the low-down from laura : birchbox

Monthly sample boxes have been all the rage in the last couple years. Birchbox was actually one of the first I ever heard of through Youtube a couple of years ago, but back then it was not yet available in Canada so I opted for a few other options at the time. This has now all changed!

Birchbox officially launched in Canada and sent out their first round of boxes this December. I was so excited to hear the news that I quickly signed up on a monthly basis for $10 plus $4.95 for shipping & handling. You also have the option to subscribe for the year for $100 + shipping and handling.

For those of you not familiar with sample boxes, what happens is you sign up for the type of subscription you’d like – Birchbox offers monthly (sort of like a pay-as-you-go option) and annual subscriptions. Every month you receive a lovely box with a few beauty samples, making it a great way to try out new and popular products. Products include anything from makeup to skincare, haircare and fragrances. Each box also includes a card that explains each product and lets you know how much each full size item costs.

As I mentioned, I’ve subscribed to other boxes before and overtime became unimpressed as the types of products and quality they were sending was becoming less and less appealing, so when I saw Birchbox I thought to give it a try – so far so good! I received my box about a week ago and loved every sample.

This month I received the following items:

  • Mini Beauty protector protect and detangle spray (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint (full size available for $36.00)
  • Mini Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black (full size available for $18.00)
  • Mini Harvey Prince hello Body Cream (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (full size available for $34.00)

So far I’ve tried the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner, Vasanti BrightenUp!, and the body cream and I’m loving them all. My mini version of the Brightenup has been used 3 times already and I’ll for sure be purchasing the full size version once I run out. The eyeliner is so creamy, which for me is a must because I like to smudge my liner to create a smokey effect. Finally, the body cream smells delicious and is not greasy! I can’t wait to try out my Lollitint which I’m saving for a Christmas look.

All in all I have to say that so far Birchbox did a great first round of boxes, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month brings!

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