January 18, 2015

Birchbox Canada January 2015 Unboxing & Review

Hello readers,
I just got my Birchbox Canada January box in the mail and wanted to share it with you.  This time it took a lot less time to reach me after shipping though it was sent via UPS this time instead of Canada Post.  I'm not sure if the carrier change was what sped things up or whether it not being Christmas time was the main reason.  Either way, let's check out what was in this month's box!

derma e Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid | Full-size $29.50
What: All-natural, antioxidant-packed hydrator that helps skin recover when you snooze.
How: At bedtime, smooth a thin layer over clean face and neck.

Though I don't think I've ever actually purchased a night cream it's still definitely something I'll use up.  Not a super exciting sample but not a useless one either.

Whish Shave Crave - Acai Grapefruit | Full-size $20
What: An ultra hydrating, shea butter-packed shaving cream in a pick-me-up grapefruit scent.
How: Apply to legs, armpits, or bikini line before you shave.

I really like this sample.  It smells delicious and will be great for traveling since it's not in a pressurized can like most shaving creams/gels.  I will be bringing this along on my next trip.

amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo | Full-size $26.50
What: Weightless spray in the brand's signature obliphica scent that refreshes hair sans residue.
How: Shake can and hold 8-10 inches from head.  Spritz roots, then massage through strands.

I'll be honest.  I was disappointed to see this sample in my box preview.  I don't use dry shampoo and this was also a repeat of the sample options from last month.  I've already swapped this for another product that suits me better.

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick - Dusk Until Dawn | Set of 3 $20
What: Hydrating, semimatte formula in a deep nude shade that lasts as long as the party does.
How: Swipe onto lips for a nourishing, stay-put color.

This lipstick was the sample I was most excited about... until I saw the colour.  Dark nudes just look terrible on me.  I would have much preferred something with more colour.  It also seems that everyone got the exact same shade so I can't even swap it for one that suits my colouring better.

Harvey Prince Hello Body Creme | Full-size $22
What: Infused with the best-selling citrus-floral scent, this hydrator leaves skin silky smooth.
How: Massage generously into skin.

Another repeat sample option from last month.  I found the scent of my Harvey Prince body wash from last month's box way to strong and overwhelming.  Hopefully this one will be a little more toned down.  I'll definitely give it a try.

While I'll get good use out of some of the products from this month's box, I'm a little disappointed in the overall options for the Canadian boxes.  We were told that the Canadian boxes would be very similar to the American ones however the Canadian January boxes only had 12 sample options (4 of which were repeats from December) and the American boxes had 82 samples options.  This doesn't seem very similar at all.  I really hope the product options for Canadians grows in the following months so I can try a wider range brands.  Birchbox starts at $14.95CAD per month including shipping.  You also can get $5 towards the birchbox shop each month my reviewing all of the samples you receive.

Happy polishing,



  1. Well, this post started out well... I was all for that night cream and shave cream, but then it kind of went downhill. That's a bummer about the repeat products. That lipstick is a really awkward shade, as well... You'd think they'd have chosen a more universally flattering shade...

    1. I'm hoping that the number of samples per month will grow quickly and the limited quantities are just a hiccup of starting in a new location. I purchased a yearly subscription so I'm stuck either way though. :P