Glossybox US – August 2015

Looking to buy the August 2015 edition of the Glossybox? Wondering if you should… Pass or Buy?

August-GlossyboxThis month might be a pass for me. One of the reasons is that it’s one of the more expensive beauty subscription boxes out there ($21!), and I’m definitely unimpressed with one of the products that seemed to be full-sized, but along with that — mostly empty! Gah. Let’s get into the details.

lollipops-makeupLollipops Makeup Lip Balm: This is the full-sized product which ended up being 90% empty. Look at me squeeze that tube! At least it smelled good but whatever was left in the scratchy applicator tube, was applied to my lips.  Wasn’t a fan of this product overall. I wonder if mine was an exception, or if all lip balms from this brand are this way.

Sparitual-polishSparitual Nail Lacquer: The nail polish is a well-known brand, especially in salons. I had a facial done in Canada, and noticed that the woman had a whole pile of these polishes lined up. The bottle I received is in a sparkly colour (I tend to opt for creamy polishes with no sparkle), however, it’s pretty and would be cute on the toes. I recently had white shellac done on my nails, and a recent pedicure, so I’ll be trying out this at a later date.

GlamGlowGlamGlow Mud to Foam: Pretty stoked about this product. Although a cleanser, and not one of their popular masks, still pretty excited to give this a try on my face before I apply a self-tanner.

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Eyelash-primerManna Kadar Cosmetics Lash Primer: I don’t like to add too many steps to my beauty routine, I feel like I’m more laid back when it comes to that sort of stuff. I falsely thought the eyelash conditioner would add volume to my eyelashes are long. Which, from the photo you can tell it didn’t (I applied it to my right, your left, eye using the same mascara on top). This is supposed to allow you to ‘retire your false eyelashes’ and act as a base for your mascara. It claims to nourish your lashes and prevent flaking. I don’t like to use flaky mascara as it is, so I can’t attest to it not-flaking, because my mascara doesn’t.

Kajal-PenPop Beauty Kajal Pen in Sooty Black: I love a soft liner that doesn’t tug on the eyes, and this one glides over the skin easily. Although, not the blackest of black eyeliners out there, more like a charcoal sooty colour like the brand describes its product. Great for smudging too with the sponge tip on the other end.

Glossybox US sent me the August box. Opinions are my own.

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June Glossybox & Hanging out with Olympic Swimmers

I know Tuesdays are primarily reserved for Beauty Talk Tuesday, but I’m going to be mingling a few topics into one today: Beauty & Fitness. I’m not much for introductions, so let’s jump on in.

My honest thoughts of what I received in my June edition of Glossybox. Ahem, even though I thought my last months box was June, but it was actually May.June-2015-GlossyBox

  • Être Bellle Cosmetics: Aloe vera ultra moisturizing gel (Most likely won’t use this product)
  • Doucce blush brush. This is supposed to be round top a kabuki brush, mine is distorted and shaped like a heart and I’m not sure I like the quality (I will 100% give this product away)
  • Aloe source luminosity masque (Wish this was sealed, I won’t be using it)
  • ORLY nail lacquer: Oh Cabana Boy (I love this colour and formulation, will be buying more ORLY for sure)
  • Too Faced Cosmetics: Better Than Sex Mascara (I’ve been eyeing this mascara up for a while, and I’m finally excited to try it out!)

I’ve been wearing the ORLY nail polish since I got it, removed it once it then re-applied. It’s a gorgeous bright pink with blue undertones. I’m going to buy the full-sized with how quickly I seem to be going through it.

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2015-Toyota-CamryThis is our last weekend with the Toyota Camry which I’ll be chatting more about it when I get my YouTube vlog up. I’m enjoying the Camry much more than the Prius I had, because it’s a bit larger which I feel more comfortable in, and has a ton more power. Hoowee!

My husband will be kicking up his training a notch come July, so I’m enjoying our recovery runs as he likes to call it. More like a run goin’ out full tilt for me. Those run together knocks the good out of me. I do solo runs throughout the week, which I don’t blog about because I’m not entire sure what to say about it all. But I do have to mention, I’m pretty sure the only reason I sprint a 4:40min/mile at the end of our run is because I see our house, and I want to be finished. ‪#‎IHateRunning‬. Please bare in mind that I only sprint for maybe 150m, if that. I just like to know how fast I COULD run, if wild animals were chasing after me in the woods, I mean pfth ya never know. As for my regular pace I’ve been wearing my Garmin and check it every 30 seconds or so like a mad-woman to make sure I’m keeping the pace I need to. I’d prefer to keep it under a 9:40min/mile the entire run, which was easier this week — because my mind was preoccupied with family back in Newfoundland and pushed me a little extra.

Alfie-cooling-offAlfie and I hanging out on our porch after our run. He’s trynna get some shade to cool off! Buddy has some fast little legs on him, and he can definitely keep up with a slow-poke like myself. I think I’m in need of a new pair of Mizuno’s though soon. I’ve had these babies for a good year or more. Not that I put on a TON of mileage, because I’m not a long distance runner, but I can tell the cushion is startin’ to flatten.

Not the smoothest transition from talking about swimming to running, but…

I come from a family of swimmers, however I didn’t keep it up for the long run because I was a wimp and decided to quit after I failed my Bronze Medallion class when I was away at camp at the age of 16. But if you want to get into the nitty gritty, my husband, he’s a 5x Ironman Triathlete, my brother played Water Polo, my fav cousin ever ever is a swim coach and taught me to swim as a youngster, and my parents were yachters.

Needless to say, we were at the pool a lot as a kid, and even now with the husband as he trains for Ironman Lake Tahoe in September.

He wants to qualify for Kona this year. Crossing our fingers!

Flags-of-the-WorldOn Saturday my triathlete husband and I were invited to listen in on the Swim Today panel with 3x Olympic Gold medalist, Rowdy Gaines and two fathers of Olympic medalists at George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Through SwimToday, teams nationwide are inviting new swimmers and families to experience the sport with incentives such as free swim team trial periods, and customized swim caps. 62% of families live within 10 minutes of a pool, and if you’re interested, parents can learn more about participating teams and find those nearest them by searching their zip code at Swim Today.

You don’t have to be particularly athletic to learn to swim. There’s a reason why swimming is almost the perfect exercise. It’s low impact and is a sport anyone can do, including those with sore arthritic muscles and joints. Because water is denser than air, you can work harder and burn more calories (650 in an hour!).

Swim-lanesThis Santa Clara swim club is a huge outdoor complex with 3 pools, two 25 yard and one 50 meter. So it’s pretty huge and little did I realize that same day, Michael Phelps was also there, along with other famous swimmers for the #ArenaProSwim this weekend. I guess this is the primo location for some competitive swim meets.

Swim-LaneYa knows I felt right fancy strollin’ around in the VIP section with my piddly BlackBerry takin’ snaps while photographers from companies like Getty Images were walking around with their humungo-cameras doing the same thing. While we were listening to the panel, this area was jam-packed.

pro-swim-lanesMichael Phelps swam in lane 5, right there for his 400m swim! Ahh!

Rowdy-Gaines-panelSwimming as I stated above, is such a family sport. You could simply see all the passion in their faces as they light up talking about it being a family oriented sport. You make friends with other families from other clubs. Sure there’s competition but you’re seeing them every week, and you come together in a tight knit bond, which was discussed on the panel this past weekend.

Me-and-Rowdy-GainesNaturally, me being the non-swimmer of the family I asked my triathlete husband to take a picture of me and the Mister G gold medalist from the 80’s. Weehehe!
Swim-with-Rowdy-GainesRowdy stated, pure and simple if you don’t enjoy it (in any sport) you’re not going to be any good. Ain’t that the truth. He has a wonderful sense of humor that meshes well with the kids. At the end of the swimming lesson he raced all the kids one length of the pool and said whoever wins, will get a million dollars. It was a pretty close call for one teen and him, swimming that length was all documented on a video I posted on Instagram.

Arena-lane-swimDick Franklin, father of Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Missy Franklin, and I had a bit in common. We had a quick chat about being from the East Coast of Canada; he being from Nova Scotia and of course as you guys know my husband and I are from Newfoundland. Dick grew up playing football and scuba diving, so when Missy was younger, he didn’t quite understand the technicalities of the swim sport. At around the age of 12 or so, Dick and his wife realized that Missy’s talent was something special and they needed to encourage it. Missy had always enjoyed swimming, getting up a 5am in the dark, and having her mother cook her breakfast and her father warming up the car in the driveway while it was still dark out. He joked she was havin’ a ball.  She always had fun. That intrinsic fun makes any kid move forward over the long haul.

Arena-Pro-Swim-SeriesSo a huge thanks to Swim Today for inviting us out to participate and check out the arena for the first time and talk about swimming being the #FunnestSport. Especially listening to the proud Father’s of Olympians just before Father’s Day. Well, and of course not to mention some of the super fit male swimmers coming out of the water, hooboy. Yeah, sure I needed to take a picture of that score board.

Are you a swimmer? At what age did you learn to swim? Are you looking for a local swim club near you?

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Glossybox June 2015

GlossyboxJuneRemember when I used to review beauty subscription boxes all the time? I gave it up a few years ago because I ended up having many samples and little time for truly testing them all out and giving my best opinion on them.

Glossybox_USI’m back at it, and teamed up with Glossybox, for I thought was just one month. Last month they sent a Mother’s Day/May box to me, but I threw everything out as soon as I opened the box. I felt as if some of the products were already opened, and I wasn’t a huge fan of that. It’s rare that something like that happens, but I didn’t want to test anything out I’ll tell you that much.

A few weeks later I was surprised another one showed up on my doorstep, because I thought it was a one-time deal working with them. I opened it, and pretty much got happy about blogging and talking about subscription boxes again. Sweet, wasn’t expecting that. Plus this one’s a goodie.Glossybox-June-2015

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Teeez Trend Cosmetics  Head over heels nail lacquer. The nail polish is an odd ball colour. Not quite terracotta, a little more older woman style colour I’d call it. It looks nice on my nails, but the first swipe I put on I was thinking no way. I added another coat, and I have actually had it on for a few days. The formula is pretty nice, doesn’t drip when you’re moving from one nail to the other, and I love a nail polish brush that is wide (think: Sally Hansen & Dior brushes). I do love the range of colours they have on their website, so many beautiful shades. Full size: $14.00 USD

Doucce  Mineral Matt Lipstick: This lipstick colour is #907 Cherry Blossom is an easy to wear deeper colour than your lips and is one of those types of colours that doesn’t require a mirror to apply. Although difficult to rub onto the lips, I assume because it’s a matte lipstick. Personally, I’d skip over this one, as I prefer a creamy consistency and it tugs when you’re trying to apply it. Do all matte lipsticks apply this way? The case its in is pretty fancy though. Full size: $20.00 USD

Glamglow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment. I’m so excited to finally try out this product. Everyone seems to rave about GlamGlow products and how wonderful they are with hydration or deep cleaning the face, depending on the product you get. Too bad it’s $69 for a full sized! If you want to buy it there’s a 30% offer on glamglowmud.com with code GLOSSYBOX30

Sebastian professional Stylebrid 9. I’ve received these Sebastian hair sprays and shampooos in previous beauty boxes and have always been pleased with them. I think they’re available at a relatively low price at drug stores, and I have no complaints about them. Tiny hair sprays are the best, don’t take up too much cupboard space and is easy to cart around with you, especially going on second day hair. This one is great since it’s lightweight and doesn’t make you feel as if you’re wearing a helmet full of hair spray. Full size: $19.96 USD

Clearisa — Retexturizing Gel. Made in California baby! I thought this was a hair product at first, considering the name. But when I read the details on the Glossybox brochure which always gets sent out with the monthly boxes, it said it was for the face. Good thing I didn’t use it before reading! When you first squeeze a bit of product out it’s a clear gel with white exfoliating beads in it and acts like a scrub. This product say it smooths skin, refines pores and also reduces pigmentation, along with many other claims. For me, it’s way too expensive and I prefer other scrubs. Definitely not buying this full sized but it’s always nice to have luxury samples once in a while. Full sized: $79.99 (ouch)

Disclaimer: As stated above, glossybox sent me this subscription box for June. Opinions are clearly my own. The glossybox link is a referral link and if you sign up I receive 200pts (1,000pts = a free glossybox for me).

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