Category Archives: Subscription Box Reviews

Luxebox Spring 2013

This season, Loose Button teamed up with the Steven and Chris Show (CBC) to come up with the essentials for our Luxebox.




Loose Button // Blending Sponge

[[ A makeup sponge applicator that flawlessly blends in your makeup for the perfect look. The applicator should be dampended with water before use and can be used with liquid, cream, loose powder or pressed powder makeup. For best results, use the applicator in a stippling or bouncing motion. ]]
Full Size: ?? || Received: ?? *FULL SIZED*

Moroccanoil // Body Buff

[[ Made with natural orange peel exfoliator, Body Buff is gentle enough for daily use to polish away dead skin cells and instantly transform your skin. The added benefits of argan oil blended with Vitamin E and nourishing avocado, grape seed, safflower, sesame and sweet almond oils, rejuvenate your skin with intense moisture. ]]
Full Size: $48/180mL || Received: $13.33/50mL

Kérastase // Bain Chroma Captive

[[ Shine intensifying shampoo for ultimate color radiance for color-treated hair. Created to help preserves color and shine for up to 40 days with use of Chroma Captive system. Polishes the hair fiber, leaving it smooth for maximum light reflection. ]]
Full Size: $39/250mL || Received: $4.68/30mL

Calvin Klein // Eternity Aqua

[[ Eternity Aqua by Calvin Klein is inspired by refreshing femininity with an effortless elegance. It is a sensual and refreshing fragrance like a clean crisp ocean breeze. Feel naturally sophisticated and relaxed with the Eternity Aqua. ]]
Full Size: $72/50mL || Received: $5.40/6mL

B. Kamins // Lip Balm

[[ This soothing lip balm helps to moisturize and protect lips from sun, wind and extreme temperatures. Maple and softening essential oils help to repair chapped, sore lips, and UVA/UVB sunscreening agents help to prevent the breakout of lip sores. This treatment creates a smoother palette for lipstick application by diminishing the appearance of fine lines and reducing the feathering of lip color. ]]
Full Size: $21.00/0.5oz || Received: $5.46/0.13oz

This is literally the third time I’m getting this sample. Second time from Luxebox! I JUST got this sample in my last box and it really irritates me to get repeats ::-_-::. I got this in the winter box and the September box for Glossybox. They obviously didn’t even think to check what I’ve received from them before.

Lancôme | Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate

[[ Award-winning serum that helps create a more youthful-looking skin by promoting natural skin renewal that is characteristic of young skin. Visible skin in just 7 days. Drop by drop, skin is vibrant with youth, its tone becomes astonishingly even and its texture dramatically refined. ]]
Full Size: $125/50mL || Received: $20/8mL

Pandora // Mascara (Black)

[[ The perfect addition to your your collection for a more natural touch! A smudge and clump free mascara that provides you with gorgeous, glossy colour that will never irritate the eyes. Developed specifically for sensitive eyes, this mascara glides on easily and thickens the lashes while adding glorious shine. The long brush handle allows you to maneuver into hard to reach areas and the clear tube lets you know when you’re running low! ]]
Full Size: $19.00/10mL || Received: $19.00/10mL *FULL SIZED*

I have to say that this season’s Luxebox didn’t impress me as much as the last two boxes. I’m interested in trying the Lancome item, but that’s about it. The fact that they sent me an item that they literally just sent me in my last box was pretty disappointing. The booklet they gave with the spring trends had all these brands and items I would’ve been excited to try. Smashbox’s eye primer, Color Smash’s hair shadow (I’m guessing it’s their take on the new hair chalk trend?), L’Occitane, KMS’s Quick Blow Dry. Where are those things in my box?

Glam Bag March 2013



GlamRX // Mini Freestyle Palette

[[ The GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette was made exclusively for ipsy Glam Bag subscribers. The magnetic base is the perfect spot to store pan-only eyeshadows (2 of which are included in this Glam Bag!), blushes & bronzers, or whatever you need for perfect for quick touch ups on the go! Whether you are headed off to spring break or just need a cute & clever way to store products in your bag, you can create the perfect makeup look and take it with you with your exclusive GlamRX Mini Freestyle Palette. ]]
Full Size: $9.95 || Received: $9.95 *FULL SIZED*

Initially when I checked the website out to find out the price for this product back in March it didn’t appear on the site. I wasn’t very happy about that because I have this thing where I usually dislike them giving us products that we cannot actually purchase. What’s the point of giving us something we like, but can never repurchase, right? And for that matter, other people can’t purchase which I’m sure companies would want when we blog about their products.

Anyway, I just checked it today and it seems that they’re planning to actually add it soon! I think it’s a great product for them to sell because it’s a pretty affordable palette to buy and customize. The patterns they have coming out for the case seem to be real cute too! I think this is a nice size for us to have and bring around because I’m sure for a quick look most of us don’t use past 3 eyeshadows. It also comes with a mirror for convenience.


Yaby // Eyeshadow (Seashell – es192 & Azalea Petal – es133)

[[ Whether you want to make a dramatic statement or just add a veil of color to your eyes, the yaby eyeshadow refills are extremely easy to work with. Can be used wet or dry and the smooth texture allows blending with ease. All shadows are vegan friendly and the pans are reusable for mixing. ]]
Full Size: $3.34/each || Received: $6.68 ($3.34 x 2) *FULL SIZED*

I’m really happy that Glam Bag gives me more neutral controls because that means it’s actually colours I’ll use! Both of these colours look really nice so I’m excited to try them out! I’ve been wearing more eyeshadow lately too.

Juice Beauty // Hydrating Mist

[[ Juice Beauty Hydrating Mist tones, hydrates, and refreshes your face and hair while on the go, anytime of the day. Hydrate with the refreshing blends of organic juices for a fresh, radiant complexion. ]]
Full Size: $22.00/200mL || Received: $3.30/30mL

I’ve been using Avène’s mist for a while now so I’m curious to see what this one will be like. The reviews of it on ipsy look like it either works but smells weird or it just plain smells weird LOL! But a good addition to the bag since warmer weather is approaching.

LA Fresh // Makeup Remover Wipes

[[ La Fresh Travel Lite portable towlette wipes are perfect for jetsetters, go-getters, outdoor enthusiasts and multi-taskers everywhere. Towlette packets are small in size, designed for practicality and are easy to apply discreetly. Each item is carry-on friendly and slim enough to slip into a pocket, purse or wallet. Perfectly portable, La Fresh® makes beauty a breeze when you’re on-the-go. For a refreshing getaway, grab any Travel Lite® and Live. Life. La Fresh. ]]
Full Size: $1.99 || Received: $1.99 *FULL SIZED*

Will edit entry with reviews as I try them out!

Topbox March 2013 — Aveda

For March’s Topbox, we got to pick between Aveda, Pure + Simple, or I think there might have been one other brand, but I can’t really remember. If we decided to not place a Privé on our wishlist or if we were not randomly selected to receive the Privé box we wish for, we would receive the regular March box. I picked Aveda because the Pure + Simple boxes only had two items, although I think they were full-size (at least one of them was a full-sized item). For the Aveda box we were able to choose whether it’s aimed for curly hair or straight hair. I chose straight.



Aveda // Smooth Infusion Style Prep Smoother

[[ Exclusive plant infusion blend creates a smooth surface on hair. ]]
Full Size: $30/100mL || Received: $6/20mL (2 x 10mL)

Aveda // Light Elements Smoothing Fluid

[[ A fluid styling formula that adds shine and movement as it restores a healthy feel and look to hair. ]]
Full Size: $34/100mL || Received: $3.40/10mL

Aveda // Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

[[ Daily leave-in treatment instantly repairs damaged hair, helps protect against heat styling and detangles to prevent further damage. ]]
Full Size: $30/100mL || Received: $3.00/10mL

Aveda // Hand Relief

[[ Incredily rich moisture therapy soothes dry, chapped hands – leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. ]]
Full Size: $28/125mL || Received: $2.24/10mL

Aveda // Foot Relief

[[ Treat your feet to a soothing creme blended with active herbs, fruit acids, and plant derived oils. ]]
Full Size: $28/125mL || Received: $2.24/10mL

Aveda // Tourmaline charged Exfoliating Cleanser

[[ A daily cleanser with jojoba exfoliating beads helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities. ]]
Full Size: $38/150mL || Received: $1.77/7mL

Aveda // Tourmaline charged Radiant Skin Refiner

[[ Creamy, clay-based scrub exfoliates with bamboo extract and energizes with tourmaline to leave skin radiant and refined. ]]
Full Size: $50/100mL || Received: $3.50/7mL

Aveda // Tourmaline Charged Hydrating Creme

[[ Hydrates, protects, and infuses life and radiance into your skin. ]]
Full Size: $53/50mL || Received: $7.42/7mL

It’s nice getting such a big variety of things, but I would prefer if there were a little less and bigger sizes instead.

Approximate value: $29.57
Will edit post with reviews as I try them.

Glymm February 2013

This was my last bag for Glymm. I unsubscribed after they decided to raise the price even for their long time subscribers. It’s now at $15 for everyone. I was already thinking of stopping my subscription with them. I didn’t yet though because my grandma said that if I was thinking of dropping Glymm, she’ll take over my subscription. At $15 though I don’t think it’s worth it for anyone.

Glymm changed their shipping date to end of the month instead of the middle of the month. Not a great start to things. I received my February Glymm bag in March. It wasn’t even worth it.




Purely Pro // Eye Shadow (Luxury)

[[ Purely Pro’s eyeshadows are formulated with cutting edge technology. Gorgeous color choices and luminous pigments allow for a smooth and gentle experience on one of the most delicate parts of the face. The luminous pigments featured throughout the line help to expertly expertly contour the eyes for a professional look. ]]
Full Size: $18.00/1.7g || Received: $18.00/1.7g *FULL SIZED*

Villainess // Ginger Snapped Bar Soap

[[ Introducing Ginger Snapped! This sinfully scented bar soap from Villainess features sweet cinnamon and rich cardamom, blended together with spicy ginger and a hint of innocent vanilla. ]]
Full Size: 99g/$6.00 || Received: ??

NailUV // Gel Polish (Berry Sweetie)

[[ Nailuv’s unique nail gel polish formula is a long-lasting, smudge resistant and soak-off alternative to nail lacquer. Nailuv’s LED UV-curable nail gel glides on smoothly for a sheer or mirror-glass finish. Nailuv’s gel polish removes easily. Nailuv’s sleek and sexy shades are long-wearing, lightweight, promising a perfect seamless nail polish finish each time. ]]
Full Size: 15ml/$14.95 || Received: ??

This is one of the most pointless products to give us; along with the hair extensions they gave us back then. Why do I say that? To use this product, we need to use a UV/LED light. Why even give us this polish???

Femme Couture // Monster Gloss (Angel Kiss)

[[ Femme Couture Monster Gloss is a highly moisturizing lip gloss that creates luscious, smooth, and full lips. This gloss comes with a large wand which makes for an easy application, all while keeping your lips moist and intense with color and shine. ]]
Full Size: 10.4g/$9.00 || Received: 10.4g/$9.00 *FULL SIZED*