Not the Most Auspicious Start with Birchbox (Canada) — April 2015

Birchbox April 2015, box by Rifle Paper Co.

When subscription box Birchbox finally came to Canada late last year, I thought about subscribing, but I had only been with Ipsy for a couple of months, so I thought I’d lay off signing up with anything new for a while.

Of course, curiosity got the better of me and I recently signed up with Birchbox (referral link), anyway. It costs the same as Ipsy (CA$14.95/mo, shipping and taxes included), and I have, for the most part, enjoyed getting my Ipsy Glam Bags (referral link). At the very least, even if I don’t care for the products in the end, I usually enjoy trying them!

My main reservation with Birchbox was that they seem to focus more on skincare than makeup, and I much prefer trying out new makeup and nail polish over skincare and haircare.

Well, it’s sad to say, but my reservations were not totally unfounded. Birchbox shipped my first box very quickly, and I received it just this week. I had filled out my Birchbox profile to say I preferred to receive Makeup and Nail products (and ticked the box for YAY FRAGRANCE SAMPLES PLEASE), and here is what I got:

  • Rifle Paper Co. floral print paper box
  • BeautyBlender Original Mini with BlenderCleanser Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Shampoo Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Conditioner Mini
  • Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer in Ibiza Mini
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash Mini in Beach + Sky Blue Water

I don’t have any proper reviews, since I haven’t tried any of this stuff yet, but here’s the rundown:

Birchbox April 2015, box by Rifle Paper Co.
To start off, everything came prettily packed in an even prettier paper box from Rifle Paper Co. I will probably use this to store fragrance sample vials. Eventually, it’ll smell nice, too!

BeautyBlender Original Mini & BlenderCleanser Mini soap (Birchbox mini)
I already have two BBs, and I really like the product, so this isn’t a total waste…but I am not entirely sure what I am going to do with a smaller version of it.

Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner (Birchbox mini)
Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner (Birchbox mini), ingredients
Not just one, but two haircare products. Eh.

Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer in Ibiza (Birchbox mini)
Not a huge cream/liquid highlighter user (my fave is a MAC Cream Colour Base that I’ve owned for a meeellion years and it still works great), but I guess they weren’t to know that.

Not Soap, Radio Body Wash Mini in Beach + Sky Blue Water (Birchbox mini)
Body wash? Really? I seriously have a shoebox or two of mini body wash and hair products that I’ve accumulated over the years and forgotten to use. Oh well.

Hope May’s box is much better for me, otherwise this is getting canceled, for sure!

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8 thoughts on “Not the Most Auspicious Start with Birchbox (Canada) — April 2015

  1. Oh I was excited about the Beauty Blender until I read that it’s a mini one. Boo. For under eye concealer?
    I also perked up when I saw the Jelly Pong Pong bottle thinking it was a nail polish. Nope.
    And shampoo / conditioner / body wash samples can suck it! 👎🏻
    At least the box print is really pretty – it’s honestly my favourite thing of this!

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