Subscription Box Insanity: Glossybox (Oct. ’14)

Glossybox is here.

Glossybox is here.

Groupon recently ran a promotion where you could get a discount off of one of their longer subscriptions. I didn’t have a true beauty box in my subscription line-up and this seemed like a good deal to give one a try, so I jumped on it.

I opted for the three-month plan and received a discount of $15, for a total purchase of $45. I received two of September’s box due to a packing error on Glossybox’s side but even so, I wasn’t super thrilled with my first box. Here’s to a better October!

THE DETAILS: Glossybox costs $21 a month, including shipping, with discounts for 3, 6, and 12 month plans. This box only ships to the 48 continental U.S. states and is non-refundable. I’ve been reading about the items that come in these boxes and they tend to be either deluxe samples or full-size.

First look

First look

Here’s the first look. It looks like there are quite a few deluxe samples this month. Awesome; I can’t wait to dive in! The packaging is nice, on par with that of my French Box and Birchbox subscriptions.

Bonus item

Bonus item

The first item I grabbed was the bonus item, which is a $40 discount for a subscription called Hello Fresh. The gist of this service it that they deliver all the ingredients you need to make a meal. I visited their site and the classic box (meat & veggie recipes)  consists of enough ingredients for 3 meals, for 2 people, per week. It runs $69 a week. That’s a bit pricey for me- and I actually enjoy shopping for my own food/ingredients- so I’ll pass on this. Also, because it requires signing up for a subscription, I am not including it in the total value.

Hair volumizer spray

Hair volumizer spray

The next item is a full size Proganix Soy Protein + (Caffeine) Volume Root Boost Finish spray. It does not seem to contain silicones, something I’m allergic to, so this may be a keeper. I found it online for $10.97.

Vince Camuto deluxe sample

Vince Camuto deluxe sample

The next item is a deluxe sample of Vince Camuto’s Amore eau de parfum. I really like Vince Camuto’s clothing and shoe lines, so even though this scent has a touch of sandalwood, I think I will keep this. I have a mini collection of full-size and deluxe samples of perfume on a vintage, mirrored tray in my bathroom. This will be a nice addition to the collection! Retail value is about $5.74.

Mattifying top coat

Mattifying top coat

The next item I pull out is another full size! And it’s an item that I had my eye on but just never got around to buying: a mattifying top coat. It allows you to use nail polish you already have and then give it a matte look by painting this over top. I’ve seen some really cool two-tone, alternative french manicures done with one layer matte and the tips glossy. Can’t wait to try this! This one is by Nail, Inc. and retails for $10.

Moisturizing mask

Moisturizing mask

This is a single-use, moisturizing mask by a company called Sesha. I LOVE masks! (And scrubs, and bath bombs, and bath salts…but I digress.) So I am really looking forward to giving this a whirl. I’ve never heard of this line before so I went online to check them out. According to their “About” page, this line was created by a Harvard and MIT educated scientist who has made a myriad of other important pharmaceutical discoveries. Ahh, science! One mask retails for $9.

Tarte lip tint

Tarte lip tint

Last but not least is this full-size item by a line I know and love, Tarte! This is a berry color that is perfect for fall. Though with my naturally rosy-pigmented lips, I imagine that the effect will be more like a light stain. I’m okay with that. I actually am always searching for my more sheer lip pencils inside the various bags I switch in and out, so I think this may help ease the leaving the house pain by allowing me to stick it in one of those bags and keeping it there. It retails for $24.

Ok, that makes the grand total of this box an approximate $59.71….just slightly above the value of the September box. Since I paid about $15 per box, that means I more than tripled my initial investment! Plus I actually really loved almost all the items in this box so it’s a double win. Crossing my fingers for my final box in November, which will help me decide if I want to continue with this subscription. So far so good!

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