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March 2012 Glymm Box: My first beauty box


Despite only being shipped out yesterday, my first-ever Glymm Box was delivered today – one day ahead of schedule πŸ™‚

Glymm is one of the 4 Canadian beauty boxes currently available on the market, sending 4-5 beauty products to your door every month for $10 CAD before tax. This bright pink box kept drawing my eye away from my notes, which I was supposed to be studying from. I couldn’t help myself – I opened it just before my last quick textbook review before leaving for my exam.

The box was everything I expected it to be: pink, glossy, and sturdy with a cute ribbon tying the inner package together. Upon unwrapping the tissue, this is what I found inside:

The 4 official items in the Box are:

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss
  2. M. Asam Magic Fini
  3. Nu-Me Feather Hair Extensions
  4. Ocean Nail Polish in Heavenly

where #3 and 4 are full sized. I suppose the Burt’s Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion were thrown in as a treat, because it’s the only thing that isn’t listed on the cardboard sheet of products.

Huh. I’m trying to decide how pleased I am with this Box.

My first impression? I only knew two brands: Anastasia and Burt’s Bees. If you’ve read my rant about their lip balms, you’d know I’m not overly excited about getting a Burt’s Bees sample. (I will secretly admit that I’m just a little intrigued – Milk & Honey sounds delectable on my skin!) Besides, let’s say this one was the freebie. So out of the 4 products “chosen for me”, I only knew Anastasia.

Upon a second once-over, I am pleased that I got a full-sized polish, and in a colour I didn’t already have but had contemplated getting before. Although it does look very sheer – probably more suitable for a french manicure than just to wear alone. Anastasia is a high-end brand, so I didn’t mind the lip gloss sample.

When I first opened this, I was outraged at the size of this thing – barely enough room in the gloss for the wand tip! But then I realized that this gloss had 1 mL of product, whereas the full size retails for $27 CAD for 2.2 mL. So I guess it’s actually a decent sample size. I also realized that the gloss compartment extends up to the crack in the middle – they over-painted the silver and covered up over half the gloss compartment.

Now. The M. Asam Magic Fini…

What the heckis this?! I thought it was a concealer at first, due to the description included on the sheet:

This silky formula blends beautifully into your skin to conceal uneven skin tone for a light, matte, natural looking finish. It smoothes away the appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores and imperfections to reveal a sun kissed healthy looking skin tone. It’s magical.

On the website, it says:

It provides light to medium or full coverage, depending on application, for a flawless radiant appearance (Special Pigments.) Apply Magic Fini after skin care onto the entire face until the desired coverage is obtained.

So I suppose this means it’s… either a tinted moisturizer or a foundation? Either way, this shade looks way too dark for me. I’m considering jumping right onto my Glymm beauty profile to change my ethnicity from Asian to Caucasian, if they’re going to be sending me such dark products to use on my face. I don’t think I’m overly thrilled with this, since I’m still not sure what it is, exactly.

And lastly, the most appalling product for me:

Nails: Essie’s Cocktail Bling

Feather hair extensions? What the…? Okay fine, I did say “I’m looking to experiment” in my profile, but why would you send me silvery zebra-striped hair extensions, of all colours?! I did indicate that I had black hair. I look at this and think premature-grey-hair-with-a-messed-up-blotchy-dye-job. I think it would look great if I were blond and I wanted a pop of colour. As it is, I’d rather have something bright red, royal blue, golden blond, lavender purple… anything but a silvery grey addition to my hair. And why does it have to be splotchy?

Furthermore, I just checked Glymm’s brand list. They had Anastasia and M. Asam, but no Ocean or Nu-Me. Or Burt’s Bees. So why are these products included as part of my beauty samples? If it’s not on your brand list, I can’t buy it off you anyway. I almost feel like the only quality brand I’m getting out of this Box is Anastasia.

I’m trying to be optimistic. Maybe after I try everything, I might find that I really like some of these. I’m pretty unsure about the concealer/tint/foundation, so I’ll probably end up using a sanitized scoop or a Q-tip to try it out without compromising the rest of the jar. And who knows, maybe the hair extensions won’t look so bad on me after all.

I think the biggest problem is that I only recognize one high-end brand, and even then, I’m not a huge fan of lip products. So this Box was not as intriguing as I’d hoped. I’m sure someone else could be absolutely ecstatic with this choice – it’s really quite a personal preference sort of thing. Heck, I might find even another blog post somewhere raving about the March Glymm Box, posted 2 minutes before my post.

Actually, I’m very curious as to what other people received in their March Glymm Box. I’m definitely keeping an eye out. (UPDATE: Looks like some others so far have gotten the same things, just with different nail polish and hair extension colours. And they really like the samples haha. One girl got a Lise Watier sample as opposed to Burt’s Bees. I guess I’m just hard to please πŸ˜› I still think I got boring colours, though.)

I’ll try everything and keep you posted. Hope my Glossybox gets shipped out soon, and gives me different surprises.


Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

67 thoughts on “March 2012 Glymm Box: My first beauty box

  1. I’ve always been curious about these boxes so my reaction was exactly like urs when i saw ur post! First it was “ooooooo pink box”, then “ok, huh” and then “what the?” when i saw the extension feather things. haha,have fun with ur products.

  2. I’ll be receiving my first glymm box in April… Can’t wait!
    I do like most of the brands you got but after reading you post, I’m not sure if I should change my ethnicity to Caucasian too XD

    • Haha well it seems so far everyone’s gotten the same items across the board… so perhaps these are not so tailored to my skin tone after all. I hope April’s Box is good, too. Share your thoughts on it πŸ™‚

  3. Do a little research on the M.Asam brand – it’s a luxury European brand that’s been around since the 60’s…don’t be scared of the colour in the pot…I don’t know how it works but it morphs to your own skin colour…does not look like foundation and goes on smooth and silky…it’s a wonderful product! I was skeptical at first but am now a convert! Lasts all day and made my skin look wonderful!!


    • Someone mentioned that it was a BB cream – it sounds almost like one. You make a good point, I should do my research on the brands. Thanks for your input, I will definitely try it out for myself and keep an open mind πŸ™‚

      • It actually works as a moisturizer/foundation! I couldn’t believe it, I thought it would be too sheer but it actually works! The colour blends amazingly well, and covers redness/unevenness better than a thick layer of foundation! My skin still feels silky, soft and matte, without being dry. I’m sold. πŸ™‚

      • I will definitely see how it goes – thanks for the heads-up. I feel like I’m looking more forward to trying it now πŸ˜› haha.

      • πŸ™‚ No problem! They probably should have identified it as a BB cream on the card. haha super confusing!

      • I wonder if they actually intended it to be a BB cream, though? Or whether it’s just what we are labeling it as, since it shares BB cream features…

      • good point! I’m going to have to do some research. πŸ˜‰

  4. Beauty boxes seem like such an adventure! We’re FINALLY getting Glossybox (which would be the first beauty box available in Belgium if I’m not mistaken) soon, but I don’t know if I’d want to subscribe to it. I kind of prefer to buy what I want than receive a bunch of stuff I might never use! But oh well, I’m curious, and curiosity kills a cat so you never know :p

    • I like to buy what I want, too. But I do know that some things I would never have picked out for myself, and wouldn’t have tried if it weren’t handed to me (ahem, like clothes ;)). Sometimes I really end up loving samples I get with purchases or at Sephora, too. So I suppose it is a nice way to step outside the box, but I do agree that I might just be paying for things I’ll never use. Here’s hoping I use more than I ditch! If not, I can just cancel my subscription. If you do end up getting Glossybox, I’d love to compare Boxes πŸ™‚

  5. I am Caucasian and thought the concealer/lotion would be too dark, but when I tried it, it actually was fine.

    This was my first box and I am not sure how I feel. I got the hair extensions too, but in blue.
    I have very short hair though, so I don’t think I will even try them. Maybe they should add a hair length question to the beauty profile.

    • I thought that the beauty profile should make a difference, but it seems so far that everyone has gotten the same items. Was everything else the same for you, too? It doesn’t seem as if the profile is making much of a difference in terms of what items we get… I’m sure you could trim the extensions down to your hair length no problem πŸ™‚ Blue sounds exciting haha better than grey on my black hair πŸ˜›

  6. I was happy with this month’s box because last month’s was so “blah” and that was my first box, this was a decent change. I did not like the feather hair extensions at all either….mine were yellow….arghh..anyway you can check out my review here

    • From your blog, I see what you mean about February’s Box. I think the only thing I like in it would be the mask – peel off nail polish defeats the purpose – it wouldn’t stay on my nails, even though I love the colour. I don’t like Burt’s Bees balms, and I can get stacks of blotting paper from one roll of the medical wax paper. I never used blotting paper anymore anyway, past my preteens. I suppose that you’re right, March’s box was better than February’s. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that April’s Box will be even better πŸ™‚

  7. I really want to try Loose Button’s boxes, has anyone tried them yet? I don’t want to waste my money if I end up with products like these….

    • You have to sign up on a waiting list first if you want Loose Button’s Luxe Box. That was partly the reason why I didn’t subscribe, as I mentioned in my Canadian beauty box post. The other reason was because it was the priciest per item. I’m not sure how the samples compare though, you could dig around the internet to see what every month’s Box has been like though. I think it’s really more a luck of the draw.

      I’ve read reviews on the U.S. Birchbox giving out toothpaste as a sample, but I’ve also seen Essie’s Shine of the Times (JEALOUS!) in one of the Birchboxes. I’ve read stories of how Glossybox in other countries have hugely varied samples between customers, depending on whether or not they know you are a popular presence on the Internet (aka have a lot of influence). If you are, you get extra nice items to show off online, encouraging more people to sign up. If you aren’t, sometimes you get 2 items from the same brand, or items that are half-empty – like it’s already been used.

      I haven’t seen any of these issues with Canadian beauty boxes yet though, and it seems every March Glymm Box has been pretty much the same – so no bias there. Again, I really think it all depends on luck and what the company has available for the month. If you do end up getting the Luxe Box, do show us what you get – it’ll be fun to compare πŸ™‚

  8. I have been waiting for my box to come but not sure how excited I am……… I am soooo not interested in the hair feather but fingers crossed I get some good colors in the other items!!

  9. I would so enjoy this type of thing, if I didn’t have an allergy. I have to be so picky about what I use. Actually, It was funny when you posted the Burt’s Bees rant, ‘cuz they’re one of the few products I can use. I use them for almost everything.

    • Everyone’s skin undoubtedly reacts differently. Glad it works for you, though! I’m sensitive too but luckily not severely so.

    • Omg! I’m not the only one! Thank goodness! I’m sensitive to pretty much anything you can smell. I can’t use lotion, or this fancy shampoo-conditioner system because it smells. I can’t slather products on my face like masques, unless I make it at home. Sometimes I get lucky and can use Dove body washes, buy only in fruity scents and washed off very well. It totally sucks! Not even natural products like Burts Bees sometimes 😦

  10. Thanks for linking to my blog! Yeah, I find that with Glymm boxes specifically, everyone seems to either love what they got or hate it (or maybe love one or two things but hate the rest). I was thrilled with the extensions, but mainly because, I’ve wanted to try this before, I like the colour and my hair length will work with it. I know another blogger was hating it because she had really short hair.

    I didn’t really like last month’s Glymm box, thought the samples were small and not too impressive. I love getting brands I’ve never heard of and funky surprises. I guess that’s why I really liked this month’s box.

    • It’s okay if you have short hair, because you can always trim the extensions. It would have been harder to work with if the extensions weren’t long enough. Glad you enjoy your Box, I’ll be perusing mine to see how it goes! πŸ™‚

  11. Looks like I’m still on the fence about signing up for a box. Looking forward to seeing your other box this month…hopefully it will be a bit more exciting!

    • I will give them a few more chances before I cancel. That being said, there are some people who really love their March Glymm Box. So maybe we just have different tastes πŸ˜‰

  12. this is totally random and nothing to do with the glymmbox, but we should do a beauty swap!! o.o I’ve been wanting to do this with someone internationally for a while after seeing all the awesome blog posts and youtube videos, let me know if you are interested!!! πŸ˜€ I love seeing different products from different countries! thx.

  13. these boxes sound exciting, I want some purple hair extensions. if anyone is interested in consumer culture issues in general check out

  14. Lol you got some more BURTS yikes! I will have to give this box a try, first I’ve heard of it.

  15. Great review of the box. From what I’ve heard so far not many people are satisfied with that feather hair extension (seriously – what were they thinking?!).

    I have yet to receive my Glymm box but I’m already disappointed.

    • It seems that everyone gets pretty much the same things, huh? There’s no point to the beauty profile then, especially if they don’t even pay attention to it during colour selection *shakes head*

  16. damn that’s a dark foundation. Isn’t there an option to add your MAC colour or something of that sort? or atleasst like fair medium or whatever? that’s disappointing. (give away the feather as a gift to a relative who doesn’t read your blog, that’s what i do) πŸ˜‰

  17. OMG I love the colour of hair extensions you got! I got pink & black:)

  18. I’m signed up to Glossybox in the UK and although I’ve only had the February and March boxes I’ve still been impressed so far. I did a review on the March box which was a special Harrods Edition πŸ˜€ – I wish we got Loose Button here, they seem to look quite good!

    Elena x

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  20. Ok, at first I was super jealous that I can’t get these boxes in the US. Then I read the rest of the post and I’m sort of glad there is an international border between me and that thing. πŸ™‚ I hope the future boxes are better, the concept is really neat.

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