Unboxing the October 2022 Glossybox

That’s right my darlings, my October Glossy box arrived. If you’ve been following along you know that in the past few months there have been some issues with shipping. One month i even was sent a replacement box instead of that month’s box. Despite that, Glossy Box has remained one of my favorite subscriptions. While some months are always going to be more exciting than others, they remain consistently good. I always get items I can use and often I am introduced to brands i don’t really know along with seeing a few favorites.

The box costs $21 per month but you can get it at a lower cost if you subscribe for a longer period of time. You will still pay per month (if you want, you can also choose to pay for the whole year in one go). I signed up for the annual box and pay $18 per box. For me it has always bee worth the cost of the box.

So what did I find when I untied the ribbon and peeled away the tissue paper?

Well the first thing I found was a full sized Makeup Eraser. That’s right. A full sized Makeup Eraser. It is in purple and is quite lovely. I have use Makeup Erasers for years and adore them. they last for ever. I had the original pink one when it was the only color of Makeup Eraser. I would probably still be using it if my babydoll hadn’t gotten motor oil on it while fixing the lawn mower. Oddly the oil came out but the scent of the oil remained. As it was quite a few years old at that point I decided to just replace it. The replacement is now several years old and still going strong but a second one to rotate into the mix is not a bad thing and will likely extend the life of both.

while i will occasionally use makeup wipes if they come in a subscription box, for the most part I have eliminated them and just use the Makeup Eraser. I just love it. And actually I have been eyeballing the Disney Villains set for a while but they just came out with a nightmare Before Christmas set that I think is fabulous. its a set of seven and while they all look good, I really want the Oogie Boogie one. Not sure what that says about me, but there you have it.

I love the little stars impressed in the powder

But there are other products in the box. So I forced myself to put it aside and see what else was inside. The first item is a mini Bamboo Bronzer from Ciate London. I have a full size of this bronzer and use it quite often. it isn’t highly pigmented but it is is buildable. I tend to reach for it when i am doing a more natural look and want to keep things soft. As I have this in a full size I may just put this in my holiday travel kit. I kind of like traveling with the mini products like this. Not only do they save on space but the sturdy packaging means it is less likely to break.

There is another makeup item in this box and it is the Give them Lala Beauty Drenched Lip Quencher. I don’t know a lot about Give them Lala Beauty in general. I tried a mascara from them and it was okay but not really that memorable. the most memorable part was that the cap of the mascara had a faux marbling look to it that somehow just made it look dirty. I kept trying to wipe it off. This has the same faux marbled lid. From the description this product is supposed to look like lip gloss but feel like a lip oil. which should be interesting to test out. while i still think the faux marble is a design misstep, I am interested to try the product. And like the Makeup Eraser, it is a full size.

There is one skincare item in this months’ box. It is the French Bine Bark Serum from Skin Inc. It is a travel size but large enough that I will be able to get a feel for the serum. it is supposed to reduce fine lines, which is always a yes from me. I know I’ve tried something from Skin Inc but at the moment i can’t remember what it was. I have a positive mental association for the name of the brand so I imagine whatever it is worked well. I’ll have to scroll through my notes and try to figure out what the product was though. I will say this serum does look quite pretty in the bottle.

And finally we have something for the hair. This is the Vor Secrets in the snow soft styling foam. It is a travel size but I am actually happy about that. I have tried the Vor hairspray and liked it so i have high hopes for this, but i tend to be picky about hair styling products. I will try just about anything and some I like better than others, but the list of products I will repurchase for styling is pretty short. I have a much longer list of masks. For the past few years actually the only styling foam I have repurchased has been the Oribe Grandiose Plumping Mousse. I actually just ran out of it a few weeks before I went on my trip and never got around to replacing it. As the winter is when i most use it, I am happy to try out something new before reordering.

And that has been my October Glossy Box. Was it worth the cost? Um, yeah. It really was. everything else aside, the Makeup Eraser cost’s $25 so that more than pays for the box. Everything else is just a bonus item. In case you didn’t figure that out from my gushing response to finding the full sized Make up Eraser in the box. To be honest though, I am looking forward to using the other items as well. the Makeup Eraser was just a tough act to follow and I did see it first. For me This October box was a very good Glossy Box.

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Its the Replacement for the August 2022 Glossy Box

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my August Glossy box slipped through the cracks and a replacement was sent out. Since August was sold out, Glossy Box sent a replica of the February box. It arrived just as I finished posting about the September box actually. Which is fun timing.

To be honest, I’m not upset as it contained items that I liked the first time around and don’t mind using again.

Some of the items I find a bit amusing based on the September box. If you remember this morning I received the Natura Murumuru Hair mask and was thrilled about it because I really liked the shampoo and conditioner from the same line of Natura products? Well I received another set of the Murumuru Natura shampoo and conditioner in this box. I am actually quite tickled. They were good products, but it will be nice to use them in conjunction with the hair mask and to do a comparison. In many cases the hair mask is often an amped up version o0f the conditioner from the line and it would be interesting to see if that proves the case here. And even if there is no comparison, it is a really nice shampoo and conditioner and I loved the scent it left in my hair.

In September we also received the Spray tan from Vita Liberata. The replacement box has the cream version, Vita Liberata Self Tanning Gradual Lotion, that came back in February. I did try it once and then I set it aside and forgot about it. Maybe I will have better luck trying it again and comparing it to the spray version. As I tend to only show my legs while wearing skirts, but have my arms exposed all summer long, the different skin tones is an ongoing issue and it would be nice to find a product i could consistently reach for. Who knows, this might be it. And it is a full size as well. So there is plenty to try.

The third item in this box is the NCLA Nail Color in black. (Look Fantastic actually has several shades from NCLA nails on sale right now if you are interested. It is really good polish) I still have the bottle I received in February and it has proven more useful than I expected. While I like wearing black nail polish in general, I also like it for painting on designs. I have a small paint brush and the black is useful for drawing things on lighter nail colors or simply doing polka dots. I also like wearing it on it’s own or under a shimmery clear gloss. I did notice though that when I put it under a sheer gold gloss it looked a little greenish. Paired with everything else it looks black. It is just the gold tones that seem to bring out the green highlights.

The next item is one that I will always be happy to see. It is the Verso Nourishing Cream #3. At this point I have tried a variety of Verso products and each one has worked fantastically well for me. It is a clean and (I believe) vegan brand. Their eye cream (#5) is one that I will always reorder and is in fact my standard when I am not testing out other eye creams. I have never had a bad product from them and am always happy to see them in any subscription.

The next item is one that I have used repeatedly. It is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye masks. I have used them before. and in general I like eye masks. Here is the thing though with Rodial. I really like all of their serums and creams and cleansers. Pretty much anything that can be bottled or jarred from the brand I am a fan of. I generally don’t care for their masks because of the paper. The paper tends to be a little on the stiff side and doesn’t adhere well. The last time I used these, I really liked the serum that came with the eye masks, but wasn’t fond of the paper. I had to keep pressing them against my face as I wore them. However the serum with them was good enough that I was willing to hold them on my face while i wore them. It is just something to remember. It is a good product with a poor delivery system.

The final item in this replacement box is a Kab Cosmetics lipstick. It is in the shade Sweetheart, as was the one I received in February. And as thematic as the name makes it, the lipstick is way too pink for me to wear. Since I had not tried out the formula last time I did wear the lipstick for a while. It is creamy and well worth looking into. I am just never going to wear this shade of pink. I do know someone who it is perfect for so I will be passing this on untouched. I do know I like the formula, I just don’t want the product wasted. And oddly enough it is going to the same person who I am sending the extra illuminating Dust, also from Kab Cosmetics, that came in my September box. As I know it will be loved, I don’t mind.

And that was my replacement box. Am I disappointed I didn’t get the true August box? Yes, it looked like it was going to be a good one. But accidents happen and it looks like whatever kink was in the system is now cleared up. Hopefully this won’t happen again and the subscription can go on as normal. It is generally a good and reliably fun subscription and I really enjoy receiving it each month. And honestly, with the exception of the lipstick, I will have no problem using all of the items in this box.



Ah Glossy Box…Unboxing the September 2022 Glossy Box

I have had a Glossy Box subscription for several years now and I have never regretted it. I switched to an annual subscription a while ago as I knew I wanted to keep it around. The box is $21 if you go month to month but only $18 (billed monthly) if you go annual. I have always found the box to be well worth the $18.

Until recently I have never really had any problems with them. The last three months though it seems as though I have gotten dropped off of their shipping list. I had a long conversation with them in August and while their August box has completely sold out, they are sending me a replacement. It is scheduled to arrive in today’s mail. So for now we review September and maybe later today, we will look at the August replacement.

So since September is here, let’s get into the Gold Hour Glossy Box for September 2022.

The First item I pulled out of the box is a full sized shower Gel from Kueshi Naturals. I have never heard of the brand before but when I opened the box it smelled absolutely delicious. It is a vanilla shower gel but it doesn’t seem to be overly sweet. It leans into the spicy and creamy notes that vanilla has. At least from my sniff of the bottle and I look forward to using it in the shower. Especially as my baby doll took the bar of soap I had in there and I have almost finished the sample sized shower gel I was testing out. It is always nice to have a shower gel waiting in the wings. After all, it is a product I will always need. I can’t wait to see how it performs.

Next we have a deluxe Mini of the Vita Liberata Tanning Mist. Normally I would not be thrilled about getting a tanning mist in September as I am beginning to look at fall clothing, but the weather has not broken yet, the fall clothing remains put away and when I tried on the dress from Drape fit I saw just how white my legs were in contrast to my arms, so I have to say, I am not mad at a tanning spray and will very quickly be using it on my legs. I don’t need them bronzed for the gods, i just need them to look like they belong on the same body with my arms. I dislike looking like I was assembled from spare parts.

Next up we have a hair mask, and you know how much I love hair masks. This one is the Natura Murumuru Restoring Hair mask. If you are thinking that sounds familiar then , good memory. earlier this year Glossy Box Sent a shampoo and conditioner set from the Murumuru Line of Natura products. I loved the shampoo and conditioner but was not a fan of the containers. They were stiff plastic shaped like actual bottles and getting all of the product out was a bit of a challenge. And it was so good that I wanted to use all of the product. This mini hair mask is in an easier to use tube and when opened had the same lovely scent as the shampoo and conditioner from the line. I am very mush looking forward to trying it out.

There is one sort of makeup item in this months box and it is the KAB Cosmetics Illuminating dust in the shade Golden Hour. It is a full size. I actually have this product as it came in the Glossy Box Limited Edition Easter Egg this year. I don’t wear illuminating dust often, mostly around the holidays if I am honest. however this Golden hour shade makes a really nice highlighter. The shade is just a subtle glow for my skin tone. I tend to apply it with my finger since it has the setting powder style holes, but it does work well with a loose bristled brush if you are looking for a bit of a glow. I don’t reach for it as often as I should, but I really like it when i do reach for it. the one I have will last me a long time, so I will be passing this on.

And finally we have the item I am most excited for. It is a full sized Alpha H Firming Eye Cream. I have the Liquid Gold exfoliating toner and absolutely adore it. I received the cleanser from Alpha H in a recent Boxy Charm but have not yet had a chance to try it. And now I have the eye cream from the same Liquid Gold Line. I don’t know why it always tickles me when I get to try different items from the same brand around the same time, but it does. It also helps that I really love the exfoliation toner and am hoping this eye cream lives up to that standard.

And that is my Glossy Box for September. There were three full sized items and two deluxe samples. The eye cream alone is valued at $82 so I definitely got my money’s worth. And while the Kab Cosmetics item I already have, it is a good item I like and am happy to pass along. And three of the items were full sized with the two deluxe sample sized both large enough for me to get an accurate feel for the products with more than one use.

All of the items are ones I will use which makes this a box that is valuable to me, beyond just the monetary considerations. I am also thrilled that I am now back in the good graces of whoever arranges the shipping for Glossy Box. Hopefully there will be no more issues going forward.



Diving into the July 2022 Glossy Box

Oh Glossy Box. This is one of my favorite subscriptions. It has bee for quite some time now. I always find something I love inside and it rarely disappoints. Until a few months ago I never had a problem with their customer service either. It was always spot on and quickly addressed any issue. For the past two months I’ve actually had to fight to get my box. I still think it is worth it but i am running out of patience with their customer service department. I only hope that whatever issues they have going on they work out soon.

So now that I have finally received my July Glossy Box, let’s see what is in it. This month’s theme is Dive in and the box itself is a dark blue with coral decorations that I actually quite like. In opening the box the first item I saw was the Verso Eye Cream #5. At the moment I am actually using this eye cream. It too is a deluxe sample but it is also now almost completely empty. So I am going to rotate this in almost immediately into my skincare line up so that I can possibly get a month of use out of the eye cream. Plus it is a really good eye cream so I am happy to keep using it. Surprisingly though this looks to be a late addition. It isn’t mentioned in the brochure but a Farm X serum is. This is an Avon brand and while I always like bakuchiol serum, I am not entirely comfortable having an avon product in a subscription box. (I still haven’t tried the moisturizer that came in one month). I live Avon actually. It was a big part of my childhood, but if I am going to purchase it, I am sure one of my neighbors sells it.

The second item I thought was also in the skincare realm. It turns out it is not. It is the Sunstone Hair revive elixir from Earth Harbor. I have several skincare serums from Earth Harbor and they look pretty much like this, so I am going to keep it in the box until I use it so that it doesn’t get jumbled. There is a delightful scent of Jasmine wafting from it so I am looking forward to seeing how it performs and if the scent remains.

There are two makeup items in this month’s box. The first of these is the Give them Lala Beauty Mascara. Normally I am not too thrilled by the arrival of mascaras, but as several of mine are nearing the end of their lives, I am actually in need of more mascara so this was actually really good timing.

The second makeup item the Peach Blossom Eye shadow Palette from Bellapierre Cosmetics. I like the size of it as it looks like it might travel well. It has a hard plastic case and is rather petite with big pans. I’m never really thrilled by Coral colored eyeshadow as it never looks right on me, but it does go with the theme and who knows this time it might prove fabulous. We shall see.

The next item is a cleo coco charcoal deodorant stick. It is about the size of a Milk Makeup Mini Stick, except that it is deodorant It is supposed to be full size which I find an odd size for a deodorant, Especially one that retails for $12. When I looked them up at Target, I found that this is not a full size. The size in the box is 16 grams The full size is 50 grams. That seems far more reasonable.

I received the scent Unscented and it is supposed to have all day odor control. While I will happily test it out, the size of it makes me doubt it will last the month. Perhaps I am wring and a little bit goes a long way, but I am withholding judgement until I try it. I am happy to try it out as I am always looking for new natural deodorants, but I do find the size concerning, especially as Glossy box listed it as full size.

And finally we have a canvas bag from Authentic Beauty Concept. It is a set of metal straws. One thin and straight, one thin and bent and one that is thick enough that I could use it for Bubble tea. There is also a brush to keep them all clean. I really like metal straws actually. I was using reusable plastic ones for a while but over time they collect scents and off flavors through repeated use. The metal ones don’t have that problem and they can be put in the dishwasher. Plus the set I am using right now are all thin and straight. It will be nice to have some options in sizing. I also needed a new straw cleaner. My old brush has seen a lot of use and needed to be replaced. So now I have a replacement.

Over all this was a good box this month. Even if it is July and it arrived in August. The only down side was in arguing with customer service to actually get the box to me in the first place. Without that, this would have bee a simply fantastic month. I have my fingers crossed that they sort themselves out soon.



Unboxing the June 2022 GlossyBox

Coming in just under the wire is the June Glossy Box. I can’t lie, this box caused me great angst this month. Normally this is one of my favorite boxes and any time i have had to e-mail customer service they have been great. This month was a little different. Around June 20th I realized my Glossy Box had not come in so I sent a note to their customer service asking when boxes would be shipped.

I received a message stating that orders charged by the 5th and ship by the 12th. The entire message made it feel like I was at fault for not sending an e-mail on the 12th to ask if the box had been shipped. I was a little irked, but I probably should have checked on the box sooner and at least now I know when i should check. I sent a message back saying that I had not been charged and had not received a shipping notice. I received a much more polite return e-mail telling me that June’s boxes sold out and that my subscription would start with the July box.

I pointed out that I had been a member for several years and it wasn’t a new subscription. They again told me that June’s box was sold out and that my subscription would start with July.. The same day, my account was charged for June, I received a tracking e-mail and two days later the box was on my doorstep. It is the June box but there were some substitutions. So now that we’ve settled ourselves with customer service, let’s look at the June Box. First lets take a look at the items covered in the pamphlet that came in the box.

Item number one is a deluxe Mini of the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing paste. I have never tried this product before but as I have more or less loved every Christophe Robin product I’ve tried, I am really looking forward to trying it out. I just finished up one of the sea salt scalp scrubs from the brand and will be ordering it. (The Skinstore routinely has both Christophe Robin and Grow Gorgeous (another fave hair care brand) sales so I am waiting for the next one to stock up – Their Fourth of July sale has begun so you might want to check it out if you are looking into stocking your own skincare). I did open the jar though and took a sniff. It is very Rose scented. I’m not sure how that will play out in my hair, but those with rose scented issues beware. It will be interesting to see how much scent stays in the hair from the paste.

The second item listed in the brochure that was in my box was the Pixi by Petra Peach Honey Blush Duo. It is a deluxe mini and according to the pamphlet…”sweep on the peachy pink and follow with a dusting of the golden highlighter. I suspect the peachy pink may end up being a bit light for me but I am willing to give it a try. While I have tried a few makeup products from the brand when I purchase form them I almost always purchase toners. The makeup I have received in subscription boxes and tends to be very hit or miss for me. They do make excellent toners though.

The third item listed in the pamphlet is a full sized body cream from Not Pot. It is the Banana OG Hemp body cream. It has a big fragrance free label on the side. It may be the most well sealed body lotion I have ever received. The entire tube was sheathed in plastic and it had an interior foil cap. Whoever sent this out was determined that it would not leak in transit. And it didn’t. When I finally released it and took a sniff I have to agree, there is zero fragrance. The label lists banana extract as well as sativa oil in case you are wondering why both banana and hemp are in the body cream’s name. I am kind of glad thee is no CBD scent, but at the same time I am a little disappointed that there isn’t a banana scent. I think it would be a nice summery scent that was different from the typical watermelon and coconut. But unscented is fine too.

Here’s where it gets interesting. The remaining two products in the box are not the same ones in the pamphlet. However the two items that are listed in the pamphlet I have received before. So I don’t know if the substitution was made because someone is keeping track or because they simply ran out of products. The two listed in the pamphlet are Comfort Zone’s ReNight Cream and Balance Me’s BHA exfoliating concentrate.

The two remaining products I received are the Astaxanthin Collagen All in One Gel from DHC and the Julep Love your Bare Face Hydrating Bamboo Water Cleansing Wipes. Interestingly enough I have received this gel moisturizer and a different type of Julep cleansing wipes from Look Fantastic. The DHC Moisturizer is nice. It is full size and has a water cream texture to it. It is actually really good for summer wear. I also like the burnt orange Ombre of the jar. It is a good product and I don’t mind having it appear again.

I’m never going to be thrilled by cleansing wipes showing up because I have taken them out of my routine. I do like the ease of using them, I just dislike the waste. Julep does make great wipes though. They moisturize the skin while removing dirt and makeup from your face. They are really good it is just a category of product that i specifically gave up using not because I really wanted to but because it was the right thing to do. Since they are here I will use them but i really wish subscription boxes wouldn’t send them.

For me this was a frustrating box. I was annoyed by customer service, more because it felt like they were giving me standard answers without actually reading the question I was asking and I do like when the items match the pamphlet. when they don’t it feels a little more last minute and like leftovers instead of a box someone thoughtfully put together. Whether it is true or not, I like believing that someone thought about the contents in at least a cursory way. I am happy with my substitutions though and am looking forward to trying them out. This month just felt harder than it had to be. Maybe I just felt it more this month because I so often really like Glossy Box and look forward to it. Or because I really needed June to be drama free for my own piece of mind. Either way I will still enjoy the products and I will hope that whatever the internal issues were this month they re resolved and won’t carry over to July.



Unboxing the May 2022 Glossy Box

That’s right my darlings, subscription boxes have started to arrive. The first in this month, is Glossy Box. I received my tracking info really early this month and poof, there it was. For me, I tend to get my Glossy Boxes early one month and then late the next and then early again. I’m sure it is some sort of internal mailing system because it is so regular. And theoretically this should be an early month but it was really early this month.

Normally I don’t say a lot about the boxes themselves other than to comment on a special design or to point out that I often reuse the boxes as they are sturdy and the perfect size to corral small items. This month the color was peach instead of the normal Glossy Box Pink but in addition, the box lid came with a mirror in it. Which I thought was nice. (I kept the sticker covering it on to cut down in glare for the pics but it is a nice mirror). The mirror goes along with the theme of Perfectly Imperfect and is part of the you are fine just the way you are, message of the box, which I can get behind.

There was also a sheet of stickers focused on self-love. The mirror has You are Beautiful in English, French, German and I think Dutch. There are also assorted language stickers with the same message. And if you are going to know a phrase in multiple languages You are Beautiful isn’t a bad one.

There are five items in this month’s box so, shall we just dive in?

The first Item is from a brand I am always happy to see. It is Elemis. This is just a brand that always works well for me. I don’t think I have every tried anything from them I didn’t like in use. Occasionally their Rose scented products can be a bit much but they work well enough I am willing to ignore it. (especially in a sample size). This Elemis product is the Pro Collagen Energizing Marine Cleanser.

Oddly enough, I have another deluxe sized sample of this cleanser in my to try line up. (I have a bit of a back log with cleaners at the moment as it seems everyone was putting them in subscription boxes for a few months straight. Which I don’t mind as it is one product I know I will get through, it is just taking me longer.) But as the deluxe sizes like this generally last about two weeks, with two I can do a full month long trial. which is nice. So I will pair them together. At this point I think I might actually have enough Elemis Samples to do a full Elemis Line up. Which could also be fun. I haven’t done one of those in a while.

But I digress.

Happy to have the cleanser.

I am also thrilled to see the second Item, which is the Aceology Rose Petal Mask. I’ve been trying a lot of Aceology products lately and I really like them. However all of the masks I’ve tried from the brand have been peel off masks. This one isn’t. It is a hydrating mask that (according to the booklet blurb) can be used for 10-15 min before being washed off or even worn over night if need be. So I am very much looking forward to testing that out.

The third item in the box was the one sort of makeup item. It is the BFF Grow and Groom Brow Gel. Despite the name I don’t think it actually makes your brows grow. The blurb makes it sound more like a clear brow gel. It is from The Beauty Crop. I tend to have mixed results with the brand, but I am willing to give it a go. And as this weekend my bangs had grown too long and were driving me crazy I took a scissor to them (and cut a bit too much actually) so my brows are once again visible and I will be using brow products in the next few weeks. To be honest, when my bangs are longer I tend to forget about brow products and just run a spoolie through them to make sure they haven’t gone crazy. I do like that this brow gel is clear though so it can be used by everyone.

The fourth item in the May Glossy Box is very timely. It is the Maria Mila Invisidry shampoo. It is full size and as the name suggests, it is a dry shampoo. While I tend to only use a little dry shampoo in the winter to keep my bangs from looking greasy before meetings, I tend to go through a lot of it in the summer time. It is the curse of living in a hot humid climate. There are several months where a walk to the mail box will cause freshly washed hair to look greasy and unwashed. And washing my hair after every step out of doors is simply not feasible. I actually put an order in to Klorane for my annual summer restock this past week. I have never heard of Maria Mila, but I am always happy to give a different brand a try. So I look forward to trying this out as well.

And finally we come to a body care item, the last item in the box. After all what would a self care themed box if it didn’t have something for the body. This is the Daily Concepts Body Scrubber. It is full sized and I have to say I am happy to see it. I have the small round body scrubber that I keep in my shower and it is currently reaching the end of it’s life. It lasted quite a while but I reached the conclusion this weekend that it had about given it’s all for me and needed to be replaced. While not the exact same thing, this will serve as a perfect replacement, preventing me from needing to go and purchase one this upcoming weekend. So for me, this was perfect timing.

For me, this month was a decent box. It is interesting and contains items I will use or enjoy testing out. I will even keep and use the box in more than just my usual storage capacity. It was not the most exciting box Glossy Box has ever sent out, but it is nice. There are enough items I hadn’t tried to be interesting, and a few essential staples as well. I would have to say that this month it was definitely worth the price of the box and more. Exciting is all well and good, but items I will use are even better.


Cracking open the Limited Editing Glossy Box Easter Egg for 2022

I know we are a little past Easter but I wanted to share the Glossy Box Easter Egg with you.  I am also really excited to get the box.  For several year’s now they have had their Easter Egg and I have seen it, I have wanted it and I have forgotten until it is sold out.  Because it sells out fast.  This year was bigger and they changed the design.  The design ins a Wonderland Theme and Has Alice, the rabbit and a munch of mushrooms in the design.  It is a raised Gold Design on the Glossy Box Pink Background.  It is also sturdy enough to be reused.  Which I will be doing.  The top secures into place with a gold ribbon.  It is just really lovely. 

I also have a weakness for Alice in Wonderland (as I’m sure do a lot of people).  I have a tattoo of the Cheshire Cat actually. (it isn’t the Disney version.) But as super fantastic as the box is, it is what is inside that counts. But first the stats.  If you are a member then this Limited Edition was $24.  If you were not a member it was $29.  Also if you were a member you could order on March 29th while everyone else had to wait until the 30th.  A friend of mine told me she tried late on the 30th to purchase this and it was already sold out. (which made me feel extra victorious that I remembered. And yes, I did a happy dance.)

The first item in the box is the Alpha H Liquid Gold with 5% Glycolic Acid (Retail $54 although currently on sale at Lovely Skin for 20% off).  I just received a bottle of this in an Allure box and I am absolutely loving it.  Having a second bottle as back up is a definite plus.  Thus far my skin adores it so I am thrilled. It also more than pays for the box and since I was already planning to repurchase the serum, seriously helps my budgeting.

still sealed in plastic and going right back into the box to pass along to my mom

The second item is the neuBROW Brow Enhancing Serum (retail $60).  It is full size and surprisingly heavy for such a small tube. To be honest,  growing brows is not a problem I have at the moment.  Keeping them in check is.  However, when my mom went through chemo about ten years ago all of her eyebrows fell out and have only been growing in sparsely.  She is always willing to try a new brow growth serum so I will be passing this on to her. I know it will get a good try out.

The next item I pulled out of the Easter egg was a coppery box with KAB cosmetics on the front.  It’s their Illuminating dust (retail $26). It too is a full sized item. I’ll be honest I tend to use this kind of product on my collar bone around Christmas and new years and then forget about it the rest of the year.  I think it is because adding the shine to sweaty skin never appealed to me and once the summer heat hits I simply don’t think of body shimmer.  Which is a little strange as there is actually more of my skin showing.  While I might try it out this summer, I suspect I will keep this and give it a good use this winter season. I do like the color though.  The golden toned shimmers really sit well with my skin.

While receiving an eyeliner is ever my favorite thing in one of these boxes, I will make an exception for liquid liners in this style.  These are actually my favorite style of eyeliners.  They are what I learned to apply when I first applied eyeliner.  I love the liquid format and I love that they don’t dry out all that fast.  I don’t use a lot of eyeliner, so often the pen styles can dry out before I use them up.  With this style that doesn’t happen so I am pleased to have the Bellapierre Liquid Eye Liner in the full size (retail $20) in my Glossy Box Easter Egg.

The last full sized product in this box is the Kendra Professional Blow Dry Spray. (retail $36.99, also currently 20% off at Lovely Skin).  Oddly enough I have another Kendra professionals product (the intense fortifying masque) that I was planning to start trying out either this week or next so it is nice to have a second product from the brand to try. I have never actually tried anything from the brand but I have heard fantastic things about it.  And I am always happy to see a heat protecting spray. 

Its a metal tube and I squeezed it to see how full it was (completely full actually) so the dents are from me.

There are several Deluxe sample sized products in this Limited edition.  The first of these is the We Are Paradoxx Repair 3-in1 leave in conditioner/finishing balm.  I have the full sized version of this and I have been using it for my Saturday night hair masks.  And I used it a a finishing balm this weekend. It works fantastically well and I am thrilled to have a travel sized tube of it that I can just toss in my bag to keep with me. Applying just a tiny drop on the hands, rub the hands together and apply over the top of your hair is a great way to tame down fly aways just before a meeting or event really helps.  Here it is a nice quick trick to fight the effects of humidity so this travel tube will happily live in my purse.

I have also used the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream before.  It is a fantastically nourishing body lotion and as I am also in need of a hand cream I will be adding this to my purse as well so that I can hydrate after hand sanitization. I am very pleased to have it.

The Knesko Skin Rose Quartz Eye masks made me smile.  I spent the last few months going through my individual eye masks and now I have a new pair to try.  I also have a set from Aceology that arrived on the day I used the last of the individual ones so perhaps it is a sign.  I have never tried anything from Knesko Skin, in fact I have never heard of them.  I do however love eye masks and even though I am amused to find it appear right after my clear out finished, I will still happily give it a try.

Next we have a slim tube of Facial Enhancement Cream from Dermatologist’s Choice I have never heard of the brand before but I do love trying out sample sizes of moisturizers.  It is a great way to find out if a product is right for my skin before investing in the full size (which saves both money and reduces product wasting). The samples aren’t large enough to let you know results, but they will let you know how it feels on your skin, which is very important.  While there are broad categories that companies use I really believe everyone’s skin is different. 

Part of it is your own internal systems and how your body works generally, but a lot of it has to do with the environment where you live and work as well as your daily activities.  I have spent much of my life moving from place to place, often with very different climates and with each move my skin care has changed.  Products I love in one place simply did not work for me in another.  It was still my skin, but the world around it changed so its needs were different. 

I know that’s a long way to go to say I love testing out sample sized products before attempting to incorporate them into my routine.  Even if I am not moving as much as I used to, I like trying out new brands and as this is one I haven’t heard of, it is an extra bonus.

Finally we wrap up with a skincare tool from Daily Concepts.  It is an adorable silicone bunny designed for gentle exfoliation during cleansing. (I tried to find this product to link, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. I’m guessing it was limited edition. The price is from Glossy Box. As I use it I’ll look for more information.)  It is a full size (retail $8). I actually have a round one from Daily Concepts that I love using.  It has a suction cup on the back and generally lives in my shower.  I use it on my face while in the shower.  Usually post work out.  It is a great way to simply get the sweat and salt residue off the skin without overusing products. 

This one is a pocket with fingers slipped inside instead of clamped around the back I am not sure how well that will work in the shower as I suspect water will gather inside, but I think it might be useful in the bathroom with regular face wash.  I’ll have to give ti a go and see. I do find the ears and bunny face adorable though.

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I know that Easter is over and this box is no longer available, but I did want to review it so that those of you who were curious, not only about this but about Glossy Box’s Limited edition boxes in general could see them.  I adore the box and will be incorporating it into my Easter Décor for a while.  At the moment it is filled with now empty plastic eggs and is going into the cabinet. I really liked the number and mix of the products.  There was a good mix of full sized and deluxe samples and the quality for the price was certainly there.  I have several products I am thrilled with, one I am delighted to be able to pass on and several I can’t wait to try.  For me, This Limited Edition Easter Egg was the perfect spring time treat.  I can’t wait to see what their next Limited Edition holds.  If memory serves they are doing one for Mother’s day.  I’ll have to investigate and report back in.


Unboxing the April 2022 Glossy Box

My Glossy Box has arrived! This subscription is $21 but if you go with an annual plan it is lower.  I have an annual plan and I pay $18 per month.  I have never been disappointed and always find the box worth it.  If you want to try it out you can get your first box for $16 with the code SPRING16  What I find interesting is that if the box comes late one month, then the next month I will get the box early. In March my box came late in the month.   So this month it came early.  Next month I’m sure it will be late in the month again.  I’m not entirely sure why, but it is consistent.  I don’t mind it, it is just something I have noticed with this subscription. As always opening this subscription feels like opening a present.  It comes in a sturdy pink and black box (which I tend to reuse)and all of the goodies are wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon.  

This month I could smell something before even unwrapping it.  It smelled like a This Works product and when I unwrapped it, I was right.  Inside is a full sized Stress Check Sleep Lotion.  It is from this works and has a heavy scent, even through the sealed tube.  I am personally leaving it sealed and passing it on to my mother.  She adores all This Works products and uses their pillow spray every night.  I am allergic to something in their products and I can already feel my nose getting stuffy and the headache building. 

So I left the cream in the box and took everything else out while I put the box away.  And then I opened the window.  It is a very strongly scented brand and I think you either like it or you don’t No one seems ambivalent.  Anyone I talk to either loves it or hates it.  As I am currently assembling my mother’s Easter Basket so this will be going in there and I know she will be thrilled with it.  So even though it isn’t for me, I know it will be well loved.

The second Item in the box I will get a lot of use out of.  It is a three pack of Kitsch scrunchies.  They are satiny soft and stretchy.  I actually picked up a three pack last summer and wore them constantly.  They don’t pull the hair but are sturdy enough to hold my hair, which is pretty heavy.  By the end of the summer the satin was salt stained from my sweaty walks, but the elastic was still going strong.  I am very happy to have three more to use as we get into the summer months and my hair gets tied up more and more often. These are both lovely and useful.

The third Item in this months box I was thrilled to see.  It is the First Care Serum from Sulwhasoo.  It is a sample size, but I am happy to have this serum in any size.  It is an anti-aging serum that my skin just likes.  It works really well on reducing the fine lines and I will use every last drop of it.  It is one of those serums that I have purchased in the full size before and will again at some point.

I have never tried the Neolastin Revitalize and Firm Eye Cream, but I am never sorry to see an eye cream in one of my boxes.  I’ve tried other Neolastin products and I am more than happy to give this one a try.

While Glossy Box often has a lot of skin and hair care items sometimes they have makeup.  This month they have one makeup item and one that isn’t exactly makeup but not exactly skincare.  It is the Lash Food Conditioning Lash Serum.  It has a mascara like brush and is combed into the lashes nightly.  Since I use my natural lashes and not false ones, I am always eager to try out things that help my natural lashes out.  It is a sample size so I don’t know if I will get a full thirty day trial out of it, but I will try it out and hopefully the sample will last long enough to give me a good idea of how well it works.  I really like getting to try products like this before I commit to a full size. 

the tip broke in transit but it sharpened right back up easily.

And finally we end with the one makeup item for this month. It is a gel eye liner from Laritzy.  Normally I don’t get that excited by eyeliners because they are usually just black liners.  Some work better than others, but still just black. 

This is not black.  It is brown.  In addition it is a soft gel formula that is creamy going on but once it sets doesn’t smudge.  I’ve tried a couple of Laritzy gel liners before and really like them.  And it is nice to have a brown eyeliner for my collection.

And that was my April Glossy Box.  While the This Works will be passed on, I am passing it to someone who loves it.  Every other item in the box is one I will use and in a couple of cases eager to try out.  For me this was a very good month and well worth the price of the box. And I was actually able to get the Glossy Box Easter Egg this year (they have already sold out) So when that comes in I will open that and share it.  I’m hoping it arrives before Easter because the box would look perfect set out with the rest of the Easter things. I have my fingers crossed for that. All in all though I was just pleased I managed to remember to get the order in before they were sold out (for the first time ever! I usually forget and then realize I forgot after they sold out.) So I was very happy with this April Glossy Box and I am looking forward to the Easter Egg’s imminent arrival. Over all A good month for Glossy Box.

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The Daily: March 30th, 2022

Guess what I remembered! I remembered to order the Glossy Box Easter Egg. I know that sounds strange, but it has become a minor spring time obsession. For the last three years I have told myself, oh wouldn’t that be a nice Easter treat. Actually now that i think about it, it may be closer to five years now.

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My thinking was always that Easter is the one holiday that is done at my house. Thanksgiving and Christmas, we travel. Where we travel depends on the year, but it does mean that during those holidays our house is only a staging area. I am in charge of Thanksgiving pies (mostly because they can be baked ahead, packed in a cooler and driven several hours). then after thanksgiving we look like an off shoot of Santa’s workshop as we gather everything in and figure out what is getting shipped out and what is getting loaded into a car or settled for air flight travel.

Easter is at our house. Which means the deep down company is coming clean, which is a very different cleaning than the normal everyday. Especially these days. Extra supplies are gotten in mostly because we don’t keep a lot of snacks around the house and they will be wanted all weekend. we also don’t keep soda around the house but that too will be in high demand. Cheese boards are planned, charcuterie is arranged. We pickle our own mushrooms and radishes, but load up on other picked goods. I do make a spicy lemony marinade to add to my olives. Nuts are toasted and seasoned and then there is the three to four days of meals including the big Easter Sunday meal. It is an extravaganza.

And it is bigger this year since we skipped the past two years.

And while I will also be assembling Easter baskets, I like to, at the end of it all, have something for myself. You know, besides the martini I settle myself with once company has left and things have been put back into normal working order. There is also something for my babydoll and I to share. This year we ordered an extra little something from igourmet in addition to the Easter themed baskets. Which is lovely and we will shade as we collapse post guest.

However each year I think, wouldn’t the Glossy Box Easter egg be fun. I could have my treat and add another Easter decoration to the house. And then I forget all about it. But not this year! Ha! I remembered. And it only took three post it notes and an alarm on my cell phone.

Somedays, you have to celebrate the little victories. And this week has been one of those weeks where it feels like you are just slogging through waste deep mud. It is Wednesday and I feel like Monday and Tuesday each took twice as long as usual. Some weeks are just like that. So it is nice to celebrate the little victories. Like remembering to order a limited edition before it sells out or knowing that you have a truffle cheese hidden in your butter dish at the back of the fridge that won’t be part of the group feasting.

Today’s look:

Primer: Elf Poreless Putty Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette

Blush: NARS blush in Angelika

Highlighter: Modelco Brightening Shimmer Whip

Powder: bareMinerals Mineral Veil Setting Powder

Eyeshadow: Eyeko Double Act Shadow Stick in Dusk and Dawn

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: Pixi By Petra Lip Glow in Ruby

Okay I will be honest, Today’s makeup was mostly chosen because i wanted to try out some new products or use products I haven’t reached for in a while. while I am loving testing out the Lorac Illuminating Primer, when I wear it I can’t wear a highlighter. It simply can’t compete with the prime. which is fine, but I wanted to try out the Model Co highlighter. So I went with a favorite. The elf Poreless putty primer. I think this may be the third one i’ve gone through. It is a fantastic formula. If you have dryer skin than mine they do make a hydrating version. It is a little too hydrating for me unless I am wearing a really drying foundation, so I stick with the original. I have no complaints about the original.

The Catrice Foundation I like. It is a really light shade so i am trying to reach for it a bit more before the sun starts giving me a tan. I love the foundation and it is a good product if you are going to be running around all day and need something that stays in place. It is listed as a 24 hr foundation. While I have never pushed it that far I have worn it for ten hours straight with no issues. My one problem with it is the dropper. Mine doesn’t really want to work so I end up pouring product out onto the back of my hand. It can get a little messy so I keep a cloth handy. It is the one drawback of the product, but easy to get over.

I have several Nars products in my drawer and I tend to forget about them. which is kind of funny as for a while I was using a full face of Nars as my go to look. But I don’t find myself reaching for the products much any more. They are good products so I need to remember them. I’m not sure why I over look them now, I think it might be because I have found other products I like just as well if not better. I think it may be more a factor of the world of makeup expanding. I used to have just a few go to brands that I trusted and used, now i use products from a wider range of companies. it was still fun to use this blush.

The Too Faced and the bareMinerals I will always reach for. They are both fantastic and always reliable. I need to take out some of my Too Faced shadow palettes. which Oddly i usually think of in Spring. I think it is because of the color ranges in the shadow palettes I have. Actually I need to test one out to see if I want to use it for Easter or if i want to go full on pastel.

I did not go pastel with the eyes today. I used the Eyeko Double Act dual shadow stick. I really like the formula. I’ll need to play around with it a bit to apply the right amount of product. A little does go a long way. It blends really nicely as well. I have the Dusk and Dawn Shades. Dusk was fantastic and I can see myself reaching for it often. I hoped that Dawn would be a little more brightly copper in color. It worked well, I just found myself wanting more of a contrast. And when I went to get the link from the site for the above list, I say they have the sugar and spice Double Act stick. That looks like it may have the contrast i want. I love the simple eye look and throwing a single shadow stick into a makeup bag instead of an entire palette is a great travel plan, but when I do that I want greater contrast between the two shades. I will continue playing around with this though and see if I really like the formula. If it keeps working out for me i will order the sugar and spice as well as possibly others. Today for a first use, i really liked this.

Before I forget, I also liked the Model Co highlight. It was brighter than I am used to, but it still looked nice. It was a soft glow without the glitter which I appreciate.

I am in love with the new Ultravolume Tubing mascara from Blinc. I knew I liked the length of the regular tubing mascara but this one fills the lashes out making them thicker as well as longer. I am totally in love with it. I do think that I might need to remember to curl my lashes first though. Thee is no curl to the formula and I think that if i remember my curler first I will get even more dramatic results. If you are using an eyelash curler though, remember to curl the lashes before applying mascara. It reduces breakage and pulling.

Finally we have the Pixi By Petra Lip. It was a little more pink than I was expecting. It is supposed to be a sheer wash of color (and I suppose if you sheer out ruby you get pink) I just wasn’t expecting it. However after a minute or two the color faded back a bit and just left my lips with a really nicely moisturizing lip balm. I really like it. And it doesn’t leave a trial of pink lips everywhere. Just a little balm smear on the rim of the cup. Over all for a first use I like it better than my initial impression of it.

I know I chose a bunch of new items because I couldn’t resist. I just wanted to play. sometimes, you need to give into the impulse, and today I did. And i am glad I did. All of the new items performed well for their first time out of the gate and I look forward to putting them through their paces. For now though it is back to work for me. I hope your Wednesday runs smoothly and easily and that you get to coast down the slope of the remaining week.

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Unboxing the March 2022 Glossy Box

It’s here! One of my favorite subscription boxes. Glossy Box. It’s coming in quite late this month, but I am happy to have it whenever it comes in. It is a $21 subscription box, but you can get it lowered if you sign up for a longer subscription term (I am on an annual plan and Pay $18 per month and I have never regretted going to the annual plan). If you want to try it out you can get your first box for $16 with the code WONDER16.

In addition to their regular monthly boxes they also have limited edition boxes that come out periodically (I think they are quarterly but I’m not entirely certain). They have the new reimagined Easter Egg coming out soon. If you are a member you can order starting at Noon (EST) on March 29th and if you aren’t a member then sales start March 30th. These always sell out amazingly fast so if you are interested, set your calendars. There are 10 items in this year’s Limited Edition Easter Egg (I think there were only 8 items last year).

That is a reminder for me as well. i always forget the day they go live and then when I check back in they are sold out. I’m hopeful that this is my year.

But on to the March Glossy Box!

I love the way this is packaged. I know packaging isn’t everything but there is something just special about opening the box and seeing the ribbon and tissue paper. It makes it feel like a gift or an event to open it.

Admittedly this time the tissue paper had a hard time containing the first item in the box. In fact the box had a hard time containing the first item in the box. It is a full sized moisturizer, specifically the Farm X Super Green Cooling Gel. It is packed with vitamins and antioxidants and is designed to be a light weight moisturizer. As the weather warms up light weight moisturizers are going to be more and more my go to products so it is good timing. It is listed as being from a new range, but as I’ve neve heard of the brand before I’m going to have to look up specifics when I start to use it. I will say that I love the glass jar that the moisturizer comes in and with a retail of $37 it more than covers the cost of the box.

Next up there is a full sized hand cream from Merci Handy. it retails for $7. Photographing it was interesting because the silver swirl just reflected light back at the camera. There are a bunch of different scents. My scent is called Unicorn. I’ve never sniffed a unicorn before but apparently they smell like almonds and shea butter. I would have thought they smelled a bit more like Horse, but I suppose you learn something new every day. It is a nice scent and it is the perfect size to keep in my purse. At the moment i have no more small sized hand creams. I have actually gone through my entire stock pile. So it is very nice to have one for the purse. Plus I really like the smell of almonds.

The third item this month is a four pan eyeshadow palette from Estate Cosmetics. It is a full sized eyeshadow Quad with a value of $14. I’ve tried a blush from Estate and really liked the formula. The shade was too pink for me but it was an excellent formula. I have never tried their eyeshadows though so this will be fun to play with. There were different variations you could get and I am quite happy with mine, and the lavender shade does look very springtime.

Continuing on there is another makeup item, and it is the Model Co Highlighting shimmer whip. It is a full sized liquid highlighter with a value of $20. I have only tried lipsticks from ModelCo so I am looking forward to giving this liquid highlighter a go.

And finally last, but certainly not least is the fifth item in the box. It is a full sized Luxie tapered blending brush (value $15). While the one pictured in the brochure is the 205 I received the 504 Large angled brush -I’m not mad and it’s value is actually$21 on the Luxie Site. I love Luxie brushes. They are one of my go to brush sets actually. And I have had mine for quite a while and with repeated washings (over a couple of years) a few of them are looking like I might need to replace them soon. So having a new Luxie Brush arrive is just fantastic.

I don’t know if you noticed the trend in this box, but each item this moth was full sized. Normally, there are one or two items that are full sized. And while I generally list the retail value of the full sized items I tend not to list the sample sized prices. Mostly because sometimes you can’t actually buy the samples so I feel the sample price is an estimate. This time I can actually tell you the full value of the items i received is $93. Which is over four times as much as the Glossy Box cost. (More for me since i only pay $18 with an annual subscription). For me, this was an excellent month for Glossy Box. We received skincare, we received makeup and there is also a Luxie brush. Personally I am over the moon about the Luxie Brush. Although everything else is fabulous too. I can’t wait to see what they come out with in April.