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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.)

Loose Button March 2012 Luxe Box

This is seriously way too late and I haven’t even tried anything in this box yet. Terrible, I know. I really should probably just stop the subscriptions and stop signing up for more (yes I have signed up for more – I have a problem!)

So since this is so late, I really won’t go in to detail as I am just trying to play some blog catch up and want to share what I got for anyone looking.

Loose Button March 2012 Luxe Box

Cargo Glitter Top Coat (full size $18)
Cargo LashActivator Mascara (full size $35)
J.R Watkins Hand & Body Lotion in Lavender 29ml (full size 325ml $10)

Loose Button – MyScent
CK one Shock for Her 1.2ml (full size 50ml $45)
Vera Wang Lovestruck 1.2ml (full size 50ml $79)
Marc Jacobs OH, LOLA! 1.2ml (full size 50ml $79)

I am unsure of the value of this month’s box because I do not know if the Cargo products are full size / what the sizes are. But regardless I really loved this month’s box. I enjoy getting makeup to try – even if I haven’t try it yet. I do LOVE the smell of the lavender J.R Watkins Hand & Body Lotion – it reminds me of spa and I love the smell of lavender. Have a feeling I will really enjoy this lotion. Getting a little sick of all the perfume samples, seriously – what am I ever supposed to do with all these?

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.

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

January Luxe Box Review

The January Luxe Box was a little bit late – they had sent out an email explaining it would be last due to problems out of their control (companies not sending the samples fast enough) but they upgraded everyone to express shipping. It came pretty fast once it shipped. I got it last week but I am in a bit behind in my posting. It was well worth the wait. OMG! My best Luxe Box yet and better than January’s Glymm Box.

First of all I noticed the box this month seemed a little bigger than normal and when I opened it up I found…

January Luxe Box Review

Not one, but TWO Luxe Boxes! I was almost squealing with delight. Okay, Okay I was.

The first box opened was the white one, it was a Bath and Body Luxe Box.

January Luxe Box Review - White Box

Schick Hydro Silk 5 Blade Razor (retail $13.99)
Fekkai Olive Oil Shampoo & Conditioner Packs
Coupons ($4.00 of any Schick Hydro Refill, $0.55 off any Skinmate Shave Gel, 8000 (worth $10) Shoppers Drug Mart Bonus Points when you buy any Fekkai Hair Care Product)

I haven’t tried any of the things from the Bath and Body box yet, but I know they are going to be amazing – especially the Schick Hydro Silk 5 Blade Razor. Really looking forward to trying it.

Box 2 – Regular Luxe Box

January Luxe Box Review - Black Box

Yves Rocher Rouge Dragee Lipstick full size 3.5g $5
Benefit Farenheit Fab full size 4.5g $19
Chi Silk Fusion 15ml (full size 180ml $33)
Seattle’s Best Coffee Level Three (BONUS) 56g (full size 340g $9.99)

Loose Button – MyScent
Prada Candy 1.5ml (full size 50ml $96)
Prada Infusion d’Iris 1.5ml (full size 50ml $95)
Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps 1.2ml (full size 50ml $72)
Nina Ricci Nina 1.2ml (full size 50ml $65)
Paco Rabanne Black XS for Her 1.2ml (full size 50ml $65)
Paco Rabanne Lady Million 1.2ml (full size 50ml $80)

Two full size products worth a combined value of $24 – twice the price of my Luxe Box subscription. Totally awesome. The Benefit Farenheit Fab was part of their First In Line Program. Basically they sent out an email with 4 things and told you to pick the one you hoped to see in your Luxe Box. You got to pick from:
– Donna Karan – Cashmere Mist Body Cleansing Lotion
– Benefit – POWda WOWza
– Curly Hair Solution – Curl Keeper Total Control for Frizzy Hair
Benefit – Fahrenheit Fab – Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow & Liner

I saw some people on their Facebook complaining that they went two hours after the email was sent out and stuff was already sold out. But I went 8 hours after I got mine and didn’t have any trouble.

The Benefit – Fahrenheit Fab – Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow & Liner is wonderful! I typically don’t wear eye shadow on a daily basis (just eye liner and mascara, save eyeshadow for special occasions) but I made an exception to try this. I did use a bit of a Lise Watier Makeup Base For Eyes and Lips underneath and it lasted a good 12 hours with only very minimal creasing and wearing off. It is a very nice light gold shimmery colour – very beautiful and my favourite. Totally a colour I would pick out for myself. I normally don’t wear eye shadow because it creases and makes my eye lids feel gross but this stuff totally didn’t do that (maybe it was the combo with the eye primer) but it was great. I see myself wearing it often. The only thing that was a bit frustrating – there was nothing to apply it with, guess you are supposed to use your fingers. I would probably buy it again, just depends how long it lasts I guess. I don’t typically spend $19 on eye shadow but I have before.

The Yves Rocher Rouge Dragee Lipstick is really great too! I am not a lip stick girl but this stuff was nice. It went on nice, it was a great colour and it didn’t leave that gross lipstick smell/taste on your lips. It didn’t stay on that long but I still really liked it. And $5 regular price sounds great too – the last time I bought a regular lip stick it was $12! I could totally see myself buying this if I needed more.

I really like the Chi Silk Fusion – it makes my hair feel so nice and soft. I have often thought about buying it before but never have. I probably will at some point – if I ever use up my collection of hair oil products I already have on the go.

The Seattle’s Best Coffee Level Three was great too! The package provided made two smallerish pots and kept me going at work. There was also $1.00 off coupon in the box to buy more. I think I just might have to.

As for the perfume sample I haven’t decided if there is one I LOVE but I did enjoy a few. I probably wouldn’t buy any. I have a perfume allergy to some perfumes so I have to be careful. I really like light and fruity scents – they don’t seem to bother me. My absolute favourite is Eternity Summer (almost any year) and a close second is Lisa Watier Désirable. I also enjoy Ckin2u Her. Funny that I can wear Eternity Summer but any other Eternity leaves me with severe allergies all day. Anyway onto the Luxe Box fragrances.

The two Nina fragrances were in last months box. I really don’t like the Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps I put a bit on last month and it was all I could smell until I had a shower, it really bothered me and was happy to get it off so I didn’t try it again.

I did like both the Prada Candy and Nina Ricci Nina – I would wear the samples again but not sure I would buy them. I really liked the Paco Rabanne Lady Million when I first sprayed it on, but it quickly faded into something that was just alight.

I liked the Paco Rabanne Black XS for Her but found it was all I could smell all day and it left a bit of a tickle in a throat. Probably not one I would wear again. But the smell was nice until it started buging me.

The Prada Infusion d’Iris smelled alright, a bit indifferent to me and after 5 days of wearing different perfumes I think they are all starting to smell the same. I liked that this sample was full – it was the only full sample of the 6. The rest were half full or less. I didn’t like that is the only sample without a little spraying. It was tough to open and I even spilled a bit while being careful. And it was hard to apply. Defiantly prefer the little spray bottles.

I would say this month was DEFIANTLY worth it – I figure everything combined is worth around $45. And all I paid was $12! Sign up for next month’s Luxe Box HERE!

I am really looking forward to the February box. It should ship next week!