Sorry I am so late in posting some of my reviews. My mom was in the hospital around Thanksgiving and I was just slammed for a little at school, so I had a few other things on my mind. Luckily, my mom is okay and I'm doing well in my classes so far, so I can definitely use the rest of my break to catch up on reviews! AND! On my new Google Chromebook that the bf was somehow able to track down for me with the crazy Christmas rush! He's the best. :) It was an early bday present which he let me open early so he wouldn't have to wrap it. I am ecstatic! I definitely felt spoiled this December, although I am most thankful for my mom being well, making up with my sister (a year and a half of not speaking), my supporting family, my wonderful boyfriend of almost 4 years now, my two dogs, and the few, but reliable friends I have. I was having a bit of a rough patch this year, but I am so grateful that it is ending well. The boxes are just the icing on top of the metaphorical cake!
So the first review I'm going to post is on Glossybox. I just got my first one in November. It's one of the higher end beauty boxes, so I was really excited to try it.
Here's a quick rundown of all the things you need to know!
- High end beauty box
- $21/month, and it gets cheaper with the more months you purchase at once
- Referral program (if you get one friend to sign up through your link, you get 200 "glossydots" in which you can exchange for a Glossybox. 1000 glossydots = 1 Glossybox)
November's "Tis the season" unboxing!
The actual box with the items in it was very high quality and sturdy. It's the only one out of all my boxes that I would probably want to keep every month to store photos or my cards that come with my sub boxes.
Again, I love boxes that include the prices of the full sized items.
Makes my job a lot easier, and you can see right away if you're getting your money's worth or not.
Love their little bow.
The loofa soap is what I got as a bonus item for using the code "luxe". I believe it was a part of the Spa Luxe box that was sent out in October. Really bummed I missed that one, but I was content with November's box.
($61.69, counting the bonus soap)
Here is a rundown of the items (prices are estimated using full prices listed on card above):
Illamsqua LTD Lip and Eye pencil in medium (0.035 oz) - $14
I haven't gotten to try it yet as an eyeliner or a lip pencil, but I did swatch it and it's a nice color. At the time, I was a little bummed since I didn't really have any kind of red lipstick or lip gloss to go with this, but then I received a lip gloss in my December Ipsy bag that I could pair it with. I'll probably use it for New Year's Eve. I'll be sure to take a pic once I do! I've heard great things about Illamsqua.
Incoco Nail Polish Applique (Full size set) - $8
This I haven't had the chance to try this one yet either. But it's supposed to last up to 14 days! That's a very long time for something like this. I've gotten gel manicures that haven't lasted up to 14 days. We'll see. I will update once I do.
Kryolan for Glossybox Blusher in Glossy Rosewood (2.5 g) - $9
I was really excited to see this in the box, only because I was running out of my NARS blush in Super Orgasm and was in dire need of purchasing another blush soon. The color looks paler than what I usually use and it's matte, so I was happy to see that it was actually a really high quality blush that looked nice and natural on me. This is definitely in my daily routine pile.
NuMe Style Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil (0.33 oz)- $4.87
I was happy to see an argan oil in the box since I've always wanted to try one but never could bring myself to buy a full size for myself, as they're usually pretty pricey. I've tried it once after showering, and although it says that it's non-greasy, I felt that it was really sticky in my hands and in my hair. I applied this to damp hair though and air dried. I usually take a shower at night and don't like applying any product in my hair since I don't want any residue on my pillow, but maybe I'll try taking up showering in the morning so I can start testing these hair products out the right way. It has a light, flowery smell. I'll update once I start using it more frequently.
Skin & Co Roma Truffle Serum: Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum (0.5 oz) - $17.82
I'm not much of a skincare routine kind of girl, although I know I probably should start since it's better to start early than late in anything. I like the serum though. I think I vaguely remember someone telling me that a face serum goes on before anything else, so I apply it first before I put on my moisturizer and bb cream. I like the smell. It's light and sweet, although I can't quite put my finger on what it smells like. Almonds? I don't know. I haven't used it daily enough to see if it makes a difference in my skin tone, but I will probably start tomorrow since I've been breaking out a lot lately. I will update once I've used up the whole thing. It goes on very light. You can barely notice that it's there, which is probably a good thing, but the downside is that it's not strong enough to be a moisturizer in this winter desert weather.
Not Shown (forgot to take an individual pic before I used it all):
Heartland Fragrance Co Loofa Soap in Oatmeal & Honey (6 oz) - $8
I really enjoyed the soap. It felt great on my back. Not so great on the more sensitive parts though like the inner thigh, for instance. I just ended up using it for my back, shoulders, and heels. The smell was nice, a little sweet, which I like. It takes a lot a bit of water and massaging to soften up the loofa part, and the soap ends up getting white and moldy looking after a while. It's not that appealing, but it's soap, so it still does the job. It lasted about a month, so that's pretty good. And I've been recycling the leftover loofa by rubbing my regular soap on it, so that's great.
My overall impression of Glossybox is that it offers much more high end products than say Birchbox or Ipsy, but that's because you pay more for it. I think the value does outweigh the cost though, so if you enjoy the more high end brands, I would definitely recommend trying out Glossybox. I would describe it as classy and elegant. Hope you enjoyed my review of November's Glossybox! And if you are thinking about getting one for yourself, or getting one for a classy and elegant lady in your life, I would really appreciate if you used my referral link!
As always, thanks for reading!