Glymm August 2012

I quite like the design of the bag the samples came in this month! I expected the same makeup bag we’ve been receiving thus far, but in a different colour. Was pleasantly surprised to see this bag instead.



Vitamine & Sea // Mineral Clay Mask

[[ This natural facial mask made with clay directly from the Dead Sea will tingle as it softly exfoliates, eliminates toxins, promotes circulation, cleanses and strengthens your skin.This organic mask is enriched with vitamins B1, B2, C, A, D and E from sweet almond oil to pamper your skin and a touch of honey that will protect from daily free radical damage and balance your skins moisture, and work immediate wonders on all skin types giving a soft, tight, sexy, radiant glow. ]]
Full Size: 210mL/$62.00 || Received: ??

Naked Princess // Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss

[[ Infused with Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Vanilla, & Antioxidants for radiance & shine. A collagen-producing Peptide helps to plump lips without irritation to reduce the appearance of fine lines. It may be worn alone or over other lip products. This gloss was inspired by the notion that a lip gloss can a healthy formula. Studies show that women ingest over 2lbs of lip products in their lifetime. ]]
Full Size: 2.96mL/$26.00 || Received: 0.25g

Atelier Cologne // Vanille Insensée

[[ An electrical current runs through the subtle sweetness of vanilla, jasmine and fresh lime to bond with rich oak moss, woods and spicy coriander.Each scent depicts a moment in time. Take a journey with Vanille Insensée: “He wove through the crowd when suddenly his heart quickened. That scent. It was hers. He had worn it first until she stole it for herself. Now, there she was before him and the magic of years past came flooding back in a moment.” ]]
Full Size: 30mL/$70.00 || Received: ??

The Laundress // Delicate Wash: Lady

[[ The architects behind The Laundress know how tricky it can be to care for your delicates and lingerie. This non-toxic, biodegradable and allergen free wash cleans effectively for those tricky specialty fabrics such as silk, silk blends, fine cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon and more. Specially formulated to remove perspiration, body oils and stains for both hand and machine washing. ]]
Full Size: 500mL/$22.00 || Received: 15mL/$0.66

Benta Berry // G-1 Moisturizing Face Cream For Boys and Girls (Regulating Line)

[[ This cream is made from 100% natural active ingredients: burdock, jasmine, mandarin, blueberry, white dead-nettle and zinc pidolate. Enriched with the BENTA BERRY regulating moisturizing complex, it combines white dead-nettle with the botamix (jasmine, burdock and mandarin), to control excess sebum and purify skin. Skin is mattified, soothed and balanced. Redness and blemishes on the face are diminished. ]]
Full Size: 30mL/$22.00 || Received: 3mL/$2.20

Mai Couture // Foundation Powder Papier (Nude Glow)

[[ A sheer tinted sheet with illuminating powder that gives skin a natural flawless complexion. Use it alone as foundation powder or over your makeup as a quick touch up. Soften appearance of imperfections and even out skin tone without the mess. ]]
Full Size: 50 sheets/$26.00 || Received: 2 sheets/$1.04

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Pandora Hearts ;; Higashi no Eden

Pandora Hearts

Oz Vessalius, heir to one of the duke houses, has just turned fifteen. His life is rich and carefree, darkened only by the constant absence of his father. At his coming-of-age ceremony, however, everything changes. For no reason that he can discern, he's cast into the prison known as the "Abyss", only to be saved by a "chain" known as Alice, the bloodstained black rabbit. It is unknown why was he cast into Abyss, how does Alice factor into it all, and what does the organization known as "Pandora" want with him.

At what was supposed to be his coming of age ceremony, Oz unknowingly sets off a chain of events starting with being thrown into the Abyss. He was accused of a peculiar sin: the sin of existing. In the Abyss, he met a girl named Alice who promised she could save him if he agrees to form a contract with her. Alice had a mission, she has no memories and wants to find them again. Oz wants to aid her but realizes they only have a limited amount of time. The two of them didn’t know what they had was an illegal contract Now a ticking clock appears over his heart counting down the time until they would be, once again, pulled back into the Abyss.

Oz seems like a very carefree character. He accepts whatever happens in his life no matter how weird it is. Often he throws himself in harms way to safe those precious to him, even if it means giving away his life. The only thing that really shakes him up is when his father is involved. He’s forced to face his problems though through his adventures with Alice. Sometimes I’m a bit annoyed with his character. I think usually even though the male lead is weak, he proves himself in other ways, but for Oz I find that he’s pretty useless. Without others around him he doesn’t seem to be able to do much. The second half of the anime seems to always show him sulking and talk about exactly how useless he is LOL.

The anime itself seems kind of slow. It seems to drag a bit and tries to fill it up with random missions that Pandora puts them on. Perhaps it’s because the manga is not finished. Which also means this anime has no true ending. I’ll probably read the manga to see what happens, but it’s not one I’m dying to jump on since the anime sort of bored me halfway through. Disappointed that it’s a bit of a let down since I love animes set in a Victorian setting.

3.5/5

Higashi no Eden

On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

The idea of this anime is interesting. Akira finds himself with a phone that has billions of dollars on it to change the world. He doesn’t understand how he got such a big about or what to do with it. How would you use that amount of money to change Japan into what you believe is a perfect world? On top of that, a woman supposedly named Juiz, can fulfill any order he gave her on that phone simply answering, “Understood. Noblesse Oblige. I pray for your continuing service as a savior.”

The premises of the story seems interesting, but the anime was pretty boring for me. The audience doesn’t get a full sense of what’s going on because we’re taken along on Akira’s journey to find out what’s going on. He had his memory wiped out, he doesn’t remember why he did it, he doesn’t remember why he has the phone loaded with crazy amounts of money, he doesn’t know what he was supposed to do with the money. So basically throughout the anime he doesn’t actually use any of the cash to better Japan. It isn’t until the last two episodes where he understands everything and tries to win the game.

I feel like anime could’ve been much more than what it was. Seems as if it was wasted. Not something I would recommend especially the way he chose to win the game.. what the hell?? LOL.. The last two episodes or so things started hitting the fan and you wonder how it was going to be solved. I felt like they just threw in dumb solution to solve the problem. There are a couple movies after the anime though so I’m guessing maybe it continues on and actually gives it a better ending?

3/5

Glossybox Canada July 2012


Zoya // Nail Polish (Shelby)

[[ Summer 2012 is going to be a super stylish season for nails with the latest offering, designed by the Zoya experts. It is kissed by sea and sand with the famous, full-coverage Zoya formula. ]]
Full Size: 0.5oz/$8.00 || Received: 0.5oz/$8.00 (FULL SIZE)

Excited to try this out because I’ve never tried out Zoya polishes before even though I’ve been wanting to. I would prefer a different shade but oh well. At least it’s not neon like the Essie one I got in my Luxebox a few months back.

Alessandro International // Pedix Heel Rescue Balm

[[ Pedix Heel Rescue Balm protects and nourishes your skin with shea butter, allantoin and tea-tree-oil ]]
Full Size: 100ml/$19.95 || Received: 30ml/$5.99

John Frieda // Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution

[[ Shake to activate the DUAL FORMULA – part lightweight serum, part smoothing elixir – to fight frizz from the outside while hydrating hair from the inside. ]]
Full Size: 60ml/$14.99 || Received: 10ml/$2.50

Not sure if I would really have a use for this because my hair is pretty much stick straight. I don’t know if this product will just cause it to be oily or not.

Burt’s Bees // Lip Shimmer (Strawberry)

[[ A kiss of colour and pearlized shine add a hint of glamour to this world famous lip balm. ]]
Full Size: 2.6g/$5.99 || Received: 2.6g/$5.99 (FULL SIZE)

Dove // Softening Crème Body Wash

[[ Get visibly more beautiful skin in just 1 week. Use daily for soft, smooth skin. ]]
Full Size: 200ml/$5.99 || Received: 200ml/$5.99 (FULL SIZE)

BeautySoClean // Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes

[[ These convenient cosmetic sanitizer wipes are effective for sanitizing makeup that accumulates visible debris like dust, lint and food particles. ]]
Full Size: 48 pack wipes/$12.50 || Received: 4 wipes/$1.04

I feel like Glossybox has been on the fence for me these last two boxes. There’s a sudden influx of a bunch of drugstore brands. I thought Glossybox initially fared a lot better when it comes to limiting the amount of drugstore brands included. I hope they don’t continue this trend because it’s starting to disappoint me.

Approximate Value: $29.51

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What Did You Say? // Birthday Planning

Do any of you have friends or people you know where no matter what they say they seem to piss you off? Of course, they don’t mean to be offensive but it’s almost as if they don’t know any better or they have a weird view of the world and whatever comes out of their mouth, you can’t help but be taken aback. It makes me wonder if my patience level is really low or if I get angry too easily.

I’m just curious as to how others deal with these sorts of people. Do you just accept that that’s how they are and ignore all of their comments? Or do you confront them about it in hopes that they stop?

On a completely unrelated note. I had no idea where my camera’s charger was so I couldn’t take any pictures for the blog… LOL ::tear::. My dad totally threw it into some random box. The fact that I looked around the house for a whole week trying to find the thing -_-^. To make it up to all of you, here’s a super long entry!

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So around two weeks ago it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I had decided to do a surprise dinner! It was really hard to think of what to do for his birthday because we barely knew each other for a month before I started to brainstorm what I could possibly give him for his birthday. One thing was for sure though, I didn’t want to go out and purchase an insanely expensive gift during such an early stage in our relationship. Why not make him a dinner instead so it’s something on a more sentimental level, right? I asked one of his close friends for ideas on gifts and he pretty much confirmed that my idea was good. He said, “If a guy wanted something he’d probably already go buy it himself instead unless it’s super expensive. A guy would rather spend time with his girlfriend.” I’m not really sure if that thought process applies for most guys but I thought it did for my boyfriend anyway LOL!

He mentioned I should make him a handmade birthday card when I mentioned that a friend of mine does that for me. I have no artistic skills whatsoever mind you, so I was reluctant to say that least LOL. I decided to go look for a cool birthday card instead and if I really couldn’t find one then I’ll make one. Luckily for me, I chanced upon the perfect card when I was clicking through pages and pages of cards on Etsy. One of his favourite movies is Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.



A golden ticket scratch card!! So awesome!! There were a couple messages you could pick from but all of them seemed weird so I put a custom message instead. “Grats! You won a birthday dinner!” You can get one here. The seller has the most awesome cards ever.


I thought I’d get him a little something else too. His other favourite movie is Rush Hour 2. He’s also going to Tokyo and Seoul soon for a couple weeks so I thought I’d get him some travel guides from Lonely Planet.

It was really stressing because his birthday fell on a Monday. He had evening summer classes on Mondays and so my only option would be to make it Sunday, but I had work in the morning/afternoon. Which meant I would have to prepare stuff before work, rush home, and quickly do whatever was left. Thankfully my mom and grandma offered me help LOL. The thing was that because it was a surprise I had to make sure he was free during that time! I told his close friend to make plans with him on that day so I know for sure he would be free and then I would ask him to come over before his hangout. I couldn’t think of a good reason for him to come though, but my bestie suggested that I say that I was sick and ask him to bring over some medicine.

I had to try my hardest to not mention anything about the surprise to him. I didn’t even ask him to hangout for his birthday LOL. I knew he would be annoyed, but it would make the surprise that much more worth it. He finally asked me himself if we could hang on Saturday but I told him I was busy. I actually had a good excuse to give him (thanks to Leen again) – that it was my grandma’s birthday and my family was going to spend the day together. Except he didn’t even ask what I was doing and got upset. He didn’t show that he was upset at me but he told his close friend who told me because his friend, J, was also in on this BWAHAHA.

On the day of the dinner I kept wondering if I should really wait till last minute to ask him to come over. J never made plans with R because he had a funeral to attend. I decided to send R a text instead saying something like, “Do you mind coming over at around 7:15ish today? I need to talk to you about something.” He replied back with, “Does it have to be tonight?” The thing is I said what I said to make it sound ominous/urgent LOL. And when he replied back with that I was thinking god damn it did he already make plans. So I said, “Yeah it does.” R finally agreed to come over. It’s a good thing I texted him the time that I did because his mom asked him if he wanted to go out for dinner with the family that night right after my text.

At work I told my coworker K about my text. She suggested that I pretend I’m breaking up with him. She gave me some suggestions/lines on what I could do/say when he comes over, which I took LOL. So when R came over I opened the door only a bit and asked if I could speak to him in the car. The hilarious thing is, J had a girl that sort of dumped him that day – asking to speak in the car when he got there. He had told me so and even suggested I do that as a joke and that it would be easy to put that idea in R‘s head, but then said he was kidding because it was a horrible thing to do. Little did I know, he put that idea into R‘s head anyway so it helped with my trick LOL!!

In the car I said, “Soo I think we’ve known each other for almost two months now? …That’s enough time to know somebody well enough right? Or at least enough to know if you want things to continue or not?” And then later I was like, “This is too hard to say… so I wrote a letter instead.” I gave him the card. He looked back at me and was like, “Wait you want me to read this in front of you?” LOL! I told him yes so he opened it up and was like o_O… golden ticket?
Me: :3
R: -opens it-
Me: scratch it!
I can imagine if he thought I was actually breaking up with him.. he’d probably be thinking, “This is the most festive break up in the world…” LOL.

Anyway, his favourite food is sushi and steak. I opted to make sushi instead.





I actually bought a custom made cake too but there was this whole mess that will take too long to type out and I don’t have a HQ picture of it. I made strawberry sorbet for dessert but we didn’t end up eating it so I never took a picture of it. Why? Because he ate dinner before he came over LOL….. FAIL!!!