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Birchbox Sample Box Review #2 + Coupon – October 2018

Neha Seelam
ByNeha SeelamOct 23, 2018 | 7 comments

Birchbox October 2018 Sample Box

Birchbox
3.7 overall rating
659 Ratings | 190 Reviews

Note from Liz: I’m so happy to introduce our newest reviewer to the MSA team! Welcome, Neha!

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 is a review of the Sample Choice box, which is $10 a month., box.

Birchbox October 2018 Front Card

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

Birchbox October 2018 Box With Products

About Birchbox

The Subscription Box: Birchbox

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

Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

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

Ships to: US, FranceSpain and the UK

Birchbox Sample Box October 2018 Review

This is our second Sample Box review – we wanted to give our readers a sense for different products that were available in this month’s sample box!

Birchbox October 2018 Greeting Card

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

Birchbox October 2018 Product List

Now on to the items!

Birchbox Malin+Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer

Malin_Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer Back

MALIN+GOETZ vitamin e face moisturizer, 0.5 fl oz – Estimated Value $6.25 (buy an 4 oz. bottle for $50)

This MALIN+GOETZ vitamin e face moisturizer has a really nice texture and a lovely scent of chamomile. It wasn’t too thick and I could feel it seeping into my skin immediately after I put it on. I read that vitamin E is a known antioxidant that helps to soothe and calm the skin. After a few hours my face still feels really soft and is less red than usual, so I think the intended impact of this moisturizer worked on my skin!

Winky Lux Strobing Balm Radiant Pink

Winky Lux Strobin Balm Radiant Pink

WinkyLux Highlighter Swatched

Winky Lux Strobing Balm Cream Highlighter, 10 g – Estimated Value $8.32 (buy a .11 oz pan for $16.00)

I was really excited to try this highlighter because I’ve only used dry-powder highlighters up until this point. The creamy texture made it really easy to spread, and I could just use the tips of my finger to apply it. I put the highlighter on the top of my cheekbones and under my brow line. I love the color, it adds a natural sheen to my skin and I would totally use it in the day or night.

Air Repair Hydrating Serum

Air Repair Hydrating Serum

Air Repair Protect + Prevent Hydrating Face Serum, .14 fl oz – Estimated Value $3.64 (buy a 1 oz. bottle for $26)

When I squeezed this on my hand the first thing I noticed was how good it smells! It’s a subtle scent that reminds me of clean laundry and the woods. The texture of the liquid is in between a liquid serum and a heavier lotion, so it spreads evenly without feeling sticky or oily afterward. My fingers feel smoothe, I think this will be really helpful for the winter season to throw in my purse when I’m on the go.

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Murad Clarifying Cleanser

Murad® Clarifying Cleanser, .24 oz – Estimated Value $6 (buy a 1.4 0z. tube for $35)

Even though I don’t typically battle with acne, this cleanser did leave my skin feeling a nice tingly clean afterward, which is a sensation I personally love. The primary ingredient in it that prevents acne is Salicylic Acid, which can be harsh, but the cleanser combats redness from that with black cohosh and green tea extract. I didn’t have any issues with redness today, and my face has felt clean all day!

The Kure Shampoo

The Kure Shampoo Ingredients

amika The Kure Repair Shampoo, .67 fl. oz – Estimated Value $1.47 (buy a full-size 10 oz for $22)

This shampoo was really thick and I was able to make a small amount go a long way (I’d anticipate I could get 3-4 uses in with this bottle) which is really nice with a sample size. The shampoo smells amazing – I have been enjoying the scent of my own hair throughout the day. This shampoo is reparative with cleansing oils, so it doesn’t have harsh chemicals, and I could definitely feel it- my hair was soft but clean after I washed it out.

Amika: The Kure Conditioner

Amika: The Kure Conditioner Back

amika The Kure Repair Conditioner, .5 fl. oz – Estimated Value $1.30 (buy a full-size 8.5 oz for $22)

Just like the shampoo – this conditioner is very viscous so I think I could get a lot of use out of the sample. It felt almost like a mask while I was wearing it, and I could tell there was some intense hydration happening while I was using it. After using the conditioner (and the shampoo above) I felt like my hair was extra soft today and smelled amazing.

Verdict: I really liked my Birchbox this month! There were a lot of skin & hair care items that felt like the perfect products for the onset of the dry, cold season ahead. The estimated value total adds up to $26.98 – a good value from a $10 sample box!

To Wrap Up: 

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? As of today, your first box could still be an October box, and items are chosen for you based on your profile and preferences. (Tip: Check the image on the sign-up page. The box design pictured is the first month you’ll receive.) You can’t pick the curated box as your first box, but you’ll be able to pick it every month moving forward.

COUPON: Use code FIRST15 to save 15% off your first Birchbox purchase and get free shipping on $50+ orders! (Not valid for subscriptions).

Value Breakdown: At $10 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • MALIN+GOETZ vitamin e moisturizer: $2.32
  • Winky Lux Strobing Balm Radiant Pink: $3.08
  • air repair Hydrating Serum: $1.35
  • Murad Acne Control: $2.22
  • amika: the kure repair shampoo: $0.54
  • amika: the kure repair conditioner: $0.48

Check out all of our Birchbox reviews and the Beauty Subscription Box Directory!

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

Birchbox ($15 per month) was one of the very first beauty subscription boxes—we’ve been reviewing it since 2012! Each month, subscribers get a new mix of 5 beauty samples, such as makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance items. Birchbox lets you choose whether you’d like a box of items picked just... read more.
Neha Seelam
Neha Seelam
If I'm not working or on a run, you'll find me searching high and low for delicious food and great books. I love a good beauty box and can never get enough socks!

Neha Seelam
Neha Seelam
If I'm not working or on a run, you'll find me searching high and low for delicious food and great books. I love a good beauty box and can never get enough socks!
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7 comments

Em

I think the air repair is the same that’s in the curated box for November? If so, I might have to grab one of those!

LB

Welcome! You’ve already won me over with the use of the word “viscous”, food, books and socks. 😉

Neha Seelam

How kind – thank you!

Jody

Welcome Neha. I received the serum too. I have been using this week and love it so far.

Neha Seelam

That’s awesome to hear – I’ve been loving mine 🙂

@callmeinge

Welcome, Neha!

Neha Seelam

Thank you 🙂

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