*This is NOT a sponsored post. I subscribed to Birchbox with my own $$$. I just want to discuss my experience so far. If you are curious, read along.*
Everybody is getting into mail subscriptions. There is a subscription service for everything now. I remember when it was just magazines. I loved getting magazines in the mail. I got over that a few years ago- more ads than articles. The internet fills my magazine related needs these days, but I still like getting stuff in the mail.
I started hearing about Birchbox a few years ago when it was US only. I was curious about it even then. I’m a lady who likes putting chemicals on her face. Getting five tiny concoctions in the mail every month is in my wheelhouse. With a bit more disposable cash in my pocket lately, I decided to give the Canadian version a try. It costs $14.95 (including shipping) a month and according to the website I can cancel whenever I wish.
First, I created an account and filled out a questionnaire. I was asked questions about my complexion, my hair, and my age. Then what concerns I had regarding my beauty routine: got acne? Want to slow the cruel hands of Time? Etc. I then had to decide what beauty “style” I consider myself to have: adventurous, trendy, classic, or low maintenance. I chose classic, seemed pretty safe. There is no opt out for certain products, but I could specify what most interests me (makeup, hair care). I would have liked to opt out of fragrances, since I usually toss those samples when I get them, but I could at least choose to get fewer a year.
Finally, I was good to go! I just had to wait for my box to arrive- during the erratic mail delivery season of a Canadian winter. But arrive they did. Let’s take a peek!
FebruaryFebruary’s theme was Friendship. Okay, sure. Whatever. The box design was super cute.
- derma e Anti-Wrinkle Scrub. My favorite sample! This sample went really far and I use it once a day. It’s made a real difference in my complexion. I will be buying this.
- Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain. The colour is a bit dark but I love this stain.
- Harvey Prince Hello Shampoo and Conditioner. Acceptable. Smells nice.
- The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer. I have no idea what to do with luminizer. I just rub it on my face and hope I look ok. I gave this away.
MarchMarch’s theme was Creativity. Mmm hmm. The box was plain on the outside but chevron on the inside.
- Beauty Blender (and cleanser). Sephora sells these for $$$. This was fun to get. The only thing is the pink dye comes out when I wash it.
- Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre. Everyone is crazy about French Pharmacy stuff and I can see why. This cream did not make me break out. I will use it again in my fight against Time.
- ModelCo Lipstick. A good sized sample. Liked the feel of this, but the Peony colour was too bright. Maybe if I had a darker skin tone or was 20 years younger.
- Harvey Prince Imperial Gardenia. Perfume. Flowery perfume.
- Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo. Not hydrating for me. Also, real expensive.
AprilApril’s theme was Spring! What a pretty, springish box!
- Benefit’s Roller Lash. I love Benefit’s They're Real mascara. This is nice too.
- Not Soap, Radio Body Wash. Bathing with Sharks is what it says on the bottle. Weird, but smells great.
- Mèreadesso Moisturizer. Smells earthy. Didn’t make me break out.
- Whish Shave Cream. Doesn’t go very far. Smells interesting.
- Jelly Pong Pong Highlighter. Again I don’t understand this stuff. Am I supposed to look sweaty?
All in all, I’m having fun with Birchbox. I’m finding new products I might buy. It’s low commitment. I’m not stuck with a lot of something after spending lots of bucks to try it. If I review a sample, I get points I can use towards my future purchases. I do like reviewing stuff!
If you’d like to sign up, you can use this Invite from me (I’ll receive points). I hope you enjoyed this little diversion!