Glossybox is definitely one of the subscription boxes that I look forward to the most each month and I usually love every single item they choose. Glossybox has its roots in the UK where it started and they often send out products from the UK and products from other European-based beauty brands which I love — most of the time, I find that these products work amazingly well and its fun to experiment and try out items that don’t get as much attention here in the states. I often like a lot of these products way better than their American counterparts.
This month, Glossybox also sent out a very “Made in America” brand — two different products from Rhode Island jeweler Alex and Ani. The Alex and Ani soap bar is HUGE and awesome and then there was also a surprise charm bangle bracelet that I was super happy to receive.
This month’s box also featured an awesome hot pink polish from Nails Inc. London (one of my favorite polish brands), a multi-tasking hair product from Alterna (one of my favorite haircare brands), a hydrating facial mask with good-for-you vitamins and plant extracts, as well as a gentle lip moisturizer/exfoliator that actually works (for me, at least).
All in all I was very happy with this month’s Glossybox and I honestly feel like each month gets better and better. Glossybox always sends out more “luxurious” products than the other beauty subscription boxes (in my opinion) and, even though it might be a little more expensive than some other boxes, it is well worth the $20/month charge (also my opinion).
My March 2014 Glossybox contained:
- Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar, full-size (reg. $14 for 7 oz.; alexandani.com)
- Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle, full-size (reg. $28; alexandani.com)
- Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand, 0.85-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $22 for 4 oz.; alternahaircare.com)
- Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel, full-size (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.; etre-belle.co — ** NOTE: I can’t seem to find any website that will ship this product to the US)
- Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish, 0.13-oz. deluxe sample bottle (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.; nailsinc.com)
- Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask, 0.38-oz. deluxe sample tube (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.; nordstrom.com)
The first product was this SUPER big and awesome soap bar from Alex and Ani (they make soap too?? I had no idea …). I love the earthy/floral scent of this bar … when I took it out of the Glossybox the scent filled up my whole room and it lingered for a good part of the day on my skin after using it in the shower. I also felt like my skin was noticeably moisturized and all-around better feeling after using this soap. I am all about aromatherapy and beauty products that “invigorate your senses,” so I am definitely happy that this came in the March Glossybox.
Alex and Ani Scent 7 Soap Bar (reg. $14 for 7 oz.; alexandani.com) is “inspired by ancient alchemy and scented with warm spice and sweet floral undertones.” It contains shea butter and coconut oil that “effectively nurtures the skin, increasing hydration and thoroughly cleansing the body,” and it is crafted with “essential oils that embody the four elements: earth, air, fire and water,” that, when combined, “assist in harmonizing one’s chi.” Sweet.
Glossybox threw in a non-beauty “bonus item” this month which is awesome and I love when subscription boxes switch it up with a surprise like this. It’s especially cool when it’s a full-sized bracelet that I will most certainly be wearing and probably buying more charms for. I’ve only just heard of Alex and Ani jewelry recently — the company was founded in 2004 but only opened their first retail store in 2009 and then further expanded the business in 2010 and even added European stores a couple of years later.
I love jewelry and, even more, I love “free” jewelry (well, this was sort of free … minus Glossybox’s monthly $20 subscription fee), so the March Glossybox was a total win. As I said before, I feel like I’m loving the Glossyboxes more and more every month.
Alex and Ani Swan Charm Bangle (reg. $28; alexandani.com) comes in a “Russian Gold” or “Russian Silver” finish (I received the silver one) with a swan charm plus three small Alex and Ani logo charms. The majestic swan is a creature that “embodies grace and beauty” and is a “powerful symbol of love.” This bracelet is made with Alex and Ani’s unique and original “Expandable Wire Bangle” design that “replaces traditional clasps with a sliding mechanism, making each piece adjustable” so that it fits perfectly for everyone.
I absolutely love Alterna haircare products, and. out of all the hair products I have tried throughout the years, Alterna is one of the only brands that ever seems to actually work and make a difference in my dry, damaged, color-treated hair. WIth that being said, I was delighteddd to see this Alterna volumizer/hair beautifier in my March Glossybox, especially because it’s a product that I have never used before.
Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand (reg. $22 for 4 oz.; alternahaircare.com) is described as a “thickening lotion that strengthens, moisturizes and adds volume to the hair from root to tip,” leaving hair appearing more full-bodied without weighing it down. I haven’t tried this one out yet, but I like the fact that it’s a volumizing lotion, as opposed to a traditional volumizing spray, plus it’s by Alterna so I have a feeling I’m going to love it.
The next product is from German beauty company Etre Belle Cosmetics. I can’t seem to find this product for sale anywhere that will deliver to the US, but I have a feeling it will be more widely available soon. Occasionally, Glossybox will send out a product from a European beauty company that you can’t really (easily) find in the US or Canada, but then, when the product is opened up to a whole new country of potential buyers, the product becomes available somewhere over here for purchase. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel (reg. $17.80 for 0.5 oz.; etre-belle.co) is described as a “gentle and moisurizing exfoliator for the lip area” that “gently removes dead cells and refines the surface skin.” This lip exfoliator is formulated with pure hyaluronic microspheres to smooth and it adds up to 54% more volume on the lips.
I was actually just about to buy a new hot pink nail polish because I ran out of all the ones I had and then my Glossybox arrived with this cute little bottle in it. I love this color and, even though the polish came out a little streaky at first, if you use a good top coat it will dry to a perfect opaque shade.
Nails Inc. Brook Street Nail Polish (reg. $9.50 for 0.33 oz.; nailsinc.com) is described as a “bright, summery coral” that is professionally formulated for a “long lasting, super glossy, flawless finish.”
The last product in the March Glossybox was a hydrating cream mask that is absolutely perfect for my dry winter skin. I only tried out this product once so far for a quick test so I can’t really judge how well it works just yet.
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask (reg. $158 for 2.1 oz.; nordstrom.com) is described as “a skincare mask rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts” that is “specially formulated to act instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality.” This is Sisley’s first mask that is enriched with “anti-aging active ingredients” to restore skin’s radiance and tones while immediately hydrating and re-plumping for visibly softer and smoother skin.
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