Monday, August 12, 2013

Glossybox June and July Box Reviews

June 2013 Glossybox Subscription Contents:  {This month's total full size retail value: $41.00}

C. Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist:  Full Size $8/ 4oz, Sample Size $4/ 2oz  I was surprised that this was a body spray oil rather than something for the hair.  But it has a really nice scent that isn't too sweet and cloying, yet it lingers just long enough to almost double as a bit of a body splash.  It's not greasy at all and absorbs into the skin very quickly.  I like spritzing it on my body right after getting out of the shower and letting it sink in while I do my makeup.  I haven't tried it on my face, since I already have a set skincare routine, but it says it's safe for the face without breaking you out.

Philip B Light Weight Deep Conditioning Cream: Full Size $26/ 6oz, Travel Size $10/ 2 oz (as listed on website)  I'm hard to break out of my routine, so I haven't tried this yet and am sticking with my current hair favorites.  I do love deep conditioners though, so I'm sure I'll use this at some point.  When  I do and can offer a good review, I'll do a separate article on this.  If you've tried it, I'd love to hear your thoughts below!

Tarte Complexion Enhancing Lipstick: Full Size $29/ 3.5g  If you know me, you know I love me some Tarte products, so I literally did a little squeal when I opened this month's box and saw this in there.  I'm not sure if it's a new product coming out or if it's a discontinued product though.  I can't find it anywhere online to purchase except through the Glossybox website.  It's a really cool lipstick, with a dual color.  The center core of the lipstick is a deeper pinky red color, and a paler cool tone pink on the outside.  The shade is medium to tan, but I think it's still pretty universally flattering.  When you apply it, it has an instant kind of ombre effect from the two colors, which I think is super cool.  You can leave it like that or blend them together, or you can just use the outside of the stick to apply the lighter color alone.  Likewise, you can use a lip brush to apply only the center color.  Overall, I really like this and think it's a great concept and very versatile.

Spa Ritual Nail Polish in Kiss the Cook: Full Size $12/ 15 mL  I'm not a huge fan of the color right now, since it's way more of a fall color than summer, but I'll see when late September hits how I'm feeling about it.  It's a nice large full size bottle, which I really appreciate.  The formula is thin enough that it doesn't take forever to dry, although you will want to do two coats. 

Oscar De La Renta Essential Luxuries Perfume: Full Size $150/ 3.4 oz, Samples were too small and no weight listed to give comparable value  I really wish Glossybox would stop including products from fragrance brands that I associate with little blue haired ladies.  The name Oscar De La Renta evokes feelings of luxury, and the little blue satin bag these came packaged in goes along with it, but I feel like that's more of fashion connotation.  The feeling I get when I hear the name in conjunction with perfume is heavy, stuffy, spicy, old lady crap.  Maybe that's just me though.  I didn't like any of the six mini spritzers they sent, but my older sister says she likes the brand, so I'll send them along to her to enjoy.  Either way, this would in no way entice me to spend $150 on a bottle of perfume.  Actually, I don't think anything could unless it came with a hot guy to spray it on me every morning, preferably without his shirt on.

This month's box:  Hit or Miss?   Hit  At some point, I'll use every single product in this box (except for those stinky perfume samples, which I don't count).  This box was a great blend of skin, hair, nails, makeup, and even fragrance if it had been a good scent.  You also can't argue with $41 in full size product, plus $14 more in deluxe samples.


July 2013 Glossybox Subscription Contents: { This month's total full size retail value: $9.00}

Brazilian Blowout Acai Deep Conditioning Masque: Full Size $40/ 240 mL, Sample Size $5/ 30 mL  Another hair conditioner, but I think I'll probably end up using this before the one from the June box.  It has a really nice scent, and it's a lightweight texture that seems like it would be great for quick hydration and detangling. I have long hair, and I like to really saturate from roots to tips, so I'll probably only get two uses out of it. Not sure if it would be enough to convince me of purchasing a full size for $40, but just because I'm cheap when it comes to my conditioners doesn't mean it has less value for others.

Bvlgari Eau Parfumee au the Blanc Shampoo and Shower Gel: Full Size $42/ 6.8 oz, Sample Size $6.08/ 1 oz  Uh, no thank you.  I didn't even use this, as I'm not a fan of the scent.  It's way too perfumy and overpowering.  I wouldn't even use a shampoo that smelled like my favorite perfume.  I prefer for my hair care to have less scent, and to either smell very fresh or fruity.  And again, it was a very mature smell I'd associate with someone older. 

Dr. Brandt BB Matte With Signature Shinerase (light to medium): Full Size $39/ 1 oz, Sample Size $9.75/ .25 oz  It's a tad too dark for me, which I was disappointed with.  It's not too pigmented, so if I had some self tanner on my next or a lot of bronzer I could get away with it, and I might do a full face test run to see how it feels and wear.  On the back of my hand though it felt very nice.  After almost an hour, it still felt freshly hydrated.  It has a stinky smell to me though, so I don't know how long that will last once its on my face or if it will fade quickly.  It didn't mattify immediately, but it didn't look shiney after a few minutes either.  Like I said, I'd have to test it on my full face before making any final conclusions, but it wasn't bad at first test.

Figs and Rouge Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube: Full Size $9 Included  For being the only full size product this month, I was really expecting more from this.  I can't stand the packaging.  I'd have to put some on my fingertip and then apply it to my lips.  I find that annoying.  It has to be an amazing product for me to want to dip my fingers in it and put it on my mouth.  Out and about I feel like I touch too many germs to want to be applying lip products with my fingers for touch up.  Especially when I'm the mom of two small boys.  The scent was also off putting for me.  (I think overall this box wasn't the best on scents!  Or maybe I'm just too sensitive to them?!)  The color was sheer and a bright fuschia, but it didn't have a lot of shine.  It was also thick and sticky.  I wasn't a fan of this at all.  Even though it's all natural products, and the design of the tube is pretty, it still didn't win me over.

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Baker Street: Full Size $9.50/ 10 mL, Sample Size $3.80/ 4 mL  I love this nail polish, but I'm bummed it was such a small size!  Come on Glossybox/Nails, Inc!  For $9.50 a bottle, you couldn't put a full size in here?  I felt cheated a bit.  The color is a gorgeous blue, and the formula is good.  It's a bit thin though, so I recommend multiple coats, but it is nice and creamy.  Dries average, so I use my Seche Vite topcoat to speed it up and give it some nice high shine.  Wore decent amount of time.  I type daily, so I usually get tip wear after a day and a chip by the end of day two.  This lasted about that.

Nicka K New York Absolute! Make-Up Cleansing Tissues: Full Size $6.99/ 60 Sheets, Sample Size $1.17/ 10 Sheets At first glance, I thought I'd never heard of this brand before, but then I realized they are the brand that had the solid fragrance back in May.  They are a cucumber extract enhanced remover, and the cucumber smell is very prevalent.  They do a good job removing the makeup and leaving no residue.  They are soft and fairly durable.  I like these.  I didn't try it against waterproof mascara though, so I can't vouch for how effective they are a long wear products.

This month's box:  Hit or Miss?  Miss   Overall, I didn't find a lot of value in this box.  I don't like the shampoo/shower gel or the lip balm.  The bb cream was the wrong shade, and the nail polish was too small in my opinion.  Combined retail value of full size and sample sizes were $34.90, but that doesn't mean I'll use all of that.  If the bb cream was my shade, and the conditioner really knocks my socks off I'd probably feel differently.  This one just wasn't for "me". 

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