Unboxing the March GlamourBox

Right on the dot, my second GlamourBox arrived a few days after the 15th. It’s getting really difficult to sign up for it and I’m glad to have been able to get a March box. Let me show you what’s inside!

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This month’s welcome card says that this month is “All About Us”. Products in this box are supposed to make us channel our inner goddess, and carry our own style with confidence. I’m so excited! Let’s see what’s under those white paper fillers.


Looks like we got some interesting stuff in here. Let’s see what they are one by one.

Full size 250ml – Php350

Not one, but two, bottles of Avon Skin So Soft Glutathione Whitening Hand and Body Lotion. Very good timing for summer! These 50ml bottles are perfectly sized for travel, and will definitely go with me to the beach! The welcome card says that “This lotion lightens dark spots caused by aging and keeps dull skin at bay for fairer, glowing skin. See results in just a few days!” I love lotions, and I’m very excited to try this. Each of the bottles are worth Php70.

Full size 1.2g – Php960

An eye pencil! I love eye pencils, and I’m tickled to see that this one is by Eye of Horus. There had been lots of good reviews for the Eye of Horus Mascara, and I can’t wait to try out their eye pencil. This Eye of Horus Natural Smokey Eye Pencil, according to the welcome card: “Get that exotic kohl effect with this lusciously easy-to-apply eye pencil. Its unique formulation of Jojoba Wax and Mango Oil is 100% waterproof and glides on without tearing to give you an amazing goddess look.” It’s double ended, one end being the actual eye pencil, and the other end (gold capped) has a foam or rubber tip to help smudge out the line. This is the only full sized product in the box.

BB Creams: Full size 40g – Php1300
Aqua Brightening Gel: Full size 80g – Php1750

Ah, sachets. I guess it can’t be helped. These sachets are a set of Heynature BB Creams and one Heynature Aqua Brightening Gel. Heynature is a Korean brand. The BB Creams: “Combining authentic oriental ingredients and advanced dermatological formula, Heynature selects the finest natural ingredients to develop a distinctive BB Cream series that guarantees nourishment to the skin for a flawless finish.” The Aqua Brightening Gel, on the other hand: “This moisturizing gel transforms into pearl-like water droplets upon massaging the skin. It helps boost up skin hydration level and effectively soothes the skin, resulting in full elasticity with a luminous glow.” As these are really small sachets, I’ll estimate them at about 1g sample each, which gives us a per-sachet price of Php32.50 for the BB Creams and Php21.88 for the Gel.

Full size 150ml – Php2950

Ah, this is the same Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser that I received in my Jan BDJ Box. [EDIT: This is not the same. The one in the Jan BDJ Box is Pevonia Phyto Gel Cleanser.] “This gentle cleanser exfoliates dead cells and deep-cleanses to refine the skin’s texture. It prevents clogged pores and blackhead formation, leaving it soft, smooth, clean and bright.” I have been using this product occasionally and am quite satisfied by its performance, so I don’t really mind getting a second sample. This 5ml sample costs about Php98.33.

Saharienne: Full size 75ml – Php4300
Big Pony 3: Full size 100ml – Php4300

Finally we get two perfume samples, Big Pony 3 from Ralph Lauren and Saharienne from Yves SaintLaurent. Saharienne: “A pure object of the desire, Saharienne is the first fresh water splash fragrance ever created by the House of YSL. Its fusion of sparkling, mineral and solar flower notes is an uncommon concentrate of daring and sunshine, the hottest of all cool waters.” Big Pony 3: “Edgy and refined, this oriental floral scent contains key ingredients of Wild Cherry and Purple Amber. Designed for the stylish woman, she catches the eye and imagination of anyone who crosses her path.” A preliminary sniff proves that both are quite acceptable scents, and I particularly like the Saharienne. These 1.5ml sample tubes are worth Php86 (Saharienne) and Php64.50 (Big Pony 3). As a bonus, the cards that they come with are vouchers for free gifts when you purchase any fragrance from their specific brands.


We do of course get bonus gift cards or vouchers. For this month, we get a Php2000 gift voucher for SureSlim Wellness Centre, which gives us a Php2000 discount when enrolling in their Weightloss Program. This is not valid for any other SureSlim products, and we can only use 1 voucher per enrollee. This is valid for a whole year, however, which is pretty good. The second coupon is a 10% off voucher for Travalo Classic and Classic Excel Refillable Perfume Spray. It is valid until May 15, 2013 and can be used in the GlamourBox online store.

My impressions of the March GlamourBox: In general I think I like this better than the February box, since I can definitely use the eye pencil and the lotions. There is still the problem of the sachets and the perfume samples though, but I’ve resolved to make the most of it. I’m definitely pleasantly surprised that I like the fragrances. I also like that they introduce us to a new brand I’ve never seen before (Heynature) and fragrances from brands I would probably never even think of. I will still continue the subscription if I can.

Value review: The total value of this box is about Php1500, excluding the voucher values. The eye pencil alone covers the cost I paid for the monthly subscription (Php595) so I definitely get my money back and more.

Unboxing the Dec-Jan BDJBox

It’s been a long time coming, but finally the December-January BDJBox is here! According to their twitter account, there has been some delay in the processing of their boxes that is not of their doing. As they have been very forthcoming with information about the delay, I don’t really mind it. It’s just been hard to keep the excitement in check! They decided to call this the Dec-Jan box, because I assume this is supposed to have been sent as the December box, but was shipped out in January.

Now on to the unboxing!


The box of course is the same as my November BDJ box. The nice surprise of this package is the included BDJ Forget-Me-Not Ideas Journal, which is a good-quality notepad with dotted lines instead of the usual solid lines. This notepad is the BDJ team’s way of apologizing for the delay of the December box, which was a pretty nice touch and much appreciated. I would definitely be able to use this for work.


Upon opening the box, the usual welcome card will greet you. This box’s theme is “Beauty for the Better”. A set of five stickers is also included, each saying “I am beautiful in my own way.” It’s a pretty nice and empowering reminder, and I am definitely putting this next to my november sticker. The box itself holds an enticing bunch of products that I can’t wait to try. As a quick aside, this box feels a little less packed than the november box.

Full size – 250ml – Php259 (erratum on welcome card)

The first product that will leap out at you is this big bottle of Pantene Pro-V All Day Smooth Miracle Water. It’s obviously full sized. It’s supposed to be similar to a leave-on conditioner wherein you apply this after your bath, and you leave the product on afterwards. I took a quick sniff and was pleased to find a nice scent. I am definitely looking forward to giving this a shot.

Full size – Php349

The next two items had me tickled. They are both from a brand called Flormar, which the welcome card says is a Turkish brand. This first one is Flormar Longwearing Lipstick, and it’s in a nice shade of delicious pink! I’m very glad they gave me a pink shade, as I’m more likely to go around with pink lips than with red ones. One of the bloggers I follow, Yette, received a red shade.

Full size – Php99

The second product from Flormar is this Supershine Nail Enamel. A nail polish! I get a nice lipstick, and a nail polish from the same brand! It looks like an appropriate shade of pinkish-red polish that I can wear to the office too. I am already liking this box a lot. Just a side note again, Yette received a blue polish.

Full size – Php149

I got a second lip product in this box in the form of Snoe Beauty Beso Balm. I’ve always wanted to try out the Snoe brand since I seem to see a lot of raves for it. What perfect timing! It also has very humorous warning for use: “Prolonged use may attract opposite gender and cause intense flirting.” I took an experimental sniff, and immediately liked the scent – a sort of pepperminty smell. Both this and the Flormar lipstick immediately found their way into my purse.

Sample size – 150ml – Php628 each in full size

After Php750 worth of full-sized products, we now come to the sample-sized ones. The first one to catch my attention is this Etude House Moistfull Collagen Trial Kit (Emulsion and Freshner). I was quite taken with the review of the Wonder Pore line from Liz of Project Vanity, but was never able to find the opportunity to see for myself. This seems to be a great way to try out a similar product, which also helps tighten pores according to the welcome card. I know it looks like a single pack, but it has two tubes inside it.

Sample size – 5ml – Php3640 for full size 200ml

Next is a Pevonia Botanica Phyto Gel Cleanser. I’ve heard good things about Pevonia, which is a premium brand judging from the price of the full sized product. Unfortunately I am still in the process of trying out the Shiseido facial cleanser from the november box, so it will probably take some time before I can test out this Pevonia cleanser.

Sample size – 1.2ml – Php3398 for full size 50ml

Lastly we have a sampler of Britney Spears Radiance Fragrance. To be honest I’m not really a fan of celebrity scents; I couldn’t see the point of it. This is in addition to not being a fan of perfume to start with, so I wasn’t really very thrilled to see this included in the box. The smell coming from the sample tube isn’t that bad though, so I should probably give it a chance.

Sample size – Php548 for full size 80g

But wait! There’s more! BDJ included bonus samplers (which they also did in the november box actually, but I wasn’t able to mention it in my unboxing). In this case both samplers are from Tony Moly, another Korean beauty brand. This first one is a couple of samples of Tomatox Magic White Massage Pack. I had wanted to see what a “massage pack” is, but the writing at the back of the samplers are in Hangul.

Sample size – 3g – Php478 for full size 200ml

The second Tony Moly sampler is Broccoli Sprout Cleansing Cream. Unfortunately it’s another facial cleansing cream, and I already have a long line of things to try. It looks pretty interesting though, being broccoli-based. I hope to find time to try this out.


A BDJ box is incomplete without the generous inclusion of vouchers: 1. L’Oreal X-tenso Moisturist (Php2000 off) and Inoa Hair Color Services (Php1000 off) redeemable at Azta Urban Salons, expires end of Feb; 2. Browhaus Php500 cash voucher; 3. Tony Moly 10% off Skin Care Voucher, expires end of Jan; 4. Etude House 10% off Skin Care Voucher, expires end of Jan. I can see myself using either the Tony Moly or the Etude House vouchers, since I really like playing with Korean beauty products.


My impressions of the Dec-Jan box: I am happy to see that even though they are running late, BDJ is still able to deliver a kick-ass box. There are no signs of decline in quality of products and brand choice. I’m hoping that this is just a snag caused by the holiday rush, and it’s not going to turn into a habit.

I’m also pleased to feel the degree of personalization in each box, which I am supposing came from the choices I picked in the BDJ quiz. Last month only the Yuka nail polish removers had variations, while this month the Flormar lipstick and nail polish shades vary depending on your choices.

I will definitely buy the succeeding boxes. I am impressed with the team’s choices of products, making me feel that they really put care and thought into the boxes.