You know how sometimes you have a birthday party coming up, and a wedding, and an anniversary, and a brunch event, and someone has a baby, and your mom keeps calling you, and then it’s suddenly three weeks later?
Yeah, that happens to me a lot. But here I am, back from God-knows-where, with a belated September Birchbox post. In my defense, this box came super late in the month.. so late that my October box shipped less than two weeks after I got this one.
Again, I’m not super thrilled (as you can tell by the lagging post), but here’s what was inside:
kate spade Twirl fragrance sample
I love the whole kate spade brand, but this doesn’t wow me. It smells very “generic Elizabeth Arden grown-up perfume at JC Penney.” It’s nothing special, but I bet it’d make a little girl feel fancy as hell.
Color Club Birchbox Custom Polish in Insta-this
This polish is a gorgeous creamy opaque royal/indigo blue. I gave away my last Color Club nail polish because it was too similar to my Essie Turquoise & Caicos, but it looked fantastic on my sister. If “Insta-this” has the same kind of color intensity, it’s going to be a favorite in my collection.
Skin, An Apothecary Soy Body Whip in Poppy
I’d give the scent a 7/10. It smells bright, soapy, and fresh, but there are manly, cologne-like undertones. The texture is very fun – somewhere between whipped cream and pudding with a non-greasy, non-sticky feel. It absorbs quickly and easily without leaving a trace (except for that overly strong scent.) In a fragrance-free world, I’d be a fan.
twistband Birchbox custom hair tie
It was hard for me to leave this in the box long enough to take a picture. I’ve heard so much about these non-crease comfy ties, and this one is fantastic. No weird bumps when I take my hair down! It looks cute on my wrist, too, unlike my standard black ouchless bands. There are a few flaws, though – after wearing it daily for about a week, the lace print faded significantly, and the band stretched out. It got really mangy really fast, and at a retail price of $11 for four ties, I couldn’t justify buying more. It’s a knotted piece of elastic. Luckily, my broke ass found a way to DIY these. The material is called Fold Over Elastic, and it’s available in all kinds of colors and prints online. I ordered a few yards (YARDS!) here for less than $10.
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in hazel
I’ve never heard of Jouer, and this wimpy little sample (notice the tiny black tube next to a mini polish and a hair tie) doesn’t encourage me look the brand up. I tried a little on my hand, and it’s too dark and orange for my NC35 skin.. so, essentially, useless.
Hollywood Fashion Secrets Fashion Tape
As thrilled as I am to be let in on these “Hollywood Fashion Secrets,” I’m afraid they’re a little too covert. In the fashion tape envelope, I received four small pieces of tape – a quarter-sized circle, a rounded arc, a 1/2″ strip, and a 3/4″ strip. No instructions or anything. There’s a subtle clue on the package, “Includes One of Each: Hollywood Fashion Tape, Special Occasion Tape, Accessory Dots, Temporary Hem Tape.” The back of the envelope tells me I can use these to eliminate blouse gaps, hold accessories, adjust jean length and secure plunging necklines, and even with a bachelor’s degree in apparel design and years of sewing experience, I can’t visualize how this set works. Hollywood Fashion Secrets are beyond my realm!
Birchbox offered two options for October’s box – the standard selection, or a goop-curated box. I’m not especially a Gwyneth Paltrow fan, but I have no hard feelings toward her, and I’m inclined to think she can do better than a miniscule tube of dark orange Jouer.
I chose the goop.