November Birchbox: Chuao Chocolatier and ModelCo Lashxtend

It’s time for November’s Birchbox. Photo by Rebecca LeFever

I got my November Birchbox in the mail Wednedsay — just in time to try some new cosmetics before Thanksgiving and an upcoming holiday getaway. This month’s box was focused on giving. Some of the products even came in a little, dark blue envelope that can be repackaged with a gift to give a friend.

Here’s my review of the items in my box:

Atelier Cologne: Rose Anonyme Cologne Absolue

“Thanks to spicy ginger and a touch of bergamot, this sexy new rose scent is more sophisticated than sweet. Full size $75 to $195.”

Old lady-ish is more like it. I opened the sample, took a whiff and closed it right back up. No, thanks. Not for me. When I happened to lean over my boyfriend to give him a kiss goodbye before heading to work, he could still smell it on me and made a face. Not the kind of face you want to see when kissing your boyfriend.

This hair powder smells good, but might be difficult to apply. Photo by Rebecca LeFever

Lulu Organics: Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder

“Revive second-day locks by working this organic dry shampoo into your roots. You’ll get plenty of lift, but no residue. Full size $30.”

The powder smells good — very refreshing and it almost makes you feel like you smell good enough that you did wash your hair. However, I do prefer using the dry shampoos in a spray bottle for when I don’t have time to suds up. It’s just easier to distribute.

Notice some of the product on my finger? It’s sheer, but covers imperfections. Photo by Rebecca LeFever

Miracle Skin Transformer: Vanish Instant Imperfection Corrector

“Before applying makeup, prep skin with this serum-infused primer, which has optical diffusers that mask imperfections. Full size $58.”

I love primers. I have some acne-prone skin and my bad pimple days of not that long ago show on my skin. I have large pores and it’s tough to get my makeup to stay for very long. This stuff worked similar to a BB cream, where it not only make my skin feel velvety, but it hid a lot of those imperfections. It did feel a little heavier than my Loreal BB Cream, but I’ll happily use this sample until it runs out.

This mascara had no clumps! There’s also a little mirror on the other side for on-the-go application. Photo by Rebecca LeFever

ModelCo: Fibre Lashxtend Lengthening Mascara

“Falsies without the fuss. This innovative mascara uses tiny lash-extending fibers to give you a lengthy fringe. Tip: Rotate the wand inside the bottle to pick up the fibers. Full size $24.”

This mascara is probably the easiest to apply. You’d think with all those fibers it might clump, but after two coats on the top and bottom, there wasn’t a single one to be found. I like the way the mascara lengthens, but don’t expect much for volume. Otherwise, very user friendly.

This mini chocolate bar has 60 calories and bits of potato chip hidden throughout. A tasty pick-me-up. Photo by Rebecca LeFever

Lifestyle Extra: Chuao Chocolatier

“These bite-size artisanal treats are made with premium Venezuelan cacao and come in a range of unexpected flavors. Full size, seven pack $7.95.”

I was expecting a chocolate covered potato chip and found instead a mini chocolate bar with bits of potato chip mixed in. It was pretty tasty. Very similar to salted chocolates I’ve tasted in the past. I’d be curious to see how the other flavors compare.

Rebecca Hanlon

Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at

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