Thursday, January 19, 2012

MyGlam: January 2012

MyGlam in its second month has many 'Glammies' around the country excited for round two. I missed out on December's, but heard amazing things. Here we gooo.

Don't know what MyGlam is? MyGlam is a once a month beauty subscription service that delivers premium beauty samples to your door. The creator of MyGlam, Michelle Phan, is a YouTube beauty expert that wants to share her favorite items with the world. The bags are delivered in the cutest reusable beauty bags. Once you join you will take a beauty/preference quiz that will help the girls choose the best products for you. The products range from beauty, skincare, hair, body, nails, and more. Every month you should also expect to receive full-sized products. MyGlam costs $10 a month, and your bag will always be valued above!
Click here to join MyGlam.

January 2012, MyGlam Back To Nature Bag

The January bag is all about brands that are cruelty-free, organic, all-natural, and earthy. Even the bag is part of the theme! I wouldn't have figured out the theme if it wasn't stated on the card and bag because none of the products have any certifications or even organic products listed. I also noticed that two of the products are made my infommercial queen Guthy Renker (Wen and Sheer Cover). I was expecting more make-up products because the December bag was ALL make-up and amazing brands, which is why I was so excited for my bag. Hopefully the quality won't trickle away but get better with customer reviews. I did not like that none of the products were wrapped. I read someone's nail polish broke in-route and ruined all her products! MyGlam has some kinks to work out, but for a start out, they are on the right track.

Information Card:


Freeman: Cucumber Facial Peel-Off Mask in Cucumber
Nourish, hydrate, and replenish with these peel-off masks that leave skin with a gorgeous glow.
Full Size: 6 oz (they list for $8, found online for $3.99)
Size Received: Full-size! 6 oz ($3.99)
This product was given away on the Myglam facebook page a few weeks ago. Many people were upset that it was a product that you can buy at Walmart or CVS. I dont mind since I do buy a lot of my beauty and skin products at CVS. But what I don't like is that it is listed being worth $8, when even on the Freeman website is listed as $3.99. Not cool. But the value aside, the product is a full-size product which is awesome.  The product has a nice, pleasant smell. It is pretty much a gel that sets up onto your face. I've never tried a peel-off mask, so Im excited to try it. It would be cool if you can see the impurities trapped onto the gel. There is also a 16% off coupon for a kit of 3 different Freeman masks. 

Wen: Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner
A single-step hair cleansing conditioner made with natural ingredients. It won't strip hair and scalp of natural oils and leaves hair thick and hydrated.
Full Size: 16 oz ($36.00)
Size Received: 2 oz ($4.50)
Since I just received a leave-in conditioning treatment in my January Beauty Army box that Im already obsessed with, I may not try this one right away. It says it is a sweet almond smell, but all I smell is the leaf extract, which is like minty grass. On the back of the bottle it says that a little dab can be added after the treatment is washed away as a leave-in treatment. Which is nice since my hair tangles often. But I do have very thin hair and an oily scalp, so we shall see how it works with my hair type. Ill add my thoughts on it once I try it. There is also a $20 off coupon for the Wen Healthy Hair Care System included in the bag.

theBalm Cosmetics: Hot Ticket Nail Polish in Orange You Glad You're Not Blue
Long lasting, eye-popping shades to flatter and transform your fingers and toes.
Full Size: 0.5 oz ($10.00)
Size Received: Full-size! 0.5 oz ($10.00)
Although some websites sell this for $8-9 dollars, theBalm website sells for $10, so I'll leave the value at what was written on the card. The color I received is so bright! It is really fun. Great color for summer and just brightening my day in winter. And orange is my favorite color. How did you know MyGlam? I never actually wear orange nail polish, so now is the time to try it out. Working in retail means that nail polish does not last a day without chipping. I wonder how long this will last for me. We shall see and I'll report back. Im terrible at doing my nails and highly impatient. I already messed up my tester nail before I got my top coat on.

Sheer Cover: Duo Concealer in Light/Medium
A unique pigment and mineral complex that provides full coverage with a sheer, flawless finish.
Full Size: 0.10 oz ($29.00)
Size Received: Full-size! 0.10 oz ($29.00)
A bit confused with the weight. My info card says that the full-size product is 0.05 oz at $29, but it looks like that size is sold for ~$15 and the 0.10 oz that I received is sold for the ~$30 price. A mistake? Not sure. This was the product that I was most excited for since I wanted to try out contouring and highlighting my face. At first I thought the product seemed oily, but I blended it in with a little powder and it set in well. Looking at my left eye with my eye make-up taken off and my right with the added concealer, it does a really nice job. Im impressed! The light color was perfect for under my eyes and looks natural not orange-y. The darker color will probably work well for me once I get my summer tan on. Well zombie white to white. There is also a coupon for a $19.95 + s/h Sheer Cover Makeup Kit, which is sold on their website for $29.95. Who knows I may go for that offer since it includes: foundation, bronzer, duo concealer, primer, mascara, eyeshadow/lip gloss/blush kit, and 2 brushes. 

Total Value of my January 2012 bag:$47.49
Not bad, not bad. I'd be ecstatic at the value if MyGlam's FB and info card didn't lead you a bit off.

What did you think of my bag? What was your favorite product this month? If you dont get Myglam, click here to join! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Side note: I got a brand new camera. A Nikon S9100. I took photos for this review twice: one set with the new and one with my 5 year old Sony Cybershot DSC-W80. And over half the best photos used in this review were with my old camera! Even the photo of my face was blurry when I cropped into it with the Nikon, and it was double the MBs. How awful is that. A 5 year old camera out performs the new? New camera is being returned tomorrow morning. Back to the drawing boards. After another few hours of researching I ended up spending a major bit more and getting the Canon s95. I get it Monday and will use it once I get my GogoGirlfriend box. The last beauty kit for January.

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