Although October’s box theme was “Positive Force,” the real theme was Breast Cancer Awareness. The two extremely tempting featured boxes were developed in collaboration with Estée Lauder. However, I decided to take a risk and stick with a surprise box. It paid off, and I ended up with a box that I was pretty excited to delve into!
I thought the marbling on this month’s box was lovely, and the melding of pink colors did a good job of conveying the theme.
Avène | Soothing Moisture Mask
I’m always excited about trying a new face mask. I was also excited to sample a product from Avène, since I’ve never tried anything from the brand before. This mask ended up being a pretty typical-feeling hydrating mask. It did a fine job of moisturizing my skin, but I didn’t feel like it was any better than my other hydrating masks. Still, I enjoyed using it.
Manna Kadar | Lip Locked in Lucky
I’d heard iffy things about this product before receiving it as a sample this month, and I have to agree. The color itself is a pinky nude that doesn’t look great on me, and I’m not a fan of the glossy texture (there’s a reason I rarely wear lip glosses!). Also, although it’s hard to tell from the photos I took, this sample is minuscule — only about 2″ long.
Ignore the other colors in this photo — I was swatching the Tresemme concealer and the Anastasia brow pencil at the same time.
Klorane | Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
This Klorane dry shampoo is one I’ve been wanting to try for a long time. I kept seeing other bloggers rave over it, but I figured I’d get the chance to sample it in one of my boxes eventually so I always held off purchasing it. And here it is!
I liked this dry shampoo. It smells pretty innocuous and it didn’t leave any residue once I brushed my hair out. However, I ended up being very disappointed by how long the sample lasted. I probably only got 5-6 uses out of this can. Which I guess is enough to tell if I like the product or not, but it leaves me wondering how many uses I’ll get out of the full-size container.
Dr. Jart+ | Ceramidin Cream
I sampled a similar-looking cream a few months ago, the Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Day Tint, and so was a little bummed to see this in my box. However, it’s still always nice to try a new moisturizer! To be honest, I haven’t properly tested this on my face, just squeezed out a small bit to see what it was like. This cream has a tan tint to it, although it seems like it goes on without tinting the skin, and a slightly herbal smell that I’m not sure I’m a fan of. I’ll report back once I actually try this out as a full moisturizer.
Benefit | Roller Lash Super-Curling & Lifting Mascara
This was my pick for sample choice this month. I received this as a sample back in February, used it for the first time last month, and decided I liked it so much I needed a backup. This mascara does a nice job of curling and darkening yet leaving my lashes looking somewhat natural — just as I like it!
Verdict: I thought this was a pretty solid box. I received 2 products that I was super excited about sampling — the Avène mask and Klorane dry shampoo, and 1 product I already know I love — the Roller Lash mascara. My last 2 samples weren’t amazing, but they were still nice to try, and so I’m very happy with this month’s box!
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