Saturday, September 29, 2012

September 2012 Glossybox Canada

I was absolutely blown away by this month's Glossybox!!

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

1. Dove ClearTone Skin Renew Anti-Perspirant

This was the first product I noticed when I opened my Glossybox and I was very disappointed… I even had thoughts of cancelling again. It’s not that I don’t like Dove products… it’s just that I am not a big fan of stick deodorant because I’ve read that the aluminum ingredient might be risky. Also, I don’t like how stick deodorant feels on my skin. The product smells ok but I’m still not sure if I’m going to try it. The one intriguing aspect of this anti-perspirant is it contains ingredients that are supposed to reduce underarm discolouration. I have ugly armpits so I’m a little curious as to whether this product would make a difference.

full size // 45 g // $4.99
sample size // 17 g // approximate value of $1.89

2. B. Kamins Lip Balm

Although the name looks oddly familiar, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this brand. B. Kamins is a Canadian company, founded by Ben Kaminsky, a dermatological chemist. The samples we received were both labeled with “Bio-Maple” but I couldn’t find much information about this on the B. Kamins website. I did some further research and found B. Kamins rated on the EWG website... although the lip balm did not appear on the list of products. From the B. Kamins products available online, it looks like the lip balm has SPF 20 but this is not indicated anywhere on my sample tube.

Impressions: I love lip balms so I was pretty excited to try the product. This lip balm smells minty at first but then I detected a slightly sweet scent and also a medicinal/herbal scent. I like that there is no flavour. The lip balm applies a little thick and heavy, which I didn’t like, and I didn’t find it to be any more moisturizing than any of my other lip balms. It actually felt a little drier on the lips due to the texture. I find it to be an okay product but nothing too exciting. I would not pay $21 for a full size of this product.

full size // 15 mL // $21
sample size // 4 mL // approximate value of $5.60

3. B. Kamins Maple Body Lotion

While I was initially excited to receive this product, later I saw the rating on the EWG website and was taken aback. I know this website is not the be-all-and-end-all to product safety but it still gives me pause when I see a product rated as being hazardous. My thinking is, why risk it? That being said, I will still be trying this sample and providing my thoughts.

Impressions: I’ve only tried this lotion on the back of my hand but I really liked the texture. It was smooth, silky, and very light. The scent is just like baby powder but with a hint of sweetness. I will use up this sample but I doubt I will be purchasing a full size.

full size // 180 mL // $41
sample size // 12 mL // approximate value of $2.73

4. Wella Professionals Shimmer Delight Shine Spray

Another full size Wella product! I’m not sure if this is a discontinued product because I couldn’t find it on the Wella Professionals website. Nevertheless, I’ve enjoyed all the Wella products I’ve sampled thus far (my favourite was definitely the Ocean Spritz) so I was pretty happy to receive this product in my Glossybox. This is a shimmer shine spray, which I interpreted to be a hairspray intended to make your hair look glossy. I was a little confused by the product name because I couldn’t see any shimmer in the bottle – it just looks like a clear liquid. I sprayed some on the back of my hand but didn’t notice any shimmer either. It smells similar to the other Wella products I’ve tried… it’s a nice, light scent. It comes in a heavy duty, glass bottle with a regular hairspray type nozzle.

Impressions: I tried this product on my hair today and did not notice a difference in my hair. It didn’t look any shinier and it certainly did not have any shimmer in it… which is good I guess since I was going to work. This hairspray has a hold level of 1 (lightest hold) so my hair stayed soft and moveable. I’m going to keep using this product and I’ll provide an update if I eventually notice a difference.

full size and sample size // 40 mL // $12.99

5. NYX Cosmetics The Crimson Amulet Dark Shadows Palette

I had no idea what this box was when I took it out because there was a sticky note covering the brand name. I saw the word “movie” and the box looked around the same size as a VHS tape so I had a crazy thought that we got a movie in our Glossybox. I thought it better be a DVD because I no longer have a VCR. Seriously, these inane thoughts went through my head as I read the sticky note, which incidentally had nothing to do with this product. Peeling off the sticky note, I finally saw the NYX brand and then I was in a state of disbelief. Did Glossybox seriously include a full size make-up palette?! YESSIR, that’s exactly it!

We all received the Crimson Amulet Collection Limited Edition Palette inspired by the Dark Shadows movie. This is a generous palette containing 24 eye shadows, 5 blushes, 4 lip glosses, an illuminator/highlighter, an eye shadow base, and an eyeliner. Crazy, right? Generally, I don’t like palettes that include lip glosses because I find they get really messy but I love NYX products so I was still absolutely ecstatic. Maybe I’ll try to find a way to depot everything... a little weekend project perhaps. I could not find this palette on the NYX Canada website but it is available for sale on the US site for $25.

Impressions: I’ve tried NYX eye shadows before (I have the Box of Eye Shadows and the Nude on Nude Palette) and I find them to be well pigmented and blendable. The shades included in the Crimson Amulet Collection are fairly neutral, although some shades have a nice punch of colour. I probably have most or all of these colours already but oh well! The lip glosses included in this palette also look to be really flattering shades. I’ve tried some of the NYX lip glosses (in the Nude on Nude Palette) and was very happy with the pigmentation and texture. I’ve been wanting to try NYX blushes because I’ve read good things… and I was most excited about the matte red blush. It’s super pigmented and I think it gives me a nice, healthy flush like I just came in from a cold, snowy day. I think this blush will be perfect in the winter. I’ve used the HD eye shadow base in the past and wasn’t too impressed but I’ll give it another try. I have yet to try the eyeliner and illuminator.

full size and sample size // 1 palette // $25

In summary, I was pretty much over the moon with this month’s Glossybox. I’d go so far to say that this was my favourite box out of all the months I’ve received from any of the subscription services. I am very satisfied with the value, range of products, size of the samples, and featured brands. I still can’t believe we got a full size make-up palette in the box! It looks like most, if not all, subscribers were happy with the September Glossybox… so nice to see that.

// Approximate value of the products in the September 2012 Glossybox: $48.21 //

Last comment before I sign off… it looks like all subscribers received the same box with the exception of the Wella Professionals product. I read that the shine spray was included for profiles with fine hair and the shine serum was included for profiles with coarse hair. The Glossybox card included both items, which caused a lot of confusion. Glossybox indicated that both samples were listed on the card so we would all know what everyone received but it sounds like an error to me. I received the V1 box. Did you receive a Glossybox this month and, if so, what did you think of the products? Since I really liked both the August and September boxes, I think I’m going to stick with this subscription for the time being.

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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