Glymm February 2013 Box featuring Villainess Ginger Snapped soap, Nailluv Gel Polish, Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow, and Femme Couture Monster Gloss.

Glymm Box: February 2013

For those unaware, I canceled my Glymm subscription in January. But due to their cancelation policy, I got stuck with another month of box service. So why am I writing my Glymm February 2013 review on March 14th? Because my February box showed up yesterday. The box being delivered was actually a surprise, too – I didn’t even get a shipping notification. What I was able to gather from online subscriber rage was that most boxes were shipped around February 28th, which is completely ridiculous. For those waiting on March’s box, expect it in April. Or July.

This box had several nice products and it was nice to actually receive makeup again. But for all the good, there was a lot of bad. On the bright side, this box further vindicates my subscription cancelation. Keep reading to see why.

Glymm February 2013 Box featuring Villainess Ginger Snapped soap, Nailluv Gel Polish, Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow, and Femme Couture Monster Gloss.

Glymm February 2013 Box featuring Villainess Ginger Snapped soap, Nailuv Gel Polish, Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow, and Femme Couture Monster Gloss.

From a glance, this does look like a nice box (oh how appearances can be deceiving). I will say that it was very nice to see Glymm including actual makeup again. For months it was primarily soap, skincare, haircare, and creams – such a bore! My favourite aspect of ipsy, for example, is the diverse array of makeup samples and tools. I’m glad Glymm finally got back on board.

Glymm Accessories Cosmetic Bag: As always, very nice bag, and I especially loved the Valentines themed hearts. The glossy cloth material was also a nice change – I was about done with the patent bags and also running out of people to give them to. This one I’ll be keeping.

Value: $12.00 CAD
Buy: Glymm Online Shop

Heart Shaped Lollipop: I know a lot of other reviewers have already kicked up a shit-storm over this counting as one of our 5 “luxe samples”, so I’ll save you a repeat of such sentiments. While it was a sweet V-Day concept, the theme is null and void when 1) the boxes don’t arrive until March, and 2) a 25 cent candy takes the place of a cosmetic item. That’s a cheap copout. If Glymm opted to include the candy in addition to 5 items, that would have been lovely, the inclusion of sugar aside. What they did was pretty low, especially after they increased subscription prices in January.

ShinySet promo card: Subscribers also received a 50% off coupon for ShinySet.com, a jewelry subscription service. The site provides few examples and little information. Not exactly a place I’d willingly give $24.99 a month. I could be wrong, but the entire thing looks greasy. Hey Glymm, how about a 50% off coupon for YOUR store instead next time?

Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine

Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine

Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine: Full sized products are always welcome, so it was nice to see this. I, personally, hadn’t used any lip products by Femme Couture before but was happy to try. The plastic wrap on mine was slightly bound to the end of the tube, making for a bit of a mess. It looks like it had melted, which initially made me weary as, considering the temperatures here in Canada this time of year, this didn’t happen in transit.

Femme Couture Monster Gloss applicator

Femme Couture Monster Gloss applicator

Monster Gloss has a fairly large and fuzzy applicator, and while it was fine for me as I do have full lips, I can see this applicator being a nuisance for individuals with thin lips. If you fall into this category, best avoid this gloss. The size of the applicator also made it difficult for me to even out and touch up areas near the corners of my mouth.

The gloss has a sugary-sweet scent like candy frosting, and I personally find it a little sickly. Texture wise, the gloss applies thick but isn’t sticky, which is a plus. Some glosses also dry too quick and turn goopy, like our lips have an uneven film across them – this gloss does not do that.

Swatch of Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine

Swatch of Femme Couture Monster Gloss in Divine

Divine is a rich purple/plum colour – not exactly great for someone as pale as me. After a half hour of wear, however, the colour subsided but the sparkle remained. After this, the colour worked better with my skintone and gave my lips a lot of shimmer though not as much shine.

Cost wise, your basic drug store lip gloss can go for $5-10, so this gloss is on the higher end of normal ($9). Value is thus not so hot.

Regular: $9.00 CAD for 10.4 g (0.37 oz.)

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RECOMMENDATION:
Nailuv Gel Polish in Berry Sweetie

Nailuv Gel Polish in Berry Sweetie

Nailuv Gel Polish in Berrie Sweetie: Oh sorry Glymm, I can’t review or use this product because I seem to have misplaced my own personal UV lamp. Since everyone clearly has one lying around.

I don’t think I could write anything that would possibly convey the pure and utter stupidity of Glymm having included this item. At the end of the day, it was a poorly formulate ploy to get subscribers to buy a UV lamp from their online store. You know, for $70.00. Yeah right. Oh, and don’t forget the bonder, too, kids. Ka-ching.

But all that aside, I really don’t like gel polish in general. I frequently do my own nails and I also love to indulge in a bimonthly manicure or pedicure – we all have our guilty pleasures. I never never get gel polish treatments, though, and for several reasons, the primary one being it’s toxic to you and your aesthetician. I’d be more than happy to write a large editorial on why gel polish isn’t your friend, but Dr. Susan Taylor has already written a very eloquent and well researched piece. I highly recommend you read it before you decide to go gel.

Sample Value: $4.00 CAD for 4 mL
Regular: $15.00 CAD for 15 mL

Villainess Ginger Snapped bar soap

Villainess Ginger Snapped bar soap

Villainess Ginger Snapped bar soap: I like Villainess. Not only are they cruelty free, they make nice bath and skincare products. Products smell delicious, apply nicely, and leave skin feeling fresh and clean. What more can you want?

This soap smells of ginger, cinnamon, and vanilla. The scent is strong but pleasant and nice for a guest, main, or private bathroom. Although not aesthetically stunning, this soap lathers nicely, doesn’t dry out skin, and leaves hands fresh and residue free. Villainess’ soaps are also well priced, so if you like scent indulgence, it’s well worth the purchase.

Sample Value: $0.79 CAD for ~14 g (0.5 oz.).
Regular: $5.50 CAD for 99 g (3.5 oz.)

APPLICATION EFFECTIVENESS SCENT TEXTURE VALUE
RECOMMENDATION:
Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow in Luxury

Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow in Luxury

Purely Pro Cosmetics eye shadow in Luxury: The photo is a bit deceptive as the light filtered oddly through the top half  of the container, making the shadow look more blue than brown, but Luxury is a slate brown.

The shadow is fairly matte, applies lightly, and lasts all day.

Swatch of Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow in Luxury

Swatch of Purely Pro Cosmetics eyeshadow in Luxury

There is nothing starry or conflicting about this shadow. It is what it is. What it isn’t, however, is cheap. These beauties are $18 a pop which is far to expensive for 0.06 oz. in my humble opinion.

1.7 g (0.06 oz.)

Regular: $18.00 CAD for 1.7 g (0.06 oz.)

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Overall, this box looked nice on a glance but contained some sub-par products, only 4 makeup samples, one unusable sample (unless you happen to have a pricey accessory kicking around, which most don’t), and didn’t arrive until the following month. Subscribers don’t pay for backdated products, hence my low Overall Impression. Box value: $31.79 CAD ($43.79 CAD including bag)

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I’m so glad I canceled my Glymm subscription. Stay tuned for my ipsy and Topbox reviews!


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