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.



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.





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.




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.

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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.