Saturday, March 5, 2016

Glossybox (November 2015)

Glossybox is a monthly subscription that delivers beauty products - hair care, skin care, makeup, perfumes, tools, etc. to your door for $21 per month if you buy the monthly plan, but that price goes down if you buy a 3-, 6- or 12-month subscription.

Glossybox carries some of the best brands in beauty. Each box contains five items from full-sized to deluxe samples. Following are the contents of my November box:

FLORA-PY Floral Therapy Facial Sheet in Yarrow Lavender (0.8oz, $8.00) - Combining ultimate hydration and aromatherapy, each mask is soaked in powerful flower ingredients and essential oils. From anti-aging to detox, Flora-py creates an at-home spa experience for every skin-care need in under 20 minutes.

ESTEE LAUDER Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme (0.17oz, ~$8.50- Embracing the fall with youthful-looking skin is just a step away with Estee Lauder's cult-favorite daily moisturizer. Curb the first signs of aging, fine lines, fullness and dehydration with breakthrough IntuiGen Technology that helps reactivate skin's own revitalization.

I love a good face mask and Flora-py makes a GREAT face mask. I've used them before and they are some of the best. I'm not going to use the Estee Lauder creme because I have so many similar products, but obviously Estee Lauder makes incredible EVERYTHING. I'll be passing this on to someone else. 

BEAUTY FOR REAL D-Fine Perfect Lip Pencil (0.12oz, $14.00) - Looking for a way to naturally define the shape of your lips? The search is over! Beauty For Real has created a flesh-tone lip liner that enhances your lip size without a trace. Effortlessly paired with any shade of lipstick or gloss, you can finally say hello to that luscious pout you've been dreaming about.

MARSK Mineral Eyeshadow in You're Toast (0.04oz, ~$2.04) - Featuring a creamy texture and a golden, sand-swept tone, this highly pigmented eyeshadow blends seamlessly, allowing you to create endless eye looks. Flattering for every complexion, "You're Toast" warms up the face and brightens the eye area.

I can't wait to try the Beauty For Real lip liner. Unfortunately my lips are so super chapped. These Ohio Valley winters are cruel. The sides of my mouth break open no matter how much moisturizer, lip balm, or Neosporin I use. The Marsk shadow is not complimentary to my skin, so I'll also be passing that along.

CRABTREE & EVELYN La Source Ultra Moisturizing Hand Therapy (100g, $5.50) - Brimming with nourishing ingredients: macadamia nut oil, seaweed and algae extracts, and vitamin E, this intensive cream rejuvenates the skin in innumerable ways. Keep those beautiful hands healthy and hydrated without mineral oil, parabens or sulfates!

As amazing as this lotion absorbs and the silkiness it leaves on your skin... it is impossible to get past the smell. This is the granniest-smelling lotion I've used. Gave me quite the headache, honestly. 

This box had a total value of $38.04, which is not remarkable for a Glossybox, but definitely worth the $21 cover price. There was also a great variety of products, although there were no hair products. As usual, I'm looking forward to next month!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Allure Beauty Box (October 2015)

Allure Beauty Box is one of my favorite subscription services.  A little background:

"Allure editors uncover the most noteworthy beauty products on the market, from hair and makeup to skin care, fragrance, and more.  Then, they personally try and review each product, hand-selecting the ones they love — and know you'll love, too.  And finally, here comes the fun: a glossy red box is delivered directly to your doorstep filled with the expert-approved products that are sure to become your new favorites."

Here's what's included:
  • Five to seven deluxe-size beauty samples—so you can use each one more than once
  • Curated mix of skin, hair, and makeup products, as well as fragrance
  • Allure mini-mag, packed with in-depth beauty sample product reviews written by Allure editors
I really dig the mini-mag.  Very professional and so much information on the products!  Definitely the best, most descriptive tool I've seen in any box.  Each page has a "What It Is," "How It Looks/Feels," "Why We Like It" and the retail price of the full-sized item.  Some products have a "What It Does," as well as a "Key Ingredients" list.  A lot of people have allergies or find certain ingredients affect their skin in negative ways, so I think this bonus information is great.

Here's what I received:

KRYOLAN Lipstick Matte in Aurora, Eos, and Nike (size and value unknown, full-size 4g, $19.50) -

A bright, intensely pigmented not-going-anywhere matte lipstick in three shades. Feels pleasantly creamy for a matte formula.

CARGO Eye Shadow in Flint (0.12oz, $16.00) - A powder eye shadow which can be used wet or dry. It's incredibly silky and can easily be layered for more oomph. Flint, a matte grayish brown, is for every day.

The lipstick colors were WAY too bright for me, and were not as creamy as stated. I love Cargo products, but I tend to lean towards purpley eye shadows so I'm not trying out this flint shadow, but passing it on to friends.

JOUER Daily Repair Treatment Oil (0.1oz, $4.80) - An anti-aging oil that moisturizes and reduces fine lines and pores - without irritation. Key ingredients are rose-hip and micro-algae oils (antioxidants), bioretinol (boosts collagen), grape-seed, starflower, and pomegranate oils (moisturize). The oil takes a few minutes to sink in and is fragrance-free.

RED FLOWER Lymphatic Phytopower Sea Cleanser and Masque (1.1oz, ~$5.25) - A cream cleanser that doubles as a moisturizing mask. As a cleanser, it removes dirt and makeup; as a mask, it plumps up lines. The lightweight formula has a slippery, conditioner-like consistency and a slightly bitter citrus scent that doesn't linger. It includes aloe-leaf juice, vegetable-derived glycerin, grape-seed oil, chaga, reishi, maitake mushrooms, algae extract and citric acid.

I have used the treatment oil with success. It's light and helps hide small wrinkles. The sea cleanser and mask does have a tad of a citrusy smell, which I love. It goes on silky and plumps the skin.

RITUALS Ginkgos's Secret Ginseng & Ginkgo Biloba Hand Balm (2.5oz FULL-SIZED, $17.00) - A nongreasy hand cream that hydrates and heals dry, cracking hands. Key ingredients are glycerin, shea butter and dimethicone (moisturize); ginseng extract (antioxidant). This stuff is so thick, it feels like it might never absorb. Ten seconds later - poof! - it's gone.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE All-Style Blow Dry Cream (0.5oz, $3.00) - A lightweight styling cream that smooths hair without making it flat. It fights frizz, protects against heat, and extends the life of a blowout. 

I LOVE THIS HAND BALM!!! It does dry quickly... maybe not ten seconds, but definitely within a minute. I've used Rituals shower gel before, so this only increased my respect for the brand. Bumble & Bumble... my second favorite product to use when I want to go curly for a while. I have that kind of hair that can go either way easily depending on the products I use. Don't hate me. It's not as glamorous as it sounds. The smell of this cream is so fresh. Just fresh.

There was a little mixup with my October box. It didn't arrive until February. Part of that was my fault. The credit card on file expired. I fixed it... several times... but kept having some... issues. Anyway, by that time Allure sent me the October items, all they sent was the B&B blowout cream, the Jouer treatment oil, and the Cargo eye shadow, also in Flint. I was upset not to get the full box, but happy to have the items they sent. However, a couple months later they sent me the entire box to my surprise.

I've got to give credit where it's due, and Allure does take good care of their customers. ALLURE, THANK YOU FOR THE SPECIAL CARE YOU GAVE TO ME!

I calculate this October box to have a value of $46.05, not including the value of the lipstick samples, which is great. With the extra items they sent me, my October box came to a total of $69.85. And this subscription has so much variety! Even though I won't use everything, I couldn't be happier. Can't wait to see what's next!