birchbox unboxing: november ’18

Keep in touch 

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As the holiday season officially kicks off, now is the time to get connected!

Birchbox has us connected in the beauty community with its monthly dose of goodies, but it’s also reminding us to stay connected with various aspects of our lives, like our jobs, our friends and family, our beauty routines and most importantly, ourselves.

Here’s what was inside my November Birchbox:

Davines | Alchemic Shampoo and Conditioner Silver 

As someone who never thought they’d be blonde, let alone an icy blonde, finding a half-decent purple shampoo & conditioner that won’t break the bank can be a challenge.

Among Davines shampoos and conditioners I’ve used, this is probably my favorite. It has an almost lavender scent to it that feels like a treat to my over-processed hair as it cleanse and restores balance.

The shampoo and conditioner are pure purple, which helps tone and clarify the brassiness of my locks. I like to tone my hair at least once a week, and I noticed an immediate difference after a one-time use with this duo, as you can see in the photo!  If I were to use this more frequently, I think I could achieve the icy blonde I struggle to maintain at home without frying my hair.

Even though the Drybar purple is my all-time favorite, this duo is definitely something to keep in mind for when I finish those gigantic bottles of Joico. Plus, these deluxe samples are the perfect size for traveling, so now I can bring them when I head to Iceland!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Dr. Jart+ | Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30

The miracle of tiger grass.

After falling in love with the Ceramidin Cream last month, I have been keeping an eye out for other products to try from Dr. Jart+. I’ve seen this little green jar at Sephora, have heard beauty bloggers claim this as one of their favorite products and have been inquisitive ever since.

This color-changing cream brightens dull skin and combats redness. At first I was skeptical because I wasn’t sure what exactly it was meant to do, but I was really impressed with it. It really made a world of difference when it came to my complexion, which has been struggling with the addition of sugar and not-so-healthy foods this season.

It has a medicinal smell and aesthetic and it’s just what the Doctor ordered. (Yes, I will make that joke any time I receive a product from this brand!)

Rating: 5 out of 5

Lise Watier | Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara

A unique wand can enhance your lash game.

Its tear-drop shaped wand coats each lash and allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of your baby lashes, while its ceramide-rich formula helps gives the illusion of fuller lashes.

If we’re being truthful, I wasn’t obsessed with the wand because I noticed that it forced my lashes to clump together. Even though it clumped and felt like it took an eternity to dry, I also noticed that there was minimal flaking and that it didn’t wear on my under-eye area like some other mascaras I’ve been wearing recently.

There isn’t anything to brag home about this mascara. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever used, but I don’t foresee myself running to buy this when I finish this tube.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Love of Color | Liquid Shimmer Shadow in Aurora

Don’t sleep on this beauty of an eyeshadow.

Wet-sheen eyeshadows aren’t a look I normally opt for because they’re so finicky to play with, but I was really impressed with this lilac purple shimmer. Buffing it out with an eyeshadow brush, it blends into a subtle shade that’s perfect for an everyday shade.

The only thing I didn’t love about it was when it blended, I noticed that it was collecting in bunches. It could have been because I didn’t blend quickly, but I still love the finish.

Even more impressively, once this shadow is set in place, it doesn’t move for the entire day. No primer is needed because it won’t crease or fade off. Also, I received TWO samples of this. I’m not sure if it was a goof on Birchbox’s end, but I’m not complaining!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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About sarah

26. writer. obsessed with makeup, traveling, nyr and sparkle.
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1 Response to birchbox unboxing: november ’18

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