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One of my recent makeup kit mainstays is Ofra Lipstick #205. This is the other option to receive from the Beauty SOS Glamourbox last year. I got my #202 (red) from that, and this #205 I bought from Shayne.

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It is what I would describe as orchid pink, although it leans a lot more violet on the tube. There is a small window on the bottom that lets you see the shade.

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As I said, on the tube it looks a lot like purplish pink.

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Here is the arm swatch. See what I mean about orchid pink? It’s actually quite dainty and lighter than what the color in the tube looks like.

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One of the things I really like about this lipstick is that it looks different depending on whether you blotted the lipstick or not. Check out the lip swatches here.

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Here’s a face shot with the non-blotted version. You can really see the sheen of the lipstick here.

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And here is another shot, this time blotted. The sheen is now much more muted, and it looks almost matte.

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I really like that I can choose to go either matte or shiny with this lipstick. It also smells like vanilla, which I really like. It lasts relatively long, about 4 hours, without drinking or eating. Unfortunately it has a tendency to transfer, so be careful about that. This looks like a standard 4g or 3.5g lipstick, and costs Php650.

Ofra is cruelty-free.

Pros: beautiful orchid pink shade; relatively long lasting; cruelty-free

Cons: price; transfers

Ofra Lipstick #205 is available through the Glamourbox Boutique, as well as selected Snoe outlets and Glamourbox stalls.

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Quite an almost-alliteration! Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Laguna Beach is unabashedly my favorite in the Flawless Beauty Glamourbox that was recently released. I love Ofra lipsticks and have always lemmed for the liquid lipsticks available at Glamourbox Boutique. You won’t believe just how excited I was when I saw this inside the subbie box (there was some squealing involved)!

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The lipstick came in a black box with a little window to show you the shade, and the actual tube is a transparent one with a black cap. The shade name is clearly written on the tube.

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The wand itself is just a doe foot applicator. It’s adequate enough to apply the lipstick onto the lips, but is not a very good one for defining the cupid’s bow. For better application, I would recommend using a lip brush. [Pardon this shot. For some reason the macro setting focused on the tube instead of the wand.]

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Here again is the arm swatch. From this and the product color on the wand we can see that Laguna Beach is some sort of peachy pink/plum sort of shade.

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Let’s move on to the lip swatches! Here is a comparison of bare lips and one with Laguna Beach.

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It looks a lot muted here than what the arm swatch suggests. Here’s a closer look at the lips.

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Upon closer inspection, Laguna Beach is actually a pretty pale pink. As it is a liquid lipstick, there needs to be a little bit of wait time for the lipstick to dry and settle. It dries matte, but unfortunately has a tendency to emphasize the lip lines. To test the longevity of it, I took another photo after four hours and a meal (Brightest Bulb in a Box‘s lipstick longevity test).

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It’s still somewhat there but a little faded, and is a lot more evident on the outer edges of my lips. I would say that this is fairly long lasting, as long as you don’t eat or drink so much. It is still a pretty interesting lipstick for me (my second liquid one, but my most used so far!). Did I mention it smells so good? It has a very appealing vanilla pastry scent that makes me want to buy cupcakes. This costs a pretty steep Php950, but it has 8 grams of product (usual lipstick tubes contain 3.5-4 grams). Ofra Cosmetics is a cruelty-free company.

Disclaimer: I buy Glamourboxes with my own money. I am not required to write this post.

 

Hot on the heels of the Beauties and Babies box, Glamourbox releases a new box with the theme Flawless Beauty! I am pretty excited to receive that box honestly because I was expecting a particular brand to be featured due to the theme. Let’s see what’s inside, shall we?

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As mentioned, the theme is Flawless Beauty. This box aims to provide us with flaw-fixers and restore us to our natural beauty.

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Read on to find out what’s inside!

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Preface: I am now moving on to the actual individual Glamourbox titles instead of sticking them to a specific month. Now that Glamourbox is not really a monthly box, it just makes sense. In addition, I received the box kind of in between two months, which makes it difficult to tell which month it belongs to!

Moving on to business! This is quite a special Glamourbox in that the target market is mothers. I find that it’s a refreshing thing and as a mother I am looking forward to seeing what it contains. I can see though that it might turn off some potential subscribers especially if they aren’t mothers or there are no babies or young kids in their lives.

Beauties and Babies: Motherhood is such an exciting moment in any woman’s life. Whether you are expecting, or blessed with a bundle of joy, embrace everything beautiful that comes with it with this curated beauty and skincare selection!

The box of course is the usual sturdy Glamourbox box, with pink tissue hiding all that goodness.

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And here’s what’s inside! Check out this full box, whoa!

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Read on for more information about each individual item.

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Whoa this is pretty late already, but I figured I might as well still post a review. I got this Pixi Glow Magic Tink Tint in Happy Thoughts Pink from the April Glamourbox (2013).

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It is a twist-up chubby pencil type of lip gloss with a clear plastic cap, and the shade I received is Happy Thoughts Pink. As you can see below, it has 3 grams of product.

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It is also trademarked by Disney for using the Tinkerbell branding. See if you can spot Tinkerbell in the photo below.

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I’ve been using this for quite some time, which can be evidenced by the pretty beat up state of my tube. I have some pink stains on the tip of the tube and where the cap ends. The cap itself is cracked in several places, which I fixed with the help of several wraps of scotch tape. I think I shoved the tube into its cap way too vigorously, hence the cracks.

It applies on clear on the lips, but deepens into a nice pinkish glow after a few minutes.

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Bare lips

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With one layer of Magic Tink Tint

After a few hours, it settles into a nice glossy pinkish red. I love how it doesn’t feel sticky on the lips, and it actually has a faint sweet taste and scent. It keeps my lips moisturized. This can last for a few hours, but will not survive eating and drinking.

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Tinted Brilliance Balms like this are Php790 at the Glamourbox Boutique. They have several shades available, and are bringing in more!

Pros: beautiful shade; nonsticky; moisturizing; convenient twist-up pencil

Cons: slightly expensive

Pixi cosmetics can be bought from the Glamourbox Boutique and certain Snoe Beauty stores. Pixi is cruelty-free.

One of the items I received in the Secret Santa Glamourbox is this bottle of The Cream Factory Bath Cream in Goat’s Milk and Seaweed.

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It’s the smaller 221ml bottle, and is usually not available by itself. It comes in a variety 3-pack (Php799) and is available at the Glamourbox Boutique. It is also available in a huge 768ml bottle, and costs Php699. Here’s what the bottle looks like at the back.

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And here’s the list of ingredients.

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The product itself is a slightly runny milky substance. What I do is to put a swirl of it into a loofah or bath sponge and apply in circular motion all over the body. I like using this especially at the end of stressful days. The scent is wonderfully relaxing, and it is quite moisturizing as well.

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I really love this! I am planning to get myself a 3-pack so I can try the other variants. The Cream Factory is cruelty-free.

Pros: luxurious and stress-relieving; wonderful scent; moisturizing; available in many supermarkets

Cons: a little expensive

Six months after the first ever Glamourbox Special Edition, Glamourbox releases its second one, this time from Snoe! Ever since GB announced a partnership with Snoe (they carry a huge amount of Snoe products in the Boutique) I have foreseen, or at least hoped pretty hard, that they will release a special edition from Snoe. They didn’t disappoint! Glamourbox opens 2014 with a bang with this awesome Special Edition Snoe Glamourbox!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead! [You can click on each photo for a bigger size.]

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Unfortunately, unlike the Avon Glamourbox, the Snoe box just came in the standard Glamourbox print. It doesn’t really detract from the experience, but I am a huge fan of limited editions and would have wanted a Snoe-printed box to go with the Avon one. 😛

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Here is a sneak peek which I uploaded to twitter a few hours ago. Check out that big bottle teasing us with surprise goodness!

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This is the welcome card for this month. I like how that white burst really pops out and is a great representation of the new year. I will show you the back of it at the end of the post.

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Here are the contents of the box when you remove the welcome card. Check out those awesome products! Let me show them to you one by one, in the order of preference.

Let me first confess that I was hoping for a makeup-leaning box, but instead we get a more bath and body concentrated experience. I don’t really mind, honestly, since I do get to try Snoe products that I wouldn’t have thought of trying.

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In any case there is still one makeup product in the box: the Snoe Poudre Extraordinaire. I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews of this product, notably from Liz of Project Vanity, and I’ve been wanting to try this ever since. I received this really cute sample tub, and I think the shade is the lightest, Vanilla Creme. This is a mineral powder that contains acai berry, and claims to protect the skin from free radicals, tightens and smoothens fine lines yet totally blends naturally into the skin. Let us also not overlook the fact that this has SPF. I have no idea how much product this sample has, but the full size of 35g costs Php799. It didn’t come with a brush or sponge applicator.

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The next one in my favorites list is the biggest item in the box: Snoe Hair Heroes Agent Zero Cleansing Serum. It’s an all-around cleanser made specifically for sensitive skin (yay!), and contains no fragrance, sulfates, and silicones. It can be used for both hair and body, and claims to be gentle enough even for babies. I’m so excited to try this out! Check out the label design, I like the tux detail that supports the “Agent Zero” theme. Props also for having the manufacture and expiry dates clearly printed on the back. This is the full sized bottle (250ml) and costs Php599. This product alone pays back the cost of the subscription (Php595).

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I was very intrigued by this next product: Snoe Body Ritual Recipes Whipped Body Frosting Lotion. I had originally thought, hey that’s a really cute pink bottle. A closer look shows that the bottle is actually transparent, and it is the product that is actually pink! It’s a lotion filled with goodness in the form of Vitamin E, papaya extracts, and SPF15, and smells really great too! I love lotions and this is a welcome addition to my arsenal. This looks to be full sized, 150g, which costs Php249. It’s a little more expensive per gram compared to the Human Heart Nature body butters.

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Next we have a new form of the Beso Balm: the Bedside Besobalm Deep Moisturizing Lip Treatment in Pink Pout Pucker. It’s made to be used while sleeping, how cool is that! It’s also perfectly timed, as the cold weather is wrecking havok on lips. The welcome card claims that it “creates luscious pink lips”, so I’m thinking this has some amount of lip color/stain as well. This full size 4g tube costs Php249.

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We now come to a pair of soaps that Snoe was originally known for. These are both whitening soaps called Snow White Beauty Bar, and the variants I got were Organic Papaya and Lightening Licorice. The Organic Papaya one is an exfoliator and aims to treat blemishes and dark spots, while the Lightening Licorice is supposed to brighten and nourish skin for a younger complexion. While I am not really interested in whitening, I like interesting soaps like these so I am happy to receive them too. Each of these soaps is 150g and costs Php139. Again check out the manufacture and expiry dates printed on the back.

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Lastly we have the Snoe Fizzy Clean Foaming Hand Sanitizer. I am honestly not a big fan of fancy hand sanitizers as I am perfectly content with my bag mainstay (Bench Alcogel). Snoe’s hand sanitizer is supposed to be a quirky one because it foams up. This one is 50ml and costs Php179, which is really quite steep for a hand sanitizer. The bottle is also huge and obviously contains liquid, which makes it not quite portable.

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My impressions of the Snoe Glamourbox Special Edition: This is a much awaited box for me, and it mostly delivered! I like the fact that I get to try products I wouldn’t normally consider buying, and I still get to try a makeup item as well. Snoe is also (as far as I know) cruelty-free so I’m really quite happy about that.

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Value review: The total value of this box, excluding the poudre sample and the hand sanitizer, is Php1375. This is already more than twice the box cost of Php595! I really don’t mind the fact that a lot of that is just one product (agent zero) because I still get to try all these interesting items. Admittedly, this is also way less than the average box value of Glamourbox (Php1800) but keep in mind that I didn’t include the value of the poudre sample and the hand sanitizer. Again I am so so pleased with the Special Edition, and I’m really looking forward to the next one!

You can read more about the Snoe company at their website, and you can browse prices at their online store. Snoe products are available in various locations and can also be found at the Glamourbox Boutique.

I’m sure you are aware of the resting bitch face. Urban dictionary defines it as “a person, usually a girl, who naturally looks mean when her face is expressionless, without meaning to.” Fortunately, I don’t have that, but I do have what I would call resting sad face. Apparently I look sad or depressed when I am expressionless. I have more than one person per week come up to me asking if I’m okay, when I was actually feeling pretty upbeat! Maybe I need to smile more…

Anyway! I would like to share with you one of the ways I reuse my empty Glamourboxes. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but Glamourboxes are pretty large and sturdy and really quite reusable.

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Since the boxes are nicely sturdy, I use them as trays/containers for my nail polishes. Here you see one and a half Glamourboxes holding my favorite polishes and nail art equipment. I also use another box as a tray where I put my selected supplies so I don’t need to bring an entire box of polishes every time.

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Here’s a closer look at the individual trays. This box is where I put my (growing) collection of Dazzle Dry nail polishes. On the corner is my lone Rescue Beauty Lounge lacquer.

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This one holds my “other” brands. I have here a surprising amount of OMG polishes and a bit of Girlstuff, Models Own, San San, Essence, and Etude House. There’s also lone representatives from Misa, BYS, and Bobbie.

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Finally this one holds my nail art supplies. Most of it is actually from the Nailinator as I won one of her contests.

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Writing this post makes me realize that I might have a bit too much nail polish (you don’t say?!). At the same time, I also feel like my boxes can hold a bit more bottles and there’s that really horrible nagging thought that I have maybe five more unused Glamourboxes hanging around. I…I’m addicted, aren’t I?

How do you recycle your subscription box boxes?

Last month I was not able to put up a haul post, so I am doing a collective haul post for these past two months.

Celeteque Clarifying Shampoo

I’ve already posted an initial impression of this clarifying shampoo, and I can say that this is such a great product! It resets your scalp and rids it of product buildup. In addition it also somehow conditions the hair, making it soft and silky. Just a note of warning: this shouldn’t be used more than once a week. This retails for Php200 for a 250-ml bottle.

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Fabulosa Rings and Necklaces

I received a simple necklace from Fabulosa in my Secret Santa Glamourbox. I loved it so much that I immediately purchased three ringsets. About a week later Fabulosa held an auction for more of those simple gold fashion necklaces, and I won it! I now have four new necklaces (the fifth will be included in a giveaway!). Fabulosa’s Amanda is so personable and easy to deal with, and I am looking forward to getting one or two of the statement necklaces. The ring sets are normally Php350 (set of 3 rings) but if you purchase two or more sets it goes down to Php300.

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Paper Chic Studio Washi Tape Set

One of my purchases at the World Bazaar (same day that I visited Bloggers United 6) was this washi tape set from Paper Chic Studio. This is my first experience with washi tapes and so far my daughter is loving it. Myself, I’ve only tried it on a cannister of ear buds and my it looks fab. I got this set for only Php50.

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Gift from Kira of Elegantly Wasted

Let me just gush like the fangirl I am. One of my goals when visiting Bloggers United 6 was to meet as many of my blog heroes as I can. Kira of Elegantly Wasted is one of them, and luckily enough I did get to meet her there! She is so sweet and charming, and she didn’t mind so much that I looked quite dorky in this photo (check out her rad necklace!). After a quick chat and the photo session I took my leave. It was therefore quite a shock when she sent me this gift, and wow I was flabbergasted when I opened it. The pack included a cute desk calendar, a bliv face mask, three samples of a VMV cream cleanser plus a voucher, Maybelline Color Sensational in Tinted Taupe, a sample of Benefit They’re Real Mascara, and three pots of Silk Naturals mineral eye color. Holy wow! Did I mention wow? Thanks so much Kira!

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Models Own Nail Polishes

As part of my holiday order from Glamourbox Boutique (I gave away gift sets to my girlaloos), I got myself a couple of polishes I’ve been lemming for a while now. These are Fuzzy Peach (a nice bright pink-leaning peach) and Blizzard (a color-fest silver gliter topper), Php365 each.

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Glamourbox Tote

This very useful canvas tote from Glamourbox is a bonus item when you purchase more than Php2000 worth from the Boutique. I easily went over the minimum when I went christmas shopping and got this wonderful tote.

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OMG Nail Polishes

A chance trip to Landmark Makati brought me to the OMG display shelf, and I was excited to see some new shades. I bought three for myself that day: Jive (a deep blue), Happy Hour (a shimmery dark purple), and Gold Digger (a bright metallic gold). I’ve already swatched the first with great results. Each bottle of polish costs Php19.75.

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Nail Glue

That same trip to Landmark got me a bottle of nail glue. I need this to try out my new nail studs which I won from The Nailinator‘s giveaway. I think this costs Php40 or thereabouts.

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Solemate Flats

I am typically not a flats person, as I prefer going around in socks-and-shoes/boots combo. My office christmas party required a filipiniana attire and I needed appropriate shoes for it. Luckily I saw these black Solemate flats with some sort of woven texture and can readily pass for filipiniana. Solemate at SM Makati was having a sale, buy-1-take-1 of selected flats for Php399, so I got this nice cream pair with bow detail as well. I think I am now a convert! These feel so nice and comfy on the feet!

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Sample Room Haul

On the 11th day of christmas I grabbed a Colour Collection Age Defying BB Cream CoQ10 & Green Tea Extract SPF45 and a Sappe Beauti Drink (Fiber 8,000 mg with L-carnitine), all for 140 points. I enjoyed my first CC BB cream (reviewed here) and I expect I would enjoy this one as well. And since I had extra points, I grabbed that beauty drink as well just to try it out.

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Dazzle Dry Essentials and Nail Polish

Dazzle Dry had a holiday sale where all items in their store got a major discount! I grabbed myself some essentials, two bottles of Nail Prep (Php100 each) and a top coat (Php400), as well as four bottles of nail polish at Php360 each. I was able to score the following shades: Arctic Sunset, Morning Dew, Pixie Green with Envy, and Blueberry Sno Cone. Can’t wait to show you my swatches!

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After a long period of no unboxing, I finally get to do my favorite activity again! Presenting the much-awaited December Glamourbox: Secret Santa! Glamourbox says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we bring you delightful goodies to jazz up your holidays. Here’s to a glitzy Christmas and more divine beauty discoveries for the New Year!” Let’s see what our holiday box contains!

Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead! [You can click on each photo for a bigger size.]

The welcome card greets us upon unboxing, containing the abovementioned quote.

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Here is the back of the welcome card.

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The very first thing that jumps out at you when you unwrap the paper wrapper is this big and heavy bottle of The Cream Factory Bath Cream. There’s been a recent buzz on this luxurious-sounding (and -smelling!) bath cream and I regret not being able to try this out for myself. Thankfully Glamourbox included it in the holiday box and I am so excited to try this out! I got the Goat’s Milk & Seaweed variant. The full sized bottle (768ml) costs Php699 (this one is 221ml, costing Php201.44) and is available in the Glamourbox Boutique (they have nine variants available!).

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The next thing I noticed in the box is this cute Holika Holika Pure Mellow Multi-Puff. It is similar to the much-raved Beauty Blender sponge and I expect the purpose is the same. According to the welcome card this is to be used for any cream product for the face. It’s very small, and for some reason it smells yummy! I can’t decide whether to try it right away, or to not use it at all as it’s too cute! This full sized puff (25g) is Php265.

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There is another Holika Holika product in the box, a sampler of Face 2 Change CC Cream in Pink Beige. This will be my first CC Cream experience, and I am so excited to see how it differs from BB creams. This CC cream contains hyaluronic acid and argan oil, great for the skin! It also has SPF32! This is probably a 10-ml sample at best (full sized 50ml at Php855) so this tube costs Php171. Other Holika Holika products are available at the Glamourbox Boutique.

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The next biggest item in the box is Avon Fragrance in Only Imagine. Normally I would have been disappointed in getting fragrance in my beauty boxes, but I am making an exception with this one. The bottle of Only Imagine is just too pretty, and it even comes with a cute scrunchie decoration! I’m torn between keeping this to myself or gifting it to someone who likes fragrance more than me. It smells good btw! This full sized 50ml bottle costs Php1500 (wow!). I hope Glamourbox offers Avon products in their Boutique soon!

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A tiny bottle from Zen Zest is what caught my attention next. Strangely enough it’s not a beauty or fashion item. It’s Kitchen Fragrance in Choco Cappucino, a spray fragrance to remove overpowering food scents. I feel a little ambivalent about this, since I don’t cook as often recently. It will come in useful when I do though, so I’m keeping this! I love Zen Zest fragrances in general so I don’t doubt that this will work. This 50ml sample costs Php50 (full size 250ml is Php250). Zen Zest is available in most malls I believe.

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One of my favorite items in this box is the bonus item Fabulosa Necklace, a very simple gold chain with wings pendant. I love wings so this one is just perfect for me! I wore it right away and it looks awesome even with just a tshirt. Fabulosa is a statement jewelry shop in facebook and offers gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings. This particular sample necklace even comes with a discount code!

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The second bonus item included in Secret Santa is a pair of skin care samples from Paula’s Choice. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brand and I look forward to trying these out. I got a Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Lotion (an exfoliant) and a Skin Balancing Invisible Finish Moisture Gel (a moisturizer). Paula’s Choice products can be ordered through their website here.

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Lastly we have a 10% off voucher from Strip It, applicable until January 2014. It can be applied to their sugaring kits and other skin and body care products.

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My impression of the Secret Santa Glamourbox: I really love this month’s box! My favorite items are The Cream Factory bath cream and the Fabulosa necklace, and I don’t at all object to the other items in this box. Most of the brands are new to me (except Avon and Zen Zest)  and I appreciate being able to try them out. Kudos on another great box, Glamourbox!

Value review: The total value of this box is about Php2100, excluding the bonus items (Fabulosa necklace and Paula’s Choice skincare samples) and voucher. This is about three times the subscription cost of Php595, which is a pretty good value. Granted more than half of that is the Avon fragrance, I still think it’s pretty good. Looking forward to the next one!


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