Happy 2016, everyone! I’ve been so inconsistent with my posts lately and I’m so sorry! I hope to do better in the new year. How is your 2016 coming along?
This year I’ll be reviewing Glossybox again. I’ve tried their boxes in the past but it was a bit too pricey for me to continue (plus I was practically drowning in beauty samples!), but I have committed to a full year this time. Glossybox is $21 a month, or less with a 3 month, 6 month, or annual subscription. Each month you get 5 deluxe sized beauty samples, and sometimes they’ll send out full sized products as well. They aim to send high end brands, but in the past I’ve seen some lower price point items as well. If you’re interested in signing up but not in a rush, I’ve been seeing their subscriptions at a deep discount at Gilt City and Rue La La these past few months. It might be worth waiting for another deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price. That’s what I did, and I got my annual subscription for a steal!
I say this whenever I get a Glossybox: their packaging is absolutely gorgeous! I always keep the boxes to store things or for gifting since they’re so sturdy and pretty. It definitely feels like a very luxe subscription when you open it.
Royal Apothic Venetian Grove Cream Creme | $4.68
I’ve tried Royal Apothic products in the past and love them all, so this was a pleasant surprise. For anyone new to Royal Apothic, I highly recommend their Cuppa Cuppa Tea Mask! Anyways, this moisturizing body cream came at a great time. With the winter season severely drying out my skin, I’ve been on a lotion binge. The scent is pretty strong when you first apply it, to the point where I felt like I was wearing perfume. Luckily it faded quickly, but if you’re sensitive to scents you might skip this lotion.
I wish this were larger, since for a body cream it’s on the small side. But I do love that it comes individually boxed in case you want to gift it. The lotion absorbed quickly and left my skin soft and moisturized, but it wasn’t anything special either. I would not pay the full price to repurchase.
Emite Make Up Diamond Heart Base Primer | $12.50
Initially I wasn’t too thrilled with a primer since I have a lot that I haven’t used yet, but once I tried it I was really impressed. It goes on lightweight and smooth, and makes my foundation apply like a dream. One thing I do like about Glossybox is their inclusion of European brands. This primer was made in Italy and the brand is headquartered in Sweden, so I doubt I would have found it on my own. It’s really fun to discover brands from beyond the USA!
It comes out of the tube as a really peachy pink color, but applies clear. A little goes a long way, so the tube will last me a very long time. Please excuse my horribly dry hands, it’s winter!!
MeMeMe Lip Glide in Playful Peach | $12.50
Another full sized item! This is also something I wasn’t excited about when I got it, since I already use Clinique Chubby Sticks and Tarte LipSurgence, but has grown on me. It’s unique in that the finish is matte, but is still moisturizing and just glides on like butter. At such a low price point, I might try their other colors as well!
The color I received is a beautiful apricot peach tint that looks almost nude on me. It gives me a great “no makeup” polished look.
Minus 417 Foot Nourishing Cream | $9.00
More moisturizing products for my desperately dehydrated skin! Looks and feels like a thick cream but absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel greasy. It also smells really good, and it’s a very light fragrance. Although I’ve never heard of the brand before, it has great reviews for all their products, which are made in Israel with salt from the Dead Sea! How cool is that? Oh and this deluxe sample is half the size of the full sized product, which I think is very generous.
Beautiful Nutrition Lemon Rinse Gentle Clarifying Treatment | $1.50
This is a hair product meant to be used after shampoo and conditioner to remove product buildup, restore shine, enhance volume, and help maintain a healthy scalp. I’ve only tried it twice and didn’t notice any results (except that my hair smells like fresh lemons!), but since I see a good number of positive reviews online, I’m going to finish my sample and see if there’s any difference by the end. For a hair sample, it’s on the smaller side at only 2 ounces, but I will still get about 4 uses out of it for my long hair.
Overall it was a good introduction back to Glossybox. The total value comes out to $40.18, which is almost double the cost of the box. All the items are practical and will get used, even though some of them didn’t seem exciting to me at first.
I think the value here is mostly in discovering new brands from different parts of the world. Maybe Glossybox should rebrand themselves as an “international beauty” sample box instead of a luxe one. I think maybe that’s where a lot of their customer disappointment is coming from? People keep expecting high end brands like Kevyn Aucoin and ReVive, which they advertise on their website. In reality, you receive one or two higher end brands and the rest is like anything else you would get from Birchbox or Ipsy. In this box, MeMeMe and Beautiful Nutrition both have low price points.
Bottom line: I’m pleased with my box, but I don’t think I would have paid full price for it. If this looks like a subscription you want to try, I would either wait for a good deal or subscribe at full price but with realistic expectations about what kind of brands you will receive.