October Birchbox Unboxing 2015!

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Oct BB

Welcome back readers!  October’s Birchbox arrived over the weekend and the theme is Positive Force in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Birchbox has teamed up with The Estee Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to fund one year of breast cancer lab research hours.  Take a look at the samples I received for this month.

Ist BB

Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser 

A blue tinged cleanser that vaguely smells like Dove Soap (without the soap of course) and is infused with French thermal spring water.  Definitely geared towards oily skin as this thoroughly removes oil and deep cleans.

Davines LOVE Smoothing Shampoo and bonus sample LOVE Smoothing Conditioner 

I’m a fan of Davines’ products and these two are no exceptions.  Formulated with oilve oil and rice protein, the shampoo cleans without stripping hair and the thick conditioner helps calm frizz.  *Note: Personally, I have to alternate shampoos because there is an ingredient in here that over time makes my scalp and body itch but every time I use it, I love the results.

2nd BB

derma e Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask 

Activated charcoal is scoring brownie points in the skincare and health realms so I was anxious to try this.  It has apricot seed powder to exfoliate along with kaolin and bentonite clays to absorb oil and help decongest the skin.  This crazy SoCal weather is causing me to breakout a bit so I’m testing to see if this will help clear it up.

Eyeko Black Magic Mascara 

One of the sample choices this month, this is a water-resistant mascara that is long-lasting, curls and adds volume.  I have yet to test this out but it sounds promising.

Penhaligon’s Juniper Sling Eau de Toilette 

The sample perfume has notes of juniper, cardamom, soft leather, black cherry and amber.  I cannot stomach the scent of juniper, so this sample will be given away.

Fragrance sample aside, I thought this box was good.  Not my favorite but still worth it.

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Skin Tip: Fatty Alcohols!

It’s Friday which means my weekly skin tip!

Stearyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol are known as fatty alcohols that can function as humectants, drawing water to the skin, providing a soft and smooth appearance in the skin.

Thanks so much for reading and please tune in everyday next week starting Monday as I will have a special post up.

Have a good weekend,