Not the Most Auspicious Start with Birchbox (Canada) — April 2015

Birchbox April 2015, box by Rifle Paper Co.

When subscription box Birchbox finally came to Canada late last year, I thought about subscribing, but I had only been with Ipsy for a couple of months, so I thought I’d lay off signing up with anything new for a while.

Of course, curiosity got the better of me and I recently signed up with Birchbox (referral link), anyway. It costs the same as Ipsy (CA$14.95/mo, shipping and taxes included), and I have, for the most part, enjoyed getting my Ipsy Glam Bags (referral link). At the very least, even if I don’t care for the products in the end, I usually enjoy trying them!

My main reservation with Birchbox was that they seem to focus more on skincare than makeup, and I much prefer trying out new makeup and nail polish over skincare and haircare.

Well, it’s sad to say, but my reservations were not totally unfounded. Birchbox shipped my first box very quickly, and I received it just this week. I had filled out my Birchbox profile to say I preferred to receive Makeup and Nail products (and ticked the box for YAY FRAGRANCE SAMPLES PLEASE), and here is what I got:

  • Rifle Paper Co. floral print paper box
  • BeautyBlender Original Mini with BlenderCleanser Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Shampoo Mini
  • Beaver Professional Hydro Nutritive Conditioner Mini
  • Jelly Pong Pong Glow Getter Luminizer in Ibiza Mini
  • Not Soap, Radio Body Wash Mini in Beach + Sky Blue Water

I don’t have any proper reviews, since I haven’t tried any of this stuff yet, but here’s the rundown:

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Holy Swiss Cheese, Batman! 100 Followers!

My blog just got its 100th follower!

Thank you so much to each and every one of you, and I think (I hope!) I have followed all of you back, as well.

98th. StyleDomination (lives up to the name)
99th. The Sock Mistress @ 14 Weeks Worth of Socks (haha! cute name for a travel blog)
100th. Jendearing3 (who is just starting out, I think)

Happy blogging to all, and have a lovely weekend!

OPI — Nail Lacquer — Down to the Core-al

OPI Nail Lacquer in Down to the Core-al

Collection: OPI 2014 Summer, Neons

I don’t often buy OPI these days, but I came across a 2 for CA$12 sale recently and, as usual, I relented and picked up three OPIs (well, four, but one was for a gift): Down to the Core-al, I Don’t Give a Rotterdam!, and OPI…Eurso Euro.

Since it’s the spring-iest of the three, I’ve swatched Down to the Core-al today. (Of course, it’s pretty cold here at just over freezing, so maybe one of the other two would have been more in keeping with the weather!)

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Sale Alert: Shoppers Drug Mart’s Spend Your Points Event (April 25–26, 2015)

Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Event


Just in time for Mother’s Day (in North America, anyway!), Shoppers Drug Mart is holding yet another Spend Your Points Event.

This weekend, Canadians can redeem their Shoppers Optimum Points for the following dollar amounts:

  • Redeem 50,000 points for $100 off (normally $85 off)
  • Redeem 95,000 points for $200 off (normally $170 off)

I’ve seen better (sometimes it goes up to $210 or $220 back for 95k points), but this is pretty much the standard points event. Not bad if you were going to pick up some cosmetics or fragrances, anyway! Or anything else at the drugstore, really. The last time it was strictly for beauty purchases; this time it is for most things in store. See full details at

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China Glaze — Nail Lacquer — Passion For Petals

China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Passion For Petals

Collection: China Glaze 2013 Spring, Avant Garden

Avant Garden from Spring 2013 is one of my favorite China Glaze collections, ever! I just have several of them, and I’m always tempted to get a couple more. The collection is full of bright and happy creams.

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I Am a Giant Squid (Happy Earth Day!)

This is totally not related to nail polish!

Just took Google’s Earth Day Quiz, and I got this:

Google Earth Day 2015 Giant Squid
You’re a giant squid!
You can achieve anything to which you put your mind and/or your massive tentacles.

What are you? How does this quiz make any sense?

The Nail Polish Database Revamp is Done!

fivezero nail polish library revamp April 2015

The Nail Polish Library at

The revamp of the Nail Polish Library at is up and running! It should now run better on mobile devices, plus there are a few new frills. I would appreciate any user feedback you have! The site is constantly being worked on. (You can either comment on this post or send me a message via my contact page.)

I am continuing to work on the Nail Polish Organizer, where you will be able to keep track of your personal stash of nail polish. If you would like to be a beta tester, please sign up over at!

Thanks for reading!
— Chris

P.S. Just want to thank my wonderful Mom <3 for helping out with babysitting for the last month!