Category: Birchbox

2015 August Birchbox

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2015-08-17 22.42.35Hi Friends!

I have to tell you that my August Birchbox was my favourite yet.  First of all, I adored the pool design of the box.  It is so cute!  They even printed the depth around the “pool”.  I love whimsical things like that.

Even better was what was inside!

2015-08-17 22.45.42LAQA & Co.

Charm School Kit Lip Crayon in Coral

I received a LAQA & Co lip crayon in plum a few months ago in my Birchbox and I loved it! the formula is smooth and leaves your lips very soft.

FULL SIZE Value $8.67

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Gradual Tan in Shower

This is a very natural looking self tanner that you apply in the shower and rinse off.  It is very easy to use so perfect for people new to tanning products.  It has a pleasant smell as well.

Value $7.40

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Curly Hair Solutions

Curl Keeper Gel

This was a good size sample to try out the formula.  I have naturally curly hair that is prone to frizz.  This formula provides a nice natural hold and stands up to frizz for a smoother look.

Value $2.88

Crabtreee & Evelyn

Gardeners Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy2015-08-17 22.46.47

This is an old favouite of mine that I had forgotten about.  I was so glad to receive it this month and I ended up using my birchbox points to order a full size for only the cost of shipping!  It has a smooth formula that absorbs well into the skin while still leaving your hands feeling moisturized.

Value $5.67


2015-08-17 22.45.54Nourishing Hair Mask

The smell of amika products is always incredible.  I am a fan of their dry shampoo so I was excited to try the mask.  It is incredible!  I think this was my favourite product this month.  It is a leave in treatment that soaks for three minutes before rinsing out.  It left my hair feeling smooth and soft.

Value $2.97

Total Box value $27.58

While there was only one full size product and the box value wasn’t the highest I have received, I have to say this is definitely s box that pleased me.  All the products were relevant to me and are things I would purchase on my own.

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July 2015 Birchbox Canada

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2015-07-26 12.09.19My favourite part of this month’s box was….the box itself!

I just love the design and colours, not to mention the fact that Birchbox teamed up with Best Health to curate this box.

Let’s see what was inside:
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RUSK heatshift  styling product

I am looking forward to trying this out.  It is a heat protectant and I do straighten my hair from time to time so I will put it to good use.

This is a deluxe size sample valued at $7.35

2015-07-26 12.11.16No. 4 Clarifying Shampoo

At first, I was not thrilled with getting this sample but then I thought I had received the conditioner back in February so at least I could use them together.  I really enjoyed the hairspray I got in another box.  It turns out I now have 2 bottles of shampoo.  This was really disappointing.

This is a deluxe sample valued at $4.24

2015-07-26 12.11.25VASANTI Brighten Up Cleanser

I am looking forward to trying this quality product.  It has some natural ingredients and I am looking forward to giving this a try.  It is an exfoliant and therefore recommended for use only 3-5 times per week.

This is a deluxe sample valued at $5.65

2015-07-26 12.11.35Mereadesso Tinted Moisturizer

I have heard good things about this product and I am looking forward to trying it out and seeing if it is compatible with my complexion.

This is a deluxe sample valued at $16.80

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The Balm Desert Bronzer in Take a Dip

I love the Balm products, They are always great quality and their packaging is just awesome but I really don’t like their sample size.  This is yet another teeny weeny sample.

This is a sample valued at $5.67

Birchbox did not wow me this month.  I was extremely disappointed in the duplicate sample of shampoo.  Had it been a beauty item, I may have been less disappointed.  This box was product heavy and make up light but I do love getting new hair products and I know I got some good quality samples to try.

The total box value was $36.69

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June 2015 Birchbox Canada

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2015-07-01 09.37.20Hi Friends

Here is the June Birchbox Canada.  Now, I have to tell you that originally they promised everyone an Eyeko eyeliner this month however there was a customs hiccup which they let us know ahead of time.  Apparently, once the matter is settled, we can expect to receive them in a future box.

First of all, I love this box!  It was very pretty and I loved the Next Stop: Adventure theme.  This month they had giveaway where we received a code on a card in the box.  Mine ended up being 20% in the Birchbox store.  If you would like to check out the giveaway but aren’t a subscriber, you can visit

2015-07-01 09.38.20Cynthia Rowley Beauty

Brightening Illuminator

This looks like a great highlighter.  I am looking forward to trying this out.

Deluxe Sample value $11.63

2015-07-01 09.38.34Coastal Scents

Revealed 3 Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Bloom

These shades are so pretty.  There is a combination of shimmer and matte finish.  The colours are perfect with my skin tone.

Deluxe Sample value $5

2015-07-01 09.39.00Naobay

Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer

Just when I wanted to try out a new moisturizer, this little gem showed up in my Birchbox.  It smells lovely and goes on nice and light, making a perfect makeup base.

Deluxe Sample value $18

2015-07-01 09.39.36Beauty Protector

Beauty Wash Body Cleanser

This smells ah-mazing! With a very soft formula, this is a luxurious addition to my shower routine.

Deluxe Sample value $2

2015-07-01 09.39.25Parlor by Jeff Chastain

Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray

This is perfect for beachy waves.  I think this is the product I was most excited about last month!

Deluxe Sample value $5.50

2015-07-01 09.38.49Emi-Jay

Hair tie

As a bonus, everyone received one of these adorable hair ties.  How did they know my favourite colour is green?

Sample Value $2.50

The value for this month’s box was approximately $45.  I have to say my boxes keep getting better and better.  Well done Birchbox Canada!

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May 2015 Birchbox Canada

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2015-05-14 18.24.25Hi Friends

I was reviewing my blog and realized that I did not post last month’s Birchbox!  How adorable is this Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired box?

It is so soft and feminine.  I was thrilled to find that the contents were just as exciting as the box this month.

As you know, I have been very hit and miss with Birchbox as they transition to the Canadian Market.  This month they delivered on their promise and everyone received this beautiful box…definitely a step in the right direction!  By the way, I have had nothing but incredible customer service when I have had to contact them.  For example, this box was free for a recent mix up!

2015-05-14 18.37.17100% Pure Creamy Nail Polish in Jam

I love this red, vegan nail polish.  It is all natural and the colour is gorgeous.  It will keep my toes red all summer!

FULL SIZE valued at $16


2015-05-14 18.37.27Not Soap Radio Body Wash

This four leaf clover body wash smelled terrific.  My skin felt clean, soft and fresh after each use.  I felt very sad when my sample came to an end.  I will be ordering it in the future!

sample value $2.20

2015-05-14 18.37.39W3LL People Expressionist BioExtreme Mascara

Another environmentally friendly product! This mascara is just awesome, it makes my lashes look full and dark.  The mascara doesn’t clump or flake.  I would definitely consider buying this in the future.

Deluxe Sample value $14

2015-05-14 18.37.49Number 4 Hairspray

This hairspray is lovely!  The scent is not too strong and it provides a firm hold without making my hair too sticky.  It is the perfect finishing spray for any hairstyle.

Sample Value $5.10

2015-05-14 18.37.59Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm

This is a tiny tube that goes a looong way.  This is a very good protective lip moisturizer.  I am saving it for next winter to prevent chapped lips.

Sample Value $3.40


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April 2015 Birchbox Canada

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IMG_20150419_193825Hello Friends! Here we are, another month and another Birchbox!  I was a little worried what my box would contain as this was pretty much the make it or break it box for me.  I don’t ask a lot.  I just want a good variety and for the goods that are promised to be delivered as advertised.

First of all, let me tell you I love the contents of my box this month.  What I didn’t love was the box itself.  I received a brown kraft box as did many other Canadians after we were promised a pretty Rifle Paper Co. box (google it, it’s pretty).  To add insult to injury, the card enclosed talks about how my box was designed by them and yet, as you can see, I got the generic Birchbox box.  THIS is not a make it or break it issue and Birchbox has already asked me to email them the details when they saw my instagram (@inspiredleolady) photo.

So let’s get down to business.20150419_194714  The first item in my box is one I really love and cannot wait to try.  It is Lulu Organics Lavendar & Clay Sage Hair Powder and it smells incredible.  It is a dry shampoo powder instead of aerosol.

Value $3 (2 5g packs) the full size is $36 for 4 oz


Next up is Temple Spa Peace Be Still Calming Face and Body Balm.  This smells nice and absorbs well into my skin.  I always enjoy trying a new body balm so I am happy with this sample size!

Value $3.62 (25mL deluxe sample) the full size is $29 for 200mL

20150419_194641Bee Kind Shower Gel smells really great.  It has honey and lemon grass in it so it has a fresh lemon scent.  I am looking forward to trying it out and again this is a good size sample.

Value $1.35 (30mL deluxe sample) the full size is $19 for 8 oz – while this is a cheaper sample, it is also a cheaper product if I want to buy the full size.

20150419_194411The next item is the Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Highlighter.  First of all, what a fun name.  Secondly, it is a FULL SIZE!  Thank you Birchbox.  This highlighter is adorably packaged like a nail polish.  I really love the shade and the shimmer it gives off.  It is pretty without being over the top and it blends in well.

Value FULL SIZE $16

20150419_194525I think my favourite product this month – it was hard to choose with so many fun things in this box – is the LAQA & Co. Lip Lube.  I cannot believe how nicely it glides on and it has a vibrant colour.  This was almost full size!

Value $17.50 for 0.07 oz, full size $25 for 0.1 oz


Here are the swatches for the lip lube and highlighter


I was really pleased with the quality of the products I received this month!  Between the amazing job they did getting Paris to me last month to try and wanting to fix the box issue, their customer service really has been great to me.  I am glad I didn’t cancel after a couple of “meh” boxes.

The value of this box is approximately $41.50 Canadian, more than 2x what I paid for it!

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Birchbox Makes It All Better! March 2015 Canadian Birchbox Update

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IMG_0505Why am I smiling?

Because Birchbox freaking rocks!!

I just received my sample of Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip rouge in Paris and it is awesome!

Customer service responded almost immediately to my email about receiving New York in error. Kara was so nice and offered to immediately send out the right shade: Paris.  That was only a few days ago and here I sit with my Paris coloured lips smiling away!

I have no luck with reds so I was hoping the staining and streaking was just because it was red.  Paris definitely has staying power, my lips look saturated and full and I am incredibly pleased!

They also threw in an extra sample for my trouble,

I have completely changed my opinion of my March Birchbox from a meh to a wow!  I tried the shampoo and did love it, I use the beautyblender every morning, the perfume is gone already so the only thing that didn’t work for me was the moisturizer!  Not too shabby!! 4 out of 5 is not bad at all.

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Birchbox Canada March 2015

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Hi Friends

Here is my March Birchbox Canada review.  I have to admit, I received it last week and I took a couple days before posting this to give the products a fair chance.

First of all, I will start with the most exciting part:

IMG_0453The beautyblender!!!!

Every Canadian subscriber received a beautyblender in their Birchbox for March, along with the solid cleanser.  I was so excited when this was announced and honestly, this made the box worthwhile!

I have never owned a beautyblender before and I was really excited to try it out.  This has made my morning routine so much better!  I can apply foundation with it blending perfectly and no mess!  The beautyblender is really easy to use and clean and the container is the perfect holder/drying stand.

You can see my demo here:

This is half of the beautyblender double (value $35) sample value is $17.50


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (24 Hour Miracle Cream)

As you can see, this is another teeny tiny sample.

The product boasts it is a moisturizer that doubles as a primer and make up remover.  I have to say, I ended up being thankful this was small as it just was not for me.  However, had I liked it, I would not have gotten many uses out of it.

The full size is 75 mL for $28, the sample is 5 mL value $1.87


 IMG_0458IMG_0457Mirenesse  Mattfinity Lip Rouge – New York

Originally, according to my card I was supposed to receive Paris which would have been a better colour for my skin.  New York is a dark, thick red.  Mirenesse boasts that it stays on like a tattoo however I found it did not stay on my lips but my skin was another story.  Above, you can see the initial swatch.  The photo next to it is 4 DAYS LATER and my skin was still stained despite using make up remover, hand scrubs and swimming in a hot tub.

I would like to give this product another chance and I have emailed Birchbox in hopes of receiving Paris to try so we will see how they respond.

The full size is 7 g for $29 and this sample was 1.7 g value is $7


IMG_0456Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum

This was my other favourite item this month!  This perfume smells incredible.  I have to admit this sample is almost gone already as I have been wearing it every day.  This fragrance could have been hand picked for me as it smells a lot like some of my other favourites that I already own.  It blends mandarin, rose and sandalwood.


Full size is 3.4 oz for $116, sample is 0.06 oz value $2.05


Number 4 Hydrating Shampoo

I have to admit, I was not very impressed to get shampoo since I received the Harvey Prince shampoo and conditioner last month.  It smells alright and I will try it out although it would have been nice to have the conditioner so I could try them together.

Full Size is 25 oz for $82, sample is 1 oz value $3.28


I have to admit, this box did not wow me.  I was thrilled with the beautyblender and that makes me hesitant to be negative as it is worth more than the cost of the box.  The moisturizer is just not for me, unfortunately.  The lip rouge was just too red, I am hoping to get the lighter colour I was originally supposed to receive so I can give it a fair chance.  I LOVE the perfume and, of course, the beautyblender!

I am still going to subscribe to Birchbox for now as I have faith that they will get their Canadian groove on.  I am hoping this is just growing pains as they venture into a new market.

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February 2015 Birchbox

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Hi Friends!

I hope you are all staying warm in this super cold weather. It makes me envy all my LA and Florida friends, frolicking around in the sun while I need 10 layers to stay warm.

Today my Birchbox arrived!  I had peeked at my samples and I was actually looking forward to my box.

Until I opened it, that is.  Here is what was inside:

IMG_0366The first samples were Harvey Prince hello Shampoo and Conditioner.

These were deluxe samples (0.5 oz) worth about $1 each.

The full sizes are 12 oz and cost $26.00 each.

These smell AMAZING.  I am looking forward to trying them out to see if they work as good as they smell.  Last month,  I received the Harvey Prince hello hand cream and while it also smelled amazing, it was not a good moisturizer at all.

To learn more, here is the purchase link for the shampoo and conditioner.




IMG_0365Next up was derma e Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Scrub

This was a deluxe sample (1 oz) value $3.38

Full size is 4 oz for $13.50

Last month, I received the derma e night creme and I love it so I was excited to receive the scrub.  This was my favourite product in the box and not a bad size sample.





IMG_0360Here is my Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain in Heartthrob

This is a deluxe sample (0.079 oz) valued at $10.68

The full size is 0.17 oz for $23.00

I was excited to try this product and I have to say I am really disappointed.  I swatched it and the colour faded almost immediately.  I tried it on my lips and it did not stain them.  It does not smell unpleasant but I am not crazy about the product.  If you want to check it out, here is the purchase link.


IMG_0389IMG_0364Finally, I received theBalm cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer highlighter.

This is a sample (0.02 oz) value of $1.73

The full size is 0.3 oz for $26.00

I really love the product. It is beautiful! The packaging is completely adorable. I could not  be more disappointed in the size of this “sample”.  To show just how small it is, I put it on my keyboard.

To learn more about this product, here is the purchase link.

The grand total value of my Birchbox this month is $17.79 and it costs $14.95.  I am not one to complain but I am a bit underwhelmed at this selection.  I feel like the Canadian Birchboxes are just not up to par with the US ones.  They also included a $30 off coupon for Rent The Runway in the box.  It turns out, Rent the Runway does not ship to Canada so none of the Canadian subscribers will be able to use the coupon. I will be giving it another month or two to see if things improve before I rush into cancelling my subscription.

If you are interested in signing up for Birchbox, here is my referral link

Please note all values are the Canadian prices.

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January 2015 Birchbox “Let’s Do This”

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Hi Friends!

My first Birchbox has arrived!  I was very excited to see what goodies would be inside.  This is the January 2015 Canadian Birchbox so any reference to value is based on the prices for Canada, US prices are a few dollars less for each product.

First of all, the box is adorable!  It is the perfect size to reuse for storing little things such as samples…hmmm….definitely not a coincidence!

Here is what was inside:

derma e Hydrating Night Creme with hyaluronic acid

0.5 oz deluxe sample valued at $7.75 (Full Size is 2 oz @ $31)


I love the smell of this night creme and it is very smooth and luxurious feeling on the skin.  The creme absorbed well into my pores and left my face feeling very soft.  I would buy the full size.  Definitely a winner here!

Whish Shave Cream in acai grapefruit scent

22mL sample valued at $3.30 (Full size is 150mL @ $22)


Again, this is a great smelling product.  Not too strong and I am intrigued by the fact it is a cream, not a gel or a foam.  The cream feels really nice on my skin and I look forward to trying it out! They have quite a variety of scents available.

hello Body Cream by Harvey Prince

0.5 oz sample valued at $1.08 (Full size is 12 oz @ $26)


This is a very cute tube and by cute I mean tiny!  I was really looking forward to trying this as I had heard great things but I was a bit disappointed with the cream.  For a body cream, I would consider this a small sample.  It smells incredible however when I put it on, it absorbed well into my skin but I found myself wanting to reapply.  I don’t think I would purchase this item after trying it and that is why I love the concept of these subscription boxes!  You can try all kinds of products without spending a ton of money.

ModelCo Party Proof Matte Lipstick in Dusk Till Dawn

Full size lipstick worth $7.67 (comes in a 3 pack for $23)


I love this shade! It looks very natural on and the colour does not bleed.  It has a nice smell and taste and leaves my lips looking soft and full.  I would buy more of these.  Another winner!

amiko Perk Up Dry Shampoo in Sea Buckthorn Berry (Obliphica)

0.75 oz deluxe sample worth $7.50 (Full size is 1 oz @ $10)


Is this not the most adorable little spray can ever? Not only is it cute but it smells ah-mazing!  I tried it out first on my hair when it had a lot of product in it and the result was impressive.  My hair felt clean and it gave a lift to my tired looking locks.  By far this is my favourite product in the box and I would buy the full size for sure.  Birchbox hit it out of the park with this one!

The total value of this Birchbox is $27.30!  Obviously well worth the $14.95 I paid for it.

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A couple things I like with Birchbox is that you get points for reviewing your products from your box and from purchases you make on the website AND they do not charge shipping.

All in all, I was happy with this box.  I only had one product I did not love but will use and the box was worth almost twice what I paid for it.

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