Glymm: Beauty Gone Wrong

Hi Beauties,

After coming back to my blog after a two week hiatus with my family visiting, I found a comment on an old post with some sad news.  The Canadian beauty box company Glymm, which I subscribed to and enjoyed before moving to the United States, abruptly shut down their business in April, leaving many subscribers having paid for up to 4 boxes that they never received.  Now, all business ventures are a risk, and as a consumer you are partially responsible for this, but it just sounds like Glymm was very irresponsible in the way they handled the transition.  Continually billing customers for services they couldn’t (and knew they wouldn’t) provide, as well as continuing to take orders from their online shop and never shipping the items.  I have even heard someone claim that they charged some clients for their May boxes, and then shut down and removed all public presence within 24 hours.  They sent subscribers a short email indicating that they were going out of business effective immediately, and that they would not receive a refund for anything they had been charged for.

You can read the whole story here.

I guess I consider myself lucky that I was forced to unsubscribe when I moved.  It sounds like the bag had been going downhill for a while before this happened.

I found out about all this because Nikki from commented on one of my posts and shared the news story with me.  I wish I had seen this earlier because she told me that they were putting together a FREE box ($25CAD value) that they would give to a certain number of Glymm subscribers who had been ripped off in the whole debacle.  Sadly they are all sold out, but I still wanted to post about this, to let you know about a company that was trying to step up and help a girl out!  While it’s not the end of the world, it still really sucks to feel like you’ve had something pulled out from underneath you like this.  So please, share the love and check out a website that tried to step in and brighten your day.

I hope none of you were affected by this!


(Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated with either Glymm or



Hey Beauties!

Sorry I disappeared for a while, my parents and my sister came to town!  We had such a great visit, one week flew by just way too fast! We did get to see so many things though, including a few things that I hadn’t seen before.

We went to Washington DC and got to see all of the monuments at night.  How breathtaking!   I had seen them in the daylight before, but when they were all lit up, it was just so beautiful.  Unfortunately they are still restoring the Washington Monument, so there was scaffolding about 3/4 of the way up, which takes away from the beauty of the view down the mall.  We also went into the Newseum, which I think is fairly new?  That was amazing, since my husband is a photojournalist, but it is fascinating for anyone who is interested in current (or not so current) events!  They have a gallery full of Pulitzer Prize winners, some of which are stunningly beautiful, and some of which will rip your heart out.  They also have an updated digital screen with over 100 papers from around the world displaying their front pages.  They have an exhibit on the FBI, JFK, and even the First Dogs, all about how the media covered the various aspects.  We thought it would be a quick buzz through, but we were there for almost 3 hours, right up until it closed.  It was a busy 2 days filled with walking!  We were all exhausted by the end of it.

We also wandered around Wilmington on Market Street and the riverfront.  We went to Harry’s Seafood Grille for my birthday dinner.  O. M. G.  The food and the service was amazing!!  If you are ever in town make sure you check them out.  They have a two course lunch for $15 too!  We will be checking that out for sure.  They were also fabulous about accommodating my family’s crazy dietary issues.  My sister is celiac, my mom tries to avoid gluten and dairy, and I am allergic to dairy.  They had a whole separate gluten free menu even.  Also, Loma Coffee on Market street is delicious =).

We had an appointment in Philadelphia to get me my Green Card, and so we checked out a few things while we were there.  We saw Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and also walked around a neat market right downtown.  It had the cutest wine store, and a stall with so many different kinds of goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses, heaven!  We bought a honey goat gouda, I don’t think I have ever tasted anything so delicious in my life.

We decided to skip out on Baltimore in favour of having a night in to play Catan.   If you have never played it: Settlers of Catan is a MUST!  Such a great game that is fun and competitive and involves luck and strategy and trades and it just amazing.  It’s different every time too because the board changes!

Since they left ( =(! ) I have been busy working and cleaning our apartment.  I am starting some new training at my job, and also coaching a soccer team and getting involved in volunteering with the SPCA and the Junior Board of Christiana Care.  I have a really busy few weeks coming up, but I am hoping to have a few posts prepared so that I don’t leave you with a void again!

I hope you enjoyed this little blurb on where I’ve been lately =)


Open With Me: Jan, Feb Birchbox

Hey Beauties,

I know I’m behind the times with this, and I won’t make it a detailed post.  I’ll just quickly show you what I got in my January and February Bichboxes.  Scroll to the end for the video!


Standard packaging



January’s box theme was “Best Year Ever”


100% Pure Body Lotion


100% Pure Body Lotion


Aerie Fragrance “Shimmer”


Aerie Fragrance “Shimmer”


Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy


Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy


Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate










First up is a pair of body lotions from 100% Pure, in Green Apple and Cabernet Grape.  100% vegan, which is nice!








Next up is a fragrance from Aerie called “Shimmer”.  It is a light floral and powdery scent.








Then we have Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy.  Not the type of product that I typically need with my fine hair, but we’ll see!  The colours are beautiful =)





Lastly, the product that I am the most excited about!  Embryolisse Lait Cream Concentrate.  I don’t know if any of you watch Pixiwoo on YouTube (If you don’t, why not?!), but they talk about this all the time!  I have wanted to try it for ages, but never knew where to buy it in person, and didn’t really want to spend the money online without knowing what I was getting.  So I was thrilled to get a sample in my Birchbox!  This little sample has lasted me more than 2 weeks with daily use, morning and night.  Very impressive!  It feels so nice when it goes on, and really leaves my skin feeling moisturized and smooth.


“Red Carpet Ready!”

February’s Theme was “Red Carpet Ready”.  I feel like this must have been a standard theme across all beauty boxes this month, right in the thick of awards season!


Vasanti “Brighten Up!” Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator


Vasanti “Brighten Up!” Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator

The first product is an enzymatic face mask.  I have never used a product like this, but I am really excited to try!  Hopefully it will be ok with my sensitive skin.


Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara


Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara







A Lancome mascara!  These have a practically cult following, and I have never used one before.  I am really excited to try this one out =)


Jouer Matte Moisture Tint







I will have to wait until I get a bit of sunshine before I can use this product, the colour is “Hazel”, and it is too dark for me.


Twistband Headband


Twistband had hair elastics in Birchbox previously.  I didn’t understand what all the hype was about…  It didn’t leave any creases in my hair, sure, but that’s because it didn’t secure my hair tightly enough to hold it up!  It would just slide out.  I’m sure this headband will do the same.  I need ones with grippies, or else they are no good…




Finally, a delicious square that needs no introduction!  Yum =)




I hope you enjoyed my quick recap.  I will have one up soon for the Ipsy Glam Bags as well.

Do you guys like these posts?  Or would you rather I just stick with the videos?



Hey Beauties,

Sorry for the extended hiatus! I feel like life has just been flying in fast forward. We had Christmas and then went full-swing into packing mode to prepare for our 2,000+ mile drive to move from Wyoming to Delaware. Then we had to settle in and furnish our apartment, which still isn’t finished! It’s been a lot of fun and a great new experience, but it hasn’t left me time for much of anything else!

I am also really trying to get into gear and decide what to do with myself for a career. I am looking into volunteer opportunities in our community and hoping that will help, I just feel like I need some inspiration. I change my mind at least twice a week about what I want to do! So frustrating… I know I’m still young, but I don’t want to wait forever!

Anyways, I’ll have new posts soon, including Birchbox, Ipsy (Glam Bag), and a first-impressions review of the Caruso Steam hair-setter that I tried for the first time tonight.

Tonight is all about the Oscars, I hope you enjoy!



Hey Beauties!

Sorry about the lack of activity lately on here. Things have been mighty busy! My husband and I went back east to Maryland for 10 days to see his family before Christmas, and then came back to the rush of Christmas. We also just found out that my husband got the job he wanted, and so we are preparing for a move across the country! So with all of the shopping and travelling and packing and working full time I have been a busy beaver! I will continue to be busy right through our move. I will try to keep this up as best as I can, and will hopefully get back into some kind of schedule come the end of January once we are all settled in to our new place =)
Have a wonderful New Years and I hope 2013 brings amazing things for all of you!

Hello and Welcome!!

Hello Beauties!

So I had an old blog over on Blogger that I kind of abandoned when my wedding planning really got into full gear, so it has been awfully neglected!!

I am really trying to get back into the swing of things, and I’m hoping that the jump over to wordpress might just mix things up a bit and get me motivated to actually keep up with this!  My first few posts I will just be transferring the few posts on my old blog over to here so that I can have everything all nicely in once place =).  If you have any tips and tricks on how to make things awesome on wordpress please let me know so that I can make this an enjoyable place for you to visit =)  I’m also trying to figure out how to follow blogs…  can someone help me out?  I’m still old school and have them all bookmarked… lol

Finally: I started a youtube channel!! =D  I have wanted to for ages and finally got up the guts to do it.  I just have my intro video up right now, please go watch it to find out a little more about me =)  Let me know if you have any video suggestions and/or requests to help get me started.

Here is the video:

Thanks so much and enjoy the next few catch-up posts!



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