The One with the Birchbox Canada February 2016 Box

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For those who have not heard the news, BirchBox Canada is being put “on hold.” While this implies that it will be back, there is no info on if and when. Understandably, the Canadian dollar and skyrocketing shipping costs have played a big factor in their decision. I love this box and I love this company so I’m a little sad about this.

At first I was worried I was going to be out money because I had an annual subscription, but Birchbox truly does have great customer service, and they refunded me. I was worried because there was an announcement that we would get our refund in points to use in their shop, which wouldn’t have been right.


So, alas, this will be my last Birchbox post for awhile! I am going to miss getting this monthly, for sure. The last box went out with a bang! While I got the dreaded perfume sample, I’m very pleased with the rest of my box.


Living proof Restore Mask Treatment

I am super excited to try out this hair mask. I’ve been dying to try a product from this company. Did you know it is co-owned by Jennifer Aniston?! The products are pretty expensive so I’m happy to get one in a box that cost me 10 bucks. This one claims to make hair up to 20 times stronger, in addition to repairing dry and damaged hair!


Color Club Nail Lacquer

I received the colour “That’s My Jam” and it’s a beautiful pinkish red. This is just a mini bottle but I never finish a nail polish anyway so I think it will last me awhile. I love that this company is vegan, and 100% cruelty-free. That’s always a plus in my books.


CLEAN White Woods Eau de Parfum

Ok, so here is the one product I wasn’t happy with. I am just not a fan of receiving perfume samples. I find them kind of useless. They are too difficult to use, in my opinion. I don’t mind the spray bottle samples, but not these ones. It smells pretty good, but not enough for me to buy the bottle. It’s described as top notes of bergamot, mandarin, and black pepper, followed by notes of magnolia, lily and vanilla orchid.


Key West Aloe Gentle Facial Cleanser

I’m anxious to try this cleanser! I really like aloe products, and this one is 30%. It is a foaming wash that cleans, calms, and rebalances skin. It also says it will tone and soften the skin. I like the smell of this stuff, too.


ARROW BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm

This stuff is so cool! This was my sample choice this month and I’m glad I picked it. I’m a lip balm fanatic, and so far, I find it very nice on my lips. What is super neat about this is that it is a tinted lip balm. The formula adjusts to each wearers pH, enhancing their natural lip colour. For me, the colour turns a very nice light pinkish red. Subtle, but noticeable! Such a nice touch to the lips.

So, that’s it! The final Canadian BirchBox! Any other Canadians super sad about this? It will be hard to find a replacement, especially one that beats the price! Hopefully they will be back in Canada at some point, as they did say they are putting their operations on hold. Not closing down! Let’s hope!

Until next time,
Tigritsa

The One with the Topbox January 2016 Box

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TopBox has completely redeemed themselves from their very first box they sent me. My past two boxes have been awesome for the $12 they cost me. I thought I was going to cancel after my first box, but I gave it another shot and I’m very pleased that I did.


This month’s box was filled with some great brands and all products I can use. I always choose to receive my TopBox in an organza bag, to be a little more environmentally friendly. Plus, I always end up with cute little bags that I can use for gifts later on. Let’s look at what I got in my TopBox!


Shu Uemura POREraser Under Base Mousse

While I haven’t heard of this brand before, I have recently fell in love with using primers, so I can’t wait to try this one. It will be interesting to try a mousse product! It’s reviews are very good, and it’s quite an expensive product. This sample is around $18, making the cost of the box more than worth it.


Eyeko Black Magic Mascara

I love this mascara! I got this in my very first BirchBox and I thought I wouldn’t like it because it is “water resistant” and I normally dislike waterproof mascara. But after trying it, and seeing how amazing my lashes looked, my mind changed quick. It doesn’t go on like a waterproof mascara at all. It goes on nice and smooth, and is easy to remove. I like how dark and full it made my lashes look. I’m so happy I got another sample of this!


L’Occitane Shea Butter Dry Skin Hand Cream

I think most of us are experiencing bouts of dry skin due to the harsh weather. This hand cream is 20% shea butter (which I’m guessing is a lot if they are boasting about it?) which is super moisturizing. My hands have thanked me for using this stuff. I really do feel a difference. The scent wasn’t amazing to me, but it was not bad at all.


Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer

Yay, another primer! Honestly, my foundation has looked so much better since I started using primers. I’m really happy to get to try another one from such a great brand. This primer is supposed to even the skin’s texture, and minimize pores and fine lines. Can’t wait to try this!

So, there we have it. 4 great products for $12! I am happy that TopBox made it up to me with two boxes in a row that I was super excited with. Of course, now I can’t wait to see what they have in store for me for next month!

xoxo,
Tigritsa

The One with the Ipsy January 2016 Glam Bag

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I wasn’t that anxious to receive my Ipsy glam bag this month, simply because their products have been hit or miss with me so far. Their theme for January is “All Eyes on You” so after hearing that, I had a good feeling about the bag. Eye products are my favourite makeup items, for sure.


The bag is really cute and ties in perfectly with their theme. This is the first Ipsy bag that I can wholeheartedly say I am 100% happy with! I’m really pleased with everything that I got this month, as well as kind of shocked! A good shocked, though! ;) Let’s dive in.


Hikari Cosmetics Cream Metallic Pigment Shadow

This is such a beautiful colour. It is called “mink.” I cannot wait to try this shadow! Because it is so glittery, I would say it’s most ideal for a night out so I can’t see myself wearing it overly much. It’s so pretty, though. I would describe it as a gold-y bronze maybe. I’m very happy with this, especially since I’m short on eye shadows!


Mitchell and Peach English Leaf Body Cream

The second I opened my bag, all I could smell was something heavenly, and it was this stuff right here. I’ve been getting a lot of creams in my subscriptions lately, but this one is so different from any of the others! I never knew an English leaf smelled so good. ;) I like the consistency of the product, also. It contains Vitamin E, shea & cocoa butter, and organic English honey to nourish the skin!


Beau Gâchis Paris Smudge Brush

I keep seeing others receive makeup brushes in their bags, and since I’m short on brushes, I really wanted to get one. I’m happy to say I got this smudge brush. It will be perfect for blending the new Hikari eyeshadow I got!


pur-lisse Blue Lotus 4-in-1 Eye Adore Serum

I’ve been wanting to try a pur-lisse product! This 4-in-1 serum hydrates, firms, brightens, and decreases puffiness. I’ve been looking for a good eye cream without much luck, so hopefully this one will do the trick. It is supposed to help with fine lines and wrinkles, and also work for dark circles. The scent is very light.


theBalm Cosmetics Mr. Write (Now) Eyeliner Pencil

Everyone received this product in their bag, in either a rich bronze or deep purple. I got the bronze liner! It’s always nice to get a full-sized product, also, to increase the value of the bag! I like this brand a lot, and while I’ve never tried a bronze liner before, I think I will like it. I can see it pairing up nicely with the Hikari eyeshadow!

So, there we have it. A 5-star Ipsy bag! This is the very first month where I was really happy with every single product. I’m content with getting 3 out of 5 products that I like, so I’m a little blown away! I’m not sure how February will top this bag, but I’m curious to find out. ;)

xoxo,
Tigritsa

The One with the BirchBox Canada January 2016 Box

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I was so happy to receive my BirchBox earlier than I expected this month. December was a nightmare. I thought I would never get it! BirchBox costs $14.95 a month – yes, in Canadian dollars! It includes makeup, skincare and hair care!


This month’s box is so pretty, and came with some inspirational stickers, which I plan on turning into magnets! I think my box is decent. I find I receive pretty similar items on a monthly basis, so there isn’t much excitement factor at this point. So, let’s take a look.


Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect

Let’s just start by saying the design on this bottle is awful. It’s not eye catching at all. I’m sure they could have come up with something better than that. This is a leave-in conditioner that provides colour protection, strengthens and repairs hair, and detangles. It’s something I could use, but the smell is not pretty. It is a 100% vegan product, which is nice.


Juara Candlenut Body Creme

Now why does this stuff look familiar? Oh, because I just reviewed it after I received a huge tub of it in my FabFitFun box! :P I am super impressed with this cream. While I would have liked to have received an item new to me (which is why I did not choose this as my choice this month, but got it anyway!), I will put this to good use. My hands are super dry this winter, and the second I put this on, they feel so much better. It’s so thick and moisturizing. The smell is wonderful, and it’s a vegetarian product.


TONYMOLY Delight Tony Tint

I think everyone received this in the colour red. I’m not happy with all the reds I’ve been getting from my subscription boxes. However, this is a lip stain and you can control just how vibrant the colour is. There are a couple things I don’t like about it, though. I have a hard time getting an even application, and my lips end up looking splotchy. The smell is so fruity and delicious, you’ll want to eat it!


Fave4 Texture Takeover Oomph Enhancing Hairspray

Hairspray is the one thing I wish I would never receive from subscription boxes. There are very few that have a smell that is appealing to me. This one isn’t too bad, smell wise. It’s a good travel size container, too. It’s supposed to boost body and texture.


BioRepublic Cucumber Breeze Soothing Fiber Mask

I really like sheet masks. This one says it soothes stressed skin, improves complexion, tightens pores, and reduces appearance of fine lines. Hmmm, I quite like the sound of that! ;) I try to do a mask once a week, so this shall come in handy.

My overall thoughts on this month’s box are not the greatest. The hair products weren’t a hit for me, and I’m kind of 50/50 on the lip tint. So, I will give it a 2.5 out of 5. I’m going to try and redo my survey and see if that helps the selection of products I get.

My Ipsy review will be coming soon, since I just received my package yesterday! Also, my TopBox is on it’s way!

See you soon, xoxo
Tigritsa

The One with the FabFitFun December 2015 Box

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FabFitFun is a quarterly box that is really exciting to receive, because it includes a variety of products that you wouldn’t expect to get. It costs about $73 for Canadians, so it’s a little on the expensive side. If the dollar doesn’t improve, I don’t think I’ll be able to renew my annual subscription but I have until September to figure that out. ;)


This is the winter box. It has a total value of $312 USD. Having an annual subscription, that makes me a “VIP” member, so I’m able to somewhat customize my box. Things like choosing colours, or scents, on particular items. I think that is awesome, because once you’re reading the blogs and see what colours you could have had, it makes a difference in your opinion! So, let’s see what the box contained. The water bottle was an add-on that I paid an extra $9 for.


Juara Candlenut Body Creme

This is a 7.5 oz container! Just huge! This is awesome to receive and what a perfect season to try it out. It’s made with candlenut oil, illipe butter, rice bran oil, and avocado oil. Sounds very moisturizing! :P Apparently, candlenut oil has been Indonesia’s little secret for centuries. It’s supposed to be amazing for dry, cracked skin, and I can’t wait to try this stuff. For those interested, you can get 15% off at juaraskincare.com until 02/01/16 with the code FAB2015.


FabFitFun Wine Stopper & Charm Set

I was thinking about giving this to my mom since she’s the wine drinker in the family, but this might actually come in handy for me. I’m not exactly a wine drinker but I keep being gifted bottles of wine! This is made by FabFitFun, and it’s not the cutest set I’ve ever seen, but I’ll take it. I just think little animal figures would have been better than the little men.


Dermalogica Travel Skin Care Set

This little set of Dermalogica skin care includes a Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, and Skin Smoothing Cream. I’ve only heard good things about this brand, and I like that they gave us 3 different products that complement one another. I can use the cleansing gel and toner for sure, and hopefully the smoothing cream if it doesn’t break out my skin. If it does, at least I can use 2 out of 3 of these products. Get 20% off plus free shipping at dermalogica.com until 01/31/16 with the code FABFITFUN.


Whitney Eve x FabFitFun Fingerless Gloves

When it was teased that Whitney Port was teaming up with FabFitFun for this box, I was really excited. I love Whitney! I was a big The Hills and The City fan back when they were airing. She seems to be doing really well with her fashion line, Whitney Eve. I wasn’t sure about these at first, but after seeing them in person and trying them on, I can safely say that they are awesome. Anyone else fed up with those “specially designed” gloves used for texting that work only 25% of the time? These Whitney Eve fingerless gloves do the trick way better! We had the choice of grey or black, and of course, I chose the grey. It’s my favourite accent colour for clothes! Get 20% off at whitneyeve.com with the code FFF20.


EJH Brand Limited Edition Reed Diffuser

I’m really excited to try this. I actually just set it up in my living room and can’t wait to see how strong the scent will be. I chose “Sugar Cookie,” which smells super nice, but you could also choose cinnamon, pomegranate, or lavender. This is a great item to add to your home decor! Not only will it look aesthetically appealing, it will make your place smell wonderful!


Zoya Nail Polish

I was thrilled to receive a nail polish, as I am currently trying to rebuild my collection. It also just so happens, I was in need of a red colour! This shade is called “Dakota,” and in the bottle, I thought it looked kind of brown-tinged, so I wasn’t sure about it. Luckily, on my nails, it’s a pink-tinged red. :)


Frends “The Donna Earbud”

I chose to receive the black and rose gold earbuds. You could also choose between black and gold, and white and silver. Supposedly, these are some quality earbuds. I haven’t tried them out yet, but I have read that the sound is good. I like that the cord has a play/pause button. These came at an opportune time because I lost my headphones that came with my iPod and iPhone. That, or my boyfriend stole them! XD


Finally, we have a handful of gift cards that came in the box. There is a $40 gift card for Sweet & Spark, which is a curated vintage jewelry company. They have some really pretty stuff on their website, but it’s not cheap, so if I want to use this card, I’ll be spending on top of the $40. It doesn’t expire so I’ll hang on to it until I see something I absolutely love!

How impressive is the Shoptiques gift card presentation? I’m going to save that box to use in the future for giving gift cards! So cute. It’s worth $25 and I’ve already used it. Again, the website isn’t cheap, but I was able to find a pretty bracelet that I only had to pay an extra $5 for. So that’s not bad. And then we have a Hello Fresh gift card for 3 free meals, which I’ll be giving to an American since Canadians can’t use it! ;)

So, I’m super obsessed with this box. Every single thing I can use, and want to use, which is fabulous. I’m also happy that I can use the gift cards from this box, because both gift cards from the fall box weren’t worth it for Canadians with the shipping costs. This is definitely my favourite subscription box. It’s always such a joy to open!

Stay beautiful, xx
Tigritsa

The One with the BirchBox Canada December 2015 Box

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I have to say, BirchBox is one of my favourite subscription boxes. Their point system is so great! For those that don’t know, every dollar spent in their shop, or on add-ons, gives you points that you can redeem. Their customer service is also so terrific, they offer you free points when something has been screwed up. So, since I signed up in October, I’ve been able to get $60 free on my shop orders! How awesome is that?!


With all that said, I was a little disappointed  in December’s box. I think because it was so close to being a hit. There were just small details that were bothering me, and I’ll explain more as I go on.


Coastal Scents formalEYES eye shadow

We were able to choose between 3 different colour palettes for this month, and I chose these really pretty shades of pink. The one on the left is matte, and the right one is nice and shimmery. I was happy to receive eye shadow in my box. I was surprised just how small the sample was, though.


Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream

I wasn’t upset at receiving a body cream. While I would have liked to try something more exciting, it’s something that is useable no matter what. Like most people, my skin gets pretty dry in the winter. The smell is very light. It’s described as citrus-floral, but I really don’t smell any citrus scent at all!


Bain de Terre Argan Oil & Passion Flower Color Therapy Styling Oil

Another BirchBox, another hair oil. I’m not sure why they keep sending me these hair oils. Every month so far, I have received one. The others I’ve been able to put to good use, but this one, I’m not a fan. Aside from the lovely scent, it’s main purpose is to add shine according to the description. If I’m going to use an oil in my hair, I need something more than that.


Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge

This stuff was such a near-hit for me. If only I received it in a colour that wasn’t bright purple! The shade is called “Paris” and I don’t even see it on the BirchBox website. I’m not sure why subscription boxes like to always send me such bright or dark colours. In the surveys they provide, I have things like “natural” and “beginner” at makeup selected! This stuff smells amazing, and I love the way it goes on my lips. It’s not a colour I can wear out unfortunately, but I’m positive I would love this product in a different colour.


My Daughter Fragrances Always Loved

If there’s one thing I didn’t ever want to receive in a subscription box, it’s perfume. One, it’s not something I wear very often. Two, I’m really picky about what smells I wear. The last thing I want to do is have the people around me disgusted with the fragrance I chose to wear! I find these little samples so useless, too. I never use them! To be honest, I can’t even open the darn thing to give it a good smell! XD

I received this box in late December, and I haven’t touched a thing in there since, except the lip rouge, just to try it on. Usually, I try out all the products within a few days. I just wasn’t excited about the products I received! They weren’t the worst, but with the way my survey is filled out, I was hoping to get more items I will actually use. Otherwise, what’s the point in us filling out these surveys if they don’t utilize them?

With all that said, I’m still a big fan of BirchBox. I think every subscription box will have up and down months, and this month wasn’t horrible by any means. It did come with a $10 off a $35 purchase coupon, which was great to use in the shop combined with my points!

Until next time,
Tigritsa xoxo

The One with the Ipsy December 2015 Glam Bag

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So, I’m majorly slacking on my reviews for last month’s subscription boxes. I received all of them super late, right before and after Christmas for all of them, due to delayed shipping. The holidays were a busy time so I’m just getting around to doing the reviews now! Today I will review Ipsy’s glam bag, followed shortly with my BirchBox and FabFitFun boxes!


The bag itself is a nice vibrant red, and it has a quilted pattern. As usual, the bags are pretty small, so you won’t fit much inside, but it’s still super cute. Let’s look at what I got.


Marc Anthony Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment

So I noticed that lately Ipsy is sending out some drug store products, like this one and Aveeno. Since I’ve never tried this stuff before, I wasn’t mad at getting it! I absolutely love coconut oil! Plus, I’ve seen Marc Anthony products in stores so many times, and have always wondered about them. This stuff smells amazing, and makes my hair super soft. I like it a lot! It’s a great affordable leave-in conditioner.


Crown Brush Brow Duo Brush

I kept seeing other subscribers receiving brushes, and I really wanted to get one, since I own about 3 brushes total! Unfortunately, I got a brow brush, which is useless for me, because I don’t do my brows at all. It’s good to have, though, in case I change my mind one of these days. That’s called looking on the bright side! ;)


Pacifica Power of Love Natural Lipstick

I received the colour “Nudie Red” which is awesome, because I always get sent these really bright colours that I like but don’t have the courage to wear outside the house. This colour is very low key. The lipstick has a crayon-like smell, and doesn’t smooth on nicely. It is a vegan product, so that could be why. However, there was a lot of debate about whether this was just an old batch because many ladies mentioned that the same lipsticks sold in stores smell like coconut and glide on easily. I still like it, though.


Formula X Nail Polish

This colour is called “Revved Up.” It’s a nice rose gold, which I love. I actually just bought an Essie brand rose gold so I wish I got this before I bought the Essie! This is a sample size nail polish. It would have been nice to get the full size. I’ve seen this brand a lot on the Sephora website, so it will be nice to try it out, anyway!


Clark’s Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask

I really hate being sent face creams lately. I’m super scared to even try this stuff because my skin breaks out from products super easily. Some girls I talk to in a subscription box facebook group said it made their skin break out, so I haven’t given it a shot yet, and probably won’t.

Overall, I like 3 out of the 5 products, which tends to happen every month so far. I can’t wait for January’s bag because it’s supposed to centre around eyes, which is my favourite makeup stuff!

À bientôt,
Tigritsa