Ahh!! I just noticed that this is my 100th post!! I feel like this is some kind of special landmark, and I’m going to have celebratory chocolate! =D
It feels so weird calling it a Glymm bag…! But first, I am SO frustrated with Canada Post this month. I mean, this is my eighth box, I haven’t moved… nothing is different and I’ve never had a problem before… But for some reason, they had an issue finding my house this month? I saw it was out for delivery at 10 am on Tuesday, but by 1, instead of being at my house, I saw that the site said that it was being held until my address could be verified…! It’s on the box isn’t it? I called customer service to see if there was anything I could do to help the process, but the guy said there wasn’t but that it might be figured out and still delivered that night, since apparently they deliver as late as 8 pm. But it didn’t. It finally arrived the next day, and honestly, I can’t tell you what the hold up was!! Ugh.
But I have it now, and this is in no way Glymm’s fault, so I will stop ranting. I just hope that Canada Post remembers how to read an address for next month. Let’s get to the bag, shall we?
I didn't take a picture of the outer box this month, because you’ve probably seen it enough by now, however I did realize later that the box is a little smaller now, which was proven by my friend who lives in an apartment and used to have to go to the post office to pick her box up, since it wouldn’t fit in her box, but now it does! So that’s convenient!
Also, I really love the colour of this month’s bag, of course, since its basically TARDIS blue! I’ve been using the pink one as my makeup bag in my purse, but I’m thinking of switching to this one, since its even prettier. Anyways, this month’s box was really light, which is always a little scary, but here’s a first look inside:
Also, you might notice my background it different, since I actually got my bag the morning before I was going to the mall with my boyfriend and while he had lunch, I took my pictures =P.
Since the bags are meant to reduce the waste from all the packaging, Glymm took another step towards being greener, this month, by ditching the product information card. I’m not sure what I think about this. At first, it seemed like a good idea, however, unless you’re opening your bag in front of a computer, it’s a little disappointing not to be able to check out what the products are supposed to do, and their prices and full-sizes. All that information is still available, however, and you don’t need to be logged in to see it, so if you want to check it out as well, the URL is on the card above.
Vitamine & Sea Perfect Skin Solution:
Full Size: 45 ml for $68.00
Sample Size: 2 ml (estimate)
Approx. Sample Value: $3.00
So I was actually kind of scared of this product when I first pulled it out and read the ingredient list, since it’s entirely composed of different essential oils. However, after reading the blurb on the back, which explains the purposes of all the different oils, I decided I actually would give this a try. What I found most interesting about the ingredients were the carrot seed oil which is supposed to “fight acne”, and the jojoba oil which is supposed to “correct your skin’s PH balance and prevent oily skin by reducing excess sebum production.”
Since getting my bag, I’ve used this once, after my Clinique Acne Solutions toner just a little while before going to bed. I put a little too much on, since this says 2-4 drops, and rubbed it into my skin. In the morning, I was surprised to find that my skin wasn’t oily, and looked soft and even. I’m pretty impressed and will definitely use of the rest of my sample, however I probably wouldn’t repurchase this product, since its pretty pricey.
La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads:
Full Size: 18 pads for $9.99
Sample Size: 2 pads
Approx. Sample Value: $1.11
Okay, I basically laughed when I pulled these out. I had absolutely no faith that these would do anything, especially against glitter nail polishes, like the one I was wearing which you can see in the pictures (its Nerd Lacquer’s Home of the Untempered Schism, if you’re interested). Since there are two of them, I decided to be cruel and try to take off glitter polish with one of these pads the other day, and, as expected, by the second nail, the pad was pretty much destroyed. I gave up, took off the polish, and used what was left of the moisture in the pad as a nail conditioner, however, since it says its good for that, and also because these smell really good.
The second one I’m saving for next time I have a non-glittery polish on my nails, so I can give this product a fair attempt to impress me, but I still don’t have much hope for them. Even if they do work, I wouldn’t purchase this product because $10 to remove my polish only 18 times is a little ridiculous, when a package of 100 cotton pads is maybe $4, and about the same for a good bottle of polish remover with acetone!
Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask:
Full Size: 50 ml for $72.00
Sample Size: 10 ml (estimate)
Approx. Sample Value: $14.40
If I estimated the size of this product fairly, then this product is stupidly expensive. I haven’t used this product yet, but I can’t image it it being worth almost $1.50 per ml!! Anyways, this is a fairly simple looking white clay mask, with little to no scent. In the product description, Glymm promises that this mask will “deliver an instantly brighter-looking complexion that's visibly smoother and more luminous,” and that it even works well with combination, problematic, or aging skin. One interesting thing about this brand is that a portion of the sales goes to the Christopher Reeve Foundation.
Salvador Dali ItIsDream Perfume Spray:
Full Size: 60 ml for $54.00
Sample Size: 2 ml (estimate)
Approx. Sample Value: $1.80
My first thought: “Salvador Dali…? Isn’t he a painter?”
I’m not sure what this has to do with the famous painter, or if it is simply using his name, but I suppose that isn’t the point. This perfume seemed really light and citrus-y when I first sprayed it, but as it settled on my skin it got progressively stronger, and the floral and musky notes overpowered the citrus. So whereas I thought I liked this perfume at first, I actually really dislike it. Disappointing.
Harmony by Belvada Lipstick/Lip Balm Duo:
Full Size: 2 x 3.4g for $20
Sample Size: 2 x 3.4g (Full Size!)
Approx. Sample Value: $20.00
My final product of the month is this lipstick duo in the very cool packaging! Its a really cute dual ended tube, and, in case you haven’t seen anyone opening it on glymm unboxing videos, you push on one end to get the other out. This took me a minute to figure out, and I think it was an accident when I finally did, but I love the idea now!
I think this is a great idea, especially since red lipsticks can be very unforgiving to the imperfections in your lips, and dry lips just aren’t going to look right in red lipstick. There isn’t really anything too special in the balm, which is transparent and relatively scentless, but I suppose it does what it is supposed to do. The colour I got on the other side, as you saw in the pictures, is Intense Red. For some reason, swatching it on my hand it looks way more pink than red, but on my lips it definitely turns up red. I really like the formula, and it almost smells a little like chocolate on the lips.
Although Glymm says this lipstick is supposed to be long-lasting, it really is no more long lasting than any other basic lipstick: if you eat or drink, this colour is going right on to whatever your lips touch! But I’m still happy with the product, and I’m glad I got this colour, instead of the pink that a lot of other bloggers seem to have received.
Total Approximate Value: $40.31
On the product listing page, Glymm also includes the makeup bag itself as one of the products, since they sell the in the Glymm store for $12, however, I don’t count that as part of the overall value of the bag, especially since I can’t imagine anyone spending $12 on one of these bags. However, if you were to count that, the total would become $52.31. But ignore that.
For the most part I’m pretty happy with this month’s bag. As usual, there was a full-sized product, thankfully a make-up product. Sadly that was the only make-up product included, but there was a pretty good mix of things in the bag this month, and luckily no foil packets of shampoo! My favourite product is probably the lipstick duo, though I am pretty happy with the face serum as well.
And if you want to sign up for Glymm, it’s now $12 a month, or $120/year if you pay for it all at once, which is like getting 2 boxes free! Here’s my referral link, in case you’re interested: https://www.glymm.com/share/youwerefantastic95.
Thanks for reading! <3