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Birchbox October 2016 - What's your sign?

I've been looking forward to October's Birchbox. Birchbox contacted me to ask when my birthday was so I knew it was probably going to be something to do with star signs and horoscopes. Although I'm not really a believer when it comes to astrology I wanted to see how this was going to personalise the box for different people. 

Birchbox always reveal their box design on Instagram at the beginning of the month before they start dispatching them and I was even more excited when I spotted them. Although I like the drawer style boxes they've started doing I haven't been a fan of the designs they've had so far. They've really nailed it for me this month though. This month the box you receive will depend on whether you're a Earth, Air, Water or Fire sign. Each box features the same design but the colours are different with Earth being green, Air a grey blue, Water dark blue and Fire orange. Oh and the stars on the box GLOW IN THE DARK!

Birchbox October 2016 - What's your sign?

I've always classed myself as a Gemini but actually my birthday (21st June) does sometimes fall at the beginning of Cancer instead. Gemini is Air but Cancer is Water and I did receive a Water box. I would have been happy with either of these boxes though as the two blues were my favourite. 

With regard to the products inside I'll make a start with the one that I don't think quite fits in with the rest of the contents of my box. The white packaging of the Doux Me Pure Spring mist doesn't fit with the apparent dark theme of both the other products and the box. It's also a product I would expect to see in spring or summer rather than heading into autumn. A water spray is always handy to have though. The thing that concerns me about this product is the RRP (for the full size product, this is a sample) is apparently £16, for a water spray??

Next up is the second Rituals product I've received in a Birchbox in five months. Both products were also body scrubs but for me the Rituals Hammam Body Mud is different enough to the first scrub that was included that I don't mind the repeat. The first scrub was quite a standard light cream based scrub whereas this one is a clay (containing Rhassoul clay) and featuring eucalyptus. I don't think I've come across a clay scrub before and the eucalyptus makes it a very refreshing, stimulating product. I've already given this a try and I really like it. 

I'm sure by now you know I'm a fan of Lord & Berry's lipstick crayons, but I haven't tried a matte one as of yet, so I was very pleased to see a Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon lipstick in the shade Intimacy. I haven't tried this yet but it looks like a dark nude shade that I wouldn't usually buy myself so I'm looking forward to trying it. 

Birchbox October 2016 - What's your sign?
Birchbox October 2016 - What's your sign?

Next up is a product I was very excited to see making an appearance, even though I'm not entirely sure how you use it! I don't know if any Oribe products have made an appearance in any Birchboxes before but this month I have the Oribe Dry Texturizing spray. A quick look in the book in the box tells me this is part dry shampoo and part texturizer, so I'm guessing that's where dry texturizing comes from!

Number 4 (or N.4 on the bottle) is a brand I've never heard of before but the next product is a small bottle of Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixir Restore & Repair oil. I'm increasingly trying to use oil on my hair both to nourish it and help smooth my ends as they do tend to go frizzy, so a hair oil is welcome. I've noticed this one is quite a liquid oil, it does actually look more like a liquid than an oil, so hopefully it's one that's difficult to overdue as I do suffer from oily hair and always worry about applying to much oil to it.

Finally I have what I think might be an extra as there's six products this month (although it doesn't say it is) and that's a Birchbox eyebrow brush. Mine is getting a bit old and grubby now so it might be time to replace it so this is a welcome sight. I do need to trim off the extra long bristle that mine appears to have though! It's only worth £1.99, so it's not the most expensive brush you'll find around, but I'm not sure you need to spend much on a brush like this. 

Jumping forward to a little sneak peak of November's box it looks like we're getting another Tatler collaboration. We did have one before but that was a limited edition additional box costing £25. Also if you're a fan of peacock feathers I'm seeing a hint that might be the box design. If you'd like to sign up to get your hands on Octobers box you can do so here.

What do you think of October's products (and the box)?

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