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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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.



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.


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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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.


Squeaking in at the end of the month, is the February 2022 Glossy Box Unboxing

This month was interesting with Glossy Box. On February second I received an e-mail with a tracking number attached. I waited 48 hours and then checked it. FedEx had not yet received the package. This continued for about two weeks so I contacted Glossy Box. It turned out that my box never made it to Fed Ex. They apologized and sent out a new one. I have to say the Glossy Box customer service team was fantastically easy to work with. Good customer service makes me like a subscription just that much more.

So even though it is the last day of February, my Glossy box it here and I am going to unbox it. I apologize that this box is not available any more but you can try your first box for $16 with the code TREAT16. They slimmed down the brochure this month so there are no spoilers for March in the pamphlet, but I’m sure they will be posted on the site soon enough as it is the end of February. So now that the box is finally here, shall we see what is in my Timeless treat’s box?

First up is a shampoo and conditioner set from Natura. It is the Ekos Murumuru restoring shampoo and conditioner. I love when shampoo and conditioners are sent together in a subscription. It makes it a lot easier to determine if you enjoy the set. We’ve had a different shampoo and conditioner set for Natura in either Glossy Box or Look Fantastic. I remember the bottle more than anything. The product was fantastic but I remember the shape of the bottle being somewhat problematic for getting all of the product out. Still it was a very good shampoo and conditioner so I a happy to have another type of product from the brand.

Actually i was thinking about shampoo and conditioner the other day. Aside from this set I just received, I have one shampoo, one conditioner and a shampoo bar that I have been testing. I’m actually testing the shampoo and conditioner now, which will just leave the shampoo bar and this new set. Which means I actually get to purchase some shampoo and conditioner. I’ve been finishing out the Native Candy Cane Peppermint and clearing out the samples but next week I’ll actually have to pick up some full sized shampoo and conditioner. Which is kind of nice. But not the point of this post.

So getting back on track, this month there was an NCLA nail polish in my box. In keeping with the black and white theme you could either receive a black or a shite nail polish. I received the black one and I’m pretty happy about it. I remember a time when I had only black, maroon and deep purple nail polish in my collection. I was almost surprised to look my nail polish over and find I had no black in there any more. Oh how times have changed. I have several NCLA polishes though. In general they are good nail polishes, but you have to remember to add a top coat or they will chip pretty fast.

The KAB Cosmetics lipstick I was a little less thrilled by. Don’t get me wrong I love lipsticks and KAB does have a pretty good formula. the problem is the shade. This is just a shade of pink I simply won’t wear. The formula is moisturizing and it smells of vanilla. But since I know I am not going to ear this shade, I am not going to swatch it. I am just going to pass it on to someone who can wear this shade.

I am super thrilled by the Verso Nourishing Cream (#3). I’ve received Verso in a lot of subscription boxes and it is always the eye cream. I am not complaining as it is one of my favorite eye creams and I will use every drop in every tube that comes my way. However I realized when i saw this that i hadn’t tried any other Verso Product. At least not that I recall. I am currently working through several sample sized moisturizers so I will be adding this to the pile and looking forward to giving it a go. If it lives up to the eye cream I will be absolutely thrilled.

The next item in the box this month is the Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Gradual Lotion. It actually made me realize that Spring is truly on the way, even though our local temperatures have once again plummeted. While I normally think of gradual tanning products a little later in the year, I think it might be a good idea to actually get ahead of it. There is always that point in the spring where I find myself able to wear a dress for the first time in a while and suddenly discover that my legs are far whiter than my arms so I feel as though I am mismatched. It doesn’t bother anyone bit me, especially since ever one else is usually in the same boat at that time, but it bothers me. So perhaps I’ll give this a go in anticipation of the first dress of spring and possibly not have fish belly white legs for the Easter pictures this year.

And finally this month Glossy Box added a little extra treat to the box. Personally I was amused to find it is the Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye masks. In February i started testing out the various single eye masks I had floating around and I had several from Rodial, one that I recently reviewed. For me Rodial is is very good with serums and lotions and moisturizers. Their Sculpting Gel is a top ten product for me and I snap it up in any size I find it. I think I have two deluxe samples in my skincare samples drawer. The brand does really well with those sorts of things. The paper they use for their sheet masks and eye masks is a bit too stiff and is just honestly not the best. But the serum in these masks is top notch. So I know I will use these eye masks, love the serum and complain about the paper in them. i will use them and I think it is a lovely treat to include. I just wish Rodial would start making a different paper selection for it’s sheet and eye masks.

Over all this was a pretty good box. I like the nail polish and wish the lipstick was in a shade I prefer. I am thrilled by the Verso and looking forward to testing out the Natura and the Vita Liberata. And given that I really like the serum, I’m pretty happy with the Rodial as well. Best of all, I am very glad that my February Glossy box finally made it onto the delivery van.

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Unboxing the January 2022 Glossy Box

That’s right, another unboxing as my Glossy Box for the Month of January has arrived. (if you want to try the January Glossy box, the site has a code FIRST15 which will let you try your first box for $15)And it’s a good one. Before we get into the box, a little but of basic info, the box is $21 per month, if you sign up for longer commitments you still get to pay monthly, you are just obligated not to cancel for the length of time you ae a member. I liked this box a lot when I paid $21. I liked it enough to sign up for an annual membership. So I get the box for $18 per month and in general I love it for 18 per month. It is a mix of full and sample sized items.

I love that it comes with the items wrapped in tissue with a little ribbon around them. I know it doesn’t really affect the value of the products but it does make me feel like I am opening a present every month. Sure it is a present I bought, but it still feels like a gift. usually there is a pamphlet with the box telling you all about the items. This month there was none, so I’m just going to wing it.

The first item in the box is one that I believe I received last month in a Look Fantastic. I used it, loved it and am happy to have another one. It is the Moisturizing Foot mask with Lavender from the brand Le Mini Macaron (the link goes to the site, but I think I’ve actually seen them for sale at Target as well). In the winter it is an ongoing battle to keep the skin of my feet hydrated and this mask was a really big help just before the Christmas Holiday in giving my feet a much needed moisture bomb. It feels a little strange, but it is really hydrating for the feet.

The next item in the box is a full sized pack of Julep Love your Bare Face Brightening Cleansing Cloths. I have mixed feelings about this. I love the brand Julep and I have even tried their Cleansing Cloths. They are really good and take everything off without leaving your face feel stripped. they ae great cloths and I really enjoy using them. I have however cut cleansing cloths out of my routine because I don’t like the waste. I will use them. And I am happy to have them because I like them. Its just that when I use them i realize how convenient it is to have them around. And then I have to remind myself not to buy them again. However I did just get an eyeshadow palette in with a glitter shadow in it that I am dying to try. having the disposable clothes means that my Makeup Eraser won’t end up infused with glitter, so there is a definite plus to it. Its just one of those thing I love but know I shouldn’t use. So I’ll have back and forths with this until they are gone. But it is a nice product, it is full sized and I will use it.

Annoyed with my internal debate yet? Don’t worry, moving on.

The next product I have also heard of and am quite excited to try. It is the Philip Kingsley Bond Builder. It is a sample size. this product is designed to help with split ends. I’ve used Phillip Kingsley leave in conditioners before and loved them. This one seems to be a pre shower treatment. I think I’m going to have to look it up, especially as it is also a split end treatment. I’m actually quite excited to try it out. With my hair and the small size I doubt it will be more than one treatment, But I am looking forward to giving it a go.

The next sample sized tube in this months box is Anto Brightening Serum from Codex Beauty. I think I have received a moisturizer from the brand a while back, but i don’t think Ive used it. I’ll have to check. Either way I have heard of the brand but know very little about them. It is always nice to find out more about a brand. I seem to have a lot of brightening type products coming my way lately. Perhaps it is the season. Brightening for winter, self tanner for summer maybe?

There is one more small little tube in this month’s box and it is the Day Dreamer Cleanser from Blume. I know they are an organic brand but while I have heard about them I have never tried anything from them and am really looking forward to trying out this cleanser.

There are two more items in this box. The first is a Black Marble Facial Roller. It is a good size and looks well made. It is from the brand Afterspa. I have several of their products lurking in various places around the house. While I do have several jade and quarts rollers, I to like that this has the double roller. One large one on the top and one smaller one on the bottom for smaller spots. while I like using the Jade Rollers in general, for me they are amazing in the summer time. They actually help me roll away some of my heat headaches. Having several I can keep in the fridge and then take out as needed is not a bad thing. Plus the black marble does look kind of cool. And with the gold metal parts it looks quite elegant as well.

And finally we have an item from invisibobble. But it is not the usual trio of hair ties that look like they were kidnapped from a telephone cord recycling plant. Oh no, this is something different. It is the Invisibobble Bun Star. It is basically a thin spiral of plastic that you can use to wrap around your hair and keep your hair in a bun. I suspect the buns in the pictures with the product are much neater than mine will ever be, but I still look forward to giving this a try.

Over all I have to say I was very pleased with this month’s selection of products. This box felt full and all of the products inside are ones I want to use. I may have a little angst about the disposable cloths but i will use them anyway. I just won’t repurchase. Over all I am very pleased with my January Glossy box. What a great box to start out the new year.

Unboxing the December 2021 Glossy Box

Guess what? My December Glossy box has arrived and even from the outside, I looks special. This month instead of their normal pink and black box, Glossy went with something different. And no, it wasn’t simply a box with a special design. This month’s box is a reusable tin.

How cool is that? The metal tin is blue with a starry night motif and a few snowflakes scattered about. I personally really like the replacement box as I know this is something I will definitely use repeatedly. I am very pleased with the box and happy to even kind of consider it the first item in the box.

It isn’t however counted as one of the items.

Shall we look and see what the items are?

The first item I could smell before I even opened the box. It is the Rituals Ritual of Mehr loving body cream. It is a 70 ml tube so it will last a while. I don’t remember if it was in a previous Glossy Box or if it came in a Look Fantastic box, but I have had the Ritual of Mehr before. I believe it was a body wash though. It might have been a cream. I can’t remember. I do remember I really liked the scent and the way it made my skin feel, so I am happy to have the product.

The next item is a double hitter. I don’t know if they accidentally put two Batiste dry shampoos in my box or if everyone got them, but I am happy to see them. Batiste is not my favorite dry shampoo, but it is okay in a pinch. Personally I only really like the original one. I generally found the others left far more residue in my hair. The original is definitely the best of the brand and I was lucky enough to get two of the original dry shampoos. And at the moment while I have a full sized dry shampoo, I don’t have any travel sized ones so it is nice to have a smaller size. And dry shampoo is something that I will always use.

The third item out of this month’s Glossy box is the Elemis Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer. It is a deluxe size and you all know how much I love the brand Elemis. I have actually not tried this moisturizer so I am very much looking forward to giving it a go. And it is always a nice day when I get elemis in a subscription box.

After the elemis I pulled three teabags out of my beauty box, which came as quite the surprise. Glossy box did include the Four Sigmatic Cacao powders last month so it isn’t completely random that they have beverage packets in the beauty box, but it always takes me by surprise when there is anything edible in a beauty box. The three teas are from the company Vahdam Teas. One is Turmeric Chamomile, one is Lemon Ginger and the third is turmeric ginger. I adore Lemon Ginger and look forward to giving this one a go. My babydoll has already claimed the other two. I have never been a fan of chamomile so that one I was always going to turn over to him since he loves it. And he thought the turmeric ginger looks interesting so I went ahead and gave it to him as well. But I fully intend to try out the Lemon Ginger.

The next item I took out of the December tin was a Laruce blending brush. I actually have a couple of sets of Laruce brushes. They are a good quality brush and their blending brushes are the perfect size for me. And I always need another tapered blending brush. The handle even matches the set I have. I am more than happy to use it.

And finally, we have LA Splash Cosmetics Moonlight Glow Face palette. In a palette that looks like it was designed to match the metal tin in which it arrived, we have two blushes, one pink and one more neutral in tone, a bronzer and a highlight. I have tried eyeshadows from LA Splash before but nothing else. The eyeshadows I remember being a bit on the patchy side. Hopefully I will have better luck with these products. They look absolutely lovely and I really like the look of the palette, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that they work well for me when I try them out.

So that my darlings was my December Glossy box. Usually the box is $21 per month, but I am on an annual pay so I only pay $18 you can get 25% off your December box with the code GLOW25 while supplies last. If you don’t make it for the December box by clicking and using my Referral code you can still get 20% off. That is with this link here. I believe it is automatic and I think I get glossy credit if you use it. If that bothers you no worries, they generally have a new discount code each month for first time subscribers.

Glossy box also has several limited edition boxes out now that look pretty great as well. Some are holiday themed and others are brand based (I think one is Bumble and Bumble) The prices all vary depending on the box. But they are all listed on the Glossy Box site. Over all I was very happy with this month’s box and think that I definitely got my $18 worth out of it. I am happy to keep this subscription going into the new year.

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Seeing Double with Glossy Box, the November 2021 Unboxing

What is this before my eyes? Two Glossy boxes? Was there a mistake? An over order? Nope, it is an apology from Glossy Box. Last month Glossy box had some sort of mix up along the way. They came up with a specially designed box for October and then sent out loads of boxes that weren’t the specially designed box. I, if you recall, received a typical pink and black box. It did have all of the October items in it, just not the October exterior. I also received it at the beginning of November instead of in October. So if you are thinking there was already a Glossy Box review this month then you would be correct.

I think that Glossy Box received many complaints. So this month they sent out an e-mail. In addition to the regular pink box with November’s items, they were sending out the specially designed October Masquerade box with some goodies to make up for the mishaps in October.

I’m kind of impressed. I could have lived without the special box, especially as the October box had everything it was supposed to have in it, but I like having the box. And I am tickled at the extra surprises. Whatever they happen to be, it will just be an extra treat. But let’s see about the regular November box first shall we?

So to recap, for those who don’t know Glossy Box is a $21 per month subscription. If you get it for an annual subscription, which I do, it is $18. while I am sometimes on the fence about the $21 I always love this box for $18. At the moment you can get $5 off your first box with the code FIRST5.

I think that covers the basics. Now on to the first item. The first item was the heaviest item in the box and I couldn’t resist taking it out first. It is the Vitabrid C12 Daily C Balancing Cleansing Balm. And yes it is a full sized item with a value of $48. So right away, that more than pays for the box. I have actually been using the Vitabrid C 12 serum recently and really like it. I also have a cleanser from them to try that came in a different subscription box. I have to say that is one thing that I like about subscription boxes. Until they started sending the brand I knew nothing of it, now I get to try several items to see how I feel about the brand. And I love cleansing balms. I ran out (and actually purchased a travel one for upcoming travels because I ran out, so I am thrilled to have a new one to try. if it works as well as the serum I will be thrilled.

The second Item I picked out of the box was just too pretty to ignore. it is the Figs & Rouge Satin Soft Blurring Primer and Finishing Fix. It too is a full size with a value of $52. I have heard of Fogs& Rouge but I have never actually tried them. Mostly because they are a pretty pricey brand and I tend to be more of a try before you buy kind of person and no one had samples. At least not that I could find. By now everyone knows my weakness for primers so I am always happy to have a new one to try. And from a brand I haven’t tried anything from before. I am very much looking forward to giving it a go.

The third item in the box is the last full sized item and it is a lip oil from the Beauty Crop. It is the Oui Cherrie Lip Oil with a value of $12. I like lip oils in general, but I have to admit I have a checkered past with The beauty crop. I am always willing to give a lip product a chance. I’m nervous about the cherry scent because I am very picky with Cherry scents, but I am happy to have it to try and I love that there were three full sized items in this month’s box.

The next item, is not full size. It is a deluxe mini of the Commodity Fragrance called Paper (retail $10). I don’t mind getting a deluxe sample of a perfume. I have never heard of the brand before and certainly not the scent. I love trying out new perfumes so this is a win for me. I may feel differently once I smell the scent. Then I may either hate or love it, but for now I am pleased to see it in the box.

The final item is a travel sized eyeshadow Quad from Chella. It is valued at $20, which is fitting with Chella’s prices. The palette is Manifest Bronze and they are all colors I wear. recently I have been getting into eyeshadow quads and trios. I think it is just the ease of grabbing them and knowing there are a minimum of looks you can do. They are quick and easy and you don’t sit there debating color options for twenty minutes. I know debating color options is the fun part, but lately time seems to be evaporating on me and I am trying to save time wherever I can. The quads really help with that when I am in a rush. I know once New Year’s hits, my schedule will ease up a lot and I’ll end up taking out the larger palettes and playing more, right now, the smaller ones have my attention. And these are great shades for me.

So that was my November box. For those who like the math, I spent $18 and received $142 worth of products. On a month to month it would be a $21 spend. personally I still think it would be worth it. This was a really good month and better yet, they are all pretty much products I will use. The perfume’s use may depend on scent but as I love trying out new perfumes that’s fine with me. Novembe was a very good month and I can’t wait to see what they come up with for the December and January Boxes. Those are usually the boxes subscriptions go all out for so it will be interesting to see what they come up with. Interestingly, while Glossy Box usually does lean into skincare, this month there was only one sort of skin care item and that was a makeup remover. Because of the over abundance of skin care at the moment, this makes me very happy.

But this post isn’t over. What is in the mystery box? The special surprise? Let’s see.

We have a selection of items that have made appearances before. we have a Vitamasques Ruby sheet mask, A Hask Argan Oil Deep conditioning mask for the Hair, a brown ink pen style eyeliner from 3 INA A Four Sigmatic Cacao Mix, A Filorga Age Purify intensive serum and a brush duo from Elaina Badro. All of the items have been seen in previous boxes and quite honestly as a surprize gift I am thrilled to see them. I pick up the Hask hair masks periodically and have always found them good quality masks. I have enjoyed the Vitamasques before. While I have the Filorgia in waiting in my skincare I haven’t tried it yet. The Cacao mix is okay but not my favorite. it will get used as it is the season for hot beverages, but I probably woudn’t buy it on my own. I am currently using the set of brushes itentical the ones in this box and I have been really impressed with them so I am happy to have another set. Over all as a surprise gift, it is a nice one. I’m certainly please by it.

In general I am usually pretty pleased with Glossy Box, which is why I have an annual subscription instead of a month to month. There are occasionally months where they miss the mark, but for the most part, I really enjoy the box. They have brought many items to me that I might not have found or tried on my own. Sometimes these items flop, sometimes they sour. One never knows until they are tried. But this is a great way to try them and the November box, yeah, this month Glossy Box had a great box.

Black Friday 2021