Glossybox January 2018 Review
Glossybox continues to remain among of the most popular beauty subscription boxes. Although the mystery aspect makes it hard to predict whether you will love the contents or not, there were always at least one or two products that made the entire box worth it for me. In January, Glossybox curators focus on hydration with this hand-picked collection of samples and full-sized goodies to help us recover after the holidays and meet the new year refreshed and rested.
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 // Lumene Lahde Purity Dew Drops ($14.99 for 0.5 fl oz) – Seeing popular European beauty brands in subscription boxes always fills me with nostalgia. Lumene is crazy popular in my home country, and almost every woman I know from back then used their affordable beauty products at some point. This clear watery gel is made with pure Arctic spring water and nutrient rich birch sap to hydrate and refresh the skin around the eyes, and in my experience, it does just that. The gel is not nourishing enough for our dry and cold Michigan winters, but I will reach for it again in the spring. It felt nice on the skin!
2 // Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil ($58.50 for 1 fl oz) – Don’t let the word ‘oil’ fool you, because this is more of a liquid, watery essence. The rose part of the name is also a bit misleading, since there are no actual roses in the formula [or at least I didn’t find any mention of it on the ingredient list]. I am assuming the name refers to the pink color of the essence and the floral rosy fragrance. I am going to give it away since this is not a product I can see myself using anytime soon, and I am just not a fan of that type of misleading marketing.
3 // Buxom Big Tease Plumping Mascara ($22) – I just got this mascara in full size in a limited edition Glossybox last month, and I loved it! It makes my lashes look a lot thicker, longer, and more voluminous, plus it holds the curl well. I will keep this sample for traveling. It’s always nice to have travel-sized spares of your favorite products, isn’t it?
4 // Theorie Marula Oil Transforming Hair Serum ($25 for 3.4 fl oz) – Even though this isn’t 100% Marula Oil [marula isn’t even the first ingredient], the formula is nice enough to provide lightweight gloss, frizz control, and protection from heat and humidity for my fine hair. Theorie recommends adding a few drops into your conditioner or masque for even better results, but I just like rubbing a little bit of product between my palms and running them through damp hair before styling. How much you need depends on your hair thickness and texture, but for me a pea-sized amount is just right.
5 // Steve Laurant Lip Tint in Dusty Rose ($22 for 0.12 oz) – Pretty packaging always gets me, so of course I was immediately attracted to this pretty lip balm. As it turns out, I already own something very similar, so I decided to pass it on to a friend who might appreciate it more. Glossybox claims this formula is shiny and non-sticky, which is always nice when it comes to lip products. I can’t remember how many times I tossed an otherwise beautiful lippie just because it was annoyingly sticky and felt like glue on the lips. I bet this can be used as a dewy cheek tint too!
I think Glossybox nailed the ‘fresh’ theme; the contents of this box definitely had a refreshing vibe. Everything is hydrating, dewy, and sheer – basically, all the things I love from my skincare, haircare, and makeup products. My absolute favorite this month – Lumene eye gel – is the product I can’t actually use just yet, due to weather. It’s nice to receive full-sized products in the first place, and even better when it’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while.
The only item I didn’t care for is the ‘rose’ oil. The product itself is alright, but I am still a little salty over the fact that there are no actual roses in the formula, and that the rose fragrance and pink tint were added to further confuse my senses. Other than that, it’s a decent lightweight humectant/occlusive that can help keep the skin hydrated, and I’m sure many people will love it, especially this time of the year.
Which one of these products looks the most ‘refreshing’? Do you subscribe to Glossybox? Let me know in the comments below!