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Review: March 2012 Glamabox

9 Mar

Since Glossybox stopped providing service, I decided to subscribe to Glamabox. My first Glamabox arrived on 7th March, however, I was not at home when the parcel came, so I had to go to the post office myself to pick it up the next day. It’s a safe method to make sure every customer receives their beauty box, however when compared to Glossybox’s delivery method, using the Hong Kong Registered Post is not that convenient for customers like me, who is not  always at home but has no other choice than sending the beauty box to home.

The Glamabox comes in a black cardboard box, and the beauty box itself is black with some pink patterns. Everything inside was packed and kept nicely. Well, to be honest, though they don’t really matter a lot to me, I think the February Glossybox’s packaging is prettier and the presentation is better than the Glamabox one.

Glamabox Black Delivery Box

Black Cardboard Box

Pink Glamabox

Pink Glamabox

Inside Glamabox

Nicely packed box with the card and product description

As expected, it comes with a card and a list of product description. This month, there are 6 products and some coupons. I think only the lipstick is a full-size product, others are just sample products. The vouchers and coupons aren’t very attractive to me, I might go and get the sample pack from Nature’s and Lierac Paris only if I have time.

March Products inside Glamabox

[From left to right]
Organix Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners 60-second Hand Recovery Cream
Clinique Different Lipstick (A Different Grape)
Lierac Paris Exclusive Intense Nuit Wrinkle-filing Night Cream
Lierac Paris Exclusive Ultra Jour Wrinkle-filing Day Cream
Nature’s Moisturizing Toner with Green Tea and Orange Water

This Glamabox comes with some familiar brands and new brands that I have never tried or heard of. I do have a few products from Clinique, including foundation, eye shadow and pressed powder; their products are usually of good quality and good value. I also have Crabtree & Evelyn’s handcream, but I don’t really like the texture and the lavender scent, so hopefully I would like this hand recovery cream. I have seen Organix’s products before in the States, but not sure if I have really seen their products in Hong Kong before, so I’m looking forward to trying their shampoo, which seems to smell pretty nice. As for the remaining two brands, I have never heard of them before. Lierac Paris seems to be a high-end brand, whereas Nature’s seems to be a bit more affordable and I’m quite interested in the toner they included in this month’s Glamabox.

Overall, I’m pretty satisfied with the March Glamabox and will continue to subscribe for now.

For more details about Glamabox, please visit  http://www.glamabox.com/hk/tc/

P.S. Product reviews will be up after I have tried them.

  • Clinique Different Lipstick (A Different Grape):
    When I first saw the word “Grape”, I was a bit skeptical about it, especially when it seems to be a pretty dark berry colour in the tube. However, on the lip, this berry red colour is very pretty and wearable, especially great for night look. It doesn’t make my lip looks flaky, and it feels smooth on my lip. I think the biggest problem is the packaging, I understand the green colour is in consistent with Clinique’s brand colour, but it is really not attractive at all.There’s one thing I don’t really understand too,  the whole “Different Lipstick” line is not available on Hong Kong’s website, but you can find them on Clinique’s US website, so why are they giving us these samples to try when we can’t buy them in Hong Kong?  Or are they going to launch these products in HK soon?
    Clinique A Different Grape
    Clinique A Different Grape in the tube
    Swatch: Clinique A Different Grape
    Swatch: Clinique A Different Grape
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners 60-second Hand Recovery Cream:
    When I pour out the product, it’s more like a liquid, but once I start rubbing the product onto my hands, it’s actually pretty thick with some chunky bits. My hands feel softer and hydrating after using it. The product itself is good, but I’m not sure if I would actually buy the full-size product.The first reason is because I didn’t really like the scent, I prefer something sweet and tasty when it comes to hand or body scrub. The second reason is because I like my St. Ives Body Polish very much, which can do the same exfoliating effect on my hands, and most importantly, St. Ives’ products are much cheaper. Although the body polish is now discontinued and I would need to find something to replace it after I finish using my existing one, I don’t really see a big reason to spend HKD$275 on a hand scrub.
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Review: February 2012 Glossybox

16 Feb

UPDATE (18/2): GlossyBox has announced on its website and Facebook page that they are going to delay the launch of the service. 

I first heard about the GlossyBox and other similar beauty box subcriptions through Youtube. Recently when I was reading some Hong Kong-based blogs, I realized that we can now subscribe to these beauty boxes in Hong Kong too. I was so excited about it, so after doing some research, I decided to order the GlossyBox.

I won’t say I’m super interested in cosmetics and beauty trends, but since I started watching beauty videos on YouTube, I became more aware of these new or popular products in the market. I will get excited when I watch the reviews and videos, but I don’t actually buy them. However, the idea of receiving a GlossyBox each month for just HKD$120 is tempting. Since it’s easy to cancel my subscription any time I want, I think it would be great to at least give it a try and see if I would like the products sent to me.

The company gave me a good impression before I got my first GlossyBox. Due to some technical problems, my profile showed that I have ordered 2 GlossyBox, one completed order and one processing order, so I sent the company an e-mail asking them to check the problem for me. The following evening, a staff from their team replied me and apologized for the confusion and any inconvenience caused.

Finally on Valentine’s Day morning, I got a call from the delivery company, Yamato Transport, and he asked when I would be home to collect my GlossyBox. I was out at that time and I wasn’t sure if the security office would be willing to keep it for me, so I told him he could give it a try, if not he could come over later that afternoon. He kindly said he would do as I suggested. An hour later, he called me again to let me know he left my GlossyBox at the security office and reminded me to pick it up when I get home. He was very polite, nice and responsible, not like other delivery men I have encountered in the past. Although the service was good, it might be a bit inconvenient for those who work and couldn’t have their box sent to their office or have someone to collect their box for them at home; so for those who have the above situation, better see if they deliver during off-hours or weekends.

It comes in a greyish cardboard delivery box, with the word GLOSSYBOX and their logo in pink printed on it. It’s fun to tear off the strip to open the box, it’s like unwrapping a Christmas present. Inside is the bright pink box, it’s so cute and adorable; I think I should keep it and use it as a storage box. Everything was so nicely packed and wrapped that I felt the need to unwrap it with extra care, so that I don’t ruin it.

Delivery box and the actual Glossybox

Grey cardboard delivery box (Left) Pink box (Right)

Pink Box and Pink Envelope

Nicely packed pink box with a pink envelope 

It comes with a pink envelope which includes a card with all the product description and some coupons. Apart from the Leonidas’ free chocolate sample coupon, I’m not really interested in the other ones. Or maybe if I like Apivita’s products, I will use that coupon.

Product Description & Coupons

The envelope with the product description and coupons

Products inside February Glossybox

[Above from left to right]
Apivita Intensive Hydrating Mask with Cucumber
Apivita Organic Lip Care with Honey 

[Below from left to right]
Kerastase Masque Chroma Riche
Kerastase Bain Chroma Riche
Clarins Intensive Whitening Smoothing Serum
Premier Aromatic Body Butter

I have never tried any of the brands before, but I have heard most of them, except Premier. I’m interested in Apivita’s products, but have never taken the initiative to try their products; it’s exciting that they included a full-size lip balm as I am planning to get a new lip balm soon. I am also looking forward to trying their masks too. I think we all know that Clarins is a luxury brand, so I don’t think I can afford to buy their products, but it’s great to see their sample included. As for the hair products, they smell good; however both are for highlighted or sensitised, colour-treated hair, so they might not be suitable for me. Lastly the body butter, it doesn’t sound very attractive to me.

Well, I have to say, when compared to the beauty boxes I have seen online, this February GlossyBox isn’t up to my expectation, especially when we are all expecting a bit more for the Valentine’s special edition. As you can see from their Facebook page, many people were very upset with the products and I guess the company would be losing some customers, as they have other subscriptions to choose from. Their staff also didn’t do a great job when they tried to respond to their customers’ complaints, particularly when one of their staff posted a long comment, trying to explain the whole thing.

For me, I am a bit disappointed, not really because of the product size, instead it’s because it seems like everyone is receiving the same products. I remember completing the beauty profile on their website, so I thought they would be giving us products according to our skin type and preference; so hopefully they would have a wider range of products to match different people in the future. The other reason why I am disappointed is because I personally like the brands and the products in the January box better; I really want to try the Becca Beach Tint, Moroccan Oil and Bliss’ products.

I understand they just started off their business in Hong Kong and I think they will try to improve, especially after all those negative comments on their Facebook page. I’m still happy with the brands they work with, so I would order the March GlossyBox and give it another try before I decide whether I would unsubscribe or not. Hopefully it does a better job next time.

P.S. Product reviews will be up after I have tried them.

  • Apivita Intensive Hydrating Mask with Cucumber:
    I really like this hydrating mask! It’s a cream mask with a hint of refreshing cucumber scent. I applied a thick layer on my face and left it for 10 mins. After washing off the mask, my skin feels very hydrated, nourished and smooth.

Review: Revlon, ColourBurst Lip Butter, Peach Parfait, Berry Smoothie & Pink Truffle

3 Feb

I finally bought the Revlon Lip Butter. It’s a rare purchase for me, because I don’t wear lip stick at all, I only put lip balm; however, recently I am looking for a tinted lip balm. 2 months ago, I bought the Mentholatum Water Colour Vintage Pink (01) (HK$26.0), and it was a total disappointment, because the colour looks weird on my lips and it doesn’t feel comfortable, it made my lips dry and flaky. I also thought of buying Burt’s Bee’s tinted lip balm, but I heard that they don’t worth for the price, so I was a bit hesitant.

As I saw so many good reviews about the Revlon Lip Butter, I decided to go for it. I heard that they are always out of stock in the States, but I don’t think they are that popular in Hong Kong. I easily found them at one of the Watson’s stores. I didn’t want to buy a lot, because I’m not sure if I would like them and I’m not sure if these products suit me. I checked out all the colours and in the end I chose Peach Parfait (025).

They were originally HKD$98, but for some reasons, they were sold at a discounted price today. After paying, I was tempted to buy a second one, but I decided to try out this one before deciding whether I want to get another one.

Revlon's Lip Butter Peach Parfait

Revlon’s ColourBurst Lip Butter Peach Parfait (025) (HKD$78.4)

Revlon Lip Butter Peach Parfait

Revlon’s ColourBurst Lip Butter Peach Parfait in the tube

The packaging is nice and decent, and I like how they named their products, sweet and cute. Some people commented on the clear top, which allows you to see the lip colour; however I still think the colour you see doesn’t always reflect how it looks on your lips.

Swatch: Revlon's Lip Butter Peach Parfait

Swatch: Peach Parfait (025)

Peach Parfait was a bit lighter than I thought, I had to put a few coats on before the colour showed up on my hand. I actually don’t think the colour is very peachy; on my lips they look like a coral colour, in between peach and pink with lots of golden sparkles. The lip butter glides on smoothly and it’s moisturizing, but I don’t think it lasts long. If your lips are really dry, I suggest applying lip balm beforehand, because they are not super moisturizing, not hydrating enough for those who have chapped lips. The colour looks okay on my lips, but I really didn’t like the sparkles, they weren’t super glittery, but you can see tons of sparkles when you look closer.

Overall, I would say it’s worth buying if you are looking for a product to add a bit of colour on your lips, the price is very reasonable and the quality is pretty good. I might buy one or two more colours and update later.

Update (7/2/2012):

Went to Watson’s and got another one, Berry Smoothie (050). This time I finally saw the little tag which says 20% off, so again I got it for HKD$78.4, a really good bargain.

Revlon's Lip Butter Berry Smoothie

Revlon’s ColourBurst Lip Butter Berry Smoothie (050) (HKD$78.4)

This colour is more pigmented and less shimmery; the texture, of course, is buttery and it glides on easily. Peach Parfait and Berry Smoothie look pretty similar when applied on my hand, but on my lips, I like Berry Smoothie more, because this berry-pink colour looks better and I like how it doesn’t have that much sparkles in it.

Swatch: Revlon's Lip Butter Berry Smoothie

Swatch: Berry Smoothie (050)

Update (30/4/2012): 

Was randomly hanging in Watson’s and saw a 25% off discount sign for Revlon’s Lip Butter. After swatching a few different colours on my hand, I decided to get Pink Truffle (01), and it was only HKD$73.5.

Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butter Pink Truffle

Revlon’s ColourBurst Lip Butter Pink Truffle (01) (HKD$73.5)

When I first saw the colour, I thought it might be too dark for me. However, when I swatched it on my hand, it wasn’t that bad, and on my lips, it actually looks very natural.

Swatch: Revlon's Lip Butter Pink Truffle

Swatch: Pink Truffle (01)

It’s kinda of hard to describe Pink Truffle, I would say it’s a plumy pink with a brown undertone. It is a nude colour and because it doesn’t have glitter, so it’s great for everyday wear.

Swatch: Peach Parfait (top), Pink Truffle (middle), Berry Smoothie (bottom)

Swatch comparison (From top to bottom): Peach Parfait, Pink Truffle, Berry Smoothie 

The three colours might look very similar when applied on my hand, but on my lips they are completely different. Peach Parfait is peachy coral colour and it is very shimmery, not my favourite because of the glitter and the colour doesn’t look very flattering on me. Pink Truffle has a brown undertone, it is less shimmery than the other two and is great for everyday wear. Berry Smoothie is a berry-pink colour, looks bright on my lips with a bit of shimmer, so it’s great if I want to give my lips a pop of colour.

Downsides:  

  1. It’s hard to take the lid off, even when I use both my hands. Well, maybe for some people it’s a good thing, because the lid won’t easily come off when you put it in your bag. However, I found it a bit inconvenient, especially I’m used to using one hand to take the lid off.
  2. I think it’s because the product itself is very buttery and soft, so when you pull out too much product and then twist it back into the tube, the mouth of the tube will get a bit messy. The lip butter itself can easily break in the middle, so do take good of it, and try not to leave it under the sun. My Pink Truffle broke in less than a month I got it.
  3. Sometimes my lip becomes flaky and skin starts to peel. Not sure what causes that, because it doesn’t happen all the time, but I guess I won’t recommend these lip butters to people who have dry lips.

Current Favourite: Berry Smoothie (050), Pink Truffle (01)

Review: EOS, Lip Balm (Summer Fruit)

20 Dec

The YouTube beauty world has been raving about this lip balm for such a long time; I didn’t know where to get it in Australia, so I waited until I went back to Hong Kong to get it. It was pretty difficult to find it, not all Sasa shops have them and most of them only had the Lemon Drop flavour, which I wasn’t that interested in. Luckily, I found the Summer Fruit one at one of the Sasa shops.

EOS Summer Fruit Lip Balm

EOS lip balm: Summer Fruit flavor (HKD$39)

I really like the summer fruit flavor, smells very fruity and sweet, but not sticky at all when you apply on your lip. And of course, the unique sphere shape.

Unique sphere shape lip balm

However, it does not glide on easily and it isn’t as moisturizing and long-lasting as I thought. One more downside about this lip balm is its unique packaging too! When compared with other lip balms, this is a bit too bulky to bring along with you . I  have never bought this lip balm with me when I’m out, I just leave it at home. It is taking up too much space when I put it in my cosmetics bag when I travel.

Well, I would say the price isn’t expensive for a lip balm; the overall quality, in fact, isn’t that bad. However, it’s not moisturizing enough for my dry lips. I won’t say it’s my favourite lip balm, I don’t feel like buying another one. I prefer my Mentholatum Maxlip lip balm more.

P.S. If you want to try EOS lip balm, they are sold cheaper at Bonjour and EOS hand lotion can be found there too.

Update (15/3/2012): According to the research done by Hong Kong’s Consumer Council, EOS Evolution of Smooth lip balm (Sweet Mint) contains DEHP, a type of phthalate plasticizers which is prohibited for use in cosmetics in many countries! Not completely sure if the Sweet Mint flavour has the same ingredients as the Summer Fruit one, but I believe they should be pretty much the same. They said that the product has a low level of DEHP, and does not indicate a risk to the health of consumers; however, it is suggested that consumers should avoid being exposed to DEHP.