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May Beautybox Five

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My weakness for beauty box sample subscriptions led me to a newer subscription available on the Canadian Market. Beautybox Five is currently selling for $12 CA a month, $30 CA for four months, and $100 CA for a year.

In my first month’s box was a 4 ml dropper bottle of True Natural Advanced Lift & Firm Serum (haven’t heard of this company), a 2-3 use packet of Freeman Facial Exfoliating Scrub in pink grapefruit, a single use packet of Pur-Lisse Pur-Protect Essential Daily Moisturizer (not familiar with this one either), a one wipe packet of LA Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover, and another one wipe packet of Dr T’s Supergoop Sunscreen Swipe. I’m noticing a trend in this box of one wipe samples and single/few use packets. I hope next month’s is much better or I’ll pass on this company.

April Luxebox

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I received my “April” Luxebox mid last week… in May. Not important, but a little curious.

This month’s box contained a full size China Glaze nail polish in Polarized (silver with pink and teal glitter), 50 ml samples of Pantene Aqua Light Shampoo and Conditioner, a sample vial rollerball of Valentina Eau de Parfum (Calabrian bergamot, white alba truffle, white flowers, wild strawberry, cedar and amber), a single use packet of Philosophy Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel, and daffodil pin from the Canadian Cancer Society as a thank you for the donation Luxebox  gave for each April box sold.

I was happy with this box. I didn’t have the nail polish shade and I hadn’t tried any of the other products, although I wanted to. I am leery of the Pantene after my last scalp reaction to it, but I’ll give it a shot. Luxe box is amongst my top favourites in the subscription box business.

Luxebox is a Canadian monthly sample box subscription service (yikes, a bit of a mouthful) that is currently taking names for a waitlist.

Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

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I received a sample of this in one of my earlier Glymm boxes and it quickly became an integral product in my beauty arsenal. The listing on states:

1. Powerful papaya enzymes break down dead skin cells to help progressively smooth your skin’s surface and uncover a healthy radiant glow.
2. Dermatologist-grade Microderm Crystals at 25%, work to stimulate and exfoliate your skin to help smooth and reduce the appearance of fine lines, scars and blemishes. Many dermatologists use these same crystals for their microdermabrasion treatments.
3. Aloe vera, coconut, panthenol along with a mild cleansing gel keeps your skin hydrated and refreshed and helps soothe the skin during the exfoliation process.

I’ve been sparsely using my sample tube three times a week for about a month and am loving the results. My skin feels softer and smoother while also looking brighter and less sallow. It is gentle yet effective and didn’t irritate my irritable skin.

Brighten Up! can be found on Vasanti and Glymm for $34 CA.

April Glossy Box

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April’s Glossy Box came in last week with three full-size products within. Glossy Box is a monthly beauty box provider that operates in Canada for $15 a month.

Inside this month’s box was a sample packet of Marcelle BB Cream in light to medium (a favourite of mine I wrote about in this blog post), a 250 ml tub of Wella Brilliance Conditioner and 150 ml tube of the Treatment (both containing diamond dust for “brilliance”), a full-size 9 ml tube of Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara I’ve been wanting to try, a full-size 240 ml Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Shower Gel in Apricot, and a full-size 120 ml pump container of Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer. All in all, a well-stocked box.

I’ve really been wanting to try the moisturizer and mascara. I am happy that the gel doesn’t have an overwhelming scent, so I’ll give it a whirl. The shampoo and conditioner are for colour-treated hair, which I’ll use even though my hair is undyed. I’m sure it can’t hurt my hair.

Sula Beauty

Makeup | Sula Beauty.

I received a sample of  Sula Beauty Lipgloss in Secret Crush in one of my beauty sample boxes. On the Sula Beauty website the colour is described as ruby, but I found it to be  a cooler toned sheer berry shade. Not sticky in the slightest, it feels soft and light on the lips. The gloss smells pretty and has a very faint taste that I didn’t find offensive. I’m still not a big lipgloss fan, I prefer lipstick. This will probably remain in the lipgloss pile I rarely use, habits are hard to break.

It’s selling for $8 on Sula Beauty and there are 8 shades in total.

My April Glymm Box

My April Glymm Box arrived at the end of this week and inside was a 25 g sample bar from Lucia No 6 in  the scent Wild Ginger & Fresh  Fig (very strong scent), a sample 7.4 ml packet each of Free Your Mane Hydrating Shampoo and Daily Detangling Conditioner, a 1.2 ml  vial of Atelier Cologne in the scent of Orange Sanguine, and a 5 ml tube of Mai Couture Social Gloss in G’Vinity (pale nude). Also included was a NuMe $100 Gift Certificate.

The lipgloss is way too light for me, it’s actually several shades lighter than my natural lip tone. At best, I would use this to tone down a too-bright lipstick. The soap scares me with it’s too strong scent and the shampoo and conditioner are maybes.  The perfume sample tops the list with a scent that is a little heavy for my taste, but useable.

All in all, I must confess I am underwhelmed by this box. A rare miss from Glymm, but undoubtably another’s treasure somewhere.

April Topbox

My April Topbox came in earlier this week and was another hit. Inside was a 7.5 ml sample of Benefit Cosmetics the Porefessional, a 30 g tin Principessa Beauty dry shampoo for darker shades, a 30 ml bottle of Bella Pella Body Lotion in Tropical Flowers, a sample card of Cargo blu-ray Pressed Powder, and a full-size bottle of Misa Nail Lacquer in the shade Satin Slippers (pale shimmery pink).

The Porefessional primer is my current top-used and most loved primer for my face. It really helps keep my oily skin matte. I’ll be tossing this smaller size into my bag. The lotion smells divine, flowers after a long winter smell wonderful. This will probably be in my bag as well. The Cargo powder is a one-use item, so I’ll just slap it on one morning. I have other shades of Misa already, and I lucked out in a shade that I don’t already have. It’s pretty, but I’m not much for pink. Dry Shampoo for an oily haired girl is always a hit. I’m intrigued by the darker colour. My current favourite is white, looks like cornstarch and has a smell of lemon verbena that I love. This one looks like a much lighter suisse chocolate and smells like flowers.

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