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Birchbox November 2015 Launches Love of Color, LOC

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Birchbox gives at least five beauty samples each month for $10. For every review I give, I get 10 points, which is equal to $1 in the shop. A five sample box like this one got me $5 back. I also shared my box on Facebook for an extra 10 points. That gave me a total of $6 back to redeem toward future purchases. You can read my detailed overview of the program for more information. Each month, you get a sample choice or you can select the guest editor box. For this box, I selected the LOC Lipstick in Glam Life.

This is the second of my two Birchbox Subscriptions. Box One was different.

I do like the box design this month. It’s not my favorite but everything beats the boring brown ones.

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The first thing you usually see when you open a Birchbox is a product card. It lists the items in the box and the price to purchase the full-size. Unless you choose to opt out for some reason, you will always get a sample choice. You can either select one item from a choice of 4-5 items or the guest editor box where you know all five in advance.

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The back of the card usually goes over the box theme.

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This month, the sample choice was between five items from the new Birchbox line of makeup, LOC: three Vibrant Matte Lipstick in First Kiss, Wildest Dreams, or Glam Life, and two Shadow Sticks in On Point or Impress Me. The guest editor box, GlamLifeGuru, included: Living Proof Perfect hair Day dry shampoo, LOC Tati One & Done Shadow Stick Day Trip, Shiseido Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate, jouer essential lip enhancer Conditioning Lip Treatment, and Avene Hydrance Hydrating Serum.

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My choice for this box was the 0.02oz LOC Vibrant Matte Lipstick in Glam Life. I love it. It retails for $8.

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This is the color Tati was wearing in the sneak peek video, and it is a beautiful berry for fall. The color builds making it great for day or night. It can become dark with a heavy application, but it is a perfectly suitable day time color with a very light hand. I love that this is pigmented and long-lasting.

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The bullet allows for easier application similar to a liner. It is thicker than liner though, so it will make a mess if your hand slips. A traditional bullet or even thinner stick may have been better. This is somewhat velvety, so it feels moisturizing. My only complaint is it bunches up a bit as it wears making it look a little patchy.

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The look above is of the lipstick, but it also includes theBalm® cosmetics Frat Boy® Blush/Shadow. I cannot find a size, but it is the same design and brand from this July Birchbox meaning this is probably 0.028oz. It is worth $1.96. This is such a beautiful pink. Like most powder blushes, it did not last long on my cheeks.

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The swatch is a pretty pink but it looks much more chalky than its beloved predecessor.

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The 0.05oz Harvey Prince Sincerely is worth $3.84. I’ve liked all the Harvey Prince scents I’ve sampled so far, so I will gladly try this one.

The 0.84oz Temple Spa La La Lagoon Aromatic Bath & Shower Gel is worth $3.02. That is a somewhat high value for a small liquid soap, so I look forward to seeing if it is worth the price.

The 0.5oz Obliphica Professional Seaberry Serum for fine to medium hair is worth $8.77. Products containing oil that direct me to massage them into scalp have not turned out well so far. As dry as my scalp is, I cannot handle the oily, my hair is dirty look putting things like this usually creates on my scalp. If by some miracle this goes smoothly on my scalp, I will report back. Of course, I can always use it from mid hair down if it does not go well.

The box has a $25.59 value. My personal value is also $25.59, because I will try everything. That is less than half the value of the other box I received this month, but I am still happy with this. With my ever-growing sample collection, it is not often that I get a box where all five samples are new to me. I like that it happened here.

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If you want to subscribe, remember to look at start-up offers and all available offers. When you’re ready to spend your rewards points, remember to add your free two piece sample pack when spending $35 from the Bonus Shop. See other Birchbox Subscription articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.

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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.

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