Saturday, March 31, 2012

march glossybox canada 2012

here is my third and final beauty box for the month of march. glossybox shipped late this month due to a snafu in bringing a product through canadian customs. to make up for this delay, all subscribers received 250 glossydots, which i thought was a great customer service intiative. i was very excited to receive this box because i heard it contained excellent samples - one of the products (based on a preview hint that was posted on the glossybox facebook page) was a full size pandora's makeup box blush in the colour st. tropez.

without further ado, here is my video unboxing! please scroll down for a list of the products.

here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video) - note that this section will be updated as i use the products:

1. pandora's makeup box blush in st. tropez

pandora's makeup box is a canadian company, started by professional makeup artist, susan kirsch. we received a full size blush in a very nice pink colour, which doesn't seem to show up very well on my skin tone, but i am still excited to try it. the packaging is cute but not really my style.

impressions: i had to put on a lot of the blush to achieve decent pigmentation on my cheeks. that being said, it is a very pretty colour and it lasted a long time one me.

full size and sample size // 4g // $18

2. bailey cosmetics kabuki brush

based on my quick web search, bailey cosmetics is also a canadian brand, started by brian bailey (you might recognize him from project runway canada). i found the products on the home shopping channel and but everything appears to be sold out. i received the kabuki brush (black handle version), which has a very nice weight to it and is a very attractive brush. it is made of sheared goat hair and is super soft. it does not shed.

glossybox indicated that there were variations in this month's box and, so far, i have only noticed that the bailey cosmetics product was a variable... i received the kabuki brush but i have seen full size foundation powders and lip glosses out and about. based on photos of the other products, the packaging looks very sleek.

impressions: i used this brush today to apply my new pandora blush and it was very nice to use. it was soft and applied the product nicely. it does have a very, ummm, earthy and natural scent - even after i washed it - due to the goat hair bristles.

full size and sample size // $40

3. aveeno daily moisturizing lotion

i'm pretty sure i've used this product before but i am still happy to receive this generous sized sample. i'll probably keep this at work or in my travel makeup bag. i do not consider this a luxury brand but i find that all of the beauty boxes have been lacking in this regard.

impressions: with further use, i noticed that this product is actually unscented, which makes me very happy as i prefer unscented products. it is very moisturizing and i would likely repurchase this product.

full size // 354mL // $11.99
sample size // 71mL // approximate value of $2.40

4. algemarin foam bath

this was our little bonus sample for the month of march so we actually received 6 samples in this glossybox. i don't take as many baths as i did when i was younger, which is a shame because i have so many bath products i need to use up! i am going to take this foam bath as a sign that i should go back to my high school days... draw up a nice hot bath so i can relax for half an hour with a good book.

impressions: i really like this foam bath! it turns the water a lovely blue colour but does not stain your tub. the bubbles are very foamy and soft. the scent is light and spa-like. i would definitely re-purchase this... but after i finish all my other bath products. i loved my bath so much (sooo relaxing) that i'm going to try to make this a weekly event. :)

full size // 5 x 15mL // $3.99 (note: other sizes available)
sample size // 1 x 15mL // approximate value of $0.80

5. evian brumisateur facial spray

i tried this product when i was very young and i didn't notice any effect on my skin. admittedly, i probably only used the product a handful of times so i will give it another try and see if there is any impact. this is a water spray so i'm not sure about paying such a premium. i also don't like that it claims to "hydrate" your skin as i am pretty sure the only way to do that is to drink more water!*

*after i wrote this blog post, i did notice an asterisk on the canister that indicated only the outer layers of skin are hydrated.

impressions: using this spray has reminded me that i don't like it when my face is wet. i have only used it 3 times but i am not noticing a difference. also, it might just be me, but i feel like the water has a funny smell. i would not repurchase this.

full size and sample size // 50mL // $7 (note: other sizes available)

6. sebastian re-shaper hairspray

i needed a mini hairspray so i was very happy to receive this! i'm also glad it is an aerosol can... i know it's not the best for the environment but i find the other (plastic) mini bottles of hairspray don't work for me - the nozzle gets clogged or the product comes out too concentrated. i'll probably pop this little hairspray into my purse so i can smooth out my very persistent flyaways and baby hairs.

impressions: i am really enjoying this hairspray. it tames my flyaways and baby hairs very well. i used it this morning to do a little pouf with my freshly cut bangs and it held well for hours and hours.

full size // 300 g (card reads 43 g as full size product but that must be a typo) // $19.95
sample size // 43 g // approximate value of $2.86

again, i am in love with the glossybox packaging - my favourite packaging of the 3 boxes to which i am currently subscribed. the pink grosgrain ribbon is lovely and can be easily reused. there was no personalization this month - i am not sure if that was due to the tardiness of the box or if the practice has simply been discontinued. i guess we'll find out in april! i also noticed that the handy-dandy labels were missing this month but maybe we will get them every few months since we received three labels in february.

overall, while i am pleased with the box, i wouldn't really say there was any wow factor for me. my favourite product was probably the kabuki brush.

// approximate value of the products in the march 2012 glossybox: $71.06 //

did you receive the march glossybox and, if so, what were your thoughts?

glossybox canada subscriptions are available for $15 per month including shipping and tax, so just a few dollars more than glymm and topbox. it promises a minimum of 5 luxury samples and will throw in a 6th sample from time to time.

if you wish to join glossybox through my invitation, i will earn glossydots and send heaps of good karma your way.

ftc: i paid for this box and nothing was sent to me for free.

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