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 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.

The Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask for Face Mask Friday

What a name huh?

I’ll admit I chose the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet mask that I received from my April Glossy Box because I was curious.  On the front it is listed as a 3D mask sheet and it is much thicker than your usual sheet mask packet.  So instead of thinking, oh what would my skin like today, I decided to indulge my curiosity. 

Bring on the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask!

Since there was nothing on the enclosed pamphlet about this mask (and most of the info on the packet is in Korean) I went poking around on-line before applying it to my face.  You know, safety first.  According to Amazon:

JJ YOUNG Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask – Moisturizes and Calms The Skin with Green Tea Leaf Extract, Control Sebum and Cleans Pores with Kaolin – 0.85 oz. It Attaches Tightly to Face Through The Benefits of Mud. Kaolin Controls Sebum and Reinforces Firmness. Hydration and Skin Lifting, Leaving the Skin Calm and Moisturized with Green Tea Extract Controls Sebum and Eliminates Impurities within Pores with Sea Salt and Prevents The Loss of Skin Hydration and Leaves Skin Moisturized. Lifts Sagging Skin and Face.

For some reason the description really liked the capital letters. I left them because they looked fun. I have to say my favorite line is ‘Attaches tightly to face through the benefits of mud.’ The price I found on line was generally around $19.99 for a five pack if you are interested in attaching this to your face through the benefits of mud.

Okay so knowing that it is essentially a clay mask in sheet form, I went and opened it.  Once opened, it had a pungent scent of clay and green tea leaves.  It smells exactly like what it is.  There is no mucking about with other fragrances.

JJ Young apparently has no time for that.

the pieces

The mask slid out of the packet in a triangle shape.  There were many layers of plastic folded between the layers.  It turns out the mask is in two parts, each sandwiched between two plastic layers, one clear, one not. I peeled them from the plastic and placed the muddiest side against my skin.  I put on the lower part first, then the upper. There is some overlap.  I will say they stick better to the face than many other face masks I have tried.  Once in place, it wasn’t going anywhere.

Apparently it attaches well through the benefits of mud.

On the skin, it feels exactly like a mud mask and not really like a sheet mask at all.  It is alomost like they took a mud mask and spread it out on a mold and did something to it (possibly involving a magic wand) and it temporarily became a sheet mask.

But I feel deep down, it still yearns to be a regular mud mask.

Still after applying it, I light my candle. Actually I had to light two.  My Fern and Tobacco candle from April’s Vella box is now about spent and so I called in an older champagne scented one for back up.  They blended nicely. Incidentally, it turns out that the small candle from the smallest Vella Box subscription box will last for almost exactly a month’s worth of uses.  At least for me.  It’s the first today and I think my next candle is expected between the 5th and 7th . Which means I might actually have it for next Friday. And yes I do use the candle for more than just my Friday face masks.

the residue

So the mask is applied, and now we wait.

Well I waited, you don’t really have to since I write my mask experience up after I complete it.

So twenty minutes passed.

Pleasant thoughts filled my mind as I went to my happy place.  Oddly enough in my happy place dragons blasted tumble weeds that looked suspiciously like enlarged images of the virus causing so much trouble at the moment, but still it was a happy place. Because they were good dragons. Not the princess snatching kind.

But alas all good things must come to an end. Eyes were opened, candles were snuffed and I returned to the bathroom to see what the mask did while I lost myself to daydreams for a few moments. In the bathroom I expected to see the same sort of drying that I normally see with mud masks, you know, the mask changing color.  There might have been a little, but it wasn’t that noticeable.  The mask did dry a bit, even if it didn’t change color, and it felt tighter on the skin.  There was no possibility of smiling. So, yeah another serial killer looking photo for me.

close up of mask post use

The mask peeled off easily and even though it left a little residue it was easily wiped off.  I took a good look at the mask after removing it and it looked less like a sheet made of mud and more like a loosely woven sheet (almost like cheesecloth) that had mud pressed into it from both sides, like the cloth was the bizarre filling in a mud based oreo. (Which actually sounds disgusting now that I’ve written it out, but I will leave it because I can’t be the only one with that image in my mind. Plus I can’t think of a better description.)

 I will say my pores looked smaller, a little bit of redness I had from the sun has gone and my skin (once I washed off the residue and let my skin dry a bit, felt really nice.  It is not quite up to the Annmarie Skincare Mud mask level (which is my standard of fabulous mud masks) but it is far closer than I thought a sheet mask would get.  Most sheet masks I like, but I don’t really add to my list for potential repurchasing.  Thus far the only one on the list are the black gold under eye gel masks from 111Skin.  This face mask I will be adding to the purchase list.  My skin and mud get along like…well I suppose you could just call me Miss Piggy if you’d like. The issue is they often take a bit of extra time, especially with post mask clean up.  Normally, I don’t mind the extra time when I am masking, but there have been days where a mud mask would have been fabulous, but I didn’t have the time.  This would have been perfect for those times. 

I heard of JJ Young prior to this, but I don’t recall ever trying any masks from them before.  I may joke about the sticking benefits of mud, but I will be ordering this one again.  The one drawback is all of the trash produced by it.  I can’t lie, it is a lot. 

That more than anything will keep me mostly using my favorite jarred mud mask, but I will be keeping a few of these on hand for when I just don’t have the time for a regular mud mask. I will be poking around to see what other sort of masks they have from this company.  While I did find this mask on Amazon, it is also listed for sale on the Glossy Box site.  I will also be poking around the Facetory site later to see if it is there as well. If you like mud masks, I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, especially if you are pressed for time. I’ll link Glossy Box below if you want to check the mask out on their site.  I’ll also link Annemarie Skincare and my all-time favorite mud mask as well if you are curious.

Now it’s back to work before the weekend Wonder Woman marathon can begin. I hope whatever you have planned is fun and fabulous. I’ll see you back here on monday. Have a great weekend.

$10 sample kit

April Glossy Box Review

April’s Glossy Box, The first one for me

This is one of the newer subscription boxes I am trying out.  I realized I was getting a little comfortable in my subscriptions and decided I wanted to try something new.  While Glossy Box is normally a $21/ per month subscription offering 5 (and occasionally 6) deluxe and full sized items, this month they had a sale code so I paid $16 for my first box.  I believe the code is still up on their website for anyone interested.  You can click on any of the links in this post and it will take you there. I was hoping to have this post up earlier so more of you could possibly take advantage of the discount, but the shipping gods were not with me.

GlossyBox: 20% off 3 month subscriptions! Use code 20OFF3

According to their website, Glossy Box tends to ship out around the 5th of the month.  As we are all aware, this was not a normal month.  They did send out a notice saying it was going to be late though which I appreciate and because of circumstances, and that update e-mail, I am willing to give them a pass on the shipping schedule.  I did have to keep reminding myself that I had ordered the box though because they don’t take the funds out of your account for the box until they ship it. There isn’t a standard 1st or 5th of the month standard.  You pay for the box when they ship it to you. I don’t mind that but it is something to remember.

April was one of the month with six products in the box and to be honest, it was the spoiler for the extra product that made me want to choose this month to try it out.  The sneak peek featured a deluxe sample of the Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar perfume.  You know me and perfumes.  I simply couldn’t resist.

So after a longer wait then I expected, my Glossy Box arrived and without ceremony was stripped of its outer packaging in our private mail processing room, also known as Mud Room 1.  We have a very scientific process.  Outer packaging is stripped in the mud room, items being dumped out onto a table padded with towels so nothing breaks or is contaminated by our potentially germy hands.  Hands are washed in the laundry sink (adjacent to the mudroom) and then clean hands take things inside. In case that sounds oh la la fancy I should point out that both mudroom and laundry room are each the size of closets. But their connectivity is great for package decontamination and stripping off outer wear to drop into the washer on your way inside. 

There has been a lot more walking through the house in only underwear lately.  It prompted a mass clear out of the bureau drawers, let me tell you. My darling dearest apparently believes in tiers for underwear.  Tier one can be worn to fancy events, tier two for everyday and tier three yard work. I placed a large order into Hanes, rolled his tiers down and now have extra cleaning rags.

But that is beside the point.

The mail was decontaminated and I (finally) got to see my first Glossy Box. I have to say I like the box.  It is really sturdy as well as pretty and opening the ribbon and paper felt special.  The tissue paper will be recycled but the ribbon and box will be reused. 

The first Item I spotted, mostly because it was the largest, was the dry shampoo.  It is from COLAB and one I have not tried before.  According to the card it retails for $5.49 which is a really good price for dry shampoo.  I really hope I like it because in the summer time, especially with most of my exercising consisting of walks outside, my hair gets greasy fast.  I went through a ton of dry shampoo last summer and I think this year might require more. So I am very pleased to find an affordable option inside to try.  I have to say I like that there is a website listed where I can order the product from the company, not just the Glossy box site.

Next up I couldn’t resist taking out the perfume.  It is the Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb Nectar. It is a 0.24 Fluid ounce product.  As my spray bottles from Scentbird and Scentbox are both 0.27 ounces it isn’t too much different from those.  It is just in a pretty little bottle.  While I am not a fan of the lid that pulls off instead of screws off as I always think I’m going to pull and spill the perfume, I really like the scent.  I’ll do my usual week long wear and review since it is an appropriate size, but first impressions are really good. This is the deluxe Mini which retails for $23.69.  (the full size retails for $120)

When looking at the pictures (and in the box) you may see something familiar.  That is the Avant Gentle Rose Beautifying Face Exfoliant.  Like me you may say, I’ve seen this before.  Actually I’ve seen two things like this before.  In other subscription boxes I received both the Avant day cream and the Avant night cream.  They are in my line up to try and I am pleased to now have the exfoliant to try at the same time so I can do just an Avant skin care trial. This product is full sized and it retails for $114.

Next up is the Inked by Dani temporary tattoos sheet (Retail $12.99).  while they are cute, I probably won’t be getting much use from them.  I’ll probably pass them on to my niece and get yelled at for encouraging an 8 year old to get tattoos. I’ve been yelled at for worse.  For me this is more of a throw away item rather than something I’ll use.  If everything else wasn’t something I would get use out of and if they didn’t have an extra sixth item this month, I’d be kind of annoyed that this was an item.  But there is a sixth item and I do like everything else, so I’m willing to let it slide.

The pink bottle is from April’s Glossy Box

Moving on we next have a Nails INC Nail polish in the box.  I’ve gotten several of their polishes before and I really like the formula.  The color also fits with the theme (as does everything else in the box).  What I found interesting was the size.  I compared the pink bottle (received in this Glossy Box) to the other Nails INC bottles I have and found while they are different shapes the green bottle has 0.33 ounces while the pink one has 0.47 ounces of product. So good formula, nice color and good size.  Definitely not complaining about that, even if I don’t know why they are different.  The polish retails for $11.

Finally last out of the box was the Pore Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask. It looks interesting, feels substantial in the packet and has all the instructions in Korean.  JJ Young is a face mask name I have heard of before but I don’t think I have tried their masks.  I will say it isn’t the sheet mask advertised on the sheet. That one is a Ruby face mask.  I think they had some supply issues this month, which quite frankly is not all that surprising. There is no price listed, but I’m guessing it has a comparable price of $7.

Now while I paid $16 with the discount code it is a $21 per month box.  The value of the products comes to $174.17 (give or take a little based on the face mask). Which in my opinion is a pretty good deal.  With the exception of the sheet of temporary tattoos, everything in the box is something I would use. The bulk of the value came from a single item (the Avant skin care).  As this is my first Glossy Box I don’t know if that is common or not.  I think it will be interesting to see. 

For now I like the box well enough to continue getting it.  After a few months, I’ll look at all I’ve received and reevaluate.  Perhaps it will remain a keeper, or perhaps it will be replaced with another new box to try. For now it stays in the rotation.  I can’t wait to see what I get next month.  I also can’t wait to see when I get this box next month.  Perhaps the mailing issues will be fixed and I will get this box shipped to me on the fifth of May.  If so, I won’t have that long to wait.