TGIF party people! I could not be happier this week is coming to a close. It was a busy week and looking straight on to a busy weekend. But next week is Thanksgiving and am very thankful for some time off.  This week was jam packed with meetings and assessments, which means a ton of paperwork. To boot, my work laptop fans stopped working. Ugh I am over this week. So what better way to close it out than with a Birchbox review? I am trying to get caught up as I was a bit behind. Stay tuned to a November review up soon!

Stila huge Extreme Lash Mascara, $23.00
If you read my blog regularly you are familiar that I have had a struggle with mascara. #thestruggleisreal. When I saw this I was skeptical because I had been burned in the past. Although it is Stila so I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt. I tried it and I do like the fullness it creates. That is often what has been hard to find for me in the past so I was definitely happy with that. The downside is the brush isn't separated enough. It is easy for my eyelashes to clump up. Overall, I liked it and would recommend you at least giving it a try. 
Buy here.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, $42.00
I was pretty excited to try this. I had tried the Amika Texture Spray a while ago and really liked, but always willing to try other products. It is really important to me that when I have a product that there is not alot of residue. I really want my hair to remain soft and touchable. I tried this out for a few days and it was ok. Not bad, not good just ok. I could definitely feel the product and I didn't feel that it added much texture, not nearly as much as Amika did. Plus for $42 I expect it to be pretty fantastic and it just wasn't. Buy here.

Manna Kadar Lip Locked, $24.00
I will be straight forward with you about this one. I don't get it. It said it was a lip gloss and primer, but it felt mostly like gloss so I did not want to risk ruining any of my lipsticks I actually like so I did not want to test it.  The lipgloss itself is a bit of a pinkish/nude. Have you ever had a french manicure but instead of a strict nude you took one with a bit more natural, pink hue? That's what this is like. If you like a lipgloss then you will probably like this. I do not love a gloss because of the stick factor, but if you do this is for you. Buy here.

BioRepublic Skincare Cucumber Breeze Fiber Masket, $14.50
This was fun. Similar to when I tried the Dr. Jart face mask and I looked like the Man in the Iron Mask. Well this looked a little bit like I was Buffalo Bill from Silence of the Lambs. It looked like I was wearing translucent skin on my face. It was creepy and I won't like I intentionally spooked my husband. It is hard to tell if this one worked when I tried it. The packaging says to use 2-3 times per week for 15-20 minutes at a time. I did it for 15, because I have things to do. So, did my skin feel softer after? Yes. Didi t feel tighter? I can't tell yet. Do I smell cucumbery fresh? Yes. Buy here.

Avene Thermal Spring Water, $12.50
Last and certainly least was this water spray. If you go and read the reviews on Birchbox it is pretty hilarious. People are outraged and they have every right to be. This is literally a water misting spray. It's a joke. I am paying $12 for water to be sprayed on my face? Do better Birchbox. That is all. 
Buy here. (but ask yourself 'why' first, ok?)

That's it for this week. What do you think of the products? Have you tried any? Would love to hear your thoughts! Leave me a comment below.

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