Friday, March 27, 2015

March GlossyBox

Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends 5 travel size beauty items a month.  You can sign up monthly for $21/month, 6 months for $115 (breaks down to $19.16/month), or yearly for $220 (breaks down to $18.33/month).  Shipping is included in these prices. The price is higher than a lot of the other beauty companies but they include luxury items in their boxes. The company ships their boxes towards the end of the month so you will receive it at the end of the month or the beginning of the following month.

Price: $21 a month with discounts for 6 and 12 month subscriptions. 

This subscription is available in the US (not including Alaska or Hawaii), Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. 

The good:

The brands: They have well known quality brands like OPI, Zoya, Burberry, C.O. Bigelow, Ahava, Sebastian and other brands specific to other countries. 

The sizes: They send deluxe size samples and usually at least one full  size item. 

The box: I know it's just a box but it's a really nice sturdy box. The regular boxes are pink and the special collaboration boxes vary in design in color. It's a perfect box for reusing to store items or for a gift. 

Information. They provide information on the products you receive and how much the full size is priced at.  I like knowing this info up front and not having to search for it. 

Free stuff: If you provide feedback on your products you earn glossydots which will eventually earn you a free box. You can also earn glossydots from referrals. You have to claim your free box before your subscription ends and becomes inactive. This can be tricky because you don't want to receive duplicate boxes.

The not so good:

The price: This can be a little high for some people but if you want to receive known/quality brands it's worth it.

Skip: There is no option to skip a month. 

March GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox with retail price:

FULL SIZE So Susan Cosmetics Concealer Quad. Value = $30.95

FULL SIZE Pop Beauty Kajal Pen in Inky Purple. Value = $10.00

FULL SIZE Bellápierra Cosmetics Cheek & Lip Stain in Pink Value = $19.99

8.5 oz. Nexxus New York Color Assure Shampoo. Value = $7.54

(2) Orogold Cosmetics 24k Multi-Vitamin Day Moisturizer. Value = $?? but sells for $178.00 for 1.7oz. 

Caseable gift card. Value = $5.00

The total value of this GlossyBox is $68.48 plus the value of the Orogold product. This box was just ok for me. I like the shampoo and the eye pencil but I probably won't use the concealer quad and I already have the lip & cheek stain. I was trying to find out what size the little pots of the Orogold product were and while searching the product I found lots of negative reviews about their business practices. This product is sold at a lot of mall kiosks and apparently they give you the hard sell. The product itself had decent reviews though. I was super bummed my caseable gift card was only worth $5. I won't use it but if someone out there in internet land wants it email me and I'll send you the code (expires 4/30). 

Verdict: This box was just ok. I'm happy with the eyeliner and shampoo. 

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring 2015 FabFitFun Box

FabFitFun is not a monthly subscription but quarterly meaning 4 times a year. Each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $200+. The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 3 months.

Price: $49.99 every 3 months. Discount for yearly subscription.  

This subscription in available in the US only and ships from Los Angeles, Ca. 

The good:

The Products: You will receive mostly full size and premium products in each box and not just beauty items.

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

Quarterly: This is nice because monthly boxes can cause overload.

Info: They send a nice color information sheet that has all the product info and prices on it.

The not so good:

Price: The price is a sticker shock, but it's only 4 times a year as opposed to monthly.

Spring 2015 FabFitFun Box

Contents of the FabFitFun box with approximate retail price/value:

Jules Smith Scarf in Watercolor. Value = $42.00 

OFRA Cosmetics brush #11 concealer/eyeshadow. Value = $15.95

OFRA Cosmetics brush #20 wide shadow/foundationValue = $29.95

Palmetto Derma Collagen Booster and Restoration Serum. Value = $48.00

Merrithew 3 DVD set Intense Body Blast Pilates Interval Training. Value = $35.95

Merrithew gift card. Value = $25.00

Princess Flash Tattoos. Value = $20.00

ORLY Nail BB Cream. Value = $15.00

ORLY Nail Polish in Cake Pop. Value = $8.50

Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coasters Set. Value = $16.00

Miracle-Gro gro-ables seed pods (Basil). Value = $1.49

Cosmos Creations Premium Puffed Corn. Value = $1.49

Vow to be Chic BOGO dress rental. Value = $125.00**Requires purchase

Hello Fresh Gift Card. Value = $40.00**Requires purchase

The total value of the first FabFitFun box is $259.33. I didn't include the Vow to be Chic or Hello Fresh cards because they require a purchase. Since I have a yearly subscription I was able to choose which scarf I wanted. I like the watercolor one but I didn't realize it was going to be so small. I guess I'm used to the big winter scarfs and this is more geared towards spring/summer. It's really pretty. I've got quite a collection of makeup brushes but I think I have enough now that I can keep a second set in my travel case. I really want to like the Pilates DVD but I'm so bad about doing workout DVD's at home. I am going to use the gift card though, I already found a few things I might want. I'm not impressed with the temporary tattoos. I have zero use for them. I like ORLY nail products although the light pink color is very light. I'm excited to try the BB for nails though. I'm thinking it will be similar to Juleps Oxygen treatment. The last time I received the Rifle coasters in the mail I gifted them and they recipient liked them very much. I think I might keep these ones though because they have cities on them and that is more my style. One thing I'm super excited about is the Miracle-Gro pod. I was just in my garden yesterday and noticed my basil has died. I can't seem to keep basil alive at all. I'm going to plant this and hope for the best. 

Verdict: This spring box had a definite spring feel to it. I'm excited to try the nail BB cream and the basil pod. 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

March Allure Sample Society Box

The Allure Sample Society beauty box is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month with shipping included.

Price: $15.00 a month with no option to skip.

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase. The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

.5 oz. Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer. Value = $11.25

.1 oz. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Value = $8.00

1.5 oz. Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. Value = $11.00

FULL SIZE Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm. Value = $13.00

FULL SIZE Cargo Cosmetics Lip Gloss in Taos. Value = $16.00

The total value of this box is $59.25. This was a great box in products and value. I'm wondering if I'm going to see a bunch of Benefit mascara samples in other boxes since it's a new product. I'm ok with that even though I have enough mascara to last the next 5 years it seems. This is the third M+G mojito lip balm I've received in the past couple of years and I've traded them all. Maybe I will keep this one this time. I will definitely use the texture spray. I'm not thrilled with the color of the lip gloss. It's very beige and I don't think it's my color at all. I'll toss that in the trade pile. 

Verdict: This box almost always fun products and a great value.