a drawer, which makes it really handy for using as storage later!

So what’s inside this month’s box that has left me so smitten? The selection of products inside my October box is great, I’m really happy with all the products included and think there is a great offering of brands and products inside.

October Birchbox UK Review
October Birchbox UK Review

First up, skincare, with a 50ml offering of Doux Me Pure Spring WaterSpray, a Birchbox exclusive no less. The full size will set you back £16, but this handy travel size is great for popping in your handbag for on-the-go. It works to soothe and hydrate skin and is a product I’d turn to more in spring and summer on a hot day, but one I’ll be happily popping to one side for our first family holiday.

Body care is covered with a sample of Rituals Hammam Body Mud, with the full size costing £14. I’m a big, big fan of Rituals and have tried a few of their body care products over the years, always happy with the products on offer and yet to be disappointed. The Hamman Body Mud, inspired by traditional stream rituals of the East, is a purifying mud mask for your body using mineral-rich Rhassoul Clay and refreshing Eucalyptus. Together they work together to purify and smooth skin. It smells amazing, but has quite a twang to it so may not be for those who are pickier with scents. I think it’ll be a perfect pampering treat on a cold autumn night, can’t wait to give it a try!

There’s two products covering makeup and both are full size, which is always nice to see. There’s a Birchbox own product – and the second Birchbox exclusive in the box -, in the form of the Birchbox Eyebrow Brush. These are always handy to have around, although I do tend to prefer the more rounded eyebrow brushes, but a good tool to have in your makeup stash none-the-less and at £1.99, it’s a bit of a beauty bargain.

The second makeup product inside the October box is a full size Lord &Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in the lovely warm nude with berry undertones, Intimacy. I quite like Lord & Berry products and have always been impressed by their lip product range. I’m also smitten with lip crayons, so I’m really happy to have this included in the box, especially as the shade is just perfect for autumn. At £12, it’s a great full size product to feature in the box and one I am sure will go down well with Birchbox subscribers!

The final two products in the October box are both hair care products, from some pretty popular brands and products I think are going to be the star products for many subscribers this month. The most exciting product is the hugely coveted OribeDry Texturizing Spray, which comes in the form of a handy travel size – the full size costs £19. Hailed as the holy grail texturizing spray, it offers the benefits of a dry shampoo and a texturiser all in one. If you’re a fan of Oribe, keep an eye out – as I have a review of a couple of their fabulous products coming up soon!

A sample of Number 4 Fluoro5 ElixerRestore & Repair Oil marks the final product inside the October Birchbox, with an adorable little sample size; the full size costs £18. I adore Number 4 haircare products so I was delighted to see a sample of a product I am yet to try in this month’s box, even more so as I am a big fan of hair oils for taming and treating my lacklustre hair. This particular oil aims to nourish dull hair, leaving a healthy looking shine and easier to manage hair.

The October box has the wow factor for me and it’s rekindled my love for beauty boxes. Is it enough to make you subscribe to BirchboxUK?


All products available on the Birchbox UK shop.

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4 comments

  1. i think the only product I would enjoy out of the box would have been the lip crayon. I've cancelled all of my subscriptions as I didnt feel they were good enough value for money.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. The Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick is so lovely! Sad to hear you find subscription boxes disappointing but hopefully you can spend your money on some beauty goodies you really want to try! xo

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  2. The astrology theme is such a cute idea! There are some really sweet items, I especially love the sound of the lip crayon and am a big fan of Rituals products, they smell so good :D xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    P.S I wondered, would you like to enter my special Too Faced Gingerbread palette giveaway? You will be so very welcome!

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    1. Isn't it just? I don't think I've seen another beauty box do an astrology theme either. Ritual products definitely smell amazing, and always such great quality too xo

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