Glossy Box Unboxing: The September 2020 Spa Edit

Glossy Box September 2020

It’s September Spa Time, is the theme of this month’s glossy box and I think it an apt theme.  Glossy Box tends to lean towards skin care over all, with a few makeup items here and there but this month it is both skin care and self care oriented and who doesn’t need a little bit of that? But first the basics. 

Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription box based in the UK. I kind of like that as they tend to send products I’ve heard about, but never gotten around to trying because they aren’t readily available where I live, or that I’ve never heard of.  Of course there are also several brands I have heard of and like included as well. 

With this subscription you can sign up for a year and get it for the price of $18 instead of $21.  What I like about this is they still charge you monthly so you don’t have to pay the lump sum of a year’s worth of boxes up front to get the discount.  I’m actually on this plan, I signed up for a year and will be getting these boxes at least through July 2021 for the $18 rate. Honestly I’ll probably be getting it longer as I really enjoy this box. If you are new to Glossy Box, you can get your first box for a discounted price as well in order to try it out. Just use code GLOSSYSPA16 from now until September 30th.

But what came in this month’s spa edit?

Well I opened my box, untied the lovely little ribbon, opened the tissue paper and picked up the jade roller. I really like this one, it is smaller and more compact than the others as it doesn’t have the secondary smaller roller on the bottom of it. 

As I quite frankly never really use the small roller on the bottom, I’m quite pleased with its compact size.  Of the two jade rollers I received this month, I believe this one is the one that I will keep while I will pass the larger Jade one along.  (My quartz roller is the exact same size as the other jade roller). This Magic Jade Roller is from Melusine Cosmetics and retails for $21

The next item out of my Glossy box this month was the Rosen Skincare Break out spot treatment (retail $12).  Like the Jade roller it was a full sized item.  This is an overnight treatment that you put on breakouts before bed and let sit overnight. 

At the moment my skin is relatively clear (I have no illusions about that lasting, I just haven’t gone anywhere I need a mask for a few days and thing have cleared up), but I do have one break out on my chin that I might try this on to night to see how it works. I did open it and it smells very peppermint-y and looks like whiteout.  I am very curious.  As it is a one time over night treatment, I may be reporting back on it in the morning.

The next full sized item in my Glossy Box was the Daily Concepts Daily Beauty Headband (retail $12).  It is a giant pink scrunchie designed to hold your hair back while you wash your face or use a dace mask.  I hae one very similar that I use all the time  As a matter of fact I have used it enough that it is starting to wear along the elastic lines so it is nice to have a replacement.  I know I will get a lot of use out of this item.

The next item is a deluxe sample sized item and it is the Banila Co Miss Flower & Mr. Honey Cream. (the Deluxe size is worth $6 while the full size is listed at $42).  I’ve used the Banila Zero Clean before and really found it to be an excellent cleansing calm.  I can understand why they went with a deluxe sample size rather than a full sized version of this cream in a subscription box (aside from the cost). Although it is a really good sized deluxe sample.

I opened it and tried it out as a night cream last night (mostly because I was frustrated with my current night cream). While I will continue using it and report back after a week or two when I have used up this sample, I think the scent is going to be polarizing for some.  It smells like whipped honey.  Clover based honey to be exact. 

Honey is one of those scents you either love or hate I’ve found.  To be honest I really like the scent.  But I could see those who aren’t honey fans hating it just based on scent alone.  But then again, I like it so I am very happy with it. I am also happy to try out something else from Banila Co as I really did enjoy their cleansing balm.

This month there is an Exfoliating Wash from Codex Beauty It too is a deluxe size (value $18, full sized product $45). And what would a spa themed box be without an exfoliator or a face wash?  I’ve never heard of the brand Codex before but I do love a good exfoliator. And a good face wash too for that matter.   I have a few weeks left on the Avant exfoliator I am currently using and when I finish it I will replace it with the Codex to give it a whirl.  Oddly enough I think the Avant might have come from a Glossy Box as well. 

And finally an element no spa visit is without, the face mask.  This one is a Ruby Sheet Mask from Vitamasques (retail $7).  The name sounds familiar.  I believe on my first box this was one of the oprions for the face mask.  You could either get this one or something else.  If memory serves I got the something else.  So I haven’t used the mask but the image is familiar. And when am I not happy to see a new mask? Glossy box seems to include a face mask in almost every box actually.  At least I don’t think I’ve gotten a box without one, admittedly I haven’t been subscribed all that long.

I have to say I am very happy with this month’s Glossy Box selection of items.  It fit the theme very well and included all items I am willing to try out or will get a lot of use out of.  Even though all boxes seemed to have gone roller happy this month, I really like the fact that there is a skin/self care tool in the box that I can use repeatedly over time and not just use up. The same goes for the headband which I’m sure I will use quite a bit. The mix was well curated. As for price well for my $18 (or $21 if you are paying full price individually) I received $76 worth of items. As they are all ones I will use I am extra happy with the value.

I also like knowing that once I’ve used them I can review them on the Glossy Box site and get credit back (about $0.40 per review) to use towards a purchase.  I love that I can actually use the Glossie Credit in the Look Fantastic site as well since they transfer over and it is a HUGE site with weekly sales. Plus Glossy Box just released their own affordable skin care line that Glossy Box subscribers get extra discounts for as well. I’m currently using the eye serum (which came in last month’s box) and debating over which of the cleansers I want to try out first.  They have several different ones available and I can’t make up my mind as to which I want to try first.

Free GLOSSYBOX Water Bottle when you purchase any skincare with code GLOSSYSKIN

Ah the conundrums of skin care Junkies. I have a little while before making a decision as I have a few deluxe sample sized cleansers I want to clear out before purchasing a full sized one. So it gives me a little time to think and plan. Plus the seasons are starting ever so slowly to change so I can plan for my soon to be autumnal skin care needs rather than my summer ones. But plotting and scheming aside, I really enjoyed this box and I am very glad I signed up for a year. Not only did it save me money, but as these boxes tend to sell out fairly rapidly I am assured I will be on the receiving list for the next year.

Oh and speaking of selling out quickly, the Glossy Box Advent Calendar is now available for pre-sale for subscribers.  I know, it’s September so not everyone is ready to plan the holidays, but these advent calendars sell out FAST so if you want one you need to get on the list. The products are always an amazing mix of skin care and makeup.The promotional photo in the link looks like a really good mix of products included this year. So if you are looking at beauty themed advent calendars this year, this might be one to look into, just do so quickly if you want to get on the list. 

Plus then you can feel virtuous for starting your holiday shopping early. Which let’s face it, may be for the best this year.  I think both on line and in person shopping this holiday season are going to be absolutely insane. Normally November first sees me frantically making my lists and creating shopping themed battle plans.  This year I am going in early and shopping strategically.  Anything that can be planned early is being planned.  I have several family members with December and January Birthdays as well as the holidays, so those are on my list as well. 

One of the birthdays indicated that even though she normally eschews holiday themed birthday gifts, she would be willing to make an exception for the Glossy Advent Calendar so I’m getting my order in quickly so I can at least check one birthday off the list. So one down and quite a few more to go.  And yes I felt very virtuous putting in the order for a January 3rd birthday present in September. After all If I can do holiday planning early, I can do anything.

Except fly like superman. That I still can’t do.

But I can wear the heck out of a cape.

Setting up your own Home Spa: Five simple tips

A fluffy towel and a few components for my at home spa day

Each year for my birthday I treat myself to a visit to my local day spa. This year, not only was my local day spa closed, but the level of anxiety I would have going to a spa at this point in time would pretty much negate the relaxation aspect of the trip.

So I decided to have an at home spa day.

I knew I wasn’t going to have exactly the same experience, but I was determined to have a fun relaxation event. Let’s face it; we can all use a little less stress at the moment, birthday or not.  So, if you are looking to create your own home spa for the day, here are some lessons I learned.

The first step is proper planning. Figure out what you want to include and then take a good look at the space you are working with. Perhaps you have a spacious bathroom that can be taken over completely for the day for a self-contained spa.

Personally, I live in a house that was built in the 1940s and the bathrooms, while updated, suit the age of the house. Because of this, I knew there was no way I was going to have a self-contained spa.  It was just not physically possible. So I seperated my spa into sections. Part was set up in the bathroom and part was set up in the sunroom. They were spa stations, if you will. By breaking it into stations, I wasn’t trying to pack too much into one room and stressing myself out about making it all fit. I could spread out and make it feel more luxurious.

A part of the planning process is to decide what products you are going to use and if you need equipment or not. I had a small foot spa with a built in foot massager. It was a gift that spent years seeing the light of day once or twice a year. Then I began walking for my main exercise and pampering my feet became a more frequent occurrence to make up for the effort they were putting in. So my planning involved taking it out and making sure it was ready for use. I decided to add a facial steamer to open my pores prior to masking, but alas I did not order it in time and so it did not arrive in time for my spa day. (I made do with a large ceramic mixing bowl filled with hot water and herbs and a towel as an impromptu steamer but hope next time to use the simplicity of the facial steamer.)

Whatever you decide, whether dusting off or purchasing new, make sure to gather your items early. Make sure anything with batteries has them and that anything needing to be plugged in can reach the wall socket. Order any new purchase items early so you aren’t stressing about packages arriving on time or the store running out of stock. This leads us to Step two, product selection.

I’ve found that one way to make your at home spa feel more luxurious is to coordinate the scents of the products.  They don’t have to be identical, but they should be in the same family or at least friendly neighbors. For example, even though I was showering and washing my hair the night before, my spa day included soaking in a bath and before I soak in a bath, I like to make sure I am clean.

For my pre bath shower I used Molton Brown’s Coastal Cypress and Sea Fennel Shower Gel.  It actually came in this month’s Look Fantastic Box.

Because of the scent of the shower gel, I chose Kneipp’s Ancient Sea Mineral Bath soak. 

Well, technically speaking, it was the other way around.  I picked up the Kneipp’s and then decided to use the Molton Brown since it went so well.  It was more of a happy accident than anything else, but I was still in planning mode when it arrived so I’m calling it a planning victory. After I got out of the tub I used the m. greengrass Dry oil Spray in the scent Beach Air.

Now, while all three of those items have differing scents, they all play well together and created a unified oceanic themed feel. And because I had different zones, I could create a scent profile for each of the sections and still have it feel like a singular experience.

I tend to go to my local day spa only a couple of times a year.  While setting it up at home was fun, I don’t anticipate on doing it every week.  Because of this I found that I didn’t need a whole lot of product.  In many instances I used travel sized products rather than picking up a full sized version.

This allowed me to tailor the scents to the occasion, without a lot of left over products, and it also means I am not committed to a scent profile every time I want to do an at home spa day.  I like the thought of changing out the scents based my mood.  I know Molton Brown offers a sampler pack with travel sized bottles of their various scents (both for shower gel and shampoo I believe). I ordered the shower gel one to have on hand and to allow me to try out different scents. By occasionally using travel sized versions instead of full sized ones, I was able to get more luxurious elements without breaking my self-imposed budget which I also appreciated.

I’m big on budgeting by the way. If I am going to treat myself, then knowing how much I can splurge on without interfering with any upcoming bills is a key element to my relaxation process. I know that sounds strange but having the budget and knowing I haven’t over spent keeps me from stressing. I didn’t make this one of my five points, but it is more of a 2.5 point. In addition, somehow I can spend money on other people with no problem, but when it comes to myself I tend to waffle and talk myself out of it. Especially if it is extra. By making my spa day an actual item in my budget and doing the math around it, I feel better able to justify spending the extra on myself. If you have similar issues, perhaps this can help.

And with that little aside, we get back to the main points.

So now that you know what you want and have selected your products, we reach step three, the preliminaries.  A few days before I planned to have my spa day, I went into the spaces I planned to use (the bathroom and sun room) and gave them each a thorough cleaning.  Every tile was scrubbed and every window washed.  Random piles of empty boxes and assorted junk mail (we use the sunroom to remove outer packaging before washing hands and taking items into the house) were sorted and disposed of so that the rooms both sparkled.

I did this a few days in advance because I didn’t want my spa day to smell like disinfectant.  So doing the deep clean a few days earlier, allowed the scent of the cleaners to dissipate. 

The night before my scheduled spa day, I did a second quick clean to deal with anything that accumulated in two days and then I set up everything I planned to use. I set up a chair with my foot soaker and foot massager placed in readiness.  I arranged a table with my manicure kit, polishes and lotions. I washed and dried the fluffy towels, placing them where they were needed and I made a pitcher of cucumber and lemon water to put in the fridge. I arranged everything the night before so that all was in readiness. That way the day I planned to have my spa day I had nothing to think about except enjoying myself.

Step four may or may not be a necessity depending on your living arrangements, but it is explaining to those you live with what you are doing and when you plan to do it. A clear time line is a good idea, especially if those you love are prone to causing interruptions.  In my house notification meant explaining why the space I just cleared of empty boxes and junk mail needed to stay clear for a few days and not be looked at as a place to move things into.

At least until after my spa day. 

I also had to explain that the fancy pitcher of water was not for general use. It turns out my darling dearest really likes infused waters.

Which I did not know until this weekend and really didn’t expect. Mostly because he tends to think of water as the extra ingredient in coffee. A mixer, if you will.

It is also why I had to make up a second pitcher for my spa day.

Which I don’t mind because I now know how to get him to drink more water.

Finally, this leads us to step five and that is embracing the experience.  Chances are, you will not be able to replicate every aspect of the spa in your home. It is even possible that mid masking you will be asked where the thing is. You know the thing with the thing that goes inside that other thing?

That’s okay don’t let it stress you out. Just stare at him until he realizes the clay mask on your face isn’t going to let you answer him and then he’ll look at the candles, the foot bath and remember why the sunroom is temporarily off limits. Possibly.

This isn’t a replication of a spa, it is creating your own unique spa like experience.

Think of it as something special just for you.  Don’t dwell in the impossible perfection, but embrace the fact that each aspect is tailored specifically for you.  You chose everything from the scent of your bath salts to the candles placed just so. The products also were chosen just for you. They are items you find luxurious and that you know you like. In the end, you are enjoying the most exclusive spa experience and it is all tailored just for you. Enjoy it because you are worth it.

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