Glossybox April 2016 Review

Up for review today is my Glossybox, which I received a few days ago. There was some drama and general unhappiness with the contents of the April box (more on that later), so I was relieved to see that I got lucky and received one of the better options. Glossybox has no idea that I blog and my subscription account isn’t tied to this blog at all. I actually got an annual subscription at a huge discount through Gilt, so I know I did not receive this box because of my blog.

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, it might be worth waiting for a good deal to come around if you don’t want to pay full price.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

I always like to mention that Glossybox has really cute packaging. I always love to reuse the boxes for storage or gifting, and I appreciate their attention to detail when they’re packing the boxes. The ribbon is always a nice touch.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

This is the box variation that I received. Some subscribers did not get the Norell perfume, but instead got a Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Hair Spray. The perfume retails for around $11.25 and is sold at stores like Neiman Marcus, while the sea salt spray retails for around $3.00 and can easily be found at Walmart. A lot of subscribers were rightfully upset, but as far as I know, Glossybox hasn’t done anything about it. It’s something to be aware of if you’re interested in subscribing: not everyone gets the same box, and not everyone gets the same value in a box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask | $18.00
I’m always excited to try new face masks! This one is a gel formula, so you won’t feel the mask dry and tighten your skin. If you’ve ever tried GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud (the blue bottle one), it’s kind of similar. It’s very hydrating and designed for sensitive skin, so if regular mud masks are too harsh for you this would be a good one to try. The tube is quite large, so I’ll get plenty of uses out of it.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Nail Polish in Pillow Talk | $16.00
Usually I shy away from bright colors, but this is a great pedicure color for summer! I’m unfamiliar with this brand, but so far I like the formula. It leaves a glossy finish and the color is very opaque. I only needed one coat for great color! It applied smoothly and after 3 days I haven’t had any chips yet. Glad to have discovered this brand!

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Biossance The Nourisher | $9.60
Even though I don’t like face oil and tend to use oils only for cleansing, this one is really lightweight and absorbs well. Unlike some oils that I have tried, I don’t end up with a greasy feeling and I haven’t even noticed any residue left on my pillow when I use it at night. A little goes a long way, so even though the sample is pretty small I still anticipate using it for at least 2 weeks.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Studio 10 Brow Life Perfecting Liner | $20.00
Yay, a full sized brow liner! It’s double ended so it also has a highlighter, which is nice for definition. I did find it a little odd that Glossybox sent out a full sized brow liner without checking to see what people had in their beauty profiles. I can imagine quite a few subscribers aren’t able to use the shade that was sent out. Luckily for me, it works well with my natural hair color and I like the precision of the liner. But I would be pretty disappointed if this were too dark or too light, since it’s a pretty big chunk of the value of the overall box.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Norell New York Perfume | $11.25
Ah, the problematic perfume. I know a lot of people were really excited to get this in their boxes, since the bottle is super cute and the full sized scent is pretty pricey. My friend who also subscribes to Glossybox got a sea salt spray in her box in lieu of the perfume and she was so disappointed, so I’m going to give her my perfume. I have too much fragrance anyways. I didn’t open it, but based on the description on Neiman Marcus, it’s a very fresh and floral scent.

Glossybox April 2016 Review

Honestly, if I did not know about the discrepancy between boxes, I would have been very happy with Glossybox this month. I really liked the items that I received and there were 2 full sized products, both of which were great for me. The value comes out to $74.85, which is pretty good.

But unfortunately, I’ve been hearing a lot about disappointed customers who got boxes with the Not Your Mother’s Sea Salt Spray. If I had gotten that box, I would be so upset. I have not had any luck with any Not Your Mother’s brand products, and they have such a low retail value. I always see their items for sale at Target and Walmart, and it seems incredibly out of place for a “luxe” sample box. To add insult to injury, the exact same item was included in a Target Beauty Box recently, and that box only sells for $5. Seriously, five dollars.

So my verdict on Glossybox: it’s a gamble, and definitely not a good choice if you’re looking for value. Plenty of other boxes out there offer better value for the money (Birchbox, Allure Beauty Box, Target Box, Boxycharm, etc.) and Glossybox isn’t featuring as many luxury brands as they advertise. It seems pretty risky to subscribe to Glossybox even after spoilers come out, since the boxes vary in content. Some people subscribed after the spoilers for April came out because they wanted the perfume, and were left disappointed with the sea salt spray. I’m locked in for a full year, but I know I won’t be resubscribing once the year is up.

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POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Every month all my subscription boxes seem to come within the same week, so it’s going to be a busy couple of days getting everything up on the blog!

POPSUGAR Must Have is a subscription service that sends a variety of items for women that are curated by the POPSUGAR editors. Items typically include food, beauty, home, among other miscellaneous things. Each month is $39.99/month, but you can use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month. It’s hands down my favorite subscription thus far, and consistently has a great cost to value ratio. Almost every month the value of the box is more than $100.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

New branding from POPSUGAR! I’m still surprised they chose to rebrand again, since their last rebrand and website revamp was only about a year ago. I wonder if they’ll do another change for next year?

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen | $29.99
This was the sneak peek we got a while back, and I’ve been excited to receive it ever since. At first I was a little skeptical since she’s a model and I thought it might be full of salads and juices and stuff like that, but once I read more about it I realized it was actually full of delicious food that I would love to make! She went to culinary school before becoming a model, which I think is pretty awesome. Props to her for making all that yummy food and staying so thin! Her pictures are all phenomenal and a lot of the recipes sound delicious and doable. Nothing too fancy or complicated, but sophisticated enough for date night. It’s currently available on Amazon for $14.99.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

It’s laid out in an easy to follow format and has loads of beautiful photos. Can’t wait to try some of the recipes!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Next by Nature Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans | $4.00
One of my favorite pick-me-up treats! I used to buy these from Trader Joe’s all the time when I was in college, so it’s great to get a little stroll down memory lane with these espresso beans. I’ll be keeping these at work for a post-lunch sweet treat. Is there a more perfect combination than chocolate and coffee?

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm | $48.00
Loving that we got another product from Farmacy! I’m so pleased that I discovered this brand through POPSUGAR, because this night balm and the lip balm from the mini box are both wonderful. One thing I really do like about the mini subscription is that I truly think it does a good job of complementing the regular must have subscription.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Lovely packaging! I’m a total sucker for beautiful design and Farmacy has been delivering it in spades this month.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

It comes in a tub like this and feels pretty solid, but melts right into your skin when you apply. A little goes a long way with this! Using just a tiny amount on my fingertips, it acts as a great overnight mask and I wake up with soft and fresh skin. I’m really impressed with the results and will most likely repurchase when this one runs out, though that won’t be for a while.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Royal Apothic Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme$24.00
Not the first time we’ve received Royal Apothic products before, but since I’ve loved them all I have no complaints. I think I just saw this hand cream at Anthropologie the other day! The packaging is stunning: it has pink linen all around the box with gold foil details. I’m debating between keeping this and gifting it. On one hand, I have so much hand lotion it’s not even funny. On the other hand, it’s gorgeous and smells fantastic and I’m a hoarder. Hmm….

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Loving the fact that it came with a little tool to help you get every last drop out of the tube. I wish more companies sent these!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Canvas Home Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers | $12.00
I think this is the first time we’ve received salt and pepper shakers from POPSUGAR, and I hope it means more home items in the future. Even though these aren’t really my style, I’ll happily use them for my outdoor patio dining area.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Very shabby chic and unique, and the vintage lettering is really lovely. But it just doesn’t go with the modern aesthetic inside my home.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Noon Design Shop Lemons Flour Sack Tea Towel | $18.00
So pleased with all the home accessories we’ve received in the April box! I have a slight obsession with tea towels so this was a home run for me. It’s very absorbent and soft, and supposedly will get better with more use. I must admit that I didn’t even know what a tea towel was used for until a few years ago, but they’re most often used to dry dishes. Traditionally it was for drying fine china and silverware, or used to spread over a tea tray and to cover teapots/scones to preserve heat. In my house, I just use them for pretty much anything you can use a towel for. This one is lint free, which is really important if you are using it to dry dishes.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Love how bright and cheerful this lemon print is! It makes me think of summer and drinking homemade lemonade.

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Bloom That $20 Gift Card
Since I can’t purchase a bouquet of flowers using only this gift card, I won’t be counting the $20 towards the overall value of the box. I’m disappointed that it covers so little of the cost! Personally, I think Bloom That is a bit of a rip off. The smallest bouquet I can get delivered to my address is “The Teeny” for $30, which comes with 7 yellow tulips and a few sprigs of filler. Adding tax and delivery, it comes out to $60! Just to put that in perspective, my local Whole Foods is selling 10 stems of tulips for $6.99 right now. Now I totally understand that making a bouquet takes time and effort, and delivery will always be rather expensive for fresh flowers. I get it, I really do. One of my close friends is a florist so I know exactly how much work she puts into her business and the cost of fresh flowers and overhead expenses. But $60 for 7 tulips is pretty steep. If you want fresh flowers, I would recommend you call a local florist and see what he/she has available that is in season and within your price range. That’s how you get the best quality for the best price!

POPSUGAR Must Have April 2016 Box Review and Promo Code!

Overall I thought it was a solid month. Even though the value is on the lower end for POPSUGAR standards, it’s still impressive at $135.99. That’s more than triple the cost of the box. I really liked everything except the shakers and the “gift card”, so I definitely got my money’s worth for April. I thought the curation was on point and it felt like a spring box to me. With all the rain we’ve been having down here, it was a bright spot of sunshine in my otherwise dreary week.

Hoping that May will have lots of home items as well! If you really liked April, this box is still for sale! It will probably sell out soon though, so grab it now if you’re interested! Use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

With rain still hitting Houston pretty hard, I have plenty of time to enjoy all my subscription box goodies! One of the plus sides of being a secret subscription box hoarder is having lots of products to try on a rainy day like this.

Birchbox is $10/month (less if you sign up for a longer subscription), and it’s the original beauty subscription box. I think my favorite part about Birchbox is that they have an amazing point system. Every 100 points is worth $10 in the shop, and you get 10 points for each sample you review from your box. So you’re basically guaranteed to get at least $5 worth of store credit from each box, making the subscription an amazing deal.

Each month you get 5 samples based on your profile, and you can choose one of the samples from a short list that they released the previous month. It’s usually an option between 3 or 4 samples, and you can log into your account to add one to your box. You can also opt to be surprised for all 5 samples, or go for a curated box. Curated boxes will list all the contents so you won’t be surprised, and are usually curated by a guest or with a partnership around a theme.

Promo code alert: Use coupon code RIFLEBOOKS to get two free pocket notebooks from Rifle Paper Co. with your first month of Birchbox!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Rifle Paper Co. designed the boxes for April, which made me so happy. Who doesn’t love Rifle Paper Co. floral prints? I still have the box from last year’s collaboration and use it to store stationery now! This month I went with the curated box: Effortlessly Elegant. Feel free to use my 20% off code at Rifle Paper, by the way! It’s a unique code: 3EM-07J. First come first serve!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution | $3.57
I can always use more travel friendly makeup remover, so I was happy to sample this. What I really love about this remover is that it is oil free, but still easily takes off eye makeup without tugging. I love cleansing oils, but lately I’ve been trying out lash extensions and you can’t use any oil based cleansers with them. If anyone out there is searching for a great makeup remover that is safe for lash extensions, this is the one! It removed my liner and eye shadow perfectly. If I continue using extensions, I’ll be grabbing a full size version of this.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Laura Geller New York Baked Blush-n-Brighten in Tropic Hues | $6.36
Blush is one of those things that lasts me a super long time, so a sample like this means I won’t have to buy any blush any time soon. I can’t remember the last time (if ever?) I actually hit the pan of a blush. Even though this shade is brighter than the others in this line, it works well with my complexion. The pigment isn’t too strong and it’s mixed with highlighter, so you can build for a bold look or just do a light dusting for a soft glow.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Parlor by Jeff Chastain Volumizing Lifting Spray | $4.90
I’m overloaded with hair products right now, so this will probably be given away to a friend. I tried it once after showering and it did give me a little boost in volume, but nothing that made me want to buy the full size product. It does smells amazing though!

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Tocca Crema de Mano in Giulietta | $5.00
Hand cream is another thing I have plenty of, but since Tocca fragrances always smell so good I can’t say no to another one! Giulietta is a light and fruity fragrance that has notes of pink tulips and green apple. I have sampled plenty of Tocca lotions in the past, so I know this hand cream is very moisturizing and absorbs quickly. I like to keep them in my purse and on my desk, especially in the winter.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Dr. Jart+ Liftra Contour Cream | $6.00
I was really excited to try this because it sounds so intriguing, but I’m disappointed in the small sample size. I feel like for things like skincare it’s really important to get a larger sample because you won’t be able to see results or get a good feel for a product without extended use. As for this “contour” cream itself, I was a bit confused. I applied it at night and while it moisturized my face and absorbed well, that was pretty much the only thing it did.

Birchbox April 2016 Review plus May 2016 Sample Options

Overall my box is alright. I really loved the makeup remover and the blush, but everything else was pretty unexciting. The total value comes to $25.83, which is decent. I think I definitely got my money’s worth with just the remover and the blush, since I also got my $5 worth of points from reviewing all my samples.

Next month’s sample options:

Or choose the curated box, which comes with

What do you think? I’m really tempted by the COOLA White Tea Moisturizer but I also really want the curated box! The Davines Shampoo and Benefit Hoola are both great products that I would love travel sized versions of.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

It’s been pouring like crazy down here in Houston, so it seems pretty fitting for me to review the April Peaches and Petals box today, which has a theme of “April Showers”! I laughed a little when I saw this on my doorstep a few days ago, because how perfect is this timing? It has been raining so hard that a lot of roads were completely flooded yesterday, and most of the city had to shut down. “April showers” Houston style. Like they say: everything’s bigger in Texas, right?

Peaches and Petals is a monthly subscription service that sends out vintage-modern items and beauty goods. For $19.99 a month (includes shipping), you’ll receive a mix of jewelry, fashion accessories, lifestyle goods, and beauty samples.

Get 50% off your first box (bringing the price down to just $10!) with promo code PEACHMAY50. If that doesn’t work, you can try PEACHMAY25 and PEACHMAY10 for 25% off and 10% off, respectively. They have a new system with the promo codes, in which each code can only be used a set number of times. I checked just now and the 50% off code is still working, but use it while you can!

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

5-in-1 Multifunction Facial Cleansing Brush | $7.32
This was the sneak peek item we knew about from before. I was really excited to try this brush, since it’s such an affordable price and I know lots of people have been wanting to try a face brush but don’t want to spend over a hundred dollars on it. Now obviously this isn’t going to measure up to any of Clarisonic’s products, but at less than $10, it is an amazing deal. I think you definitely get your money’s worth with this brush. It even has two speeds, which I consider pretty fancy for the price.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

The brush comes with 5 different attachments. The bristled brush is similar to that of a Clarisonic, except it’s smaller, doesn’t have variance in the bristles, and isn’t as soft. I wouldn’t recommend this for daily use on the face since it seems pretty harsh, but as an exfoliating face massage I think it works pretty well. The major con to this brush is that it’s not waterproof, so you have to be careful about not getting water on the handle. You also can’t bring it into the shower, which is where I usually use my Clarisonic.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

I think this brush has appeal even for someone who has a face brush already. I own the Clarisonic Mia 2, which I love for my face and this certainly would never be able to replace it. But I love the pumice attachment for this brush because it’s great for at-home pedicures, and the massaging tool is quite nice as well.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Bonnie Marcus Collection Rainy Day Puzzles | $7.99
I’m sort of an old fashioned person when it comes to rainy day activities, since I’m perfectly happy to put down my phone/laptop and open a book or do some crafting. I remember as a child whenever we had a power outage my parents would break out the puzzles and coloring books for my brother and I. This puzzle book totally brought me back to those memories! (Plus it has cute illustrations!) I think it’s an interesting but smart choice for an “April Showers” themed box, since I know plenty of people here in Houston lost power due to the rain and wind.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

It’s filled with lots of different types of puzzles, so there’s a little something for everyone. I’m really awful at sudoku, so I was happy to see lots of logic puzzles and more visual ones.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Umbrella Necklace | $12.50
How adorable is this? It’s small and dainty, but interesting enough to draw comments. I wore it while I was running errands and several people told me how cute it was and asked where I had bought it from! The chain is about 16 inches long by default, and comes with an extension to make it up to 17 inches long.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Looks fabulous over a simple black top!

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Rain Cloud Wall Planter | $9.99
I can’t get over how precious this little planter is! You can mount it on a wall or you can stand it up by itself. I have mine propped against the wall on my desk and love how bright and cheerful it is.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

The pot is tiny, so you can only fit very small plants in it. I put a little succulent in mine and it was perfect. Since the pot doesn’t have a drain hole at the bottom, be careful not to overwater your plant!

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

You pour water into the cloud, which has little holes in the bottom. The water drips through the holes and create the “rain” falling from the cloud into the pot. If you put a piece of cloth or paper towel inside the cloud, it will slow the water down even more, thus making a longer “rain” session. Adorable concept and a very unique item to receive in a subscription box!

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Spongeables Body Wash In A Sponge in Pink Grapefruit | $5.99
I’ve tried similar products before, and think these sorts of sponges are great for travel. I always hate packing shower gel since they leak very easily, are heavy, and have to be put into small travel-sized containers if I want to bring it in a carry on bag. A sponge like this will last around 8-10 showers and can be thrown away at the end of a trip. No hassle!

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

SwissCo Detangling Shower Brush | $7.60
This is listed as the “rainy day surprise” on the information card, so I’m guessing some subscribers may have received a different variation. I’m very happy with a wet hair brush, I’ve actually been thinking about buying one to keep in my car. It rains so often here (and usually completely out of the blue!) and I always have to brush my hair after it rains or else it gets ridiculously frizzy and messy. Like think lion’s mane level of frizzy. Keeping one in my car just makes sense. File that under Houston problems.

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

Verdict on the box: I loved it! It’s hands down my favorite box from Peaches and Petals thus far, and hope it means more boxes like this one in the future. The total value is the highest we’ve seen as well: $51.39. More than double the cost of the box!

I think what really stands out to me is the curation. Every single item fit the theme very well. The whole box made a lot of sense and I understood why each item was included. This box also sends out a lot of unique items that we don’t see very often in subscription boxes. The facial brush and planter are both items that I haven’t received before, and even the puzzle book is different from the books we tend to receive in boxes (usually cookbooks). I’m very impressed with this month and think it was a huge improvement from March. I now have very high hopes for May!

Speaking of May, next month’s theme will be “Let’s Get Together”. I wonder what that will include? I’m hoping for some nice home items or kitchen tools. Maybe salad servers or a cute set of dipping bowls? Pretty napkins?

Peaches and Petals April 2016 Box Review plus Promo Codes

If you’re interested in getting the May box, don’t forget to use a promo code! Get 50% off your first box (bringing the price down to just $10!) with promo code PEACHMAY50. If that doesn’t work, you can try PEACHMAY25 and PEACHMAY10 for 25% off and 10% off, respectively.

POPSUGAR Must Have Box April 2016 Full Spoilers and Promo Code!

Yay we have full box spoilers for the April 2016 POPSUGAR Must Have box!

– Spoilers below –

POPSUGAR Must Have January 2016 Review plus Free Gift!

Each box contains:

Cravings: Recipes For All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen | $29.99
Field Poppy Conservatories Hand Creme by Royal Apothic | $24.00
Noon Design Shop Lemons Flour Sack Tea Towel | $18.00
Farmacy Sleep Tight Firming Night Balm | $48.00
Canvas Home Tinware Salt & Pepper Shakers | $12.00
Next by Nature Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans | $4.00
Bloom That $20 Gift Card

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What do you think? I love that we’re getting a Farmacy item, since I’m so eager to try more products from the brand! Their lip balm is amazing, I definitely recommend it! I also like the home items, since I think they’re unique and interesting. This definitely feels like a spring box to me!

The only thing I wish I could change is the the Bloom That card. I wish it fully covered the cost of an arrangement, since I’m always so annoyed when boxes include “gift cards” that require you to spend more money. For my address, I would need to spend another $20 or so to get a very small bouquet of flowers. Just doesn’t seem worth it to me. But otherwise, I’m really loving this box and can’t wait to get it! Fingers crossed it will be within the next few days.

This box is still for sale, so grab it if you’re interested! Use the code REFER5 to get $5 off your first month.