Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September GlossyBox - Harper's Bazaar Box

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. 

This month the box was a collaboration with Harper's Bazaar. 

September GlossyBox


Contents of box w/approximate retail value. 

FULL SIZE Essie Madison Ave-Hue nail polish. Value = $8.50


.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara. Value = $7.67


Bvlgari Eua Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Conditioner. Value = $16.67


.51 oz. Vichy Liftactiv Night Moisturizer. Value = $15.15


FULL SIZE Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Metallic in Authentic. Value = $18.00

The total value of my Glossybox is $65.99. I have to say I had no idea that Bvlgari made a conditioner but I'm sure the reason I didn't know is that it's $45 a bottle. I spend a lot of excessive money but I'm not sure I can justify that. Needless to say I was thrilled to get this in a box so I can try it. The Essie perfume is a nice pink color. I've tried the Benefit mascara before but I wasn't super impressed even though I've seen it on other people and it looked great. Turns out I was doing it wrong. The directions say to put the wand horizontally and move it back and forth as opposed to brushing up for maximum effectiveness. The lip stuff is also interesting. You use it over lipstick to give it a metallic effect. Totally new to me but I'm willing to try it. 

Verdict: Glossybox is pricier than other beauty boxes but it has great brands and value. I can't wait to try the conditioner. 

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