For the Birchbox October 2016 box, Birchbox have given their new drawer style boxes an astrological twist with the boxes being adapted to each subscriber’s star sign, and I got the Water box to reflect my Cancerian star sign which is a cute touch, and the lid of the box has glow in the dark stars. There are four elements; Water, Air, Fire and Earth which the twelve astrological signs are grouped into. I’m not personally into the whole star sign/horoscope thing, but if you are, I think you’ll like the box theme this month.
The first item in the box is a 35ml sample size of the super hyped Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray worth £4.55, and this size is ideal to be able to try it if you haven’t already. I have tried it myself a couple of times and I do really like it, but I don’t personally feel that it’s worth the hefty £39 price tag however this mini size is great for throwing in your handbag. The next item is a miniature size of the Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in the shade Intimacy which is a browny pink shade. I’m not thrilled about another Lord & Berry product as Birchbox have included the brand a few times now and it gets a little repetitive but this shade looks like a suit-all shade so I think everyone would be happy to use this pencil.
Then we have a 50ml size of the Doux Me Pure Spring Mist which is one of Birchbox’s ‘exclusive brands’ and is a simple water spray, which claims to refresh, sooth and hydrate but it just contains water so I’m unsure if it would offer any hydration but I do like using water sprays like this for spritzing my beauty sponges for extra radiance. The next item in the box is the Rituals Hammam Body Mud 70ml which is packed with mineral-rich Rhassoul clay and refreshing eucalyptus to smooth the skin.
The next item is a miniature size of the Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil which is another Birchbox exclusive brand. The last item is a Birchbox Brow Brush, but I really wish Birchbox wouldn’t use their ‘exclusive brands’ as often as they do as there are three items out of six in this month’s box which isn’t great to be honest. I don’t think this month’s box is a bad box by any means, but I really do wish they’d limit their exclusive brand’s products to one per box if any at all and I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like this from the feedback I’ve had. I’m hoping that the November and December editions are going to be great, as beauty box brands usually create their best boxes over the festive season so we’ll have to cross our fingers..