Monday, September 30, 2013

GLAMABOX SINGAPORE: SEPTEMBER 2013

Hello everyone! 

Firstly, I'm so sorry to keep you waiting for this post. Secondly, I’d like to let you all know that I’m having a blast here in Korea! Wuhoo! Yep, I’m still in Korea, in Seoul to be exact, but we're leaving tomorrow (insert sad face here), which means I'd be blogging about my 6D5N stay in Korea in a couple days. Yay! In the meantime, here's my September Glamabox unveiling post. :)



I got this package from Glamabox in the third week of this month but I was overwhelmed by the amount of tasks that I needed to finish before our Korea trip that I failed to post an unboxing for this sooner, but as you probably already know, I’m not called a late bloomer for nothing. And as cliché as this may sound, I’d still say that it’s better late than never.


CAREFULLY SEALED IN BUBBLE WRAP

How can you throw a box as artistically made as this? Gosh!

So let’s cut to the chase and proceed with the unveiling!

OH MY GOODIES!
ést.lab SunShield SPF 50 5ml
Retail Price: S$72 (30ml)
The ést.lab SunShield SPF 50 utilizes SmartVector ® UV technology, an intelligent solar protection system using UV sensitive marine DNA micro capsules that ensures that UV blockers are only released to the skin upon UV exposure. It is also infused with Vitamins C & E to provide moisturizing and anti-ageing benefits. ést.lab SPF 50 is also a tinted sunscreen that can be used as a moisturizing tinted make-up base to conceal blemishes and provide sheer coverage.
My Initial Reaction: I’m not familiar with this brand but seeing that this sunblock has SPF 50 and other skin friendly vitamins like C and E is enough to make me overjoyed for receiving it. I haven’t really used it yet. I’ll update this once I have tried and compared it with the other sunscreens I have used (and/or am currently using).

JaneClare HA Hydrating serum 2mlx3pcs
Retail Price: S$59 (15ml)
HA Hydrating serum is a highly concentrated serum combined with Hyaluronic acid, herbs (including Aloe vera and Cactus extracts), and Vitamins to provide skin moisture and to tighten and tone instantly. The resulting skin complexion looks younger, brighter and more radiant.
                
My Initial Reaction: They say that there are serums for almost everything and that if we want our other skincare products to be fully absorbed by our skin, we should incorporate the use of serums in our daily skincare routine. I can’t attest to it yet but I’m glad to have received this serum sample. They sent me three baby sachets and I can’t wait to use it.

Blueberry Revital Firming Mask 1pc
Retail Price: S$62 (3pcs/box)
Blueberry Revital Firming Mask with the freshest organic blueberries and bio-cellulose mask, turns the clock back for free radical-damaged and aging skin. Every single mask contains high-antioxidant essence which improves the skin's resilience and firmness. The bio-cellulose mask covers the entire face and eyes firmly, and helps the active ingredients run deeply into the skin.

My Initial Reaction: I’m a big believer of the power of masks but I also belong to the group of people who frequently say, “I have no time for masks”. Sadly, I’ve been having some trouble with my sched lately that pampering my skin with a facial mask is becoming a dreaded chore than a skin treat. Once I’ve figured out what to do and how to best manage my time, I surely will use this mask and will provide you all with a review (on express).


La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo 3ml×2pcs + Effaclar Gel Moussant 15ml
Retail Price: S$34 (125ml) + S$42 (40ml)

 Effaclar Duo can gently purify the skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum while leaving the skin clean and fresh with soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water.
My Initial Reaction: I honestly can’t remember how I initially reacted when I saw this. I mean, I recall being pretty ecstatic upon seeing wonderful skincare sample products in my loot but I can’t remember feeling anything specific towards this one, but I brought this with me, too. I just haven’t used it as I brought quite a bunch of sample products in this trip.

Effaclar Gel Moussant combines 4 active ingredients to act on the two main symptoms of skin with imperfections: Niacinamide and Piroctone Olamine to fight against bacterial proliferation and eliminate imperfections. LHA and Linoleic Acid unclogs pores while eliminating the accumulated dead cells. These active ingredients are combined with soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water to reduce redness.

My Initial Reaction: I can’t be happier that I got this box in time for my trip here to Korea. It’s such an ease to bring travel-sized products when you’re going out for a long trip, which is why I instantly became so giddy when I found this baby in this month’s box. 

Review Express: In this trip, I decided to bring this together with the other sample products I received from Glamabox last month and some from Bellabox, too. I’ve used this cleanser for 3 consecutive days and it worked like a dream! It’s a clear gel, kinda remind me of my Cetaphil facial cleanser. The BIG difference is, my Cetaphil doesn’t lather up and transform into a rich and milky foam while this one from La Roche-Posay does! It smells great, too! Feminine but not too strong. It’s very gentle on my skin but I can feel that every time I work it onto my face, it does its job really well. Not only does it cleanse my face of all the gunk, it also unclogs my pores! After every wash, what I have is a baby-smooth skin that feels so fresh! If a skincare product won’t work for me, I’d know it immediately after two trials, and I can say that this face wash has done nothing but great things for my skin (face). It neither broken me out nor made my skin itchy or irritated afterwards. This is an awesome product in my opinion, and had the price of the full-sized version been friendlier to my pocket, I surely would repurchase this baby!

Whoo Gongjinhyang Qi & Jin Essence 1.5ml 
Gongjinhyang Qi & Jin Cream 1.5ml
Gongjinhyang In Yang Lotion 1ml
Retail Price: S$218 (45ml) + S$116 (75ml) + S$116 (110ml)

Qi & Jin Essence is a highly concentrated herbal serum for a more crystalline, vital and luminous skin tone. The finest herbal essences from Gongjinbidan offer a luxurious and silky smooth feel.


Qi & Jin Cream is a product of traditional beauty care tenchinques o the royal family. In addiction to improved firmness through Gongjinbidan maximizes the skin’s radiance.
In Yang Lotion is an herbal nutrition emulsion that stimulates the skin’s viability. It improves the skin’s ability to retain moisture and adds radiance to the skin.

My Initial Reaction: Ever since I saw their special box called the The history of Whoo Seol Whitening Box, I’ve always thought of how nice it would be to be able to try those samples. When I received this month’s box from Glamabox and opened it to see the surprises that awaited me, I really got overjoyed. However, when I got to look at it closely I kinda worried because I’m not sure how I’d be able to test it really well given its size (1.5ml). Oh well…

SFERANGS Repairing Eye Balm 5ml x 2pcs
Retail Price: S$95 (30ml)
SFERANGS is a Korean medical-grade cosmetic brand. This eye balm is a nutrition cream for dull and wrinkled edge of eye. It contains filtered material of snail mucus, acacia collagen and ale extract. It takes special care of sensitive and fragile wrinkle on the edge of ye, dark circle and dryness.

My Initial Reaction: This sample is like especially made for my Korea trip! I mean c’mon! A Korean travel-sized eye cream? How can it get any better than that!

Review Express: This stuff is amazing! The moment it touches the skin under my eyes, I feel instant cooling effect and when I start patting and blending it away gently with my ring finger, the skin around my eyes is like drinking water. The hydration it gives my undereye areas is unexpectedly incredible. It soothes and hydrates. And its packaging makes me love it even more. It’s more hygienic to use as compared to my other eye creams (yes, plural coz I have three other eye creams which I use sparingly). Now, if I’m going to repurchase it is a story that I haven’t written yet but if I were to draft its plot right here right now, I’d simply say that its cost would be the only antagonist.  

Overall, I’m happy with my September Glamabox; from its exceptionally lovely and highly artistic box’s design to its absolutely exquisite and splendid contents. This is just my second time to receive their box and I can already say that I’ve fallen in love with their concept, the way they select products to send and the samples itself. There’s just one thing I noticed – the contents of my box didn't exactly match the contents of the September box shown on their website. It’s not an issue though because I love the samples I got. I just wanted to mention it just in case anyone of you happened to see what's on the website and got confused why my box shows a slightly different set of items, but other than that, I think a big thank you to Glamabox for this marvelous box is in order. 


Disclaimer: I was sent this box for free but I don’t get paid to review it nor have obligations to give positive feedback.  All my opinions in this article are based on my personal experiences and honest judgment of the product/s tested and reviewed.

4 comments:

  1. Sigh I wish I had these kind of Box Services in My country :? So coool!

    Following you on GFC...Hope you return the Love and Support too :) Follow back!
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    xx
    Red Alice

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    1. Awww I really hope so, too. Being subscribed to monthly boxes like this is really a great way to discover new products!

      Anyway, thanks so much for following me on GFC! ^_^ I visited your blog and did the same. By the way, congrats to your Versatile Blogger Award! And hey, can we follow each other on bloglovin too? Yay!

      love,
      Becca

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  2. OMG, please keep me updated on the la roche posay, I tried the effaclar duo but wasn't too impressed, how are they working out for you?

    Thanks,
    Emma.

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    1. Hi Emma!

      Sorry for my late reply. My skin is a mess right now because of "that time of the month" and I'm scared to try products that may aggravate the situation. I've read some rave reviews about the effaclar duo but I also found disappointing testimonies about it. As soon as my skin is back to its normal state, I'll try this and will make a separate review on it. Thanks for giving me a heads-up. Hopefully it works on me, you'd know in my review. Keep in touch!

      love,
      Becca

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