fivezero's movie & tv reviews (May–July 2017)

Movie & TV Roundup: May–July 2017

A while ago, I had a notion to file non-beauty posts on another blog, but I’ve decided that I will just combine them all into this one. You may see the occasional random review here, from now on!

I didn’t do a movie and TV roundup last month, as we really haven’t had the chance to watch as much stuff, so now I have a post covering three months’ worth of viewing.

What I Saw

  • Moana [2016]
  • Assassin’s Creed [2016]
  • The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1) [2017]
  • The Magnificent Seven [2016]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 [2017]
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 [2017]
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword [2017]
  • Arrival [2016]
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children [2016]

What I Started Watching

  • American Gods (Season 1) [2017]
  • Chuck (Seasons 1–2) [2007–08]
  • Doctor Strange [2016]
  • Trollhunters (Season 1) [2016]
  • Outlander (Series 1) [2014]
  • Game of Thrones (Season 7) [2017]
  • Shin Gojira [2016]

Mini reviews follow for the shows I finished watching:

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fivezero's Topbox, July 2017, plus $10 Beauty Surprise

Topbox — July 2017

I recently resubscribed to Topbox (referral link), a Canadian beauty subscription that costs CA$12/month (shipping included!) for four beauty products. I had originally canceled it back in December 2015 because I felt I was getting too many of the same repeated items—Cake Beauty lotion, in particular. I chose to resubscribe last month because I’d been checking out some of the recent Topboxes and they looked pretty nice. Plus, $12 is really quite cheap considering it includes shipping.

Topbox offers a couple of different options each month. You can create a box wishlist from a list of “Privé” boxes, which typically consist of 1 or more items from a single brand (this month I recall seeing Privé options for Bobbi Brown, Dr Belmeur—there were quite a lot to choose from! I am just drawing a blank). You can wish for the Privé boxes that interest you, and depending on your luck, you might receive that box instead of the general Topbox. I’ve never personally wished for a Privé box—for whatever reason none of them has ever piqued my interest enough to forgo the regular box. I guess I just like getting a selection of brands!

Another option is the $10 Beauty Surprise, which you can add to your monthly Topbox. I believe I’ve only done it once (possibly twice?) and I remember receiving a full-size Teeez lipstick, which was awesome, except that it was red and I honestly have enough red lipstick. Nevertheless, I thought I’d do the Beauty Surprise this month—go all in!

My first Topbox, now that I’m back, is a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, I got some great stuff that I will definitely use. The bag is well worth the $12+$10 I spent. On the other hand, I did get some repeat items!

What I Received as a $10 Beauty Surprise

  • Cake Beauty🇨🇦 Delectable Skin Perfecting Bronzing Body Lotion in Sweet Cream (100 mL full size) [value: CA$18]
  • Cake Beauty🇨🇦 Delectable Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Coconut & Cream (60 mL travel size) [value: CA$6]

Great, more Cake stuff! That was my first reaction, because I was already annoyed about receiving Cake lotion upon Cake lotion from both Topbox and their other subscription box, Luxe Box. I was initially also annoyed about getting a full sized bronzing lotion, since that isn’t something I normally use. But upon giving it a try on my skin, it turns out that it’s super subtle despite the way it looks in the bottle—and it smells awesome! I’ve never tried the Sweet Cream scent before, and it smells lovely and milky. So this is a reasonable win.
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Haulage! Cosmetic Love (& Korean Shopping Update)

Happy Monday!

First things first—I’m excited because both Jolse and RoseRoseShop, Korean beauty etailers, are shipping to Canada again! I’ll finally be able to use my $3 credit at Jolse. Ha! But seriously, I am looking forward to placing my first ever order with RoseRoseShop, after having excellent experiences with Cosmetic Love, Jolse, Sweet Corea, and Tester Korea.

Secondly, I hopped onto Cosmetic Love (referral link) this morning and saw that they have changed their pricing! Apparently Korea Post have hiked their prices, so Cosmetic Love have gone to the pricing model where they no longer offer free shipping, but all product prices have been dropped. In the end I think it still works out well, and from a brief bit of fiddling around with my shopping cart, the shipping cost is recalculated with every item added/removed. A nice positive is that now it’s easier to compare Cosmetic Love’s prices with most other online stores, since most of them use this pricing model.

Their website also calculates the cheapest economy shipping cost for you right on the shopping cart page, which is very handy.

Here’s my latest order—I’ve totally fallen for snail mucin and ceramides! It helps that Cosmetic Love are running a huge sale at the moment, and most brands are discounted. All prices are in USD (so happy the Canadian dollar has gotten stronger recently):

  • COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence [$9.93, reg. $15.27]
  • COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid [$9.22, reg. $14.18]
  • Goodal Moisture Barrier Cream Fresh [$12.73, reg. $25.45]
  • Holika Holika Honey Skin Sleeping Pack in Acerola Honey [$4.40, reg. $8]
  • Innisfree Jeju Lava Seawater Deep Essence, 10 samples [$1.25, reg. $2.64]
  • TonyMoly Spoiler Selfie Shot Blur BB in 02 Warm Beige [$3.71, reg. $6.18]

The total shipping cost to Canada (economy, no tracking) came to $12.79.






Happy shopping!

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy — July 2017 Glam Bag “Over Easy”

My Ipsy bag arrived a bit late this month (I got it on the 19th, when I usually get it around the 15th), and now I’m also a bit late with my post!

Ipsy have done collaborations before, and this month they’ve done a really fun one with Sanrio! Yes, this month’s bag theme is called “Over Easy” because gudetama is on the Glam Bag (referral link).

Sanrio Gudetama on a plate

For those who don’t know, gudetama is a Sanrio character who is a lazy, ennui-filled egg yolk. It’s a bit random, and it’s freakin’ adorable. Holika Holika, the popular Korean beauty brand, came out with a gudetama collection a while back (I have some of it!) and I think it’s nifty to see Western brands jumping on the lazy, eggy bandwagon. It does appear that some Ipsters were not thrilled with having a “bizarre” cartoon egg on their Glam Bag, and the ensuing moanfest was dubbed “gudeDRAMA!” by a popular subscription box site. Bwah!

Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”

Image: ipsy.com

Anyway, eggs aside, I decided against requesting anything this month, since there was nothing that really excited me in their spoiler selection, though most things seemed nice to have.

I ended up receiving a nice selection of items that I’m more than happy to try out! I also got an item that I redeemed 750 Ipsy Points for (thanks to those who signed up via my referral link—mwah!). Also, I’ve started tracking Ipsy’s reward options, if you’ve got Ipsy points racked up and want to see what’s been on offer.

What I Redeemed Points For

  • Paula’s Choice Blush It On Contour Palette (limited edition, full size; US$36)

What I Received

  • Beau Gâchis Illuminator Brush (full size; US$9.95)
  • Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (10 mL; 40 mL full size US$39/CA$48)
  • OFRA Godet Eyeshadow Refill in Gold Rush/Victory (2 g size; US$10)
  • Seraphine Botanicals Healthy Glow Rose-Gold Blush in Lychee + Gold (3 g full size US$14)
  • tarte Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel (7.5 mL sample; 150 mL for US$25/CA$30)
  • Ipsy makeup bag

Glam Bag Cost

$10 + $4.99 (shipping to Canada) = US$14.99

Total Bag Value

$9.95 + $9.75 + $10 + $14 + $1.25 = US$44.95

That piddly little tarte cleanser sample really brought my bag’s value down this month! Bah!!! But honestly, I’d rather get a cleanser I’ll use than an insanely marked up eye cream that I won’t (£110? Really?).

fivezero's Ipsy Glam Bag, July 2017, Over Easy

fivezero’s Ipsy July 2017 Glam Bag: “Over Easy”

Image: ipsy.com

Ipsy Coupon Codes

  • Beau Gâchis: 30% off any purchase with code beautifulipster30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • OFRA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017)
  • tarte: 20% off any purchase with code IPSYJUL (07-21-2017 through 08/21/2017, exclusions apply)

There are no codes on offer for Caudalie or Seraphine Botanicals, so here are two other good ones:

  • AHAVA: 30% off any purchase with code IPSY30 (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)
  • Ciaté: 30% off any purchase with code IPSTER (through 08/31/2017; US & CA only)

Here are some more detailed product shots:

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Store Review: Tester Korea (July 2017)

I know I’ve been AWOL a lot this month—that’s summer for you! But here’s a nice, pic-heavy post of fancy goods (this will make sense, soon) to help make it up.

Earlier this summer, I tried out two more Korean online beauty stores in an effort to find more shopping options for my burgeoning Asian makeup/skincare addiction. I normally shop with Cosmetic Love (referral link is in the sidebar), but I don’t want to be left hanging if anything happens to themSweet Corea was the first of the two shops (and I’ve already received a second order, which I’ve yet to post about) and Tester Korea was the other.

Here’s what I ordered, with all prices in USD (more detailed pictures follow):

  • A’Pieu Lasting Nails in GR02 [$2.31]
  • A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation in Sand [$9.25]
  • A’Pieu Wonder Tension Pact in Perfect Cover × Marymond 23 [$11.84]
  • Innisfree My Palette × Jean Jullien #3 (Small) [$7.40]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 8 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 10 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 글리터 13 [$4.62]
  • Innisfree My Palette My Eyeshadow in 쉬머 26 [$4.62]
  • Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Super Water Proof Mascara [$13.73]
  • Nature Republic Rose Petal Moisture Mask [$12.40]
  • Scinic Iceland Water All In One Ampoule [$14.80]
  • SkinFood Blackbean Mascara Fixer [$5.50]
  • TonyMoly Double Needs Base Mascara [$4.64]

Bonus: due to a recent trade deal between Canada and South Korea, I think most Korean products imported to Canada are exempt from duties and customs! Otherwise, I’d have been leery of ordering this much in one go.

Shipping to Toronto, Canada from Seoul, South Korea was $17.38. Yes, this was a pretty big order considering it was my first time trying Tester Korea! I usually keep my first orders small, but they let me add quite a lot to my shopping cart at that $17 shipping level…so I added more stuff. To be fair, the only really heavy things were the Scinic and Nature Republic skincare items; the A’Pieu Triple Wear Foundation was a bit heavy, as well. Everything else was fairly small and lightweight.

My order took 12 days to ship, which was vexing, but I’d also ordered just before a holiday in Korea, so it’s understandable. From the shipping date, it took three weeks to arrive in Toronto, which is pretty good considering Canadian customs has been very slow over the last year. My Korean orders tend to take 3–4 weeks to arrive.

They packed my order very well and securely. My husband brought my package in and he had a good laugh at my new “Fancy goods”:

Tester Korea, fivezero's haulage, July 2017, fancy goods customs shipping label

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Sale Alert: Spend Your Points PLUS Event at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada Only, July 20–22, 2017)

Today through Saturday (July 20–22 only), Canada’s Shoppers Drug Mart is offering a Spend Your Points PLUS Event. It actually states on their site that it runs from July 20 at midnight through July 23 at 4 AM (EST). I have no idea why they insist on doing it that way, since it makes it sound as though you have all day on Sunday to redeem the points with this event [edit: they’ve since readjusted their banner to read July 20–22; it’s still odd that the event doesn’t run through Sunday like it usually does].

This event works online at Shoppers’ beautyBOUTIQUE, as well.

The deal is pretty much the same as usual, but you get additional Optimum Points (rather than additional cash off a purchase).

Spend the following Optimum Points and receive:

  • 50,000 points for $85 off, plus $15 worth of Optimum Points
  • 95,000 points for $170 off, plus $30 worth of Optimum Points

The bonus points get added to your account a week or so later.

Don’t forget that ebates.ca (referral) works with beautyBOUTIQUE, too!

Happy shopping! What’s on your SDM shopping list?

If you need some ideas, here are links to some of my past Shoppers Drug Mart/beautyBOUTIQUE hauls, mostly from redeeming Optimum Points:

New Release: Julep — Collection (August 2017)

Collection: Julep 2017 August, Julep 2017, Zodiac

Julep’s August 2017 collection consists of five new—and two re-released—duochrome metallics. And, of course, the latest addition to their 2017 Zodiac collection is a new shade for the sign of Leo (July 23–August 22).

(If you’re unfamiliar with the Julep Maven boxes, check out this review of my first ever Julep box!)

Here are all the new shades and products:

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