Pretty Things: Happy Birthday Glossybox

Hello!

Yesterday, I received my last Glossybox. It’s in celebration of their one year anniversary in Canada. It’s such a great box that I had to share it. I really love Glossybox. I’ve had a subscription for nearly a year and I wanted to try the new SeasonsBox. In a few months, who knows? I might resubscribe.

Here’s what I received:004
I love the normal pale pink boxes that Glossybox comes in. However, I love receiving this box. It’s very cute.
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Clockwise from top left:
1. Anatomicals : You Need a Blooming Shower! – FULL SIZE!
Rose & Jasmine Body Cleanser – smells gorgeous!

2. Crabtree & Evelyn Tarocco Orange Eucalyptus & Sage Ultra-Moisturizing Hand Therapy Sachet

3. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips – Ultra – FULL SIZE!
Yay!

4. Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in Vamp it Up  – FULL SIZE! 
Not sure about these colours. I have a couple of them and they’re more like fall colours in my mind but I loved getting it!
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5. Givenchy Gloss Interdit No. 3 Coral Frenzy (3.5 mL)
I think this is the most luxe product I received from Glossybox so I was very excited!!008 009
6. Macadamia Natural Oil Healing Oil Treatment This is exactly what I’ve needed! I think that since we’re getting closer to spring (pleeassee!!), I’m started to notice that my hair is getting a bit dry. I’m very excited to try this.

7. Eucerin Hyal-Urea Anti-Wrinkle Day / Night Cream Sachet Duo Not really into this. I really don’t like using anything with urea.

8. Glossybox Cupcake Kit Seriously? How cute is this!? I will definitely be making cupcakes in the near future!

As far as I know, everything (except for the Eucerin sample) is cruelty-free. 🙂

I have enjoyed receiving Glossybox. Although the products included are mostly drugstore products, there are usually 2-3 full size products. Did you get anything different in your Glossybox? Let me know!

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Pretty Things: The Crimson Amulet Collection by NYX

Hey lovelies!

Generally, I don’t talk about what I got in my beauty boxes because I haven’t tried them out yet but I was so excited about an item in this month’s Glossybox. Hope I’m not spoiling anything for you!

Imagine my surprise when I opened my box and saw this.

My first thought was that it was some cheesy promotional movie. lol. I don’t know why. I opened it up and I gasped! It’s a full on palette!


One side is eyeshadows


The other side contains blushes, a highlighter, eyeshadow base, liner and lip glosses!

Woo hoo!! I’m very excited to try this out so thank you to Glossybox & Nyx for putting this together.

The best part?

Needless to say I’m really excited to try these all out. These colours are perfect for fall! This is great for me because I really don’t have a lot of neutrals. Of course, I’m mostly drawn to the sparkly navy and jade shadows. 😉

What do you think of this palette?

Pretty Things: May Glossybox!

Even though I’m well behind, here’s May’s Glossybox! It still completely made my day. I have yet to be disappointed with Glossybox.

Let’s get on with it, shall we?

1. Curel Foot Cream
Sample size: 100 ml / $3.99
It doesn’t say full size but it’s quite significant. It’s always nice to have a foot cream, particularly in the summer. It’s perfect for summer.  Smells lovely. I couldn’t find anything online stating whether it was a cruelty-free product but then I found another May Glossybox review and Sara had already contacted the company. Fantastic! Cruelty-free.

2. Simple Eye Make up Remover
Sample size: 56 ml
Full size: $9.99

and

Simple Facial Wash Gel
Sample size: 50 ml
Full size: $9.99

Simple cosmetics have really had a big marketing push behind them since coming to Canada. I was curious to try them when I first heard about them. On their UK website, they state that they are cruelty-free but their American & Canadian sites don’t say that. Something clearly didn’t translate when coming across the pond. To be honest, if I have to search and search to find out if a company is cruelty-free, chances are they’re not. It’s a great selling feature and it’s too bad not all companies don’t feel the same way. I think these will be saved up for a giveaway.

3.  boxx Cosmetics Cream Corrector in Melina
FULL SIZE!  Whoop! $24
I used to use one of these concealers all the time. I’m not sure you can tell from this hazy photo, but it’s a concealer that is tinted quite yellow to help mask dark circles. Love the texture of this. I’m not sure if they test on animals. I’ve sent a tweet and when I get a response I will update you.

UPDATE:

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@boxxcosmetics @LesleyHere yes it is cruelty free. Thanks for asking!

4. Sebastian Professional Volupt Shampoo

FULL SIZE! 250 ml / $15.78
I’m not a fan of shampoos that are not biodegradable or sulfate free. However, it’s nice to get another full size product. Glossybox never disappoints on that score. The shampoo definitely smells like a spa shampoo. You know how they never really smell like the ocean or coconut, they usually have that spa smell?  Cruelty-free.

That’s it for now! Really excited to see what comes in this month’s Glossybox.

Did you get anything different in your Glossybox for May? Let me know!

Pretty Things : May Glymm Box!

Hello lovelies!

I’m slowly catching up with these beauty boxes! First things first, as a follow up from my last Glymm post. The Free Your Mane samples of shampoo & conditioner were alright. They had an odd musky smell which kind of threw me off. It said it had argan oil and moroccan oil in them but that’s not really what it smelled like to me. It reminded me of like an old bottle of hairspray my mom had from the 80s. If that makes any sense.

This month, Glymm didn’t arrive in its trademark pink box. It was white. Once I opened it, I wasn’t greeted with another pink box but a small pink make up bag. Cute! This card was included. I thought it was interesting that they decided to go green in May as opposed to April but better late than never!

I love the inclusion of a make up bag although I do worry that they’ll be using a bag every month. Having 12 mini make up bags won’t really save packaging in the long run. Hopefully, they’ll change it up like wrap everything in a scarf one month, or fabric. It should be interesting.

Here’s what I received in my Glymm:

1. Pink make up bag!

2. CK Shock for Her and for Him
Sample size: 1.2 ml
Full size: 50 ml / $45

The for Her smells lovely! It’s so young, sweet and fresh. The for Him smells a bit like bug spray. :/ lol I don’t really consider this as part of the box since these are kind of free samples you could get from anywhere. Not cruelty-free.

3. Coola Organic Suncare
Mineral Matte Cucumber Face Sunscreen
Sample size: 5 ml
Full size: 50 ml / $36
I’m very excited about this! I’m definitely going to use tomorrow when I’m out in the sun. I’m curious about the cucumber in it. I feel like it would be very soothing. It’s worth noting that a portion of sales goes to cancer research. Cruelty-free.

4. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum (lighter pink)
Sample size: 1 ml
Full size: 30 ml / $48

This product is to be used pre-moisturizer. It’s all about serum at the moment, isn’t it? I feel like there’s so many serums out there right now. Of course, maybe I’m only noticing them more now because I should be using them. It’s hard to tell if they’re cruelty-free. If they weren’ t being sold in China, they would be. However, China has law requiring animal testing so it’s’  a bit of a gray area. There are a few companies (Mary Kay, Avon, etc.) that are being sold in China so you know they’re going to have to include animal testing. What they should do is band together and leave the Chinese market until they’re able to sell without testing but they’re way too big of a market to take a stand I fear.

Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbert
Sample size: 1 ml
Full size: 40 ml / $38

Any kind of moisturizer that’s labelled as a sorbet sounds heavenly. I’m a little disappointed in the sample size however. You can’t really gauge how great a product is by only one, possibly two uses.

5. NuMe HydroPunch Hydrating Conditioner
Sample size: 20 ml
Full size: 250 ml / $24.99

This smells really nice. It’s also Paraben and Paraffin and Cruelty-free. Whoop!

6. Cargo Eye Shadow Duo in Vienna
Full size! $25

Love that this is full size! Gorgeous colours. The darker one is a smokey, shimmery grey and the lighter colour is a nude pink. Very pretty and practical. I love the texture and smoothness of the product. I’m loving these Cargo products that are popping up in beauty boxes lately. It’s giving me a great appreciation for Cargo. Cruelty-free.

7. Caudalie Vinexpert Anti-ageing Serum Eyes & Lips
Sample size: 7 ml
Full size: 15 ml / $33

This is  a good size sample considering it’s half the size of a full size bottle. They’ve given a lot of Caudalie anti-ageing samples in this box. I guess I should take the hint! I’m curious to see how this all works together. I’m particularly excited for this product as it claims to diminish dark circles. Result.

What did you think of this month’s Glymm? Did you get anything different?

Pretty Things: April Glymm Box

I’m so far behind with my beauty box reviews (I’ve already received May’s Glymm!) and I nearly skipped this one. I thought I should have though for when I go back and compare month to month. So let’s crack on with it.

1. Free Your Mane Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
Sample size: 7.4 mL each
Full size: 300 mL ($16)
These kind of samples are a bit lame to me because you could get them in a magazine. However, I like that it is from a brand I don’t know. I also like that it’s sulfate, paraben and phalate free. I can’t see anything that confirms that its cruelty-free.

2. Mai Couture Social Gloss
Full size!! ($28)
The colour I received was Sake Sunrise. It’s a nude gloss and to be honest, I think it’s a little to dark for me. It kind of washes me out. I’ll try it in a couple of weeks when I’ve freckled a bit and see if that makes a difference. Love that it’s a full size product! I can’t find out if they’re cruelty-free.

3. $100 Gift Certificate to NuMe!
This is AWESOME!! I’m definitely going to use this. Even though I’ll have to pay a bit to get a hair straightener or curling rod, it’d still be less than I’d pay at Sally’s Beauty Supply. Very excited. I just can’t decide what to get.

4. Atelier Cologne in Orange Sanguine
Sample size: unsure, it’s the typical perfume sample size
Full size: 30 mL ($60) and 200 mL ($165)
I was a little disappointed with this at first but when I saw the full size price I understood why the sample was so small. Plus, it’s from a  company that I don’t know much about. I love the scent. It smells exactly like oranges. It’s a perfect light scent for spring although I’d be nervous to wear it when the wasps and mosquitos are out! No clue on its cruelty-free status.

5. Lucia Soap No. 6 (Wild Ginger & F resh Fig)
Sample size: 25g
Full size: Package of 8 soaps ($17.50)
This is a really fancy soap if 8 of them costs $17.50! I have to say that when I popped this soap out of the box, it didn’t feel like a regular bar of soap. It’s very creamy and made with 100% Organic Shea Butter. I haven’t tried it out yet, I feel like I have to keep it for best! lol. I checked out the website and there are a lot of options in this scent so I’m curious to see what else they have to offer. Cruelty-free.

Overall: Great box! Still really impressed with the brands that are included in Glymm.  I’m also super excited about the gift certificates. If you know anything about the cruelty-free status of the brands I’m unsure of please let me know.

Did you receive April’s Glymm box? What did you think?