Glossybox – Dec ’12

I received my December Glossybox earlier than the expected delivery date! (I was supposed to receive it New Years Eve) but hey, that’s a good thing! I usually cheat and look at what the others (people on the East Coast usually get theirs earlier than us Westerners) get first, but this month it was a complete surprise for me as no one had tweeted about their box yet.

This month once again came with a Glossy Mag, and the big surprise was a silver box instead of the original glossypink!

Upon opening, the Lou Lou sticker hinted that this month’s box is a collaboration with the magazine!

This box was quite heavy upon opening, so I was quite excited to see a couple of full sized items!

Tresemme Split Remedy Sachet (9 mL) – Not too excited with a sachet, as this is easily just one or two uses. I’ve actually used the Split Remedy shampoo and conditioner before, and I liked it. The smell was good, and I don’t know if it really healed my split ends, but I didn’t mind the line.

Tresemme Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo ( 161 g – $5.99) – Again, I have used this product a couple of years ago and I did not like this. It left white residue on my dark hair and it just didn’t feel fresh. I don’t know if I’ll try it again, or if I should just give this product to someone else. It’s actually a good travel size.

Revlon Nail Enamel in Sheer Rose  (15 mL – $5.99) – This is a full size Revlon nail polish. The only downside to this is that it’s sheer. The colour is pretty, but I just don’t see the point of a sheer polish.. Isn’t the purpose of painting your nails so that you see the opaque colour on? I haven’t tried this out yet, but I might give it to my mom, who prefers sheer, light polishes.

Glossybox Lashes ($12.50/pair) – This is quite exciting. I don’t use fake lashes often as I don’t have the time, and they can get quite pricey. But it’s fun for a night out to put these on. I’m actually thinking of using these for New Years Eve! I like the shape of the lashes, they are full, but not too dramatic. And it also comes with lash adhesive, which is good for girls like me who don’t have any laying around.

Avon Glazewear Intense Lipgloss in Sundance (Full size – price not indicated) – I haven’t tried Avon in a while. I know that their stuff is pretty affordable, and the brand’s been around for ages! The colour I received is a berry colour with gold shimmer, perfect for fall/winter.

Aveeno Positively Ageless Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 in Light-Medium (50 mL – $25.99) – This is a full size item. I haven’t used a tinted moisturizer in a while, so this will be great for the summertime. The shade is slightly dark for me, but come summer, I think it will be a good colour match. I’ve used Aveeno products for a while, and it hasn’t broken me out, so I’m hopeful for this product.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 (73 mL – $22.99) – This is full size. The info card said that we either got a Positively Ageless Moisturizer or this one. I remember I filled out I had sensitive skin for my profile, hence why I received this instead of the ageless one. I’ve received an Aveeno moisturizer in an older box (which I’m using in my skincare routine) and I like it. Hopefully I’ll like this as well.

Nobia Jewelry Earrings – In the info card, it said that once again, 50 lucky glossies will receive a ‘golden ticket item’ (which basically means jewelry). I was excited to receive earrings, as I’ve never received a golden ticket item before! It actually says that they will get a statement necklace from Nobia Jewelry, which confuses me as I got earrings… So I’m not sure what’s going on with that. Actually, according to Glossybox’s twitter, everyone received earrings and there were still only 50 people who received a statement necklace.

Overall, this box was good, but underwhelming. I’ve received Aveeno moisturizers before so it’s kind of redundant. As well, the nailpolish was slightly disappointing with it being sheer. And the Tresemme dry shampoo, I’ve tried before and I didn’t like it. It was nice to receive the jewelry item, but I don’t think it’s fair for only 50 customers to receive an extra item when everyone pays the same amount – everyone should get the same. As well, I’ve looked into what our US counterparts received in their Dec Glossybox, and apparently all customers received a Jewelmint necklace! After comparing what other countries receive in their Glossybox, I don’t think Canada’s been up to par with the price increase. I mean, I keep receiving drugstore products, which is underwhelming. I thought I was supposed to receive new items, new brands that I may have never tried before, to test them out. So, with that little ramble, I have decided to temporarily unsubscribe from Glossybox. Maybe they’ll step up their game in the new year. I don’t want anymore drugstore brands, when other countries get Misha, or Dr. Brandt.

Did you get a glossybox? What do you think of it?


Lush Goodies – Boxing Day Sale

I did a little boxing day shopping in stores this year. Boxing Day in Canada (as well as other countries in the world) is December 26th, where there are tons of sales and deals in store. Let’s be honest, it makes you buy things you don’t really need, just because it is on sale. But that’s another discussion altogether. I kind of like boxing day shopping, but my patience wears thin. This year, I got sucked into the amazing sale at Lush stores – Buy one get one free!! I raced into the store, thinking that the entire store was BOGO, but of course, select items only. I can’t really recall, but the Popcorn lip scrub, selected gift sets, a specific bath bomb, and certain soaps were the only ones part of the sale. Regardless, it’s still a great sale because I was actually itching to try the lip scrubs that everyone raves about. But then I thought, buying a gift set would be an even amazing deal!

Now, if you recall in my last Lush post, I bought a gift set. So I chose two different sets. I ended up paying about $25 for both sets, or 6 items! What a deal! Now, onto the sets…

This is the lip scrub I’ve been wanting to try! I love the smell, literally pink bubblegum. This is my favourite smelling scrub of them all!

This is the Godmother Soap. This smells amazing! It does smell like cotton candy, but more sophisticated, if that makes sense? I can’t wait to try this!

I’ve never tried Lush’s shower jelly before, but after reading reviews and instructions on the website, it sounds interesting. This smells so nice, going with the sweet, candy smelling theme of the gift set.

The Olive Branch Shower Gel smells incredible! It’s very fruity, which is the scent I tend to go for. It’s got an interesting colour, a dark orange gel mixed with a light orange gel. It’s pretty cool though, and I can’t wait to use it!

This Mr. Punch Soap is definitely fruity as well. It looks like a mix of jellos! So cool, definitely could be mistaken for a dessert, haha! This is a pretty large size of a soap as well, which makes me happy.

I actually have this Sandy Santa Sugar Scrub from a previous purchase, and I’m still in the midst of using it up! It smells lovely, you can definitely smell oranges and fruits, but it’s not overwhelming. This is a hefty size, as after the first use (where it melts soo much) it hardens and the next uses, it doesn’t really melt too much, and the sugar is quite abrasive to rub all over although I kind of like how it’s abrasive (it makes me feel like it’s actually scrubbing, y’know). I’m enjoying using this so far, so I’m glad to have a backup as it is limited for the season.

Have you gone Boxing Day shopping this year? What goodies did you get?

Everyday – Nighttime Skincare Routine

Just like my daytime skincare routine, my nighttime routine is not complicated at all. I’m usually tired by the end of the night, so I don’t like spending too much time on my skincare routine. Although I know that it’s the most important routine one should do every night.

First step : Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover (1L – $20) – I use this to take off my eye makeup. I like how it doesn’t leave a very oily residue, I hate eye makeup removers that are too oily! This is actually pretty good at taking off makeup with a couple of swipes. I don’t use waterproof mascara, so I’m not sure how this fares with that, but for regular mascara, usually two swipes is all I need.

Second step (*not pictured): Cetaphil sensitive cleanser (1L – $20) – I cleanse my face with a sensitive formula Cetaphil cleanser. I’ve been using Cetaphil for years, and I love that brand. It’s gentle for my sensitive skin and I’ve had no issues with it at all. I’ve been repurchasing for years, and I have no complaints. I buy the huge 1L size for only $20 at Costco, a great value!

Third step: Kate Somverville Exfolikate (15 mL – $25) – I use this exfoliator once, twice a week. It does feel a bit tingly when you first use it, but I’m used to it by now. The smell is kind of weird to me, kind of chemical smelling, but that’s obviously the ingredients. I like this exfoliator, I don’t know if it’s ‘holy grail’ like everyone claims, but I do like how it leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.

Fourth step: Kiehl’s Calendula Toner (125 mL – $30) – I’ve mentioned this in my morning skincare routine. I really like how it doesn’t dry my skin up, it just feels moisturized and smooth. This is a bit pricey for the size, but it’s for sensitive skin and it has not broken me out at all. There is no scent really, and it works for me, so I will continue to purchase.

Fifth step: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-quenching serum (30 mL – $48) – I recently started using this, mostly for the winter time. The winters are very cold, windy, and dry here in Canada, so my skin is ridiculously dry for the entire duration of the season. I’ve heard a lot about this product, so I decided to try it out. This sinks into the skin quite fast, has a strange smell as you rub it in, but it doesn’t bother me too much. My skin does feel quite plump and moisturized after putting this on. Sometimes I’ll put it on day and night, depending if I’ll be spending some time in the cold. Overall, my skin’s dryness has been controlled for the most part, no flaky skin showing with my foundation. I do like this, but it is pricey, so I’m still deciding whether I should repurchase or not.

Sixth step: Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme (30 mL – $48) – I’ve mentioned this product in my morning skincare routine. I really like the texture, it’s not too thick and it’s not too watery. I also like how it’s unscented. Overall, I like this product, but unsure if I will repurchase, as I like to try different brands for eye cremes.

Seventh step: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream (85g – $10) – This is actually a thick cream for dry areas of your body (knees, elbows, etc.) but on the back of the tube, it says that it’s an excellent night moisturizer. I was skeptical at first because of the fact that it’s not specific for the face, but I really wanted something thick and moisturizing at night. This is my second tube of this, and I really like it. Like I mentioned before, my skin is ridiculously dry in the winter, and I think this really helps. My skin just feels so hydrated when I put it on, and in the morning, my skin looks so smooth and soft. Cetaphil has never broken me out, so that’s a plus. Overall, if you have very dry skin, I really do recommend this or any other Cetaphil product. I have, and will continue to repurchase!

That’s my nighttime routine? What do you use at night?

Everyday – Morning Skincare Routine

My morning skincare routine is pretty basic. I already take forever to get ready in the morning, so I need something quick so that I can move on to the meticulous routine of makeup. As well, I’m not much of a skincare junkie, as I like makeup more. Also, my skin is very sensitive, leaning on the dry side. In my teens, I had horrible acne and ridiculously oily skin. I thankfully do not have much breakouts now, just some leftover scarring, and my skin’s oiliness has calmed down, so much so that in the winter time, my skin is quite dry and dehydrated. But that’s the point of creams and serums, right?

First step: Kiehl’s Calendula Toner (125 mL – $30 CAD) – This is my third bottle of this toner. I like it, it absorbs quickly, and actually does not leave my skin feeling tight or dry as it is alcohol free.

Second step: Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Creme (30 mL – $48 CAD) – This is a pretty new purchase for me. So far I like it, but it’s not ‘holy grail’. I actually don’t have a ‘holy grail’ eye cream, I tend to try a new brand every time I finish a tub. I’m in my early 20s so no wrinkles yet. I use eye cream as prevention and to prevent dryness and discolouration. Have I noticed a huge improvement with my eye area with this cream? I don’t think so, as there was really nothing to improve in the first place. I guess we’ll see in the future.

Thirds step: Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 Moisturizer (120 mL – ~$10-15) – I actually received this from a Glossybox a long time ago, can’t remember which. I’ve been using this day moisturizer for a while now, and I have 1/3 of it left. I like it, it moisturizes well and has SPF, so that’s good. The strange thing about this moisturizer is that there are tiny, minute, shimmers. You can’t even tell it’s on your face really, I only noticed the small shimmers after looking at my hands after massaging on my face. But that is the purpose of their Positively Radiant line I believe, that it’s supposed to smooth out skin and make it glow. It doesn’t bother me too much, so I’m okay with it.

Fourth step: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection SPF 50+ (100 mL – $50) – This is my favourite sunscreen I’ve tried so far. I’ve recently been on a sunscreen kick, as before I was quite apathetic with sunscreen but now, I can’t leave the house without it. This is non greasy and quickly absorbs into the skin, so I only wait about a minute before applying foundation and such. There is a slight scent, as with Shiseido products, but I honestly can’t even smell it anymore, and once it’s applied, the scent goes away anyways.

What’s your skincare routine consist of?

Nail Post – Nicole by OPI

I received the Nicole by OPI nailpolish from the November Glossy box (see post here). It’s from the Christmas Kardashian Kollection in the shade ‘All is glam, all is bright’. In the bottle, it kind of looks like there is a light purple/lavender tinge to it with tiny silver and red glitter.

In the person though, you can’t really notice the purple tinge. It’s mostly just silver glitter with red glitter as well. I did two coats of this polish, and what I like is that you can’t really notice imperfections. It looks quite cohesive, you could even get away with just one coat of this polish.

Overall, this polish is definitely a “Christmassy” or “holiday” colour, and it’s quite festive if you’re going out for Christmas or New Years. Have you tried any festive polishes lately?


Lush Goodies

I admit, I do not buy Lush items very often because the price can add up (which, I understand, is because of the ingredients) and also, most of them expire within a few weeks because there are no preservatives. My problem with that is that I am quite meticulous with my products and do not use a lot at a time, as I like to keep my products for a while. And I’ve bought Lush hair masks before and only used half of the tub before I have to toss it out because it’s expired. Regardless of that little ramble, I do enjoy Lush products once in a while to treat myself with.

The first item I bought is the Charity Pot hand & body lotion. I tried this on at the store and at first I thought it smelled gross. But then after a minute or so settling into my skin, I could smell the cocoa butter and flowery scent and I loved the strange combination. I couldn’t stop smelling my hands. My mom didn’t really like the scent but to me, it’s an addicting scent, especially with the cocoa butter in it. It’s really unique and it sinks into the skin really fast as well, so it’s not at all greasy. I got the smaller 45g size which was $5.95 CAD.

The second item I bought is the Snow Fairy gift set. This includes 3 items for $23.95 CAD.

This set includes an Angel’s delight soap (holiday soap), Snow Fairy shower gel (limited edition for Christmas), and a Shimmy Shimmy glitter bar.

I must say though, I am not a huge fan of glitter, except for subtle and elegant glitter for a night out or a special occasion. And all three products contain small specks of glitter and shimmer. This would be lovely to use just before going out at night.

This massage bar smells kind of like almonds to me, although on the website the smell is vanilla and lavender. But I think it still smells good, it’s a subtle smell with subtle shimmer.

This soap smells fruity and delicious. On the website they say orange and tangerine, and it definitely is citrusy. The downside with Lush soaps is that they melt soo fast, especially if you keep it in the shower with water and steam. So you must keep it in their metal tins and maybe even keep it out of steam when not in use.

I mostly got this set for the Snow Fairy shower gel. This smells absolutely delicious! It smells like bubblegum and if the colour pink had a scent, I think this would be it. Again, this does have some shimmer in it, but I love the smell so much, I don’t mind having my skin sparkle like a Twilight character. 🙂

I can’t wait to pamper myself and use these products soon! What have you tried from Lush lately?

New purchase – Super Stars

I’ve recently purchased this ‘Super Stars’ set from Sephora, containing a few full size items and some deluxe sample sizes as well. This retails for $90 CAD, although a bit on the pricey side, you do get some great full size items. Plus, I used a $20 off coupon that Sephora sent me for being a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider).

I do currently own a full size Nars ‘Orgasm’ blush, and it is my everyday blush. I have had that for about 3 years and I’m only halfway done! So, I don’t mind having another full size blush.

I also currently own and use the Kate Sommerville Exfolikate in the 15ml size, which retails for about $25 CAD. This is my current facial scrub and I really like it. It feels nice, I like feeling the granules because then I feel like it’s actually exfoliating my face. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft. I don’t feel that it’s ‘holy grail’ though as I feel that all facial exfoliators are quite alike and hey, if they do what they say, I’m okay with that.

I’ve also tried the MUFE HD powder. I mostly use it to set my undereye concealer. It feels silky and soft. No complaints.

I’m so excited to try the Benefit They’re Real mascara, as it’s been much hyped about. But I will use up my other mascaras that I have currently before opening that. I’m also excited to try the Buxom lipgloss, as I’ve heard many good things about it. I love the Chloe perfume, I’ve received so many samples and I love all versions of the perfume.

Overall, not a bad set to have. Especially if you haven’t tried most of the items here, it is a good price.

Glossybox – November ’12

The only ‘beauty box subscription’ that I currently have is Glossybox Canada. I used to subscribe to another box, but I have cancelled that months ago.

What I like about Glossybox is that you are pretty much guaranteed a full sized item in each box. I have been subscribed since they launched in Canada (I used to envy the Europeans because their Glossybox were very interesting!) and I am quite pleased with the subscription. Of course, with the price hike to $21/month, it is a fair amount of money, especially if you’ve got bills to pay.. Nonetheless, I can’t wait for next month’s box!

If you’d like to sign up for Glossybox, here’s my invite link! > Glossybox Canada

Now on to November’s box…

Vitabath (170 g – $18) – I’m not much of a bubble bath person so I don’t know how much of this I will use up. But it smells really refreshing! This must be a full size as this is a large bottle.

Maybelline MNY My Gloss (9ml – $7.50) – This is full size. I’m not crazy about the shade, as I like colour and pigmentation. But this sheer shimmery gloss will be pretty for the holidays.

Kryolan for Glossybox blush in Glossy Pink (2.5g – $16.73) – I know that Kryolan is a German company and is widely famous for stage makeup. This was the most exciting item for this month! Love!

Nicole by OPI Kardashion Kolor Holiday Shade (15ml – $10.99) – This is full size. I received the shade ‘All is glam, all is bright’ and it’s very pretty from the bottle. Will have to try this out soon, just in time for the holidays!

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy shampoo and conditioner (381ml & 375ml – $5.68) – I am actually currently using the Clear shampoo and conditioner which I purchased at Walmart, therefore I am quite happy with this as I do like the shampoo and conditioner. It smells really good and the smell lingers in your hair throughout the day, which is what I really like in shampoo/conditioner.

Curel Hand & Cuticle Therapy Cream (100ml – $3.99) – This is full size. I love receiving hand lotions because my hands are always dry. I’m looking forward to trying this.

Uber Loyalty Card ($20 value) – A giftcard for 50% off at the website. Haven’t checked out the Uber website yet, but we’ll see if I find anything I like there.

Overall, I’m pleased with this box, lots of full sized items. Can’t wait for December’s box!