GlossyBox Canada April 2012 Products Review

Aveeno // Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
[[ This amazing moisturizing formula is clinically shown to improve the look of tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots – for naturally radiant skin. — 120ml/$22.99 ]]

I find that the formula is a bit like sunscreen (yes there’s SPF 15 in it) which makes it a tad harder to spread on the face. My mom actually sometimes buys an Aveeno moisturizer that comes in a jar which I occasionally use when winter got the best of me. I found that it was really rich – too rich, in fact, for daily wear. I was afraid this would be a same. I ended up liking it. It’s not overly rich but keeps my face hydrated without a layer of fat on top. I’m glad because my face is sensitive to overly rich moisturizers and I would get bumps on my face ::GAHH::. Great morning moisturizer. Oh, and it’s unscented for those that are sensitive to scents.

Likes: moisturizing without being overly rich, has SPF even though it could be higher for the face.
Dislikes: wish it was a bit more liquidy.


Elizabeth Grant // Skin Care Shower Gel
[[ Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Shower Gels are delightful fragrant cleansing gels, which foam as you clean. Capturing the true essence of grace, style and individuality in every person. — 240ml/$20.00 ]]

I received Madagascar Vanilla in my box. I’ve mentioned before that I enjoy using shower gels a lot more than soap bars. Mostly because I feel like soap bars strip too much of our natural oils and I find it a bit unsanitary. I noticed that people who received Golden Angel received their bottle with a pump while the rest of us has a normal screw top. I wish mine came with one since the ones on their site comes with a pump. Curious as to why the rest of ours don’t have a pump?? Ah well, since I can just pour it into a bottle that does.

Smelling the gel out of the bottle the scent seems quite strong which I like in bath products. I like smelling the scent while lathering on the skin during my shower and then having a light smell linger on the skin afterwards. Oddly enough, I don’t smell of the scent on my skin after my shower. Was a bit disappointed in that. I also noticed the formula is a bit on the liquidy side. It doesn’t provide much of a lather. With that said, I have read that foamy products have more harmful chemicals so I guess it’s a good thing. I just like my gels more soapy haha ::nervous::.

Likes: pleasant smell, doesn’t dry out my skin.
Dislikes: doesn’t leave much of a scent on body afterwards, not foamy enough for me.


Wella // Brilliance Conditioner (Fine to Normal)
[[ This lightweight Brilliance conditioner moisturizes coloured hair, leaving even fine hair full of vibrant shine and free-flowing movement. With diamond dust! — 250ml/$13.99 ]]

I was a bit surprised when I used this conditioner. It’s not as creamy as conditioners usually are. When I put it in my hair, it doesn’t feel as if I even applied any conditioner at all. As cool as it sounds that it contains diamond dust I don’t actually feel like that really helps with anything.

Likes: None.
Dislikes: Formula doesn’t help my hair at all. No difference compared to some drugstore brands.


Wella // Brilliance Treatment (Fine to Normal)
[[ Brilliance Treatment with triple-blend technology blends three lightweight polymers to instantly restore hair’s vibrancy, … and you guess it: With diamond dust! — 150ml/$13.99 ]]

The first time I didn’t put enough so there was no difference after using it. I don’t have thick hair so usually a small amount of product works for my hair. The second time I used it my hair was really soft after using the treatment. I don’t know if I really left it on for 3-5 minutes but either way, it works. Just be sure to coat enough on your hair! I’m really tempted to try out the Kao Essential Treatment to see how it compares to this one.

Likes: Hair feels really soft after using the treatment.
Dislikes: Doesn’t seem to be a long-term effect.


Marcelle // Xtension Plus Mascara
[[ NEW! Give your lashes extra length and curl with Marcelle XTension Plus Mascara. Define and separate lashes while minimizing clumps and create maximum lengthening potential for a lash-extension look without adding extensions. — 9ml/$12.50 ]]

The Xtension mascara comes with a plastic comb that has a bunch of bristles. Just looking at the brush I would assume it would do some crazy lengthening with my lashes. Using it, however, was a different story. I curled my lashes with my Shiseido lash curler and then applied this on. It definitely looked very natural because there wasn’t any clumping. It didn’t do any lengthening though! Any lengthening was minimal and the odd thing was I felt like it was either weighing my lashes down or undoing whatever curl my curler had done!

On a side note, I always use waterproof mascara because when I don’t I get panda eyes. This one isn’t waterproof so I wouldn’t keep it for myself anyway even if it worked wonders for my lashes ::>_o::. It’s very easy to take off with water though in case anyone is wondering.


Marcelle // BB Cream Beauty Balm
[[ NEW! Marcelle BB Cream: Try the 1st BB Cream formulated especially for Canadian women! Your 8-in-1 skin enhancer does it all for you, instantly! Offered in 2 shades with self-adjusting pigments to suit all ages and skin types. — 45ml/$22.95 ]]
I’ve read about how a lot of Western version of BB creams are not up to par with Asian BB creams so I was very curious about about them. I got the Light to Medium shade. Like the Asian ones it is able to adjust to our skin tone. I like how it wasn’t really thick. I’ve tried a lot of BB creams where it feels very thick on the face. I am very acne-prone so having such a thick layer on my face makes me break out in a couple of hours. Of course, having combination skin I oil up pretty quickly too and it just creates a mess. With that said, this one doesn’t seem to be any problem for my skin ::sparkle::.

It provides a bit of coverage for the face – not as little as some tinted moisturizers but enough for people that don’t need too much coverage. I think it lasts a fair amount of time too. I would need to blot after a couple of hours but I’m not at the oil slick phase though! I’m pretty impressed.

Likes: Not heavy – pretty lightweight, a fair amount of coverage, adjusts to skin tone, decent oil control.
Dislike: None.


One thought on “GlossyBox Canada April 2012 Products Review”

  1. I’m glad that the BB cream worked out well since I was concerned that it wouldn’t match up well on Asian skin since a lot of Western products seem a bit too harsh on the skin or usually don’t work out well for us.

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