Sunday, July 1, 2012

june glossybox canada - 2012

in similar fashion to previous months, i received my glossybox on the last mailing date of june. the box was very heavy and glossybox definitely stuck to its formula of providing very generous (full-size) samples. even though most of the products were drug store brands, i really enjoyed the contents of the box this month.

i've included my personal rating for each of the products based on the following system:

3 - loved the product - would repurchase
2 - liked the product - might or might not repurchase
1 - disliked the product - would not repurchase

here is what i received (in order of appearance in the video):

1. covergirl blast flipstick in minx

i've tried this product before and i really liked it. i don't believe this product was available in canada at that time but i received the colour stunner in my beauty board swag bag.

impressions: i received the colour minx in my june glossybox and i have to say that this is probably the worst shade of lipstick i've ever seen on myself. one side is a very dark brown and the other side is a golden-copper colour. i tried the brown side on lightly hoping that a sheer wash might look a little like fig jam (revlon lip butter) but it was very dark and made me look very scary. the golden-copper colour was too metallic on my lips. seeing the deep brown colour made me think to use it as a contour and some of my youtube viewers also suggested using the gold side as a highlighter and using the brown side as an eye shadow primer. i might give those ideas a try down the road.

full size and sample size // 3.8 g // $12.50
personal rating // 2 (for the formulation, not the colour) // liked the product - might or might not repurchase

2. biore combination skin balancing cleanser

i go though skin cleanser relatively quickly so i was reasonably happy to receive this product. while i love my clean & clear daily pore cleanser, i don't mind switching it up every so often. this cleanser smells a little strong to me (i prefer minimally scented or, better yet, unscented products) but it's a pleasant, fruity scent.

impressions: i've only used this cleanser once - the gel and lather felt very soft on my face. the scent reminds me of pineapple and, while it doesn't bother me, i still wish the product were unscented. my skin was squeaky clean after using this cleanser but it also felt a little drier and tighter than normal. i like this product; however, it will not be replacing my regular cleanser.

full size and sample size // 200 mL // $9.99
personal rating // 2 // liked the product - might or might not repurchase

3. wella professionals ocean spritz

i was ecstatic to receive this product because i had just run out of the bumble & bumble surf spray and was planning to make my own salt spray. the wella product is a "beach texture hairspray" with a hold level of 2 (out of 4) but i'm hoping it will work just like my bumble & bumble.

impressions: i loved the texture this product added to my straight hair. similar to the bumble & bumble spray, the salt does leave a certain grittiness to your hair but i don't mind it. although the scent was pretty strong in the bottle, i didn't really notice it in my hair. overall, i really like this product and can't wait to try it when i use my ghd to work my hair into loose beachy waves.

full size and sample size // 150 mL // $16.99
personal rating // 3 // loved the product - would repurchase

4. olay regenerist wrinkle revolution complex

a lot of subscribers don't seem to like receiving anti-aging products but i don't mind now that i'm a little older. i probably should have started using them earlier. well, i say that, but i'm not sure i believe these types of products actually work.

impressions: i've used this product a few times on my face and neck. my face felt a little tingly after applying the product. the texture also felt a little sticky/gritty. very strange as it felt so silky when i tried it on the back of my hand. i don't think i've used it long enough to notice a difference but i thought my skin looked a little nicer (smoother?) this morning. however, that might also be a function of actually getting a full 8 hours of sleep last night!

full size // 50 mL // $30.99
sample size // 7 mL // approximately $4.34
personal rating // 2 // liked the product - might or might not repurchase

5. gillette venus embrace razor

i've seen a lot of razors included in previous luxeboxes and i have to say it didn't turn me green with envy. i guess razors just don't excite me. the reviews for this particular razor are pretty good though so maybe i will fall in love with it after i use it. the kit comes with the razor and 1 cartridge. i haven't used this razor yet but i will update this post when i do.

update: i've now had a chance to use this razor (underarms and legs) and it seems no different from the regular (and much cheaper) blue 2-blade men's razors that i am currently using. the shave doesn't feel any closer and my legs don't feel any smoother. i had high hopes for the 5 blades but i would say this razor is just ok.

full size and sample size // 1 kit // $13.43
personal rating // 2 // liked the product - might or might not repurchase

6. neutrogena ultra sheer dry-touch sunscreen lotion spf 55

i was pretty happy to receive this sample as i'm still looking for my holy grail sunscreen. my initial test of the sunscreen on the back of my hand was pretty promising. the sunscreen feels non-greasy and seems to absorb quickly. it does have a rather strong perfume-y scent though.

impressions: i love the way this sunscreen feels on my face! it is not greasy at all but it also does not leave a white cast on my skin. i wish there was an unscented version as i am not crazy about the floral scent all over my face. the only reason i'm a little hesitant to add this sunscreen to my regular routine is due to its rating on the ewg website. it was rated a 7 (high hazard) due to it containing oxybenzone and also because it advertises a "misleading" spf of 55 (apparently, anything higher than 50 is misleading). i am not sure how reliable the information is on ewg (i read everything with a grain of salt) so i'm going to do a little more research before making a decision. nevertheless, i loved this sunscreen so much that i am giving it a 3.

update: even though i really love the sunscreen, i am modifying my rating to a 2 - i really do want to look for a mineral sunblock and the high hazard rating on ewg freaks me out.

full size // 88 mL // $15.99
sample size // 14 mL // approximately $2.54
personal rating // 2 // liked the product - might or might not repurchase

7. biore deep cleansing pore strips

i haven't used the biore pore strips in years! i've made my own a few times using michelle phan's diy tutorial but i found after using my clean & clear daily pore cleanser, my blackheads weren't as bad as they used to be. still, i like using pore strips, mainly because it's fun (disgusting) to look at the little "trees" that come out of my nose. i haven't used this sample yet but i will update this post when i do.

update: the pore strip was a lot stickier and less effective than i remember. it didn't remove a lot of blackheads and it was very difficult to remove. afterward, my nose felt dry and quite sensitive. i did not like this product.

full size // 8 strips // $9.99
sample size // 1 strip // approximately $1.25
personal rating // 1 // disliked the product - would not repurchase

even though some of the products did not end up being my favourite, overall i really liked the june glossybox. we received 4 full-size products, which is pretty amazing for a $15 box, including taxes and shipping.

// approximate value of the products in the june 2012 glossybox: $61.04 //

did you receive a glossybox this month? if so, what did you think of the products?

glossybox canada subscriptions are available for $15 per month including shipping and tax. it promises a minimum of 5 luxury samples per month and will throw in a 6th sample from time to time (this month, we got 6 samples plus a bonus!). 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 for my june glossybox.

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