Go Forth and Multitask | September 2016 Birchbox Unboxing

Now that fall is around the corner, we’re jumping into multitasking mode - and celebrating the versatile, time-saving products that help us juggle everything on our to-do lists. ‘Cause at the end of the day, beauty should make our lives easier (and add a dash of fun).

Cheers to you (and getting stuff done).
— Birchbox
birchbox september 2016

This month for Birchbox I decided not to go with the featured box as when I saw what the sample choice of the month was, I had to choose the Milk highlighter in Lit. This was not included in the featured box while the mascara and lip/cheek combo from Milk was. But I saw Jeffree Star try out the highlighter on his channel and when he used it as a base it made any highlighter a shiny miracle. So I just had to get this for myself. I love the look of highlighters but for the most part it doesn't ever show up on my skin, so my hope in getting this highlighter stick is that it does exactly what it did for Jeffree and just make the highlighter I apply over top shine like the sun.

As I did go Cruelty Free, I wanted to make sure the subscription boxes I was receiving also had a similar stance. Birchbox does not support brands that test on animals so all brands from them are cruelty free. But I will reference in each product on more information on the brand's stance or Birchbox's statement on this topic.

Unboxing Video

Samples Received

LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Birthday Suit $25

Glossy pencil keeps lips supersmooth and moisturized while providing vivid, long-lasting color.

Birthday suit is a nude shade with a peach undertone.

This brand is exclusive to Birchbox, so I don't have a FAQ to reference for this one. But Birchbox overall does not agree with testing on animals and partners with cruelty free brands so it is safe to assume that LOC is a cruelty free brand. For more info on Birchbox's stance on cruelty free check out their article about it.

LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil
LOC glossy lip pencil in birthday suit

Beauty Protector Protect & Blonde Toning Shampoo $23

This is a vegan and paraben-free cleanser that is supposed to be used between two and three times per week to moisturize blonde strands and amplify cool tones.

I am excited about this product as I am planning on going ice blonde in the nearby future.

This protect is exclusive to Birchbox, other protects from them have the note on the website that they are cruelty free but this one does not. So I'm not sure overall if the brand is cruelty free. But considering it is vegan, I would assume it is cruelty free overall. But don't quote me on that. Also Birchbox only partners with cruelty free brands according to an article they published.

Beauty Protector Protect and Blonde Toning Shampoo

Privai Nourishing Face & Body Oil $38

Smooth on this face and body oil (enriched with chamomile, geranium, and lavender) whenever your skin needs a calming hydration boost.

This brand is cruelty free according to their Philanthropy page. They also use recyclable glass and eco-friendly packaging that tread lightly on the earth, utilizing and delivering paraben free products.

Privai Nourishing Face & Body Oil

Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit $24

Sweep on this flattering highlighter wherever you need a subtle, dewy sheen, and a boost of hydration from mango butter, peach nectar, and avocado oils. This is the product that Jeffree Star was not wrong about. I did find they it lifted up my foundation/concealer if I applied it directly but not if I applied it using a brush. And if you put one of your other highlighters on top it gives that blinding highlight that I never get. Normally my highlighter never shows but this just made it pop.

Milk Makeup is a cruelty free brand and 60% of their line is vegan, according to their FAQ page.

Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit

Dr. Brandt Pores No More Cleanser $36

Face wash that minimizes pores and leaves the skin clean, fresh, and velvety smooth.

This is a cruelty-free brand according to their FAQ page.

Dr. Brandt Pores no more cleanser
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