Glossybox Canada October Review

 

In this series of posts, I’ll be reviewing beauty subscription services. I will be focusing on how well the boxes are suited to the brown-skinned beauty consumer. Although there are some niche focused beauty subscriptions on the market, I am only reviewing the ones designed for a general audience. 

My first GLOSSYBOX arrived today! It took about 2 weeks from my initial order to delivery. I learned from the GLOSSYBOX Facebook page that it used to cost $15 per month, but I missed that boat. The new price is $21. This first box is the October edition. I read all the spoilers on Facebook, so opening it was a bit anticlimactic. I’m going to have to avoid doing that in the future. It’s like peeking at your Christmas present. You only cheat yourself. Alright, now let’s take a closer look!

First things first, the packaging. It arrived in a sturdy, reusable, pink box. Opening the lid revealed decorative tissue and a pink ribbon. Fancy.

Even though I knew what to expect, it was pretty exciting to unwrap that tissue. Much like Christmas, I wanted to dig right in to the goodies. But wait! There is a card!

The card includes a description of the contents and some coupons I’ll probably forget about. Now for the good stuff, in order of the listing on the card…

JOUVIANCE REJUVENATING ANTI-AGING CREAM FOR COMBINATION TO OILY SKIN AND FOR NORMAL TO DRY SKIN ( Sample size value $9.50/ Full size $93.50)

I suppose I’m at the age where anti-aging creams are a thing. I don’t know if I’m really going to be able to decide if I like the product based on this small sample. It’s a pricey product, so I understand the limited sample size. It has no scent, so that is a selling point if you are sensitive. I washed my face and put some on, it did leave my skin feeling soft. (Update: I woke up and my skin still feels soft and moisturized.)

MODELCO FLIPSTICK LIP DUO (Full size sample $38.75)

I was prepared to dislike this product based on photos I’d seen online, but I was wrong. I don’t wear a lot of lipstick but when I do I usually opt for something super bold. I’ve never really got the hang of nude lips. This is a lip duo, one end is lipstick (dusk) and one is gloss (striptease). The lipstick is very moisturizing and the gloss is not sticky. This adds up to a winning combination. An added bonus is the smell, it’s sweet like candy but it doesn’t have a flavour. There is one major design flaw. It has a built in mirror, but you can’t use it while applying because it’s attached to the part you hold. Oopsie daisy!

ZOYA NAILPOLISH (Full size sample $8.00)

This colour is not really my thing, but it does look nice with dark skin tones. I’d be more likely to wear it on my toes. This is my first experience with Zoya. I painted one nail to see how it went on, one coat was nearly enough. I’m looking forward to trying other colours by the brand.

TRILLIANCE SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER WITH ROCK CRYSTAL EXTRACT (Sample value $6.48, Full size set $32.38)

I don’t use shampoo very often. My hair is so dry. Honestly, I’ll probably just give the shampoo to my boyfriend. I will try the conditioner. I don’t expect to get much “shine” from the rock crystals it contains. Since my hair is so thick, I’ll only get one or two uses out of this sample. I’ll report back if it’s phenomenal.

GILLETTE VENUS & OLAY RAZOR (Retail value $16.99)

Razors are not the most exciting thing to get in a beauty box. They are like socks on Christmas. In the long run, you are glad you didn’t have to spend the money yourself. Really, razors are expensive man! This little puppy retails for $17! I’m going to use that $17 on wine instead.

TOTAL BOX VALUE: $79.73!

I am satisfied with this box overall. The products were pretty universal. I believe I got my money’s worth. This is just the first of many boxes and bags to come. If they can all be this solid, I am sure to find a lot of great products.

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White Mom + Black Hair

I love my natural hair. It’s really lovely if I do say so myself.  I am not the type of girl who likes to spend hours getting ready for anything. That is because I am lazy. This presents a problem for me because my natural hair requires serious upkeep just to keep it from becoming a tangled mess. Combing my hair is the grooming activity I hate more than anything. It’s the worst, up there with dental visits.

A little back story here. My mom is an amazing, wonderful, beautiful human being. She moved to Zambia with my dad when she was only 18 years old and was promptly blessed with a chubby bundle of Jasmine. Everything was fine for the first couple of years, but then my hair exploded. Hair combing became an epic battle.We are talking about the type of nuclear meltdowns only 3 year olds can produce. I would only allow her to comb it when I was in the bathtub, because it was less painful when wet. It was easier for everyone if my hair was cut short, so I wore a little fro until I was old enough to have an opinion about my hair.

Mom and me in 1979

Despite her amazingness, my mom wasn’t equipped to teach me how to manage my hair. These days, you can find whole websites on the topic. I was a child in the 80’s, in Canada! You could barely find a black salon in my town. Subsequently, I grew up to be a black female with zero hair skills.

It’s one of my personal goals, to improve the health and appearance of my natural hair. This requires discipline and routine. Keeping my hair tangle free is the biggest challenge I face. Recently I discovered the magic of two-strand twists. If you want to see how that is done, I recommend this tutorial by Alicia James.  The two-strand strand twists give me a new look with very little commitment other than time. It does take hours, but I do it while watching movies.

My Two-strand Twists

After I’ve worn the twists for a few days, I take them out and my hair looks awesome! It also tangles less, so that is a mega bonus. Behold my magnificent twist-out! Isn’t it fabulous?

Magical twist out.

Now, the one thing I’m missing from my routine is product. My hair is parched. It is thirsty. It could really go for a big gulp right now. So, imagine my delight when I learned that a friend of mine had started her own hair care line!  I’m all for supporting local business and Sheena’s  products are made in Canada. Sheena was kind enough to send me a sample of her leave-in conditioner, it’s called Nourish.

  I’ll be conducting my product review next week. In the meantime, you can check out Sheena’s youtube channel.