Monday, December 3, 2012

Glossybox November Box - Review, Pictures, Swatches

Well it looks like the people over at Glossybox sent me another box to test and review.  This was completely unsolicited as I have not subscribed to the service.  As you can read in my previous review, I didn't really think it was worth the $21 a month.  But apparently Glossybox thought that they should send me another box to see if my opinions have changed.  Let's see shall we?

Before I go into that I want to make a confession.  I actually did subscribe to this service under another name and I received 4 boxes before I cancelled. I didn't write about ANY of the boxes because I felt that they were not worth the $21 a month.  Plus I just wasn't passionate about it, so writing about something I'm not passionate about...well it's tiresome and lame.  So here we are. I have confessed that I was subscribing behind your back. I'm sorry. I could have written about it I suppose.  I think my reviews would, for the most part, be pretty negative. You should have seen the baby poop brown nail polish I received from Illamasqua one month.  Ugh!  But then again, I received a full sized Missha BB cream in another month. Score! I'm coming clean now.  There are no other services I am subscribed to but Birchbox.  I am no longer a subscriber of Glossybox because for the money each month I could have picked up a new full sized product of MY choice that I liked.  I don't feel like my soul has been cleansed by this confession. It make take some time to get over it know over the fact that I committed beauty subscription adultery on you all.

OK. Moving on.

This month Glossybox sent me a gratis box for review.  I have seen other blogger's reviews of this box and I must say I am a tad jealous because they seem to have received better stuff than i did.  let's break it down what I actually received.

From all looks of it I received the full size hand cream.  It smells OK and feels very thick. It doesn't seem to moisturize as well as other hand creams I own. (L'Occitane, Caudalie, Kiehl's) and that's because the ingredients are not that special.  The ingredients are: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Beeswax, Bisabolol, Cetyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange)Fruit Extract, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Stearate, Gluconolactone, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Linalool, Limonene, Magnesium Salicylate, Magnesium Stearate, Manganese Gluconate, Meadowfoam Estolide, PEG-100 Stearate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsoponifiables, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polynaphthalene-Sulfanate, Zinc Pyrithione, Zinc Stearate.
The taouted ingredient in the marketing is Raspberry Seed oil. Which in the list of ingredients is the 6th to last which means there is very little of that ingredient in the actual product.  The first of three ingreints (meaning highest concentration) is Glycerin and Petrolatum.  That's where the moisture is coming from. The smattering of Safflower, linseed and Avocado oils are minute and will not make much of an impact with the 4 silicones in this product, but at least it will feel slippery!  This hand cream does seem to get good reviews on various e-commerce sites that sell it, so it must be half way decent, despite the inexpensive ingredients.  I personally wouldn't pay $19 for a full size tube, but that's because I really don't like using products with the high levels of petrolatum and cyclopentasiloxane.

This is your typical Moroccan Oil dupe by a brand that made most of its money from selling flat irons and curling irons. NuMe is not a company I have purchased from in the past, but I have received countless "coupons" from them urging me to spend over $300 for a flat iron and I would get %50 off.  Regardless of THAT fact, the Arganics by NuMe is your typical Hair serum for dry ends.  I have my own (unpopular) opinions about these types of Argan Oil hair products.  For the most part you are paying for silicones and a small small amount of actual argan oil.  This product is no different.  As you can see in the ingredients Arganics by NuMe Argan Oil contains: Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Phenyltrimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Aminopropyl Phenyl Trimrthicone, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum), Red 17, Yellow 11.
There are 4 heavy silicones in this product and one chemical (C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate) that reduces the greasy feel of products containing oil before you even get to the Argan Oil in this product.  Then you are followed by yet another silicone and some preservatives, fragrance and dye.  This is NOT something I would put on my hair in millions years.  The Cyclopentasiloxane alone scares me because it has been the culprit of many painful breakouts on my face. I can't imagine the number of painful breakouts on my NECK I would get from this being in my hair.  No thanks.

Skin&Co. Roma Hydro-Truffle Face Serum This is touted as a "Brightening Day Truffle Serum". It retails for $36.00 for 30 ml / 1.01 fl. oz.  As serums go, that's a pretty decent price.  I have oily skin. It's less oily in the winter but still not dry enough to warrant using this serum.  I am unfamiliar with the Skin&Co. Roma brand, but they seem to like to use what people might think of "Italian" ingredients in their skin care. (Olive Oil and Truffles).  That's fine. I know some people that sear by Olive Oil skin care.  I have no qualms with that.  The ingredients in this serum are:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin (Glycerin), Potato Starch Modified (Potato Starch Modified), Panthenol (Panthenol), Phenoxyetha Nol (Phenoxyethanol), Sorbitol (Sorbitol), Propylene Glycol (Propylene Glycol), Ethylhexylglycerin (Ethylhexylglycerin), Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables (Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables), Coco-caprylate (Cococaprylate), Parfum (Parfum), Sodium Hyaluronate (Sodium Hyaluronate), isodium Edta (Disodium Edta), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Bht, Coumarin (Coumarin), Linalool (Linalool), Palmitoylhexapeptide(Palmitoylhexapeptide), Tuber Melanosporum Extract (Tuber Melanosporum Extract).
As you will note the truffle extract is the VERY last ingredient in the product.  But perhaps that's all one needs to erase fine lines as this serum claims to do.  It felt really watery on my hand and seemed to absorb quickly wit no sticky residue.  So I guess for $36 it's worth a try if you are looking for something new.  Just keep in mind the high numbers of preservatives but lack of parabens in the product (Lack of parabens is a good thing)

As you can imagine I was so excited to receive an Illamasqua product in this box.  That is until I looked at the color.  Bright orange!  Obviously Glossybox receives a number of less popular colors and a few normal (Popular) colors for distribution.  

My buddy Brooke received a nice brown pencil.  But my buddy Polish Insomniac and I were stuck with the orange one.  The pencil claims we can use it on our eyes and lips. I'll see what kind of funky look I can create with the eye, but I might have to leave this to a lip pencil. I know I can use it as an all over base for red lipstick that I find too cool or blue based. 

The orange will brighten it up considerably.  So YAY for 1 random orange pencil in my $21 Glossybox.

Last but not least is:

Perfumeies Solid Perfume Sticks in Double Rainbow,  $7.00 USD for 0.07oz
According tot he manufacturer, Double Rainbow is a "...heavenly soft and whimsical blend of hydrangea and violet with nuances of pear and musk."  It smelled like floral laundry detergent to me, but it didn't smell awful.  I like the little tube. it's nice to carry around in your purse or pocket for "on the go scent reviving"  But come on.  Anytime I hear double rainbow I think of that guy who did that video while he was high on who knows what, going on and on about the "Full On Double Rainbow Across The Sky!"  That makes me laugh and therefore this fragrance makes me smile.

So all in all I received 2 items I could use in this November Glossybox.  Glossybox is now customizable but since I'm a blogger, and received this for review, my box is rather NOT customized.  However when you sign up, you will be asked a series of questions to help customize your box.  

I am not giving you any referral links to this service in my review because I still don't think Glossybox is worth the money, but I will say that for some of you, this service might become your favorite.  Why?  Because you certainly do get more full size products in these boxes than I have seen from any other service. That's a huge plus.  There seem to be more skin care items than makeup in this box, but in my past experience it evens out and over the months you do get your fair share of cosmetics as samples too. You can sign up for monthly, 3 month, 6 month and 1 year subscriptions with Glossybox.  The more months you sign up for in advance, the more you will save off the total cost of each box. That's a decent incentive.  Here is the link to join. I will not receive any credit or perk from you signing up for this service.

What do you think?  Worth the $21?


  1. Well, I'm happy to know that Glossybox is able to send their PR samples out on time even though they can't get subscriber's boxes out. I'm still waiting on my November Box and Customer Service has done nothing to help me.

    1. ZING!!! Yeah. I'd be pretty pissed off if it was December 3rd and I had not received my November Box yet. :-(

    2. Yep, I'm going on one week since I have emailed customer service and I've tried calling them a few times. They are set to charge me for my renewal this month. I am going to be very upset if I see a charge on my account but I still don't have my November box.

    3. add me to the list of those waiting for the november box! so frustrating and their twitter is filled with those in the same boat!

  2. I have to agree. I don't feel like my six month subscription was worth the money. I never get the boxes until a few weeks after the shipping email gets to me. I am waiting on November. I sure hope I do not get a orange pencil! I also bought a glam bag, now called Ipsy and I have to say that I have loved all three that I have so far. I will not be renewing my Glossybox.

  3. Thank for another raw, honest review. This is one of the reasons I love your blog. Another reason is the fact that you are one of the few beauty bloggers to look and discuss ingredients in a product!

  4. OMG...Who uses orange eyeliner!

    I was getting into subscription boxes but then I realized that I had a big bag of samples of crap. The only one that I still do it popsugar. It is expensive but it is very exciting and excellent!

  5. Beauty box adultery? Elvira, you are a trip!

    Never mind, thy soul shall be cleansed. At least you weren't holding out on us on any good stuff!

  6. BBQ you know you love some orange eye balls

    My step-sister got the Orange as well, and she pays for her box. Something sounded wrong about that.

    I was pretty happy with mine mostly because my pencil was such a wearable shade for the eye.

    Also, thank you for the link loveeee

    PS - omg you dirty cheaterrrrr lol

  7. I kinda want that orange pencil, I typically wear crazy eye makeup and it looks so nice and smooth and crazy orange. BUUUUT why would they give out a color that 90% of the population wouldn't likely use? If you want people to try the product it makes sense to not give out the "strange" colors and go for something "wearable".

  8. My pencil was Hex, which is a warm beige color - it's far too warm for my skin tone, but it's a more neutral shade. I'm actually fairly pleased with Glossybox - I pay monthly - and so far there's usually at least one item per box I really like or have wanted to try or something. (My Illamasqua polish was a gorgeous silver metallic, for the record, in my first box.)

    I get Birchbox, Glossybox, and BeautyBar sample box, and of the three I'm usually the most pleased with my Glossybox.

  9. Thank you for the honest review. I think the box for $21 is an OK price for the amount of products that we receive. However, the orange pencil is just at least the rest of the stuff seems interesting. I'm really interested to try that hand cream.

  10. I received a MINT green liner in my box. Any suggestions what to use it for? I don't think it will even show on my skin. I'm so fair I glow in the dark! I'm afraid I'll look like some alien lizard person. Perhaps I'll send it to my sister in her Xmas box - she has dark olive skin and brown hair. As for the shipping time, I had to complain last month because my box was three weeks late. For the price, shipping should be better.

    1. You can use it on blemishes to counteract redness before you do foundation. You can also use it as an eyeshadow base.

  11. Hmmm...kinda disappointing for $21. Well that's what glossyboxes are. That is why I don't subscribe in these beauty boxes.

  12. I subscribed to glossybox for a while. i received some good products (peach illamasqua nail polish, missha, ellis faas) and one time i even received two boxes by accident. I canceled because I felt like it was just going to get worse. Which it did. last month people got a SOAP/LOOFA. No thanks. I don't miss it. I think i will sign up for ipsy though. I've heard good things.

  13. I got a light green illamasqua pencil which I gave to my sister who is sixteen and much more adventurous with the colored eye liner. I do really like the hand cream and the truffle serum though.

  14. Wow... so I recently subscribed to this (because I liked BLushing Dior's boxes but bleh... maybe I'll go see what she got instead...

    Thanks for this review Pink Sith!!

    1. Actually, if you all check out, her's was actually better than this IMO. Or just check out the Brooke link in the orange eyeliner portion of this.

  15. *whispers*
    ...I actually kind of want that orange pencil.

    But I'd use it for lips. Eyes? Ehhh...not sure. Could work!

  16. I am only subscribed to glossybox, I quit loose button (shitty boxes)and top box (they kept asking me to pick "enviro package, seriously I said no-now stop asking) and glossy box comes in a pink box which I use to hold lots of things so glossybox it is. I'm in canada, so they are all relatively similar in price.


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