Monday, October 27, 2014

October 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. 

October GlossyBox

Contents of box w/approximate retail value. 

FULL SIZE Tarte Cosmetics LipSurgence in Awakening. Value = $24.00

FULL SIZE Proganix Anti-Fade Weightless Argan Oil + UV Protection. Value = $11.99

FULL SIZE Nails Inc. Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat. Value = $10.00

.25 oz. Vince Camuto Amore Eau De Parfum. Value = $5.78

Sesha Botanical Hydro Mask. Value = $9.00

$40 Gift Card for Hello Fresh. Value = $40/$0

The total value of my Glossybox is $60.77.  I didn't include the gift card because not everyone will be able to use it. It's a one per household/new customers type of coupon so if you used this coupon before you can't use it again. This months box is filled with some really fun and useful products. I love face masks and especially high end masks that I wouldn't purchase myself. The Vince Camuto parfum bottle is so pretty. In my previous house I used to have a shelf to put bottles and such and would always put the pretty bottles on it. I don't have one of those shelves anymore but if I did this would be on it. I haven't opened it yet but it's described as rich amber and earthy sandalwood. I am always shocked at how pricey the Tarte products are. Take this lip color, it's not very big but it's $24. The color looks nice and it's self sharpening too! I am super excited about the Proganix spray. My stylist adds red to my hair and red is the WORST color for fading. It always looks so pretty for the first couple of weeks then gradually gets lighter. I am always looking for products to protect my color. I haven't jumped on the matte nail polish trend yet. I tried it once and all I could think was my nails looked dull. I may pass this one on since I have a bottle of Julep matte that I've only used once. 

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

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