Welcome to the fifth volume of Saturday Shorts! This week we will talk about exfoliation.
1. Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub
It’s pretty surprising to me that this product was used at all, given that my prior bad experience with Garnier Brightening Roll-On (eyes) turned me off the brand entirely. I got this Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub in one of the best BDJ boxes released – the May Fun Fresh Fierce box. At the time I was actually looking for a face exfoliator, and decided to give this a chance since I received it in the box anyway. To my surprise and delight, it actually performed pretty well for me. It properly sloughed off the dead skin on my face, and didn’t leave any red marks. My sensitive skin didn’t react negatively to this treatment as well. As this is a gigantic tube and I only use it at most twice a week, it will take me some time to finish it. It’s rather reasonable at Php140 for this size tube, and is probably available in most supermarkets and drugstores. This will be a mainstay in my routine!
2. Cure Natural Aqua Gel
This is one of the items I received in the September BDJ box. As I’ve read tons of raves about this product, I naturally had high expectations. And since I’ve been using the Garnier exfoliator for a few months before that, I also have something to compare it to. My verdict: Cure Natural Aqua Gel works as advertised. It does slough off dead skin and turns it into white flakes. Over time, the amount of dead skin/white flakes that the gel creates lessens as the skin becomes renewed and rough patches are smoothed out. Again I only used this at most twice a week, and a sachet is worth about 2-3 uses. My only problem with this is the price. At Php1500 for a full 250ml bottle seems a little too steep, especially given that it’s only used very sparingly. And the fact that the Garnier exfoliator was already doing quite well for me means that I’ll probably skip on the full size of the Cure gel.
3. Glamworks Chin & Forehead Strips
While not quite an exfoliator, it claims to remove blackheads and unclogs the pores so I felt it belonged in this volume. Again I got the idea of this from The Beauty Junkee, and her review sold me on this product. For just Php99 you get ten strips, each individually wrapped and sealed in foil. You can use each strip either on the chin or the forehead (of course!). The trick is that the place you are applying the strip to should be damp so that the strip will stick to it. After about 15 minutes you can remove the strip and all the bad stuff will come off with it! I love how this feels and my chin/forehead feels so much smoother afterwards. I only use this whenever I feel extra clogged or dirty on my face and need some unwinding, so I have a lot of strips left. This is a definite rebuy, and makes me want to try Glamworks’ other strips. Awesome awesome product!
After quite a few months of missing the BDJBox subscriptions, I finally am able to snag myself a quarterly. And just in time, as the May box is three kinds of awesome as you can see in a bit.
Warning: Photo-intensive post ahead.
The theme for this month is Fun Fresh Fierce, which is a clue to that three-fold awesomeness I was talking about. You see, it’s a three-brand exclusive box featuring Ralph Lauren (fun), Garnier (fresh), and Maybelline (fierce). I felt pretty lucky getting this box since I really regret missing the L’Oreal exclusive box (march). BDJ didn’t half-ass this one by just putting in one or two products per brand. No, it felt like I actually received three boxes this month! Check out the height of this box, they had to use a thicker sleeve to allow all products to fit.
Of course we have the usual welcome card and stickers, but in addition we also have separate cards for each of the brands. I’ll not discuss any of those cards anymore, but instead I will just show you.
I would just like to mention that there are several contests that can be joined this month because each brand card has a contest and the welcome card has three. Now, let’s take a look at the contents.
Check out how packed that is!
Let’s check out the Fun factor. This consists of four fragrances from Ralph Lauren, Big Pony Women #1-4. You already know that I’m not really a big fan of fragrances, so I’ll probably just pass this on to my mom. Each sample is 1.5ml, which costs about Php64.50, so total cost for all of these is Php258.
Next is the Fresh factor, which is six products from Garnier. To be honest I wasn’t that excited about this either since my last experience with Garnier broke me out (Brightening eye roll-on). However since I haven’t tried other Garnier products, I’m inclined to give it another shot.
First product is the biggest one in the May BDJBox: Garnier Light Intensive Brightening Scrub. It’s a facial exfoliator which I currently don’t have any, so I’m most excited in trying this out. It’s full sized, so the product value is the full Php140.
Next we have Garnier Light Complete Multi-Action Whitening Cream. I’m not really into whitening as I’m quite content with my complexion. I’m probably giving this away too, or save it for a future raffle. This is the full size product, so value is the full Php75.
Next we have the Garnier Light Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream. Well hello again, I’ve seen you before in my first ever BDJBox (November). I didn’t use it then, and I will not use it now either (see reason regarding whitening above). It will probably meet the same fate as the other whitening cream. This is also a full sized product, so value is the full Php229.
We have the first non-Light line from the brand, Garnier Pure Active Anti-Imperfections Cooling Roll-on. It’s basically for spot-treating redness and dark spots which I think can be used for either face or body. This is interesting and I am quite willing to try this out, although I have a similar product in the SoTrue Lavender Skin Repair Balm. We’ll see how it performs compared to that. This full sized roll-on has a value of Php229.
Finally we have a couple of masks from Garnier. An Oil Clear Self-Heating Mask which as the name suggests is an anti-oil treatment, and a Lightening Peel-Off Mask which is for treating dullness and removing impurities and dead skin cells, come in sets of two. I’m excited to try the lightening mask, but not very much about the self-heating mask. The last thing I want to do in summer is to heat any part of my body even further. Each of these is Php49, for a total value of Php98 for the masks.
The Garnier set comes up to a product value of Php771. From this I already got back the value of the subscription, and I still have the last (and dare I say the best?) set to go through.
Last but definitely not the least let’s check out the Fierce factor. It’s Maybelline! I can’t express how happy that made me. I’ve only had a few encounters with Maybelline so far (Baby Skin Pore Eraser, Great Lash Mascara, and a powder foundie waaay back) and I’m quite excited that I have tried none of the products in the box yet!
First up we have the Maybelline Clear Smooth All-in-One Shine-Free Foundation (To Go), whew what a mouthful. A powder foundation, with SPF! I’m quite thrilled to get this as I’m just currently using either BB creams or tinted moisturizers. I got the shade Natural. This small compact costs Php199.
Next we have Maybelline EyeStudio LuminEyes, an eyeshadow palette that has an included illuminating primer. The one I got is Bronze, which is composed of gold and bronze shades. I like that it’s very neutral and can be used on an everyday basis for office. This is again full sized, with a value of Php599.
Next is a mascara! Yay! It’s Maybelline The HyperCurl VolumExpress Waterproof Mascara. I can never say no to mascaras, and I’ve been looking for other variants as I’ve already tried the Great Lash. This one is waterproof which is just excellent since I do sweat quite easily. The only thing I’m scared off is the wand (it’s huge!). I’ve been known to stab myself in the eye with large mascara wands before, so hopefully it won’t happen with this one. It’s full sized and valued at Php250.
Next is perhaps my favorite item in the whole box, Maybelline Color Sensational Lasting Lipstick. I am recently addicted to lipsticks and this is quite exceptional. I got the Peachy Scene shade which is my MLBB. It’s also very hydrating and so far I’m really loving this. It’s definitely competing with my Snoe lippie for the favorite spot. It’s full sized and valued at Php399.
Finally we have Maybelline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm, in Berry Crush. To be honest I’m not really looking for more lip balms (I have a long list of balms to try!) but this is actually one of the brands I wanted to try. It may look pretty dark red, but it applies on sheer and has a really yummy scent. This costs Php89.
There we have it, a most awesome lineup for Maybelline. The product value is a whopping Php1536 which is about three times the value of the subscription. BDJ, you have outdone yourself!
And let’s not forget that there is still some vouchers included in the box, which is for Ralph Lauren.
And since I am a quarterly subscriber, I got a bonus item which is unfortunately my nemesis in Garnier’s lineup. Yep, it’s the Brightening Eye Roll-On. I am still grateful for receiving a bonus product, I will probably pass this on to my mom. Check it out, I got a nice handwritten note! (I love handwritten notes!)
My impressions of the May BDJBox: This is like a mini-exclusive, since we get 4-6 products per brand, but on steroids since we get three brands in one box! It’s absolutely mindboggling how amazing this box is. Never mind that the fragrances and about half the Garnier products are unusable to me, but BDJ is just so generous.
Value review: The total product value in this box comes up to an amazing Php2565! Even just taking the value of the Maybelline products makes this box one of the best ones released. Just a note though, BDJ has increased the cost of the subscription from Php480 to Php580. I don’t really mind this increase, since BDJ is consistently delivering premium boxes.
So, I caved in and bought myself a subscription to BDJBox. I checked the other available beauty box subscriptions, and based on the reviews of their respective October boxes I decided that BDJBox offers the best value for money.
So first, where do you sign up for this service? Here is where to sign up as well as find more information regarding the brands and subscription terms. I signed up about two weeks ago through a pay service called DragonPay, in which you essentially go to the bank of your choosing (among the possible options) and pay the monthly fee. The important thing to note here is that you have to go back online to submit proof of your payment on the same day that you pay, to make sure that your payment is valid and your box will not be delayed.
On to the unboxing! Make sure to click on the images for a larger view.
This box arrived yesterday promptly, a day after the BDJ team announced that they were shipping the boxes. I assume it’s the same size box they sent for the October shipment.
Here’s what greets you when you open the box. The theme for November is “Take Me With You”, which I take to mean that this box is travel themed. Sure enough, opening up the box reveals a bunch of travel-sized products. Before I go any further, let me just say how amazed I am at just how packed this box is. It’s incredible.
Again, here’s a shot of the greeting card, plus five stickers that say “I make things beautiful”. Pretty awesome and inspirational.
This is what you’ll see when you open up the box. You can see how amazingly jampacked it is, and the products are almost popping out of the box! After I took pictures of the products inside, I tried fitting them all back in and believe me, it’s not at all easy. Let’s move on to the contents of the box.
Left to right: 2 25 g. samplers of L’Occitane Extra Gentle Milk Soap, 5 ml sampler of L’Oreal Men Expert Energetic Multi-action 8 Cleanser, 50 ml full sized Physiogel Hypoallergenic Intensive Cream, and 20 ml Garnier Overnight Whitening Peeling Cream
This is what smells so good! The L’Occitane soaps really smells delicious, I can’t wait to try it out. The latter two are the biggest products in the box.
Clockwise from the left: 2 sampler packs of Garnier Light Complete Whitening Cream, 1 sampler tube of Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Day Cream, 2 sampler tubes of Shiseido Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam, 1 pack full sized Yuka Non-Acetone Wipes, 1 sampler tube Calvin Klein Beauty Perfume, and 1 sampler tube Dentiste Plus White Vitamin C and Xylitol Toothpaste
I am especially interested in trying out those Shiseido samplers. The Dentiste toothpaste smelled really nice too, I am looking forward to trying those out.
Finally, the last product is the Nippon Cleansing Sponge (lower right), here shown with the vouchers and discount cards. The vouchers listed in the greeting card are 1. L’Oreal Professionel inoa Hair Color and X-tenso Moisturist vouchers redeemable at Azta Urban Salon 2. Strip Upper Lip Waxing voucher 3. Shiseido FREE product sample, quick facial and 15% discount vouchers and 4. L’Occitane 10% OFF voucher
I have to say, this is a really generous box and I definitely do not regret subscribing. I got all these for just Php480!