Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March Glymm Box

Hello again my beautiful readers! I wanted to try to get this post up before I started seeing everyone else posting their YouTube video and blog posts, which I haven’t seen any of, so far!

I got my box yesterday morning, one day later than Canada Post’s tracking site said I would get it, but technically, that isn’t Glymm’s fault. It’s really disappointing that it takes more than a week to mail a little pink box from Ontario to British Columbia, but that’s beside the point! Let’s get to this month’s box:

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Above: The usual pink boxes.
Below: This month’s card.

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Above: This month’s product descriptions. As you will see in a minute, one of the products was excluded from the card for some reason. Also, still no jelly beans or replacement treat. I’m starting to be very disappointed. Not only because I miss the jelly beans, but because Glymm promised a replacement and it is taking far too long to implement one.
Below: An Anastasia Beverly Hills offer.

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Above: Other side of the offer card. A free lip gloss sounds great, but you know there’s always a catch. In this case, you have to order two other Anastasia products in order to redeem this offer. I’m a little disappointed, but I definitely don’t like this brand enough to bother with this, this time.
Below: Basically all you could see at first glance into this month’s box.

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Nu-Me Feather Hair Extensions:

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Full size: 3 extensions for $25.00
Sample size: full size; 3 extensions
Approx. value: $25.00

Alright, this was the biggest thing in the box, and right on top, so clearly it was the first thing I pulled out. I was kind of excited to see them at first, then I realised they looked a little hard to use. That feeling intensified once I realised they had one end that looked like shoelace ends and came with little circles on the back of the card stapled to the top.

According to the directions that sealed my disappointment with this product, you have to get your hair inside one of these little circles, insert the extension, and then use “extension pliers” to clamp the circle tight over your hair and the extension. Really? Am I supposed to have my own extension pliers? How am I supposed to get my hair into that little circle, neatly? Am I supposed to just take this to a salon and get them to put them on? Also, how am I supposed to take them out if I do manage to get them in?

All in all, I’m not impressed. The instructions aren’t very helpful, the pictures are tiny and pixelated. And the card from Glymm says “Get professional-grade DIY feather extensions instantly!”, so it looks like I should be able to do this myself, without difficulty? I think a little more information is necessary, don’t you?

M.Asam “Perfect Teint” and “Magic Fini”:

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Full size: Perfect Teint is 50ml for $42.00 | Magic Fini is 30ml for $38.00
Sample size: Both are 5ml
Approx. value: $4.20 for the Perfect Teint | $6.33 for the Magic Fini

I’m doing these two products together instead of separately because they are the same brand, so I’m sorry if the above was a little confusing. I was, and still am, a little disappointed that it doesn’t say anywhere on the packaging or the card from Glymm what these products are meant to be, exactly. I’ve decided that the Perfect Teint is meant to be a primer, and that the Magic Fini is supposed to be either a foundation or tinted moisturizer, but it would be nice for this to be obviously stated.

I tried these out pretty much immediately, since I opened the box before doing my makeup yesterday. Besides both of these products smelling a little bit like old-woman creams, they do go on very light and very smooth. I didn’t see a difference with the Perfect Teint, and the only thing I noticed about the Magic Fini is that it was much darker than my skin, but blended in, it acts more like a light bronzer than like a too-dark foundation. When I got home six hours later, however, I noticed my skin still looked pretty fantastic, the stuff hadn’t left like foundation tends to, and I was much more matte than my powder keeps me. So I guess I’m not too disappointed with these two products after all.

Ocean Nail Polish in “Getting Reddy”:

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Full size: 15ml (or .5oz, like most polishes) for $12.00
Sample size: 1/2oz, aka full size.
Approx. value: $12.00

My honest first impression, when I noticed that they labelled the size as “1/2oz” rather than “0.5oz” like most brands was that they think they are a lot cooler than they are. I also don’t like that, although the card from Glymm says this brand doesn’t contain any toxins, there is no information about the ingredients that are—or aren’t—in this polish on the bottle.

This product isn’t too exciting. I' have tons of red polishes, cream, shimmery, and glittery, and this one sort of blends in with the others. Nothing special. It is pretty, a rather pink-based red shimmer polish, and it does go on nicely in two coats, as shown in the swatch above. However, like everything else in this box, I’ve never heard of this brand, so I can’t even be excited about getting a good quality product in a boring colour. I’m definitely happy to have received a full-sized polish, but I would have loved it to be a Butter, Essie, OPI, China Glaze, or at least something in a crazy, exciting colour.

But alas, it’s just a plain red. Hopefully it’s a good quality. I’ll share my swatches on my nails when I get around to this polish. (But that likely won’t be until after I get through my China Glaze Hunger Games polishes, which I’ll show off in my next post!)

And then there’s the random product. I’m not sure if this was thrown in as a bonus, or at the last minute, and so not included on the card, but here it is…

Coup D’Eclat Lifting Ampoule:

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In every way, this product looks just like the Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance Vial that I’ve gotten twice: once in my November Glymm Box and before that in my first and only Luxe Box (from October). So suffice it to say I’m not particularly impressed to see this product in this month’s box. On top of that, I’ve never heard of Coup D’Eclat, whereas I’ve heard about and used Lise Watier.

I haven’t used this yet, but I don’t expect it to be any better or more useful than the Lise Watier Samples, and because it isn’t on the card, I don’t know it’s value or full price.That said, however, if I were to pretend this last product wasn’t in the box, I wouldn’t be any less happy, because the boxes are supposed to have 4-5 products each month.

Approx. Overall value of this month’s box: $47.53

That estimate obviously excludes the random serum, but you can see that Glymm is still worth the $10 a month I pay. That said, however, I haven’t been really happy with Glymm in a while. At this point I’m staying subscribed on the off chance that the new surprise, when they finally introduce it, will be worth the wait. This is probably exactly what they are planning on people doing, and it likely won’t be anything too special, but such is life. And I will admit, it is still fun knowing there’s a surprise coming every month.

If Glymm does disappoint me again, though, I may very well cancel and head over to Top Box or GlossyBox, for something different. Glymm needs to realize that they need to step up their game with so many other options now on the market here in Canada. They may have been one of the first, but loyalty will only last so long if they don’t make themselves worth the price they ask!

Anyways, that’s enough of my ranting, and, before I forget, I wanted to give you guys my referral link, in case you’re interested in signing up, and want to give me the 50 points I’ll get if you sign up with my link. Of course it’s just an option.

http://www.glymm.com/share/youwerefantastic95

Did you get this month’s box? What did you think? Did you get anything different? Have you ever tried any of these products before? Let me know!

5 comments:

  1. Aw, sorry to hear about how disappointing this was for you. :( That is such a bummer!

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfuCGsAsaEs for the hair extension

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  3. Oh, and you just use normal pliers and squish the bead flat. If you want to take it out you just squish the bead back. "Micro-bead loop" = fishing line

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  4. I agree, Glymm at first took away the cool greeting card, and then the candies and for the past two months it has been 4 products (I didn't get the lifting thing). With other boxes they really have to be adding things not taking them away. Either way I hope we see the "sweet treat" soon.

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