Glamourbox.Ph: Beauty in a Box!

The past couple of months saw the arrival of a beauty trend that’s been in practice for sometime elsewhere – the sample box! I was particularly interested in the Glamourbox, having seen their first box featured in several blogs. I was so excited when Pam of Glamourbox.Ph wrote me and offered to send me their premiere box!

Every piece I’ve read about the Glamourbox always raves about the box itself. I would have to agree. It’s really good quality, and totally reusable. It’s packed really nicely too.

It comes with a card that describes all the goodies to try.

For November, this was the product lineup:

Perfume samples: Burberry Sport, CK Eternity Aqua, Bvlgari Omnia, Bvlgari Man.
Makeup: Eye of Horus Mascara, Ofra Lipstick Palette
Skincare: Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Balancing Softener and Pop Up Masks, Yves Rocher Slimming Action Concentrate
Gift Card: Yves Rocher PhP200

For these two items alone, the box was well worth it!

The full-sized mascara costs PhP1,290.00 and the lip palette retails for PhP1,050.00. If that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is.

So the moment I could, I signed myself up for a monthly subscription plan. (December boxes ran out fast! I was very lucky to have been able to sign up when they announced extra boxes)

My December Glamourbox arrived the other day! The theme was “Holiday Glow”. Here’s what’s inside:

Skincare: Obagi Foaming Gel, Skin Food Gold Caviar Toner and Emulsion, Kosmea Hydrating Water Mist, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
Makeup: VMV Hypoallergenics lipstick in Girl Next Door
Perfume Samples: Issey Miyake Sport for Men, Issey Miyake for Women
Gift Card: House of Obagi Half Off on the Obagi Signature Treatment, VMV Hypoallergenics 15% off.

My winner item for the December box is the full-sized VMV lipstick, which retails for PhP1,050.00. Mine was a bit damaged though. *sad face*

I love Glamourbox! At first I wasn’t so into getting so many skin care samples, but after trying them out, I realized it’s really the perfect way to find a new toner, moisturizer or treatment cream. The full sizes can be SO expensive. They always give you a substantial amount to sample so you’ll know whether you would like it for long-term use.

Thank you Glamourbox.PH for sending me my first box. You’ve gained a long-term customer in the process. I’m looking forward to the future boxes!

New Resto! Madeca at the Podium

I first met Audrey and AJ Dimarucot in birthing class. The kids that were spawned then are Gia and Basti, born two weeks apart, milk sharers (my milk, hehe) and playmates. They are the creative and hip couple behind googoo&gaga, a brand that doesn’t really need any introduction (it being SO AWESOME).

Recently, Audrey and AJ, with some other partners, went into the food business and opened up this Fil-Mex nook at The Podium called Madeca. The name is derived from “Manila De Acapulco.”

Basti and I went after his Hepa-A shot visit for a little mommy-and-son bonding, and to finally get a taste of this food that I’ve been salivating over on Instagram.

The Dimarucot touch was all over Madeca. I love the details – the palette coasters, the throw pillows, the carved wooden block order numbers, the mojito jars with paper straws!

I’m not a super huge fan of Mexican food. I like it enough, but there’s something too smoky about it that I can’t eat very often. #notafoodwriter. I like that Madeca boasts its food as Filipino-Mexican, something that’s more palatable to me. The menu items read like this: Sisig Burrito, Lechon Kawali rice, Dalandan Mojitos. Yum!

Our food for the day: Chips and Salsa, Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas (Spinach changed to cheese just because), Lechon Kawali Rice, Madeca Special Iced Tea and the Banana Fritters dessert.

Basti really liked the chips. I did too. The salsa has some heat, but Basti could take it.

This is my lechon kawali rice. The Mexican flavor was there but it didn’t overwhelm me.

The quesadillas were soft and the cheese was oozy, the way I liked it. It came with a side of chips and salsa too.

This was really yummy iced tea. Refillable. That’s Audrey in the background.

No picture of the banana fritters because Basti ate it so fast. (Yes, I just blamed it on the kid)

Basti’s date for the afternoon is little Sjofn. Audrey’s little girls went off to Kidzville before we could take a pic!

Thank you Audrey for having me and Paola for a wonderful loooooooong lunch. Till next time at Madeca!

Disclosure: Madeca treated us to the iced tea and fritters. All other items were paid for by me.

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