Unboxing April 2012 GlossyBox (Canada)

April 30, 2012 § 3 Comments

Yes! I’m finally back in Vancouver and caught up some sleep. The 12 hours flight was super tiring, but now I’m full of energy and ready to blog again ­čÖé

So this morning I was awoken to the door bell. Usually that is not so much of a happy moment, but I was super excited as soon as I realize it was the delivery man with my April GlosyBox! When he handed it to me, I was surprised with how heavy the box was. I mean March GlossyBox was super full and nice, so I thought it might not be as good this month. Let me tell you, I was wrong!

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It came in the usual cute polka dot cardboard box and inside is the sturdy light pink gift box. I now have several of these beauty boxes and really don’t know what to do with them…

This is how it looked when I opened the box. I was super excited with the size of these products.

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And here is the product list:

1. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer – 120ml (Full Size)

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Let’s be honest, we got another Aveeno product and it’s a little bit┬ádisappointing. We all want to try different brands, right? However, I am pretty happy with this product because I wanted to try this for a while. I think I saw someone on YouTube talked about it and it sounded like a great product. Besides, it’s a full size product! On the card it says $22.99 but I’m sure I can find this at local drug stores for $17-$18. Nevertheless, the box is worth the money already!

2. Elizabeth Grant Shower Gel in “Exotic Apricot” – 240ml (Full Size)

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I’m most excited about this product, mainly because I needed to buy a shower gel soon. It’s a full size product that retails for $20.00 (but you can get it for $15 here). This smells really sweet and fruity. I was thinking of buying the Philosophy Apricot shower gel, so this one is just perfect. I saw someone got a coconut scent. I’m not sure how many different kinds glossybox has.

3. Maecelle Xtension Plus Mascara – 9ml (Full Size)

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I have a mixed feeling towards this product because I only use waterproof mascaras. My lashes are really straight and stiff, so only some waterproof mascaras can make my lashes stay curled. This one says it’s lengthening and curling but I have a feeling that it won’t work for my lashes. I will try and see. If it doesn’t work, I will give it to someone.

4. Wella Brilliance Conditioner (30ml) and Treatment (25ml)

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These obviously count as 4th and 5th products, but they are similar so I put them together. I saw some people not happy with these because they’ve got Wella products before. I totally understand that, but this is my first time so I’m pretty happy with them. They are deluxe size samples and I’d say I can get 3-4 uses out of both of them because I have short hair now. For longer hair, maybe 2 uses.

5. Marcelle BB Cream – 1ml

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This one was inside the envelope, so look carefully when you open! This one is listed as “number *” on the list. I’m assuming it’s kind of a bonus we got this month? There are many North American/European brands trying to make BB Cream and they are just not the same as Asian BB Cream. I think usually Asian ones have better coverage, where others work more like tinted moisturizer. Still, I’m excited to try a new BB Cream ­čÖé

So that is all for this month. I think it’s well worth my $15 and I’m really liking GlossyBox. I have received 2 GlossyBox and 1 Glymm so far, and I have to say GlossyBox has impressed me more! I have 1 more glossy box coming in next month and 3 Loose Button LuxeBox to follow. After that I plan to try TopBox. Then I will decide which one I like most and re-subscribe ­čÖé

Did you like this month’s GlossyBox? Did this post intrigue you to subscribe to GlossyBox? let me know in the comment section.

Love,

Kyo

fresh – Rose Marigold Floral Water Review

March 26, 2012 § 2 Comments

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Official Website Description

ROSE MARIGOLD FLORAL WATER delivers instantly hydrating and toning mists of pure and active rosewater. This gentle floral water hydrates the skin for a plump and toned complexion. The natural aromatic experience adds a mood-enhancing dimension. Ideal to re-hydrate the skin throughout the day, set makeup and to calm and soothe.

I like using toners after I wash my face, but I found many toners in North America are used to clear up the last trace of makeup and dirt. In Japan, toners serves as the first step of moisture for the face. I usually wash my face twice (1st to remove makeup and 2nd to remove all the┬áresidue) so I really don’t need the toner to remove anything. Although there are more and more moisturizing toners released these days, I still have hard time finding a nice toner in Canada.

So this face mist was one stop of my journey to find perfect toner. Long story short, it was just okay. It smells amazing and did not break me out, but it was not really moisturizing. It is great for refreshing your makeup/face during the day, but didn’t work too well as makeup setting mist neither. I used it as toner for about 2 weeks and finally gave up and brought it to work so I can use it at work when I needed a little bit of refreshing. Ultimately, I don’t really recommend this because it is┬áridiculously┬áexpensive (in my opinion).

Pros

  • Amazing rose floral scent
  • Nice packaging
  • Fine mist
  • Refreshing

Cons

  • Expensive (Around CA$40)
  • Not very moisturizing
  • Only available in Sephora (around Vancouver)

My Final Rating: 2.5/5 

Neutrogena – Moisture Oil-Free SPF 30 Review

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Official Website Description

NEUTROGENA® MOISTURE® Oil-Free SPF 15 combines long-lasting moisturization with effective sun protection.

This non-greasy, dermatologist-tested lotion keeps skin moisturized for 12 hours. Broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15 sunscreens protect skin from sun’s harmful rays. Sheer formula absorbs quickly into skin leaving it softer and smoother.

*The above description is for the SPF15 version of the product. The SPF30 version seems to be discontinued. (SPF35 version is available in the States)

Originally I was not really interested in this product, but I ended up purchasing it because I had to wash my face at work and needed a moisturizer immediately. It was fairly cheat at price of $12 when I purchased┬á(Sorry I do not have the exact price right now). Also, what intrigued me was the fact it has SPF30 and it is oil-free. I tend to like oil-free products more because I have oily/combination skin. On the back of the bottle it also says “Won’t clog pores, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free”. I break out easily so all these statements sounded pretty good to me.

So here is how it looks like when applied to skin.

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It is a pretty simple white cream. When spread onto skin, it’s slightly greasy looking but applies smoothly and does not feel sticky or anything. It dries to really nice and smooth feel but my T-zone would still look somewhat greasy. It does not feel like it’ll be enough moisture for someone with dry skin but it worked fine for my skin for the most part.

It is really reasonable moisturizer with SPF30 so I kind of liked it in the beginning. However, after few days my skin started breaking out. I don’t really want to call it break out because it wasn’t something major. I just had one or two pimples. Still I didn’t want to continue using this product because I think it is simply not enough moisture for my skin in a long run. A lot of people think if your skin is acne-prone, you have to use something less moisturizing and keep your skin dry. But for me it’s the opposite. I have to keep my skin well moisturized so my skin does not excrete excess oil, which is the cause of my break-out.

Overall, I think it’s not a bad product but it didn’t suit my skin. I think it could be a great product for people with oily skin. Now I use this as body lotion in the morning so I don’t need to put on a sun screen.

My final rating: 2.5/5

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