This month’s Glossy Box had the theme ‘Explore your Wild Side’ and the sturdy, reusable box came in either zebra or leopard print instead of the standard pink and black. I received the gold and black leopard. Glossy box is $21 per month.
For this price you get five items. They tend to be a mix between full and deluxe/travel sized samples. I know that this month’s box sold out super-fast and anyone ordering in May will get a mystery box instead of this one, but if you are thinking about this subscription as a possibility for you, I hope seeing what I got in my regular box will help you decide one way or the other. In case you are wondering, this is a personal subscription, I did pay for this myself so it is a regular subscriber’s box.
The first item in my Glossy box this month was a nine pan Steve Laurent palette (retail $38). I have several liquid lips and a couple of highlighters from Steve Laurent but this is my first eyeshadow experience. While it is listed as a full sized palette, the pans are really kind of small.
The shadows are a mix of earth tones with browns and bronze predominating the palette. It is an interesting neutrals palette with four matte shades and five shimmers.
It isn’t the most exciting looking palette and I would say it falls more into the earthy category rather than the wild side one, but I can see getting a lot of use out of it. This is the size of palette I generally like to travel with as it fits nicely in my bag and I’ve noticed the smaller pans don’t tend to suffer from as much breakage as larger pans when on the road. So over all I was pleased to see it.
Next up is the EYEKO fat liquid liner (retail $22). Normally I am not super thrilled by eyeliners, however I do like eyeko liners and oddly enough I used up and had to part with both of my open Eyeko liners this past week.
One was a regular liner and the other was the skinny liner. So I was actually happy to see the liner in this box. I did a quick swatch with the liner as well, mostly because I knew I was opening it and using it right away. I was pleased to see it didn’t seep into any of the fine lines of my hand. It gives me great hope for its performance on my eyes.
Following the liner was something I was super excited to see. And that was the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. (retail $14). It is the travel size but it was on my list of things to try out so I will enjoy getting to try it and seeing how long the travel size lasts before I commit to buying a full sized one.
At the moment I am about a week away from finishing up my Versed Cleansing Balm so I will run that out before dipping into this one.
I will say I did open it to take a sniff and I liked the scent. Oddly the only description I have for the scent is that it smells like Elemis. I’m currently using both the Elemis Foaming cleanser and the exfoliating pads and they both have that same scent. I’ll do my best to identify the scent before my review, but if you are looking to unify your skin care scents, these all have a similar scent. It’s a very nice scent actually. It smells both lightly floral yet really clean at the same time. I am really looking forward to trying it out. While I love the way the Versed cleansing balm makes my skin feel, it has a scent that reminds me a little of Vicks Vapor rub, which is not my favorite scent in the world.
A Kiss Proof Lip Cream from Bellapierre (retail $20)was the next item in my box and I was pleased to see it as well. The color looks nice on the swatch I did and it dried down really well.
I’ve used Bellapierre’s bullet lipsticks before and really liked the formula so I’m looking forward to seeing how the liquid ones work out for me. I’m also happy that it is in a wearable shade.
Lately I’ve been going through my lipsticks and found I have a lot of ‘off shades’. They are lip products that aren’t really shades I would wear on the regulars basis. Purple seems to be the dominant color of that collection for some reason. Closely followed by nudes that make my lips disappear into my face. Most come courtesy of subscription boxes, or at least I hope that is where they come from and I haven’t been buying purple lipstick without realizing it.
I don’t think I buy lipstick in my sleep but I suppose anything is possible.
Anyway I am pleased this looks like a wearable shade. If the formula is good, I will be very happy to have it around.
Finally we get to the Aloe Vera CBD infused Facemask ($6.99). I’m not certain if there is a face mask in each box. I received one last month and one this month. I will say that after my sunburn I sort of hit the sheet masks in my collection pretty hard. I think I used anything that had the words soothing, moisturizing and repairing on it during my week of forced immobility.
I used the masks on my face but then used the extra serum on the skin that needed some love and attention. It worked well but my collection of masks has been seriously whittled down. I think I only have two actual sheet masks left at the moment and those are the ones that came in my IPSY box this month. For me that is actually some sort of record. This mask also came with a card for a discount at CBD FX.com. It’s 25% off. Now that CBD products are starting to look a little more like regular skincare products instead of featuring cartoon bongs and other paraphernalia I have found myself looking into it more seriously and will have to check out the company and its products, especially if I like this mask. I know that sounds very shallow, but it is easier for me to take it more seriously when it is in more serious packaging. But maybe that is just me.
Moving on from my own psychological profiling…
The total retail of the May Glossy Box which cost me $21 turned out to be $100.99. That’s more than three times what I paid for it and more importantly, they are all items I am looking forward to using. The arrival of both the Eyeko and the Elemis are timely as my eyeko eyeliner just died and I am close to using up my current cleansing balm. This is the second month of my subscription and I think that for now, I will definitely be keeping it. I generally like to give a subscription between three and six months before I make a decision on it and I have to say I am very much looking forward to seeing what month three has in store for me. The spoiler they put on the info card states that next month’s theme is A World of Beauty and will feature products from around the globe. Sounds like it could be interesting. Fingers crossed it’s a good one.