Glymm November 2012

November Glymm bag?! Really, Carmen?! Yes that’s right I’m doing a post on the November bag when December is almost over. I know I haven’t updated for (almost) 3 weeks, but I have a really good reason. I had to study for the dreaded finals so updating the blog was really the last thing on my mind! My scheduled posts ran out right before I had to start studying too! Time to play catch up again. Let’s get on with this month’s items though, shall we?



I noticed that the products card is back this month in the form of a mini pamphlet! So maybe it was actually supposed to be back this month and not last month like I originally thought?

LYS Parisien Professionnel // Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Balm

A great success to unite a copra (coconut) foaming base with a rare and precious oil from Morocco. Discover the properties of this soft and creamy foam that gently cleanses and moisturizes your hair and scalp. Argan Oil is rich in E and F vitamins with unique nutritional properties to counter the damaging effects of age and climate on your hair and scalp. || Edible oil extracted from the Argan tree, Argan oil is nature’s rare richness. It has been used for centuries to protect hair from drying effects of sun, sea salt, pollution, chemicals and cold. The Argan Oil conditioner ensures optimum hydration without causing heaviness on hair. ]]
(Shampoo) Full Size: $24.00/500mL || Received: $2.88/60mL
(Conditioner) Full Size: $24.00/500mL || Received: $2.88/60mL

Don’t know if you guys can see it, but my stuff are frozen and there’s even a piece of ice stuck on the bottom of the conditioner LOL. Took a picture of it as soon as I got the products and it was too cold outside. Later on it exploded in the bag when it defrosted ::sweat::.

I tried googling to read about this brand and to see what else they offered, but nothing’s showing up. I’m assuming they have no official page?

dirt. // sweet + spicy sugar scrub

[[ A relaxation ritual. Richly crafted, this abundant blend of sugar crystals, nutrient-rich antioxidants, and essential oils, constitutes a comprehensive exfoliation treatment. It features honey and chamomile extracts along with Vitamin E. It also includes nourishing essential oils like coconut oil, lemon oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, and apricot kernels for radiant skin. creamy vanilla and smoldering sandalwood are entwined to create a sweet aroma with a hint of spice. ]]
Full Size: $45.00/354mL || Received: $1.91/15mL

At first I thought I got the same sample again. Turns out I did get a sugar scrub from dirt. in my July bag, but that one was purify + glow. I’m surprised Glymm didn’t give me the bar soap from Villainess instead, but it’s okay because I don’t use bar soaps LOL.

The New Black // Ombre 5-Piece Nail Polish (Haze)

[[ Founders of THE NEW BLACK created high-quality color stories that make it possible to try all the latest nail trends. They feature limited-edition sets of pre-curated, compatible colors inspired by the runway. The formulations are long-wearing, ultra-glossy, fast-drying and chip resistant. Color glides on evenly and effortlessly for a truly professional-looking finish. ]]
Full Size: $24.00/Set of 5 || Received: $4.80


The Beehive // Alice Blue

[[ Alice Blue – a deliciously fresh floral bouquet dipped in warm vanilla with a delicate, fruity touch. ]]
Full Size: $35.00/100mL || Received: $0.25/0.7mL

The estimated value for this bag is really low, but the sizes and stuff we got aren’t too bad. I think the fragrance sample, especially, didn’t help with the value of the bag since it wasn’t even 1mL!

Will edit entry with reviews of the items as I try them out! If you’re interested in signing up please consider using my link ::heart2::!

Topbox November 2012



Benefit // They’re Real! Mascara

[[ This long wearing, jet black, glossy formula reveals lashes you never knew you had. ]]
Full Size: 8.5g/$29.00 || Received: 3.0g/$10.24

Cuccio Naturale // Butter Blend (Pomegranate & Fig)

[[ 10x the moisturizing power of lotion. A non-oily intense hydrating treatment for silky smooth skin. ]]
Full Size: 240g/$18.95 || Received: 9.24g/$0.73

I got excited because I saw ‘butter’ I thought I got a Butter London product.. and it looks like the same font as ‘Butter London’ LOL.

Pandora’s Makeup Box // Pandora’s Polish and Perfume

[[ These paired polishes and perfumes are fabulous for travel or gifting! ]]
Full Size: pair/$24.50 || Received: pair/$24.50 *FULL SIZE*

Kind of a cool idea for putting perfume into a polish bottle. The packaging itself though is below average. It actually looks really cheap, which is surprising because I’ve received blush from this brand before in one of my Glossybox‘s. The perfume itself seems to smell quite nice, but I don’t really like applying perfume that way. Would prefer the traditional packaging using a spritz bottle or else at least a rollerball.

Again, Topbox’s approximate value is quite low at about $35.47.
If it wasn’t for the Benefit mascara I think it’d be a major let down once again.
Will edit entry with reviews as I try them!

Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto ;; Sora no Manimani

Umi Monogatari: Anata ga Ite Kureta Koto

The story centers on Marin and Urin, two “pure” sisters who live alongside the fish in the sea, but yearn to be in the world beyond the water and above ground. One day, a beautiful ring falls in the middle of the sea, and Marin and Urin retrieve it. The two decide to leave their waterbound world for the first time to deliver the ring. After an arduous journey, they come across an isolated island where a high school girl named Kanon lives. The encounter between Marin and Kanon — the maiden of the sea and the maiden of the skies — awakens a hidden power as the world is threatened by an enveloping darkness.
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Recommend? No. Anime seemed cute, but the fact that Marin was so whiney when things between her and Urin went bed was really annoying. It felt like 10 out of the 12 episodes was Marin crying and yelling at others for something she didn’t really have much control over. Actually, all of the characters became whiney. Urin because she wouldn’t share Marin with anyone. Kanon because she didn’t like people saying she possesses an evil aura even though she’s the one purposely emitting it and how she won’t let anyone in and snap at them if they try.


Sora no Manimani

Sakura Ooyagi returns to his old hometown in order to start school at Sōei High School. On the first day, he runs into an old childhood friend: a junior named Mihoshi Akeno. As children, the two used to play together, with Mihoshi, or Mii-chan, being extremely fond of astronomy. After convincing Sakura to join the school's astronomy club, another girl, Hime Makita, joins the club in hopes of winning over Sakura. The anime tells the story of the 6 club members as they soar through their lives, each maturing and changing their outlooks on life.
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Recommend? Maybe. It’s not a bad anime, but it may be a bit forgettable for some. It’s a bit weird how Ooyagi was practically forced into the astronomy club and he stayed in it all the while complaining about being in it. Mihoshi is one of those characters that don’t really care about other people’s feelings because she’s too obsessed with whatever she wants instead. Despite those things, I think it always gets a bit heartwarming when we see the characters experiencing stargazing in full effect. When do we ever get the chance to see the starlit sky without all the light pollution going on in cities, right?

Glossybox October 2012

This was my last Glossybox because of the price hike from $15 to $21 a month. They gave the Venus razor again ::-_-::.. I feel like they still had extra stock from the summer and decided to just stick it into our boxes because we’re leaving them anyways.



Jouviance // Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Cream

[[ Extremely luxurious face cream, gently forumulated to hydrate and increase the firmness of your skin. ]]
Full Size: 50mL/$93.50 || Received: 5mL/$9.35

ModelCo // Flipstick Lip Duo

[[ SHINE Ultra Lip Gloss can be worn alone or layered over LIPSTICK Lip couture for hours of unbeatable shine in a shade of perfect October pink! ]]
Full size: (Combination of two items) Valued at $38.75 || Received: Two items in one/$38.75 *FULL SIZED*

Zoya // Nail Polish (Emme)

[[ We hand-picked four of the prettiest pinks to represent the diverse women effected by breast cancer all over the world. Toxin Free! ]]
Full Size: 15mL/$8.00 || Received 15mL/$8.00 *FULL SIZED*

Sebastian Professional // Trilliance Shampoo & Conditioner

[[ Cleanses and polishes the hair surface to enable greater light reflection, creating gorgeous natural shine. ]]
Full Size (Shampoo): 250mL/$15.79 || Received: 50mL/$3.16
Full Size (Conditioner): 250mL/$16.59 || Received:50mL/$3.32

Gilette Venus // Venus & Olay Razor

[[ Venus & Olay: Boost your shave and help lock-in skin’s moisture with the top-of-the-line in disposable razors! ]]
Full Size: $16.99/each || Received: One Razor/$16.99 *FULL SIZED*

Approximate value of box: $79.57
The items in this box weren’t bad, but I’m a bit annoyed at the fact that they did a repeat with the razor. Shouldn’t they wow us with the last box that’s priced at $15 to try and keep their customers? I think if anything it just gives people the last push to make them think they made the right choice by unsubscribing before they get charged $21 a box.