I have so much to share: my Sephora VIB haul yesterday, and my first Canadian Glossybox and my first Sasa.com haul just arrived today. Better take this one step at a time!
First things first: check out my research on Canadian beauty boxes if you’d like details and comparisons of the 4 current Boxes available!
Here’s the March 2012 Glossybox – they had a bit of a hiccup processing this month’s Box, which normally should have turned me off, but I had a little more faith in them. But it’s finally here!
I must admit I was full of anticipation for this box, especially since their reason for the delay had been trying to get some of the samples through customs. So I was expecting some good goodies
- sample info card – I’m not sure if the prices listed are in CAD, but I will assume they are
- Sebastian Professional product info booklet
- Pandora’s Makeup Box 40% off coupon for Glossybox clients
I’m giving away the surprise, aren’t I? Here they are, then:
My first impression: holy moly look at the size of those products! It was certainly an impressive spread at first glance. This Glossybox certainly has quite a bit of substance to it.
Left to right:
1. ALGEMARIN foam bath
This seems to be some sort of luxurious bubble bath. I hate packets – there’s just no practical way to store what you haven’t used. There’s 15 mL of product, but 5 x 5 mL packets only cost $3.99, with 500 mL at $17.99 and 750 mL at $23.95. This is the extra 6th sample though, and I love bubble baths so I can’t deny I’d love to try this.
2. PANDORA’S blush- St. Tropez (4 g)
Oh. My. The packaging is very fun and cute – I honestly wouldn’t have picked this up if I saw it in store. It makes it look like something drugstore-quality, or more suitable for preteens playing with makeup. However, apparently PANDORA’S Makeup Box products are designed for professional use – pigmented and long-lasting. Knowing this only makes it more appealing (the packaging is key, folks!).
I felt like it deserved its own close-ups.
St. Tropez is a rich, matte peachy-pink. At least I think it’s peachy. It looks darker than theBalm’s Hot Mama blush, which is the only blush I actually use, and not quite so peachy as that one, I guess. Maybe it’s more of a rose colour, then. Actually, their website just says “the perfect pink blush”. I can’t wait to try this out!
PANDORA’S Makeup Box is a new makeup brand developed by a Canadian makeup artist who owns a cosmetic studio in Toronto. (Hooray, another Canadian brand!) I could be wrong, but I believe the blush I received is full-sized, which retails for $18. Is 4 g of product normal for a full-sized blush? Check out their website!
3. BAILEY Cosmetics Fresh Lip Gloss in BERRY or PINK (8 g)
Here’s another full-sized sample which retails for $28.
Nice and sleek packaging. Although at first glance, I may just mistake this for a mascara, if not for…
…the cute little window on the back of the gloss! So I would hazard to say that I got the pink gloss, as opposed to the berry I can’t wait to try this one out, either. I think I’ve said that for each of the 3 items so far…!
4. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion (71 mL)
Less fanfare here. My sister uses this moisturizer, and I know a few of my friends use Aveeno body lotions as well. I used to use one of their body lotions – I think it had soy extracts – but it has long since been discontinued and I haven’t used any since. Regardless, Aveeno seems to be quite a good go-to moisturizer, and this is a travel-size product (I saw it at Loblaws for $3.99). 354 mL retails for $11.99
5. Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray (50 mL)
I always thought Evian was just the brand of natural spring water – which tastes good and is nicely packaged, I must say. I have never tried facial water sprays, and feel that they are a bit gimmicky (I once made fun of my mom for buying Avene water spray – I pointed out to her that we have plenty of water if she’d like to turn on the tap). However, WithLoveShmon seems to have had a good experience with La Roche Posay’s Thermal Spring Water (which I also got from a GWP but haven’t used it yet), so I’m happy to have the incentive to finally try it out for myself. This 50 mL canister retails for $7; 150 mL for $12.50; and 300 mL for $17.50
6. Sebastian Re-Shaper Hairspray (43 g)
I have never used hairspray on myself, ever. I’ve tried it, but I just don’t know how it works. My mother would though, she’s a hairdresser. So I’ve never gone out of my way to purchase hairspray. I’m glad that I did get this sample, because again, here’s incentive to try it out! Sebastian Professional is a salon-exclusive brand – you need to locate a salon in you area that carries them via their website. This 43 g canister retails for $19.95
So, despite the late delivery, I am very happy with the March 2012 Canadian Glossybox. It was definitely worth the wait, and I’m pretty glad I placed my faith in the right place. I can’t wait to try all of these products – this doesn’t happen often with a batch of samples that I receive at random. I like this Box better than I did February’s, as well – judging only from the products received.
All of these products were ample-sized: either full-sized or a travel-size available for purchase as well. Everything in this Box excites me (I’m not easy to please haha), even the Aveeno lotion which despite it being a drugstore brand, I know it’s a good quality. Hope that Glossybox keeps up the good work!
Glossybox is a $15 CAD monthly subscription for 5-6 deluxe samples. You can collect Glossydots to redeem free Boxes. If you would like to subscribe to Glossybox, please do so as my referral!
What do you think of my March Glossybox? Are you subscribed to Glossybox? What did you get?
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