I say this about almost all of the subscription boxes I receive, but really, Glossybox is one of my favorites and I am always looking forward to it each month. I didn’t think this month’s Glossybox was the best one ever, but it definitely wasn’t bad either.
I was soooo excited to see this month’s Glossybox and I have to say it really is one of the best ones I have seen in awhile, it might even be my favorite. I am soooo in love with the box design this month and I can’t wait to figure out how I’m going to use it/display it around my room.
Glossybox’s limited edition box design this month was Valentine’s Day-themed and so were all of the items in the box. I took a bunch of photos of the actual box this month (which I don’t usually do) just because it was so pretty.
It was a little hard for me to open up the box because I just loved the way everything was packaged. Glossybox always has their tissue paper plus a ribbon wrapped around the products inside the box, but I was loving the pink and white paper this month and I can’t wait to figure out how I’m going to use this hot pink ribbon!
Glossybox is one of my favorite beauty subscription services. They feature more “high-end” prestige makeup and beauty brands and, since they first started in the UK, they send out a lot of products from the UK and other European brands (which I LOVE).
This month’s Glossybox didn’t feature any makeup products and instead focused on skincare and hair products. I usually love seeing makeup products the most in the boxes I subscribe to, but I didn’t mind that they were nowhere to be found in the July Glossybox because all of the skincare and hair items were hardworking products for a number of different concerns, like skin brightening and clearing, hair restoration and lip treatment. A++++ products!
Each month I say the same thing – that the products featured in each Glossybox are more “luxurious” than a lot of their counterparts in other subscription boxes (although Glossybox does feature some brands that other boxes also send out). This month’s products were very top-of-the-line and definitely luxurious and many of them have already received rave reviews on Glossybox’s website and across the web.
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream (reg. $61 for 6.08 oz.; mitchellandpeach.com) contains steam-distilled floral essential oils straight from the Mitchells’ family estate in England. It is described as a “luxurious body cream” that contains pure English honey, organic cocoa, vitamin B5 and shea butter to leave skin “soft, nourished and delicately fragranced.”
I tried this lotion out quickly yesterday and I honestly didn’t think it really did much. I didn’t apply it all over, I just did a little test on the rough patches around my knees, but it just didn’t feel like it was actually moisturizing my skin … maybe it’s just me. I’ll try it out a few more times before I make a final decision.
Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm (reg. $12 for 0.35 oz.; malinandgoetz.com) is a hydrating gel lip balm that “melts into lips” to moisturize without leaving the sticky factor. It is scientifically blended to restore and replenish with fatty acid absorption technology.
This is one of my favorite lip balms and even though I already have a tube of this stuff, I was super happy to receive another one because it’s so awesome. It soothes lips perfectly and you can use it all over as a gloss or you can use just a little bit as a treatment for dry, irritated lips.
GLAMGLOW YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment (reg. $69 for 1.7 oz.; sephora.com) is a power-packed “facial-in-a-jar” that is supposed to work with skin’s natural collagen to exfoliate, tighten pores, smooth texture, reduce fine lines and absorb impurities. It is comprised of French sea clay, volcanic pumice rock and pieces of green tea leaf.
This is another product that I already use and absolutely love and I’m pretty sure everyone has heard about the awesomeness of GLAMGLOW’s facial treatments by now. I like their Super Mud Clearing Treatment a tad better than this one because I actually see crazy noticeable results with that one (it literally LIFTS the gunk out of my pores — way better than those pore strips do), but this treatment mask is great, too. A whopping 100% of testers “agreed it brightened their dull skin” after using it three times during a seven-day period.
Philip B. pH Restorative Detangling Toning MIst (reg. $24 for 4.23 oz.; philipb.com) is described as a “weightless, daily detangling mist that leaves hair shining and frizz-free.” It is a keratin-safe leave-in toner that works by adjusting the pH of tap water to seal the hair’s cuticle for a smooth finish. It contains Apple Cider Vinegar, a natural astringent and pH balancer, to boost manageability and shine, as well as a “featherweight blend” of essential oils to detangle and fight frizz and static. It can be used on wet or dry hair.
I have SO many different hair products from subscription boxes that I rarely use, so I love it when I find a unique one like this — I really don’t have another product quite like it. I haven’t had time to style my hair since receiving my Glossybox a few days ago (I’ve been doing the lazy-girl messy bun), but I did try this spray out quickly on my dry hair and my hair DEFINITELY felt a lot smoother after using it.
With that being said, I absolutely must point out that the smell of this stuff is like … wayyyy too vinegar-y. I actually didn’t know what the hell that smell was until I read more of the product description — I usually have a pretty good nose for this kind of stuff but my first guess wasn’t vinegar because … why would a hair product smell like vinegar? So I read the label and realized that Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the ingredients, which makes the smell a lot more understandable.
The plus side is that the smell (I wouldn’t really call it a “scent”) does subside a LOT after applying it (almost completely), but I would suggest spraying a perfume or body spray — even another hair spray — on top of it if you have a sensitive nose. I’m really not picky about scents, and this product does seem super awesome (and unique).
My hair was instantly softer and smoother after testing it, but I’m going to try it out for real tomorrow on my wet hair and then after it’s dry. I have a good feeling this product is going to become part of my regular styling routine!
Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum (reg. $45 for 0.34 oz.; iloveskininc.com) is a “custom blend of tone-improving vitamin A, detoxifying chlorella and hydrating hyaluronic acid.” This serum features Skin Inc’s patented encapsulation technology that improves skin tone and the appearance of dark eye circles, tackles dullness and dryness and reduces the appearance of pigmentation for clearer, brighter skin.
Skin Inc is “the world’s first Skin Supplement Bar,” and offers “highly concentrated, 100% pure and active serums and skincare” from Japan. I haven’t really tried this serum out yet (just a quick test to see what it felt like), but it got amazing reviews on Glossybox’s website and the serum that I’ve been using is just about finished so I’m going to start using this one tomorrow and try it all week long to see how well it works. It sounds great and perfect for all of my skin concerns, including dehydration and dark spots/imperfections from breakouts, so if it’s as great as it seems to be then I’ll definitely be purchasing the full-size version 🙂
Subscription Box Breakdown:
Almost every single item this month really was top-of-the-line, “best of the best” in hair care and skincare. The only item I wasn’t that impressed with was the body lotion, but I’m going to try it out again before totally writing it off. All of these products are pretty pricey, but they seem to be well worth the full-price cost, and the value of the box this month (according to Glossybox) was over $90. Totally worth the $21 monthly charge!
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The most beautiful Glossybox (ever) is here just in time for Independence Day AND the USA vs. Belgium World Cup Round of 16 match that is taking place tomorrow (Tuesday). Patriotism is at an all-time high this month, mostly thanks to our soccer (football) team’s astonishing escape from the “Group of Death.” So this Glossybox is all the more special.
I’m going to definitely find a good use for the Stars & Stripes Glossybox in my room. I actually have been collecting almost all of my Glossyboxes for about a year now (since I first subscribed, really) — both the regular pink ones and the special edition ones — and most of them end up in my closets to use as extra organizers. I’m going to use this one as some sort of decoration/organizer that won’t be hidden away in one of my closets.
First up is this patriotically-inspired nail polish duo from StrangeBeautiful that was designed exclusively for the Glossybox Stars & Stripes edition. These two little nail polishes are held under one cover so it’s kind of like the size of one regular nail polish bottle, and it’s really cute. I was impressed at how well these colors went on my nails — just one coat was vibrant enough, even though I still used two coats as always. Since this Colorbloc duo is exclusive to Glossybox, I included a link to buy different Colorblocs from StrangeBeautiful on the Anthropologie website.
StrangeBeautiful Colorbloc Nail Polish ($18 for two 0.15-oz. bottles; anthropologie.com) is a nail polish duo that “enables you to color your nails on the go effortlessly.” These polishes are great for travel and airline-friendly, and they are comprised of two “saturated” colors housed in a convenient, compact design.
I haven’t used this finishing spray yet so I’m not sure how well it works, but I like seeing different and unique hair products in subscription boxes, especially since I’m kind of all stocked up on the regulars (hairspray, serums, creams, etc.).
RUSK Texture Dry Finishing Spray ($18 for 8 oz.; ariva.com) is described as a “talc-free styling spray” that adds texture, shape, and grip “for an instant boost on hot summer nights,” while still maintaining hair’s natural movement. This spray leaves no white, chalky residue and it provides all-day flexible, medium hold.
I have only tried out this body butter once so far, but it’s definitely extremely “luxurious” and hydrating with a pretty scent. I can never have enough body butters and lotions, so these are always great subscription box additions for me.
Ayres Patagonia Body Butter ($28 for 6.75 oz.; ayresbeauty.com) is described as an “all-natural body formula” that is enriched with herbal extracts and vitamins to help moisturize dry patches on the skin. This body butter is formulated with a fragrant fusion of jasmine, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, and fir essential oils to provide long-lasting hydration.
This is a wonderful hand cream for some super intense hydration. My hands get dry pretty easily (all year long) and I go through a lot of tubes of hand cream, so this is another product that I never mind seeing in a subscription box. In fact, I don’t think I have even bought hand cream for myself in almost a year because I always get one every couple of months in a subscription box; no complaints here. The only thing I’m just a little ehhh about is the scent of this lotion — I LOVE a pretty lemongrass scent, but the lemongrass in this hand cream seems to be hidden a bit, and when I first applied it it kind of reminded me of a grandma perfume. Either way, this stuff works very well.
Camille Beckman Platinumé Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy ($10 for 1.35 oz.; camillebeckman.com) is described as a “dye-free, gluten-free, citrus-scented cream” that includes botanicals like sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, and Camille Beckman’s signature herbal complex to give your hands an extra dose of hydration, restoration, and softening.
This last product was probably my favorite item in the June Glossybox. It is a beautifully vibrant and creamy eye shadow pencil in a perfect champagne-y, taupe-ish color. I haven’t worn it yet but I swatched it on my hand and I loved it. I kinda messed up the photo (above) and the tip of the pencil came out a little blurry … the color of this pencil is so pretty and it’s perfect for any kind of makeup look no matter where you go, day or night.
Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil ($18 for .08 oz.; zibabeauty.com) is described as a “universally-flattering golden shade” that “offers a hint of shimmer to accent any eye color” and is the perfect finishing touch for day or night. This silky eye pencil can be used as a highlight, a liner, or it can be applied to your entire eyelid as a shadow that won’t budge or smear.
This wasn’t the most exciting month for Glossybox, but the box itself is beautiful and the Stars & Stripes theme was cute and fun. The nail polish was great with super vibrant colors (it dried quickly, too); the eyeshadow pencil from Sumita Beauty was definitely my favorite product as the color is so versatile and beautiful; the hair finishing spray looks like a product I’m going to really like (haven’t tried it out yet); and the hand lotion and cream are two products that I will always be able to put to use.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month, with the option to buy 3-, 6-, or 12-month plans at a slightly lower cost. They usually send out five deluxe- and travel-sized beauty samples (always really good sizes, I have no complaints), and sometimes you will find full-sized products, too. The brands that are featured are all higher-end, more “luxurious” beauty brands, and, the best part is, since Glossybox started over in the UK they often feature a lot of British and other European beauty brands, so there’s always something new and exciting (which I love). To subscribe, click here, or visit Glossybox.com for more information.
This post is SUPER late and I am so happy that I’m finally getting it up! I received my April Glossybox over two weeks ago and I have been soooo busy with schoolwork and regular work that I just decided to take a mini-hiatus for the last couple of weeks. I hate making sporadic blog posts, so I am just glad that now I can give my blog the 100% I have been meaning to give it since I re-launched it months and months ago.
I gotta start with these subscription box reviews first; I know that a wave of boxes for May is about to hit my doorstep and I just want to get the two that I have left over for April up before I start posting everything else. But after these are done, I have so many product reviews, shopping, outfits, DIY projects, and a bunch of other ideas to blog about. So I’m excited to finally get this going.
Right now I am also in the process of updating both of my Facebook and Twitter pages for my blog so that they look a lot nicer and less empty, and I’m just excited to start really blogging about everything I love (all the pretty material stuff) that I see and am influenced by every single day.
So enough of my babbling and onto the review. I’m sure that anyone who is into subscription box reviews has already seen the Glossybox for April, but I like going a little in-depth to do mini-reviews of each of the products. As usual, I really enjoyed my Glossybox this month. I always say that Glossybox is one of the more “luxurious” beauty subscriptions, and that goes right down to the pretty pink box that all of the products arrive in each month.
I’ve been saving every single Glossybox I receive for at least a year now, and I literally have three huge piles of them quickly stacking up on my floor. I’m also in the process of doing a re-organization of my room, so I figured I would set the boxes aside for storage and I hate to even think of throwing them out because they’re so cute (and way more durable than the other beauty subscription boxes), so it’s a win-win for me.
I’ve been seeing Caldrea products pop up here and there in recent subscription boxes that I’ve been receiving (the hand soap in last month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box smelled absolutely amazing), and I really have no complaints. In fact, I would like to see even more Caldrea products. I only used this body wash once so far, but, like all of Caldrea’s products, it has a delightful aromatherapeutic scent and I definitely enjoyed it.
Caldrea Body Wash ($18 for 11.5 oz.; caldrea.com) is described as a body wash that is infused with brightening, free-radical fighting Angelica Root and Linden Flower extracts to reveal smooth, radiant and renewed skin.
The next product was another one with an amazing aromatherapeutic scent. I know that a lot of people aren’t too crazy about the scent of lavender, but I love it and I’m loving this body cream — although I’ve mostly been using it as a hand cream since the tube is the perfect size to throw in my handbag for the day, and it moisturizes my hands perfectly.
Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme Lavender + Chamomile ($10 for 9 oz.; aquaspabath.com) is described as an “ultra-rich conditioning body lotion that banishes dry skin while diminishing the signs of aging.” This body cream, along with all other Aqua Spa products, contains Marine Youth Complex, which is made up of anti-aging, skin-restoring sea minerals, and an “aromatic blend” of lavender and chamomile for “calming relief.” This product is paraben-free.
I haven’t used this lipgloss on my lips just yet, but when I quickly swatched it on my hand to test it out I realized that the color, which is beautiful and totally awesome, definitely differs a little bit from what it looks like in the tube (which is fine with me). I’m excited to try this one out because it sounds very promising.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Super Gloss in Vanilla Pink ($24.50 for .32 oz.; bellapierre.com) is made with natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, avocado and sunflower waxes. This gloss is also infused with a natural plumper, which helps minimize fine lines on and around the lips to make lips appear “smoother and more healthy-looking.”
Okay so this next product was the first product I used as soon as I received my Glossybox and I just grabbed it out of the box without reading the description or directions and assumed that it was a regular eyeshadow base, maybe one that would work similarly to my favorite liquid sealer/base from Make Up For Ever. I was wrong, and this product is actually specifically for glitter and shimmer shadows. Of course I used it with my regular matte shadow that day and it made the shadow absolutely impossible to blend. Oops.
LASplash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base ($9 for 0.3 oz.; lasplashcosmetics.com) is described as a product that “intensifies color and provides extra protection against smears and smudges for flawless 12-hour wear.” To use, apply a very light coat across the entire eyelid and up to the brow bone (or wherever you plan on applying the shadow). Also, another thing that I should have read before trying this one out, is that you’re supposed to use a very, very thin layer of this stuff, only what is on the wand (don’t dip back into the tube to get more), otherwise your eyeshadow will become a creasey mess.
A bunch of different nail polishes from Ciate were one of the spoiler items for April that Glossybox gave a sneak peek for a few weeks before the boxes were shipped out. Glossybox subscribers received one of 13 warm-toned nail polish shades. I love Ciate polishes (especially the cute bottles), but I’m not exactly loving this color. It’s okay — I feel like it would have fared a lot better as an autumn shade instead of an April spring color. It seems a bit Halloween-y to me.
Ciate London Paint Pots ($15 for 0.46 oz.; ciatelondon.com) come in a wonderful range of 88 different hues and the formula itself is great. Like I said before, I really wasn’t crazy about the color I received, but I have used Ciate polishes in the past and they apply very well and the formula is definitely durable. Ciate’s “beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience” thanks to the long-handled, dense, 250 bristle flat brush and the “amazingly pigmented”, long-lasting polish formula, which work together to give you a flawless finish.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed my April Glossybox … I always enjoy the Glossyboxes I receive and I love the fact that I get to try out and sample a lot more British and other European beauty brands (Glossybox originated in the UK). I am subscribed to so many beauty boxes, and I find that Glossybox is really the only one that constantly sends out new and exciting “luxurious” products, plus products that I find work VERY well.
Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that costs $21 per month. You receive five full- and deluxe-sized beauty samples each month from more high-end, luxury brands. To subscribe using my referral code, click here to send me your e-mail address! For more information, visit Glossybox.com.
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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