Friday, August 29, 2014

August 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 and color. This box is perfect for reusing or for a gift box. I've also used them to store my extra beauty products.  

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. 

August GlossyBox

Contents of box w/approximate retail value. 

FULL SIZE Kryolan Highlighter in Cashmere. Value = $18.95

FULL SIZE Precison Beauty nail lacquer in Trillion Dollar Red. Value = $5.95

.035 (half of full size) Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. Value = $8.00

2 oz. Überliss Hydrating Shampoo. Value = $3.98

2 oz. Überliss Hydrating Conditioner. Value = $4.32

1.7 oz. Eslor Firming Collagen Day Cream. Value = $17.00

The total value of my Glossybox is $58.20. The kryolan highlighter was made especially for glossybox. I don't normally use highlighters but this one looks really nice and easy to use. I can always use shampoo and conditioner and it seems I've been getting a plethora of it lately. I actually have a full size eyeko that I haven't used yet. I hear it's awesome for drawing cats eyes. I always find with these types of "wet" eyeliners I get impatient during the drying time and end up with upper lid lines. Anyone else do that? The nail polish is a really pretty red and from a brand I'm not familiar with. I'm not sure I'll use the day cream because I prefer something with SPF in it. Who says I can't use it at night though?

Verdict: Glossybox is pricier than other beauty boxes but it has great brands and value. 

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