Birchbox: October 2011 edition

You know, I seem to get the oddball Birchbox lately. The one from August was like that too. I see a preview of the box and then mine is practically 100% different. I’m not sure how that happens, but it’s left me feeling pretty grateful because I end up with a box I like better than what I thought I was going to get.

Birchbox October 2011

What I got:

  • Anastasia Hydrafull gloss in Bellini (color is gorg! Never tried an Anastasia gloss before, and this didn’t disappoint)
  • The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Cedar Shampoo (generous package, will get at least three washes from it)
  • Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask ( I have never heard of this brand, but love discovering new ones)
  • Amika Oil Treatment for hair (has argan and obliphica, and smells better than any other oil I have tried, also super generous amount will last months)
  • Laura Geller Spackle primer in Bronze (I actually have another sample of this but it’s almost gone. Now, I can continue to use it when the other when is finished. Also, this is the only product I saw in other posts and videos that is in mine so far).

Based on the sizes I received I am really pleased as punch about this month’s box. Yeah, I am a little disappointed that we still haven’t received another full size item in awhile and that they didn’t tie in a Halloween theme. Though, Halloween isn’t everyone’s cup of tea so I can imagine it would have frustrated people who dislike the holiday. Plus, no perfume samples :) ! It’s not that I mind trying new perfume because that’s usually how I end up finding one I like (by pure accident from a sample) …it’s just I have a whole bag of samples and really *really* don’t need more right now. So every month I don’t get one is a good month for me :)

Also, I threw on the gloss yesterday and did a quick FOTD picture:

Anastasia Gloss in Bellini

Product Breakdown-


  • Chanel Perfection Lumiere in 30 Beige (loving this!)
  • Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller
  • MAC Cream Colour Base in Seaside (cheekbones)
  • Tarte Clay Blush Exposed
  • Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in Bronze (contour/bronzer)
  • MAC MSFN Medium Plus mixed with Tarte powder to set


  • Chanel Illusion d’ Ombre in Emerveille (all over lid, tear duct)
  • MAC Creamy Bisque (tear duct, highlight)
  • MAC Moleskin (half of lid and crease to blend)
  • MAC Keep Your Cool Pro Longwear Shadow (outer V, Crease)
  • MAC Mystery (liner)
  • Maybelline Falsies Mascara


  • Anastasia Hydrafull gloss in Bellini

Are you subscribed to Birchbox or something like it? Do you feel like a sample program is worth the monthly fee? So far I have been a little let down some months but mostly I like the service…though it could use some tweaking.

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18 Responses to Birchbox: October 2011 edition

  1. River says:

    Gorgeous lipgloss colour – really suits you!

  2. Sarah S. says:

    I really hope I get that gloss! It is so pretty on you :)

  3. Kelly says:

    That lip gloss looks gorgeous on you! How do you like the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre?

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks dear! I am enjoying it so far. Overall though, I prefer Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to kill. The texture and payoff of Emerveille doesn’t compare to Giorgio Armani Rock Sand, which is the better of the two in my opinion. :) But Epatant is lovely and GA doesn’t have a shade to compete with it.

  4. Jessica says:

    Girl you are too beautiful for words!

    ♥ Jessica

  5. lilladylife says:

    warm colors just work so BEAUTIFULLY on ur face!!

  6. You look gorgeous girl, as usual! :) That lipgloss really suits you!

  7. Selena says:

    I’m very close to cancelling Birchbox. Not happy with the products. This month had items in it that did not match the card =(

    • Danielle says:

      Oh wow! That is pretty unprofessional of Birchbox! Have you tried contacting them? They are really good about rectifying mistakes (happened in my box once) I would reach out to them on twitter or their website. They will more than likely send you replacement products. They could definitely improve their product placement in these boxes as well. I hope they will!

  8. I am a new follower of your blog. That lipgloss looks lovely on you!

  9. Liz says:

    Your box looks awesome! Would you mind telling me what you have as your “beauty profile” setting on Birchbox? I’d like to try and make those settings my own to see if I can get a box like yours next month :)

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