Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nail Polish Canada Anti-Glymm Box Box

If I couldn't love Nail Polish Canada more! This company has just come out with an Anti-Glymm Box Box, which features a complementary set of products with a $25 value for former Glymm subscribers! Here are the details from the Nail Polish Canada website:

Anybody who was a Glymm box member at any point during the last 4 months qualifies.

1. Email your proof of membership (reciept, confirmation email, credit card statement, etc.) to
2. Within 24 hours, you will receive a coupon code to get this $25 value box for free!
3. Make sure to tell Nail Polish Canada if you want the Shocking Pink, Nova, or Towel Boy Toy version (and provide a backup choice as well... just in case).

Here is what you will receive in your Anti-Glymm Box Box:

1 x Choice of: China Glaze Shocking Pink (neon pink) OR Nova (silver glitter) OR Towel Boy Toy (blue)
1 x China Glaze For Audrey (best selling China Glaze ever!)
1 x Color Club In Theory
1 x White Nail File
1 x Mini Seche Vite Top Coat
1 x Mini Tend Skin

The box is free, you don't need to order anything else; however standard shipping rules apply (basically order $25 of other items and everything ships free or it's only $3 shipping for just the box). Limited quantity available.

Below are the screen shots of the colour choices available!

Shocking Pink:


Towel Boy Toy:

This was Nail Polish Canada's way to give back to the beauty community and I think it is a generous and incredible offer. I have already e-mailed Nail Polish Canada to take advantage of the offer myself. A huge thank you to Nail Polish Canada for stepping up with this promotion!

Please let me know if you will be taking advantage of this offer and, if so, which nail polish you chose!

Note: Nail Polish Canada contacted me with this offer but I will be subject too the regular conditions of this offer... and I plan to place an order since there are a few products I was planning to pick up anyway! :)

April 2013 Topbox (Elizabeth Arden Privé Box) - Unboxing and Review

Ever since Topbox launched the Privé box program, I've been finding myself opting in each month as opposed to selecting the regular Topbox. I used to love the surprise of beauty boxes but now it seems like I prefer to know what's inside. For my April box, I requested the Elizabeth Arden Privé box and was happy I received it.

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

1. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Lash Enhancing Mascara in Black

I like the sample size and I'm excited to try this mascara. I haven't really tried a lot of high end mascara so I'm curious as to whether I will notice a difference.

Full size // 7 ml // $30
Sample size // 3 ml // approximately $12.86

2. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging and Intensive Repair Daily Serum

This product is crazy expensive! I haven't noticed a difference with any of the serums I've tried to date (with the exception of the 360 Skincare product, which is more like a cream). I'll definitely be giving this product a try to see if it's worth the price but I doubt I would ever pay that much for 30 ml of serum.

Full size // 30 ml // $275
Sample size // 5 ml // approximately $45.83

3. Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover

I've used this product a couple of times since recording my video and I like it. It's gentle and does a good job at removing my eye makeup.

Full size // 100 ml // $24
Sample size // 50 ml // approximately $12

4. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup

This is the product I was most excited to receive. I have quite a few concealers to use up but perhaps I will have to take a break so I can bump this up on my "to try" queue! I chose the shade Gentle Beige and I think it will be a good match for my skin tone.

Full size // 19 g // $42
Sample size // 1.9 g // approximately $4.20

5. Shu Uemura Full Shimmer Illuminating Shampoo

This was a bonus sample I received this month because I contacted Topbox last month regarding the size discrepancy with the Pure + Simple blush. I had previously received this shampoo sample in my very first Topbox and I didn't like it when I tried it the first time. My opinion on this shampoo hasn't changed much. I really like the scent but dislike the thin, runny consistency. As for its effectiveness, I found it a little better (my hair did not become overly greasy like it did last time) but that's probably because my hair has changed a lot in the meantime due to my new shampooing schedule. I still would not re-purchase this product.

Full size // 300mL // $45
Sample size // 75mL // approximately $11.25

Overall, I really liked the Elizabeth Arden Privé box. I don't have a lot of experience with this brand so I was happy to gain some exposure to some of the products at a reasonable price point. The value of this box was amazing.

// Approximate value of the products in the April 2013 Elizabeth Arden Privé box: $74.89 (not including the bonus sample) //

While I was happy with this month's box, Topbox is no longer a subscription that really excites me. I do like the Privé box program but I found myself selecting a Privé box every month because I was not confident in the samples that would be sent out in the regular Topbox. I have since cancelled my Topbox subscription so next month (May) is going to be my last review... at least for a little while. :) For my May box, I chose the Masqueraide box so assuming I receive that, the review won't be too exciting as most of you already know I love the Maskeraide masks.

Note: I purchased this Topbox with my own money.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Holts Beauty Bag - Spring 2013

I purchased the Holt Renfrew Spring 2013 Beauty Bag at the Bloor Street location last Friday. Apparently, these bags are released twice a year but I've never seen them before so when I saw this offer posted on the Beauty Box Spoilers page (on Facebook), I knew I wanted to check it out. The bag is priced at $35 plus tax and there are lots of goodies tucked inside! I believe this bag is still available in case anyone is interested in checking it out.

Here is the list of the contents (along with the volume of product where applicable):

- Large cosmetic pouch
- Small makeup bag
- $10 gift card for future purchases of $25+
- Oribe Creme for Style // 7 ml
- Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream // 7 ml
- Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara in Excessive Black // 4 ml
- Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus // 7 ml
- Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator // 7 ml
- Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum // 1.2 ml
- Chantecaille Magnolia, Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion // 8 ml
- Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Moisture Bath & Shower // 30 ml
- Sisley Gentle Make-Up Remover // 30 ml
- NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base // 2.8 g
- Laura Mercier Universal Invisible Loose Setting Powder // 1 g
- Laura Mercier Mini Fan Powder Brush
- Deborah Lippmann Mini in Daytripper // 8 ml

If you purchased one of the beauty bags, please let me know what you thought of the samples!

Note: I paid for this beauty bag with my own money.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 2013 Seasonsbox - Unboxing and Review

I was super excited for the April SeasonsBox because of a couple of items... let's jump right into it and see what was inside!

We are back to the regular square cardboard box... I use these boxes around my home to store all types of products! We got a very pretty light blue ribbon this month.

Here is what the box looks like with all the products contained inside:

1. Connected in Hope Shiromeda Scarf

1 scarf // $32

I was very excited when I saw the preview that we would be receiving this scarf in our April SeasonsBox. Not only is this scarf absolutely amazing, we are also supporting a good cause. Connected in Hope is an organization that helps empower women in Ethiopia through sustainable income development. The website shares information about the artisans who hand weave the scarves available for purchase and the tag on each scarf includes the name of the woman who made it. I feel incredibly inspired and moved by the story behind this organization and its artisans.

There were approximately 700 scarves made in preparation for the April SeasonsBox. I was fortunate enough to receive 2 of these as I received an April box to review and I also purchased a 12 month subscription. My scarf in Pink Blossom was made by Zeritu Zerga.

My scarf in Columbia Blue was made by Keriya Mustafa.

This scarf is a great size and can also be used as a wrap/shawl. The measurements are approximately 72 inches by 28 inches. If available, I'd highly recommend picking up the April box just for this scarf. In fact, I am thinking of buying a few more as gifts and I have a number of family members and friends who would love these.

2. Crawford Street Skin Care Lemon Deodorant Cream

60 mL // $12

I love this deodorant cream and I had a moment of anxiety when I realized I was going to run out of this product before I could restock at the Beauty Board. I found another natural deodorant in the meantime but I was still very happy to receive this product in the SeasonsBox and I can't wait to start using it again! I've talked about this product a few times in my videos and I'm happy it will now reach a larger audience so I can hear other people's thoughts on it. The texture of this product does take some getting used to... it is a little oily to the touch (due to a number of oils in this product) and a little gritty (due to the cornstarch). That being said, the longer I used this product, the more I liked it. It worked very well at keeping me smelling (and feeling) fresh all day. You apply this product with your hand so that may feel a little awkward at first but I found I got used to it quickly. If I recall correctly, the 60 mL container lasted me about 6 months with daily use.

3. Honibe Honey Drop Honey To Go

12 pack // $5.99

This was perfect timing for this type of product for me because I've been on a tea kick recently. I literally brew some sort of tea or tisane 2-3 times every single day. I love black tea with milk and honey. I've been brewing it at work too so I will be storing my honey drops in my desk for easy access! Each honey drop is equivalent to 1 teaspoon of honey and I find that one drop is enough to flavour between 8-12 ounces of tea for me. I use the ever popular Billy Bee honey at home and I find the flavour of the Honibe honey to be a little different - the Honibe honey is a little more intense and floral but I still really like it. This product is quite expensive when you consider the amount of honey you get for the price so I am glad I received this in my SeasonsBox so I could try it.

4. EcoTools Foam Applicator

1 foam applicator // $5.99

I love EcoTools brushes so I was excited to receive this foam applicator. This was a lot bigger in person than I thought it would be. The applicator is essentially a little sponge on a handle that can be used to apply your under eye concealer and your foundation in the hard to reach areas around the nose. My only concern with this product is I'm not sure how long the applicator will last before the sponge starts to break down and I'm assuming the entire applicator would need to be discarded or recycled at that time.

Overall, I'd have to say this is one of my favourite SeasonsBox so far because I love the scarves that much. The lemon deodorant cream is one of my favourite products so that definitely helped as well! The total value of the products included this month was $55.98. My other favourite SeasonsBox was the February box. :)

About SeasonsBox
SeasonsBox is a subscription service that promises 3-5 full-size luxury products for your home, body, and spirit. The box ships out of Ontario, Canada and is available to Canadian and U.S. residents. Besides curating boxes themed with a particular season (i.e., winter, spring, summer, fall), SeasonsBox also curates boxes themed with specific holidays (e.g., Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween). The contents of every box are intended to stimulate your senses with the scents and flavours associated with a season or holiday. SeasonsBox provides high quality, luxury, and full-size products (versus samples) with a focus on natural and responsible products. The products are also sourced from various places around the world and most of them are not available in commercial stores. SeasonsBox provides a preview of the products at the beginning of the month. Please visit the SeasonsBox website for current pricing.

If you would like to subscribe to SeasonsBox, I would be grateful if you would use my referral link... of course, I will also send heaps of good karma your way!

FTC: The April box was sent to me for review purposes. I also purchased a one year subscription to SeasonsBox with my own money.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 2013 Ipsy Bag - Unboxing and Review

Here is my first Ipsy bag review! I wanted to subscribe for the April bag because I really wanted to try the full size blush that was shown in the preview. I am very happy with this month's bag but I'm not sure if I'm going to stay subscribed because I am trying to reduce my number of beauty box subscriptions.

We received a white nylon cosmetic bag this month with hot pink accents. I really like this bag but worry that I'm going to get it dirty very quickly. I am not very good at keeping things clean! Despite my inability to keep whites white, I do love how this bag is so minimalist and simple in nature. I saw on the Ipsy Facebook page that a lot of subscribers decorated their bags - some were hand drawn and some involved applying appliques or (my personal favourite) glitter!

Here are the products that are contained inside (in order of appearance in this video):

1. Sexy Hair Soy Renewal

I was excited to receive this sample because I have never tried a Sexy Hair product before. That being said, this particular product didn't interest me too much at first as one of the properties is to reduce frizz and I have little to no frizz in my hair. After visiting the Sexy Hair website, I read the usage tips and I'm now very intrigued by and eager to try this product:

Apply a small amount to damp hair before styling to smooth, hydrate, fight frizz and reduce drying time. Use a smaller amount on dry hair after styling for extra polish. Can also be used as a deep moisture treatment: Apply to damp hair, wrap in a plastic cap and leave on for 20 minutes, then rinse.

Full size // 4.2 oz // $21.95
Sample size // 0.85 oz // approximately $4.44

2. Miss Professional Nail Sation Nail Lacquer in Of Corset I'll Call You

I just noticed that this nail lacquer shade is from the 2012 Marie Antoinette collection... I love it even more now! It's a beautiful sheer pink. I think this shade makes my nails look healthier and my hands more lady-like! :) Two thick coats will still result in visible nail line but the colour is buildable and the formulation is easy to work with. Subscribers received one of two available shades. At first, I thought both shades were exclusive to Ipsy but it appears that only the outer box was customized. The other colour that was sent out was Love at First Byte.

Full size and sample size // 15 mL // $5

3. Mica Beauty Shimmer Powder in Earth

I couldn't find this exact product on the Mica Beauty website - there is no shimmer powder (only a glitter powder, which looks like a chunkier glitter and there is also no "earth" shade). I am thinking the shimmer powder is the mineral eye shadow and I've used it on my eye with really pretty results. This is a beautiful shimmery peachy champagne shade and I find it flattering and very wearable. The sample size is great too and will probably last me forever.

Full size // 2.5 g // $14.95
Sample size // 2 g // approximately $11.96

4. Be a Bombshell Blush in Sweet Cheeks

Here is the product that enticed me to subscribe to receive the April bag! I was actually hoping for the other shade (Beach Please) but now that I've had a chance to wear Sweet Cheeks, I am very happy with it. It's a satin finish (almost frosty) and it is highly pigmented so a little goes a very long way. It gives my complexion a really pretty, natural looking, healthy glow and I've been wearing this blush every single day... even to work! I usually wear matte blush to work but this one was too pretty to pass up and I need a little glow to combat the cold, grey skies of late.

Full size and sample size // 5 g // $16

Overall, I really loved this month's bag! We received a nice variety of products - for the eyes, face, nails, and hair. I loved that all of these brands were new to me and the sample sizes were all very generous. There was also a nice mix of well known brands along with niche brands. I am very happy with the April Ipsy bag and I am going to wait until the May preview comes out before I decide whether to stay subscribed.

// Approximate value of the products in the April 2013 Ipsy bag: $37.40 //

Are you subscribed to Ipsy? If so, what do you think of the products in the April bag?

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

Friday, April 19, 2013

Goodbye From Glymm

At long last, we have received official confirmation that Glymm is ceasing operations. I received an e-mail from Glymm this afternoon and here is the screenshot:

Glymm had also posted the above message on its Facebook page so I shared it immediately but it appears that Glymm has since taken down its website, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

What next?

I'm glad Glymm has finally issued this communication as it should be sufficient documentation to dispute the charges with our credit card companies for any and all products not received, regardless of whether we had a monthly subscription or paid in advance for a series of months. As I mentioned in a previous post, I have 7 months remaining in my 12 month subscription. I have now disputed the charge for all 7 outstanding months and expect to receive a refund in the next 100 days or so. The customer service representative I spoke with at my credit card company was extremely helpful. I sent him my original e-mail invoice showing the yearly subscription and Glymm's e-mail about closing the company and he confirmed that the dispute is in progress. Note that credit card companies can have different policies so be sure to call your credit card company if you are in a similar situation.

All About Truffle :)

Happy Friday!!

A few of my YouTube viewers were asking to see more of our bunny Truffle so I recently recorded the pet tag video and I thought I would share it here too... just in case you want to learn more about our little bun bun. :)

Here are the questions I answered in this video:

1. What kind of pets do you have?
2. What are their names?
3. How old are they?
4. Where did you get them?
5. Why did you want to get this particular breed/species?
6. Do they know any tricks?
7. Do they snuggle / give kisses / follow you around?
8. What are some of the funny things they do to make you laugh?

As I mentioned in this video, bunnies are very cute but can be a difficult pet to own as they like attention on their terms and are quite delicate so you have to be very careful when picking them up. There is a lot I didn't cover in this video so if you have any questions about Truffle or about bunnies in general, please leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer. :)

If you have a pet, please let me know!! I adore animals and would love to learn more about your fur babies!

P.S. I haven't forgotten about Lulu... she will be starring in her own pet tag very soon. :)

Thursday, April 11, 2013

First Murale Haul :)

I made a huge purchase at Murale this week! This was my first time buying anything from and I was very happy with how quickly the order was shipped and delivered to my door. I placed my order on Monday evening and received my order on Wednesday of the same week! I like that this is basically a higher end store owned by Shoppers Drug Mart so you can earn Optimum Points on your purchase. All the prices are the same as SDM and I wanted to take advantage of the Fab and Free promotion so I figured this was a good time to pick up a few new products.

Here is everything I purchased... you can barely see any of the products in this photo so I will provide more details below! :)

I'll start off with the Fab and Free samples. The largest item included was a faux leather pink tote bag. It is actually a very decent build quality so I was pleasantly surprised. It came folded up in the box so there is a visible seam in the middle and my bag has a little white mark on the other side (like the dye missed that spot or something). It is a good size for the beach or for school and I like that it has a fully zippered top. It's a lovely raspberry colour as well but I don't see myself getting a lot of wear out of this so I will probably be giving it away.

Here are the anti-aging and lifting samples that were included in the bonus:

Kibio Fit By Nature Lifting Cream Gel // 30 mL
Clinique Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream // 7 mL
Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream // 15 mL
StiVectin TL 360 Tightening Eye Serum // 7 mL
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum // 5 mL
Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion // 2 mL

Next up are the other creams and moisturizers:

Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir // 2 mL
Nuxe Nuxellence Jeunesse Youth and Radiance Revitalizing Fluid // 15 mL
Erno Laszlo Luminous Intensive Cream // 2 mL
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet // 10 mL
B. Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream // 15 mL

The cleansers! I was so excited about the Bioderma sample as I've heard such good things about this product.

Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm // 30 mL
Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam // 30 mL
Eve Lom Cleanser and Cloth // 5 mL
Bioderma Sensibio H2O // 20 mL

A few miscellaneous samples:

Ojon Rare Blend Oil // 6 mL
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels // 1 pair
Skin Authority VitaD Fortified Whole Food Spice Powder // 1.42 g

Not surprisingly, here are my favourite samples in the set!

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Sweet Dreams // 15 mL (full size!)
Soap & Glory Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss in Candy Gloss // 3 mL
Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara // 2 g
Benefit The POREfessional // 7.5 mL
Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator // 7 mL
Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Under Eye Primer // 5 mL

Here are the additional samples I received. I was allowed to choose 5 and I also received the extra Benefit sample because I ordered a Benefit product that was at least $30.

Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream // 8.9 g
Estee Lauder Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator // 7 mL
Clarins After Sun Moisturizer Ultra-Hydrating // 8 mL
Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo & Condiitoner // 12 mL each
Deborah Lippmann The Stripper To Go // 1 mitt
Cake Milk Made Smoothing Hand & Cuticle Buffer // 12 g

Finally, we've come to the products that were purchased by me... including shipping ($8.50 to Toronto) and taxes, my order came to just under $160.

Shiseido Facial Cotton // 165 sheets // $9
Anna Sui Lip Rouge G in #304 // 3.4 g // $25
Benefit Brows a Go Go // $48
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Carina // 3 mL // $29
Shiseido Eyelash Curler // $20

Oh, and Lulu loved the tote bag. She totally went to town on the zipper pull! Fortunately, she doesn't have strong jaws so she didn't do much damage at all. :)

This promotion is in effect until Sunday, April 21, 2013 and I thought it was a great bonus if you happen to have a few things you want to pick up anyway. The Fab and Free samples also came with a little booklet describing all 24 products. Overall, I was really satisfied with my shopping experience at :) Have you ever shopped at Murale? Did you take advantage of this promotion?

I am behind with my unboxing videos so I will post the video below when it is ready! :)

Note: I paid for this order with my own money. Any links included above are not referral links.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

March 2013 Starlooks Starbox - Unboxing and Review

The theme for the March 2013 Starbox was Blue... let's see what was inside!

Loved the box this month - it was a craft paper colour with a blue logo... it was tied with a rose gold / copper elasticized ribbon.

The lovely makeup look that was previewed on the Starlooks website!

Here are the contents of this month's Starbox (in order of appearance in the video):

1. Quartz Crystal

Starlooks provides us with quartz crystals in every Starbox (except December 2012). They 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.

2. Vanilla Lip Sugar // 1 g (estimated) // $2

I've never tried a prepared lip scrub as I usually just mix my own on the spot (a little olive oil & a little white sugar) so I'm excited to feel the texture of this product. The product card included in the Starbox states that this is an all natural lip sugar but there are no ingredients specified anywhere. I also looked online as there is a link included on the card but the lip sugar is not yet available on the Starlooks website.

3. Eye Shadow in Disarray // 3.2 g // $9 (per the website - the product card shows $12)

This is a very pretty navy blue eye shadow that looks close to black when on the eyes. It is very smoky and I think I will be getting a lot of use out of this shade. The product card indicates that there is a "touch of sparkle" in this eye shadow but I would describe it more as a satin finish. The Starlooks website, however, includes this shade in the matte collection.

4. Lipstick in Flutter // 3.8 g // $11

This is a frost lipstick that has an orange tinge to it but when swatched, it is a really pretty rose gold shade. It doesn't seem as drying as other frost lipsticks. Once applied, the frost doesn't seem too apparent so this lipstick does not have a dated look as some frost lipsticks do. This is not a shade or a finish I would ever pick for myself but once I put this on, I thought it worked pretty well on my skin tone. I am constantly pleasantly surprised by the products chosen for us by Starlooks. They definitely push me out of my comfort zone and I think that's a good thing. That being said, this is probably not a shade I would reach for often as I love my nudes for day to day.

Here are the swatches of the eye shadow in Disarray and the lipstick in Flutter.

5. Lengthening Mascara in Black // 10 mL // $15

There was a lot of hype about this product so I was happy to receive it in my Starbox this month... even though I have a TON of mascara I still need to use up. The tube is extremely heavy duty and made of a matte black metal. I am excited to try this product and I may be bumping this up my mascara line so I can use this next.

Last month, I mentioned that Starlooks implemented a rotation system for the types of products that will be sent out (MIXED - BOLD - NEUTRALS). The March box was a MIXED box (I thought it would be NEUTRALS) but Starlooks has actually nixed this rotation as there was some negative feedback from subscribers. Overall, I liked the contents of this Starbox but not sure how long I will be keeping this subscription as the price of the box has increased due to international shipping charges. The price of the box has remained unchanged at $15; however, the international shipping fee is now $7.

Did you receive a Starbox this month? What did you think of the products?

// Approximate value of the products in the March 2013 Starbox: $37.00 //

The March edition of "Why, Marci!?" has not been posted yet so I will update this blog post when it becomes available. Edited to add the video below! :)

The April theme is Festival - really excited for this one! :)

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.

Note: I paid for the March Starbox with my own money.

Friday, April 5, 2013

My Thoughts On Glymm

UPDATE: We have received official confirmation that Glymm has ceased operations - please click here for my blog post.

It pains me to write this post because I am so disappointed and angry right now. If you are active in the beauty box community and stalk Facebook pages like I do, you’ll probably know that Glymm has been MIA for pretty much the entire week. There has been a lot of speculation that the company has gone bankrupt or at the very least is undergoing significant restructuring. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I am just a little bit anal so I wanted to gather some more information before publishing my thoughts.

I have been subscribed to Glymm since December 2011 and have gone through many ups and downs with this company. In September 2012, I subscribed to Glymm for a year to take advantage of the Polish Me Up promotion. I have received 5 months of products thus far (October 2012 to February 2013). There are 7 months remaining in my subscription (March 2013 to September 2013). While some of the boxes/bags have been disappointing in my 15 month relationship with Glymm, I have never had an issue with getting a hold of customer service until now.

Here is my history of calls and e-mails to Glymm this week that have all gone unanswered:

- Called Mon Apr 1 @ 4:30pm EST - no answer
- E-mailed Mon Apr 1 requesting status of March products still outstanding
- Called 5x Tue Apr 2 @ 3:20pm EST to 3:50pm EST - no answer
- Called Wed Apr 3 @ 2:50pm EST - no answer
- Called Thu Apr 4 @ 11:40am EST - no answer
- E-mailed Thu Apr 4 requesting partial refund for products not received
- Called Fri Apr 5 @ 11:20am EST - no answer

Prior to this, I would receive a reply to all my e-mail inquiries within 2 business days so this lack of response was worrisome. Glymm’s last update on Twitter was March 20, 2013. There have been sporadic responses to inquiries on Facebook up until April 2, 2013. However, all the responses have been vague promises of more information to follow. Glymm indicated that a “newsletter” regarding shipping dates would be sent out in the “coming days” but nothing has been received as of the date this blog post was published.

It appears that Glymm has taken the April payment from month-to-month subscribers despite the issues currently occurring with the company, which I feel is a highly unethical business practice. Thank goodness Glymm had enough sense to update its website to prevent you from checking out if you want to (a) make a purchase from the online store or (b) sign up for a subscription. Here is the landing page if you try to check out:

Due to the lack of response to my inquiries, I have since called my credit card company (MasterCard) to see if I could obtain a partial refund for products not received. The representative told me I need proof of bankruptcy to dispute my 7 outstanding months because technically Glymm could still say that the service will be provided. The other option is to call periodically to dispute a certain number of months. For example, I could call to dispute 1 month at a time or, if I don't want to call every month, I could call every 3 months (just to be safe and ensure that my call occurs in the 100 day period to dispute).

I did not want it to come to this as I was still enjoying the Glymm bags… I am extremely upset with the way this situation is being handled by Glymm. It boggles my mind that a company could be run this way. Fortunately, there is still an option to recover the money even though I purchased an annual subscription. It appears that credit card companies handle disputes differently so be sure to call your credit card company if you are in a similar situation.

This experience has been a huge eye-opener for me. When I first started subscribing to beauty boxes, I wouldn’t touch an annual subscription with a 10-foot pole. I didn’t want to be locked in and decided that I would only subscribe on a month-to-month basis regardless of the money I could save. Fast forward a year and I now have 3 annual subscriptions (including Glymm)… how easily I forgot my aversion to being locked in! Even though I will hopefully be able to get my money back from Glymm, the headaches and frustration are definitely not worth it.

Many thanks to the ladies on Facebook who have been diligently researching this issue and sharing the information… this blog post could not have been written without you!

To the company's directors on record at Registraire des entreprises Quebec, I have one word for you: KARMA.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

March 2013 Empties

Lots of empties in March! I made a big dent in my collection of bar soap. :)

* = Disliked the product - would not repurchase
** = Liked the product - might or might not repurchase
*** = Loved the product - would repurchase

1. Wen Cleansing Conditioner in Cucumber Aloe
Source: Denyse from QueencessQuality
Thoughts: I am really loving this product! It did a great job at cleaning my hair and was super gentle as well. This product does not contain sodium lauryl sulphate so it does not foam or lather. To properly cleanse your hair, you do have to follow the directions exactly (massage scalp for 1-3 minutes and leave the cleansing conditioner in your hair for 3-5 minutes).
Rating: ***

2. Asira Shampoo
Source: Hotel product
Thoughts: The scent of this shampoo was alright but it did not do anything special for my hair.
Rating: *

3. Kiehl's Amino Acid Shampoo
Source: Kiehl's gift set from Hubs
Thoughts: I liked this shampoo a lot. The scent was great (like coconut) and the lather was nice and soft. The price, however, is a little too high for me to purchase this on a regular basis.
Rating: **

4. Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Hydrating Conditioner
Source: November 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: The more I use this product, the less I like it. I find the scent is very artificial smelling (tropical fruit & coconut).
Rating: *

5. Gilchrist & Soames Hair Protector
Source: Hotel product
Thoughts: I don't think I received enough product to properly test this out. I thought the scent was ok but the conditioner didn't seem to do anything for my hair.
Rating: *

6. Neutrogena Clean Conditioner
Source: Unknown
Thoughts: Similar comments as #5: I don't think I received enough product to properly test this out. I thought the scent was ok but the conditioner didn't seem to do anything for my hair.
Rating: *

7. Lush Candy Cane Soap (note: my soap did not look anything like the product in this link so I've included a photo below)
Source: This was part of a Christmas gift from one of my sisters
Thoughts: I liked the scent of this soap but it did not really stand out in any other way to me.
Rating: **

8. Lush So White Bath Bomb
Source: This was part of a Christmas gift from one of my sisters
Thoughts: I did not like this bath bomb. It didn't fizz or froth and it did not smell like apples. My lovely YT viewers told me that this was probably because I had the bath bomb for too long (over a year hehe... oops, I had tucked it away and totally forgotten about it). Maybe I will buy another one and give it another try.
Rating: *

9. Ella's Botanicals Anoint Me Soap
Source: Full size bar was purchased by me at the Beauty Board and sample size was in the goody bag
Thoughts: I loved the smell of this soap when I initially smelled it at the Beauty Board; however, when I used it in the shower, it didn't smell that great. Maybe I had it for too long. I also found that this soap dissolved extremely quickly - much faster than other bar soaps.
Rating: *

10. Ella's Botanicals Lavender Rose Soap
Source: Full size bar was purchased by me at the Beauty Board
Thoughts: Same comments as #9: I loved the smell of this soap when I initially smelled it at the Beauty Board; however, when I used it in the shower, it didn't smell that great. Maybe I had it for too long. I also found that this soap dissolved extremely quickly - much faster than other bar soaps.
Rating: *

11. Villainess Soap in Scintillating
Source: November 2012 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: I loved the smell of this soap when I first received it (mmmm, chocolate mint) but it didn't smell very good in the shower. Maybe I had it for too long? I do have a full size of this so I'll give it another try and see if I like it any better.
Rating: *

12. Villainess Soap in Ginger Snapped
Source: February 2013 Glymm Bag
Thoughts: I liked this soap but it smells like cinnamon to the extreme. Cinnamon is not my favourite scent so I likely would not purchase the full size unless it were in a set.
Rating: **

13. Elizabeth Grant Biocollasis Complex Advanced Cellular Age Defense Eye Power Pads
Source: Glossy Party TO
Thoughts: I woke up one morning after sleeping for 7-8 hours with the most humongous bags under my eyes. It freaked me out a little so I finally pulled out the eye power pads to give them a try. These are like sheet masks but just for the under eye region. I really enjoyed using these but I'm not sure if they were actually effective. Perhaps they were because the severe bags have not re-appeared. That being said, I doubt I will be purchasing these pads due to the price.
Rating: **

14. Beauty So Clean Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipe
Source: Glossy Party TO
Thoughts: I like these wipes - they are extremely handy. I use them to sanitize my tweezers and to clean up my makeup products as needed.
Rating: **

15. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Source: March 2012 Glossybox
Thoughts: I can't believe it took me a year to use this up. I did keep it at work to use as a hand cream so perhaps that's why it lasted so long. I love this lotion - it is non-greasy and extremely fast absorbing.
Rating: ***

16. Villainess Whipped Body Creme in Dulces En Fuego
Source: Purchased by me using my Glymm points
Thoughts: I absolutely love this creme! It is very moisturizing and has a thick & creamy texture but it does not leave an oily residue. One of my favourite formulations for body butter type products.
Rating: ***

17. Boscia Vanilla Blotting Linens
Source: Purchased by me in the Here Comes the Sun Cosmetic Bag
Thoughts: It took me a while to get used to the texture and material of these blotting linens. When I first started using them, I must have been way too rough because they tore so easily! I loved them once I got the hang of it though. :) They are great at removing excess oil and leaving your skin with a nice matte finish.
Rating: ***

18. Sephora Anti-Shine Foundation Primer
Source: Sephora gift with purchase
Thoughts: I liked this primer but I likely would not purchase the full size because I love Benefit POREfessional much much more. The Sephora primer almost feels gritty in comparison.
Rating: **

19. Essence Forget It! 3-in-1 Concealer
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I wasn't a huge fan of this product because I found the texture did not really work for my skin. It seemed a little cakey/flakey but perhaps it's because my skin is on the dry side even with my daily moisturizer?
Rating: *

20. Bare Minerals Round the Clock Waterproof Eyeliner in 5PM
Source: Purchased by me - in the Putting on the Glitz Kit
Thoughts: I loved this eyeliner when I used it the first few times because it was very smudgey and blendable. It completely dried out on me though and does not even draw anymore. I later noticed there was a crack in the cap. :(
Rating: **

21. Seche Vite Top Coat
Source: I won this from one of Aleeza's amazing giveaways
Thoughts: I am mixed about this topcoat. On the one hand, I love how quickly it dries and the shiny finish. However, on the other hand, I don't like the scent or the shrinkage when it dries. I am going to experiment with a few other topcoats before I decide whether to purchase this product.
Rating: **

22. Revlon Eyelash Curler
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I've had this eyelash curler for years and I really like it. I'm saying goodbye to it because it doesn't curl as well as it used to (the mechanism appears to be loose) and I find I've been reaching for my Julep eyelash curler instead. I'd consider re-purchasing this but I do want to try some of the other well-reviewed eyelash curlers first (like Shiseido and Shu Uemura).
Rating: **

23. Pure + Simple Lavender Hydrosol
Source: Goody bag at the Yoga Tree grand opening
Thoughts: I enjoyed this product very much! It smells wonderful - just like lavender but a very light, fresh, and natural scent. I would spray this on my face, use it as a body mist, and finish my bath with it. I'd consider purchasing the full size but I'm not sure whether it's discontinued as I don't see it on the Pure + Simple website. I also prefer the Dream Organics Rose Water from my February 2013 SeasonsBox.
Rating: **

24. Victoria's Secret Garden Collection - Pure Seduction Body Mist
Source: Gift from one of my sisters
Thoughts: I can't believe I actually finished a fragrance because I never ever finish fragrances! This was a small one though. :) I liked this scent for the evening and I would mist quite a lot of it before bed... which is probably why I was actually able to use it up. This is a very sweet floral scent.
Rating: **

25. Bath & Body Works Candle in Brandied Pear
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I'm not sure why I picked this scent because I don't really like it. I think I was tricked by the name because I love the scent of pear. This candle, however, smelled way too sweet - like candy rather than pear.
Rating: *

26. Wet Ones Fresh Scent Antibacterial Hand & Face Wipes
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I always have a supply of these wipes on hand because I love them for cleaning my shoes, my makeup brush, and my counter or desk. These wipes stay moist to the very last one - I've never had a package dry out on me. I keep a container at home and another container at work. The only reason I am rating this less than 3 stars is because I prefer the unscented, fragrance free version.
Rating: **

27. David's Tea Ceylon Star
Source: Free sample with purchase
Thoughts: I was not a fan of this tea. I don't really like flavoured tea in the first place (except Earl Grey, which happens to be my favourite) and this one tasted very strongly of star anise (similar to licorice).
Rating: *

28. David's Tea Sleigh Ride
Source: Free sample with purchase
Thoughts: This is a herbal infusion that smells like Christmas. I didn't really enjoy receiving a Christmas tisane sample as I placed my order in February so I felt like I was getting leftovers. I wasn't a fan of this infusion - it just didn't suit my taste.
Rating: *

29. David's Tea Decaf Earl Grey
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I really liked that David's Tea offers a decaf black tea as I don't find many of them kicking around. I thought this tea was ok - it wasn't very flavourful, likely because it was decaffeinated. I finished two 50g bags in a short period of time because I was brewing a big mug full every single night. I will be decaffeinating at home from now on as the tea retains more flavour... it also retains more caffeine but my body seems to be reacting ok so far.
Rating: **

30. David's Tea Nepal Black
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: My hubby loves this tea! I thought it was alright but I will be giving it another try as I ordered a big bag of it for Hubs.
Rating: **

31. David's Tea Kenyan Tinderet
Source: Purchased by me
Thoughts: I love this tea. It reminds me of the tea we purchased when we visited a tea factory in Kenya. This tea is strong, rich, and flavourful.
Rating: ***

That's it for this month! Please let me know if you've tried any of these products and whether you have any tea recommendations. We've been drinking a ton of David's Tea because I took my hubby there for his birthday and we picked out around 8 different teas but I can't say many of them are really standing out to me. I've been loving nourishtea lately - the Warming Chamomile is wonderful and I just purchased The Duke of Earl, which I can't wait to try!

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