Despite the normal arrival schedule of my subscription boxes it seems that they all came at once this month, and all at the end of the month rather than scattered about somewhere in the middle. So after feeling ignored by the post office I now feel that they are showering me with gifts.
Technically gifts I paid for as I pay for my subscription boxes, but let’s just enjoy the showering of goodies, shall we?
For those interested in the technicalities, Glossy box is a monthly beauty subscription where you get a lovely box sent to you each month filled with a mix of five deluxe samples and full sized beauty items.
In case you are counting and thinking, that’s more than five items, no your count is not off. This month we received an extra treat and received six items. Your math is just fine.
The box is usually $21 per month, however if you sign up for a year you can get the box for $18 per month and you will still be charged monthly instead of having to pay in one lump sum. This is actually the option I chose, after just a couple of months I knew I wanted to keep getting the box and they also have a tendency to sell out quickly (the Aloha box is completely sold out already but August looks FANTASTIC). If you are interested in trying it out, you can get 25% off your first box by using the code GET25GLOSSY. The code expires August first.
Oh and if you do sign up, remember to rate your items. You get points for the reviews (about $0.40 worth per review) and the money can be spent on the Look Fantastic site (FYI Look Fantastic is currently running a 20% off lipsticks for the week since the 29th is National lipstick day just use code LIPS20 the sale runs through August 3rd). The points are not used on a segment of their site or a few select items, but the whole site. You can apply it to whatever you decide to purchase. And they have a really large online store. It’s really a nice little perk as you can save up your review cash for items you actually want rather than limiting yourself to a few select points items.
August is Glossy’s Birthday month so they have some surprises planned. But before we get into that, let’s see what came in the July box.
This month was the Glossy box Aloha theme with everything you need to feel like you are in paradise without getting on a plane. As I suspect it will be quite a while before I get on a plane, I’m okay with that.
First up, is the Soothing Hawaiian Facial oil from Monu Professional skincare. It is a deluxe mini and is described as a gentle facial oil that provides the ideal treatment to relax and comfort irritated and sensitive skin. I have to say, between masks and stress, my skin is plenty irritated so this should be interesting to try.
The second item in my Aloha Glossy Box is the full sized Exfoliating Dual Texture Scrubber from Daily Concepts (retail $12). I actually already have one of these and am super happy to have a backup. I really like this scrubber.
It has a simple strap for your hand so it is easy to slip on and off and to change from hand to hand. It is much easier to use than the scrubbing mit I’ve tried in the past. It is the perfect size to fit comfortably in my hand and I only takes a little bit of body wash to lather it into a full froth. I really like the gentle exfoliation side. This is one of those products I picked up on a whim a while ago and really liked. So I am always happy to have a back up of it.
The Northern Light Smoothing Fluid from Polaar was in this month’s box. It is a deluxe mini (retail $22) and I admit, I had to do a little more digging. From the various descriptions it sounds like it is more of a serum than a cream.
I haven’t opened it yet as I am already testing a serum and a cream and don’t want to open it until I al actually ready to give it a try. It had vitamin c in it and is supposed to give you tighter pores and a more refined skin surface while protecting you from pollutants. To me it sounds like a serum and I am always happy to have another serum to try. I believe last month we received sunscreen from Polaar.
There were two deluxe sachets of the Hask Monoi Coconut Oil conditioner in this month’s box. Like the Daily Concepts, this is a product I have seen and used before.
It is essentially a hair mask and my hair always comes out soft and shiny with both this and the Argon oil masks. Even though it says the scent is coconut and gardenias, it isn’t overpowering and it is well worth the ten minute wait. Especially if you’ve been taking your hair out into the summer sun.
The Palm Balm from The Beauty Crop was a full sized item as well this month (retail $21).
It is a 2 in 1 product which always has me suspicious, because I usually find that when a product tries for multiple uses it doesn’t often succeed. But I am still willing to try. This is a dual lip and blush in a peachy rose shade. I’ve seen The Beauty Crop around, but I haven’t actually tried any of their products so this will be fun. The box actually came early enough that I was able to add this to this week’s Make up Bag so I’ll be reviewing it on friday and sharing my thoughts then.
Finally, the extra treat came from Freeman Beauty. It is the Hawaiian Black salt Peel off mask. It has three to four uses in the re sealable container. I’m never sad about getting a mask in one of my beauty boxes. I used to get Freeman masks all the time as they were a brand always available at my local drug store. I will admit it has been a while since I’ve used them though. I am looking forward to seeing if they’ve changed.
I have to say this was a pretty interesting selection this month. Everything seemed to go with the theme and all of the products are ones I am either excited to have around or looking forward to trying out.
I will say though that I am glad that despite there being no break in the temperatures in sight, August leads us more into the autumn themed items. Well, with luck anyway. In an attempt to bring vacations to us it seems that there has been a lot of coconut scented items aimed in my direction. Don’t get me wrong I like coconut. It’s not one of my top five scents but I do like it. I just feel like I have been bombarded with it this year. In addition all the staycation themes sort of remind me that my actual vacation plans were cancelled. And I’m kind of ready to not think about that for a while.
Its a bit like when people try too hard to cheer you up. Its appreciated, but at some point you are just ready to be over it.
I suspect I am just ready for fall. This has been a pretty brutal summer weather wise (and other wise) and I’m just ready for it to end. I’ve started gazing longingly at some of my sweaters the other day. Admittedly, fall is my favorite time of year and it won’t feel like fall outside until at least mid to late September but at least next month might not be as coconut scented. Unfortunately it means people will soon be gushing about pumpkin spice. I know its a fall scent and it has it’s devotees, but I am really not one of them. I’m an apple cider and mulled wine kind of girl. And I have to admit, I like my coffee to taste like coffee.
And while August is too hot for sweaters, cider and mulled wine, it is the gate way to fall. Soon the summer will end. Still there is much to do before then so it is not quite time to pack away the sandals yet. Still, August with Glossy box looks like it is shaping up to be a good one, and I can’t wait.