GLOSSYBOX April 2014 – Was it worth it?

Another month means another peek at a GLOSSYBOX. I’ve been reviewing these for quite sometime and somehow, it appears that GLOSSYBOX seems to be one of the few beauty subscription boxes that is still a truckin’. The hype has died down for many, but lé gloss is still giving us gorgeous pickings for a smooth $21/month. I received this sample box a week or so ago and as always, the goal is to make sure that the samples provided are worth at least $20 or so. Aaaaand that they give a nice range of products.

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At first glance, nothing stood out to me which was a bit sad as I always look forward to the Ohh La La factor that I get from a GLOSSYBOX.


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As always, we’ve got 5 samples and that includes the following:

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A bottle of Ciaté London Paint Pot. I’ve heard of this brand but haven’t ever used any of their nail polishes. I do know that they are on the higher end side of things so it’s nice to try a different brand. They regularly retail at $15 a bottle. And the shimmery gold of a shade isn’t too bad either.

GLOSSYBOX Aqua Spa

I’ve never heard of the brand Aqua Spa but their Relax Body Crème is a nice and thick lotion that I found slathered nicely over my dry skin. The lavender scent is nice, but heavily fragranced for me. A 9oz bottle of this regularly retails for $8.

GLOSSYBOX Bellapierre Cosmetics

Helllooooo Bellápierre Cosmetics. Each subscriber got a tube of their Vanilla Pink SUPER Gloss (retails for $24.50) and the cinnamon-y shade, I guess, is a safe shade for everyone. A bit boring for my taste, but I do dig how long it lasts.

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It also goes nicely with a brown lip liner.

GLOSSYBOX LaSplash Cosmetics

LA Splash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base is also in the box and outside of getting it in a GLOSSYBOX, you can expect to pay $9 for it. I love a good eyeshadow base but I have never seen one as sheer as LA Splash’s. I can’t wait to see how this works.

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…and lastly there is Caldrea Body Wash. An 11oz bottle of this will run you $18. I am loving the travel sized version of their body wash and the scent seems to be subtle enough to keep headaches at bay.

Once again GLOSSYBOX has given us products than more than go over $20. We’ve got a little somethin’ in the skin, makeup and nails department and I’m actually okay with not seeing anything for hair. Because helloooo…those hair products never worked for my hair type anyway. Another score for GLOSSYBOX. Click here to subscribe. That is an affiliate link so if you click it and purchase, I get a few monies. Not enough to retire, but hey…it’s a lil’ somethin’ somethin’. :cool:

GLOSSYBOX 2014 Is Shapin’ Up Nicely!

Well helllloooo GLOSSYBOX. I got this box in the mail a few weeks ago and I’ve gotten into a nice little habit of just letting those pretty little boxes sit nicely on the beauty shelf before I even dive into them. The boxes are just so pretty. And I was so excited to see what kind of cool things GLOSSYBOX had for us this year…

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Like always, your box will contain a little leaflet giving you a rundown of each product and its specs. I love this. I tend to rummage through the box and then go back to read the leaflet to get more information about the products.

GLOSSYBOX February 2014

Like always, I judge beauty boxes by the quality and diversity of their products. And like always, GLOSSYBOX doesn’t let me down. This was a stellar box with awesome high-quality and luxe products.

GLOSSYBOX moisturizer

I haven’t heard of the brand Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream but what a wonderfully decadent moisturizer this is. I’ll be tossing this in my travel bag for my trip to NYC. Good timing with this, GLOSSYBOX. The weather is cooler and a moisturizer like this will be well received by many.

GLOSSYBOX mineral blush

This Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose is lovely. I’m not a mineral makeup user (lazy + clumsy = naw) but I think Desert Rose is a nice and wearable shade for women of all complexions. Plus, the sample size will certainly go a long way.

GLOSSYBOX Beauty Blender

The BEAUTYBLENDER Pure Beauty Blender is huuuuge in the makeup world and considering it’s almost $20, I would say that this product alone exceeds the value of this month’s GLOSSYBOX. I am so excited to use this. I haven’t yet owned one and I’m going to be putting this baby to good use.

GLOSSYBOX hair

GLOSSYBOX usually always gives us hair care products and while they have never been geared towards my hair type, I can still appreciate the inclusion of hair products. TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray looks like it’ll be nice for my girls trying to add some volume to their tresses.

GLOSSYBOX body wash

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash is a wonderfully smelling body wash. I love that the brand uses essential oils over fragrances. Y’all know how I feel about fragrances.

Such a fantastic box! There’s a little something for everyone and the sample sizes are large enough for users to get a nice try out of each product. Way to go, GLOSSYBOX!

Purchase yours here for $21/month.

GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

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This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

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I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

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These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

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This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

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It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.

The Man Repeller GLOSSYBOX

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I haven’t reviewed a GLOSSYBOX since last year and it’s already March. Time freaking flies. Cliche, I know but it’s always really apparent when I’m playing around with beauty stuff. This month GLOSSYBOX partnered with blogger The Man Repeller. I’m not familiar with this blog so I’m not sure how it all went down. It appears to be a fashion blog that focuses on a lot of International fashion. If you have some insight on The Man Repeller, please let me know. In the meantime, let’s check out this GLOSSYBOX…

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As in all of the boxes, we’ve got a magazine that features season trends and whatnot…

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And then the main event…

At first glance, I was excited because for the first time in a while, it looked like this GLOSSYBOX contained items in which I was interested in using them allllll.

Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution -full size $225

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I’ve featured LMdB products before but I haven’t tried any of their skincare products. Aaaand for obvious reasons. They are a bit the expensive side. I haven’t tried this yet but I don’t think I want to. Because then what if I like it? Then I’ll be stuck having to spend THAT much on a skincare product? Nah bro.

Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette Spray – full size $77

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Okay, so we all know I kicked wearing perfumes to the curb years ago due to the fact that they give me migraines but even if they didn’t, I wouldn’t re-open my love affair for ‘em with this one. It smells like old ladies. No bueno.

Living Proof Prime Style Extender (hair primer) – full size $20

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I’m not a fan of hair products in beauty boxes (mainly because they are almost never geared toward my hair type) but this is a decent sample size if I were interested in using a hair primer.

Vincent Longo Lipstain – full size $23

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Yay! I full size product. I love everything about this richly pigmented red lipstick. It is definitely the star of the box for me.

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume mascara – full size $25

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a mini mascara in a beauty box so yaaaaay for that. I’m a mascara snob in that I’d much rather use a full size mascara than a mini one but for a sample box, it works. Plus, I can use this mascara in my cosmetic bag for travels.

OPI Can’t Let You Go Liquid Sand nail polish – full size $9

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Fantastic choice! It’s not only a full size nail polish but it is OPI’s newest formula.

Fresh  Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum – full size $35

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I haven’t tried this yet, but I’m excited to. It’s a good pick for a beauty box because it’s large enough to let you try out the mask the serum at least 2-4 times.

Overall:
I always judge the value of a GLOSSYBOX by the variety of products and if what is given has a value that reaches or exceeds the cost of the $21 box. Looks like this one did a darn good job. We got a hair, nail, skincare, cosmetic and perfume sample. Two of the samples were in full size and together they cost more than the cost of the box. Not a bad box for this month. The lipstick and nail polish are true winners in my book.

Are you a GLOSSYBOX subscriber? What did you think about this month’s? Oh! And if you aren’t a subscriber, head on over to the site and sign up.

 

Review of the Tis The Season’ GLOSSYBOX

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Yep! I’ve got another inside scoop of the GLOSSYBOX. It’s been awhile since I’ve reviewed one but with the holidays rollin’ around, I figured it would be a good idea to remind you about one of the most popular beauty subscription boxes. These boxes are hit or miss (depending on your preferences, of course) but the average beauty lover will likely get giddy over receiving a subscription as a gift. You wouldn’t hear me complaining.

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Plus, GLOSSYBOX is one of the more higher-end boxes so if I were to gift a subscription to a friend, it would be this one. GLOSSYBOXes are always decked out beautifully and the GLOSSYBOX Mag provides pretty pics of trends and products.

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Sooo, let’s see what we’re working with this month:

Illamasqua Lip & Eye Medium Pencil

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The full size version of this pencil retails for $20 and with Illamasqua being a higher-end brand and all, we’ve already gotten our money’s worth with this pencil. Score! I’ve always been really impressed with Illa’s products and this pencil is no different. The color is called Honour and it’s a rich and chocolate-y brown. It’s definitely a product that I would use regularly.

Incoco Nail Polish Applique

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Shout out to nail strips and stickers. These are so popular these days so it’s good to see GLOSSYBOX staying on trend. I’ve actually used these strips before and they are one of the better ones because they are made of actual nail polish. They retail for $8 and the 16 double-ended strips can make for a nice holiday nail look. Especially in this shade. Sinderella is a rich burgundy and it’s nothing fancy but it’s rolling with the season.

Kryolan for GLOSSYBOX

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The brand Kryolan is likely more known among beauty professionals instead of everyday consumers. I’ve actually never tried any of their products but this blush in Glossy Rosewood looks like it can do some good. It seems pretty pigmented and it doubles as an eyeshadow.  Regular price of this is $9.

Nume Style Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil (full size: $59/4 oz – sample size is 10 ml)

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I’m just now getting back on the argan oil train and I can’t brag about it enough. Nume’s version of this contains Vitamin E and can be used on the body and hair. Most argan oils are scent-free and this one is heavily perfume-y and unappealing to me. I spot Fragrance in the Ingredients so boo to that. Otherwise, it’s a nice and non-greasy oil. Argan oil rules!

Skin & CO ROMA Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum

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This serum is supposed to help slow down the signs of aging. It has hyaluronic acid and I’m not sure if it’s pregnancy safe so I didn’t give it a whirl. However, it is fragrance-free and I think the 0.50 oz size is enough to give you users a good 3-5 uses.

Overall: Of course, you know reviewing beauty subscription boxes are tricky because everyone goes giddy over different things. You’ll never see me appreciate getting hair products whereas some love getting hair samples. I like to judge these boxes by their overall value and this month seemed to hit the mark. The samples were large enough for users to get a good amount and there’s a little something for everyone. Hate nail products? No problem…there are 2 samples of cosmetic products. Not a fan of skincare products but like nails? Bam. You got a sample. So yeah, not a bad way to end the year, GLOSSYBOX.

Consider gifting your favorite beauty guy or girl with a GLOSSYBOX subscription. Start here!

Review of the U.S. June Glossybox – Is it worth your $$$?

Okay chicas – so remember that time I did a giveaway for Glossybox? I could only select 5 winners and since then, Glossybox’s beauty subscription boxes have taken the U.S. by storm. I was beyond anxious to play around with Glossybox. I received a few gratis boxes but wanted to wait awhile to get an idea of how consistent Glossybox was with providing subscribers with higher-end products. After all, there’s already a crap load of beauty subscription boxes out there but Glossybox claimed to be one of the few that provided beauty goodies on the were a bit upscale.

As of now, Glossybox is $21 a month and in reviewing this month’s, I knew I wasn’t going to like everything (I mean, who does when it comes to these boxes?) but the goal is to feel as if the box itself was worth $21. Ready Freddy?

Let’s go….

Packaging-wise, receiving a Glossybox is like receiving a gift each month. I can appreciate the sturdy and reusable pink boxes and I loved untying the ribbon to reveal the goodies. Fun factor = FULFILLED.

Each Glossybox will come with a nice little notecard indicating the “theme” of the box. I received this one last month so it’s full of beauty stuffs that is geared towards summa summa summa tiiiiime. 8)

First up is First Aid Beauty’s Fab Smooth Shave Cream.

While not necessarily a product I would use, it definitely follows the summer time theme and will be pretty handy for razor usin’ ladies and gents. Plus, it’s fragrance-free and has a nice consistency. At 2.0 oz, it’s a nice size to get several uses out of the product to decide if you want to purchase it. This is actually the full size version of it and it normally retails for $7.50.

Next up were baby samples of  VBEAUTE’s Lite Up, Buying Time and Eye Never.

Samples this small annoy me because you can’t really get a good use of the products. Something as integral as a face moisturizer usually requires at least a week’s worth of use before you can determine if you’d want to use them again. That said, I would have loved to ditch these for something else. Plus, they’re a bit on the pricey side. Their original sizes and costs are Lite Up: $150.00 / 1oz ,  Buying Time: $135.00 $ / 1.7oz  and Eye Never at 85.00 $ / 0.5oz. Whooooa!

Next up is AHAVA’s Mineral Botanic Hibiscus & Fig Velvet Cream Wash.

I’ve heard of this brand before but have yet to try any of their products. The good news is, after taking a whiff of this body wash, the chances of me trying it again are pretty high. Despite being a fragrance-free lover, I actually really love the scent of this wash. It works well in the shower too. Love love love the 3 oz sample size as I feel like it gives more than enough to test out. Huge win with this one, Glossybox. Oh! And the original price is $22 for 17 oz. Expensive yes, but 17 oz should last for quite some time.

Then there’s Wella’s Enrich Moisturizing Treatment.

Um. Well, for one, it’s a hair product and we all know how particular my hair is. So yeah. I couldn’t use it. Ladies with short to medium lengths will get a good idea of what the product will do. But if you’ve got longer hair, you may only get a good 1-use out of it. I kinda wish beauty subscription boxes omitted hair products altogether; except for maybe shampoos. When it comes to styling products, it’s just hard to find ones that will appeal to MANY women, ya know? Our hair types and needs are all soooooo different.

On the scent side, I got an uber small sample of A Perfume Organic Urban Organic Scent.

The sample size was smaller than I’d like but it still excited me because despite not being a perfume wearer (because of migraines), if I am going to wear fragrances, I will likely wear homemade, solids or vegan ones. And it’s SO hard to come across truly natural fragrance lines.

My sample of Urban Organic blew me away and despite the $65 price tag, I will likely invest in full size versions of one or more of these perfumes. And I am beyond excited about it!!!

And lastly was an Eyeshadow Ice from Ofra Cosmetics.

Interestiiiiing. I had no idea what this was a first glance but after doing some research on it, I found it to be a creamy eyeshadow with primer built-in. Cool!

I haven’t tested it on the lids yet but it held up for quite some time on my hand. I’m curious to see how this will hold up when I bang out a smokey eye. We shall seeeeee. This is the full size version and it normally retails at $18.

Overall: I’ll be honest with y’all – there seems to be a bit of drama with beauty subscription boxes and the boxes that are shipped to paid subscribers and to bloggers. Some say that the press samples that bloggers receive have more product. And I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t fair. I don’t believe this is the case with this month’s box and so I feel as if I can fairly review it as if I were paid subscriber.

Is the Glossybox worth $21 a month? I would say so. At the very least, you’re introduced to brands you’re familiar with and samples of brands you aren’t familiar with are put on your radar. Will you like everything you receive each month? Well, no. But that’s the case with any beauty subscription box. Some months you’ll find yourself ALL over every product and other months you’ll be like, “Um…I’m never using this. Ever.” I do love how Glossyboxes tend to have more higher-end products and products and mix cosmetics with skincare. I guess the bottom line with these things is you either love ‘em or you don’t. If you love ‘em, I think you’ll enjoy Glossybox. Even if it is a bit more expensive than the average beauty subscription service.

What do you think? Have you tried Glossybox yet? Yay or nay to beauty box subscriptions?

Giveaway winners! GLOSSYBOX giveaway

With more than 600 entries, the GLOSSYBOX giveaway was a hit! Between the entries I got via email and from Rafflecopter, I got to tallying up and the following ladies won.

Congrats to….

Ashley in Indiana
Elizabeth in New York
Carol in California
Cary in North Carolina
Wynell in Florida

 

Stay tuned for more giveaways on Clumps of Mascara. I’ve got some major ones planned in the next few weeks so if you didn’t win THIS time, you maaaaay win next time.

XOXO,

B

GLOSSYBOX giveaway – 5 winners!

How ’bout we make Friday a little sweeter? The ever so popular GLOSSYBOX is finally making its way to the States. This is huge, gals. My U.K. beauty blogger gals have been raving about the awesomeness that is GLOSSYBOX for quite some time and I’m so glad that it’s coming Stateside. With a  subscription, you’ll get 5 luxury beauty samples. Like these.

Brands that partner with GLOSSYBOX? Wellllll, you know there’s Shu Uemura, OPI, Lancome, Estee Lauder, NARS, Guerlain, Becca, Bobbi Brown, Clarins and more. I’m soooo excited. Even more so because GLOSSYBOX is giving me 5 boxes to give away to U.S.-based Clumps of Mascara readers. Wooo hooo!

It’s simple. Just leave a comment in the Rafflecopter below and next Friday (April 5, 2012), I’ll choose 5 lucky winners.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luuuuuuck! Problems with the Rafflecopter? Shoot me an email at Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.