Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 2012 Glymm Box Review

This month’s Glymm box came today – pretty late but at least it make it before the end of the month.

Obviously, I haven’t have a chance to try everything yet, but the items look alright. After reading some other reviews and Facebook comments it looks like a lot of people were unhappy with this month’s box – I can see why, but it really wasn’t bad to me and did include two full size products – even if they were cheaper products. Full size products are always nice.

February 2012 Glymm Box Review

Sula Natural Shadow – He Loves Me Cream Eye Shadow full size 0.15oz $8.00
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Tiger Lily full size 4.25g $7.99
GlamGlow Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask 7ml (full size 50ml $78.00)
Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Blotting Bronzing Papier 2 sheets (full size 100 sheets $24.00)

This month’s box is worth around $25 – slightly less than this month’s Luxe Box, even though the Glymm Box included two full size products. There is a promo code to get the GlamGlow Tingling and Exfoliating Mud Mask for $50 (instead of $78) – I personally don’t see myself buying it based on the price alone. The sample size is pretty small, I can’t see getting more than two tries out of it. I have read it is really nice but, it would really have to WOW me after 2 tries before I would shell out $50+ on a mud mask. I am really looking forward to giving it a try though.

I did open up and try the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm right away. The colour on tissue is orangey and not very attractive but it looked alright on and felt nice. I have a seriously addiction to lip products, especially balms – so I don’t mind trying something new. Even though lip products are the last thing I really need, I do love getting them and buying more.

I am not totally sure about the Sula Natural Shadow – He Loves Me Cream Eye Shadow – the colour looks nice in the container. I love shimmery eye shadows but I am not sure about a pink shimmery cream shadow on someone in their late twenties. Tempted to save this one for my much younger sister. Not sure yet though – I am interested to try it but I have never had luck with cream shadows in the past – they make my eye lids feel gross and heavy. Except the Benefit Farenheit Fab that was in my January Luxe Box, that was wonderful. So not totally sure if I am going to try this one or not.

Not sure how I feel about the Mai Couture 2-1 Oil Blotting Bronzing Papier – the idea looks alright but I am not a huge bronzer user – I do like it occasionally though. The oil blotting feature sounds nice though. I like the idea that I don’t need a brush to apply it – maybe I won’t get it everywhere. I think what gets me – and everyone else, is that they only included two sheets – worth less than $0.50 – just doesn’t seem very fancy or deluxe to me. I am sure I will try these eventually but I am not overly excited to try them.

Anyway overall I am happy with the box. Little disappointed about how late it came. I did prefer this month’s Luxe Box – it felt most deluxe and glamorous.

You can sign up for your own Glymm box here.

Sunday Shoppers Drug Mart Shopping Trip

I have been waiting for Shoppers Drug Mart to put the Duracell Rechargeable batteries on sale – we need AAA’s for our Lightsabers… yes, our Lightsabers! haha

Finally they are on sale again today and tomorrow. I thought about getting them yesterday and spending the extra money for 20x the points but decided it wasn’t worth it, as it was I had to go to two different Shoppers to get the 3 packs I needed. So I might of just been buying stuff yesterday just to get my $50 – seems kind of pointless to me.

Shoppers Drug Mart Deals: Duracell, Marcelle, Schick, Alberto, Crispers

3 x Duracell Rechargeable Batteries $7.99 – $3.00 P&G insert coupon = $4.99 each
1 x Marcelle BB Cream $17.99 – $2.00 Facebook coupon = $15.99
1 x Crispers Crackers Barbeque Flavour $2.00 – on sale = $2.00
1 x Schick Quattro Titanium Razor $4.50 – on clearance = $4.50
1 x Alberto Extreme Style mattWax $2.69 – $2.00 Windfall Wednesday Facebook Coupon = $0.69

Subtotal: $38.15
Taxes: $6.14
Total: $44.29
Saved: $69.74
($56.74 in sale prices & $13.00 in coupons)
61% Savings

I did pretty well today I think.

I also picked up some Marcelle BB Cream. I really love the one they sent me for free from their Facebook page so I decided to take advantage of the sale and my coupon. Pretty sure this is a product I will be using daily for a while. It is really nice.

We really don’t need anymore razors but I had to take advantage of this one – after all the blades I bought a few weeks ago I figure a spare handle might be a good idea. I seem to have bad luck with the Schick Quattro handles – one broke in my hand once into like 5 pieces. And I accidentally threw another one in the garbage… so I figured a spare one wouldn’t hurt. :D

My Alberto coupons from Windfall Wednesday expire next week so thought I would take advantage of the clearance price on the hair wax.

Pretty sure I did enough shopping this weekend to last me the rest of the week. I am shopped out!

Free L’OCCITANE en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream

L’OCCITANE en Provence had an offer on their Facebook – for every sign up to their website you got a free hand cream valued at $6. If they reached 6,000 subscribers they would upgrade you to the bigger hand cream valued at $12. They reached 39,000!

The catch was you had to pick up your hand cream in store and we don’t have a store locally.

The hand cream is pretty nice – it is a little thick but absorbs pretty well. It has a pretty nice smell to it too and leaves your hands soft. I am such a hand cream addict, a girl can never have too many. This one is a bit pricey, but a good hand cream can be worth it. The downfall is, there is no where for me to buy this locally if I wanted to.

So yesterday a friend and I drove an hour and half to pick ours up! It was a fun day.

The L’OCCITANE en Provence store was nice – I have been in one before but never really checked it out. It looks like they have some really nice products – bit pricey though. They also loaded the three of us up with some free samples on top of our free hand cream.

Free L'OCCITANE en Provence Shea Butter Hand Cream

Free L’OCCITANE en Provence Shea Butter Mini Hand Cream 30ml
L’OCCITANE en Provence Samples:
Aromachologie Soothing Shampoo 8ml
Aromachologie Soothing Conditioner 8ml
Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo 8ml
Aromachologie Repairing Conditioner 8ml
Almond Milk Concentrate 8ml
Immortelle Eye Balm 1ml
Essential Water for the Face 2ml
Precious Fluid 1ml

While we were there we hit up Old Navy since we don’t have one (yet) – I picked up a couple things. There wasn’t that many great deals, but I found a couple items I liked. I don’t normally pay full price there but I did have a 20% off coupon so it wasn’t too bad. And I really liked what I found – a neon orange t-shirt, woo! We also got to see another one of my really good friends. Had a delicious lunch at Red Robin and hit up American Eagle where I found some $15 jeans. We don’t have any of these places in our town so it was a really fun day. We got lots of walking in too (over 15,000 steps and 35 flights of stairs according to my FitBit).

Great day!

Mail: FREE Nailene and FREE Fing’rs

One really exciting thing came in the mail this week… a package full of Nailene and Fing’rs products!

At the beginning of Decemgber Fing’rs had an offer on their website, you had to fill out their survey and they would send the first 500 people a package of products.

I was starting to think this would never come – some people got their packages over a month ago – but mine finally showed up this week!

Mail: FREE Nailene and FREE Fing'rs

Nailene French2Go Pen
Nailene French Finish Glue On Nails
Fing’rs 3D Nail & Toe Art Stickers
Fing’rs Cali Girl Dual Tip Polish

The only other thing that came this week was my coupon for a free box of Maple and Brown Sugar Quaker Oatmeal – my favourtie! YUM!

February Loose Button Luxe Box Review

I got my February Luxe Box on Monday and am really happy with it. I loved all the samples in it, especially the perfume – never thought I would say that.

Loose Button teamed up with Flare for this box – the box was complete with Flare issue paper. The box was also a nice limited edition red colour. Very fancy.

February Loose Button Luxe Box Review

Benefit Sun Beam 2.5ml (full size 13ml $30)
CK One Shock for Her 10ml (full size 50ml $45 & 100ml $65)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant 13g (full size 75g $72)
Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner (3 of each) 10ml each (full size 300ml shampoo $15 & 250ml conditioner $17)

I like the Benefit Sun Beam – it does give a nice glow but it wasn’t overly noticeable. Think I need to try it a few more times before I would decide if I was going to buy it. I really like the idea and sound of it though, could see myself buying it or something similar.

CK One Shock for Her – I really love this sample. I wouldn’t say it is my favourtie smelling perfume but it is really nice and it doesn’t seem to bother me. What I really love is the size and style of this sample. Really LOVE the roll on style perfume – awesome for keeping in my purse. It is also a really nice size at 10ml. I would totally pay for this product just like this – wonder if I will be able to find it in stores. I was pretty disappointed with the perfume in the last two boxes and was hoping there wouldn’t be anymore in this month’s – but I am surprised to say I think this is my favourite sample in the box. If I were to see more perfume samples in future boxes I really would like to see them like this one. Two thumbs up!

I have tried the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant or Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner yet. I have heard really great things about the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – it is a dry product so I think it would be really handy for traveling. Same goes for the Redken Color Extend Shampoo and Conditioner – very nice for a weekend away. I am currently using Joico K-Pax Shampoo and Conditioner so no real need to rush to try this. I think it is fantastic that they included 3 packages rather then just one, gives you more of a chance to decide if you like it.

The value of this month’s box was a little over $30. :)

There was also a promo code in the box for $25 off $75 at DEALUXE – don’t see myself using this though.

Looking around I see some other people got different samples that looked pretty nice too but I am really happy with mine. All of them are something I wouldn’t of bought for myself and I am excited about all of them. I never would of thought to try a product like the Benefit Sun Beam – it is nice and fun to try something new.

My Luxe Box continues to amaze me and I really enjoy receiving it. I hope my February Glymm Box is here soon – will get that review up once it arrives.

If anyone is thinking about signing up for a Luxe Box by Loose Button I would love if you could use my link. I am one sign up short from a free box. :D

Shoppers Drug Mart Deals – Revlon, Quo and Allude

I have made a few trips to Shoppers Drug Mart in the past few days and picked up some various deals along the way.

Trip #1
$0.50 Allude pantyhose, stockings and knee highs
$0.50 Allude pantyhose, stockings and knee highs
7 boxes – $3.92 after tax

Browsing around Shoppers Drug Mart the other day when I saw this HUGE table of various Allude pantyhose, stockings and knee highs – I really don’t wear them much. But it is something I never have when I want it and they are always so expensive and I normally only get one wear out of them. Damn finger nails. I picked up 7 boxes – some boxes had multiple pairs. Probably a tad too many, but I have a few friends I can donate too. I just couldn’t resist, even a half decent pair from the dollar store is $2.

Trips #2 and #3
Cheap Revlon beauty tools (nail clippers and tweezers) + Cheap compact mirrors
Cheap Revlon beauty tools (nail clippers and tweezers) + Cheap compact mirrors

3 x Revlon Nail Clippers $2.65 – 3x $2.00 Revlon beauty tools tear pad coupon = $0.65 each
1 x Revlon Tweezer $4.89 – $2.00 Revlon beauty tools tear pad coupon = $2.89

Subtotal: $4.84
Tax: $2.54
Total: $6.38
Saved: $13.52
($8.00 in coupons $5.52 in sale prices)
68% savings

I also earned 1600 bonus points for this trip, for every 2 Revlon products you bought you got 800 bonus points. Also, in case anyone was wondering – the 30% sale at Shoppers Drug Mart was cheaper than Walmart. I checked! haha

I found 2 Quo Compact Mirrors in a $1.00 at Shoppers Drug Mart last night. For a while now I have been thinking how badly I need a mirror in my purse so I was super happy to find these.

2 x Quo Compact Mirror $1.00

Subtotal: $2.00
Tax: $0.24
Total: $2.24
Saved: $17.98
89% Savings

Can’t believe how expensive they were regular price! Cute little mirrors. Super happy with this fine.

Shopping with Glymm Points – Not a Happy Experience

This Glymm shopping experiences was not a very good one. I don’t want to say it was the worst I have ever had – because in the grand scheme of things it wasn’t that bad. But it was pretty bad compared to most of the purchases online I have made. And there have been a lot.

I received my January Glymm box on January 23rd. Inside the box was a promo code to recieve a free RMS Beauty Lip Shine with any order. I figured it was the perfect time to spend some of my Glymm points (thanks to my readers for signing up).

I logged onto the site right away and started shopping. It took me a little while to figure out what I wanted but when I went to checkout the site didn’t work correctly. No error or anything just the page kept restarting. So I tried another browser, and another. And another computer and some more browsers. It didn’t matter what I tried I could not finish the checkout process on their website. I saw other Facebook members complaining of the same problem so I finally gave up after over an hour.

The next morning I tried on a THIRD computer and was finally able to order. But of course, the free RMS Beauty Lip Shine offer was over. All sold out. Not even 12 hours after I received my Glymm Box.

The next day, January 25th Glymm got more RMS Beauty Lip Shines in stock – YAY! So I was finally able to place my order. While checking out I was told I would receive 40 Glymm Points for my purchase. But when all was said and done I only received 4.

I contacted Glymm to find out what happened to my 40 points. After a couple days I was credited my “40 missing points” but they never added to my total. They showed on my account but they never were really added to my spending amount if that makes sense. So I emailed them again and they told me I didn’t deserve the points in the first place because “you don’t earn Glymm Points for spending points” but I could keep the bonus points as an apology for the trouble. At this point, I had been emailing them for OVER A WEEK! I never did get those 40 points, they still show on my account as being added even though they weren’t. But after a week of emailing I was sick of talking to them.

Anyway, on January 26 I got an email saying my order had been shipped. According to Canada Post I was supposed to receive it on February 3rd. By February 6th I still had no package and the tracking hadn’t updated at all. So I called Glymm to find out what was going on. They told me the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel I ordered was on backorder! Seriously, you can send me an email to tell you shipped something you haven’t but you can’t send me an email to tell me what I ordered was on back order? For real. The person on the phone was super friendly, but I still can’t believe I was notified it shipped when it hadn’t.

On February 9th I get a second shipping notification – this time it really showed up, on February 16th.

Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel & RMS Beauty Lip Shine
Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel & RMS Beauty Lip Shine

Both items were “free”, all I had to do was pay the tax and shipping on the Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Gel ($11.46). They weren’t really free, I had to spend my 400 Glymm points to get them but still.

All in all I am happy with my order. But Glymm has some serious work to do. On top of their seriously half broken website that they refuse to address – they only seem to answer and/or receive half the emails you send AND they disabled their Facebook wall. In order to contact them you must email and hope they get it or call and hope the line isn’t busy. I am okay with both of those options but they should work! I would say about 3 out of 5 emails I have sent have been answered. I don’t think they are ignoring emails – I think they are not getting them.

Before they turned off their Facebook wall it was flooded with people saying the website didn’t work and their emails weren’t being answer. To me that is a sign that something is SERIOUSLY wrong.

I would like to note here, that I make websites for a living. I also fix bugs and test for bugs for a pretty big online company. So if I say there is something wrong with a website there really is. Not to mention telling a customer to try a different browser because nothing works in Google Chrome? What a load of… anyway, I use Google Chrome all the time and never have a problem. Not mention their website also didn’t work in IE8, IE9, FireFox… Anyway, Glymm really needs to step up. You can’t survive on a good product alone. They need a more reliable website and better customer service.

I took a lot of time writing them emails about all the problems with their website trying to help them and at least point out the bugs – go figure, I never got a reply.

Last week I was able to get myself on the wait list for the June Topbox. I am pretty sure once that starts coming I will be done with Glymm – if not before then. I love the boxes and I love the points but I just can’t get past all the issues.

When I went to do my January box surveys I never got my points. I had to email them for that too. I also don’t think the referral links were working correctly – they may be now, I have no way to test but they weren’t a couple weeks ago. If for some unknown reason this post has made you want to try Glymm for yourself, here is my referral link – you do get 100 points for signing up (worth $10).

Websites are allowed to have problems. It’s okay. BUT ADMIT IT. ADRESS IT! Post a message on your Facebook or Twitter or something – that is what it is for. “We are aware that some members are having issues with certain areas of our website. Please bare with us while we try and resolve these issues.” – something, anything is better than pretending the problems don’t exist. It makes it feel like they are blaming the customers and calling them stupid when in this case it is clearly a problem on their end.

Maybe if they just keep their eyes closed the problems will resolve themselves.

/ end rant

PS – it is possible Glymm MAY have fixed these problems by now… one would hope anyway – I haven’t tested and since they turned their Facebook wall off for comments I can’t see if people are still having problems.

Couponing: First Time Getting Cash Back from Overage

On Friday I went into the mall to get my free Bath and Body Works trial size item thanks to their Valentine’s Day coupon on Facebook. I picked one of the newer scents, Aruba Coconut – smells great. Man I love Bath and Body Works.

Mall freebies: Bath and Body Works Aruba Coconut Lotion and Revlon Nail Files

After getting my free lotion I headed into Walmart for a quick look around. I found some Revlon nail files for $1.77 – perfect to pair up with my $2.00 off Revlon Beauty Tools coupon I found at Shoppers Drug Mart last week. I grabbed 4. I really didn’t need anything else in Walmart so I thought I would see what happens with my overage. Well… THEY GAVE IT BACK TO ME AS CASH! It was only $0.07 but I couldn’t believe it. This is the first time I have been paid in cash back to use coupons. Super exciting.

First time getting paid to coupon

Since Friday was my first day wearing my FitBit I was actually just walking around the mall to get my steps up – it worked out well and I left with some freebies. In fact, I didn’t spend a penny and left with 7 more than I entered with. Awesome day.

Mail Freebies: Marcelle, RMS Beauty, Marcelle and MORE!

Today was an amazing mail day – the best I have ever had.

amazing mail day

I had 5 packages (and an envelope) waiting for me when I got home! It was almost as good as Christmas morning. I actually feel bad for my poor mail person today. Least we don’t have door to door delivery – they just had to drop them all in a box.

Mail Freebies:  Marcelle, RMS Beauty, Marcelle and MORE!

Free product coupon for CheeCha Puffs (missing from photo)
Free L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray
Free Marcelle BB Cream
Murad T-Zone Gel (used Glymm points, so it was free)
Free RMS Beauty Lip Shine (used Glymm promo code when buying gel)
Free Lean Cuisine Lunch Bag (photo below)
and my FitBit! (gift)

Free product coupon for CheeCha Puffs came from an offer on their Facebook page a week or two ago. L’Oreal Paris Elnett Hairspray came from an contest on their Facebook page before Christmas – it was an instant win prize. Took a while to get.

The Marcelle BB Cream is one of the most exciting freebies I have received yet. I got this for referring 10 friends to sign up for their Facebook page last Tuesday. This came REALLY fast for an amazing freebie. It is full size and worth $22.95 plus tax. I had previously read other bloggers saying how awesome it was and had tried to find it in stores (not knowing it didn’t come out until last Tuesday) so I am extremely excited to try this out.

The Murad T-Zone Gel came from Glymm.com. I used 400 Glymm Points to get it for free – 100 points is worth $10 (you get 100 points for signing up to their monthly box subscription.) I also used a promo code from my January Glymm box to get a Free RMS Beauty Lip Shine (worth $25). I did have to pay tax and shipping on the Murad T-Zone Gel for a total of $11.46. So I guess it wasn’t totally free, but it was pretty darn close. (There will be post on this soon to share my experiences with shopping on Glymm.com.)

The FitBit was a Valentine’s Day gift from my fiancĂ©. Last Thursday I went for dinner with a girlfriend and she gave me all kinds of rave reviews about hers – I came home and was telling him about it and he ordered me one right then and there. I can’t believe a week later it was at my house. It shippied from California and arrived in Canada in under a week (not even 5 full shipping days). You can check out more about the FitBit on their website and order your very own with FREE shipping! In case anyone is wondering, I used the free shipping option and it still came super fast, so save your pennies and don’t bother with any of the paid options. I am sure you will be seeing more posts about my FitBit in the future.

Free Lean Cuisine Lunch Bag
And last but not least, my Free Lean Cuisine Lunch Bag. Last month leancuisine.ca was offering double points on Lean Cuisine pins. Each meal was worth 500 points and you could get a lunch bag for 1500 points (3 meals). Combined with both the Facebook offers for free meals, a friend giving me her pins and a couple I had in the freezer I was able to get TWO lunch bags! The second one should be here soon. It is a really nice bag and a good size. Really happy with it and can’t wait to try it out.

All that came today! CRAZY!!! Earlier in the week I also got a free product coupon for Philadelphia Cooking Creme. And something I forgot to mention – last Monday February 6 – I was the first person to tweet @londondrugs and I won 4 boxes of Keurig K-Cups – got to pick them up last Friday. Bit slow on posting that.
I won 4 boxes of Keurig K-Cups

Anyway, it has been a really great week. Wonder if there will be anything exciting in my mailbox tomorrow? Another lunch bag perhaps?