November 2020 Glossy Box Unboxing

The first of the November Beauty Box subscriptions has arrived! Is anyone surprised it is Glossy Box?  Not me, they are very on the ball with the shipping. At least for me they always seem to come in early. and for some reason it is the one package that never seems to arrive looking like the posten used it for an impromptu game of soccer. Maybe they sense the sturdy box inside and realize it will defeat their efforts to cause shipping damage. Because let’s face it, this is a sturdy box that is meant to be reused and not busted up in transit. Currently several of my most recent Glossy Boxes are waiting to be used in shipping Christmas and Birthday presents.

As much as I have loved the themed boxes they have been doing in the last few months, I am happy to once again see the Iconic pink and black Glossy Box.  I just love the combo of the black and pink. My brother may be less pleased to see it when it arrives packed full of his Christmas goodies, but at least I know everything will reach him without being smashed.

This November’s theme is … (please mentally insert drumroll here, thank you)

DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF BEAUTY with Makeup& Magic.  This month it was proclaimed that all subscribers will get five beauty products.  I believe the proclamation was given by a herald and was festooned with a lot of here ye, hear ye’s attached.  At least in my mind (and if you think it was just a corporate memo sent via e-mail and not a man with a deep bass of a voice wearing colorful tights, you can keep your thoughts on said proclamation to yourself.  For those going along with me, the tights are yellow for some reason I can’t explain. Just so you know. I’d hate for your mental picture to be incomplete).

So, let’s see what these five beauty items are shall we?

First up is the LASplash Cosmetics Magic Palette (retail value $32).  Do you know, I have never tried anything from LA Splash?  I have seen them around for years.  Never once picked up anything by them. I have to say I like the looks of this palette.  The exterior looks very magic-y and in keeping with the theme of the month. The size is perfect for slipping into a makeup bag and while not the most out there exciting colors, I have to say these colors suit me just fine. 

This is a color story that is right up my alley. It will be very interesting to see how the shadows perform.  And I’ll be sure to put it in next week’s Make up bag to test out.  I really hope it does well as this looks like a range of shades I could easily wear. I can look at the mix and see several looks immediately that I could do.  Provided the formula is good.  So we shall see, but initially, I am very happy to see this full sized palette in my Glossy Box.

And what goes with an eyeshadow palette? A brush of course.  A full sized Spectrum Collections Limited Edition B07 Brush (retail $8.99) to be exact. I love when it looks like someone put some thought into putting a subscription box together. ‘Oh look there is eyeshadow in this box, lets add a brush to apply the eyeshadow’. It’s a little thing, but it rally does make me think that someone actually thought things through instead of just chucking items into a box. It feels like there was a plan. And plans make me happy.

I’m not entirely certain what makes it limited edition as I’ve never even heard of Spectrum Brushes before. It is a fluffy brush that feels good in the hand, has no bristles loose or falling out and appears to be good quality.  I’ll have to pop it into the Makeup bag and give it a test with the shadow palette, but I am never sad to see an extra fluffy eyeshadow brush in my Glossy Box.

Next is a set of Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Eye Masks (retail $4.16). These I have actually tried before.  These were the very first eye patches I tried actually.  I saw them on everyone’s Instagram at the time and thought, why not give them a go. 

I remember thinking they were good but I didn’t see the point of all of the hype.  I think they were just so talked about at the time that any form of reality would have been a disappointment.  I’ve had several products like that where they are so talked up that no product in the world is actually going to live up to the buzz created. Generally i have to try the product again after the buzz dies down to get an accurate view of the product. It means I may not be first out of the gate with a new release, but it does mean I generally know exactly how I feel about a product, despite hype or disappointed hype.

While I don’t see bunches of pics with people wearing these any more, I have started to wear eye masks more since that first fateful test.  Let me tell you, when the ragweed was high in my area, the value of a good depuffing eye mask cannot be overstated. Since I haven’t tried this eye mask since the testing of the hype, I am really happy to have another set fall into my path.  Now I can try them just as eye masks and not as a trend and find out what I really think of them.  So even though it is not the highest valued item in the box, it is actually the one I am most excited to see.

eyeliner

My next item is an eyeliner. The Doucce Ultra Precision Eyeliner (retail $22) to be exact.  While eyeliners are never going to send me into raptures of delight (with a few notable exceptions) I am rather pleased to see this eyeliner.  A while back I had this eyeliner, or a version of a Doucce Eyeliner, and I remember loving it.

Ever after I was always very excited to see Doucce Products.  Then, I received an eyeshadow palette that was somewhat underwhelming followed by a mascara that was just okay and I dimmed on the brand. 

swatch

I began to think, maybe that eyeliner wasn’t so great.  I will admit, when I took this out of the box, I had just stepped out of the shower and was wearing no makeup (I did get dressed before going to get the mail, I didn’t go starkers to visit the postman.) So since I had no makeup on, I tried the eyeliner.  It was just as lovely, creamy and easy to apply as I remembered.  I am very happy to have this eyeliner back in my dressing table.

The fifth item is actually a fifth and sixth item as two products came in a combo (retail for set $4). They are from Hero Cosmetics and are the Mighty Patch Invisible + and Rescue Balm.  While I absolutely adore my Peace Out Acne Dots, (currently they have a 15% off deal going on if you are interested), I am always willing to try new blemish patches.  Especially as these days I seem to have more and more blemishes that need patching.

I really like using the Peace Out Acne dots on those deep clogged pores that just sit there and mock any attempt I make to get them to come to the surface so they can be cleared away.  It will be interesting to see if these Mighty Patches work just as well (or possibly better). 

Paired up with them is a small foil packet of rescue balm cream which is supposed to speed up the healing after the patch has done its job. I like the thought of the one two punch and hope it works.  I suspect the rather stuffed foil packet will have more cream needed than I will need for a single use so I have a clean empty jar at the ready so that the foil packet will not create a mess when I open it.

So to recap, Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription.  If you sign up for a year (which I do) then you pay $18 per month. In the November box I received three full sized items, one pair of eye patches and a deluxe sample duo of the Mighty patch and friend. The retail value of my items comes to $71.15.  I am very happy with that return and as every item in the box is one that I will happily use, I am very happy with my items. 

Now if you are not a subscriber and are thinking of giving it a try, you can get your first box for $15 using the code EARLY15. I would hurry because they tend to sell out of Glossy boxes very quickly.

In addition to this great deal from Glossy Box there are several other Singles day sales out there at the moment. One of my favorite sales actually starts at 11 am EST and runs for only eleven hours. Who is running this sale? Chantecaille.  That’s right, I said Chantecaille!  Take 25% off of the  Double Eleven Single’s Day collection with code CHANT1111. Shop best-sellers and iconic must-haves for eleven hours only.

All orders enjoy free ground delivery and samples of your choice!

I have to say I picked up one of their luminescent eye shades (smoky burgundy I believe) and to date it is the only eyeshadow I have ever used all the way down to pan.  The shade was gorgeous and the formula fantastic.  There was no fall out. Seriously, Zero. Fall. Out.  It is some sort of shadow gel formula that is super easy to blend, just hugs the eyes and stays in place all day. It was one of those shades I put on darker on the outer edge blended it paler towards the center and then called it done. I’m not ashamed to say that I almost cried when it was empty.  And then because the packaging was so beautiful I glued a mirror into the empty pan and used it as a compact in my purse. It is one of those brands that is expensive, but sooooo worth it. And yes the 25% off just makes me squeal with glee. I do so love a good sale, especially when it is on good products.

You want to know what else makes me dance?  Koh Gen Do is having a Singles day sale as well. From now until Midnight their award winning SPA Cleansing cloths and SPA cleansing water are both on sale for $11.11 each. I try not to use a lot of cleansing wipes just because of the waste, so when I get them I tend to hoard them and only occasionally break down and use them (whereas before they were in use daily, sometimes even multiple times daily). When I do use them these are one of the packs I reach for (the other pack I reach for is the AYAM Dead Sea Minerals Cleansing wipes if you are interested.  Those are the two I tend to keep around.) So seeing them on sale makes me happy.

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And finally, a third Singles sale, and again one I was happy to see.  Kristofer Buckle. Oh yes, he of the Triplicity Foundation stick and my super favorite Cashmere Slip lipstick (Shade Bardot is my go to although the formula is excellent throughout the line) has a sale.  It is a buy one get one free sale with the code SINGLES. And yes, two Cashmere slip lipsticks are soon to be winging their way towards me.  And yes they are both in the shade Bardot.  I have worn the one I have down to a little nub.  Even when I don’t add it to my makeup bag I have a tendency to grab it whenever I need a lipstick.  It is just such a fantastically comfortable formula to wear and doesn’t dry the lips out.

If you are looking to try out a bunch of products (and why wouldn’t you) I highly recommend the Vanity Kits.  They are on sale as well and all of the products are full size in the kits. I tried out the Vanity Kit 2 as it had the Triplicity foundation stick that I wanted to try and to be honest I will probably order the kit again when I use up the foundation stick just so I can also get the powder, lipstick and mascara with it. It is worth ordering when it is regular price.  With the sale on, it is time to stock up or pick out gifts.

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I know there are plenty of sales going on today (this week, this month, this season) and I’m sure even with adding them to posts I have missed out mentioning several of note, but these are a few of my favorites. (and yes I am mentally hearing Julie Andrews sing ‘A few of my favorite things’ My mother adored the Sound of Music when I was a child and the sound track has been permanently seared into the back of my brain and pops out at strange times). So if you are looking to do a bit of shopping, hopefully this helps you out. Happy Shopping my darlings!

October 2020 Glossy Box Beauty Box Unboxing

This month Glossy Box has two boxes that were possibilities, Enchanted Spirit and Midnight Fantasy.  Clearly I received the Enchanted Spirit and I have to say the box is lovely.  Normally, I reuse these boxes for storage, but this one I am actually going to be using to ship some Christmas presents.  I think the twelve year old I plan to send it to will adore the box and put it to good use. 

Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription box but if you sign up for a year (which I did) you get the box for $18 per month.  You are still charged monthly, which I like so you don’t have to come up with a year’s worth of subscription fees at once. If you are a new subscriber you can sign up and get your first box for $16 with the code BEAUTYTALES.

Thus far I have found it to be well worth the price. And because of the box, the ribbon and the tissue paper it always feels like unwrapping a gift. The pamphlet that comes with it is also substantial and breaks down each item by cost as well as how to use it, how much the full size will cost and where the full size can be purchased. It is a very well thought out pamphlet.

The items and pamphlet

I will say that this month there was one disappointment with the box.  I’ll cover it first and get it out of the way.  This month the Deluxe Mini KVD Vegan Beauty Studded Kiss Lip Cream Lipstick in the shade Love Craft (retail $14) was missing when my box arrived. 

I searched high and low, but alas it was nowhere to be found.  Which is a shame.  I like the KVD Vegan Beauty formula and from the picture in the pamphlet the color was one I would wear.  I have contacted Glossy Box about it and they will be sending out a replacement for it. I think it might be a different lipstick, but it is still a lip product so I’m okay with that.

So we move on to what actually arrived in the box.  First up, is the Ona New York Spotlight Radiant Glow Gel mask (retail $9).  It is a sheet mask.  I actually really like the gel sheet masks so I’m sure I will have fun testing this one out. I’ve never heard of Ona before so it will be my first experience with the brand which is nice. I love finding new companies as well as new products to try.

The next item out of the box was a full sized Earth Harbor Aurora Superfood Luminance Ampule (retail $32).  It is designed to soothe redness and reduce dullness in the skin.  I have never heard of the brand Earth Harbor, but I am a big fan of serums, essences and ampules so I look forward to testing out this.  I love that it is a full sized product too as that gives me ample time to try it out on my skin.  Especially since I’ve never heard of the brand before.  As the product seems very reasonably priced if I like it I may have to look deeper into the brand. I also like that it does include cannabis sativa as I have been trying out more and more products including the ingredient. It is actually an interesting ingredient. Some companies use it well, and for others it seems to be just the ingredient d’jour. It will be interesting to see what category this falls into. And yes at some point soon I will be doing a cannabis sativa, CBD ingredient run down in full.

One brand I know I like and was happy to see is Generation Clay.  That’s right, another tube of the Generation Clay Ultra-Violet Brightening Purple Clay mask ( retail $14.44) has appeared on my doorstep.  It is most certainly welcome.  While it is termed a deluxe mini, it is quite a large tube.  I actually just finished a tube of the Charcoal mask and it is labeled a deluxe sample and so much smaller It was 15mL while this sits at 50 mL.  This is one of those products I know I’ll use and am always happy to see. I know there are two masks in this box, but honestly I can’t be mad at it. they are two very different masks, a gel sheet mask and a clay based mask. I know I’ll use them both so I am okay with having them both.

The final product in my Glossy Box this month was the Ciate London Loose Translucent setting powder.  (retail $18.98).  While there is a little flash back in pictures from this powder, it is a really good powder that I am happy to have around. 

It is a smaller size than the full sized version (obviously, as it is a deluxe mini) but there is still quite a lot of product in the container (7g of product versus 15 g of the full size).  And personally I really like using the deluxe minis of powder to travel with since they take up less space and contain a lot of product.  At the moment I have several open powders so I am going to set it aside for later use. 

I might end up using it in my everyday makeup bag, or it might end up in my travel bag.  At the moment, I disassembled my travel bag because I know I won’t be traveling for a while and didn’t want the products to go bad waiting.  Anything open I’ve worked on using up anything sealed I’ve left temporarily sealed.  For now the powder will wait until I have at least worked through a couple of open powders. But I am very happy to have it in my dressing table.

In the end even though I was missing a lipstick (which is being addressed) I really liked this month’s Glossy Box.  All of the products are ones I will use.  There are a couple of brands I have never tried like Ona and Earth Harbor and a couple of long term favorites.  Over all, not a bad mix of makeup and skincare. 

The full price of the Glossy Box is $21 but like I said earlier I get it for $18 as an annual subscriber and new subscribers can get their first box for $16 with the code BEAUTYTALES.  My annual subscription runs through July and I have no problem keeping this box until then and more than likely well beyond.  The value of the products included comes to $88.42.  And that does include the missing lipstick. As all of the products are ones I will use, and the lipstick is being replaced, there is no need to subtract anything from the value. I’ll keep you posted on the lipstick and what it turns out to be, but for now I’m giving Glossy Box the benefit of the doubt and feel confident they will deal with the issue. I’ll have to update you as that moves forward.  Over all I am very happy with my October Glossy Box.

Incidentally, Glossy Box also has their annual Advent Calendar available for purchase. They tend to sell out very quickly. You can click on the link just above to go to the Advent Calendar page (all other links take you to the subscription box). The advent calendar is $99 but subscribers get a $10 discount. Plus if you are a subscriber you can also put your Glossie credit towards the purchase of the advent calender. Just something to think about if you are looking to purchase an advent calendar this year. I am planning a post (to be up on October 19th) focused on the 2020 advent calendars so stay tuned. i just wanted to mention this one now as the Glossy Box Advent Calendar sells out quickly.



Reviewing the GlossyBox Skincare Eye Boost Cream

While many of you may have heard of the Glossy Box Beauty Subscription, in August the brand launched their very own skincare line.  They took the feedback from subscribers regarding what they liked and didn’t like about the current skin care options and came up with a range of products.  August was their Birthday month and in that month’s Glossy Box a full sized tube of the GlossyBox Skincare Eye Boost cream was inside.

So what is this eye boost cream?

Tired eyes? This fragrance free Eye Boost Cream is a super lightweight, fast-absorbing formula that reduces the appearance of dark circles and depuffs your under-eye area, leaving skin looking bright and fresh. ​ ​Elderflower extract reduces the appearance of dark circles​. Eyebright plant extract works to refresh tired, puffy eyes. Red seaweed creates a protective barrier that locks in moisture around the delicate eye area​

Following a two-week trial with 110 panellists between August and December 2019:​
86% of women agreed that the Eye Boost Cream left their eye area looking instantly brighter.
86% of women agreed that the Eye Boost Cream instantly boosted tired-looking eyes​

While in general I don’t have terribly dark circles under my eyes, they so tend to get puffy and kind of tired looking.  My biggest focus with eye cream is to get the moisture in without clogging pores.  Along the top line of my lower orbital bone is where I am prone to the raised bumps produced by clogged pores. 

While I want the under eye area moisturized and I am working on delaying the advancement of fine lines, a lot of eye creams tend to cause issue with my problem area for clogged pores.  It doesn’t really help that that line is currently where my face masks press when I leave the house. So it is just a fun situation all around.

Oddly enough that line of clogged pores has been reduced as of late.  It is much less clogged.  Don’t get me wrong, I am not crediting the Glossybox eye boost cream with that.  I’ve been working with other products that have really done well at dealing with the ongoing issues. But the eye cream hasn’t undone their work.  This cream hasn’t added more blocked pores to the area.  And sometimes not adding to the problem is a big benefit.

the cream is thicker than I expected

I’ll be honest though I was a bit concerned when I first tried it out.  I thought it might add to the issues because of its texture.  While it is completely fragrance free (the only thing I smell when I sniff the tube is the plastic of the tube, likewise I smell my skin more than the cream when it is dispensed), it is somewhat thicker than I am used to eye creams being.

This made me suspicious.

I know, I was expecting the worst.

But it didn’t happen.  The cream absorbed really well and left the skin feeling a little plumper, making me look a little more bright eyed. Typically I use eye cream two times a day, morning and night.  While I use it under my eyes, you may notice in the picture that there are little white dots of cream waiting to be massaged into the skin placed in my lip area. 

Face dots of eye cream

This is a trick I learned from my grandmother. The skin of the upper lip where you tend to get more fine lines as you age has a similar skin texture to the under eye area.  So she always advocated using a little eye cream around the mouth to plump up those little lines as well. 

It is advice I have always followed and I really like the little bit of plumping I see to the skin there as well. I tend to put a little cream on my finder and then dot it on my face where it is needed, then rub it into the skin, in case you didn’t get that from the picture. What I have found with this cream is that I can do a quick application just before a video conference call. 

It really helps especially if I have been starting at the computer all morning typing before an afternoon call.  I just put a very tiny amount under the eyes, rub it in slightly and then dust off the shine with powder.  It tends to make me look a little bit more awake.  While it has a slight cooling effect to it, on days when I need a little extra kick for a meeting, I put it in the fridge for ten minutes, and then apply it.

As it is currently ragweed season where I live and puffy eyes and sniffles abound, especially in my house. I’ve been keeping the eye cream in the fridge and then in the afternoon before a meeting using both the cream and one of the stone rollers just under my eyes to de puff.  Because ragweed is too much for any eye cream to tackle alone. It has worked really well.

Over all I am rather fond of this eye cream.  I thought it would be too thick at first, but it proved me wrong.  I thought it might clog my pores and it did not.  I was skeptical of its depuffing abilities and it really did help with the depuffing. I can’t speak to the dark circles, but I really liked using this eye cream this month.  It makes me very eager to test out some of the other products in their newly released line.  And as the line was designed to be affordable, testing them out won’t break the bank. 

There is also an added bonus for all Glossy Box subscribers.  Glossies get a 20% discount on the Glossy Box Skincare line.  So this Eye Boost cream, which is $23 for the general public is only $18.   At the moment they have several different cleansers I am looking at and trying to figure out which I want to try first. I am currently oscillating between the Purifying Charcoal Cleanser and the Deep Cleansing Cream.  I strongly suspect I am going to end up with both.  But there are worse things in life than having too many cleansers. 

For those who aren’t Glossy Box subscribers the cost of the Glossy Box Skin Care line is slightly more expensive (20% more to be exact) but still a really good value and well worth the full price.  Or at least the eye cream is. I would certainly pay full price for it. After a month of use it feels like I haven’t used very much at all. 

I have only a thumb’s width of empty space at the top of the tube and about four and a half thumb’s worth of product left.  I know that is not a very scientific measurement, but the truth is you really need very little of the cream so it will last about four months. It will probably last a little longer once ragweed season ends. So good product, great value.

Especially for members.  If you aren’t a member and want to look into it, you can actually get your first box at a discount with code GLOSSYSPA16 from now until September 30th and if you are interested in what the September box looks like, you can use the link to read my September review of the Spa Edit box.




Glossy Box Unboxing: The September 2020 Spa Edit

Glossy Box September 2020

It’s September Spa Time, is the theme of this month’s glossy box and I think it an apt theme.  Glossy Box tends to lean towards skin care over all, with a few makeup items here and there but this month it is both skin care and self care oriented and who doesn’t need a little bit of that? But first the basics. 

Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription box based in the UK. I kind of like that as they tend to send products I’ve heard about, but never gotten around to trying because they aren’t readily available where I live, or that I’ve never heard of.  Of course there are also several brands I have heard of and like included as well. 

With this subscription you can sign up for a year and get it for the price of $18 instead of $21.  What I like about this is they still charge you monthly so you don’t have to pay the lump sum of a year’s worth of boxes up front to get the discount.  I’m actually on this plan, I signed up for a year and will be getting these boxes at least through July 2021 for the $18 rate. Honestly I’ll probably be getting it longer as I really enjoy this box. If you are new to Glossy Box, you can get your first box for a discounted price as well in order to try it out. Just use code GLOSSYSPA16 from now until September 30th.

But what came in this month’s spa edit?

Well I opened my box, untied the lovely little ribbon, opened the tissue paper and picked up the jade roller. I really like this one, it is smaller and more compact than the others as it doesn’t have the secondary smaller roller on the bottom of it. 

As I quite frankly never really use the small roller on the bottom, I’m quite pleased with its compact size.  Of the two jade rollers I received this month, I believe this one is the one that I will keep while I will pass the larger Jade one along.  (My quartz roller is the exact same size as the other jade roller). This Magic Jade Roller is from Melusine Cosmetics and retails for $21

The next item out of my Glossy box this month was the Rosen Skincare Break out spot treatment (retail $12).  Like the Jade roller it was a full sized item.  This is an overnight treatment that you put on breakouts before bed and let sit overnight. 

At the moment my skin is relatively clear (I have no illusions about that lasting, I just haven’t gone anywhere I need a mask for a few days and thing have cleared up), but I do have one break out on my chin that I might try this on to night to see how it works. I did open it and it smells very peppermint-y and looks like whiteout.  I am very curious.  As it is a one time over night treatment, I may be reporting back on it in the morning.

The next full sized item in my Glossy Box was the Daily Concepts Daily Beauty Headband (retail $12).  It is a giant pink scrunchie designed to hold your hair back while you wash your face or use a dace mask.  I hae one very similar that I use all the time  As a matter of fact I have used it enough that it is starting to wear along the elastic lines so it is nice to have a replacement.  I know I will get a lot of use out of this item.

The next item is a deluxe sample sized item and it is the Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream. (the Deluxe size is worth $6 while the full size is listed at $42).  I’ve used the Banila Zero Clean before and really found it to be an excellent cleansing calm.  I can understand why they went with a deluxe sample size rather than a full sized version of this cream in a subscription box (aside from the cost). Although it is a really good sized deluxe sample.

I opened it and tried it out as a night cream last night (mostly because I was frustrated with my current night cream). While I will continue using it and report back after a week or two when I have used up this sample, I think the scent is going to be polarizing for some.  It smells like whipped honey.  Clover based honey to be exact. 

Honey is one of those scents you either love or hate I’ve found.  To be honest I really like the scent.  But I could see those who aren’t honey fans hating it just based on scent alone.  But then again, I like it so I am very happy with it. I am also happy to try out something else from Banila Co as I really did enjoy their cleansing balm.

This month there is an Exfoliating Wash from Codex Beauty It too is a deluxe size (value $18, full sized product $45). And what would a spa themed box be without an exfoliator or a face wash?  I’ve never heard of the brand Codex before but I do love a good exfoliator. And a good face wash too for that matter.   I have a few weeks left on the Avant exfoliator I am currently using and when I finish it I will replace it with the Codex to give it a whirl.  Oddly enough I think the Avant might have come from a Glossy Box as well. 

And finally an element no spa visit is without, the face mask.  This one is a Ruby Sheet Mask from Vitamasques (retail $7).  The name sounds familiar.  I believe on my first box this was one of the oprions for the face mask.  You could either get this one or something else.  If memory serves I got the something else.  So I haven’t used the mask but the image is familiar. And when am I not happy to see a new mask? Glossy box seems to include a face mask in almost every box actually.  At least I don’t think I’ve gotten a box without one, admittedly I haven’t been subscribed all that long.

I have to say I am very happy with this month’s Glossy Box selection of items.  It fit the theme very well and included all items I am willing to try out or will get a lot of use out of.  Even though all boxes seemed to have gone roller happy this month, I really like the fact that there is a skin/self care tool in the box that I can use repeatedly over time and not just use up. The same goes for the headband which I’m sure I will use quite a bit. The mix was well curated. As for price well for my $18 (or $21 if you are paying full price individually) I received $76 worth of items. As they are all ones I will use I am extra happy with the value.

I also like knowing that once I’ve used them I can review them on the Glossy Box site and get credit back (about $0.40 per review) to use towards a purchase.  I love that I can actually use the Glossie Credit in the Look Fantastic site as well since they transfer over and it is a HUGE site with weekly sales. Plus Glossy Box just released their own affordable skin care line that Glossy Box subscribers get extra discounts for as well. I’m currently using the eye serum (which came in last month’s box) and debating over which of the cleansers I want to try out first.  They have several different ones available and I can’t make up my mind as to which I want to try first.

Free GLOSSYBOX Water Bottle when you purchase any skincare with code GLOSSYSKIN

Ah the conundrums of skin care Junkies. I have a little while before making a decision as I have a few deluxe sample sized cleansers I want to clear out before purchasing a full sized one. So it gives me a little time to think and plan. Plus the seasons are starting ever so slowly to change so I can plan for my soon to be autumnal skin care needs rather than my summer ones. But plotting and scheming aside, I really enjoyed this box and I am very glad I signed up for a year. Not only did it save me money, but as these boxes tend to sell out fairly rapidly I am assured I will be on the receiving list for the next year.

Oh and speaking of selling out quickly, the Glossy Box Advent Calendar is now available for pre-sale for subscribers.  I know, it’s September so not everyone is ready to plan the holidays, but these advent calendars sell out FAST so if you want one you need to get on the list. The products are always an amazing mix of skin care and makeup.The promotional photo in the link looks like a really good mix of products included this year. So if you are looking at beauty themed advent calendars this year, this might be one to look into, just do so quickly if you want to get on the list. 

Plus then you can feel virtuous for starting your holiday shopping early. Which let’s face it, may be for the best this year.  I think both on line and in person shopping this holiday season are going to be absolutely insane. Normally November first sees me frantically making my lists and creating shopping themed battle plans.  This year I am going in early and shopping strategically.  Anything that can be planned early is being planned.  I have several family members with December and January Birthdays as well as the holidays, so those are on my list as well. 

One of the birthdays indicated that even though she normally eschews holiday themed birthday gifts, she would be willing to make an exception for the Glossy Advent Calendar so I’m getting my order in quickly so I can at least check one birthday off the list. So one down and quite a few more to go.  And yes I felt very virtuous putting in the order for a January 3rd birthday present in September. After all If I can do holiday planning early, I can do anything.

Except fly like superman. That I still can’t do.

But I can wear the heck out of a cape.




Reviewing Two NUXE products

These two NUXE products came to me in the July Glossy Box, I believe.  I can recall seeing the NUXE brand before but I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything from them until now.  The first item is the Nuxe Crème Prodigieuse Boost Multi-Correctional Gel Cream for Normal to Combination skin.  

While my sample size contained 15ml worth of product and lasted almost exactly two weeks, the full sized version is 40 ml and retails for $25.15 on the Glossy Box site. The odd pricing is due to currency conversion I believe.  In case you are wondering (I know I was because I had to look it up) Prodigieuse means excellent in French.

the cream is super light weight and absorbs quickly with no greasy film

So what is this excellent cream? According to the product information it is… 

Refreshing care that rejuvenates the skin and corrects the issues caused by stress, fatigue and pollution. The Boost Multi-Correction Gel Cream preserves and supports the skin’s natural balance, easing the signs of ageing and providing a smoother, matt finish. Utilises a formula rich in natural active ingredients: jasmine, calendula, cellular sugar and hyaluronic acid. It contains 92% Natural Origin Ingredients and is Vegan Friendly. To use: Apply mornings to the face, neck and décolleté.

Ingredients: ingredients : aqua/water, alcohol denat., glycerin, phenyl trimethicone, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, propylheptyl caprylate, silica, parfum/fragrance, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, ribose, sodium gluconate, xanthan gum, butylene glycol, sodium hyaluronate, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, pentylene glycol, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, sodium hydroxide, faex extract/yeast extract, mica, ci 77491/iron oxides, calendula officinalis flower extract, tocopherol, benzyl salicylate, linalool, citronellol, alpha-isomethyl ionone, geraniol [n3904/a]

NUXE.com

I like that it is a day cream.  Mostly because when I tried it, the cream wasn’t heavy enough to give me as much moisture as my skin needs at night.  I also like the focus.  Since I know my skin has different needs in the day and at night I like that the moisturizer knows it as well and concentrates on one thing at a time instead of trying to be an all round moisturizer.  I think the extremes of this summer have made me rethink my skin care a lot and I am starting to separate out items I use in the day and those I use at night a bit more than I have in the past.

That being said I am not a fan of the denatured alcohol in the moisturizer.  I’m not a fan of it in my skin care in general and really don’t like seeing it as the second ingredient.  As I’m sure you are aware, the higher up in the ingredients list, the more concentrated the amount in the product.  Ingredients are listed from most active to least until they get to be about 1% and then they can be listed in any order so it is generally the top ten ingredients you have to pay attention to.

The cream was nice on my skin though, I will give it that.  I am glad I was only using it once a day though.  While the cream absorbed well and wasn’t greasy, in fact it worked really well on my skin. The thing that got me was the scent.  It is fairly highly scented.  Even though the scent was stronger than I like, I didn’t really mind it, mostly for a nostalgia factor.  It smelled exactly like the skin care my grandmother used to use.  That is in no way a slam, she always had great skin and I’m not saying it smells old lady-ish.  I’m saying it reminds me of my grandmother.  She loved any skin care products that were scented with rose and this certainly fits the bill.  In fact given her love of French skincare it is entirely possible that she did use this cream or an early predecessor of it.  I think the company has been around since the early 1990s and she adored trying new skin care products.  I actually get my love of testing them from her.

But whether or not she used this cream or not, the scent is so reminiscent of her that I enjoyed it even though it was a stronger scent than I like in my skin care.  If you are sensitive to scent this might be something to take into consideration. Truthfully if denatured alcohol weren’t the second ingredient in the list, I would rank this cream really highly as a day cream.  It was non-irritating to existing breakouts, didn’t cause additional ones and made my skin feel soft and lovely.  It has however been drilled into my head that denatured alcohol is bad for the skin long term even if there are short term benefits.  It is only the fact that moisturizer sits on your skin far longer than most other product (toners, face wash) that gives me pause.  And honestly, I liked this day cream enough that I may have to look further into skin care and denatured alcohol before I am willing to cut it completely from my list of products to repurchase.  Because I need to do more research, I’m putting this in the maybe category for repurchasing.

The second NUXE item sent in my Glossy Box however goes straight to the top of reordering.  And that is the Nuxe Insta-masque.  The 50ml full size retails for $22.25 and it is a definite repurchase for me.  This mask is designed…

With an ultra-sensory gel texture, the mask turns into oil to exfoliate and even out the skin, instantly getting smooth skin and a luminous complexion. Suitable for all skin types, including the most sensitive ones. Contains 98.3% of ingredients of natural origin.

slightly foamy with water

While this too lists Rose as a primary ingredient, the scent is much milder and perhaps mitigated by the macademia.  The mask looks like jelly in the jar, albeit a light pink jelly.  Where it touched my damp skin during application it turned a little white and then faded to almost clear on the skin.  I let it sit for two minutes while I brushed my teeth, then I wet my hands, rubbed them on my face and the jelly turned white and slightly foamy. 

The exfoliation is mild, it didn’t irritate any of my break outs and it rinsed away super cleanly and easily.  My skin felt amazingly soft and refreshed. I used it once a week, which is generally how I use exfoliators.  There are few I would use daily even though some actually suggest it.  This product recommends once or twice a week. 

Not sure if you can see much of a difference, but I could certainly feel it. Oh and in case you are wondering the slight redness to my skin is mostly because the water I rinsed with was really, really cold.

Once was perfect for me.  I was very sad when this container was empty.  It is definitely on my repurchase list.  Unfortunately I am working through the products that I have and not buying new ones until I’ve used up existing ones so it might be a while before I get around to repurchasing this, but repurchase I will.  The moisturizer maybe on a maybe list, but I have no qualms about using this Inta-masque repeatedly in the future.

As I mentioned before, both of these products came to me in a glossy box. If you are interested in trying out new products before you commit to buying the full sized versions, this might be a subscription box you might want to look into.  They generally have deals for the first box in your subscription and thus far, I have not been disappointed by any box I’ve received from them. The current offer, at the time of writing this is $22 off 6 or 12 month subscription with the code 22OFF (valid: 8/17-8/23). There are of course other perks, such as 20% off their newly launched skin care products.  I’ve been using their eye cream (which came in August’s box) and thus far am really liking it. I’ll post a full review after a month of use, but it does give me hope that the rest of their skin care line is going to be worth checking out. Anyway if you are interested you can check out Glossy Box below.




August 2020 Glossy Box Unboxing

Glossy Box – The Birthday Edit

Happy birthday to Glossy Box!  This August they celebrate their 9th birthday and this year they celebrated it with a bang.  Before we get into the celebratory box, here’s  a few things to know about Glossy Box. 

It is a $21 per month beauty subscription box.  If you sign up for a full year, the cost is reduced to $18 per month.  This is what I do because after my first box, I knew I wanted to keep this subscription around for a while.  One nice thing they do with this is that even though you sign up for a full year, you still pay the $18 monthly instead of all in one lump sum.  For me this really helps with my budgeting. 

Right now they also have two specials running for new subscribers.  The first is $5 off your first box with the code SAVEGLOSSY.  This deal runs through August 30th.  The second deal is 20% off of your first box with the code FIRST20.  This code is valid from August 10th through the 16th (So essentially this week). I feel I should add I get nothing if you use those codes and this is not a sponsored post, I pay for my own box. I am just a really big fan of Glossy Box and it seems like each box keeps getting just a little bit better.

So let’s talk about August’s box.  First off the box always comes nicely packaged.  The packaging always make it feel like you are getting a present (even in a non birthday month).  It is a study cardboard box that I tend to reuse.  Typically it is pink with black detailing. This month they jazzed up the exterior for their birthday and  added a nice ribbon so it felt especially festive.  The ribbon was a little squashed in transit and it was glued to the box to it is not the reusable ribbons you tend to get every month, but it is still a nice addition. 

As with most things, it is inside that counts.

Once inside, there is the standard tissue paper wrapping, black this month instead of pink.  No ribbon inside this month because it was on the outside I expect, but there was the sticker holding the tissue paper together.  I don’t know why but this always makes me think someone took just a little extra care in packing it.  It makes me feel that the items were placed instead of just chucked into the box. Sometimes it really is the little details that make something feel special.

The lip balm

But enough about packaging, to the products.  The first item I pulled out of the box was a heart.  Or at least a heart shaped lip balm.  It is a full sized lip balm from Rebel Refinery (retail $7). 

The interior of the lip balm

The Geo Heart Shaped lip balm is in the scent coconut lime and is an all natural lip balm made with coconut and sweet almond oils.  It is infused with vitamin E.  I have to say this summer has been especially brutal where I live and I have been going through lip balms like crazy. 

I think that in addition to the heat wave, anytime I go out anywhere it has been in an outdoor environment to facilitate air flow and social distancing.  There has also been the ever present face mask.  I find without lip balm my lips tend to suffer behind the mask.   So in general I am glad to have another lip balm.  The geometric heart is adorable and it has a soft rubberized texture to it that is really pleasant to hold.  Admittedly, I had it on my desk and my baby doll thought it was some sort of eraser.  It sort of has that texture.  It is however not an eraser as he pointed out when he tried to use it as such. 

I twisted it open to show him the product.  It twists open like the EOS lip balms so.  Incidentally he still thinks it should still be an eraser, so for anyone planning a back to school lip balm line, perhaps you could look into that option. Lip balm on the inside, eraser on the out.  But that is beside the point.  I will add though that to me the lip balm didn’t smell like coconut lime.  It smells a bit like the faux Prosecco scent products add to their items when they want them to smell like champagne. I like the scent, but that is what it smells like to me.  It is nicely hydrating on the lips and the scent dispates rather quickly so the scent is really not an issue.

The second item I pulled out of my Glossy box this month was the Jecca Blac Glow drops Primer in Rose Pearl (retail $20).  It is a full sized product as well. 

Now we all know I love primers, but this is one of those products that can be used as either a primer or a highlighter.  As I do not generally care for glowy primers, I’m going to be using it as a highlighter. I added it to this week’s make up bag to use in that capacity. 

I will try it as a primer to see how it works , but from the test on my hand, I can sort of see I’m going to want to file this into highlighter territory. I am happy to have it though. 

This was just a little squeeze. More came out then I anticipated. I think this is going to be one of those use sparingly products as when I rubbed this in to see how it worked it covered my arm to the elbow.

I am starting to like cream highlighters more and more actually.  For a long time I was sort of scared of them, but I think I’ve learned how to apply just a little so I really like them. 

Knowledge, who knew that would ease fears?

Next up is a travel size of the Freeman Beauty dry shampoo, Psssst – Deep clean Dry shampoo, that is (retail $2.99).  I honestly didn’t know Freeman made dry shampoo.  I always think of them as making generally okay face masks. 

In the summer time especially I go through a lot of dry shampoo though, so I am never upset to see a new one arrive.  In fact I just finished the COLAB dry shampoo that came in a previous Glossy box.  I ended up really liking that one even though I had never heard of it either so, perhaps we’ll go two for two.  I’ll have to keep you posted.

The fourth item in my box this month was the Tangle Teezer detangling hairbrush in the shade Sweet lilac (retail $12). 

Mine actually looks decidedly more pink than lilac, but I don’t mind, and it is full sized..  In general I have found that these sorts of brushes don’t work on my hair as the bristles are too plastic and snap my hair.  I will say I tried this one after a shower, just to give it a fair shot and I have to say I am impressed. 

The brush went smoothly through my wet hair with no tugging or pulling at all.  It just simply did what it was supposed to and did detangle my hair.  I also didn’t have any product in it at the time.  I did a simple wash and condition in the shower but no hair masks or leave in conditioners, just to see how it really worked.  It worked beautifully, so I will be keeping and using this. To be honest it is one of the products I wasn’t too happy to see but now think is one of the best in the box.

There were two more items in my box this month, one a full size and the other the sample extra treat.  Because the last full sized item is something special, I’ll start with the extra bonus item and then move on to the final product.

So the extra bonus treat was a foil packet from Snowberry.  It is the Youth Renewing Face Serum.  I’ve used Snowberry products before, in fact I have used this serum before.  I really liked it actually. 

It has been a while so details are hazy, but I added it to my list of items to pick up again in the future.  The thing is that you really only need a little bit of the serum.  There is way more in this little foil packet then I will need for one application. 

When I get foil packets like this , I generally take one of my clean, empty jars from another product and empty the foil packet into it.  That way I can use it all without using too much.  In general I do this with all foil packets since I don’t want my opinion of the product to be skewed by applying too much just so it won’t go to waste or in having air exposure affect the rest of the product because the foil pack is open.  I just find it a better way to test products in foil packets.  But like I said, I already know I like this serum and I am happy to have another sample of it on hand.

Glossy Box Skincare officially launches on August 12th

And finally we reach the last full sized product.  It is an eye cream.  But it is not just any eye cream, it is a Glossybox Skincare Eye Boost Cream (Retail $23). That’s right. This month, Glossy Box launched their own skin care line.   Officially, it launches August 12th. So Glossy subscribers get an additional early tease by getting the eye cream in the August Box.  As I just finished my current eye cream, I am looking forward to transitioning into using this right away.

In the pamphlet that comes with the box listing information about all of the products as well as the retail value of the items, was thicker this month because it contained an extra section detailing their new Skin are launch.  The items look like a really interesting mix.  I immediately looked at them and tried to decide which I wanted to try first.  The containers are in the signature Glossy Box pink and black.  There are different styles of cleansers, moisturizers and creams all of which I am eager to try. 

Once I turned away from the large central image in the pamphlet, I got another surprise.  There are two prices listed for each product.  One is the price for the regular public and the other is the discounted price for Glossy Box subscribers.  For example the eye cream I received in my August box may retail for $23, but as a subscriber I can pick up the same Eye Boost Cream for $18.  Which is a 20% discount. And the discount is the same for all the products.  So with the 20% subscriber discount all of their skin care products cost between $16 and $22 making them super affordable.  In addition the formulas are at least 87% natural with the packaging being made of 100% recyclable sugarcane wherever possible. They are all made in the UK and use 100% renewable electricity in the plant to create zero landfill waste. 

The lay out of the upcoming release in this month’s Glossy Box Pamphlet

I have to say I read that and I really like it.  While I am used to thinking of recycled packaging (most of which ends up in my composter in the back yard and then gradually turned into something I can use in my garden) I don’t always think of the electricity in the plant used to make the product.  I know I should, but often I forget. I am glad someone remembers though. It also makes my desire to try out all of the items in their new skin care line feel like I’m supporting good practices rather than just being obsessive about wanting to try them all.  I will be testing out the eye cream for now, as well as delving further into the ingredients list, but I suspect I might be placing a large order in the near future. 

As always, after using the products and seeing how I like them, I will go on the Glossy Box website and report in.  Generally each product I review will earn me $0.40 in Glossy Credit.  This can then be spent in the Look Fantastic on-line store, which is enormous and contains a wide array of brands from Claudalie to NYX. They have hair care, skin care and makeup.  It is a great on-line market place and they tend to run sales and discounts quite often, even if you don’t have a subscription. I love that Glossy Box links to them so you can spend your Glossy Credit there. It is definitely another perk in the subscription.

So that was my August Glossy Box.  It contained four full sized items this month and one travel sized dry shampoo as well as an extra treat of a sample sized Snowberry Serum.  All of the products are ones I am looking forward to trying out. The brush I know will get a lot of use for quite a while.  The value of my box ended up coming to $64.99.  While that isn’t a bad return on a $21 box, because I have the annual subscription, I only pay $18.  So for me, it was definitely worth it.  All in all, I am very happy with this month’s Glossy Box. I will happily use the products and look forward to both the August 12th official skin care launch and seeing what new fabulous items are sent next month.




Aloha Glossy Box July 2020 Review

The July 2020 Glossy Box

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.



It’s a World of Beauty from Glossy Box: The June review

Unboxing the June Glossy Box

Welcome to a World of Beauty with the June Glossy Box.  This subscription is $21 per month (although you can currently get your first month for $18 with the code Beauty18 – Just click on the link) As I am writing this the June box has sold out so there will be a substitute box should you order it, but if you order in June you will be primed for the July box. They ran out of boxes last month as well so I think this might be an ongoing situation for a while. Its a good box and a good way to try things when you aren’t browsing stores in person anymore.

In case you are wondering, yes this is a box I pay for myself.  This is my third month and recently Glossy Box made a change to their subscription plans.  If you sign up for a full year commitment you can get the box for $18 per month and you still pay for it each month instead of needing to pay for a full year in advance to get the lower price.  I know this is a bit of a spoiler but I liked the box enough to commit to having it for a full year.  I think it is worth $21 and I was more than happy to get it for $18. So this will be a standard box for me until at least next July.  After a year I’ll re-evaluate to see if I want to keep it. I will say after my first three months, I decided it was worth keeping around for a year.

So let’s get into the June box.  As I mentioned, this month’s theme was a World of Beauty. It features five different products with one little extra treat, each originating from a different country.

We start off in Australia with this month’s one make-up item It is a Liquid Metal Eyeshadow from Model Co and it is full sized (retail $19). Last month’s box was make-up heavy so I’m fine with this one being more skin care oriented.

Also, I noticed a couple of my Stila liquid eyeshadows were drying out so I started using them more and sadly had several reach the end of their lives, so it is a nice time for me to try a new liquid eyeshadow.  I’ve had mixed results with Model Co products before but I do look forward to playing around with this one. I’ll keep you posted on how it works.

Next we go to Greece and have the Korres Greek Yoghurt Nourishing Probiotic Gel-Cream (retail $18). I am always happy to see Korres.  I really like their products and have actually been using the mask from their probiotic yoghurt line.  It is a really nice mask and I look forward to trying out the gel-cream moisturizer.

It will be hard to top their pomegranate moisturizer, which is one of my favorites, but we shall see. Either way, I was happy to receive this in my box this month.

Then from Korea there was a packet of Tony Moly Peach Punch Cleansing tissues (retail $7).  Makeup wipes are one of my guilty indulgences.  I love having them around but I know they create a lot of waste so I have stopped buying them.

So I feel both guilty and happy when I see them in subscription boxes.  I hate that I like them, but really like having them around.  So I will be using them sparingly.  At the moment I have a pack open so these will remain unopened for a while and get tucked away in the drawer.  I’ve used Tony Moly cleansing cloths before and I really like them so guilt aside, I am happy to have them.

I was also happy to add another sheet mask to my collection.  Thus far I’ve received a sheet mask in every box so I’m guessing that is more or less standard.  This moth is the Rodial Vit C Energizing Sheet mask (retail $18).  I’ve never tried anything from Rodial before but I love Vitamin C, so I look forward to trying out. 

The next product in this month’s box was something I was thrilled to see.  It was Japan’s section of the world and was the Liposome Serum from Decorte (retail $22.50).  I once tried a small sample of this and absolutely loved it.  It was however one of those samples that only had enough product for one, maybe two applications if you stretched it. 

So even though I really liked it, I wasn’t sure how it would work over a more extended time period.  Now I have a larger sample to try and I can see how it works for my skin. Considering it is a pretty pricey brand, I like to be sure I’ll use it before committing to a full sized version of the product. 

(I know some of you are laughing because I do the same testing with drug store products before committing to a full sized as well.  What can I say, I just don’t like wasting products or money.)

This brings us to the bonus item in this month’s box. This consists of two small foil packets from High Beauty as the United States contribution to the World of Beauty. 

These are the High Five Facial Moisturizer and High Expectations Facial Oil. They only provide the prices for the full size, not the packets. 

Often I don’t like small packets like this because it isn’t enough of a sample size to see if I will like it over time (like the above Decorte comments). 

However, it is a bonus item and I often find that with anything infused with cannabis sativa it is the scent that is occasionally the issue. 

While I don’t mind the grassy kind of funk that a lot of CBD products have, sometimes they blend strangely with other skin care ingredients or fragrance will be added to balance the natural scent and that I don’t like.

I like how a lot of the cannabis based products perform, but I tend to be very scent oriented.  I have seen the High Beauty brand around and I have wanted to try it though.  I was just worried about the scent. 

Now I can try one use, and at least see if that is going to be an issue or if I should just try the products. So I’m very pleased with my extra treat.

In addition to the extra $10 off coupon code for a bra company called Lively. I’ve never heard of them but the bras do look pretty comfortable and I am looking to replace a couple of mine at the moment. The summer is always hard on my undergarments and working out adds an extra layer so having spare around is never a bad thing.

How cute is this paper?

So for my $21 box I received $84.50 worth of products and they are all products I am happy to see and use. All of them will be well used by me.  And in addition the sturdy pink box will be reused.  I really like the boxes and think they make great storage. 

I know it’s a little dorky of me but I’m kind of glad I’ll be getting at least a year’s worth of boxes to reuse.  I have a shelf in a storage closet that has all sorts of miss matched storage boxes at the moment.  As I sort through and tidy up, I kind of like having the uniform sized boxes as storage. 

I’m actually using part of the ribbons that come with the boxes as pulls attached to the boxes so they are easier to pull on and off the shelf. The other ribbons I use in my hair.  This month the tissue paper that came with the box was so adorable I am tempted to find a way to repurpose it.

I’m not a super crafty sort of person, so I suspect I will just end up lining the bottom of a drawer or something, but it is adorable paper. I think it is safe to say I really liked this month’s box and I am eagerly looking forward to seeing what other months have in store. I suspect they will sell out just as fast as the previous two months.





Reviewing the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm in the travel size

In last month’s Glossy Box I received  a travel size of the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (full size retails for $65). I love cleansers and I really like Elemis so I was very happy to see it. In addition, it arrived when I had only a few days left of my Versed Cleansing balm remaining in the jar.  While I have several cleansing oils I have been trying recently, I had no spare cleansing balm around.  I pretty much resolved to finish the Versed Cleansing Balm and just use the oils until I reduced the number I had enough to feel virtuous, and then pick up a cleansing balm.  Admittedly, I hadn’t yet decided which one I wanted to pick up. 

So this worked out perfectly for me.

Enter the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm. 

It is a travel sized product, which I have to say I don’t mind so much since I hadn’t used it before and wasn’t sure if I’d like it. While I like the brand, it is rare that I like everything a brand makes so I am always prepared for the one product I don’t like from a line.

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It is a rather large travel size (coming in at 20g/0.7 oz), especially since I found I didn’t need  to use a lot of product. I have to say I really like that even the travel size comes in a glass jar rather than a plastic one. But, packaging aside, what should you expect from this product?

This No.1 Bestselling cleansing balm deep cleanses and leaves skin supremely soft. Luxurious Rose and Mimosa waxes are infused with nourishing Elderberry, Starflower and Optimega™ oils and supercharged with anti-aging algae, Padina Pavonica.

This rich balm contains 9 essential oils that lift away dirt and leave skin soft and clean. It is also intensely nourishing and contains powerful marine actives proven to firm your skin.

Perfect to use on a daily basis as a deep cleansing balm or weekly as a nourishing facial mask.

Okay, I like cleansing balms, but I adore masks.  And if you are going to claim that it works well as a mask, I’m going to try it as a mask.  But first, I will try it as a cleansing balm.

Cause it’s a cleansing balm.

When you open the jar the rose and mimosa make their presence felt.  It is a rather more aggressively floral scent than I was expecting. It also has an odd scent I tend to associate with products that have any form of marine based compound in the, mixed it.   

I’ve found the scent with Elemis products before and I’ve also had a similar aroma from Algenist products.  Since both of them tend to use marine compounds, I’m guessing that is what that scent is, although I could be completely off base. This is just what my nose tells me.   It isn’t a bad scent, in fact I really like it, however if you are sensitive to fragrances this might be something to take into consideration. 

I will say it is a bit jarring after using the Versed Cleansing Balm. While I enjoyed usung that one, it has a scent that reminds me of Vick’s Vapor Rub. Not bad, but something I wasn’t initially expecting. This doesn’t smell medicinal in anyway, which I really like.

The cleansing balm is more creamy than I expected as well. It reminds me of the consistency of whipped honey or maybe just melted fresh beeswax. Although it is in no way waxy or sticky like those products, I’m just not quite certain what other substance to compare it to. Most other bams seem to come out of the jar as kind of a wazy solid like you scraped your nail across a candle and then melt hinto your hand. This comes out more cream like from the start. It is far softer than a lot of other balms I’ve tried and scoops out super easily. In fact, it is really easy to pick up more than you actually need.   The scent dissipates well once on the skin and isn’t as overpowering as it is in the jar. So if you don’t find the scent off putting in the jar, then you will be fine with it on the skin, fragrance-wise.

Because of its consistency the balm massages into the skin easily and really well and removes makeup while leaving the skin soft.  When I ran a damp cotton round over my skin after using it and rinsing off my face, I only had the marks from my finger’s pressure on the round, not left over makeup. I put a little dab on my finger tips and massaged it into my closed eyelids to get the shadow and mascara off and had no problem with it seeping into my eyes and making my contacts foggy. (which has happened before with cleansing balms and oils).

So I was pleased I didn’t have to take my contacts out before washing my face. I know that sounds a little strange but I am blind as a bat without my contacts so doing my skin care routine without them is a little difficult. I can either choose to stumble blindly through the routine, trusting the blur in the mirror is actually me and that I have chosen the correct products in the order I really want to use them, or I have to play the on and off game with my glasses. So I was happy I could just keep my contacts in with no problems.

The cleansing balm rinses off clean and if I didn’t want to do a double cleanse, this is the product I found myself reaching for.  It is a one and done make up remover. That was good for nights where I just wanted to shorten my routine and flop into bed rather than extended and luxuriate in skin care. Some nights I enjoy the drawn out routine, other nights, I just want to sleep.

Since my skin felt so good after using it, you know I had to try it out as a mask.  As expected from using it as a cleansing balm, the product absorbed well into the skin.  I waited fifteen minutes as I would with any mask and then I rinsed it off. My skin did feel soft, but to be honest it didn’t feel any softer than when I just used the product as a cleansing balm. I think using this as a mask, is sort of a waste of product. I would much rather just use it as a cleansing balm. 

There is one thing I noticed though. A few days before using this  product, I sliced my finger open in a kitchen accident.  (I was putting away dishes and someone put a knife into the drying wrack upside down. No stitches were needed but it was not pleasant. 

Anyway, the cut reached the point where it was scabbed over in a thin line of hard tissue and I had to remind myself not to pick at it because it was sort of ridge like and annoying, but still healing.  Just to see what would happen, when I used the cleansing balm as a mask, I rubbed a little onto the hard tissue and let it sit for the fifteen minutes I wore the mask.  When I rinsed off the mask, I washed my hand.  The hard tissue was significantly softer and remained so.  While I wouldn’t recommend using this as any form of medical thing, I can say it does have a softening effect on rough and hard skin. I think if I had any rough patches on my face I would rub it in and let it sit as more of a spot treatment than a mask.

I really enjoyed using this product and I expect that at some point it will make a reappearance.  At the moment I am using what remains sparingly as I really don’t want to reach the bottom of the jar. I’m also eagerly anticipating the other new products that might come in my next subscription box.


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Glossy Box May 2020 review

Glossy Box May 2020

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. 

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liner swatch

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. 

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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.