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April 2012 Glossybox: Late!


I know it’s May, but my April Glossybox didn’t arrive until May 1st, and I had to go pick it up because it was sent to the wrong address >=[ I’m not so thrilled about that. There has been a huge headache over the whole change-of-address issue, where Canada Post refused to change the shipping address, even before it was shipped out. They insisted on waiting for the package to be returned to the sender. Why waste manpower and resources like that? Anyway, let’s check out the box!

Like the March Glossybox, this one was pretty weighty with lots of large-sized samples.

Glossybox is a beauty box service available in Canada that sends 5-6 deluxe beauty samples to your door every month for $15 CAD, tax and shipping included. If you’d like to learn more about the beauty box services, please check out my in-depth post here.

Left to right:

  1. Wella Brilliance Treatment for fine to normal hair
  2. Wella Brilliance Conditioner for fine to normal hair
  3. Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Shower Gel
  4. AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
  5. Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara
  6. bonus: Marcelle BB Cream sample

Wella Brilliance seems to be targeted toward those with coloured hair, despite having different formulations for fine/normal/thick hair. There were no products for regular, untreated hair in the pamphlet included. The Treatment and Conditioner are not exciting for me, as I have plenty of treatments and conditioners that I don’t even use – I mostly just use shampoo, sometimes using treatments or conditioners only during the winter. Besides, my hair isn’t coloured (not right now, anyway). I’m not overly thrilled with getting two items from the same brand and the same line and have similar uses – hair treatments. I received 25 mL of Treatment (150 mL/$13.99 CAD) and 30 mL of Conditioner (250 mL/$13.99 CAD). Yawn.

Both the Elizabeth Grant Bath & Shower Gel and the AVEENO Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 are full-sized, retailing for $20 CAD and $22.99 CAD respectively. I’m very happy with both of these, as one alone already makes up the subscription fee! I love luxurious body wash, I just have a problem justifying spending so much on it. This one is lightly perfumed, but I can’t put a finger to the scent. The AVEENO moisturizer was one that I had contemplated purchasing last year – now I’m very glad that I didn’t!

Marcelle is a Canadian company based in Quebec. It’s better known for their skincare products than their cosmetics, but I have always had good experiences with Marcelle skincare – my sister and I still use them regularly. I have never tried their cosmetics, but Marcelle is also known to be hypo-allergenic – you can browse their website to search for products that do not contain certain ingredients if you choose.

The Xtension Plus Mascara is new – not one I’ve noticed before. This 9 mL mascara is full-sized, retailing for $12.50 CAD. Marcelle has also come up with a BB cream, following the current BB cream craze. BB cream, or blemish balms, are all-in-one skincare-cosmetic products that moisturize, conceal, fight wrinkles, or control oil, depending on the brand and formulation (read my in-depth post about BB creams to learn more). Marcelle has two different shades for their BB cream. I’m not particularly excited about this sample, as 1) it is only 1 mL (full-sized 25 mL/$22.95) – I don’t expect to get more than one use out of the packet to really try it out; and 2) Asian brand BB creams can at least make more claims than Western brand BB creams, so I have less faith in Western brand BB creams. Not to mention they’re ridiculously overpriced in comparison. Still, this is my bonus 6th sample, so I’m not complaining too much.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the April Glossybox as well, with 3 full-sized products that made it more than worth it. I will probably be sticking with Glossybox for a while at least. My only problem with it is their unpredictable shipping time – my two Glossyboxes thus far have never been shipped earlier than the very end of the month. That’s one thing they really need to work on. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with the samples and the size of the products.

If you’re interested in signing up for Glossybox, please do so as my referral – I’d really appreciate it!

What do you think?


Author: pearlessence

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

19 thoughts on “April 2012 Glossybox: Late!

  1. Looks like a great box! I know some people might want more makeup instead of skincare, but still it’s pretty good value I think. I’ve wanted to try something from Marcelle for a while, but it’s not available here so I’m still waiting for them to get so big that they want to expand to Europe!

    • I don’t think Marcelle has even gone into the US, yet! I do like skincare, I just tend to be more picky with it than I am with makeup. I do think the variety in this box was good though, and everything is pretty decently sized!

  2. Okay, so I totally wish that in the US we got that amount of full-sized products! Totally jealous. And the Aveeno moisturizer is really good, I used to use that a lot in high school.

  3. Nice big samples – this box looks like a winner!

  4. Oh that looks interesting! I’m definitely going to read your post about it, the price doesn’t seem too bad either

  5. Wow, I can’t wait until it’s available in the US! None of the services here offer full-size products, just the usual tiny tiny samples that you can’t really base any purchase decisions on

    • I think Glossybox is available in the US now! I’m just not sure about how they would compare to the Canadian one, since they’re obviously going to be run by different distributors. Worth checking out though, to scope out what other people get before taking the plunge 😉

  6. Loooks like a better box than Luxe box! Aveeno skincare stuff is usually pretty good and I heard the Marcelle BB Cream is good too!
    I agree on your point on getting two hair treatments of the same brand- like the Pantene one, which was even worse.

    • Yeah, at least Wella doesn’t seem to be your usual run-of-the-mill drugstore brand. It sucks because you pay more for Luxe Box, too, per item! I really wish I had Topbox, too! 😦

  7. WOW! so many large sized samples! def worth it.

  8. Hi, the referral link doesn’t work I think…what is your glossy number?

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