Monday, April 30, 2012

april glossybox canada 2012

glossybox was late to arrive again this month but i didn't really mind since i generally like my boxes to be spaced out throughout the month. i also heard great things about the april box so i was hopeful that it would be worth the wait. when i picked up the box, i immediately noticed that it was heavy - jam packed with goodies! so the box seemed very very promising... unfortunately, i have to say that i was slightly disappointed this month - maybe because my expectations were so high. 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. aveeno positively radiant daily moisturizer with spf 15

while i love aveeno products and i am happy to have received this moisturizer, i still have mixed feelings because (a) we received an aveeno moisturizer from glossybox just last month and (b) aveeno isn't what i would consider a luxury brand. that being said, i am sure i will enjoy using this product!

full size and sample size // 120 mL // $22.99

2. wella brilliance conditioner for fine to normal coloured hair

i've seen the wella brand included in a few beauty boxes but i've never tried it myself - a wella product was actually included in the first glossybox but i was one of the lucky ones who receive the essie nail polish instead. the conditioner smells really nice - i would have liked to receive both the shampoo and conditioner but i guess glossybox wanted to change things up since the shampoo was already sampled in the february box.

impressions: the conditioner has a very sweet scent - a little too sweet for my liking. in terms of effectiveness, i thought the product was fine but i didn't notice an improvement over other conditioners. maybe if i had the shampoo as well? i would not repurchase the wella conditioner as i preferred the redken and free your mane samples - those both made my hair feel amazing!

full size // 250 mL // $13.99
sample size // 30 mL // approximate value of $1.68

3. wella brilliance treatment for fine to normal coloured hair

i was a little confused by this product because there were no tips or directions on how to use this treatment on the glossybox card, on the wella insert, or on the product itself. from the little research i've done on this product, it appears this product is similar to a hair mask. i've never used a hair mask before so i am excited to try this!

full size // 150 mL // $13.99
sample size // 25 mL // approximate value of $2.33

4. marcelle xtension plus mascara in black

we received a full size mascara in our glossybox this month. this looks like a nice product; however, since i no longer use mascara (due to my lash extensions), i will be giving this away.

update: a few months after my original post, i have started using mascara again! i like the marcelle's mascara - it really works to lengthen and volumize my lashes. i would add, however, that it does not curl my lashes. it also clumps really easily so i have to be very careful to make sure i (a) don't have too much product on the brush and (b) don't go over my lashes too many times.

full size and sample size // 9 mL // $12.50

5. elizabeth grant skin care shower gel in island coconut

another full size product! this shower gel smells really nice - exactly like sweet coconut. this is the second time i've received an elizabeth grant product from glossybox, the first sample being the moisturizing stick from the february box... which i loved. i am somewhat excited to try this product but i have a lot of bath products i still need to use up.

impressions: i love coconut but i don't really gravitate towards the scent so i was surprised by how much i enjoyed this shower gel! the coconut scent was perfect - it actually smelled very natural like fresh coconut. the texture of the shower gel was also lovely - it lathered into a very nice, light foam. i would consider repurchasing this but after i use up all my bath products.

full size and sample size // 240mL // $20

6. marcelle bb cream beauty balm in light to medium

this was our bonus sample this month - i am excited to try this!

impressions: i am absolutely loving this bb cream. the sample packet actually had enough product for 3-4 uses on me - a little goes a long way. it evened out my skin tone and provided a dewy (but not shiny) finish. it has an interesting cooling effect when i apply it and feels very light on the skin. my complexion looked more radiant and the bb cream lasted all day... it was really quite amazing. i would consider repurchasing this product; however, i wish it contained sunscreen. i'm going to do some research into other bb creams before i decide but this one would be a strong contender.

full size // 45 mL // $22.95
sample size // 1 mL // approximate value of $0.51

there was no personalization on the card this month nor were there any labels included. nevertheless, i still think glossybox has the highest quality packaging. i look forward to receiving the boxes so i can use them for storage or gift giving. however, i have to admit i was slightly underwhelmed by this month's glossybox for a couple of reasons. first, three of the brands are repeats from previous months - and since this is only the third month glossybox has been in canada, i feel it is very early to have so many repeating brands. second, i don't really feel any of the samples were luxury brands. i am happy with the size of the samples though - three full size products is amazing. also, the value of the glossybox in dollar terms has been consistently very good from month to month.

// approximate value of the products in the april 2012 glossybox: $60.01 //

did you receive the april glossybox and, if so, what did you think of it?

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 redeemed my glossydots to receive the april glossybox at no charge.

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