Beauty Box Ban

I have gone on a beauty box ban for the next little while. I’ve unsubscribed from all of the Canadian boxes offered. Even though I’ve been quite tempted to try out SeasonsBox which is $34.90/month (ouch at the price mark, right? That’s why I didn’t even start a subscription).

It seemed all throughout last year the Canadian beauty subscription boxes just hiked their prices, which one — I wasn’t a fan of and two – I just got way too many samples and couldn’t take the time to use them all up.


(see my compassion post here)

I’ve cancelled all of my subscriptions in late 2012 and placed an order on Glymm’s website with what I thought was using my Glymm points. I ended up paying out of pocket with my credit card, noticed right away and called them up to cancel my order. Seeing how it was $150 I most certainly wanted to use my points that I used from referrals to make that purchase. Initially it was supposed to take 7-10 business days. I gave them 14 and then made the first, of many phone calls asking where my refund was.

It took SUCH a long time to get my refund, countless phone calls, e-mails and tweets. Since Glymm has a third party looking after their finances it took a silly amount of time to get the refund back on my credit card. I placed the order late November, and didn’t get my refund until the beginning of Feburary. I was livid. From what was once my favorite beauty subscription, ended up being bottom of the barrel for me by the end of it. I was getting nowhere. As soon as I brought up the Better Business Bureau I finally got somewhere. My refund was processed within days and a refund was in my credit card account that week.

Enough venting on Glymm, since they’re bankrupt now. I’ve spent all my points and unsubscribed from them and every other box and for the last few months I’ve been using up all of the goodies and samples from my boxes. A few months ago I ended up doing an “empties” video and showe you what I liked/disliked about each product. Would anyone be interested in seeing an “empties” blog post?

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Glymm points haul

I did a Glymm points haul a few months back (see here), and I’ve since accumulated a bunch more points to buy some more goodies for myself! I placed this order back in mid-September, and a few weeks passed by and I didn’t receive any sort of e-mail notifying me that it was getting shipped out. I started to feel a bit nervous, so I e-mailed and tweeted Glymm asking them where my parcel was. I didn’t get a response back until I sent a second load of e-mails/tweets and finally they came back apologizing, saying one or two more items were not in stock.

I would’ve appreciated it if I was kept in the loop, considering I did pay the taxes (using your points doesn’t cover taxes), and was waiting on it.

Either way, it came about 5 weeks after I had placed the order. Quite long if you ask me, so take that into consideration if you plan on buying from the Glymm store.

Patience is a virtue. Thanks for the little freebie, Glymm!

All my goodies packed safely in the crinkled paper.

Ba da bing, ba da boom! Holy cow. Lots of points spent on this girl!

I’m going to try and name things off left-right.

  • Ahava hand lotion (an amazing one at that)
  • St. Tropez bronzing mousse (2)
  • Ahava mineral botanic velvet cream body wash
  • Pangea Organics shower gel in Canadian Pine with White Sage
  • T3 hair dryer!
  • Principessa lip balm (this was my “apology” freebie)
  • L.A. Fresh makeup wipes
  • Anastasia Lash Genius (a waterproof top coat to go on your mascara!!!!)
  • Anastasia Highlighting Creme Duo (which was swatched. So gross)
  • Ahava bath salts (part of my Mom’s Christmas present lol)

If you subscribe to Glymm, have you ever redeemed your points? Remember Glymm points expire after 1 year. So keep that in mind!

October was my last Glymm bag, I didn’t do a video on it because I was quite busy and frankly just wasn’t in the mood to film one.

Buy your Glymm bag for $12/month.

Want to know what subscription box I like the best? Go see my comparison post! Topbox vs. Luxe Box vs. Glossybox vs Glymm!

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July’s TopBox

I’ll try my best to update you guys on how I’m liking my monthly boxes, if I used the products and what I think of it. Sometimes I’m lazy and just flick the samples that I receive, in a pile and let them accumulate until I get sick of seeing them and either try them out, or give them away. I know… isn’t that completely pointless?

Perhaps doing these recaps will help me actually try out more products, instead of just subscribing and hoarding all these samples.

Each month when I get either my TopBox, GlossyBox, or (my favorite) Glymm box, I do an unveiling video. You get to see my true reaction to the products. I’ve been subscribed to these boxes for over a year now. July marks the 1 year mark for me subscribing to Glymm!

So first up to the plate is my July Topbox.

Here is July’s TopBox shown above.

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China Glaze nail polish: I’m not one to go for bright colors, especially for my finger nails. I usually reserve the bold brights for my toes in the summer. I couldn’t resist trying this neon pink polish on my fingers for the summer. Neon polish tends to dry to a matte finish, but that is easily fixable with a high gloss top coat. The only issue I have with China Glaze nail polish is that it seems to chip much quicker than any other nail polish I’ve tried. But they have the most beautiful array of colors to choose from. Right now on my toes I have a peachy neon color that is just so darling, especially with a tan.

Nu·Me Hydrating Shampoo: I’m never one to turn away from shampoos, especially hydrating one’s. I love to rotate shampoos in the shower, so my hair doesn’t get used to one particular kind. This one is great, since my hair is quite dry at the ends, and always have been. Love giving it an extra little oomf with some products like this. I will not be purchasing the full sized version of this, because I do have a lot of samples to go through.

Pure + Simple Calming Cucumber Mask: I’m still not sure whether or not I am supposed to apply this mask and wash it off, or leave it on as if it were like a serum on my face. This clean, sleek packaging is great — plus it’s a nice sized sample and will definitely have 2 or 3 uses when I do use this product. It has a light green look to it, and feels like silk when rubbed on my skin. The scent of cucumber is so strong, but it’s such a fresh scent that I don’t mind it at all. It’s great!

Sampar Hydrating Moisturizer: This is a pretty high end moisturizer which I’ve yet to use. I’m planning on going to Ottawa within the next few weeks so I’m saving these samples until then. I know for sure that Glymm has Sampar in their shop. I’m excited to try this out.

Here is a video I did about the July’s TopBox:


See my comparison of the four Canadian subscription boxes; TopBox, Luxe Box, GlossyBox & Glymm Girl, and which box do I think is the best.

Sign up for Glymm ($10/month for re-occurring members, $12/month for new members)
Sign up for Luxe Box ($12/month)
Sign up for TopBox ($10/month)
Sign up for GlossyBox ($15/month)

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