Birchbox – September 2013

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I received this box about a week ago but since I went on a road trip I haven’t been able to review it yet. So without further ado, here is my September Birchbox.

Birchbox - September 2013 - box

This box marks the three year anniversary of Birchbox as a company. It’s pretty cool that they’ve been around this long. The theme is “Heritage” and the enclosed card talks about the brands Birchbox works with and how each of them has their own unique history. Highlighted is the brand Ruffian, which is this month’s collaborator. Every box this month contains one of their nail polishes.

Birchbox - September 2013 - content

1. amika Blow Up Spray

Sample size: 2 fl oz, $6 value
Full size: 8 fl oz, $24

“The lightweight spray performs a variety of functions, protecting, nourishing, smoothing, and volumizing hair. We apply it to damp strands before blow-drying to provide heat protection, texture, and lift.”

I’m a huge fan of products that promise more volume although I have to admit that I’m usually too lazy to deal with applying them. In addition, most of them just don’t seem to do much.

The amika Blow Up Spray (or Bombshell Blowout Spray as it’s called on the sample) promises to be volumizing in addition to being nourishing and protecting from heat damage. Sounds like a one-stop-shop which is great when you don’t feel like applying a ton of different products (like me).

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I really like amika products so I’m very excited to give this product a try. The sample size is generous so I should get a lot of use out of it.

2. Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Sample size: 2 x 3 ml, $5.80 value
Full size: 15 ml, $14.50

“Originally created for new mothers facing sore nipples from breastfeeding, Dr. Lipp’s ultra hydrating, healing formula later gained a rep as the ultimate lip gloss, primer and multipurpose balm among savvy London makeup artists.”

When I saw this product in my Birchbox I gave it a try straight away but, unfortunately, I was not impressed. This lip balm has the consistency of Vaseline. It reminds me a lot of Carmex in that respect. For me personally it’s just too greasy and heavy. I actually have the feeling that lip balms like these do the opposite of what they promise. I always wake up the next day with my lips way more dry and chapped than the day before.

However, I like the size of this sample. It’s a very small tube so it’s perfect for traveling. For some reason I ended up with two tubes in my Birchbox but I won’t complain. If anyone really loves this product let me know and we can do a switch of the one I got extra.

3. Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+

Sample Size: 0.17 fl oz, $4.42 value
Full size: 1.5 fl oz, $39

“A moisturizer, sunscreen, and treatment serum all-in-one, this tinted BB cream even helps hide imperfections—so there’s no need for foundation or cover-up.”

I received Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25+ in another Birchbox about a year ago and thought it was pretty good. I like that this one has a higher SPF and promises good coverage. The sample size is large enough that I will be able to get a few uses out of it.

4. Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

Sample size: 0.13 fl oz, $10.76 value
Full Size: 0.29 fl oz, $24

“Designed for after-hours seduction to create drama, volume and curl to visibly transform and intensify your lashes. Using a unique parables-free formula blending Keratin and Shea Butter with a water-resistant carbon black finish.”

At the moment I swear by Too Faced’s Size Queen mascara so I’m not really in the market for a different one. However, I like that this mascara is water-proof. I just wish that I received it a few months earlier when I was still visiting the pool regularly. I think the packaging is really cute and unique. This is another one of those samples that will be just perfect for traveling.

5. RUFFIAN Nail Lacquer

Shade: Hedge Fund
Full Size: 0.17 fl oz, $10

When it comes to nail polishes I like to stick with classic shades – neutrals, reds, purples. If I feel sassy I may go for a metallic. So this shade, Hedge Fund – a metallic green, is not something that I would usually go for. But trying something new is what subscription boxes are all about. I think this shade is great for the fall so I will give it a shot once the weather gets cooler.

The value of this box came in at just over $35 which is crazy good. Although I don’t care that much about the nail polish color or the lip balm I’m very happy with the amika Blow Up Spray and the Eyeko Black Magic Mascara. All in all I think that this was a really good box.

What did you think of your Birchbox this month?


  1. Wow. I gave up on Birchbox over a year ago, but this one looks fabulous. I would use every single one of these samples!!!

    1. I heard that they didn’t used to be as good but they really stepped up their game. I’ve been a subscriber for a year now and although there have been a few duds I’ve been mostly happy with my boxes. Maybe it’s worth considering resubscribing 🙂

      1. Ahhh…don’t tempt me! I have a full beauty subscription box review coming out soon(-ish). Keep up the Birchbox posts and depending on the contents of the upcoming boxes I may try again…

        Love your blog! Can’t wait to read more!

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