Unboxing and first impressions
My November Birchbox finally arrived this week. I chose the curated box (which is rare because I like being surprised), but I really wanted to try the Smashbox liquid lip, Laqa & Co blush/highlighter, and Marcelle eye cream.
The Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lip in Driver’s Seat is described as a Warm Pink. However, it’s darker and more orange than I had expected. I don’t really like the color on me, but I’m still glad I could try the formula. It’s highly pigmented, long-lasting, and dries down quickly. The pointed doe foot applicator has a pocket in the center so you have enough product and don’t have to double-dip.
Laqa & Co is one of my favorite niche brands that I discovered through Birchbox years ago; I love their Lip Lubes and Avocado Lip Butters. The Laqa & Co B’Lighter in Peacher’s Daughter is interesting because it acts as a blush and highlight in one. You can see how reflective this product is when the light hits it, but the peach tint shows up as well. The texture is creamy and easy to blend as well, but on my skin tone, it’s almost too dark/pigmented for a highlight and too glowy for a blush.
The Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel-Cream has a super lightweight texture that sinks right into the skin. It’s hydrating but doesn’t make my concealer crease thankfully. The cucumber extract helps with puffiness and vitamin C corrects wrinkles and brightening. I’ve only used it twice, so I can’t say much about those claims yet.
From the left: eye cream, body butter, and hair product
I’ve received the Juara Candlenut Body Cream before and love how thick and moisturizing it is. The scent is sweet and warm which is perfect for winter. Sadly, this sample is tiny and only lasted two uses.
My last item is the Living Proof T.B.D. Multi-tasking Styler. I had been wanting to try this and really appreciate the generous sample size. On wet hair, it is supposed to tame and smooth. On dry hair, it adds definition and, in my experience, helps with frizz as well. It also provides heat protection, so this really is a multi-tasker.
Overall I’m happy with this month and look forward to December’s box. If you’ve been wanting to try Birchbox, you can subscribe through my link and receive a free eyelash curler! If you’re already a subscriber, let me know what you received this month in a comment!