Glossybox: A Little Box of Goodies

In recent months I’ve heard and read a lot a out various sites/companies doing the monthly ‘Beauty Box’ subscriptions. Let me explain what these Beauty Boxes are: you pay a monthly subscription fee and what you get in return is a box containing five or six cosmetic and skin care samples.  When I say sample, they like to use the term ‘deluxe sample size’, its basically just a little bigger than your normal sample size, I think with certain beauty boxes you do get one or two full sized products, which is pretty good.

So finally I had decided to subscribe a beauty box, but the question was which one do I subscribe to????? There are so many out there!!! Glossybox, Boudoir Prive (Jolie Box), Feelunique.com, Carmine, Latest in Beauty Amarya and many many others!! How are you really suppose to decide which box to subscribe to!!! So I decided to ask the best thing out there, and that was to ASK Google!!! Google led me to various sites, various blogs and various youtube videos about beauty boxes. One video I found useful, was a video by quite a well known guru on youtube, gemsmaquillage. She did a video back in early December called ‘Battle of The Beauty Boxes’, she gives a brief description of the contents of the boxes and who should be getting it (as in what kind of box you are looking for). After much deliberating I had decided to go for not one but TWO beauty boxes, why? because I really couldn’t decide which one to get.

I decided on Boudoir Prive (who has now joined with french beauty box Jolie Box) and Glossybox. I was more leaning towards Boudoir Prive but some part of me was interested in Glossybox too. After viewing both sites numerous times, I found that Glossybox was doing a three month Gift subscription (I think it was just because it was Christmas), so I decided to gift it to myself!!! ^___^ That way I can get a three month trial (without having to unsubscribe) and if I really do like the Glossyboxes maybe I’ll actually do the monthly subscription. I’ll talk more about Boudoir Prive when I get my first box, but I don’t expect until February as when I subscribed it was too late for the January one. So when I first bought the three month subscription for Glossybox, I actually didn’t expect it until February as I did miss the January cut off date for that box…. but then end of December a box came… and it was the December box, I’m not complaining but I didn’t expect December’s box, at least January’s box.

Well here it is:

The beauty box comes in a cardboard box and if I am honest I really thought that it was this kind of box…. but then I opened it:

There was another box in it!!!! A nice sturdy red box!!

When you open the red box, there are two cards, one explains what Glossybox is all about and the other tells you about the products inside the box, I quite like the idea of the card that tells you about the products, gives you a little idea about the products.

Underneath the cards, the products are wrapped in tissue papaer and tied up with a ribbon, pretty nice right?

These are the products I got in my very first Glossybox:

  • Blink+Go Hi-Definition Mascara (Full Size)
  • Cargo Classic Lip Gloss
  • Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle Nail Varnish and Nail Varnish wipe off pads
  • Rituals Shower Gel (Full Size)
  • Jurlique Purely Age Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream

First impressions, not a bad box. Like that I got the mascara instead of the eye-shadow palette, I was also intrigued by the Rituals Shower Gel and the Jurlique cream. The lip gloss and nail varnish not to my taste, as I don’t usual use lip gloss and the nail varnish just isn’t my colour!!!

I will hopefully do some mini reviews of the products, so I can earn some Glossy Dots!! What are Glossy Dot? Well they are basically like points you can earn and once you get 1000 Glossy Dots you get ONE FREE beauty box!! So how can you earn Glossy Dots, well there are two methods: 1) Invite a friend to Glossy Box (200 glossy dots) and 2) Write reviews of the products sent to you (20 glossy dots).

 

 

Bad Habit

Lately that feeling has come back…. There was once someone in my life, a friend and at times I have also considered this person to be much more than a friend.
This is a friend I treasure, a friend I do not wish to lose, a friend I know who will always care and want the best for me and I hold the same for him.
Maybe it is because of this strong friendship that has made him become my bad habit.

When did this feeling first start…. Probably about 3 or 4 years ago now, we have drifted apart at times but we always come back to each other and that distance, seemed it never existed. This feeling I have, I’m sure its only one sided.

Another friend mentioned something to me last night and it got me thinking (hence this post)…..

Today I’ve started to think more about what my other friend said, maybe this feeling isn’t innocent and sincere any more, maybe I’m the one becoming the bad habit, maybe I subconsciously want to see how far I can go or push the waters, can I make him fall for me.

This thought scares me as why would I want to do that. It could potentially ruin things. I do not think I actually like this friend in that way anymore, and my other friend seems to agree.

So then why?? Maybe its just that human instinct that wants to have what it cannot.

He’s happy now and I am for him too, but there seems to be something dark about our friendship, maybe we’re both just as bad as each other.

But even knowing this I still continue as before, not want to change anything.

(This post doesn’t make much sense, an leaves a lot of holes and gaps, but this is more of a ‘me’ post).

The Awesomeness of Adele

Back in January 2011 (I think it was) Adele  had announced a string of UK tours for September 2011 and I had to get tickets for it!! I JUST HAD TO!!! Luckily for me my sister is just as big of a fan as I am, so the task of buying tickets was left to her as I happened to be working on the day tickets for were on sale >___<

WOOO HOOO She was successful!!!

So 19th September finally came around and the date had not been cancelled!! Adele had cancelled quite a few tour dates due to ill health. But she was getting better and well enough for this one!!

I was working on the day of the gig, so I had to meet my sister there right after work, when I got there (roughly 4.15pm)my sister was in queue already and you guessed it there were already people queuing, I think there were roughly 10-12 people in front of us.

Doors opened at 6.30pm and they started to let people in…. My sister and I head to the circle show our tickets…. only to be told they were seated tickets!!! LOL Really should have checked before hand, we just assumed they were standing tickets! I was a little annoyed at first, the tickets being seated ones that is, as I just love standing tickets being there in front of you favourite artist, with all the other fans!! But to be honest the seats were in a good position and I suppose Adele is an artist you can just sit back and relax to, so in the end it worked out quite well!!

As usual it takes some time for Adele to come on, first there’ll be supporting acts before the act we’re all waiting for!! Adele not only one but two supporting acts!! The Civil Wars (a male/female duo group) and Amos Lee (soloist). I actually thoroughly enjoyed both supporting acts, I’ve heard of Amos Lee before but The Civil Wars were completely new to me and I actually quite liked them. They were like folk/country and I quite liked it, the male half of the duo had a lovely voice, I liked the female vocals but it got a little irritating towards the end.

Now time for Adele (and I won’t go into much detail of the whole gig), she was just absolutely amazing!!! Her voice WOW, her personality WOW I just love her even more now!!!

It was like I was listening to her CD, no it was better than the CD, her voice that is!! Amazing!!! Just pure talent!

Performing the great song that is Someone Like You and yes thats me singing out of tune!!

Ai Wei Wei

Back in July (or was it June?) I went to see the Ai Wei Wei exhibition at the Lisson Gallery. Part of the Free Ai Wei Wei movement (at the time of the exhibition and the revealing of his Circle of Animals/Zodiac Ai Wei Wei had disappeared, he was placed under house arrest for months)  a collection of simple black and white posters with quotes from Ai Wei Wei were being given out by the Lisson Gallery.

Here are a few photos of a few of the pieces from the exhibition

Changed the camera settings for this picture and I quite liked this lighting.

-Moon Chest

-Coloured Vases 

 

Mini Review: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector (BB Cream)

So BB creams have officially made its move into the UK, to be exact on the shelves of Superdrugs (one of the UK’s leading drug stores). Popped into my local Superdrugs, just to look around (as I usually do) and I happened to spot on display Garnier’s new product ‘Miracle Skin Perfector’, Garnier’s answer to BB Cream.

So does it live up to the Asian sensation (I know that was cheesy right)??? Before I give me conclusion lets have a look at some swatches first.

This is the Light shade, the BB cream in true fashion only came in two shades, Light and Medium. Initial thoughts on it were that it didn’t seem too heavy, it was quite light weight which is a good thing. I’m of Chinese ethnic and even I think the Light is a little too dark for me. In the picture it doesn’t look dark but the actual cream is darker, it has more of a yellow base, and you’re thinking why am I complaining (you know being Chinese). Yes my skin is more of a yellow tone than a pink tone but BB Creams oxidizes to fit your own skin colour, which means it will get darker, hence why I would always pick a shade lighter than a shade that truly matches my skin tone. That is only for BB Creams of a yellow base.

The Cream is quite smooth, the above is just the general rubbing of the cream with no blending.

Blended out, as you can see it does blend in quite well and quite easily, there is a slight sheen to it too and some people may like that. Unfortunately I’m too keen on the sheenyness of it, I have combination skin so my t-zone gets oily and that just isn’t good for it!

So after reading my initial thoughts, you’ll think I have a good impression of it right? I’d probably buy it right?? Well if that was the kind of answer you were looking for then I’m sorry as its actually not my answer.

I’m afraid I won’t be adding this Garnier product to my collection of BB Creams, why? Well its simple, I don’t like the shades it offers, its too dark for me and it has a really strong perfume like fragrance to it. Yes I have a few BB Creams that smell sooo too but this was just too much for me. Yes the cream was smooth and blend-able but there was a certain thick feeling to it that I didn’t like… a bit too much like thick cream maybe??

Will BB Creams really take off in the West?? I’m not sure, foundation and tinted moisturisers are too much of a big hit, plus if future brands release BB Creams with similar shades, won’t it be too dark for (should I say it?) Caucasians? If I found Garniers Light too dark then what will it look like on Caucasians?? Like tinted moisturisers thats what, or even worse a alternative tanning cream…. It just too dark! Did they create these shades with the tanned skinned in mind?? Well BB Creams are not for that purpose.

The main factor that made me tip over the fence to the ‘no buy’ side is the price £9.99 ARE YOU KIDDDING ME!!!! I DON’T THINK SO!!!

Oh on a note, this mini review is based on my 5minuets in Superdrugs!!! MUWAHAHAHA Yes I am quick to judge, but I have good instincts when it comes to cosmetics and skin care, I tend to know what I like and what I won’t!

 

Shopping: Mini Hauls!!!!

Just a quick post to show you guys some of my shopping hauls, I’ve bought cine the start of the year. I used to show them via my photo project but since I’m given up on it decided to do them as ‘Shopping’. Which will be made up of loads of random stuff that I have bought, whether it be beauty products, clothing, accessories, food and just everything. Whatever it maybe I’ll stick it under the header ‘Shopping’ but of course I’ll catergorise it under the relevant category.

To be honest though a lot of the times I just forget to take pictures!!! I’ll also try and do mini reviews as I go along (and remember), for example stuff from today’s haul may be reviewed in a post in the next few days or weeks (I’m the lazy type!!)

Today’s haul will be of beauty products!! WOOOOHOOOO I’m a skin care addict, and I suppose you can say that I’ve turned into bit of a cosmetics addict too.

L to R: Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus BR666, Canmake Melty Nude 04 Peach Beige, 
Majolica Majorca Puff De Cheek Peach Macaron

Some items I asked my friend in Hong Kong to get for me!!!!


L to R: Skinfood's Aloe Sun BB Cream and Red Bean BB Cream both in shade 1, Tony Moly's Tony Tint
in Red Apple and Cherry Pink

Bought these some time ago now, so unlike in the picture where its still in its packaging, they’ve all been opened and used!!

My MASSIVE Naruko haul!!! 15 products!!!! Too many to list, but I’ll definitely review these…. when I finally use them!! These will be replacing some of the products in my skin care routine as I finish them up (which isn’t long to go)