Glymm Stocking Stuffer – Holiday Special 2012
If you occasionally-to-frequently frequent Ever Vain, you know I’m a Glymm subscriber. What you probably didn’t know was that I tend to stalk their online shop to an almost shameful degree. We all have hobbies; mine just appears to be window shopping. Que sera, sera and all that jazz.
Last month I nearly chucked my Cheerios (or might have physically, if I recall), when I saw an ad on Glymm’s Facebook page for their 2012 Stocking Stuffer Holiday Special. Not only did it have the questionable thrill of getting 10 unknown samples and a makeup tote, it also contained a $40.00 gift card to the Glymm online shop. In total, a supposed $135.00 CAD value. And the cost for all the above? $35.00 CAD. Sign me up, Scotty.
Although intended to be bought as a holiday gift for others, I love myself so much that I thought I deserved to give me (because I’m so generous) an early Christmas gift. I know, I know, I’m so selfless. Nevertheless, my Stocking Stuffer arrived in the mail just last night, so I thought I’d unwrap in and show you guys what the 10 “mystery” samples in fact are.
At a glance, the 2012 Stocking Stuffer boasts 1 cosmetic bag, 1 $40.00 gift card, 1 Lash Card packet, 2 Cyberderm samples (H20 Hydration and PM Anti-Age), 1 Caudalie shampoo, 1 Caudalie Cleansing Water, 1 miniset of 4 Naked Princess Naked Shine lipglosses, 1 Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask, 1 Clark’s Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream, 1 Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, 1 Villainess whipped body creme, and 1 Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe restorative hair treatment.
Glymm Accessories Cosmetic Bag: Despite my utter disappointment with Glymm’s November 2012 box, the actual cosmetic bag that the samples came in was gorgeous. This bag is the golden equivalent. Good texture, great zipper, flashy. You won’t easily lose it, unless you’re blind.
Item Value: $12.00 CAD
With the exception of the gift card, I grouped these items together because I have previously received and reviewed them. Villainess Dulces en Fuego Whipped! Body Creme and Lash Card were featured in my Glymm September 2012 review, and Cyberderm H20 Hydration and Cyberderm PM Anti-Age were reviewed in my Glymm October 2012 post. All 4 products are fantastic, in my opinion, and I still use my Lash Cards every day to apply mascara. The Villainess body cream is also great for treating winter-induced dry skin.
Lash Card (2 cards) sample value: $1.40 USD (Regular $6.99 USD)
Villainess Dulces en Fuego Whipped! Body Cream (5 g) sample value: ~$0.50 CAD (Regular $15.75 CAD)
Cyberderm H20 Hydration (5 mL) sample value: $6.00 CAD (Regular $60.00 CAD)
Cyberderm PM Anti-Age (5 mL) sample value: $11.50 CAD (Regular $115.00 CAD)
Glymm.com $40 Gift Card: Worth knowing is that is can only be used at the Glymm online beauty boutique and can only be used on purchases over $40.00 before tax. The card does have an expiry date, but the date is December 31st, 2013, so you have over a year to use it. The card is not applicable to subscriptions (gift or otherwise) and cannot be combined with Loyalty Reward Points. Beyond that, shop away.
While upset I can’t combined it with my Loyalty Reward Points (lets say I’ve racked up a few), the gift card doesn’t have product restrictions on it (beyond subscriptions) so that’s fairly encouraging.
Caudalie Gentle Conditioning Shampoo: I’m becoming biased towards Caudalie, I think, because of all the products by Caudalie Paris I’ve used and sampled this year, I’ve been extraordinarily pleased with each and every one. Caudalie cosmetics tend to use plant and grape extracts, thus have a very light and gentle scent, and also work to hydrate and slow visible aging. I have yet to try the shampoo, but it, too has the typical light Caudalie scent. Very pleasant and unlikely to draw attention in scent-free environments.
Sample Size: 30 mL (1 fl. oz.)
Sample Value: $2.69 CAD
Regular: 200 mL (6.7 fl. oz.) for $18.00 CAD
Caudalie Cleansing Water for face and eyes: For ages, I was oddly hesitant to use cleansers. I was of the mindset, “I use makeup remover cloths and wash my face with water every day. I’m fiiiiine.” But when you start using cleansers (and if you’re using the right one), you soon realize that that’s a sad perspective. Back last year, I purchased a Dead Sea Premier facial cleanser and instantly fell in love. The amount of dirt, dead skin, and missed makeup it got off after makeup cloths and a shower was very humbling.
You can use Caudalie Cleansing Water in the morning and evening – just put a little on a cotton pad and apply to face. It’s good for all skins types and doesn’t need to be washed off. I read a review a while back (I apologize as I can’t even remember where) and the reviewer suggested using it in the morning after waking up to see its true grit. Valid, as most of use wake up with racoon eyes from missed makeup and greasy morning face. I only applied a little to one cotton pad, and it quickly disposed of makeup smears I couldn’t even see, grease, and dead skin. It also left my skin feeling hydrated, soft, and refreshed. Overall, highly recommended.
Sample Size: 30 mL (1 fl. oz.)
Sample Value: $4.12 CAD
Regular: 100 mL (3.4 fl. oz.) for $14.00 CAD
Joico K-Pak Revitaluxe Bio-Advanced Restorative Treatment: This product is designed to revitalize, nourish, and repair dry, damaged hair. Directions are to apply to clean, wet hair and to leave on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing.
I’ve used Joico’s K-Pak line before, and I can attest that it’s good, especially for those of us with coloured and damaged hair. I haven’t used this particular Revitaluxe treatment yet, but Joico, by and large, make products that do what they’re advertised to do. I also know a few hairstylists that swear by Joico and exclusively use it themselves at home.
Sample Size: 50 mL (1.7 fl. oz.)
Sample Value: $8.32 CAD
Regular: 150 mL for $24.95 CAD
Naked Princess Naked Shine Luscious Lip Gloss: Kyuu previously reviewed Naked Princess lip gloss in her October 2012 Birchbox post, and the verdict was, “recommended, if you’re willing to pay the price since it is more expensive than most glosses”. The price per regular sized gloss? $26.00 USD/CAD. While steep, I can also attest these glosses have a lovely tint, aren’t sticky, and don’t dry-clump easily.
The mini set of 4 comes inBarely Blush, Barely Coral, Barely Nude, and Barely Coco.
Sample Size: 0.25 g (0.008 oz.)
Sample Value: $2.08 CAD/USD per gloss; Total: $8.32
Regular: 0.1 oz. for $26.00 CAD/USD
Clark’s Botanicals Soothing Marine Cream: My first reaction, “Interesting smell?” It smells sweet, powdery like makeup, but also like something a little stale. The smell really puts me off, because it is noticeable after you’ve applied the cream. And I, personally, don’t like smelling sweet and stale.
The cream, however, has a nice texture, is non-oily, and is easily absorbed by the skin. My skin also felt powder-soft afterwards, which was nice. Still, I can’t get past the smell, so for me? Not recommended.
Sample Size: Unknown (Estimated: ~10 mL)
Sample Value: Unknown (Estimated: ~$23.00 CAD)
Regular: 50 mL (1.7 oz.) for $115.00 CAD
Clark’s Botanicals Intense Radiance Mask: Unlike the Marine Cream, this mask is scent-free (thankfully). I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so I cannot give a recommendation. The directions ask you apply the mask to clean skin, avoiding the eyes. Leave on for 25-30 minutes and rinse. They then recommend you follow with Soothing Marine Cream and repeat use 2-3 times a week.
Sample Size: Unknown (Estimated: ~10 mL)
Sample Value: Unknown (Estimated: ~$14.40 CAD)
Regular: 50 mL (1.7 oz.) for $72.00 CAD
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Rose: Oh my, the memories. I don’t know how I would have gotten through high school winters (back in 2005) without Burt’s Bees. I went to the oldest school in creation, I’m pretty sure, so between the non-existant air flow and poor climate control, winter was either damp and cold or freezing and so dry that you could watch your skin crinkle and crack. My lips took it the worst, but thanks to my Burt’s Bee lip balm, I had the softest lips while my other classmates tended to suffer.
These tinted lip balms are great if you want to protect your lips while giving them a little colour and life. While not a product to make yourself dazzle, it’s great for the moisturizing benefits and for a casual grocery shopping look. Overall, recommended.
Regular: 4.25 g for $7.99 CAD
Glymm attested this bag was worth $130.00 CAD. By my calculations, it was in fact $140.24 CAD, making it all the richer. And unless I can’t actually count, it contained 11 – not 10 – samples in addition to the gift card and cosmetic bag. Overall, well worth its $35.00 CAD price tag.
These Holiday Stuffers are still available at the Glymm online shop, so hurry over before it’s too late!
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