Thursday, September 6, 2012

August Glossybox Canada - 2012

Finally. Finally! Glossybox Canada has come out with a box that is full of surprises. And I love it. I love that there are multiple brands that I have never heard of. I love that there is a variety of different products including skin care, hair care, and makeup. I love that there is a bit of an international flair to this box. I’ve been wishing for Glossybox to leverage its international presence to secure some more interesting samples for us Canadian gals and I finally see it with this box. While the products aren’t “perfect” for me, I think Glossybox has come out with a great box this month.

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

1. Be Fine Fine Food Skin Care Packettes

We received a box with 5 generous sized sample packettes from Be Fine, a natural food-based skin care line that I have never heard of. I don't think there is any way I’d be able to finish one packet in a single use – even with my hubby’s help. I normally don’t like sample packets (or packettes as Be Fine likes to call them) because they can get messy with multiple uses but I have to admit that this might be my favourite product in this month's Glossybox.

I have not used any of the samples yet but I am very very excited to try them. Updates will be posted with the individual packet photos. We received the following samples:

- night cream packette (10 mL)
- pore refining treatment packette (10 mL)
- exfoliating cleanser packette (10 mL)
- gentle cleanser packette (10 mL)
- warm clay mask packette (14 g)

Sample packets are available for sale on the Be Fine web site for $2 each, which is how I have calculated the sample value.

full size // 1 sample packette // $2
sample size // 5 sample packettes // $10

2. Ahava Mineral Body Lotion

This is the 3rd time I’ve received an Ahava product in a beauty box and the 2nd time I’ve received the Mineral Body Lotion. I had to laugh. But when I read the card a little later, I saw that this was actually a bonus sample from Glossybox as a thank you for being a subscriber since the very beginning (i.e., for 6 months). This was a very nice touch and Glossybox mentioned that there will be other bonuses to come.

impressions: I like this lotion because it is very effective but it is not one of my favourites due to the scent. That being said, I did finish my other two Ahava products and I will put this one to good use as well. I like to bring these smaller tubes of moisturizers to work to leave on my desk.

full size // 250 mL // $28
sample size // 40 mL // approximate value of $4.48

3. Biore Make-Up Removing Towelettes

Another Biore product?! I like this one Biore product a little better though because I find make-up removing wipes very handy. This is a packet of 10 wipes, which would be perfect for travelling.

The package notes that the wipes do not leave an oily residue so you don’t have to rinse your face after using the wipes… I just want to add that I *always* rinse after using face wipes because I’ve read that the leftover residue can irritate your skin. I find that my face sometimes tingles a little after using face wipes so I prefer to rinse regardless of what the package says.

impressions: I like the texture of these wipes – they are soft but they have perforations/indentations in them. They smell like the Biore combination skin cleanser I received in my June Glossybox. I used a wipe this evening to remove my eye make-up and it was only moderately effective - it did not take off my eyeliner so I had to use my L'Oreal eye make-up remover and then the Make Up Forever Sens'Eyes from my March Topbox to finish the job. I found the wipe mildly irritating today (my skin stung a bit) so I quickly rinsed off the residue.

full size and sample size // 10 wipes // $3.99

4. Layla Cosmetics Mascara in Glitter #2

When I picked this product up, I could only think, “this is one huge tube of glitter mascara!” As in, how am I ever going to finish this? Layla Cosmetics is a company based in Italy and its makeup line has made an appearance in the Italian Glossybox. I love the concept of having the opportunity to try a product from another country but wish that I had received a nail polish instead… simply because glitter mascara is such a novelty product and I doubt I’ll get much use out of it.

impressions: I wore the mascara top coat in my review video (above) and felt a little silly. It doesn't look that glittery on camera but I assure you it is very glittery in real life. I don't think I will be using this product on my eyelashes but I might use it again in the inner corners of my eyes... or maybe as an eyeshadow.

full size and sample size // 8 mL // $15.99

5. Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Lite

I had to read the Glossybox card and the product instructions several times and I still don’t think I know what this product does. My best guess is that it’s a leave-in conditioner / treatment – perhaps to prevent frizz?

impressions: I tried this product last night by spraying it in my damp hair and I didn’t notice a difference in my hair today. The scent is light and very similar to another Sebastian product I received. I don’t think I would purchase this spray simply because I don’t see the value. My hubby was oddly interested in this product so maybe I’ll give it to him.

full size // 150 mL // $20.95
sample size // 50 mL // approximately value of $6.98

6. Glossybox by Kryolan Lipstick in Glossy Pink

Kryolan is a make-up line “serving theater, film, and television” with headquarters in Germany. I’ve heard of this cosmetic company but only because I’ve seen it featured in other Glossyboxes. In fact, I’ve seen this exact lipstick in Glossyboxes from other countries so I was pleased that we got to try it too. I believe the Dutch Glossybox (and perhaps another one) sampled this product in July. It looks like all subscribers received Glossy Pink, which is a subtle nude pink shade - the colour in the below photo is a bit off so take a look at the video if you want to see a better representation of the colour.

impressions: I wore this lipstick to work today and found the colour very flattering. The shade on me is very much like a my-lips-but-better colour. The formulation was reasonably moisturizing and long-lasting. I only re-applied colourless lip balm at work but my lips still retained some pigmentation for a good part of the day. I suspect this lipstick acts somewhat like a stain because I wore this again when I recorded my video and my lips stayed slightly pink even after I removed all my make-up and rinsed off my face.

full size and sample size // 4 g // $12 (estimated since the value is not listed)

7. Elastoplast SOS Blister – Large

I appreciate receiving these little samples as bonus products. I haven’t used this sample yet but I will as soon as I get a blister. I believe we received the large size bandage but I'm not 100% sure.

full size // 5 bandages // $5.99
sample size // 1 bandage // approximate value of $1.20

8. Trend Trunk Gift Card

Hmmm, I’m not sure what to think about this. I am not crazy about receiving gift cards or promo codes because using them generally leads to spending more money but I do take advantage of the offers from time to time. I don’t think I will be using this gift card though. Trend Trunk is basically a buy-sell marketplace for people like you and me to list items in our closets and also buy items from other people’s closets. The site features both new and used merchandise.

I love thrifting so I was excited to see if I could find some deals. I only browsed the site briefly but I did not like what I saw. Namely, a few ridiculously overpriced items ($110 for a Roots t-shirt, marked down to $47?!)… granted, it may have just been one particular seller with inflated prices but it put me off.

As a buyer, Trend Trunk will charge you an $8 shipping fee - the shipping fee is included in the price so maybe that's why the items look a little high. As a seller, Trend Trunk will mail you a shipping label for free but take a 20% commission from your sale.

Overall, I was very pleased with the August Glossybox. This month’s box certainly makes it harder for me to cancel… so now I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I can’t keep all my beauty boxes so I’ll have to say goodbye to one or more… but which one? I’m torn. I still wish we could sample a Burberry Lip Mist or an Illamasqua Nail Polish like the U.S. Glossybox but maybe one day…

// approximate value of the products in the August 2012 Glossybox: $54.64 not including the Trend Trunk gift card //

There were a number of variations of the Glossybox this month (at least 8, I think!)… I received V5. Which version did you receive and what did you think of the products?

FTC: I paid for this box and nothing was sent to me for free.

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