Birchbox December 2014 & Advent Day 18

Birchbox has arrived!! The box that started it all in the States has finally made it’s way to Canada.  You get monthly boxes of five personalized beauty samples, tailored to your profile. They promise to help you try cult brands, up-and-coming lines, and everything in between.  They also say you will never receive the same product twice.  Birchbox runs at $10.00 per month plus $4.95 shipping but you can get yearly plans for $100.00 plus shipping as well.  This makes it one of the more affordable boxes out there and I am excited to see what they bring and if they are really as good as their American reviews would have you believe. The December box is their first one for Canada.

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The box was much smaller then I thought it would be. I’m not sure why I thought it would be larger when it’s about the same as most others and I’m getting five products in it.

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Inside the pink was this box with the Hi There wrapper around it. The box is sturdy and reusable for flat items.

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Inside were two cards, one letting you know how to share your box and possibly win Birchbox Points, usable in their shop, and facts about shipping on shop products.  The other is the info card telling the theme, Decked Out, and products with full size retails, what they are and how to use them.

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What was inside.

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Beauty Protector Protect & Detangle Leave-In Conditioner-1oz $3.25

I have looong hair and sometimes need a little extra help with detangling so I’m happy to get this.  It is a brand I’ve never heard of and that is one of the reasons I signed up for these boxes.  First Birchbox product is a win.

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Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint Lip & Cheek Stain-2.5mL $7.20

Shockingly this is not a Benefit product I have yet received in my advent calendar.  However it might be a bit to purply for me.  I’ll have to give it a go I guess.

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Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black-0.8g $13.50

This is 3/4 full sized, which is a good sample size.  It seems like a nice black liner, which also seems to be the color of choice in any box.  I get that black is universally used but I tend to prefer a bit more color or shock value in my eyeliners.

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Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream-15mL $2.15

This body cream is scented like the Hello Perfume.  It is a bit on the strong side for me but I’ve heard good things about Harvey Prince and think if this wasn’t lotion I might like it better.

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Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Exfoliating Cleanser-20g $5.67

This is supposed to mimic the effects of microdermabrasion.  I’m all for making things look better and brighter.

Well my first impressions of Birchbox are quite positive.  This box had a value of $31.77, not too shabby for a $15 box.   The points system is a bit different then the American one.  You cannot reveiw your products for points, just get them from referrals, surveys or buying full size products but that may change.

Behind the doors of my advent calendars today I found the following items,

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“That Gal” Brightening Face Primer and the cutest mini bath pouf ever!

I have used a brightening primer before, in fact my normal primer is one, so this is a great find for me.  I don’t know that you can ever have enough poufs.  I use them, Hubby uses them, Bug uses them, and the fact that this one is just so darned small and cute brings me joy.  I’m not even sure if you could call it half sized.  Today the primer takes the win but only by a hair!

This time next week we will be surrounded by discarded wrapping paper and enjoying the afterglow of endorphin’s from Santa’s deliveries.  What traditions do you and your family share on Christmas Day?

 

 

 

 

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