Unboxing: Birchbox Beauty | Rifle Paper & Co. Edition

Remember the days before beauty box as a familiar term in your everyday vocabulary? It couldn’t have been more than a couple of years ago when I first heard the term and was instantly excited about the concept. The year was 2010 and the name was Birchbox. As one of the first beauty box services in North America, it was an USA exclusive shipping only to the lucky beauty lovers down south. This year however, Birchbox has officially announced its Canadian service and I’ve even got a special box to show you.
BIRCHBOX | Beauty Box
Box shown: Rilfe Paper & Co. Box*
Price: $10 CAD + 4.95 S&H monthly | $100CAD pre-paid yearly (free S&H)
Fun Fact: Cool collaborations and fun exclusive premium LE boxes from time to time
Availability: Canada & USA
Website: www.birchbox.ca

A quick refresher on beauty boxes for joining me for the first time: These are monthly beauty subscription services (like you would a magazine or membership) which sends you a selection of beauty items to try every month based on a preference survey you submit. The constant rotation of beauty products lets you keep things fresh in your beauty routine and discover something new every time.

After all these years in the business, one of the things that makes Birchbox stand out is it’s collaborations with so very cool people. Specifically, April’s box was a special project with Rifle Paper & Co. , a design house based out of Florida whom I have been (stalking) following extensively for the past year. Designer Anna Bond creates beautiful vintage inspired artwork that is kitschy, fun and sure to perk up your day. In fact, I love her work so much that in addition to collecting it, I’ve even used it in a DIY tutorial over on my Youtube channel.

Inspired by Japanese wood block paintings, Caribbean colours and Mexican folk motifs, this box is pink and coral themed with sprigs of fresh greenery all in Anna’s signature stylized hand.


  • BEAVER | Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner | Retail at full size: $19 & $20
    • Mild shampoo to gently cleanser and amino acid rich conditioner to strengthen and repair. It’s a soft and pretty very light floral scent and the shampoo even looks to be pH balanced.
  • BEE-KIND | Shower Gel | Retail at full size: $19
    • Made with honey and calendula extras, both know to be great and moisturizing for the skin, this has a slightly zingy citrus scent and dispenses as a clear gel/liquid.
  • JELLY PONG PONG | Glow Getter Highliter | Retail at full size: $16.50
    • Formulated into a weightless gel, this is meant to skin a subtle pearlescent shimmer. I did a quick swatch on my hand and while it comes out an intense liquid metal rose gold/champagne colour, it blends out quickly into a fairy dust effect.
  • MEREADESSO | All-in-One Moisturizer | Retail at full size: $120
    • Created as an one step formula with anti-aging day/night cream, serum, eye cream, toner and primer benefits this sounds almost too good to be true. While I’m usually not easily swayed by these multipurpose products I must say that the list of great natural ingredients (grape, apple, white tea just to name a few) caught me by surprise and in a very good way.
Note: This was a special PR send so I did not have any survey done for the selection of products. However, when you sign up for your own, products will vary depending on your preferences.





Excited yet?  Not only are there products to try but this limited collection box is definitely a keepsake. In fact, I may need to shuffle some space to proudly display it on my desk for a while. Who knows, maybe I can even use it to store some of my other beauty samples. If you don’t want to miss out on the next collaboration and surprise set of goodies, consider signing up for your very own box. Have you been a fan of beauty boxes? Let me know!

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OpenBox | 100% PURE Cosmetics

As any makeup lover would tell you, one reason that we are so drawn to beauty products is the wonderful spectrum of colours that light up our faces and our moods. Before the advent of mass produced synthetic dyes, colours came directly from the earth in the form of fruits and mineral pigments.

100% PURE is a beauty company that brings back these natural ingredients, fuses them with modern formulations to create antioxidant rich, healthy and synergistic products for your everyday life. I had the pleasure of sampling three items from their colour cosmetics line and filmed an unboxing video to share some first impressions.

A closer look at the products in detail and also their ingredients. These products certainly do not skimp on design, each item is packaged in their own cardboard casing like a little gift.
Canada | USA | $32 CAD | 7ml
Key Benefits: A long lasting and smudge proof liquid eyeliner infused with micronized black tea to deliver colour, anti-oxidants and vitamins. Safe for contact lens wearers.
INGREDIENTS:  Camellia Sinensis (Organic Micronized Black Tea)* Leaf Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe)* Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Extracts of Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower, Lonicera Caprifolium Flower and Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower * Certified Organic

Canada | USA | $22 CAD | 2.5grams
Key Benefits: Rich in avacado and cocao butter this fruit pigmented lip glaze offers moisture and rich colour in one easy swipe.
INGREDIENTS:  Organic Avocado Butter*, Organic Cocoa Butter*, Contains all or some of the following Fruit Pigments: Organic Cherry*, Organic Plum*, Cabernet Grape, Organic Raspberry*, Organic Blueberry*, Organic Blackberry*, Organic Peach*, Organic Apricot*, Organic Tomato*, Organic Pomegranate*, Organic Cacao (chocolate)*, Organic Rose Petals*, Organic Lavender Flower* and Organic Cinnamon*, Organic Shea Butter*, Organic Rosehip Oil*, Organic Mango Butter*, Vitamin E (a-tocopherol), Vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), May contain Mica (natural shimmery mineral) * Certified Organic
“Pepermint Candy”
Canada | USA | $36 CAD | 9grams
Key Benefits: A natural, fruit pigmented blush silky powder blush concentrated with healthy vitamins and antioxidants nourishes your skin while give you a flirty flush.

INGREDIENTS: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissina Oil (Avocagod Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed butter, Pigmented Extracts of Prunus Domestica Fruit (Plum), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Vaccinium Macrocarpon Fruit (Cranberry), Fragaria Vesca Fruit (Strawberry), Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry), Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry), Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Daucus Carota Sativa Root (Carrot), Solanum Lycopersicum Fruit/Leaf/Stem (Tomato), Matricaria Chamomilla Leaf (Chamomile) and Mentha Piperita Leaf (Pepermint), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit (Goji Berry) Extract, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mica (natural shimmer mineral)

On the skin, these colours were not shy at all and all swatched easily with good pigmentation and smoothness. The lip glaze was especially exciting for it’s rich colour and slightly moist finish which gave a fresh look when worn like a stain. I’m wearing all the three 100% products in my makeup look below.

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Along with colour cosmetics, 100% Pure also carries an extensive line of everyday products for skin, hair, body and even a category for kids. Gift sets and gift cards are also available as well as shipping to multiple international locations.

With a few free standing stores already in California, I hope that the line will continue to grow while preserving it’s authenticity and integrity to natural ingredients. Personally, it was a great surprise to discover that natural dyes and pigments can be just as fun and colourful as the
other options in my drawers.

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