Thursday, July 11, 2013

My First Glossybox! June 2013

This is sort of just a first look at my June 2013 Glossybox, as I have not yet had the opportunity to try anything. I received the box a little late, on July 3rd. I hung onto it for about a week thinking I would try to do an unboxing video, but at this point with July subscription boxes likely on the way I figured I would just share some quick photos. When I actually get around to testing out the products I will let you know what I think.

I do love the packaging of Glossybox. The actual box is really sturdy, and this month's has a cute fashion illustration from Dallas Shaw on the top. The inside of the box is printed with the Glossybox logo. I liked opening it to find everything wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a ribbon. It felt like opening a gift.

Everything inside the Glossybox is either full size or a generous sample size. Mine came with a full size Tarte complexion brightening lipstick in fair-to-light, a full size Spa Ritual nail laquer in Days of Wine and Roses, a 2oz sample bottle of Philip B. African Shea Butter shampoo, a 2oz sample of c.Booth Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist and a dark blue satin pouch from Oscar de la Renta filled with sample vials of all six of his Essential Luxuries fragrances. I also received a Model Co. eyeshadow duo as a bonus. (I got this bonus using a coupon code when I subscribed.)

One thing about Glossybox that I like is that it seems like everyone gets the same items. I looked and couldn't find any box variations other than shades of products. (Ex. Not everyone got the same shade of lipstick and nail polish as I did.) There doesn't seem to be any "or" items like Ipsy and there aren't 50+ variations of boxes like Birchbox. I think this is good because there is no "box envy" where you see someone get an awesome selection of products in their box and open your own to find you got products you don't like as much.

As far as my first impression, I am happy with the size of the products I got and I like the packaging of the box itself. I am most excited to try out the Tarte lipstick and Spa Ritual polish. I will definitely try the Philip B. shampoo, probably soon. I'll have to research what to do with that c.Booth Honey Almond oil, but it sounds interesting so I am looking forward to trying it out. I think I can already tell that I probably won't care for at least some of the Oscar de la Renta perfume samples, simply because the box kinda smells like perfume now and there is something in that smell I'm not the biggest fan of. But it could just be that they're all mixing. I'll have to look up the fragrance notes of each and determine which ones I might like to try first from there. And of course, a girl can never have too much eyeshadow right? So I am looking forward to testing out the Model Co. eyeshadow duo.

Originally, I was only going to subscribe for the month of June, as sort of a birthday present to myself. At least thats what I told myself. But after taking a look back at my Ipsy Glam Bags (Part 1 and Part 2) I am thinking of canceling that subscription instead. And I'm still on the fence with Birchbox, so I am planning on taking a look back at my past Birchbox boxes as well to see how much I'm using from those. Perhaps I'll cancel the Ipsy and Birchbox to keep the Glossybox? We shall see... I'm getting all three for July and I think I'll decide from there.

What are your thoughts on subscription boxes? Do you subscribe to any of the three I mentioned? Which is your favorite? Thanks for reading!

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