Birchbox Canada: Seven months in, what do I think?

I’m just over halfway through my yearly Birchbox Canada subscription so I thought it would be a great time to share my thoughts on the service and products so far!

So, since February this year (2015) I’ve been receiving a Birchbox every single month. For $14.95 per month I can look forward to receiving five sample size/deluxe sample size products that cover the haircare, skincare and makeup categories.

A majority of products I’ve received are from brands that I’ve never heard of — which actually appeals to me because it gives me a chance to possibly find something new that I really enjoy.  On the other hand, I’ve also received items from brands I know of or have tried out — and it’s worked out in my favour because the items I’ve received are ones that I was meaning to buy and try out myself or I’m already in love with.

Each monthly box always has a different design and very pretty.  The best thing about these boxes is that I’ve re-used every single one as makeup and skincare organizers in my dressing table (how appropriate, no?).  They are tiny but quite sturdy!

One of the pretty boxes Birchbox sends with their goodies every month!

One of the pretty boxes Birchbox sends with their goodies every month!

I won’t go in too much detail here on everything I’ve received so far, but if you’re curious to see what Birchbox goodies I’ve accumulated since February, I’ve written up posts for each month’s box!

Some of my favourite Birchbox products I’ve received so far are the Beauty Blender with cleanser solid, Benefit Roller Lash Mascara and Benefit They’re Real! Mascara. I’ve also discovered a few products from a brand called Gilchrist & Soames (like their Spa Therapy body lotion) that I’m totally in love with.

Customer service has been stellar; other than a bit of a blip on my very first Birchbox (see my February post).  Whenever I have questions about my order, I email customer service and receive a reply promptly within their time standard of 1-2 days.

In addition to the monthly boxes I receive, I am able to purchase products right off the Birchbox Canada website!  This is great because if I get a sample of something and like it, I know I can find the full-size version of the product to purchase off the website.  This is exactly what I did with the Derma E Anti-Wrinkle Glycolic Scrub!  Also, I threw in the Balm’s Cabana Boy blusher to purchase — this is a brand I’ve always wanted to try but cannot find readily anywhere in my city!

So overall, I’m very happy with my Birchbox Canada subscription. Can’t wait to keep getting more!

Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  What are you’re thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading!



Stella by Stella McCartney

I’ve had my eye (or rather nose?) on the Stella by Stella McCartney fragrance for quite some time now, so I finally bit the bullet and purchased it! With the warmer months, I figured this would be the perfect time to bask in something a bit lighter (I’ve been obsessed with and mostly wearing the Elizabeth and James Nirvana in Black over the winter months). Although E&J Nirvana in White is a lighter scent compared to the Black, I still wanted something a bit different.

Now, I am sooo not into roses — the flower or its’ scent. And when I found out that Stella’s inspiration and foundation was the rose flower I completely turned my nose up to even the thought of the perfume.  But I’ve heard so many good things about the fragrance — many women really like it for a day or evening fragrance option.

A few trips into Sephora over a period of time, I headed straight for the perfume section to spritz Stella on my wrists and shopped around the store to wait for the scent to settle on me.

Initially, I definitely get a whiff of notes of rose and peony flower.  After a few minutes the mandarin note kicks in and it starts to smell quite fresh and subtly citrusy.  This scent of faint rose and mandarin stays on my skin for the majority of the time I have it on. Finally, the amber note gives it a bit of an edge but somehow smells soft and fresh in combination with everything.  At the very end of the day, it fades into an almost powdery scent which smells clean and comforting. I think this scent suits me quite nicely and I can’t stop smelling my wrists! I would say the scent does fade substantially after about 6 hours, but I’m left with a soft, fresh, classy and clean scent.

For someone like me who typically hates the intense, heady scent of roses, Stella’s combination with and balance of other scents is completely unexpected and it totally works. I am definitely going to love this fragrance for years to come. A perfect perfume for day, evening, and all seasons really.

I purchased the Eau de Parfum vapour spray for $26 Cdn.  The “full-size” bottles range in price from $60-$114 Cdn.

I give Stella by Stella McCartney: a STANDING OVATION

Have you tried this perfume?  Like or dislike?  What’s your favourite perfume?

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January Favourites

Hey Pretties!

Here are my January favourites!  The first favourites post of 2015! Where I have done a more in-depth review, I will link in the product name.

My January Favourites.

Clinique Mild Clarifying TonerI had been searching for a toner sans alcohol (the bad kind) and found this one. As you can see from the photo, I’m just about done this and have loved every drop of it. This bottle has lasted me about 4 months– with pretty much at least once a day use (not bad!). This toner helps to prep my skin for my serum and moisturizer, leaving a fresh and non-drying feeling to my face. It also helps to get any last bit of cleanser that I may have negleted to rinse away.

Definitely a re-purchase item!

Purchased at Sephora for $16 Cdn.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Flushed Palette in NakedThe original bronzer/blush/highlight palette in the UD Flushed range. The quality of the powders are wonderful — silky and so easy to blend into the skin. The pigmentation of these powders are amazing; I have to remember to use a light hand! Small, compact and packaging is a beaute. I reached for this quite a bit in January because a.) it had all 3 products in 1; and b.) it’s so pretty!

Definitely a re-purchase item… however, I don’t think I’ll be able to get through this palette any time soon!

Purchased at Sephora for $35 Cdn.

Sonia Kashuk Buffing Brush No.130I bought this on a whim, wanting to see if another foundation buffing brush could match or surpass my love for the Real Techniques buffing brush. Oh. My. Gosh. This SK Buffing Brush has left my RT buffing brush in the dust (well, not completely, I rotate). I have reached for this probably almost every time I’ve applied foundation this January. I’ve had to remind myself to clean this brush every Sunday because that’s how much I’ve used it! Bristles are soft but dense enough to apply my liquid foundation seamlessly; size of brush is a bit bigger than the RT buffing brush so it makes for faster application. After many washes, this has not lost it’s shape or shedded.

Definitely wanting at least a couple more of this brush!

Purchased at Target for $12.99 Cdn.

Clinique Bottom Lash MascaraNever thought I’d “need” a mascara specifically for my lower lashes, but this little invention is great. Makes applying mascara to the little, bitty lower lash hairs easy and without mess!

I would re-purchase this as a treat to myself, but it’s not a must have.

Purchased at Sephora for $12 Cdn.

Eucerin Calming Anti-Itch Relief Lotion: This lotion is a gooder. One of the pricier skincare brands at the drugstore but well-worth the money. I’ve battled with scalp eczema for a few years now and have recently noticed that my scalp condition has turned into having more “typical” itchy and dry symptoms, not so much eczema flare-ups. Trying to stay away from shampoos and lotions (i.e. my prescription hydrocortisone cream) with high chemical content, I switched to using this Eucerin lotion on my scalp and it definitely has calmed down my urge to scratch. Used this on my arms and legs as well — lightweight, fragrance-free, easily absorbed.

I would repurchase if I needed to, however I’m still on the hunt for an even more effective option.

Purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart for $12 Cdn (on sale).

The Body Shop Shea Body Mist: I am completely in love with the Shea range from The Body Shop and this body mist is soo nice. I’ve got the Shea hand cream, body lotion, body oil and body butter. Can’t get enough of Shea! This mist is true to the Shea scent — soft, nutty, powdery — great for daytime wear.

Will definitely repurchase.

Purchased at The Body Shop for $13 Cdn.

Those are my January faves!  Have you tried any of these products?  Any of them your faves too?

Thanks for reading!!