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Birchbox Curated Box Review + Coupon – October 2016

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Every month, Birchbox lets subscribers pick between a curated box (all samples revealed) or a single sample choice and be surprised by the rest of the items. This review is of the curated box.


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The Subscription Box: Birchbox

The Cost: $10 a month (get one month free and $10 to spend in the shop with an annual subscription!)

COUPON: Use coupon code SMASHDUO to get aFREE Smashbox Photo Finish Primer and X-Rated Mascara sample duo with your first month of a Birchbox subscription!

The Products: Beauty and lifestyle samples selected by the Birchbox team.

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

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Each box comes with a card detailing the items included and some tips on how to use them.


Now onto the items!


GLAMGLOW® POWERMUD™ Dualcleanse Treatment – .5 oz Value $20.25

Glamglow! This is one of those brands I recommend to all my friends (and I’m always happy to see it in a subscription box).

One thing I like about Glamglow masks is that they dry and tighten as you wear them. (I love a beauty product that lets me know it is working!) This one took about 10 minutes to dry, and when I washed it off, my skin felt so incredibly clean and ready to absorb skincare products!


Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Cream RICH – .5 oz Value $11.85

This cream is exactly what I expected from Avene – super hydrating! (I love their water mists, too.) It’s a rich cream, but it absorbed quickly and was gentle on my skin.


This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – 5 ml Value $2



This is a spray for your pillow and sheets! It’s made with Lavender, Camomile, and Vetivert scents, and I really like the blend. (I have a lot of lavender scented oils thanks to subscription boxes, so it’s nice to have something that’s a little different.)


Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo – .9 oz Value $6.60

This does not give a gold sheen to your hair like I was secretly hoping it would, but it has all the hallmarks of the Oribe dry shampoo line. AKA, it makes your hair smell AMAZING, plus it does a great job at absorbing oil, too.


And even the cap is fab!


MAKE Silk Cream Lipstick in Magnolia – Value $2.50

(I can’t find a size listed on this sample, so I’m assuming it’s 1/10th of the size of the full-size version for value estimates.)


This lipstick lives up to its name – the formula is creamy and glides on well. The pigment is great, too. Here it is swatched:


The color is a little bold for me, but I was able to use just a little and blend it out for a more wearable color.

Verdict: This box has a value of about $43.20 – that’s great for a $10 beauty box. And I think that this is one of Birchbox’s best-curated boxes in a while. (Glamglow + Oribe in the same box? Yes, please!)

What do you think of the October Birchbox? Did you pick a curated box or a sample?

Written by Liz Cadman

Liz Cadman

Liz is the founder of My Subscription Addiction. She’s been hooked on subscription boxes since 2011 thanks to Birchbox, and she now subscribes to over 100 boxes. Her favorites include POPSUGAR Must Have, FabFitFun, and any box that features natural beauty products!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. Absolutely in love with the Make lipstick!! The magnolia color was perfect for me!! (Blonde hair, fair skin, green eyes) I’ve already planned to buy the full size!!

    • Hey! You’re a poet, and you don’t know it!! 😀

  2. The pillow spray is pungent; it’s like a yoga class in a spray. I found it soothing, my husband who has a sensitive nose slept in the guest room because it was “too stinky”

    The Make lipstick was ridiculously small and not a fall color.

    The glam glow was meh. I recently tried the caption Where pore which is two steps but I found more effective.

    • Caolion

  3. This is the best box I’ve had in awhile from BB. Glamglow and Oribe alone make it worth it! The pillow spray is nice, lipstick is a bad color for me, and can always use a cream. I was planning to drop BB but if the boxes are like this one, I’ll have to keep it.

    • I nearly cancelled, but this box has me holding on for another month. Not perfect, but better by far than what I’ve been receiving. 🙂

  4. I didn’t care for the pillow spray, it was a little too incense-y for my liking (although my cats were very interested in it!). I really enjoyed the GlamGlow. I’ve been a fan of their TingleExfoliate and SuperMud and wanted to try the DualCleanse, however the DualCleanse reviews seemed hit-or-miss. I actually ended up liking DualCleanse more than TingleExfoliate! I thought the lipstick was an odd shade, especially for fall, and it was also comically small. And Oribe is always great. Overall, I was really pleased this month.

  5. This was a great box. I got it with the mystery box deal too, paid about 6 bucks for both. The Glamglow smelled icky to me but my skin felt nice afterwards. I totally dig the pillow spray!!! I added a full size to ship with my November box. I haven’t used the Oribe yet but I’ve never been disappointed by them, and I haven’t tried the Avene either. The lipstick is a bad color for me.

    In my mystery box that came with this one, I got a Marcelle Golden Glow BB Cream (which I love, so yay), Milk Sunshine Oil (tiny sample but I liked it, gone already), Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara (need more mascara like a hole in the head BUT love this brand), Coola sunscreen (meh) and a Living Proof shampoo/conditioner packet combo (double meh). For a freebie, I was pretty happy with this too.

  6. Is this box still available for purchase?

    • I’m pretty sure this one sold out because they were doing the mystery box promo.

  7. Just wanting to know everyone else’s experience with the sleep spray. Didn’t care for the scent but I can live with that, but did anyone else have very vivid dreams that you swore that it actually happened in real life and wasn’t a dream? Happened to me the two times I tried it. The dreams were so real and felt like they avitally happened until I found out that they didnt. It was weird!

    • Sooooo weird you would post this! I thought I was losing my mind. 😳😳😳 The same thing happened to me!!!! I got up, made coffee, fed the cat and thought, did that happen? And then it happened again. I just thought I was stressed with moving and work. What is in that??!!!

  8. I loved this box as well and wished I had bought more!

    The scent of the spray was kinda strong for me, but that might just be me! It made it hard to go to sleep at first but I got use to it.

    • It was way too strong for me too! I had to change my pillow case so I could fall asleep haha!

  9. This was an awesome box! I ordered it with and added the ace mystery box and used a few points. Best $8.00 i’ve spent 😉

  10. It was a great box! My lipstick came completely melted and stuck to the lid but BB credited me $5 in points so that was pretty awesome!

    • Glad to hear a good customer care story! 🙂

      • My lipstick came melted as well and the cs rep sent me an entire new box! Great service and double GlamGlow!! I couldn’t be happier.

        • Double GlamGlow?!! Jackpot!!

        • I’ve always had amazing customer service with BB in the past 2+ years. They replaced an entire limited edition box for me once when a nail polish spilled inside the box. It was an expensive box and I was able to salvage almost everything except the polish but they still replaced the entire thing! Their response time is also great. My emails are answered within 1-2 days. Good customer service is extremely important to me!!

  11. I loved this box! Wish I would have been able to grab another 1 or 10 of them before they sold out.

    And the pillow spray is finally back in stock so I ordered that today! I love it so much 🙂

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