Birchbox Sample Box Review + Coupon – October 2018

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Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 shipping box

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 Sample Choice Box October 2018 box

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Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 all items

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

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 info theme

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

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 item info

Now on to the items!

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 davines spray

Davines Melu Hair Shield, 2.53 fl oz – Estimated Value $11.08 (buy an 8.45 oz. bottle for $37)

This Davines heat protectant spray was my sample choice this month. I chose it because I have really liked the Davines products I’ve tried in the past. This is a great product! The pump works well and the formula comes out in an even mist, and it made my hair very smooth and shiny after blow drying. Smells great, too.

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 sand & sky mask

Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment, 10 g – Estimated Value $4.29 (buy a 100ml tube for $42.90)

This is a new brand to me, but this mask is really nice! You apply it to moistened skin and let it sit, then exfoliate as you wash off with the gritty exfoliants in the formula. This made my skin very smooth and soft!

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 air repair serum

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

This product was perfect to include in my Birchbox this month. The weather has finally turned, for good this season, to the Michigan coldness and with it, my skin has turned so dry almost overnight. This serum is an extra boost of hydration under your moisturizer. I need it!

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 purlisse bb cream

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 purlisse bb cream back

Pūrlisse BB tinted moist cream SPF 30, .24 oz – Estimated Value $6 (buy a 1.4 0z. tube for $35)

Most products that have the word “glow” in the name are way too dark on my pale complexion, so I was surprised that this matched fairly well! It’s just a hair darker than what I prefer to wear in the Fall/Winter season (it’s just a day in the Summer sun away from being perfect). The formula is very nice, though – it has good coverage and a nice finish, and I love the SPF 30 in it. I’ll be wearing this until the sample runs out and my skin pales any further due to the winter cloudiness!

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 eyeko eyeliner

Eyeko London Skinny Liquid Eyeliner, black, .04 oz – Estimated Value $12.57 (buy a full-size for $22)

This sample is just over half the size of the full size. I love liquid liners! I can never get too many from subscription boxes because I love wearing winged liner. Eyeko makes a fantastic liquid liner pend! It has a felt tip for lots of control and is super opaque black, doesn’t budge once dry, and doesn’t bleed so you can get that perfect, defined liner.

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 swatches

Here’s the eyeliner swatched below the BB cream.

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 modeled

Birchbox Sample Choice Box October 2018 modeled 2

Here’s the eyeliner on – I loved how this one performed! Great formula, and easy to use.

Verdict: This month’s Birchbox was a winner for me! I really like every single product. The estimated value total adds up to $37.58 – an awesome 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: Check our Birchbox Coupon List to get the most up-to-date coupon!

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

  • Davines heat protector: $2.95
  • Sand & Sky mask: $1.14
  • Air Repair serum: $0.97
  • Purlisse BB Cream: $1.60
  • Eyeko eyeliner: $3.34

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

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

Posted in Beauty Subscription Boxes, Birchbox Reviews, Cheap Subscription Boxes, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: birchbox | 10 comments


  1. Haley, your face looks flawless. I like the Eyeko, too. It is easier to use than pencils for me.

  2. I wear Purlisse BB Cream in light – so I hope i get this too! Looove!!!!

  3. Haley- what lipstick are you wearing? I love the color. Thanks.

    • Thank you, coco! I’m wearing Tarte’s LipSurgence pencil in Serene 🙂

  4. I swear that eyeliner is in every subscription box lately or has ben for like a year now. Before it was MK makeup…

  5. I got a Purlisse sample of their BB cream. It was just called tinted moist. When I went to buy the full size they sent me the Perfect Glow. It was the same shade but different formula. I complained and now they are sending a replacement. I’m guessing I am getting another bottle of the Glow stuff that I can’t use.

  6. I 💕 eyeko liner. Got the skinny and the fat eyeliner.

  7. Eyeko should be banned.

    • Lol….Ditto

    • Banned from making black eyeliner.

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