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Birchbox Canada October 2015

Birchbox October 2015 Box
I really look forward to my Birchboxes every month. I didn’t get a chance to post my box last month because I had hand surgery but it was one of my favourite boxes from them. This month the theme is ‘Positive Force’ and the boxes are full of fun for fall products. We’re still not even close to having boxes as great as the American ones but we’re slowly getting there. It sounds like we’re going to have Sample Choice coming our way and that makes me happy because I wasn’t thrilled with this month’s box. If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
Birchbox October 2015 Insert Card
I got shampoo, without a matching conditioner and considering I pretty much got a complete hair line last month, this really wasn’t a great start.
Birchbox October 2015 Contents
English Laundry Eau de Parfum No. 7 For Her (Full size $20-90)
I love perfume and hoard fragrance samples but I do not enjoy this scent. I couldn’t get it off my wrist fast enough. I did like that the sample was a spray though.
Eyeko Black Magic Mascara (Full size $32)
I love Eyeko and I love mascara so this is a win for me. The size of the sample is great and the brush is super curvy. I can’t wait to try it.
Harvey Prince Hello Shampoo (Full size $22)
I’ve liked a lot of the Harvey Prince products I’ve tried before, but I haven’t tried any of the Hello line and just from sniffing the shampoo I don’t think it’s my thing. I also hate getting a shampoo sample without the conditioner because I want to know how the line works and I can’t really do that if I’m covering it up with a different product completely.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive (Full size $39)
I love Juice Beauty and I’ve gotten a ton of samples from various places from them over the past year or so. But I love this peel and I’m happy to have another.
Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge in Sydney (Full size $29)
I haven’t tried this one yet but I can’t wait to. It’s a matte liquid lipstick that’s also a stain and supposedly stays put. Sydney is a pretty bright magenta shade.

I honestly can’t wait until we start getting some of the American Birchbox perks. I don’t mind repeated brands but I’d love more control over not getting samples I don’t want, like shampoo every month. I do still love Birchbox Canada over most Canadian subscription boxes though.

Birchbox Canada August 2015

Birchbox August 2015 Box
I’m starting to really look forward to my Birchbox arrival every month. They keep adding brands and the point system is fantastic (I already redeemed 300 points and got a $27 product for free. August’s theme was Soak It Up and the box itself was adorable. If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
Birchbox August 2015 Insert Card
with my first glance at the insert card I got really excited, no shampoo this month! Plus the only repeat brand is LAQA & Co. and this is a completely different product from the Lip Lube I’d gotten before.
Birchbox August 2015 Contents
amika Un.Done Texture Spray
I’m so happy I received this spray instead of the mask. This is supposed to give you volume and shine and I can definitely use that with the craziness this humidity is doing to my hair.
Crabtree & Evelyn Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy in Gardeners
I’m always down for a hand cream and this one is really rich but absorbs almost instantly and didn’t leave me greasy. It has a nice, herbal scent. I’m going to be hoarding this for winter.
LAQA & Co. Cheeky Lip in Humble Brag
Part of the Charm School Kit, these new creamy, matte lip balms are much more to my liking than their Lip Lubes. They go on pretty dry but are creamy and comfortable. I was hoping to get this pink shade from the trio and I wasn’t disappointed with the pigmentation or wear time. I wish I could buy these individually but hopefully that’s coming.
Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum with Retinol
At first I was thrown off by how long that name is and figured I had enough skin care that I could throw this in my give away drawer but then I read the insert card. This is for acne and aging at the time plus it shrinks pores? Sold.
Vita Liberata Self Tanning Night Moisture Mask
If there’s one fail with Birchbox’s beauty profile, it’s that there isn’t anything about tanners or bronzers. I don’t tan or self tan and I’m almost exactly as pale in August as I was in March. Luckily Stephanie loves stuff like this so she can have it but I wish there was a way to never get a tanner or bronzer again.

For the most part I love this box. It has a nice variety of skin care, makeup and hair products and with the exception of the mask, I’ll use them all. It seems like Birchbox Canada keeps adding new things so if you haven’t signed up yet,now might be a good time.

Birchbox Canada July 2015

Birchbox July 2015 Box
Another month, another Birchbox. It seems like they’re coming closer together but I’m not complaining. July’s box teamed up with Best Health magazine and to be honest other than a subscription discount card in the box I really would’ve had no idea. That aside, I was pretty happy with my box this month, although I do wish Birchbox Canada would start adding more new brands. I see the American boxes and get really jealous but since I haven’t gotten anything close to a duplicate yet I can be patient. If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
Birchbox July 2015 Insert Card
I love that the contents insert tells you exactly how much the full size product is, I don’t really care how much the samples are worth but I want to know how much I have to spend on a full size product if I love it.
Birchbox July 2015 Contents

Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion
I did get a Gilchrist & Soames lotion in my May Birchbox but I like this one a lot better. It’s got a really light texture and is perfect for summer when you don’t want to over moisturize. The scent is fresh and kind of reminds me of cucumber.

Number 4 Clarifying Shampoo
Another brand I received in my May box (I got hairspray), this shampoo retails for $36-82! That seems pretty expensive for shampoo but it smells amazing so I’ll definitely be trying it. I wish they would automatically send the matching conditioner but at this rate I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with an entire Number 4 sample collection.

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
Steph adores these but I haven’t tried them yet. Summer is probably the best time to try them out so I’ll be using these really soon.

theBalm Balm Desert Blush and Bronzer
I’m so fair that I don’t use bronzer at all but I love the Balm so I tried it out and it’s actually not too dark for me. I would use it as an eyeshadow instead though. theBalm has the best sample packaging ever, it’s just a smaller version of their full size products and they’re adorable.

Vasanti Cosmetics Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser
I haven’t used a ton of products from Vasanti but I’ve liked what I have tried so this cleanser will get used.

This box was pretty good but not my favourite and I still don’t really get the association with Best Health but I’ll use everything I received and that’s a win for a subscription box. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for me next month.

Birchbox Canada June 2015

Birchbox June 2015
I’ve started really looking forward to receiving my Birchboxes every month. Partly because I’ve been pretty impressed with the contents and partly because the actual boxes they come in are so pretty lately. June’s Birchbox was curated by Meghan Markle from The Tig and each box contained a Say Yes giveaweay code (I won 10% off the Birchbox site). If you haven’t tried Birchbox yet, for $14.95 CDN/Month you get five deluxe beauty samples. You can find more information here. Here’s what was in my box this month.
Birchbox June 2015 Insert Card
Once again, the content card is so thorough I barely had to look in my box.
Birchbox June 2015 Contents
Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser
I love receiving shower gels in my subscription boxes and I’ve been really interested in trying Beauty Protector since you can only get them on the Birchbox site. But at first sniff, this scent isn’t for me.

Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator
I don’t use a lot of highlighter or illuminators but I’ve liked everything I’ve tried from Cynthia Rowley (another Birchbox exclusive) so I’ll probably give it a shot.

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray
I love a sea salt spray and I’ve heard a lot of good things about PARLOR. This spray smells amazing and does a good job of making my hair all beachy without being crunchy.

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer
I appreciate that this cream is 98% natural and made with avocado and olive oils but it made my combination skin really sticky.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel
Anything with the word peel on it scares me a little but I’m trying to get past that, so I’ll probably give this a try. Though the idea of massaging my face for two minutes doesn’t sound great to me.

Emi-Jay Hair Tie
I appreciate bonus products but I hate ribbon hair ties, don’t use them and don’t actually know anyone who does. I’m trying to think of other uses for all the ones I have because they just sit there.

Overall this isn’t my favourite Birchbox but I do love that I haven’t previously tried all but one of these brands and they did an amazing job with the variety of products.

Birchbox Canada May 2015

Birchbox May 2015
Birchbox is one of the first beauty subscription boxes and while they’re pretty new to Canada, the boxes I’ve been receiving have gotten better and better each month. Birchbox gives you five deluxe beauty samples a month for $14.95CDN a month including shipping. While the American Birchbox has way more perks than ours does so far, I’m loving the points system that gives you a point for every dollar you spend. Considering you can use your points to grab full size products of the samples you get on the Birchbox site, that’s a huge win. May’s Birchbox was curated by Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere. I’ve never heard of Cupcakes and Cashmere before but she’s promoting a new book and the box is pretty cute.
Birchbox May 2015 Insert Card
I love the content card insert. It tells you everything about what’s in your box including how to use it and how much a full size version costs. This month I got a pretty good mix of products.
Birchbox May 2015 Contents

Benefit Cosmetics It’s Potent! Eye Cream
I’ve used tons of Benefit products but not this one, so I’m really happy to give it a try. And it’s a huge sample size for an eye cream.

Gilchrist And Soames Essential Elements Wake Up Rosemary Body Lotion
I love body lotions but I’m not a fan of Rosemary. That said, this lotion smells a lot better than I expected.

Not Soap, Radio Joy Inducing Body Wash
I’ve never heard of this soap company before and I’m definitely going to be looking into more of their products. This Birchbox exclusive lemon scented body wash is pretty much the best one I’ve gotten in a subscription box. Definitely my favourite thing in the box.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour
I’ve gotten quite a few LAQA & Co. products in various boxes but never in a bright purple  shade like this one. I’ve been branching out in my lip shades lately, so this one doesn’t scare me.

Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray
I don’t use a lot of hairspray but this one is earth-friendly and is supposed to have a flexible hold so I’ll probably end up giving it a try.

I’m pretty impressed with my box this month and can’t wait to see what Birchbox has in store for me next month. If you want to give Birchbox Canada a try or just want more information you can sign up here.

Mani Monday – Black Sheep Lacquer March 2015 Subscription Box

Black Sheep Lacquer March 2015
When I opened our March subscription box from Black Sheep Lacquer, my first thought was that blue is so pretty! My second was basically, great, more glitter. Black Sheep Lacquer‘s subscription box is one of my favourites right now because I know I’m getting three polishes but I have no idea what they are. Luckily Stephanie likes glitter, so she inherits most of those.
Unnamed Glitterbomb
Black Sheep Lacquer Unnamed Glitterbomb Review Swatch
I would actually probably like this one over a dark shade, but I don’t love it enough to deal with the removal process. This one isn’t for sale and doesn’t have a name, but that could change in the future.
Lunar Rainbow (Multichrome Glitterbomb)
Black Sheep Lacquer Lunar Rainbow Review Swatch
Lunar Rainbow is one kind of glitter I can get behind. I’ve never tried a polish that was both a multichrome and glitter. This pink, gold and green polish is great on it’s own but I’m trying it over silver next time. I wish I this one wasn’t a mini but it’s in the store so I can always get more. Lunar Rainbow came off like regular polish and not a glitter so that’s a bonus.
Farore (Thermal)
Black Sheep Lacquer Farore Review Swatch
Last month I tried my first thermal and after Farore this month I’m definitely on the bandwagon. From the Zelda collection (of which I was informed this shade is perfectly named), I was kind of mesmerized by my nails changing from blue to white when there was a change in temperature. Farore is also available without the gold sparkle but I actually love that I got this one. I love the glitter in Farore and it helped that it came off really easily. I can see more thermal polish in my future.

Considering I haven’t asked to not be sent glitter, I’m pretty happy with this month’s shades, especially with Farore. I can’t wait to see what I get next month. For more information on how to sign up for this subscription, head to the Black Sheep website.

Mani Monday – Black Sheep Lacquer February 2015 Subscription Box

Black Sheep Lacquer Subscription Feb 2015
I’ve already professed my love for Black Sheep Lacquer’s duochromes and I wanted to try more, so what better way than a subscription box? Black Sheep Lacquer does their boxes a little differently than other companies. These are totally customizable so if you don’t like glitter, you can ask to not get any. None of my shades had any names on them and Erin makes tons of different polishes for these boxes so you can easily get shades that aren’t for sale. You get two full size polishes and a mini each month and there are different prices depending on where you are.
Lips Like Sugar (Thermal)
Black Sheep Lacquer Lips Like Sugar Swatch
I’ve never tried a thermal polish before and wasn’t sold on the idea but I love this new formulation of Lips Like Sugar. I can see myself trying more thermals in the future because I love any kind of polish that changes in different circumstances and this one definitely does. Two coats gave me perfect coverage.
Into The Void (Glitter)
Black Sheep Lacquer Into The Void over Love You Forever Swatch
I use glitter polish so rarely because I hate taking it off but Into The Void is one I’d reach for again. I used this over Black Sheep’s Love You Forever and I loved the combination.
Dark Knight Special Edition (Duochrome)
This special edition of Dark Knight is my favourite of the bunch. It’s a purple duochrome that goes into orange and if you hit the right light you get this amazing sunset effect. Two coats was perfect again and I got a ton of compliments on this one.

I’ll definitely be getting another subscription box, the polishes were all amazingly well formulated and the wear time was fantastic. For more information you can check out Black Sheep Lacquer’s website.

Birchbox December 2014 Review

Birchbox December 2014 Box
I’ve always been a little sad that Canadians couldn’t get certain subscription boxes like Birchbox and I must not have been the only one because now we can! For $10 a month plus $4.95 shipping (or $159.40 annually) Birchbox sends out five personalized beauty samples. What I love about Birchbox is that they also have an online store with tons of brands and a points program, so for every dollar you spend you get a point. 100 points equals $10 you can spend in the store. This is way better than Ipsy’s point program.
Birchbox December 2014 Info Card
Each box comes with an information card letting you know what you got, how much a full size is and how to use it. This box was a press sample so I didn’t fill out the beauty survey. I’m still pretty impressed with what I got. Here’s what was in the box.
Birchbox December 2014 Contents
Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive
This is kind of like a wash off mask that exfoliates. I love that it’s for sensitive skin, I can’t wait to try it.
Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Heartthrob
This line is a Birchbox exclusive and even though the sample looks pretty small you actually get a lot out of it. I’m loving the shade of this stain and it smells pretty good.
Benefit High Beam
I’ve used lots of Benefit over the years but never High Beam. This is another case where the small sample size gives you more than you think.
Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner
This liner is super creamy and lasts a really long time. I’ve never tried Noir Cosmetics before but I’ll definitely be looking into them.
Amika Nourishing Mask
You’re supposed to use this hair mask once a week and leave it on for 5-10 minutes. This is a pretty decent sample size but I really don’t like the scent of it.

I’m really happy with the box I got and I didn’t even fill out the beauty profile. I signed up so I can see what happens when they get survey info but I have a feeling I’ll be sticking with Birchbox and leaving other companies.

Glossybox November 2014

Glossybox November 2014 Box
A lot of non Canadian subscription boxes ship to Canada but until now, Glossybox wasn’t one of them. Now for $21 a month plus $5 shipping for Canadians, we get to subscribe to one of the most popular boxes. There are also 3, 6 and 12 month plans. In each box you receive 5 luxury beauty products and I don’t know how many options there are every month but it looks like you get sneak peeks of a couple guaranteed products (the November box had previews of OPI and Juice Beauty). Glossybox generously sent us a sample box for review.
Glossybox November 2014 Card
The box itself is super sturdy and I’ll definitely be reusing it for storage and it was wrapped really nicely. It comes with a card that gives you quite a bit of information on what’s inside the box. My contents however were super sticky because something leaked.
Glossybox November 2014 Contents
My November box included:
Kneipp Herbal Bath: Balancing In Lavender
12 Benefits: Instant Hair Treatment
So Susan Cosmetics: Universal Blush
OPI: Pink Outside The Glossybox
Juice Beauty: Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

I was definitely most excited about the OPI shade which was made specifically for Glossybox and it’s a pretty, neutral pink. I’ll probably end up trying everything except the herbal bath since, not only do I not take baths but I pretty much hate lavender. Overall I’m pretty impressed with the box, leaking aside, and I can’t wait to see what’ll be in upcoming boxes.

For more information on Glossybox you can check out their website. Will you be subscribing?

Wantable May 2014 Makeup Box

Wantable 2014 Open
I’m a big fan of subscription boxes and I’ve been eyeing Wantable’s makeup box (they also offer accessories or intimates boxes) for a long time, so when they generously offered to send us one for review, I was all over it. The difference between Wantable and other makeup subscription boxes is that you get full size products and it’s by far the most customizable subscription box I’ve ever seen. You literally go through a list of everything from lipstick to nail polish and tell them if you like it or don’t. If you don’t like something, you don’t get it. Same goes for shades. You can subscribe to Wantable for $36 (plus $6 shipping to Canada) or buy a one time only box for $40.

I loved my box. It was filled with things I would actually use and while I’ve wanted to try ncLA nail polish for a while, I’d never heard of the other companies. The box value was $78 so that’s basically double what I would’ve paid for it.

Glam Natural Eyeliner Pencil in Midnight
Glam Natural Eye Pencil Midnight
This eyeliner goes on really smoothly, smudges really well and lasts a long time. The colour is a really nice Indigo.

ncLA Nail Polish in I Only Fly Private
NCLA Nail Polish I Only Fly Private
This is what I was most excited about when I opened my box. The colour is a really nice bright peach, perfect for spring.

(PI_) Beauty Cheeky Blush in Blushing
(PI__) Beauty Cheeky Blush Blushing
I said in my preferences that I was fair, so it was nice to get a blush that wouldn’t be too dark for me. The formula builds really well and I love the shade.

Eddie Funkhauser Hyperreal Eye Colour Palette in Girls On Film
Eddie Funkhauser Eye Color Palette Girls On Film
The colours in this palette are gorgeous and go together really well. I already have a palette with similar shades but I don’t mind getting more. They’re pretty blendable and the right size to throw in your purse if you need to throw on makeup while you’re out.

I’m super impressed with Wantable. From how quickly I got my box to how well it was customized to what I liked, I will definitely be getting this box again.