It is time once again for the unboxing extravaganza to begin. It seems that regardless of when anything was mailed, almost everything came in at the same time this month. A few of my subscription boxes are still MIA, but hopefully that will soon be sorted out.
This month I was very pleased to see my Glossy Box arrive. It is one of my favorite subscriptions as it always has a variety of items and while there are some familiar favorites, there are often brands I have never heard of or have only heard of but never had a chance to try. Normally Glossy Box is $21 per month, however if you sign up for a yearly subscription, you pay only $18 per month(which is what I have) They still charge you monthly so you don’t have to pay for the entire year at once which is really nice. You still pay the monthly $18 fee. So it is a great way to save some money. I like it, especially as I know it is a subscription box I want to keep. If you are interested, you can get your first box or only $16 with the code DECEMBER16.
In another unique twist, GLOSSYBOX subscribers collect Glossy Credit every month by answering surveys and writing reviews about the products inside the box. This Credit can be redeemed at online beauty retailer LOOKFANTASTIC.com, saving you money on 100s of big-name beauty brands like Natasha Denona, Erno Laszlo and Caudalie.
Personally, I am saving up my Glossy credit. I’m trying to decide if I want to put it towards the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water mineral moisturizer or the Chantecaille Foundation. Both are products I really want to pick up, and both are sold on the Look Fantastic Website. Admittedly something else may catch my eye.
But I’ll decide that in a little while, for now, there is the December Glossy Box.
So what was in this month’s box? Let’s find out.
This month’s Edition is ‘The Best Time of the year’ and the contents are supposed to be worth over $80. Right off the bat I have to say the box is stunning.While I like the typical pink and black of the usual Glossy Boxes, I have to say I really like the look of this box. And as always, the box is sturdy enough to be reused. As I need another storage box for my holiday ornaments, I think this one may fit the bill So I am pleased to have it. I also like that the ribbon was designed to match the theme as well. Between the ribbon and the tissue paper it feels like unwrapping a present each month. The thought that goes into the packaging just makes it feel special.
So what is the first item inside? First out of the box is Nudestix Gel Color Lip & Cheek Balm in the shade Posh. (retail $26). It is a nice pinky neutral shade that suits me quite well actually. I’ve tried a Nudestix liquid lip before, but never the crayon.
Despite the dual use claim, I doubt I will use this as a check color. Part of it is the color, but I think part of it is the stick shape. It seems to lean more towards the lips. Who knows though, maybe once I start using it, I will see that it is good on the cheeks. I’ll let you know in a future makeup bag post.
MineTan Coffee Scrub (retail $15) was the second item in my box this month. I’ve tried coffee scrubs before, although not from this brand. I really like them in general as they are wonderfully exfoliating. I imagine the sweet almond and macadamia oils in this one will be especially nice on the skin making it soft even as it exfoliates. I was very happy to see this and look forward to giving it a go.
One thing to remember with the coffee scrubs is that they are messy. You are basically turning your shower into a coffee pot as the hot water hits the grounds. It is easiest to just plan to clean out the shower right after using the coffee scrubs rather than wait. At least that is what I found. We also put a little drainer hat over the drain in our shower to protect the pipes from anything in the water and it really comes in handy for filtering the larger ground particles out without letting them potentially stop the drain. (It also helps when bath products like bombs have bits of stuff in them.) My house was built in the 1940s so we tend to try and look out for the plumbing as much as possible.
The third item in the box this month was the Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream (retail $18). It is a deluxe Mini and kind of adorable. I’ve tried a few Youth To the People products and I am always good to see it reappear. Each time I think, ‘I need a full size of that to try out.’ I think the one I tried last time was slightly different, so I will get a first impression of this moisturizer, and after a first impression, I’ll compare it to the other one and see which moisturizer from the brand I want to try in a full sized trial. I know one of them will be tried, just not which.
I have tried the Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt (retail $8.49). (the full sized jar is normally $53 but currently Look Fantastic has it on sale for $42.40 if you are interested.) It too is a deluxe mini.
I think a jar of this came my way from another subscription box. I both loved and was disappointed by this scrub all at the same time. The formula left my hair gloriously smooth and soft, however the scrub itself had particles that were too large to get through my hair to my scalp. (I have somewhat thick hair). As I use a lot of dry shampoo, and other products, there can be a bit of buildup on the scalp and I generally use products like this to cleanse the scalp as well as the hair. In all fairness to the product, my cousin also got a sample in one of her subscription boxes at the same time (she and I have similar hair issues and subscription boxes actually) and she said hers didn’t have the larger particles that mine did. So possibly my last jar was a one off and this one will be fabulous all the way through. I would love it if it worked on my scalp as my hair really loved it. My fingers are crossed.
The K-GLO Smoothing Coconut Bio-Cellulose Eye Mask (retail $6)was next out of the box and I have to say, I am intrigued. I am really like the feel of the bio-cellulose masks in general. They tend to adhere well to the skin and not slide around as much as some of the other masks can. From the packaging images it looks like this mask is shaped like an eye mask from a super hero/villain costume. It just goes around the eyes. I’ve had under eye masks before but I’ve not used one like this. And we all know I am always ready to try
The final item listed in the brochure that came with the box was from CBDFX (retail $9.99). It was either a lavender or a peppermint foot mask. We’ve been sent products from CBDFX before and I was excited to have a mask for my feet. My feet can always use a little more love. However, as you can see in the photo, the mask I received was from CBDFX, it was just the Rose face Mask instead of a foot mask. I’ll use it, because I love masks in general and the CBDFX ones are nice. I just would have preferred to try out the foot mask.
So in the end my December Glossy box had one makeup item, one bath item, one hair item, a moisturizer and an eye and face mask. It ended up with a retail value of $83.47. I consider that a pretty decent return on my investment in the box. In addition, all of the products in the box are ones I will use. There is nothing that will be wasted. So over all I am pretty happy with this box. A little disappointed about the foot mask, but a I do like the CBDFX face masks, it is a minor disappointment. And mistakes happen.
I’m okay with the substitution because it is still from the same brand and something I will use. And so we close out the year with another nice box from Glossy Box. Because I have a yearly subscription, I am signed up for the box until July, but I think ever were I not obligated, I would continue to get this subscription box into the new year. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for January.