Friday, November 23, 2012

November 2012 Glymm Bag - Unboxing & Review

UPDATE (April 2013): Please read my most recent post on Glymm before ordering from this company.

After a decent October bag, I'm sad to say Glymm really disappointed me this month. There were 2 samples that I really liked; however, they were teeny tiny. Not only that but my Glymm bag did not include my bonus nail polish or the product card. I was irritated so I put away the Glymm bag, e-mailed member services, and just left it for a few days... which is why my review is so late. Click on my nose to watch the video. :)

I liked the makeup bag we received this month - it is black with an embossed snakeskin pattern but it smells a little strong (like plastic).

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

1. Lys Parisien Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Balm

More shampoo and conditioner samples! I don't mind receiving this type of sample but it's becoming a little too much, even for me. There was very little information about this brand online - I couldn't find a website but Lys Parisien appears to be a salon located in Quebec City. Both the shampoo and balm (conditioner) have "Pure and Organic Argan Oil" on the packaging; however, argan oil was only listed as an ingredient on the conditioner so I felt that was misleading. These products contain sulphates.

Impressions: I liked the scent of these products - they smell complex yet mild and pleasant... unfortunately, I can't describe the scent any better than that! The weight/texture of both the shampoo and conditioner was really thick and I found my hair was just ok after using the products. My hair was not that soft and it seemed to get greasy sooner than with other products.

Shampoo: Full Size // 500 mL // $24
Sample size // 60 mL // approximate value of $2.88

Conditioner: Full Size // 500 mL // $24
Sample size // 60 mL // approximate value of $2.88

2. The Beehive Eau de Parfum in Honey Blossom

I was so unimpressed with receiving another fragrance sample (and also the size of the vial) that I didn't do any research on this company before filming my video. Later, I did a quick Google search and learned that this company is a clothing store located in Manhattan Beach, California.

Impressions: I thought this scent was alright, nothing special. My hubby seemed to really like it though (he thought it was unique) so it won some points there. I liked that the little vial had a pokey thing because it made it very easy to apply the fragrance.

Full size // 100 mL // $35
Sample size // 0.7 mL // approximate value of $0.25

3. Villainess Scintillating Body Soap

This was one of the products that I liked in the Glymm bag this month. It's a small sliver of soap that smells absolutely divine! I could breathe in this scent all day. It smells like mint chocolate (just like After Eights, which I love to eat!). Not only does this soap smell good, it looks pretty and is reasonably priced too. I'm starting to really love the Villainess brand!

Full size // 3.5 oz // $5.50
Sample size // 0.5 oz // approximate value of $0.79

4. The New Black Nail Polish

I couldn't find a website for this brand but it is sold in quite a few stores - Winners, Marshalls, Sephora,, Glymm... the list goes on. These mini nail polishes are sold in sets - I think I've seen them in sets of 3, 5, and 8. I read somewhere that the bottles are intentionally tiny to help reduce the environmental footprint from consumers tossing out half-used bottles of nail polish. Although I don't throw them out, I've actually never finished a full size bottle of nail polish (full size being approximately 15 mL) so I like the concept of smaller bottles. However, the nail polish shades do not seem to have names, which is kind of annoying because I'm not sure how I would re-purchase this shade or convey to someone which colour it is.

Impressions: I love the nail polish shade I received in my Glymm bag! It is a beautifully vibrant tomato red with a jelly finish. My nails looked like candy and I received a lot of compliments!

Full size // 3 mini polishes x 4 mL // $15
Sample size // 1 mini polish x 4 mL // approximately $5

Overall, I was not very pleased with the Glymm bag this month. I'm even more disappointed now that I've calculated out the value. This is the lowest value bag I've ever received. Did you receive a Glymm bag this month? If so, what did you think of the samples?

// Approximate value of the products in the November 2012 Glymm bag: $11.88 //

The interesting twist is that I probably would have been very happy with this bag if I had received my bonus nail polish as promised. It looks like the bonus brand this month was Coccolilly and I loved the Coccolily polish I received in my August Glymm bag. I e-mailed member services already and Glymm promised to send a replacement bottle in my December bag but I have a feeling there's going to be a hiccup. Maybe they'll just send my bonus November polish and not my bonus December polish? I think Glymm should send out any missing products immediately - not with the next bag. I've also asked them 3 or 4 times about whether the product card is available online but they seem to conveniently miss that question each time. Not impressed!

I'm not sure if the nail polish promotion is still on but if you're interested, you can check out my previous blog post. If you wish to join Glymm through my invitation, I will earn 50 points and send heaps of good karma your way!

Note: I paid for this subscription with my own money.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Roaring Twenties

I haven't done a food post in a while but my bestie and I have been continuing our tradition of trying a new restaurant every month. This past weekend, we went for dinner at Patria. This restaurant serves "authentic Spanish food" and is the brainchild of the same duo who brought us Weslodge. Patria is only a few steps away from Weslodge but it is a little difficult to find. Look for a red parking sign just west of Weslodge and walk down the driveway to the restaurant.

Patria has an extensive list of Spanish wine including quite a large selection of cava. The food is very flavourful and the service is friendly. My friend and I shared 3 tapas style dishes and barely had room left for the huge seafood paella that followed... there is a 45 minute wait for the paella so you have plenty of time to try a few glasses of cava! We also shared some churros with dulce de leche for dinner but forgot to take photos. While I wasn't too impressed by Weslodge, I would definitely make a return visit to Patria.

Manchego croquettes:

Some potato, tomato, and fried egg dish (sorry, I'm not describing these dishes very eloquently)... should have taken a photo of the menu:


Seafood paella (YUMMY!):

We are still doing themed dress-up dinners and it was my friend's turn to come up with the theme. She chose 1920s cinema and this was my flapper-inspired look.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

November 2012 Topbox - Unboxing and Review

This month's Topbox was definitely more to my liking! There were a lot of variations this month but I feel Topbox did a pretty good job making sure the boxes were reasonably equitable among subscribers. For reference, I received BOX-17.

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

1. China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Elephant Walk

A few months ago, I saw many Loose Button subscribers receive a China Glaze nail polish from the On Safari collection in their fall Luxebox and I really liked most (if not all) of the shades! My favourite of the bunch was definitely Elephant Walk so I was very happy when I received this very colour in my November Topbox! This is a cool-toned grey that leans a little blue and/or green in certain lighting. It's got barely detectible shimmer in it (I didn't even realize there was any shimmer until I looked at the bottle very closely).

Impressions: Now that I've tried this shade, I was not loving it as much as I thought I would. The grey is a little too cool and I feel it's not that flattering on my skin tone. The formulation was thicker than normal so it became a little goopy to apply. That being said, I am still happy I received this product.

Full Size & Sample Size // 14 mL // $7.75 (card says $10 to $12 but it's available on Nail Polish Canada for $7.75)

2. Roberto Cavalli Eau de Parfum

Hmmm, I'm pretty sure I indicated on my last Topbox survey that I was allergic to perfume yet I still received this sample. It appears all subscribers received a fragrance this month... gone are the good ole days when Topbox did not sample fragrances. I really love miniature perfume bottles though and this one is very pretty! The box it came in ain't too shabby either.

This fragrance is described as an amber floral scent and here are the notes:

Top Notes... Pink Peppercorn - Green Mandarin
Heart Notes... Orange Flower - Mirabelle Plum
Base Notes... Roasted Tonka Beans - Benzoin Laos

I think I read somewhere that this scent was inspired by actress and model, Elisa Sednaoui.

Impressions: I've only worn this fragrance once but it didn't give me a scent headache so that was definitely a relief! The scent is a little too mature and spicy for me as I normally gravitate towards lighter, fresher, and more citrusy scents. I thought this fragrance was ok - it was definitely not my favourite but the scent did not bother me.

full size // 50 mL // $80
sample size // 5 mL // approximate value of $8

3. Cuccio Naturale Pomegranate & Fig Butter Blend

When I initially pulled out this product, I thought it was a full sized lip balm. I was a little disappointed in the sample size when I saw that it was actually a cream. It's intended for hand, feet, and body so I guess it's a decent sample size for a hand cream. I've never heard of this brand and a quick visit to the website revealed that the company was founded in 1999 and was apparently the first natural nail, hand, and foot care treatment product line. The company is based in California.

Impressions: I wasn't sure how to open this product at first and eventually figured you have to cut off the skinny part of the little nib on the tip of the tube so you can squeeze the product out. I was so surprised by how much I loved the scent of this product! It smells fruity, sweet, and refreshing. :) This is a great hand cream - I really like the texture - it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It makes my hands feel very soft. I'm considering buying the full size, which apparently will be available on the Topbox online shop (not yet listed at the time of this post).

full size // 240 g // $18.95
sample size // 9.24 g // approximately $0.73

4. Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes

I used to not like receiving eye liners in my beauty boxes because I never really wore eye liner. Lately though, I've been loving the look of tight-lined eyes so I was a little more excited than normal to receive this MUFE sample. I couldn't find the shade of the eye liner at first but now I see it's the 0L (Mat Black) shade. This sample looks really tiny but it's actually 62.5% of the full size!

Impressions: This eye liner is very creamy and I enjoyed trying it. I've worn it around 2-3 times (tight-line) and it held up pretty well except it smudged pretty badly under my eye the first time I wore it (maybe I rubbed my eyes?). I still prefer the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil though. :)

full size // 0.04 oz // $20
sample size // 0.025 oz // approximately $12.50

When I first opened the Topbox, I wasn't blown away mainly because of the sample sizes (they took up less than half the tube). However, after taking a closer look at the products and trying them out, I realized they were actually all decent sizes for the most part and very good products. Overall, I am happy to say that I am quite happy with my November Topbox! :)

// Approximate value of the products in the November 2012 Topbox: $28.98 //

What version of the Topbox did you receive this month? What did you think of the samples?

If you wish to join Topbox through my invitation, I will earn a credit and send heaps of good karma your way!

FTC: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

October 2012 Empties

Once again, I think I did pretty well with my empties this month! However, while I finished a lot of mediocre products in September, this month was jam-packed with products I love.

Here are the products I finished in October - in order of appearance in the video:

1. Aveda Invati Shampoo & Conditioner

I received these samples in my October Topbox and I was not impressed. The tubes were pretty much one-time use samples and the product smelled very strongly of herbal medicine. I only used this product once but I didn't notice a difference in my hair. I will not be purchasing this product.

2. Nexxus Therappe Luxurious Hydrating Shampoo

We received this very generous sized sample as a bonus in my August Topbox. This shampoo smells like (artificial) sweet coconut. I found it was fine on my hair but it wasn't any better than any other drug store shampoo. I didn't dislike this shampoo but I didn't like it either so I will not be purchasing the full size.

3. Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Hydrating Conditioner

This sample was also a bonus item in the August Topbox. The comments I had on the shampoo pretty much mirror my thoughts on the conditioner. The scent of the conditioner was a little different (sweeter and more like tropical fruit). I didn't mind this conditioner but it's not something I would seek out to purchase.

4. Evolvh Shampoo & Conditioner

I received these samples in my September Glymm bag and I absolutely fell in love with these products. The conditioner in particular was very different from anything I've tried before - it was immediately absorbed by my hair. I noticed a difference in my hair the next day - it became very soft and silky. I used my Glymm points to purchase these products.

5. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution

This sample was included in my July Glossybox and I quite liked the product. Earlier this year, I got, not one, but two digital perms (they didn't really work out as my hair barely has a body wave in it)... and the chemicals rendered my hair a little more dry and brittle than usual. I started using this product almost every time after washing my hair and my hair seemed to improve. This product was probably not the only contributor but I am still partial to it. Even still, I am not sure I will be purchasing the full size of this product because I have a few similar products I want to use up first.

6. Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Hair & Body Refreshing Powder for Darker Hues

I can't believe I actually finished a powder dry shampoo because this stuff seems to last forever! This dry shampoo is very effective but I prefer the Principessa Beauty version a little more due to the scent and the colour. The Cake dry shampoo smells, not surprisingly, like cake but I find the scent too sweet for my hair. The colour is a little lighter and more red/orange than the Principessa Beauty version. I'd re-purchase this product only at a significant discount.

7. Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Facial Cleansing Cloths

I was introduced to this product in my January Glymm box and I absolutely fell in love with this product. I used another two of the cleansing cloths in October, during a weekend getaway to Niagara-on-the-Lake. I love bringing these cloths with me when I travel because they are so easy to pack (and to use). For this reason, I always buy the individually wrapped cloths. I will re-purchase this product over and over again!

8. L'Oreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

I've had this eye makeup remover for a very long time - I think I got it at one of the First Canadian Place info sessions (I miss going to those... lots of free goodies!). I find quite a few cleansers sting my eyes so I liked this cleanser because it didn't burn! I'm not sure if this product is still available in stores (I only saw the waterproof formulation online) but I'd consider purchasing it if I saw it.

9. Villainess Dulces En Fuego Whipped Body Creme

I received a teeny tiny sample of this body creme in my September Glymm bag. This product smells delicious - like a mix between chocolate cupcakes and gingerbread. I liked the scent but I wasn't sure if I would like the cream because I typically do not like sugary sweet scents on my body. Lo and behold, I fell in love with this product after using it a few times. It applies really nicely and feels very comfortable on the skin. I used my Glymm points to purchase the full size.

10. Be Fine Night Cream

This was one of the many samples included in my August Glossybox. I only needed to use it once to fall in love with this product because I noticed the difference in my skin the very next morning! My skin felt softer and more moisturized. Click here to read my full review of this product. I haven't been able to find this product in stores (only online but I don't want to pay for shipping) so I have not purchased the full size yet. I'm going to try a few other creams first.

11. MaskerAide Sheet Mask in Detox Diva

I just posted a review on this product yesterday! This sample was my favourite product from my October Topbox. I was so impressed with this product that I have already purchased a few more MaskerAide masks to try.

12. Complex 15 Daily Face Cream

I've been using this product for years and years. My friend mentioned it to me after her dermatologist recommended it for her sensitive and acne-prone skin. It's very light, non-greasy, and absorbs almost immediately. I use this face cream every day but I usually apply a heavier night cream just before bed for a little more moisture overnight. I will continue to re-purchase this product.

13. Kellett Skincare Moisturizing Gel

This sample was included in my August Topbox and I enjoyed trying it. I really liked the texture of this product and the pump bottle made it easy to dispense. That being said, I will not be purchasing the full size (a) because I wasn't sure if it did anything for my skin and (b) because it is very expensive.

14. Benta Berry Super Moisturizing Face Cream for Girls

I wasn't expecting much from this product as I received the G-1 cream in my August Glymm bag and absolutely hated it. I think I may have growled when I saw what looked to be an identical tube in my September Glymm bag. I was surprised that I actually liked this product. It applied nicely to my skin, smelled nice, and (best of all) did not flake off in little bits! There are other creams I like better though so I will not be purchasing the full size.

15. Premium Cotton Pads

I picked up these cotton pads from Dollarama and I basically use these to take off my nail polish. I was in a pinch because I ran out of the Shiseido Facial Cotton so I started using the Dollarama version to take off my eye makeup and apply my toner. These cotton pads are pretty average but I would still re-purchase them.

16. M. Asam Vino Gold Perfect Teint

This sample is a primer and I received it in my September Topbox. I really love all the M. Asam products I've tried so far and this one was no exception. This primer is very smooth and mattifying plus I love the scent. I am thinking of saving my Glymm points so I can use them for some more M. Asam products.

17. Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara in Black

I received this full size mascara in my April Glossybox. I thought it was ok - nothing too special. I'm actually not sure if the tube is empty but the product has started to dry out and clump so I decided it was time to say goodbye. I would not purchase this product because I feel there are better mascaras out there at a lower price point.

18. The Lash Card

This product was included in my October Glymm bag. I did not like this product. I find it gimmicky and wasteful. I also found it very awkward to try to hold a lash card to my eye while applying mascara - I just couldn't get the hang of it. I will definitely not be purchasing this product.

19. Algemarin Foam Bath

This was a bonus sample in my March Glossybox and I loved it so much that I immediately purchased a 5 pack. Things I enjoy about this product: it provides a very spa-like scent, turns the bath water a pretty blue colour, and produces really soft foam. The only downside to this product is that the foam does not last very long. This product is very inexpensive and I will continue to re-purchase it.

20. Aveeno Energizing Body Wash

I really love the Aveeno line of body washes. This one smells like lemongrass, rosemary, and mint. It feels nice when used on the skin and also makes my skin feel very clean and soft. This product comes in quite a large bottle so it lasts a really long time. I would re-purchase this product.

Whew, that was a long post... thank you so much for reading!

MaskerAide Detox Diva Review

I received a MaskerAide sheet mask in my October Topbox and I was very excited to try it. I had never used a sheet mask before so I wasn't sure what to expect. Now that I've tried one, I think I could easily become addicted!

Maskeraide is a Canadian company started by Karyn (a Canadian makeup artist and model - now in marketing and social media) and Michelle (a cosmetic and skin care addict from Korea). The masks are made in Korea. They are free of parabens, harsh dyes & pigments, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, benzophenone, and glycerins. There are currently 6 variations available and I received the Detox Diva mask.

Before using the mask, I did my usual facial cleansing routine (wash and tone). I also drew myself a hot bath. :) I opened the packet and very carefully unfolded the mask. I was a little worried I would rip it but it held up ok. I placed the mask on my face and it was very easy to adjust the mask to fit as the sheet has little cutouts in strategic places.

The packet says to rub excess serum from the packet onto your neck and chest so that's exactly what I did. The serum has a medium viscosity and almost feels like a gel, which probably helps the mask to stay on your face. The mask was very cooling and the Detox Diva mask in particular smelled very clean and fresh. It smelled so familiar but I can't place the scent. Sorry I can't describe it better - I even looked at the ingredients but all I can think is that it smells like aloe (oh, aloe is on the list of ingredients... there are also a lot of fruit extracts on the list). Anyway, it smells absolutely amazing.

Then I sank into my hot bath and just relaxed. I left the mask on for around 20 minutes (10-20 minutes recommended) and it was very comfortable. I pretty much forgot I was even wearing it. It stayed on really well (didn't slide off or even budge in the slightest). The mask was very easy to remove and it left my face feeling very soft. I'm not sure if it was just my imagination but I felt it might have made my skin look a little more radiant.

The only downside to this mask, beside making you look a little scary while wearing it, is the price. Each mask retails for $4.99, which I think is a little on the expensive side. It's definitely worth it for occasional use though - it was really a treat and I felt totally pampered!

There are 6 different of masks available and I used my $10 Topbox credit to buy them all! The regular price of the set of 6 different masks is $29 on Topbox's new online store but you can also buy 4 of the same mask for $19. Shipping was super quick - the masks shipped the same day I ordered them and I received the package a couple days later. I am very impressed with the Topbox store so far - I received a note card with a little hand-written message from Isabel, which I thought was a very nice touch. Here are the masks I received:

- Detox Diva - cleanse, exfoliate & detoxify
- All Nighter - awaken, replenish & refresh
- I Don't Wanna Grow Up - lift, firm & soften fine lines
- Beauty Rest'ore - restore, regenerate & repair
- Weather Warrior - calm, soothe & heal
- Pre Party Prep - brighten, prime & energize

Hooray! I can't wait to try them all. I'm going to see if my hubby wants to use my new Detox Diva mask since I've already tried that one. I'll let you know what he thinks of it. Do you use sheet masks on a regular basis and, if so, which ones would you recommend? Also, please let me know if you've tried any of the MaskerAide products!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

October 2012 Starbox - by Starlooks

The October Starbox had a Halloween theme... more specifically a Masquerade theme! I was very excited when this was announced on the Starlooks website and Facebook page. As with previous months, the box was shipped in a bubble mailer from Los Angeles. It was shipped on October 20 and I received it here in Toronto on October 29.

The box is different every month - for October, we received a matte black box with the Starlooks logo/name/website in purple. The box had a skinny silver elastic bow on it, which I've been using as a hairband when I put on my makeup! :) The products were wrapped in purple tissue paper.

Before I get into the products, Starlooks included a card promoting the December box, which will include a 15 shade eye shadow palette (listed as a $99 value on the website). There appear to be quite a few shades shown on the website so I hope I like the colours I receive. It's not clear whether this will be counted as one item in the December Starbox or whether this will be the only item in the December Starbox (i.e., it might be counted as 15 items). If you are interested in subscribing, it might be worthwhile to do so in time to receive the December Starbox... I believe the cut-off date is November 30.

Here is what we received in the October Starbox:

1. Quartz Crystals

As with previous months, small quartz crystals are included in every Starbox. These crystals are supposed to attract energy and help maintain focus. The other idea is that subscribers can collect them in a glass jar to eventually build a brush holder. I received 2 small crystals this month but I still only have 4 crystals towards my jar... it's going to take a while to have enough to make a brush holder. Once again, I didn't take a photo of the little crystals this month so I've used a screenshot from my video.

2. Eye Rock Eye Tattoo

Starlooks includes a little gift in every month's Starbox. In October, we received Eye Rock Eye Tattoos. I was half excited about this but I didn't really like the one I received. It's very colourful. Most of the other eye tattoos I saw were black and looked like lace - I think I would have preferred one of those. Regardless, I will give this a try. I may only use the top piece of the tattoo (i.e., remove the portion that would go below my lower lash line) as I think it would look more flattering.

3. Eye Pencil in Gold Dust // 2.4 g // $8

This eye pencil is a really pretty yellow gold colour. I tried this pretty much all around my eye - on the upper lash line, lower lash line, and inner corners. When I put my eye shadow on top of the eye liner, I noticed that the gold colour of the eye pencil really warmed up the eye shadow and give it a slightly different dimension. Overall, I wish the eye liner were a little more creamy but I still really like it.

I wanted to share some of Starlooks' photos from the October Looksbook. The photography is absolutely AH-MAZING and so is the hair, make-up, and overall styling. I really really love these previews because it's fun to guess what products will be included and also to get some inspiration on how to use the products once we receive them. This is how Starlooks used the eye pencil in the October Looksbook preview. I love this bronzy, dewy look.

(Image courtesy of Starlooks)

4. Pigment in Posh // 2.8 g // $12

There were two different pigments sent out to subscribers this month but both were very similar shades of purple. I received Posh and the other shade sent out was Peddle. This is the first time I've used a pigment and I was surprised at how easy it was to apply. I really thought I would make a big mess. The colour applied on top of the Starlooks primer (from my September Starbox) was incredibly bright and vibrant. This is a lovely product.

Here is how Starlooks used the pigment. I like how the model has a bit spattered on her shoulder as well. Gaaaah, I love this photo so much.

(Image courtesy of Starlooks)

5. Lipstick in Masquerade // 3.8 g // $11

I am currently having a love affair with lip products so I was very happy to receive a lipstick. We received a very pretty red lipstick with some copper/gold undertones. The formulation is very nice; however, I didn't find the colour very long lasting. I really like the packaging for the Starlooks lipsticks. I like seeing a rim of colour on the base and the tube snaps shut really nicely.

This is how Starlooks styled the lipstick. I love how the gold eye liner complements the gold in the lipstick. Also, did you notice the masks/props used in the photos matches the products we received? I love the continuity! :)

(Image courtesy of Starlooks)

I am quite happy with the October Starbox! We got an interesting collection of products in an eclectic range of colours. I would not wear all of these products in one look (just not for me) but I really like the combination of (a) the gold eye liner with the red lipstick and (b) the gold eye liner with the purple pigment. This is a relatively pricy subscription service when you consider the shipping charge but I've been really enjoying the products so I will stay subscribed for the time being.

// Approximate value of the products in the October 2012 Starbox: $31 (not including the Eye Rock Eye Tattoo) //

Here is the October edition of "Why, Marci!?" - in this video, the founder of Starlooks provides us with a little more information about the products included in the Starbox.

For more information about the company, please check out my August Starbox review. The November theme is Nasty Gal... hmmm?

If you are interested in subscribing to Starbox, please mention ellesy or petitepearstyle when you sign up. I would really appreciate it and, as always, send heaps of good karma your way!

Note: Canadians who wish to subscribe to Starbox have to contact the company directly to get set up. I signed up by filling out the information on the contact form and a representative got back to me very quickly. I asked them to call me and I gave them my credit card information over the phone. I was recently notified by a Youtube viewer that shipping to Canada has changed to $4.50 - please contact Starlooks for a quote.

// Starlooks Photo Credits //

Model: Raquel GutiƩrrez
Hair: Marci Star
Makeup: Michelle Delsie
Creative Director/Photographer: Arielle Dori Lieberman

FTC: I paid for the October Starbox with my own money.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

October 2012 Glossybox Canada - Unboxing & Review

The October Glossybox arrived at my door on November 1st. I ripped into it immediately, having read tweets from Glossybox Canada about this month's box being worth almost $80. So was it? Let's take a look and see.

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

1. Sebastian Trilliance Shampoo & Conditioner

Another Sebastian product. I've enjoyed trying the Sebastian products I've received so far but it seems Glossybox has a few brands in heavy rotation. I like trying new shampoo and conditioner duos; however, they don't exactly make me jump for joy. Maybe I should have checked the website first because the product description sounds pretty exciting.

Shampoo: Prepare for shine sublime. Trilliance Shampoo, with rock crystal extract, creates a dazzling foundation by cleansing and polishing hair to a natural diamond shine.

Conditioner: With rock crystal extract, Trilliance Conditioner smoothes roughened cuticles into a sublime light-reflecting surface for gorgeous natural shine and the perfect styling base.

Wow! I'm going to work the word sublime into my everyday vernacular. :)

Impressions: All joking aside, I used the shampoo and conditioner and quite liked them. Both products have a nice (and similar) scent; however, I preferred the scent of the conditioner a little more. It seemed to leave my hair very soft and silky the next day but I'm not sure if that was because I also used a new-to-me CHI product before going to bed that night.

Shampoo: Full Size // 250 mL // $15.79
sample size // 50 mL // approximate value of $3.16

Conditioner: Full Size // 250 mL // $16.59
sample size // 50 mL // approximate value of $3.32

2. Jouviance Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Cream

Jouviance is a brand that is based in Montreal and was started by a "North American dermatologist" - I had never heard of this brand but I do not mind receiving anti-aging products so I was happy to try this product. The cream is described as a 3-in-1. It's a day cream, a night cream, and an eye cream. I am not sure why anti-aging products are so expensive - I don't think I would ever buy any at full price so I am glad I get them in my beauty boxes.

Impressions: I have only tried the cream once and I found it to be just average. It is a little light for me to use as a night cream but it applied nicely to my skin and has no scent. I will continue using this and let you know if I have any updates to provide.

full size // 50 mL // $93.50
sample size // 5 mL // approximate value of $9.35

3. Zoya Nail Polish in Scarlet

I love baby pink so I liked seeing this Zoya nail polish in my Glossybox. The Zoya website classifies this polish as a 1 (with 1 being sheer and 5 being opaque). The colour is described as follows:

Light dusty rose pink with cool tones in a sheer creme finish. A sheer, clean pink that adds a clean glossy look to nails.

Impressions: The colour is very very sheer and two coats on my nails provided minimal coverage. Instead, it gave my nails a really subtle, milky pink shine, which I still liked. I have a few sheer pink polishes but I am really enjoying the milky, almost jelly-like consistency of this one. The formula is great - easy to apply and not streaky.

Full size & sample size // 15 mL // $8

4. Model Co. Lip Duo

The lip duo was my favourite product in the October Glossybox. I've heard of Model Co. but never tried any of the products. It is a brand based in Australia. I believe most, if not all, of us received the same colour: lipstick in Dusk and gloss in Striptease. When I opened up the product, I noticed right away that both the lipstick and the gloss smell like strawberries! The gloss comes with a doe-foot applicator. I found it a little strange that there is a mirror on the actual lipstick/gloss tube (versus on the cap) so you can't look in the mirror while you're putting on the product.

This product is not on the Model Co. regular product line; however, I found it on the Glossybox U.S. website.

Impressions:Due to the size of the product, I found the application a little awkward but I really liked the texture and feel of both the lipstick and the gloss. The colour of the lipstick worn on its own is a little too brown for my liking but with the included lip gloss (or with my Laura Mercier lip glace in Baby Doll), I found the shade very pretty. The lip gloss on its own is very sheer and almost colourless. It has some silver shimmer in it and is very glossy but not sticky.

Full size & sample size // Lipstick 3.8 g and Gloss 2.3 mL // $38.75

5. Gilette Venus & Olay Razor

This was the item I was least excited about in the October Glossybox. Some products I feel actually take away from the box for me and this unfortunately was one of those products. We received a razor in the June Glossybox and I feel it's a little soon to include another one. I have not tried this product yet but I will provide an update if there is something worth writing about.

Full size & sample size // 1 razor // $16.99

Overall, I have mixed feelings about this month's Glossybox. While the value of the products included was quite high, it doesn't really make me want to stay subscribed at the new price of $21 a month. I really liked the lip product and the nail polish but the other products were ho-hum to me. I think I will stick to my plan of cancelling once I redeem my remaining Glossydots.

One last thing I want to mention - since Glossybox bills on the 10th of the month that the box is received, you could theoretically subscribe to a box after you see spoilers online. Quite a number of people did that with the September Glossybox to receive the NYX palette. Basically, if you are willing to pay $21 for the October Glossybox, I am pretty sure you can still get it as long as you subscribe by November 9. A bit of an odd loophole but, until Glossybox closes it, that's what I'll be doing if I see a box I really want.

Read more about my thoughts on the new Glossybox pricing here.

// Approximate value of the products in the October 2012 Glossybox: $79.57 //

Did you receive a Glossybox this month and, if so, what did you think of the contents?

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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Our CBCF Donation

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who left a comment on my October Glymm bag review post. You may recall that I committed to donating $1 per comment left on this post in the month of October. I received 33 sweet comments but I also counted my responses back to you and rounded up to the nearest $10. Thus I was extremely happy to make a $70 donation to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation today, on behalf of all of us. Thank you again for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. Your support is so very appreciated. xx

Before I sign off today, I wanted to include a poster I saw online from on breast self exams. I do these exams regularly and, around 15 years ago, I found a lump in my left breast. I was shocked and scared - I definitely did my routine self exams never thinking I would find anything. The next weeks and months were extremely stressful - I went through a series of tests (mammograms are very uncomfortable and awkward when you have barely any breast tissue) and the doctors eventually determined it was a cyst. Thankfully, the lump went away on its own but I still want to stress the importance of doing self exams regularly. It is generally recommended to do self exams monthly... I typically do them when I remember, which can be as frequently as every 2 weeks.

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