Birchbox Canada Has Arrived!

Birchbox Canada

Well, hello to you too Birchbox Canada! I’m really excited to see you here! After some dispointment with other subscription services, I took a long break from sub boxes. It felt like I was getting the same samples over and over again and never using them. My lucky friends and coworkers reaped the benefits of the ones I didn’t like. I just felt like my money was better spent on products I actually wanted. With stores like Sephora offering samples on almost everything, it can be hard to get excited for samples you’re not sure you even need. When I found out that Birchbox was launching in Canada, I jumped to subscribe. From what I’ve seen from other bloggers, Birchbox has been pretty consistently awesome.

December 2014 marks the first Canadian Birchbox. Here is what I received:

December 2014 Birchbox Canada

1. Amika – Perk Up Dry Shampoo – Full size, 5.3 oz – $26.50; Sample size, .75oz – $3.75. Weightless spray in the brand’s signature obliphica scent that refreshes hair sans residue. Thoughts: I really love the colourful packaging and the scent. I’ll be excited to see how it holds up to my favourite Batiste dry shampoo. For the price, I can’t see myself purchasing a full size since Batiste is less than $10, but I might change my mind when I try it.

2. theBalm Stainiac – Full size, 9 ml – $18; Sample size,  1.2 ml – $2.40. Best-selling stain that gives cheeks and lips a sheer, rosy tint. Thoughts: I have never heard of this product, but I’m kind of impressed. I tested a small bit on my hand and holy, it is a good stain! To be honest, I’m a little worried about using it and making a big mastake and then not being able to get it off!

3. Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner – Full size, 0.04 oz  – $18; Sample size, 0.03 oz – $13.50. A luxe, creamy liner from the nYC-based designer for smudge-proof, all day wear. Thoughts: I had no idea Cynthia Rowley was in the makeup biz! I looove the packaging and I looooove black liners. Can’t really go wrong! Really happy to see this.

4. Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream – Full Size, 12 oz – $26; Sample size, .51 oz – $1. Infused with the best-selling citrus-floral scent, this hydrator leaves skin silky smooth. Thoughts: I’m going to be frank: I hate the smell of this. I tried some on my hands and I find it really strong. Even after washing my hands, the scent is still really present and is kind of giving me a headache. I don’t even think I’d give this sample away.

5. Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator – Full Size, 12 oz – $34; Sample size, .071 oz – $5.70. This customer face mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing, smooth skin. Thoughts: Really, really excited to try this! I’ve read good things about this cleanser and Vasanti products.

Total Value: $26.35

Not a bad first month with Birchbox Canada! The only thing missing is the $10 Gap giftcard or code. Maybe I’m blind, but I can’t seem to find how to redeem it. I can’t say I’m blown away, but it was a more exciting box than a lot of my past subscription boxes. I am going to keep my subscription active at least for a few months and see what else comes my way. If you’re interested in signing up with Birchbox Canada, please feel free to use my referral link. Canadian subscribers pay $14.95 per month, all in. Boxes ship from the US on the 10th of the month by UPS (mine took about 4 days to get to me in Ontario). On a customer service note, I was gifted with 100 free points since my account listed November 23rd as the shipping date for my first box. That’s a $10 credit in the Birchbox Canada, which is actually pretty decent! It looks like the products that we get in the boxes ship free, so if I like any of them enough to purchase, the credit will be nice.

Did you sign up for Bircxhbox Canada? What was in your first Birchbox?

julia

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My Sephora VIB/Birthday Haul

 

Sephora Gift Box

Hi Everyone,

You may remember by 29th birthday wishlist I posted a few weeks ago. I was graciously gifted some money to spend at Sephora from my mom (thanks again Mom! I know you’re reading this :P), so I took advantage of the VIB 20% off sale. My friend Alicia from Funny Face Beauty and I went to our local Sephora to shop, but I barely found anything on my wishlist! Plus what I did find, I realized I didn’t actually want after swatching. Go figure! I ended up placing my order online and had to wait a lot longer than I was expecting to receive everything. Sephora sent out an email to apologize for the delay and said I would be receiving 250 points for the delay. They actually ended up crediting me 500! So of course, my package arrived while I was in Seattle for work, so I had to wait even longer to look at everything. When you’re a beauty fiend like I am, this is torture!  Anyway, I was so excited to see my package, I quickly said hello to my boyfriend and furbabies, and tore right into it.

Sephora Makeup Haul

I ended up with a few things from my wishlist, and a few impulse buys, plus one kit that Alicia recommended.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Rose Gold ($47) – Uuugh this is so pretty. I don’t even want to use it, I just want to stare at it. I am kind of dispointed that it doesn’t have the cool prism pattern like some I’ve seen, or am I thinking of a totally different product??

2. Urban Decay VIB 500 point perk – The best, perfectly packaged perk I’ve ever seen. This little palette and liner combo is perfect for daily use and will travel so well. I think I might be the most excited for this.

3. Dior Poison ($62) – I don’t know why this perfume is so hard to find. My boyfriend says I smell like an old lady with it on, which I guess is fitting seeing as I’m almost over the hill and all. I’ve been wearing it all the time anyway. What do men know about fragrance?!

4. Tarte Sweet Dreams deluxe bestsellers kit ($21) – I really bought this for the eye cream and the cute Maracuja oil bottle. The cheek stain is just a bonus. It’s pretty sheer, so I don’t think I’ll use it too much, but it might be nice for my pale winter skin.

5. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose ($51) – This is the only thing that was in my local Sephora. I had a hard time deciding between Rose and Pink Quartz, but I think I made a good choice.

Sephora Skincare Haul

Skincare:

6. Tarte Maracuja oil & Maracuja C-Brighter eye cream – Part of the Tarte set that the cheek stain came in. I’ve read a lot of positive reviews on the eye cream, and have been looking for a new one for awhile.

7. Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer (4oz/$67) – This moisturizer is THE BEST! I swear it doubles as a primer too. If you haven’t tried it, please go and get a sample (Canadians, this might be hard to find as it’s not sold in Canadian locations on it’s own, but it is in the Winter Skincare kit)

8. Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Bonus set ($84, $138 value) – Alicia said that she loved this kit, and bought a few for her and her mom. Plus she pointed out that the Truth Serum is full size, so you’re actually getting a great deal with all 4 products since the serum is $60 on it’s own. Can’t wait to try this!

Did you get anything from the VIB sale? Let me know in the comments! 

julia