I told myself I was going to cancel my Glossybox subscription and try something different before the June box arrived, but it just didn’t happen. I have had one busy summer so far, so it hasn’t exactly been at the top of my priority list. Overall, I don’t feel that the majority of the products I’ve received from Glossybox have been useful or exciting. Despite taking the quiz a few times to help Glossybox tailor my box to my personal preferences, it appears that they regularly churn out what they believe to be one-size-fits-all boxes. Plus, makeup. I want more makeup.
The Glossybox subscription is $21/month for 5 deluxe and sometimes full-sized items. This month’s box is ‘Merica themed, featuring only products that are made in the US. The patriotic design of the actual box is pretty cute, and it even got here just in time for July 4th.
Aside from the usual 5 beauty products, the box also contained two gift cards from C Wonder with a mystery amount that could possibly be worth up to $500. Mine were worth a total of $10, which pretty much pays for shipping, so I probably won’t even bother since there is nothing I love on the site. Any takers? They expire January 31, 2015.
I’m just going to come right out and say it. I have NO IDEA what the Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray is supposed to be. Is it hairspray? Dry shampoo? A volumizer? What kind of texture? Beachy waves or what? I didn’t bother brushing or washing my hair yesterday, so the only “texture” my hair had after using this stuff was the same old bed head I woke up with. No volume, no holding hairs in place. The only difference was that my hair looked and felt heavier and it had an invisible, powdery residue in it. It smelled like a coconut lime body spray I wore for a short time when I was 18. The scent was so overwhelming that if I had worn perfume, they would have been competing. 1.5 oz, $3.38 Value
StrangeBeautiful teamed up with Glossybox this month to create an exclusive red and navy nail polish set. Strangely, I have very few classic reds in my nail polish stash, and I’ve recently been searching for a nice navy polish, so this was awesome.
The presentation of this set is nice and all, but the lids of the individual polishes are so teeny tiny that even my small fingers have a hard time holding onto them.
Both polishes were very opaque after one coat, but I went ahead and painted two because I didn’t wait for them to dry enough the first time around and banged them up. The consistency of the red was perfect, but the navy was thick and sticky, making it hard to put on. Although the streakiness from the navy leveled out pretty well once it was dry, the ends of my nails look a little clumpy and have already started chipping. 2 x 0.15 oz, $18.00 value
The Ayres Patagonia Body Butter is jasmine and rosemary scented. I love it because it reminds me of the smell of my backyard from high school when I lived in California. The body butter is very moisturizing and not greasy, but you have to use a lot of it to get good coverage. 1 oz, $4.15 value
This is the part where I get annoyed that I basically got two lotions in my June box. I get it. One is for body, one is for hands. Given the sizes, though, I will most likely use them both for my hands. How about a little more variety? The Camille Beckman Platinume Gold Imperial Repair Hand Therapy is GREAT for moisturizing hands. It isn’t greasy and feels like it penetrates deep into the skin. I loved the lemongrass/grapefruit scent at first, but it kind of gave off a baby powder smell after a minute or so. I can’t stand baby powder smells, and this one sticks to me and lasts forever. Full size 1.35 oz, $10.00 value
The Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil was the item I was looking forward to the most in this box. I got a Sumita eyeliner in my very first Glossybox, and it was one of the best I’ve ever used. I’m also pretty obsessed with eye shadow pencils, but haven’t found a good, quality one just yet.
The Sumita Eye Shadow Pencil is a shimmery champagne that glides on smoothly and blends easily. After about a minute, it is locked on. Most eye shadow pencils I’ve used have a heavy, greasy feel to them and melt and crease relatively quickly. This one blended nicely even with a powder shadow I used along with it and lasted all day long without any creasing. After trying two of their products, I love the Sumita Beauty brand so far. Full size 0.08 oz, $18.00 value
Here’s what the Sumita Beauty Champagne Eye Shadow Pencil and the Rusk Texture Dry Finishing Spray look like:
Total box value is $53.53. $63.53, if you include the gift cards. Oh, Glossybox. I’m still on the fence. Until I manage to do a little more research and find something else I think I’ll enjoy, I’ll stick with this subscription. With brands like Sumita, I have a hard time saying no.
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