Glossybox 2017 Limited Edition Holiday Box
Once a year Glossybox releases a limited edition holiday box that contains an assortment of coveted beauty treats from creme de la creme of international brands. I purchased these LE boxes in the past and was always happy with the products inside. This year Glossybox gifted me one, which reminded me how exciting it is to be on the receiving end. The 2017 edition comes in a brand new pull out drawer packaging, which looks absolutely gorgeous. It’s a white, sturdy box with satin accents and winter motif etched on the box itself, creating a 3D texture effect.
Glossybox 2017 Holiday Box is a one-time purchase and buying it does not automatically enroll you in a monthly subscription plan. But in case you want to know how the regular plan works, here’s the info…
HOW IT WORKS:
Glossybox is one of the most popular international beauty subscription services, and now it finally came to the US. Each month Glossybox subscribers receive up to six deluxe-size to full size products from crème de la crème of international brands. The prices start at $21/month for a month-to-month subscription, but if you commit for 3, 6, or 12 months, the price goes down a bit. It’s not the cheapest sample box out there, but the retail value of the products will always be way above. Click here to join Glossybox, and don’t forget to use Ebates for some extra cashback!
1 // C.E.O. Rapid Flash Brightening Serum ($85 for 1 fl oz) – It’s always nice to receive a full-sized, highly sought after product in a mystery beauty box, but that’s what’s Glossybox Holiday boxes are known for. Every year there is at least one wow-worthy item that the beauty community is currently raving about. I’ve only been using it for a few days, so I can only comment on a couple of things: the texture, which is silky and smooth, and a yummy orange scent. I put the serum into regular rotation, and may do a product review on it later.
2 // GLAMGLOW POTMUD Wet Lip Balm Treatment ($19 for 0.24 oz) – Even though this is not a full-sized jar of lip balm, it’s still very generous and will probably last me a month with daily use. Glamglow also makes a tint-free version, but everyone who bought the Holiday box received Starlet, a classic red. For a product that claims to be sheer, it’s surprisingly pigmented, so you can probably even wear it as a lip gloss. So far I think it’s a decent lip balm, but not the best one out there. The good thing about it is that it doesn’t feel sticky or heavy, but that wasn’t enough to make me love it. I really dislike lip balms in pots, so unless the formula is totally outstanding [like the one from Tatcha], then I’d rather use something else.
3 // Skinn Cosmetics Smokey Treatment Eyeshadow palette ($32) – This looks like a super generic smokey eye palette, but it’s actually not all that simple. The formula is talc-free and infused with anti-aging collagen, so it will go on smooth and will improve the appearance of aging skin. This quality is probably not all exciting for someone young, but I bet my mom would love it.
4 // DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX ($20) – This brand is super popular in Asia, but in the US they’re mostly famous for their cleansing oil. I don’t use liquid eyeliners very often, but my favorite one from Gucci is about to run out [who knew Gucci makeup is actually pretty rad?], so I’m excited to try this one and see if it’s a worthy replacement.
5 // NCLA Rich Cuticle Oil ($18 for 0.5 fl oz) – I actually needed a new cuticle oil, so it’s nice to receive one in my Holiday Glossybox. NCLA is not as well-known as other nail brands, but they actually have very nice nail polishes. This nail treatment is enriched with Vitamin E and sunflower seed oil, and smells like a sweet almond dessert.
6 // Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara ($22 for 0.45 fl oz) – I don’t know about you, but I can never have enough mascara. After getting an eye infection scare last year, I am now very diligent about throwing mine after 3 months even if I didn’t use them every day. This is probably good for my health, but definitely not healthy for my wallet, so I am always happy to receive a new tube in a box or as a GWP. The wand on Big Tease mascara is cone-shaped, so it’s very good at building volume at the roots and curling the lashes.
7 // NEST Fragrances Sugar Cookie Candle ($40 for 8.1 oz) – You may be familiar with NEST because of their mega popular perfumes, such as Indigo, Citrine, and Midnight Fleur, all of them best-sellers at Sephora for many seasons. NEST is a brainchild of Laura Slatkin, one of the founders of Slatkin & Co., whose candles appeared in Bath & Body Works stores. Nowadays Laura helps create home scents for luxury brands like Estée Lauder, Christian Dior, and Jonathan Adler. Basically, what I’m trying to say is that she knows how to make a good fragrance, and Cookie Candle got me twisted around its wick, so now I’m thinking about buying the full-sized version to burn at home. It smells so yummy, I want to eat it!
Overall, this was a lovely box, but I have my clear favorites: the serum, the candle, and the mascara. I think the products inside were definitely worth the $40, even though I won’t be using everything.
What do you think about Glossybox 2017 Limited Edition Holiday Box? Would you buy it if you knew the contents beforehand? Let me know in the comments below!