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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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September 2012 Glossybox: A must-share!

Let me start off with a few updates about my current beauty box subscriptions.

1. I had discontinued my Glymm subscription since June 2012.

For new members, the price has been increased from $10/mo to $12/mo before taxes. As an existing member, I retained my rate of $10/mo, but I didn’t think it was worth $12/mo for 4 items. They replaced the cardboard Glymm Boxes with makeup pouches in the name of reducing waste. In all honesty, I think it’s better to recycle a cardboard box than to accumulate a mountain of makeup pouches. They’re nice, but they’re probably contributing to the raised price, too. Most importantly, the items were consistently mediocre. The “deluxe-sized” samples were small, and I got way too many packets (I hate packets – you get them for free at the mall) and perfume samples. I would always find at least one item intriguing, two at best. It wasn’t worth paying for miniscule samples and one good item.

2. I am still consistently pleased with my Glossybox.

Which is why I will be sharing the latest one with you – I’m way too excited about it not to. HOWEVER, it seems that they no longer use referral links, which means I actually have to send out an email to friends who are interested. I have emailed them to ask them for a new referral link, but in the meantime, I’d appreciate if you’d use me as a referral by leaving me a comment or a message 🙂

3. I am getting my first Topbox this month!

I have high hopes. We will see.

And now, without further ado… here’s the September 2012 Glossybox!

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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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My biggest Sephora VIB haul. Ever.

Today is just not my day. I woke up too early and lacking sleep on a Saturday morning from a bad dream; realized that despite having gone to Loblaws a mere 3 days ago, I’d forgotten to buy eggs; and upon going to the grocery store yet again, had a bus cancelled on me, making me wait an hour outside in the cold.

So. I am going to revel in the Sephora VIB haul I made on Thursday. Except now that I’m going through my pictures, my haul seems abysmally small considering the amount of money I’d spent…

Sephora had a VIB event (which I’d mentioned here) where VIB’s and a friend got 15% off as well as a Sephora umbrella and a bag of samples. If you missed it, don’t worry too much, as VIB’s will still have 15% off until April 6th.

Here’s what I’d intended to purchase on my way to Sephora:

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 18 Purple and 2 Steel

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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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3/4″ FITI Babii Nano-Ceramic Tourmaline Styling Iron Review

I got this straightener for $1 CAD when I ordered my Clarisonic Mia 2 on Fabove.ca last month. (Yes, you read that right. $1.00 CAD!) The offer is still on now, if you’re looking to get a Clarisonic.

I’d left this FITI iron at Dark’s place because I already had my Solia hair straightener (featured here) at home, and it’s always nice to have a straightener for those bad hair day emergencies.

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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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