GLOSSYBOX: September 2013 Review.

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September’s Glossybox, packed with essentials for the Fall season, had the delightful distinction from other beauty boxes by featuring five full-sized products, putting it’s value at over $100. Not bad, considering the subscription service costs only $21 a month. Of course, I wanted to try everything I received before I reached a final verdict- but that alone already had me impressed.

What I Received:

NIOXIN Diamax Hair Treatment

BCBG Max Azria Bon Genre Eau de Parfum Spray

Emite Makeup Eyelash Curler

Oceane Makeup Remover Pen

Be A Bombshell Eyeliner Pen in “Onyx”


Product # 1: NIOXIN Diamax Hair Treatment ($50)

With my hair being as course and as curly as it is- thickness has, thankfully, never been an issue or a concern for me. Even still, I was curious about this serum I’ve heard and read so many good reviews for, and massaged it generously from my scalp to my ends after a shower to see whether or not I’d notice any immediate results. As my hair dried, I saw some frizz and fly-aways near my hairline, and applied a light curl cream to keep everything in place before finishing my makeup and heading out to start my day.

By afternoon, my hair looked and felt fuller and more volumized- more so than usual. I wasn’t the only one who noticed, either. My co-worker remarked that my hair had more body to it- and that was only after one use! Like most treatments, you have to use it continuously for maximum results.


Would I Purchase?: Yes! I’m already very, very pleased with the results I’ve seen from this product with only a couple of uses so far, and I have a feeling that after a few weeks, my hair and I will be even more satisfied. This serum may not be ideal for just styling your hair, but it doesn’t seem to lose it’s thickening and conditioning power even when mixed with a light cream or mousse, so you don’t have to compromise volumizing results for being frizz-free.

Product # 2: BCBG Max Azria Bon Genre Eau de Parfum Spray ($75)

Out of the five products I received in September’s Glossybox, I was most excited for this BCBG perfume spray that came in a travel-sized tube that is ideal to put in my purse. This particular fragrance, a heavier (but still pretty!) mix of florals, vanilla, and sandalwood, is perfect for the Autumn and Winter months. It lasts all day without fading, so a couple of spritzes on your wrists/pulse points and you’re good from morning ’til night.

Would I Purchase?: Yes! This fragrance is so intoxicating, and, dare I say it, sexy. I would absolutely add another bottle of this to my collection of perfumes.


Product # 3: Emite Makeup Eyelash Curler ($30.50)

I’ve only ever used an eyelash curler a handful of times in my life, and each time, I never noticed any dramatic results- at least nothing that a decent mascara couldn’t do for me without putting a contraption dangerously close to my eyeball. I tried this curler, which was well-made and came with replacement pads, a few times, but the results were still lackluster.

Would I Purchase?: No. I don’t think eyelash curlers are for me, period. I’ll probably end up gifting this to someone since it’s a good quality, and they might see better, more noticeable results than I did.

Product # 4: Oceane Makeup Remover Pen ($5.30)

When applying eyeliner, I have a tendency to screw it up. One eye comes out lined thicker than the other, I miss a spot, my cat-eye smudges with the wrong flick of my wrist, etc. and I’m left frantically looking for a cotton swap to try and fix it before it dries and I have to take it off and start over completely. This small, purse-appropriate-sized pen is a Godsend. With soft, replaceable tips, this product applies a small amount of makeup remover to the affected area without leaving the skin feeling greasy or making eye or lip makeup look runny.

This morning, as usual, I smudged a bit of my eyeliner, and quickly reached for this pen to see if it worked as well as the packaging suggested. Sure enough, my small error was gone in seconds and I was able to easily fix my eye makeup with less hassle than usual. Consider me sold.

Would I Purchase?: Yes! This is one of those products that should always be in your purse. It’s small, lightweight, reasonably priced, and ever so convenient for fixing little makeup mistakes or for touch-ups if anything falls out of place in the course of the day.


Product # 5: Be A Bombshell Eyeliner Pen in “Onyx” ($14)

The aforementioned botched eye liner I was using (and needed to fix) happened to be this fine, felt-tip, and fast-drying liquid-esque liner from Be A Bombshell, which looked and felt like I was lining my eyes with a Sharpie marker. The liner didn’t exactly apply smoothly for me. I had to go back and go over a couple of areas that looked patchy more than once before my eyes looked even, and although it’s highly pigmented and supposedly waterproof, I noticed that it smudged a LOT throughout the day. By the time I left work, I had a bad case of unintentional raccoon eyes.

Would I Purchase?: No. I feel like I say it every time I venture outside of my eyeliner comfort zone- but I’ll stick with my gel liners. This particular brand, although an interesting concept, just wasn’t for me. Not only that, but my concern would be how long it would last- considering it does not need to be sharpened or twisted up, and markers can sometimes dry out rather quickly.


Two products I didn’t like out of five full-sized products? That’s fine! The value of the three products I really enjoyed more than made up for my disappointment with the eyelash curler and eyeliner.  September’s Glossybox was a pleasant surprise. Major kudos.

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