Something Different: Birchbox Subscription Review

*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.*

Birchbox box

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!


February’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.


March’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.


April’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!


  1. I love beauty stuff but tend to stay close to my tried and trues. Not sure this would be for me but I love the boxes! Just like a small kid at Christmas time. If I ventured out of my normal routine for a new product, I'd want something to even out my skin tone. I have freckles now which is weird. They are not age spots either but actual freckles and although I think they are cute for younger women, they are not cute when you are 46.

    1. I was an Oil of Olay girl until I started seeing lines. Now I'll try anything. I have some...spots. If I find something that works on "discoloration" I'll let you know.

  2. It always interests me what others get in their boxes. You and I didn't have anything the same for February, I had the perfume (nasty) from March, although I also got the highlighter you received in April in my March box. As for April, I got the shaving cream. For some reason, I tend to get hair care products. I have more sample shampoos and conditioners than I will ever use on a trip. Oh, this month I got another eye cream too. I'm not certain I need more of that either...

  3. Ugh, I love the idea of all these subscription boxes, but I can never settle on which one I'd want if I started getting one. Despite its extreme adorability, I'm pretty sure Birchbox isn't for me -- I don't wear enough makeup because I am too lazy to put on makeup in the mornings because I am bad at being a Southern lady. :p But I always love seeing what's in other people's subscription boxes!

  4. I'm with you on the fragrances. Dislike. I also wish I could opt out of eyeliner because my eyes are too sensitive to wear that much makeup.


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