Friday, February 10, 2012


   Glossybox in Canada!
Founded in Germany, Glossybox is a monthly subscription beauty service that is revolutionizing beauty regimes across the world. Each month members receive five luxury cosmetics wrapped in the company's signature powder pink box. Glossybox provides its clients with new beauty trends and products and a fashionable way to store their every growing beauty collection. 

 I received my first Glossybox during the first week of February 2012. It came in a pretty shipping box that said "GLOSSYBOX" on it. Inside the shipping box was a pretty powder pink color paper box. There was a black envelope that had a post card with greetings and product information on the back. It also came with three sticker labels to be used on powder pink box for when you want to use the box as storage (such a neat idea!)
Inside the black packing paper were six beauty products. Glossybox typically comes with five products varying from deluxe sized samples to full size products but sometimes additional bonus items are included.
Here are the products I received:
Oscar de la Renta Live in Love body lotion, Ahava Skincare Mineral Hand Cream, Elizabeth Arden Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream, Essie Nail Polish in Neo Whimsical, Elizabeth Grant Moisturizing Stick, Beauty So Clean Sanitizing Wipes and Mist (bonus product)



 So as most of us are already aware of, this type of monthly subscription beauty boxes isn't anything new. There's Birchbox and Glambag in the US and Luxebox in Canada. I can't speak for Birchbox or Glambag since I haven't tried those but compared to Luxebox, Glossybox does offer couple of extra bonuses. The main bonus being the lovely storage box that the products come in every month. It's such a cute storage box!
Another bonus is that Glossybox tries include at least one full size product each month. However, Glossybox is few dollars more than Luxebox. $15 for a month to be exact. You can collect points on Glossybox website by reviewing the products you receive in your Glossybox or by referring Glossybox to friends and redeem those points to earn a free Glossybox.

Checkout Glossybox website for more details and to sign up!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

GARNIER B.B. Cream Review

Garnier B.B. Cream (Beauty Balm Cream)
Skin Renew
Miracle Skin Perfector

Garnier B.B. Cream is an instant all in one skin perfecting balm/lotion with mineral pigments. It comes in two shades: light/medium and medium/dark. 

This feels more like oil free tinted moisturizer rather than traditional BB cream. Some of the noticeable differences would be, first, this Garnier BB cream does not offer any sun protection like most BB other BB creams do. I read a review that claimed that this product has SPF 15 but no where on the product or box does it say it has any SPF. It has mineral pigments so it may offer some natural sun protection but that would be very low barely-there protection. Second, it only gives minimal coverage. The consistency of this product feels thinner and lighter than most other BB creams. Third, it doesn't offer any blemish treatment or whitening/brightening treatment which are some of the things most Korean BB creams are well known for. It does contain vitamin C for hydration and mineral pigments which helps to give skin more "evened-out" look upon application, but the before and after pictures on the box are definite exaggerations. It's hard to believe that the "barely-there" coverage this product offers can drastically cover imperfections as the before and after pictures claim.

It's not completely useless; it does offer hydration for the skin with slightly evened-out skin finish. But these can easily be achieved by mixing your lotion and mineral powder or cream/liquid foundation. 

If you are looking for products similar to Korean/ traditional BB creams, this product should be avoided. If you are looking for a decent tinted moisturizer and you enjoy the strong perfume scent of Garnier products, than you might want to try this!

*I'm typical medium skintone. I wear MAC NC25-30 foundation color; therefore, in Garnier BB cream, the light/medium shade best suited me. The light/medium shade would be too dark for anyone lighter than NC/NW20- Garnier should add fair/light shade to this line! However, since this product only gives a sheer coverage, exact match of product shade to skintone is not really necessary.*

Get a free sample of Garnier BB cream here
Get $3 off coupon for Garnier BB cream here

*BB is short for blemish balm and/or beauty balm*
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