I find beauty subscription boxes to be kind of a mixed bag. For those who love to try new things, I think subscription boxes are an amazing way to keep up with what's new without spending a lot of money. On the other hand, I'd say those with very particular tastes or too many products in general don't need to spend their hard earned cash.
In January, I was quite tempted by the Glossybox collaboration with Leandra Medine. Thoughts on her aside, I do quite like how this box was put together. The box itself is quite sizeable, and made of a nice cardboard with a shiny finish - I could definitely see these boxes being used for storage, or to collect products for friends! :)
I also really enjoy the star patterned tissue paper, and the magazine itself has some great content. I felt like the one that comes in Sample Society is quite small and doesn't have a ton of content, while this one feels like it is packed with useful content for a mini magazine. Here are the products that I received.
Narciso Rodriguez for Her Eau de Toilette I have always liked this perfume, but always forget about it, so I was happy to get a sample. In my mind, I've always categorized it as something of a blend of Stella and Chloe. I think this grabs the nice floral notes of Stella and the powdery sweetness of Chloe quite well. It is delicate and long lasting, I'm happy to have this sample to play with. When this arrived I realized I had a purse spray size that I got from a Sephora promo code a while back!
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara I think this is a handy sample to have, but as I prefer to only have 1 or 2 mascaras open at a time, testing this one out will have to wait!
OPI Liquid Sand in Can't Let Go (Full Size) I wasn't sure what to think about this nail polish based on the description, so I did wait quite a while before I applied it. It applies well, and the "sandy" glitter texture makes it easy to apply without streaks. One coat makes quite a nice light purple finish, while 2 coats results in a nice medium purple. I'd like to think of this as a new take on glitter polish, and quite like it. I'm definitely curious to try more shades in this line.
Living Proof Prime Style Extender I'm absolutely in love with this stuff, and I already have a tube of this size from a Sephora promo code. I love the scent of Living Proof styling products, and this just gives my hair such a nice reboot on those mornings when I don't have time to wash my hair. For me, it is really a replacement for dry shampoo, though I still stick to my handy Oscar Blandi Invisible Dry Shampoo when my hair is particularly oily.
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum I love Fresh, and I've heard so many good things about the Umbrian Clay skincare line in general. I love the Umbrian Clay Concealer, and the foundation is quite good too. I'm not really looking for anything mattifying right now, but I'm definitely going to make use of this in the summer. I bet it would make a nice primer too!
Vincent Longo Lip Stain SPF 15 Lipstick in Belle Etoile (Full Size) The shade Belle Etoile is a deep, brick red sort of shade that I would never purchase on my own but am very happy to now have in my collection. The lipstick itself is surprisingly creamy, and offers a glossy shine. It is not opaque in color, and upon the first application I would even say it is a bit sheer, but the color can definitely be built up. The lipstick itself has a standard lipstick scent/flavor that is very slightly vanilla to me. Pretty awesome, and I was happily surprised by it, even though I originally wished I got a Tarte lip or cheek product like many others did. I'm glad I got this!
Le Metier de Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution SPF 30 I wish this wasn't just a sample packet, as I find using sample packets to be a bit inconvenient most of the time. I'll be saving this one for when I travel.
So there you have it! This box was packed with products, and even though I'm not using a few of them right now, I'm glad to have them for later.
For $21, I think this box is well worth it. Additionally, you can fill out surveys on Glossybox's website to earn "Glossydots" - 20 dots per product and the occasional extra survey. There are also dots available for referrals, and once you get to 1000 Glossydots, you can redeem them for a free box!
While Glossybox seems to be a pretty substantial service, I won't be subscribing on a regular basis at this time. As you may be aware, I have far too many sample size products that I need to play with already, and spend too much time following what's new anyway that beauty subscription services often don't introduce me to anything I haven't heard of, LOL. I'll be sure to keep my eye out for any special boxes and collaborations though, as they do seem quite good!
What do you think of my Glossybox? Are you a subscriber to beauty boxes? I'd love to know your favorites! :)