Hey guys!  I really hope you liked Danielle’s Ipsy review.  If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here.  As I mentioned in the last post I recently subscribed to Birchbox and received my first box a few weeks ago.  If you haven’t heard of Birchbox, it’s a monthly beauty subscription that gives subscribers the chance to try different products.  Birchbox has boxes for both women and men and the ability to buy the full size version directly from their website.  The Canadian subscription costs $10/month plus $4.95 for shipping.  Unlike Ipsy, there are no additional charges discriminating us based on nationality.

Like Ipsy, when subscribing to Birchbox you create a personal profile which helps tailor the boxes to your personal preferences.  Unlike Ipsy, which makes you work to preview monthly box samples, by way of social media shares according to my sources, Birchbox sends a monthly email to subscribers showing them all the potential goodies they might receive, no extra work required!  Both subscriptions have their own points reward system and the ability to purchase full sized items on their respective websites.

Goodies in this months Birchbox:

Beauty Protector Body Wash| 1 oz.

Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator | 0.04 oz

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer | 0.67 oz

PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray | 1 oz

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels | 1 pair

Emi-Jay Hair Tie | 1

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This month was a bonus month with Birchbox, so instead of 5 products, we received 6.  Score!

I laughed when I read Danielle’s thoughts on her LaVanilla Body Butter, sometimes you can really tell we’re related!  The Beauty Protector Body wash smells like vanilla too – yuck – and the full size product costs $19!!!!!!  No thank you!  I’ll stick with my Aveeno triple-pack from Costco.

I’m a big fan of Cynthia Rowley ANYTHING, but I don’t typically use illuminator and I haven’t had a chance to test this out so I can’t really comment fairly on it.  The full size product comes in at $32 and I promise I’ll give it a shot and provide an update on it later.

I’m really enjoying the Naobay moisturizer.  I have combination skin that is oily in the t-zone and this moisturizer has worked great with my skin.  On top of that, a lot of the ingredients are organically and/or naturally sourced which wins big points with me.  The full size product is $45.  I can imagine some of you cringing right now but skincare is something I don’t skimp on, and considering my daily moisturizer is Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, this product is actually cheaper for me. On top of that, Birchbox has provided me with 10% off codes twice since I’ve joined so there seems to be a chance for additional savings.

The PARLOR sea salt spray for hair really missed the mark for me.  I have super fine, pin straight hair, there is no way I’m getting tousled, beachy hair from this product, especially considering in order for me to get a wave that stays in my hair I need a super hot iron and a gallon of hairspray.  On a positive note, this stuff smells AWESOME, like the beach (go figure!).  The full size product costs $27.

I had fun trying out the Skyn Iceland eye gels.  They felt really great on and I loved the chilled feeling it left for quite a while after I removed them.  I don’t have puffy eyes, at least I don’t think I do, so I didn’t notice a change in how my skin looked afterward, but it felt great.  A full sized package is $33 and contains 8 pairs of gels.  I might try cold cucumber slices first before I shell out money on the full size of this product.

Bonus Time!  As I mentioned, this month subscribers were gifted a 6th product, the Emi-Jay Hair Tie.  At first I scoffed at this fancy looking elastic, but I wore it and actually found it to be quite practical.   For me, regular skinny elastics can’t handle a high pony and the thicker elastics are just too bulky, but this elastic was just the right weight and strength.  A set of 5 costs $13, but let’s face it ladies, we lose hair elastics constantly (or is it only me?) so to spend money on something that will likely get lost has me a bit divided.  However, should anyone reading this like to throw these in my Christmas stocking, I wouldn’t say no to them.

Overall, I’m really happy with my first Birchbox.  The whole point of having this subscription is about getting exposed to a variety of products, some you’ll like or love, others not so much, but it’s better than buying a full sized product and ending up with buyers remorse. After reading Danielle’s review of Ipsy, I’m glad I went with Birchbox simply because it is $4 cheaper per month.

Do you have a beauty box subscription?  Ipsy, Birchbox or something else?  What do you think of your subscription and the products?  Find us on Twitter and let us know: @flowersfauxpas & @danyacc.

 

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