GLOSSYBOX: May 2013 Review.

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To commemorate a successful first year of operation in the United States, May’s GlossyBox was a celebratory one, featuring some samples coveted in past boxes, as well as a couple of new items to keep long-time subscribers’ curiosity piqued. With the samples, I also received a couple of vouchers- one for a free product from Sebastian Professional with a purchase, and one for a free waxing at any one of the 447 European Wax Center locations around the country.

What I Received:

être belle Collagen and Aloe Vera Hydro Mask

Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray

MY Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer

AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact

Nicka K New York Absolute! Perfume Stick in “Parc de 59”

European Wax Center’s “The Exfoliate” and “Slow It Body Wash”

Product #1: être belle Collagen and Aloe Vera Hydro Mask ($39.50 for 10 Masks)

Wanting to unwind after a particularly exhausting day at the office, I decided to use this mask before bed last week to see how my skin would look and feel in the morning. One thing that threw me off was how MESSY it was getting the mask out of the package since it is pretty much dripping with the collagen and aloe vera. Once I got a handle on it and rested it on my face, it stayed in place fairly well- although a quick glance in the mirror made me think I looked eerily similar to Leatherface from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”. Regardless, I left the mask on for twenty minutes.

When I peeled the mask off, and rubbed the excess collagen and aloe vera into my skin, I was pleased with how soft and smooth my face looked and felt- the effects lasting well into the following day, even after I’d done my usual morning skin care regime and applied makeup.

Would I Purchase?: Yes! I was really impressed with the results I got just after one use. The instructions on the packaging recommended using one mask every three days for upkeep, and although I don’t think I would do it that often (mainly because it’d get expensive awfully quick), I think using one mask per week or every couple of weeks would be just as effective and even more cost-efficient.

Product #2: Sebastian Professional Volupt Spray ($19.95)

I tried two different methods of application with this volumizing gel-spray- once right after my morning shower while my hair was still damp, and once while my hair was dry. Both times, my hair definitely looked bigger and the hold was strong enough to last the whole day, through work, humidity, and driving with my windows rolled down- which was great- but unfortunately with both application attempts, my hair was left feeling stiff and crunchy. I try to avoid this at all costs when I’m considering hair products, so I was a little disappointed in that aspect.

Would I Purchase?: No. As much as I loved the volume and the long-lasting hold of this spray, the way it left my hair feeling was just a bit too much for me. I just kept feeling like I had to wash my hair again and again to get the stiffness out.

Product #3: MY Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer ($68)

This moisturizer already had a possible disadvantage in it’s path to winning me over since I started using it when the temperatures were soaring into the 80’s and 90’s, and when my makeup is usually melting off of my face by noon- but I’m happy to report this product rose to the challenge and delivered phenomenal results. Not only did my skin stay fresh, hydrated (without feeling greasy!), and surprisingly shine-free despite surface of the sun temps outside, but after a few days of continued use, my face looked like it was glowing- in the healthy way, not the radioactive way. I’m completely smitten!

Would I Purchase?: Yes! Sure, the price point is a little steep- but a little goes a long way and in the end, it’s paying for a quality product that works well. The benefits of this moisturizer are worth the cost. Not only does it keep it’s all-day mattifying promise, but it has anti-aging benefits, too- which are always a plus.

Product #4: AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact ($60)

I was really curious to try this product since I’d read it not only provided fantastic coverage with a broad-spectrum SPF, but also kept skin hydrated while fighting free-radicals all in one application. There was one problem, however- the color of the sample I received was nowhere close to matching my skin tone.

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I applied a little swab of the powder near my jawline, just to see if I even liked the feeling of it on my skin before I wiped it off. The coverage was decent on the area I designated as my “tester” spot, and my skin felt pretty silky. I wish I had gotten a lighter shade so I could have applied it all over and given it a proper all-day, multi-day test, but oh well. I’m sure I can use this as a bronzer or something this Summer.

Would I Purchase?: It’s a maybe for me. I’d really love to try this product in a shade that better matches my fair skin tone, but I’m not in any rush to run out and spend the money on it- just in case it turns out I don’t like it after all.

Product #5: Nicka K New York Absolute! Perfume Stick in “Parc de 59” ($14.99)

The last perfume sticks I owned were a limited edition trio of Clinique’s three variations of their “Happy” fragrance, and I loved them. They were easy to apply, mess-free, and the scent wasn’t overpowering like it could sometimes be with sprays or roll-ons. They weren’t particularly long-lasting, but they came in handy after the gym or when I needed a quick refresher on a date. Most of my perfumes are in spray form, however, and rarely come in stick form unless they’re being sold in a department store as a gift set or something.

I was so pleased with this chic packaged perfume when I opened it. It was light, and crisp- a very pleasant, clean, floral fragrance. Like the Clinique “Happy” sticks, the scent didn’t last all day, but again, this would be something I would carry in my bag for post-workout and emergency touch-ups, and you can’t beat the price.

Would I Purchase?: Yes! I think “Parc de 59” is perfect, but I really would love to check out the other fragrances in the collection.

Product #6: European Wax Center’s “The Exfoliate” and “Slow It Body Wash” ($38 for The Exfoliate, $20 for the Body Wash)

Last but not least, I received two out of three samples from the European Wax Center line (the third was a body lotion) containing just enough product to try one-time in the shower. The first, “The Exfoliator”, a body polish, was unlike any body scrub I’ve ever used since it didn’t feel like it had any actual exfoliants in it- no salts, no sugars, no abrasive anything- and yet my skin felt very smooth once I rinsed it off.

The second, “Slow It Body Wash”, was the product packed with light exfoliants. I had briefly thought maybe there had been a mistake in the packaging or labeling, but the wash, meant to scrub away bumps, blemishes, and prevent ingrown hairs, foamed up nicely and left my skin feeling very clean.

Would I Purchase?: Maybe to “The Exfoliator”, because even though I liked the results, I also like a bit of grit with my body scrubs- but yes to the body wash! It cleansed thoroughly and sloughed away dry, dead skin cells without irritation. I was left with soft, smooth arms and legs with no dry patches or bumps.

May marked my fifth month of experimenting and reviewing GlossyBoxes, and despite a couple of products I didn’t particularly care for here and there, overall I’ve been very satisfied with the service and look forward to trying future boxes. Congratulations to everyone at GlossyBox on their first year!

2 thoughts on “GLOSSYBOX: May 2013 Review.

  1. Don’t you just love Glossy Boxes!?!?! I just received my first box and it was packed with goodies. What I like best is how they personalize the boxes based on our own preferences, colors and skin care needs! They are amazing. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

    • Thanks for the response! I’m loving the service (I also subscribe to BeautyArmy, but I haven’t really been as impressed as I am with GlossyBox), and I’m really pleased with a lot of the brands and products I’ve been introduced to with them.

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