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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
So, I fully admit that I have has this box for about a month, and I'm not even really sure what month it was. December? Some holiday box? This is exactly why I don't do those sample box opening posts that so many bloggers post.
Anyways, if you have a beauty lover in your life, then a beauty subscription box is a fun present. You can usually buy a small subscription, and it's like the best "of the month" club ever. Because it doesn't come with fruitcake or already wilted flowers.
Let's take a quick peak at a few of the items inside my box.
This is a Glossybox exclusive blush from Kryolan. This is a mostly pro line, and other than online I honestly have no idea where to buy it. I have a Kryolan lipgloss from a previous glossy box, and it was fine, but not amazing. This blush is pretty nice though. It is nicely pigmented and has a nice dusty rose color.
This liner is a pretty rich brown. I swatched it here, but I'm so disgusted with their holiday ad that I just threw it in my giveaway box for friends rather than actually using it.
My box also contained a set of Incoco for a manicure. I'm really not so good with the nail stickers (yes, I know this is a vicious cycle. I'll never get good at them if I don't use them, but I'm not good at them so I don't use them...) In actuality, they aren't terribly hard, and it is nice that you only file them and you have a dry manicure. They last about 5-7 days for me, depending on what I'm up to during that time period. They have a lot more color (and nail art) options now.
My box also contains a vial of Arganics Argan Oil by NuMe (and a $100 to use on their website), as well as Skin&Co Roma Truffle Serum for Day. I was afraid to open that one since I'm pretty allergic to mushrooms when I eat them, so I won't even let them touch my skin.
Overall, this was quite a bit of stuff in 1 box. Even the pink box itself is really nice, I actually use them as drawer organizers because they are so petty and well made.
You can gift 3 months of Glossybox for $60 or 6 months for $115.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'm not usually a person that likes those monthly "sample" beauty boxes. I've yet to find one that I've really loved. I think I'm too much of a control person, I want to pick exactly what is in the box and they never have what I'd want, even if I get to pick I don't like the selection. Blah, blah, blah.
So, there are 2 new sample/product boxes out there on the market that are working really hard to change my mind!
The first is the POPSUGAR Must Have Box. The idea here is that each month has a theme (I have the July, Ultimate Beach Bag Box), and the contents will be secret until you get it. The box is expensive at $35, though the products it contains are more plentiful and full sized, not to mention chosen by the editors over at POPSUGAR. This is the box I'm most likely to pay for, you can see what was in my box after the jump.
I've had a few Glossyboxes now, and I've waited until now to share, for some somewhat controversial reasons that I'll go into in a few minutes.
Glossybox started in the UK, and like other boxes, it arrives monthly with 5 different beauty samples in the box, for $21 a box. Glossybox describes them as "travel-sized" and they are just right for travel, though there's usually 1 full sized item as well. You don't pick what goes into the box, but they do a good job of assuring that there is a good distribution of products in the box. (I feel like many of the boxes are filled with anti-aging cream. Gee, thanks. I wanted to try 4 products that do the same thing.) They arrive in these cute pink boxes that are actually very sturdy, there are posts all over the blogosphere with how people reused their boxes.
When Glossybox first hit the US, bloggers went crazy. We loved our boxes, and wow, they had full sized products! What a great deal! Well, it turned out that we had "special" boxes, that wouldn't be available to our readers. The backlash was crazy, though since that time some bloggers have continued to get the boxes (me included), and they are now the "regular" boxes that the general public gets.
So, now that I'm assured my July box is the same that everyone else gets, I feel it's safe to show to you as a representative box. I still have products from previous boxes and I'm working on some reviews. My favorite item so far is a amazing mascara by Beauty Addicts, Show Off. I've featured it a few times on here, and it gives amazing volume. I love it. And I only found it because of Glossybox.
Read on to see what was inside each of these boxes.