Glossybox USA Unboxing and Review: December 2013

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I’m not a regular Glossybox subscriber, but I often grab one-off boxes, sometimes for full price after seeing the spoiler, other times just to redeem my accumulated Glossydots. This month we didn’t see any juicy spoilers until late, so I had no hints to help me decide whether I want this box or not. I went for it anyways, because having a bunch of fun boxes filled with beauty goodies during the Holiday month is super fun! The December box was curated with the Holiday festivities in mind, and is filled the products to help us get party-ready in no time.

Glossybox is one of the most popular international beauty subscription boxes, 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. At $21/month this is one of the more expensive monthly beauty boxes, but the value of your box will always be way above.
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Anatomicals You Need a Blooming Shower! Body Cleanser – I like brands that are quirky and have a sense of humor, and Anatomicals fits the profile with their catchy slogan “We only want you for your body”. Reading the label has never been more fun 🙂 The body wash itself smells like rose buds, a fragrance that I personally love, but many people might find a bit too “mature”.

Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask – I really wanted to try this mask a few months ago when Ipsy sent them out, but instead I got the scrub. So glad that I finally got my hands on a sample, and a generous one, too! 🙂 It smells like fresh pumpkins and utilizes enzymes to exfoliate the dead skin, which is actually my preferred method. So far I used it once, and it stung a little bit at first, but the result was worth it: clean, radiant skin with a healthy flush.

Naobay Oxygenating Moisturising Cream – Naobay is a valencian beauty brand, and they believe skincare should be as simple as their wooden packaging. All products include a proprietary blend of shea butter and rosehip, olive and argan oils; and never contain parabens or petrochemicals. This moisturizer was pleasantly lightweight and made my skin feel petal fresh and comfortable.

Ardency Inn Punker World’s Baddest Eyeliner – This eyeliner has its pros and cons. I have tiny hands, so operating a big chubby handle and trying to draw the straight line at the same time didn’t work too well for me. The color payout is also not the greatest, the lines came out charcoal at best, and not the “deep black” as advertised. In the swatch it looks a bit darker than it really is, so keep that in mind. From the pros I should definitely mention the drying time, it sets almost immediately after the application which minimizes the smudges.

Nails Inc Victoria Polish – I can never have too much nail polish, but I definitely can have too many deep burgundy/oxblood colors. I already have three that are very similar in my collection, so I’m a bit “meh” about this one, but I’m willing to give it a try just in case it has superior formula. I will post swatches in a separate post later this week.

I’d say this box was a good example of what I expect from Glossybox on a regular basis – a good mix of full-sized and deluxe-sized products from companies all over the world. It was fun to discover Naobay and Anatomicals, both brands previously unknown to me. I’m still not ready to subscribe for regular monthly deliveries, but I will definitely continue buying occasional one-off boxes.

Are you a Glossybox subscriber? What did you think about this box?

Product Retail value
Anatomicals You Need a Blooming Shower! Body Cleanser $2.72
Michael Todd True Organics Pumpkin Nutrient-Rich Facial Mask $10.00
Naobay Oxygenating Moisturising Cream $19.35
Ardency Inn Punker World’s Baddest Eyeliner $19.00
Nails Inc Victoria Polish $9.50
Box Retail Value $60.57