My Very First Birchbox – What’s Inside

August 11, 2015

A friend of mine gifted me a Birchbox subscription for my birthday last month. Needless to say, I squealed with delight upon opening it! I’ve been wanting to test out the box service ever since it arrived in Canada. I think it’s such a creative gift idea and would be great for any beauty addict.

If you’re not familiar with Birchbox, it’s a monthly delivery of sample beauty products from a wide range of brands. It’s $10 a month, plus $4.75 shipping and handling. Each box contains five deluxe samples of makeup, skincare, fragrances, hair and nail care. It’s a really great option for those of us curious to try everything in the market without breaking the bank.

I waited like a giddy schoolgirl to receive my first box. When it finally arrived on my doorstep, I resisted the urge to tear into it with theatrical excitement. I used caution when lifting the lid and very carefully unfolded the beautiful pink tissue paper to unveil my goodies. I wanted to share the experience with you and capture it with photos. So if you’re curious to see what I got, continue reading.

The box contained a card that not only welcomed me to the service, but also provided brief descriptions about the products inside, along with their full size price. I should also note that Birchbox has an online store where each item can be purchased if desired.

What’s inside?

Beauty Protector Beauty Wash Body Cleanser (Full size = $19)

“This rich, foamy gel cleanses skin without drying, and has a dreamily sweet scent.” 

It smells like vanilla! You guys know how I feel about vanilla…and if you don’t…well it’s a really good feeling. This may be my favourite item from the box because it smells so darn delicious!

Naobay Oxygenating Cream Moisturizer (Full size = $45)

“Made with avocado and olive oils, this 98% natural cream nourishes and hydrates skin.”

I like the word natural and seem to be attracted to these types of products lately. It also has a nice, fresh scent. But yikes, $45 seems steep!

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Creamy Lip Stain (Full size = $23)

“A long-wearing stain from the NYC-based designer that gives unbeatable moisture and shine.”

I have yet to find a lip stain that does not dry out my lips. Maybe this will be a winner!

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (Full size = $33)

“Peptide-packed cooling treatment to hydrate and refresh stressed skin under the eyes.”

I’m all about that stress relief action! My sample contains one set of eye gels, but for the record a full-size consists of eight pairs. I was also surprised to learn that these petite patches are loaded with Icelandic glacial water. Hmmmm….fancy!

Number 4™ Clarifying Shampoo (Full size – $36-$82)

“Vitamin-rich botanicals gentle purify hair while restoring lost moisture and shine.”

I’ve never been too interested in clarifying shampoos before. I’m more of a no-fuss, don’t care about my hair kind of girl. But maybe this will be a game changer…

There’s a great variety of items here and each is the perfect size for travelling. I’m thrilled with my first Birchbox and can’t wait to see what gems i’ll be introduced to next time.


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