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"Why then the world's mine oyster, which I with sword will open."


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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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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.

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April 2012 Glymm Box: Glymm Box #2

My April 2012 Glymm Box arrived today! I espied it on my way out to my exam – it definitely lifted my spirits as I knew I had something to look forward to when I got home.

This month’s shipping box was white instead of pink:

But within was the usual glossed pink Glymm Box.

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March 2012 Glossybox: Worth the wait?

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 🙂

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March Glossybox update and upcoming Beauty Swap!

MARCH 30 UPDATE: Just got my Glossybox and I’m very happy with it! Check it out here!

So it’s the 3rd week of March, and I’m sure all Glossybox subscribers (myself included) are wondering why we haven’t received a shipping notification email yet.

Glossybox just recently launched in Canada, with the very first Box released just last month for February. Knowing that Glossybox has a pretty extensive international reputation, as well as pretty decent samples in their Boxes, I was excited for the Canadian launch. (For the first time, we have something before the US does! *gasp* Coming to the States  soon, though!) The 6 samples in the February Glossybox seemed great, too, so I subscribed. Check out my Canadian Beauty Box research post to learn more.

I wasn’t worried enough to contact Glossybox, but there seem to have been many subscribers that did. I opened my inbox to find an email from Glossybox:

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Yves Rocher haul: botanical beauty

I’ve been a very bad girl.

I know my bank account is almost empty (I’m looking at you, Potential Summer Job: please replenish my funds). And yet I really can’t help myself. Especially when I get deals like this delivered straight to my Inbox, which is open whenever my browser is open. And that’s open whenever my computer’s on. And that’s whenever I’m home and not sleeping. In fact, I keep my computer on when I’m out and when I’m sleeping sometimes – it’s terrible for my decade-old laptop, I know that already too.

So here was the deal: $5 off with a $25 CAD order with free shipping. Plus a free weekender bag (or a free nourishing shampoo, free intense look duo, or 3 trees planted) with every order. Plus a free contemporary cuff watch with a $45 order.

Oh, and most of the items were around 50% off, give or take some. How can even a shopaholic-in-denial deny such an offer?

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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 🙂

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.

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LUSH haul, NARS sample, and… I need fashion advice!

I am a LUSH virgin. Ever since I first came across this store way back in grade school, I’ve always had an aversion to it. The intermingling smells were overwhelming, and all the slabs of soap in the windows looked like… food. Or rather, mouldy cake. Learning that everything was freshly handmade with no preservatives made my presumptions worse – if the stuff is made out of food, doesn’t that mean it will mould even faster?

Inspired by angelandthings‘ review on Buffy, I decided to check out the LUSH website for myself. I’ll admit, some of their stuff was intriguing. In particular, the fresh face masks had me lusting to get my hands on them, especially since I have sensitive skin and their products claim to be good for sensitivity, due to their lack of preservatives.

LUSH haul #1:

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My newest obsession augments my current one: All about the “Canadian Birchboxes”

NOVEMBER 30, 2013 UPDATE:

THIS POST IS NO LONGER CURRENT. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ MY UPDATED POST ON CURRENT CANADIAN BEAUTY BOXES.

So we have established that I have ridiculous impulses to buy and try lots of products. I have now found monthly boxes of goodies that serve only to augment my shopping obsession.

Recently, I learned of the existence of Birchbox, a company that sends you 4-5 deluxe beauty samples every month for $10 USD, free shipping included. This was exciting, as I love deluxe samples (they’re in such cute little packaging!) because it lets you try enough of a product without committing to a full-sized (and full-priced) product. But like most good things in North America, they only ship within the US. So off I went, seeing if there are any Canadian versions of Birchbox.

After digging around, I found 4 “Canadian Birchboxes”:

           

…and then I proceeded to dissect each one. Be forewarned: this is going to be lengthy.

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Lancome GWP and Crabtree & Evelyn haul!

Go stock up! Lancome has a 7-piece gift with a purchase of $34.50 CAD or more at Sears, ending February 20th:

I purchased the 200 mL Galatée Confort (on the far left), which is a milky cleanser I have always wanted to try and have now been given an excuse by the GWP! Included in the 7-piece set are:

  1. 3 makeup brushes and case
  2. Hypnôse Doll Lashes mascara (oops, hidden behind the palette)
  3. Color Design eyeshadow quad
  4. Color Design lipstick
  5. Rénergie Lift Volumetry cream
  6. two out of three of: (1) Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, (2) Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, and (3) either the Crème Radiance or the Gel Radiance (can’t remember which)

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