Birchbox May 2015

With Birchbox 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. Each box is different and reflects the theme of the month.

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So this month I actually got the designed box, unlike April.  The box reflects the collaboration between Birchbox and Cupcakes and Cashmere, a blog about “Elevating Everyday Life”.  The writer of that blog, Emily Schuman curated this months box.

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The front of the card has a message from Emily.  The back lists the products and prices, plus how to use them.

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BeeKind Body Lotion-30mL $2.38

I like these type of products that support a cause as well as provide me with something.  A portion of the proceeds goes to supporting honey bees.  The lotion itself is quite thin but the smell is nice and it soaked in really well.  I think this sample will last a while just because it spreads alot.

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Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash-40mL $3.04

This body wash is infused with marine extracts.  It smells good but I can’t think of what it is that it smells like.  It might be slightly masculine.  I tend to use mostly shower gels so I like getting the samples and they are small enough that I get through them before I end up with a whole crapload.

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LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Menatour-$17.54

This sample is a little more than half of a regular size.  I have to admit that I saw this colour and went Oh Hell No but somehow it works.  It goes on a little less potent and smells really good!  It was also really nice to apply with no tugging or dryness.

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Number 4 Non-Aerosol Hairspray-30mL $5.10

I use hairspray way less now then I used to but I like the pump style ones better.  They give you more control over where you’re putting it then the sprays.  This is supposed to nourish your hair as you use it but it is your standard alcohol based hairspray so I’m not sure how valid that claim is.

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Raw Spirit Fragrances Desert Blush EDP-1mL $6.00

This says it’s a floral but I just get spicy musk on me.  I am uncertain if I like it so I’ll have to give it another few tries to see.  It’s definitely a going out perfume not an everyday one though.  It’s very notice me.

This months value for this box was $34.06 but half of that is the lip gloss. You get points for reviewing your box items, that you can then use in their store.  If you find a product you love, any item in your box has free shipping for the month also. The American boxes do have a few more perks like selecting one of your samples and a mens box but I am hopeful once they get settled in Canada the same types of options will be available.

If you want to sign up send me a message and I can get you a link.  You can also go to their Canadian site by clicking here.

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