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Review: YesStyle.ca Bags Part 2 of 2

I ordered 4 bags at a time from YesStyle.ca back in September 2012 and did a post on the casual bags in Part 1 here. I also purchased two bags which were a little more formal.

I put on a dress from 59th Street that I also ordered from YesStyle for $20 CAD to match these bags. I haven’t worn it in public yet because it seems too formal for casual dates yet too casual for formal ones. I’m not sure when and where I can wear this!

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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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Win stila from Topbox

Fellow Canadian beauty addicts, Topbox is hosting another contest, ending April 18th:

Entering is via Facebook – if you’d like, please enter as my referral 🙂

Best of luck to all of you, and hope that one of us wins and can share the love by blogging about it!


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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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COSME-DE.COM mini haul and review

Firstly, blogging is lagging behind as I struggle to keep up with the influx of thesis demands and lack of sleep 😦 I am thoroughly sick of working, though, and I can’t stop obsessing over (my lack of) blogging. Without further ado, let’s get down to business so I can finish this and concentrate on my work 😛

Thanks to a recommendation by Lil Miss Shanghai, I made my first order from COSME-DE.COM on the 19th. The order was dispatched the very next day on the 20th. Although the estimated delivery date was stated as March 29th – April 9th, I got my package yesterday on the 26th. Considering that COSME-DE is based in Hong Kong and my package was an international delivery, I am duly impressed by the delivery speed!

Here’s my mini haul:

Skin 79 Lovely Girl BB Cream and Imju Dejavu Fiberwig Paint-On False Lashes Extra Long Mascara

I wonder if you’re wondering why I made such a small international purchase. Most of my international hauls are quite a bit more substantial than a measly total of 2 items. (That reminds me, I haven’t posted any of my YesStyle hauls >__< despite my review)

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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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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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