Tuesday, March 12, 2013

February 2013 Glymm Bag - Unboxing and Review

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

It's time for another Glymm bag review! As some of you may know, I signed up for the Polish Me Up Promotion so I receive a bonus nail polish in addition to the regular samples in the Glymm bag. This is the 5th month of my 1 year subscription and also the first month I thought the contents of the Glymm bag stood well on their own, i.e., irrespective of the bonus nail polish.

This month's cosmetic bag is not really my style but for some reason I really love it! I think it's a combination of the pattern and the nylon material. I'm assuming the heart theme was due to this being the February bag (we also received a heart-shaped lollipop); however, since Glymm shipped the bag at the end of the month, I did not receive it until early March. Glymm has stated that the standard shipping date has changed to the end of the month. This is unfortunate because the one thing that Glymm really had going for it was the earlier shipping date.

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

1. Villainess Soap in Ginger Snapped

Even though this is a teeny tiny sliver of soap, I am happy I received this sample. I love the Villainess line of products - everything smells amazing and this soap is no exception. It smells just like gingerbread... mmmmmm!!!

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

2. NaiLuv UV / LED Gel Shades

I was a disappointed in this sample when I saw that you need a UV light to cure this nail polish. This is the first sample I've received in a beauty box that I cannot use without spending more money. I received the nail polish in the shade berry sweetie. I have seen swatches of this shade and it is absolutely beautiful; however, I don't really want to buy a UV light because I'm not sure I would get a lot of use out of it (I'm a frequent polish changer)... instead, I was thinking of bringing it into a nail salon and getting it applied there so I could at least give it a try.

Full size // 15 mL // $14.95
Sample size // 4 mL // approximate value of $3.99

3. Purely Pro Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Luxury

Impressions: I am really loving this eyeshadow! It is a very smooth and silky formulation with decent pigmentation. I've been wearing this shade every day to work and it's a beautiful taupe shade, which is a shade that I am typically drawn to. I am very happy that I received a neutral, matte eyeshadow because it's so wearable. I tend to receive bright colours or shimmery shadows in my beauty boxes, which are great too but I don't wear those types of shades as often.

Full size & sample size // 1.7 g // $18

4. Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine

Impressions: I didn't think this lip gloss would be very wearable at first because it looks so purple in the tube but the colour on the lips is a really pretty berry shade. The formulation is a medium to heavy weight but not sticky and it seems to absorb into your lips so the product is very moisturizing. The colour is buildable but seems to fade the longer you wear it... something I'm not unhappy with as it looks really natural. I've even worn this lip gloss to work! There is a pleasant scent and no flavour. I love the huge wand that this lip gloss comes with. It's not easy to use but it's hilarious so it makes me happy. I've been told it is the same size as the wand included with the MAC Wonder Woman Lipglasses.

Full size & sample size // 10.4 g // $9

5. The New Black Nail Polishes

Impressions: I received two of these little nail polishes as a bonus in this month's Glymm bag. I am really enjoying this line of nail polishes. I like the smaller size, the colours, and the formulation. I am wearing the lighter pink shade in the above video. I didn't think the darker purple shade would be to my liking but when I swatched it, it was a very pretty deep purple and the shimmer was not noticeable.

Full size // 5 mini polishes x 4 mL // $24
Sample size // 2 mini polishes x 4 mL // approximately $9.60

Overall, I was surprised to be this happy with the Glymm bag this month. I'm not sure if the improvement was due to the price increase but I hope the higher quality will continue into future months. I thought this bag was a pretty good even without the bonus nail polish. We received a couple full size products and most of the contents were makeup (as opposed to hair or body products). That being said, I am subscribed at the lower rate of $10 plus tax per month since I signed up for the annual promotion. It remains to be seen whether future bags will be worth the higher price of $15 per month plus tax.

Are you still subscribed to Glymm? If so, what did you think of the samples this month?

NOTE: Just a heads up if you are still subscribed to Glymm that you should check your points balance every month as there is a glitch in the system. I have been e-mailing Glymm each month with a spreadsheet of my point balance and they are very quick at making the necessary adjustments.

// Approximate value of the products in the February 2013 Glymm bag: $41.38 including my bonus nail polishes //

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.

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