December 22, 2014

Birchbox Canada December 2014 Unboxing & Review

Hello readers,
Today I received my December Birchbox.  This was the first month that they offered shipping to Canada so I decided to try it out as a replacement for my disappointing Beauty Box 5 subscription.  December's theme was "Decked Out" and  here's what I got in mine.




Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvinator | Full size $34
What: This customer fave mimics the effects of microdermabrasion for glowing, smooth skin.
How: 3-5 times a week, massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin and rinse.  For all skin types.
I like a good face scrub so I'm looking forward to trying this product. 

Harvey Prince Ageless Liquid Loofah | Full size $26
What: Infused with grapefruit-vanilla fragrance, this wash hydrates and softens skin.
How: Work into a lather and massage over skin.  Breathe in the youthful scent, then rinse clean.
I like citrus scents and I like vanilla so this one works for me.  It says it's exfoliating but it doesn't mention any sort of grit so I'll have to see how that aspect works out.  I just hope it doesn't have that plastic little beads.  Those are not good for the environment at all.  I will definitely use this product.

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam | Full size $32
What: This award-winning illuminator highlights and enhances features with soft pink shimmer.
How: Use fingertips to dab onto cheekbones, brow bones, or anywhere else, and quickly blend.
This is probably the product that I am most excited to try.  I love a good highlighter so this will definitely get used.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner | Full-size $18
What: A luxe, creamy liner from the NYC-based designer for smudge-proof, all-day wear.
How: Glide along lash line for a defined look of blend within 30 seconds for a smokey eye.
I have SO many black liners already that this will go up for swap.  I was kind of hoping they would be sending out an assortment of the colours available but it looks like everyone got black.  Not a bad product but one that just isn't for me.

amika Nourishing Mask | Full size $31
What: Paraben-free treatment that conditions and reparis with superfruit sea buckthron berrym
How: Once a week, smooth onto lengths and ends of damp hair.  Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
At first I thought this was a face mask and got excited but then realized after reading the description it was a hair mask.  I don't really use hair masks since the ones I've tried didn't really do anything for me in the past.  I'll probably see if I can swap this one.

Conclusion
Overall I'm pleased with the products.  I will use 3 of them and then other two will make good swaps or gifts.  The one thing that confused me is that on the description card it said we get $10 to spend at the GAP - no strings attached.  However, there's no coupon code, gift card, etc. in the box so I have no idea how to actually redeem this perk.  It looks like they've been asked about this a lot on their facebook page but haven't provided any answers which is a little disappointing.  I've sent them a message and hopefully I'll find out what's going on.  For a first box I'm quite happy and am looking forward to seeing what's coming next month.  I paid $13.29CAD for this box (by buying a yearly subscription) and I definitely got my money's worth.  If you want to learn more about Birchbox you can check them out here.

Happy polishing,

Michelle

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