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Last Luxe Box – June 2012

I started writing this post over two weeks ago – guess it is about time I finished it.

This is the last monthly Loose Button Luxe Box – June 2012. Starting in the fall Loose Button will start sending out quarterly boxes. I had actually already cancelled my Luxe Box subscription before I found this out and am happy I did. So on top of this being the last monthly Luxe Box it is also my last one.

Funny enough this was actually one of the better Luxe Boxes I have received. Not the best but pretty good. Three full size products and worth over $80 – the bonus mirror was a really nice touch. Almost everything in this box will be given away though – but I still thought it was a nice box. A girlfriend needed a top coat and I have lots. My little sister LOVES these nail polish strips and I don’t really have a use for $60 eye cream but it could make a good stocking stuffer for my Mom.

Anyway, I was impressed with this box but a little too late in my opinion. I am interested to see what the quarterly boxes will look like but I don’t really have a desire to subscribe to them.

Last Luxe Box - June 2012

– Olay Professional PRO-X Eye Restoration Complex full size 15mL $60
– OPI Top Coat full size 15mL $9.00
– Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips full size 16 strips $10.00
– L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil 3mL (full size 125mL $24)
– BONUS: Olay Compact Mirror

June 2012 GLOSSYBOX Canada

I actually cancelled GLOSSYBOX before this month’s came. I decided to cut back to one subscription – that one being Topbox. But after seeing the June GLOSSYBOX I think I need to resubscribe. This is only the second GLOSSYBOX I have received but it impressed me just as much as the first. Yes it costs a bit more but I love that it is full of full size products and mostly stuff I use on a daily basis.

June 2012 Glossybox Canada

The June 2012 GLOSSYBOX came at the beginning of July. They really do ship late, but they are worth the wait.

Bioré Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser full size 200mL $9.99
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55 14mL (full size 88mL $15.99)
Wella Professionals Ocean Spiritz full size 150ml $16.99
Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex 7mL (full size 50ml $30.99)
Cover Girl Flipstick – Blendable Lip Duo full size 3.8fr #12.50
Gillete Venus Embrace Razor full size $13.43
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips 1 strip (full size 8ct $9.99)

Can you say AMAZING?!? 4 full size products! WOW! The only thing is – who wears gold /brown lip stick? eww. You would think they could of included a nicer colour of the Cover Girl Flipstick – Blendable Lip Duo to try. How many people would really wear this colour? Otherwise really in love with this box. Minus the Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex – I have received so many of these and they suck. I tried it, it goes on my face all weird and leaves this film that you can actually rub off. Gross.

Anyway, high fives to GLOSSYBOX – I think I better resubscribe ASAP. I see people complaining about the drug store brands but I honestly don’t care. I use face wash, razors, hair and lip products every day. I would rather this than stuff I won’t use.

My First Topbox – June 2012

After waiting since February my first Topbox finally arrived in June! Yes, I am very late in posting this – my July one should be here tomorrow so I thought I better get this post up before that one came.

I was happy with the Topbox but I think after waiting so long I was hoping for more WOW.

My First Topbox - June 2012

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Whatever Lola Wants 15mL full size $20
Pari Beauty Precious Glow (full size 10mL $15)
Cover FX ClearPrep FX 7ml (full size 30mL $39)
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic (full size 30mL $150)
BONUS: Simple Eye Make-Up Remover 56mL
BONUS: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfecter B.B. Cream 3 x 1.5mL

The box was good – one full size product and two bonuses. I liked the Pari Beauty Precious Glow. When I tried to use the nail polish I couldn’t actually get it open so I gave up and used something else. But I was able to get it open later by soaking it in hot water (top only).

Looking forward to what the July box brings.

May 2012 Luxe Box Review

Happy that this box made it in time this month. I am not sure how much longer I will continue with my Loose Button Luxe Box’s. The May box was actually really good – but I am just not a huge fan of their customer service anymore. I find it disappointing that they ship so late. They don’t give any updates on their Facebook and they turned their wall off. According to the member area all boxes were supposed to ship by the 25th, but my friend’s didn’t ship until the 28th. I just feel like Loose Button is starting to go downhill – much like Glymm did.

But the May box was really good and totally worth it. I did see a lot of other reviews were people got a hot pink Essie nail polish – I was really hoping for that because it looks amazing – I might have to go pick one up!

There were two boxes this month, a regular Luxe Box and a Bath and Body Box. Similar to the Janaury box.

May 2012 Luxe Box Review

CARGO lip Gloss Quad full size $25
Kerastase Masque Chroma Riche 30 ml (full size 200 ml $57)
Philosophy Purity Made Simple 30 ml (full size 237 ml $28)
Taylor Swift Wonderstuck 10 ml (full size 50 ml $63)
Amazing Grace Eau De Parfum 1.5 ml (full size 60 ml $65)

In the Bath and Body box:
Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex 7 ml
Gillette Venus & Olay Razor and Five-Blade Cartridge

More perfume. *sigh* I was at least happy to see another roll on one, really like this style of perfume sample. Not overly crazy about the smell – a little too strong and thick for my taste; I really like nice light and fresh scents. But more little tubes… seriously, I could open a perfume sample store! I don’t even know what to do with these anymore – a girl can only have so many and I probably have 10-15 now.

The CARGO lip Gloss Quad looks pretty awesome. I really am starting to get such a huge collection of lip glosses – guess a girl can never have too many though! At least not this girl, I have been obsessed with lip products for as long as I can remember.

CARGO lip Gloss Quad

Happy with the other items as well – some of this stuff might be handy to pack for the Honeymoon that we just booked to Mexico! I am terrible for using up these samples so hopefully I can put some to good use.

I figure the box to be worth $50+ – I am too tired to do the exact math. Pretty good I think. But my collection of samples really is getting too large – how does everyone else manage to use them all up?

There was also a promo code for $20 off a subscription but I don’t see myself using it. The promo code is loosebutton20 for anyone interested in ordering. It expires June 30, 2012.

April 2012 Loose Button Luxe Box

Finally – my last beauty box post and I am done catching up on my blog posts. phew. Now I just need to stay on top of these posts.

Another disappointing box for the month of April – not that it even came in April. I didn’t get my April Luxe Box until May 3.

I was able to get a pair of panties for my first in line item. I thought that was really neat – and they came fast, a few days before my Luxe Box even arrived. They were really cute too. I think the is a neat idea – might be a fun gift for someone.

April 2012 Loose Button Luxe Box

Panty By Post (single panty $12-$30)
Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat 3.6 ml (full size 15 ml $7)
BioSilk Silk Therapy 15 ml (full size 260 ml $55)
Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo + Conditioner 50 ml each (full size 375 ml $6 each)

The panties totally made the box worth it but everything else was kind of meh. The Pantene Pro-V smells good – but not really a deluxe sample in my books. At least they actually got this sample right and gave us more then one use – but these are sometimes free in the P&G Brandsampler packs.

I am looking forwarding to trying the Seche Ridge Filling Base Coat – this will be handy for me. I don’t own a base coat and have been too cheap to buy one. With summer almost here it is toe nail painting season, I am sure this product will get some use.

I do love BioSilk Silk Therapy but I have a large bottle already. Not Loose Buttons fault though. I guess this box just felt a bit disappointing when I opened it because I had already got the panties so the box seemed kind of empty. Looking back now it actually wasn’t that bad.

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

April 2012 Glymm Beauty Box Review

This was my last Glymm Box and it was a bit disappointing and made me happy with my decision to cancel. Although, I did see posts of the May 2012 Glymm Box and it looked pretty awesome – might have to re-subscribe if Glymm continues to improve.

April 2012 Glymm Box

Free Your Mane Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner 7.4 ml each (full size 300 ml $16.00)
Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine Fragrance (full size 30 ml $60)
Lucia Soap No.6 – Wild Ginger & Fresh Fig (full size 8 soaps $17.50)
Mai Couture Social Gloss in Flirtini full size 5 ml $28.00

More perfume samples – eh. It does smell good (like oranges!), but again – sick of perfume samples! Ditto for the silly shampoo and conditioner samples – like this little tiny bit is going to sell me a product. The soap is nice and cute but still it’s just a little bar of soap and can’t see how such a small bar is worth $2.00. The lip gloss is the only thing going for this box. It looks like a terrible pale cream colour but when you put it is just goes on kinda clear and looks nice. It feels okay – a little thick and sticky for my liking. It does feel and look like a high end product but it doesn’t WOW me – it is by far the best thing in the box though and I am sure I will use it.

There was also a card in the box to save $100 at – but it’s only valid on things close to $200 (hair extensions and styling tools). Not really worth it to me as I have never even heard of them before.

If you are looking to sign up to Glymm here is my referral link – you get 100 points for signing up with it (worth $10 in their store.)

March 2012 Glymm Box Review

I know it’s May – but better late than never I suppose. I still haven’t even gotten around to trying everything yet but if I keep waiting on that I may never get this posted.

The March box was pretty good. Lots of different things to try and I enjoyed almost all of them.

March 2012 Glymm Box

M. Asam’s Magic Fini 5ml (full size 30ml $38)
Nu.Me’s Feather Hair Extensions full size (3 for $25)
Ocean’s Nail Polish – Marooned full size 15 ml $12
Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss – Sorbet 1ml (full size 2.2ml $27)
Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance (bonus) 1ml vial (full size 7 x 1ml vials $27)

The March Glymm Box was worth close to $60 – defiantly worth the $10 (plus tax) I spent on it.

The box came right at the time we decided to move the wedding ahead a year – it kind of got forgotten about for a while. Same with the Luxe Box – haven’t even opened that one up again since it came – better get on it so I can post about it.

When I finally did get around it I was super excited to try M. Asam’s Magic Fini – I read a lot of reviews that it was dark but blended in fine and they were correct. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! It goes on so nice and gives my face a bit of a glow and a nice smooth finish. I actually put it on AFTER my regular make up routine to even things out, I found I liked it better this way. A little goes a long way. I actually ordered the full size of this product right after trying it for the first time – that is how much I liked it! I had $30 in Glymm Points kicking around so I thought why not – I actually ended up ordering the combo pack with the Perfect Teint – the combo had free shipping. They just came yesterday so I haven’t had a chance to try them out. If you signed up for a Glymm Box using my referral link you will earn 100 points of your own – worth $10 in their store.

I did try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Hydrafull Gloss – it’s nice, I like the colour. But I found it a bit sticky. It stayed pretty good, looked nice and smelled good but I don’t think I could justify almost $30 on such a small tube of lip gloss. I love lip products but not that much. I have only used it once so I dunno if it does everything it claims to.

My bottle of Ocean’s Nail Polish is sitting on my bathroom counter just waiting for me to try it. I keep meaning to paint my toes – but that takes time I just haven’t had. The colour is nice but really dark – too dark for spring. But I will give it a try anyway – soonish.

I hate the colour of the Nu.Me’s Feather Hair Extensions – I like the idea of them (have some different ones in my hair now) and was really happy to see them in my box but the colour is horrible. Ick. Not much else to say about that.

I got the Lise Watier Flash Lift Radiance in my first Glymm Box – don’t mind seeing it again though since it was a bonus. Haven’t tried it yet – haven’t tried the first one yet either. They might come in handy for some upcoming photo shoots though.

All in all a pretty good box. Hopefully I will get a chance to post April’s box soon. As well as my Luxe Boxes!

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.

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

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.