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Bargain Buys: Shoppers Drug Mart Teen Pack and Gear for Girls 2017

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It’s that time of year again! I know it seems too early to think about Back to School because we’re only in July (seriously, didn’t school *just* end?) but Shoppers Drug Mart likes to be on top of the ball and release their Teen Packs early! And I like to try to post my unboxings so you can head to your nearest store before they sell out!

So what is a Teen Pack, you ask? I remember these from when I was a teen. Honestly, I had forgotten that these existed until last year and you can still see last year’s unboxing here. These always became available before the school year started and they would contain all your essentials! From shampoo to floss, it’s in there. Recently, they even added a make up product and full-sized items rather than the travel sized ones I remember from my childhood. And just because these are called “Teen Pack”‘s doesn’t mean they are strictly for teens. These products are great for adults too!

I only purchased the two versions of the Teen Pack that is available for girls. There is one pack that’s for boys which I didn’t get because it didn’t have enough items that I or my husband would end up using. Compared to last year, the price of these have gone up $1 to $11.99 but  for the products you get in these packs, it’s still totally worth it! These packs are such a bargain and I will show you why!

 

shoppers drug mart teen pack

 

The first box, which was simply titled “Teen Pack” in the pink box, cost $11.99 and contained these 13 products with a value of over $47.

 

shoppers drug mart teen pack

 

  • GUM Ora Clean Soft Toothbrush in Green, 1 count, full size
  • GUM Flossers, 20 count, travel size
  • U by Kotex Fitness Liners, 10 count 

 

 

  • Masque Bar Luminizing Charcoal Peel Off Mask, 10 ml, full size
  • Quattro for Women Disposable Razor in Raspberry Rain Scented Handle, 1 count, full size
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer, 30 ml

 

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  • Dove Beaty Bar White, 2 x 90 g, full size 
  • Dove Go Fresh Restore Anti-Persperant Stick, 45 g, full size
  • Dove Anti-Frizz Oil Therapy Shampoo, 355 ml, full size

 

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  • Dial Bodywash in Hibiscus Water, 437 ml, full size

 

Pixi LipLift Max Mini in Sheer Rose

 

  • Burts Bees Strawberry Lip Balm, 4.25 g, full size
  • President’s Choice Facial Tissues, 10 count

How’s that for a bargain? Eight out of 13 products are full sized! There were a couple of repeats from last year’s box including the GUM toothbrush and floss, Quattro razor, and hand sanitizer. There were also a couple of repeat products but in a different scent, such as, the Dove anti-persperant, Dial body wash and Burt’s Bees lip balm. Nothing wrong with that! I know I will use most of these products throughout the year. 🙂

 

shoppers drug mart teen pack

 

The second teen pack is called “Gear For Girls” in the purple box. Similar to last year’s box, I thought this was the better of the two. This one contains these 16 products with a value of over $54:

 

Pixi LipLift Max Mini in Sheer Rose

 

  • GUM Ora Clean Soft Toothbrush in Purple, 1 count, full size
  • GUM Flossers, 20 count, travel size
  • Quattro for Women Disposable Razor in Raspberry Rain Scented Handle, 1 count, full size

 

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  • Playtex Unscented Tampons and Ultra thin Pads, 4 count

 

Pixi LipLift Max Mini in Sheer Rose

 

  • Gliss Ultimate Repair Shampoo, 400 ml, full size
  • Got2b Rockin It Dry Shampoo, 122 g, full size

 

Pixi LipLift Max Mini in Sheer Rose

 

  • Purell Hand Sanitizer, 30 ml
  • Dove Body Wash Go Fresh Cool Moisture, 354 ml, full size
  • Simple Wipes, 7 count

 

Pixi LipLift Max Mini in Sheer Rose

 

  • Dove Go Fresh Coll Essentials Anti-Persperant Stick, 45 g, full size
  • Nivea Lip Balm in Strawberry, full size
  • Burts Bees Replenishing Lip Balm, 4.25 g, full size

 

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  • Essence Cosmetics Smokey 2 in 1 Khol Liner, full size
  • Yes to Coconut  Facial Wipe, 1 count
  • President’s Choice Facial Tissues, 10 count
  • Life Brand Purifying Face Mask Cucumber & Melon, 15 ml, full size

 

Ten out of 16 items in this one are full sized so how great is that? Again, there are some duplicates but if you are going to be using them, it is well worth getting this box, as well!

At the $11.99 price point, these boxes have such great value and are a steal! All the products you’re getting are super practical. You get a ton of full sized products and and provides you with a variety of products! It’s a great way to try new products, too. Makes a great gift for the teen in your life or anyone really! Or buy two and treat yourself, too. 😉 These are great sets for everyone. 🙂

Are you a fan of Teen Packs? What do you love or hate about them? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo

Disclaimer: I purchased both packs with my own money. There are no affiliate links in this blog post.

 

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Beauty Empties - what I loved and what I didn't

 

My quest to use up products continues! Since empties posts are pretty popular with my readers, today I bring you with 15 empties that I used up in the last couple of months. It is a whole mish mash of hair care, body care and makeup. Since there’s a ton to go through, let us begin!

 

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The Empties

Product: Dove Nutritive solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes 
Thoughts: I do adore Dove products and that includes their shampoo and conditioners. If I can recall correctly, I received the full-size of both the Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner from ChickAdvisor’s Product Review Club sometime last year. I only have the conditioner pictured here because I am pretty sure I threw away the empty shampoo bottle a long time ago (whoops!). Then I bought the smaller travel sizes for when I went to Hawaii in November. I found that the Daily Moisture line was great for every day use. I tend to have drier ends and this line helped a lot. My hair felt clean with no residue using these products and it made my hair smell great! I wouldn’t hesitate to use these products again in the future.

Product: eva nyc Therapy Session Hair Mask
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Already have… but may not repurchase after. Depends.
Thoughts: I received this from an ipsy glam bag a long, long time ago. It took me this long to finish it because I was saving it and I was afraid of running out! Until I decided to use it up before it went bad. I really liked this hair mask. It smelled really good an d does a great job of moisturizing my hair. I found a large tub of this at Winners so I have repurchased it… however, I have since found other hair masks that I like more right now so I haven’t used it in awhile. Still a pretty great hair mask, nonetheless. But yes, if you are interested in more eva nyc products, check out your local Winners and Marshalls. It seems to be the only place I can find it around Edmonton.

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Product: The Body Shop Shea Body Butter 
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes 
Thoughts: I used to have a love-hate relationship with The Body Shop Body Butters. For the longest time, they were just too thick for me! However, this winter has been really, really dry so I needed something that was a bit more intense than my usual body lotion. Enter this Shea Body Butter. I received this deluxe travel sized tub from my Body Shop advent calendar a couple years back and found it in my stash and it wasn’t spoiled yet. I tried it and I was hooked! It’s super moisturizing which is exactly what my skin needs right now. The shea one smells really nice, as well… it’s not overpowering at all. I was really happy with this and now I’m using their Coconut Body Butter. 🙂

Product: Philosophy Raspberry Sorbet Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath
Rating (out of 5):
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Quite honestly, I love raspberry anything. I received this three pack of classic Philosophy body washes about a year go and I am working my way through them. I had already finished one earlier this year in the scent Melon Daquiri – where the bottle ended up is beyond me… I probably threw it away – and just finished this Raspberry Sorbet one. While this is marketed as a “3-in-1” product, I only used this as a shower gel and I did very much like it. It smells so great, lathers really well and doesn’t completely dry my skin when I use it. The 180 ml bottle lasted me about a month to a month and a half. I’m sure they also sell this scent in the really large bottles that you can find at Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. In the end, this one was a win.

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Product: Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes, yes, a hundred times yes!
Thoughts: My favourite facial wipes ever. I honestly don’t know how many of these I have finished up already. This was a travel sized pack that I brought with me to Hawaii. It’s gentle on my skin and super effective in wiping off my makeup. Great for lazy days, before a workout or as a first step to my nighttime routine. This is something I always keep on hand!

Product: Delon+ Premium Cosmetic Cotton Rounds (100 count)
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I am not sure how many 100 count packages I have used up of this product. I think this was my seventh one.. You can get these at Costco for about $12 for I believe it’s eight packages of 100 and I have one package left and it’s been over a year since I bought it. Excellent for pretty much anything you need a cotton round for – removing eye makeup, applying toner, taking off nail polish – you name it! It’s lint free and stays in tact when you use it. This is a pretty standard product that I keep on my vanity table.

Product: Chantecaille Flower Infused Cleansing Milk
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I received this sample awhile ago and just decided to use it not too long ago. This little 8 ml sample lasted me a couple of weeks. I had not tried a cleansing milk before so it took some getting used to as it does not foam as much as some of my other cleansers… but at the end of the day, my face felt clean and it didn’t dry out my skin so I’m happy with it. I ended up loving this! Too bad it’s so expensive to purchase. Maybe I will get it again one day if I decide to treat myself!

Product: Shiseido The Skincare Extra Gentle Cleansing Foam
Rating (out of 5): 2
Repurchase?: No
Thoughts: This product may be discontinued. I tried to look for it on the Shiseido site but couldn’t find it. I’m not sure if this product smelled the way it did because it was old or if it was just the way it was but I did not like it. I did at first but the smell turned me off of it. It does do a good job of cleansing but I couldn’t get over the smell so I stopped using it. A big nope for me.

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Product: Clarins Mission Perfection Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I am obsessed with this stuff! So I’m super happy that my hubby bought me a new one for Christmas. 😉 This is meant to correct dark spots and even out skin tone… and it does a pretty good job of that! I had some dark spots from past blemishes on my cheek and it definitely lightened up my skin and made it brighter. This lasted a good part of the year when I used it once a day in the morning. Smells great and easy to apply on your skin. I really loved it. 

Product: Avene Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: This was a pretty small sample. 5 ml lasted me about a week… maybe a week and a half. It’s a very nice gentle serum that made my skin feel much more hydrated and soft. It has a light, soft scent that I really liked. I wouldn’t hesitate to purchase this one again. I’m happy it’s available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall and it often goes on sale which makes it that much more affordable. That is a huge plus for me!

Product: Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Moisturizer
Rating (out of 5): 4
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: Another small sample… this time 7 ml. But I was able to use it for a couple of weeks so that was nice. This was a nice moisturizer that hydrated my skin. This one also has a nice scent to it. This was the first I have tried of Philosophy’s skincare and it was a positive experience. The only thing to caution with this product is that it contains AHA so always use it with sunscreen. I didn’t really have any issues while I was using it because it was the dead of winter and it was dark when I went to work and then dark when I went home! But sunscreen is something to keep in mind when you know you will be out in the sun!

Product: Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Serum
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: I was so impressed with this serum! It made my skin so soft and smooth! And I was very surprised as to how long this 15 ml bottle lasted me.  A couple of months, I think? That’s awesome! It smells nice and since it seems to work with my skin, I will definitely add this to my wish list. 

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Product: Beauty Blender
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes – Holy Grail Product!
Thoughts: I adore my Beauty Blender. You can see my review of it, along with some tips and tricks as to how to use it, here. It just makes applying concealer and foundation so much easier for me! I prefer this to any brush, to be honest. Once you get the hang of it (always make sure you use it with water!), it’s so hard to turn back. But like most things in life, Beauty Blenders do not last forever… I honestly think I’ve had this one for too long. I do already have a new one so it has been replaced. This is truly a favourite of mine!

Product: L’Oreal Brow Plumper by Brow Stylist in Transparent
Rating (out of 5): 5
Repurchase?: Yes
Thoughts: You can definitely tell that this product was well loved as there are no markings left on the tube because it all rubbed off! I had to Google what it was called because I couldn’t remember. This is a fibre infused brow gel and since it was in the shade transparent, I used it to set my brows after using a brow pencil. I really like this product and thought that it worked really well for me. It comes in a light/medium or medium/dark shades too…. something I am willing to try for sure!

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That’s it Folks!

That’s it for now. Since taking these pictures a couple of weeks ago, I have since collected more empties. Look for another post very soon! For now, I am just happy that I can finally throw away some of my garbage. 😉

Got any empties? What was your fave empty? 🙂

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Disclaimer: I purchased most products mentioned above with my own money unless otherwise stated. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

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Unboxing: Unilever Trends Box from Topbox (Limited Edition)

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Ugh. I don’t usually get sick often but the bug that’s been going around at work has hit me hard. So my apologies for the delay on this post! I meant to post this sometime last week.

The Unilever Trends Box was included for free with my September Topbox. What a surprise that was! I definitely wasn’t expecting that. 🙂

Other subscribers received the Unilever Classics Box. Both were available for purchase from Topbox for $10 CAD but they are both sold out now which is a shame because it’s such a great deal!

A ton of great stuff from brands under the Unilever umbrella – both old and new to me – were included.  It’s a good mix of stuff so let’s get started!

 

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Dove Dry Oil Moisturizing Body Wash (53 ml)
I have tried other Dove body washes but not this one in particular.  It is said to be “Infused with precious Moroccan Argan Oil beads” which intrigues me. I don’t often use exfoliating body washes so I look forward to trying this one out!

Dove Soothing Camomile Dry Spray Antiperspirant (107 g)
Now here’s something that I’ve heard good things about but haven’t had a chance to try yet. I have never tried a spray antiperspirant before so I’m glad I received this! This is definitely a new-to-me product.

Dove Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo (30 ml), Conditioner (30 ml) and Serum (9 ml)
A sample of an entire hair product range! That’s pretty awesome. This is for damaged and over-processed hair. My hair isn’t damaged, per se, but I often use heat styling tools so it’s probably damaged enough. I will have to give this a try. Maybe I will take these on my upcoming vacation. That sounds like a good plan to me. 😉

 

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Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes (7 count)
I love, love, love Simple cleansing wipes! I can’t even count how many of these I’ve used up already. Super glad to have a nice travel pack for vacation, though. 🙂

TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Waves Sea Foam (45 ml)
I usually feel very indifferent about sprays that claim to give you waves because I still haven’t found one that works for me. Something to try, I guess.

TRESemme Perfectly (un)Done Waves Sea Salt Spray (50 ml)
Same comment as above. Why are there two similar products in this box? Not sure. I guess I could try this also.

 

topbox unilever trends box

 

Vaseline Intensive Care Healthy Hands Stronger Nails Lotion (100 ml)
Perfect! As the weather gets colder, my hands get drier so this came at a perfect time! I will be using this for sure.

Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter (17 g)
Another perfect product for me! I have always loved Vaseline’s Lip Therapy but haven’t tried it yet in this new packaging. Cocoa Butter is my fave one so I will also be using this for sure. 🙂

So there you go – the 10 products included in the Unilver Trends Box. Overall, it’s pretty great! Other than maybe the TRESemme products, I will be using it all at some point in time. Super glad that I also received a few things I can use right away when I go on holidays.

Thank you Topbox for this amazing bonus with my September Topbox!

Until next time, friends!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I received this box for free as a bonus with my September Topbox. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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Bargain Buys: Shoppers Drug Mart Teen Pack and Gear for Girls 2016

When I was a kid, I loved Back to School shopping! What can I say? I’ve been a stationery junkie my entire life!

During my teen years, I remember my parents would get me something called a Teen Pack. These always became available just before the school year started and was available for both girls and boys. They would contain travel sized products of things like toothpaste, soap, anti-persperant and more. Pretty much your daily essentials.

I had forgotten that these existed until a recent trip to Shoppers Drug Mart. I also don’t remember the packs being this big and elaborate either! They come in large boxes with 14 or 15 products with quite a few of them being full sized!

At the price of $10.99, this is such a bargain! Your teen will love this! But quite honestly, these products are great for adults, too! Who says we can’t get a teen pack, as well? 😉

This year, I noticed two versions of the Teen Pack that is available for girls.

 

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The first pack is simply called “Teen Pack” and contains these 14 products with a value of over $53:

  1. Gum Ora-Clean Soft Toothbrush – 1 count, full size
  2. GUM Professional Clean Flossers – 40 count
  3. U By Kotex Travel Pack – 6 count
  4. Purell Flip Cap Ocean Kiss Hand Sanitizer (except I received the Refreshing Gel kind) – 59 ml
  5. Quattro for Women Disposable Razor with Raspberry Rain Scented Handle – 1 count
  6. Dove Go Fresh with Mandarin and Tiare Flower Scent Soap Bars – 2 count x 90g, full size
  7. Dove Go Fresh Cool Essentials Cucumber Scent Anti-Persperant Stick – 45 g, full size
  8. Pantene Airspray Travel Size – 30 g
  9. Olay Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths – 25 count, full size
  10. Dial Coconut Water + Mango Body Wash – 473 ml, full size
  11. Crest Pro Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste – 20 ml
  12. Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear – 4.25 g, full size
  13. Joe Fresh Lip Glass Kissable – 1 count, full size
  14. Royale Facial Tissues – 10 count

 

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That’s pretty good considering you are getting seven full sized products!

 

teen pack 2016

 

The second – and in my opinion better – teen pack is called “Gear For Girls”. This one contains these 15 products with a value of over $64:

  1. Gum Ora-Clean Soft Toothbrush – 1 count, full size
  2. GUM Professional Clean Flossers – 40 count
  3. Platex Sport Combo Travel Pack – 4 count
  4. Quattro for Women Disposable Razor with Raspberry Rain Scented Handle – 1 count
  5. Dove Go Fresh Rebalance Body Wash in Plum and Sakura – 354 ml, full size
  6. Purell Flip Cap Ocean Kiss Hand Sanitizer – 59 ml
  7. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes – 7 count
  8. Aveeno Invigorating Body Wash in Grapefruit + Rosemary – 473 ml, full size
  9. Nivea Lip Butter Tin in Blueberry Blush – 16.7 g, full size
  10. Burt’s Bees Hydrating Lip Balm with Coconut and Pear – 4.25 g, full size
  11. got2b Beach Trippin’ Salt Infusion Waving Spray – 200 ml, full size
  12. St. Ives Fresh Hydration Spray Lotion in Shae and Oat – 184 g, full size
  13. Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Wipe, 1 count
  14. Essence Lipstick – full size
  15. Royale Facial Tissues, 10 count

 

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This is the one I prefer, myself. Not only because there are eight full sized products(!!!) but because I’m likely to use more of the products that were included.

There are some products that overlap in both – like the GUM products and the Burt’s Bees – but there’s enough variety in each one that it appeals to many people. These are just so practical!

Regardless of which one you go with, at $10.99 a pack, they are a steal of a deal! A wide variety of products, many of which are full sized, makes for a great box! It’s also a great way to try many products you may have had your eye on but never bothered to purchase at full price. These also make a great gift!

When I think about it, these have been around forever. I don’t know why they aren’t talked about more! These are probably the best kept secret when it comes to  bargain buys because quite honestly, looking at the value in each box, these are a fantastic deal for everyone! And there are ones also available for guys so it caters to all audiences. 

Have you bought or received a Teen Pack before? What do you love about them? 🙂

xoxo

Disclaimer: I purchased both packs with my own money. There are no affiliate links in this blog post.

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May Favorites 2016

It’s June! Which means I should really show you what my May faves were. I was on vacation this past week so I couldn’t blog but here it is! I really loved all of these things this month… and I really can’t wait to share so let’s get started!

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