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Current Canadian Beauty Boxes

Getting a mystery package in the mail induces a certain excitement that nothing else can bring. This also explains my love for online shopping.

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I couldn’t find a picture accurately portraying my love for packages. So I made my own.

Back in February of 2012, I wrote a blog post about the Canadian beauty boxes that were available. At the time, we started seeing a lot of Birchbox posts from US bloggers. The beauty boxes offered in Canada were Loose Button’s Luxe Box, Topbox, Glymm, and Glossybox.

Typically, beauty boxes are regular subscriptions where the company will send you a box with deluxe beauty samples for a set price. Sometimes full-sized products are included. Generally, you would fill out a beauty questionnaire and the samples in your box are chosen to cater to you. You would not know what the samples are until you receive your box. Some companies will allow you to choose certain products to include in your box, or choose a limited offer box with a certain brand or theme.

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Black Friday shopping has started on Sephora.com!

Sephora has started its Black Friday deals already, for all you online shoppers! I just made a few purchases at $12 CAD each:

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow Duo ($48 CAD value)

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BareMinerals Enchanting Eyes ($39 CAD value)

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Stila Artful Eye Collector’s Edition Vol. II ($70 CAD value)

I am a VIB Rouge so I get free shipping on all orders without a minimum purchase requirement (yes, this does mean I have a shopping sickness). I just paid $36 CAD for goodies worth $157 CAD. What a steal!

What’s in your shopping cart?

(Image source: sephora.com)


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PMall Haul and Review: The Face Shop, Holika Holika, and TonyMoly

Last week I went to Pacific Mall, an Asian mall in Toronto that sells a lot of Asian merchandise that you can’t quite find anywhere else in the city. Because it’s a very high-traffic mall, I generally don’t like to go there very often. But of course, that was before I learned that they opened several Korean beauty brand retail stores. I went on a little morning shopping spree before the masses started swarming in the area for some delicious Asian food.

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I had already known that there was a Holika Holika store at Pacific Mall for a few years now because I had bought a BB cream there, but when I learned that The Face Shop and TonyMoly had opened as well, I just had to go take a look. I was looking for a new cleanser and moisturizer anyway.

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OOTD and FOTD for the Cold Weather

It’s been below 0°C (or 32°F for all you other folks) all day today and I always have trouble dressing for cold weather. I usually end up in my skinny Bootlegger jeans and a t-shirt under a nice warm hoodie. I’m clearly deviating from the norm today. There’s no natural light today and I have no place in the house suitable for a photo shoot. So, I apologize in advance for my distracting Pokemon poster (yes, I did line up and watch the movie in theatres back in ’99 and got some exclusive Pokemon cards out of it).

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Asian Supermarket Beauty Finds: Ichikami Moisturizing Hair Care

I know I said I’d update my old blog posts first, but it’s taking much longer than I thought it would. So I’m going to cheat a little and talk about this instead because I am excited to use my new shampoo tonight!

I have used Pantene Pro-V since elementary school and had always come back to the brand. I haven’t been enjoying the newer formulation and packaging. Since I just ran out of shampoo, my friend angelandthings recommended the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo.

It seems that Asian beauty products have been slowly moving their way into Canada, as I found lots of Asian products at my local T&T Supermarket. They even had skincare and BB cream for sale. Unfortunately, the Shiseido Tsubaki Damage Care Shampoo was all sold out at T&T. I guess that’s a testament to its popularity. It costs $18.89 CAD. There was ONE lonely bottle of the conditioner left…

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After a long absence

I'm back

I know it’s been over a year since I last posted and I feel I need to explain myself. The major reason behind my absence was several conflicts I had, which are somewhat resolved – at least for the present. During my absence, I continued to read blogs, but I kept a low profile. I never stopped enjoying what I read and I missed the blogging community. I’m really excited about a recent haul, and that has given the final push for me to come back to the blogosphere.

A little background on what has happened in the interim:

  1. I am no longer subscribed to any beauty boxes.
  2. I have moved back home, where it is impossible to find good lighting to take pictures. This was another reason why I stopped blogging – none of the pictures were true to colour and my room is darker as a windowless room. Incandescent desk lamps do not do justice to most of the things I want to take pictures of.
  3. I have gained a few pounds since moving back home, where my parents insisted I look too skinny and frail. I now have less control over what I eat. *shakes fist*
  4. I highlighted my hair red, the highlights have faded bronze and grown out, and I’ve grown out my bangs.
  5. I still love shopping, as much as I ever did.
  6. I love the new Pokemon X game. You can go shopping for outfits for yourself. How awesome is that?

So, my first order of business is to update some of my posts – it seems that the world has changed drastically over the past year. Then I can get started on that haul post. I can’t wait!

(Image source: alexcartersblog.blogspot.com)