I am always the last person on the planet to get my subscription boxes. So living my life vicariously through others, I watch every unboxing on YouTube with bated breath. And if I’m lucky, an unboxing will morph into a first impressions video. (Yes, I am a beauty addict.)
Once the video ends though, that’s pretty much the end of it. We rarely hear anything further about the products in that particular box. Oh, the ‘good’ stuff may make a reappearance or be repurchased, but the bad stuff is never mentioned again.
The box that we waited for so eagerly is tossed aside and fades into memory. And we begin the impatient wait for the next one.
I don’t have a lot of ‘extra’ income and the splurges that those boxes represent are important to me. They are an extravagance in my budget and I want them to be worth the money that I spend on them. It’s partly about discovering great new products but it’s also a way that I spoil myself. I don’t go out for pedicures but I really enjoy my subscription boxes.
Glossybox is a subscription box with several different subscription plans. The average plan is about 20 dollars a month and promises 5 luxury beauty products. You can log into your account and collect ‘glossy dots’ by leaving reviews and making purchases.
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So here are my ‘picks and pans’ for the July Glossybox. This is not a first impressions blog, because I have used these products for about a month. This is a straight up ‘was the box worth it after a few weeks?’ review.
I keep the products from each month’s boxes in a basket on my makeup table. And everyday I try to use at least one product out of it. I rarely can do a ‘full face’ makeup look, but I try to find ways to use a color of eyeshadow that may not be something that I’m used to or a new product that may be out of my comfort level normally.
The hits and misses of the July Glossybox.
It started off with promise. The box was themed ‘Tropical Beauty’. It wasn’t the normal pink box (which is always an elegant touch). An erotic garden of Monstera deliciosa adorned the outside to add to the ‘tropical’ theme. It was beautiful. This unboxing was starting off well.
Inside were 6 products. Wait, what? The packing slip that comes with every Glossybox says that there is 7 products. Hmmm.
Well, this started out auspiciously but are things taking a down turn?
1. Dr. Paw Paw Multipurpose Soothing Balm. $10.00 8 oz
The ‘Spin’: The description reads: One of the most talked about balms is here to soothe your skin for the summer! The aloe, olive oil and Carica Papaya extracts are blended together to create a multi-purpose formula that you can carry with you at all times.
The ‘Real’: This is a tube of glorified vaseline. No, seriously. The very first ingredient is petroleum jelly. It is heavy and greasy on my hands. It stained my sheets when I used it on my feet. According to the tube, you can use it as a hair conditioner. You have got to be kidding me. I’d never be able to get it washed out of my thick hair.
2. Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait in Exotic Fruits. Full size/ 19.00
‘The Spin’: The description reads: Wrapped in adorable packaging and infused with cocoa butter, this 100% cruelty-free lipstick keeps lips plumped and glowing with its intense color pigments
The ‘Real’:It was fashionable when I was in the 6th grade (1969) to wear white lipstick. This product took me straight back there. I’m not sure who could wear this ultra pale nude. I’ve read the ingredients and I’m not quite sure how the company can make the claim to keep lips ‘plumped’ any more than chapstick does. The ‘adorable’ packaging referred to on the packing slip was a CARDBOARD tube. The lipstick was broken when it arrived.
3. NCLA ‘Clean Up YOur Act’ Full Size $16.00
The ‘Spin’: The description reads: “We all make mistakes. Lucky for you NCLA’s precision nail lacquer remover pen is here to help clean up any accidents! Pen includes 3 replacement tips!
The ‘Real’: This pen was empty when it arrived. I have no idea if the product simply evaporated (it’s July in California and the heat is intense). Or if there was some sort of quality control problem at the factory and it was shipped empty . As a consumer, neither really matters to me. What matters is that I have nothing to work with or evaluate. (sob)
4. La Roche – Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser Full size 15.00/13.5 Oz.
The ‘Spin’: Your skin should never feel tight after cleansing! La Roche-Posay’s gentle products remove impurities and reduce excess oil while helping to prevent over drying.
The ‘Real’: I liked this product. Or at least, I think that I might have liked this product. But it didn’t come in a 13.5 fl oz tube as the packing slip showed. It actually came in a .5 oz tube, which was about 2 uses. And this certainly wasn’t a $15 dollar value which was very misleading.
5. Doucce x Glossybox Blush Duo Palette Freematic Small Cass 10.00 Freematic Blush Mono 14.00
The ‘Spin’: Hand selected for you by our Glossy color experts, this limited-edition Blush Duo is a fashionista’s dream…
The ‘Real’: I liked this product. I’ve used it frequently throughout the last month. I thought it was a great color (sort of similar to Nars ‘Orgasm’), highly pigmented and has a really buttery texture. It arrived with a tiny chip (you can see it in the bottom right corner) and that caused quite a bit of fallout but I didn’t mind that. I just don’t understand why we only received one-half of the product and the rest is supposed to arrive in next month’s Glossybox? Apparently this is what caused the discrepancy between the 7 products listed on the packing slip and the actual 6 products in the box.
6. Luesta Beauty Coconut Milk Shampoo and conditioner Full size shampoo 14.00/16.9 oz. Full sized Conditioner $14.00/16.9 oz
The ‘Spin’: Over having dry, damaged hair? This nourishing shampoo and conditioner duo help battle brittle locks with vitamin packed coconut milk and a healthy pH level.
The ‘Real’: These were not 16.9 oz products that were shown in the packing slip. These were 1.4 oz tubes of product. It’s hard to form an opinion about a hair product after just two uses. And again, very misleading as far as what the value is.
I’ve been subscribed to Glossybox for around 6 months. I think that this was the most disappointing box during that period of time. Perhaps I was lured into a false sense of excitement by the promise of the beautifully themed box. But the products were not up to their usual standards and it feels as if the retail value was exaggerated.
But boxes can be hit or miss and thankfully I have had more hits than misses. And I’m waiting (impatiently) for the August boxes.
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