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I won something?! LUSH Celestial Facial Moisturizer from Gummy Vision

I am not a person who can rely on luck. Don’t get me wrong, I am lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful family and people I love. But I am never lucky when it comes to games of chance. I don’t win contests, draws, or lotteries – it’s almost as if the odds are always tipped against me, no matter how you calculate the actual probability.

Imagine my surprise when I got a message from Gummy Vision that I had won something from her 2013 Holiday Giveaway!

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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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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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March 2012 Glymm Box Review

Perhaps a little overdue, as the April 2012 Glymm Box has already been scheduled for delivery, but I’d like to talk about the items in the March 2012 Glymm Box nonetheless. Glymm is a Canadian beauty box that sends 4-5 samples to your door for a monthly fee of $10 CAD plus tax. You can collect Glymm Points which you can redeem for discounts should you want to purchase any of the full-sized products they have on their website. It is one of the 4 beauty boxes currently available in Canada – learn more about them in my post here.

If you remember from my initial post about it, I was not impressed by the contents of the March 2012 Glymm Box. After trying out the products for myself, I do believe that the Box has somewhat redeemed itself.

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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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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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