Subscription Box Insanity: Glossybox Throwback Sale (Nov. ’14)

Glossybox is here.

Glossybox is here.

Groupon ran a promotion where you could get a discount off of one of Glossybox’s longer subscriptions. I didn’t have a true beauty box in my subscription line-up at the time 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. I was much more pleased with my October box, so it looks like it will take the November box to find out if I will keep this subscription or not.

Recently, Glossybox also had a “throwback” sale and I was able to get two previously released boxes for $24. It’s luck of the draw so I’m crossing my fingers that I don’t get another September box after already getting two, but we shall see!

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.

After opening the shipping container with my two boxes, my first glance shows that sadly, I received a third copy of the September box. Really bummed about that; Glossybox knows that most customers got two of these already. Not an auspicious start. The second box in my order was from July. So on the bright side, at least I didn’t get two duplicate boxes!

JULY

Throwback: July

Throwback: July

Throwback: July First Look

Throwback: July First Look

Here’s the first look. These are some good-sized deluxe samples!

Philip B. Detangling Mist

This Philip B. Detangling Toning Mist looks like a really interesting product. Unfortunately it has a silicone in it so I won’t be able to try it. It has a retail value of $10.

Skin Inc Brightening Serum

Skin Inc Brightening Serum

This Skin Inc Custom-Blended Brightening Serum looks like an interesting product. And rather pricey…full size retails for $135! However, I have a skincare line I use for exfoliation and brightening so I will probably pass this on. Still, a good inclusion! This size has a value of approximately $45.90.

GlamGlow Mask

GlamGlow Mask

I’ve heard a lot about the GlamGlow line but have also seen reviews that it’s more hype than substance, especially given the price. This GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment gets decent reviews on Sephora and it doesn’t contain silicones so I plan to give it a try. This size has an approximate value of about $9.50.

Mitchell and Peach Body Cream

Mitchell and Peach Body Cream

This Mitchell and Peach Body Cream is a British brand and has an interesting scent. I haven’t decided if I will keep it or gift it. Retail value is about $12.64.

Malin + Goetz Lip Balm

Malin + Goetz Lip Balm

The last item in this box is the Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm. It is just shy of full-size and has a retail value of approximately $6.86.

So the total value here is about $84.90; that’s pretty amazing given that the box cost me $12!

SEPTEMBER

Throwback: September

Throwback: September

Throwback: September first look

Throwback: September First Look

Lip Tar

Lip Tar

Mascara deluxe sample

Mascara deluxe sample

Nail polish

Vichy night cream

Bulgari conditioner

Bulgari conditioner

Since I already received this box, I opted to just post pictures of the items I got this time. You can see larger photos and descriptions at my previous review here.

The total value of this box is an approximate $55.65. I paid about $12 per box, I quadrupled my initial investment! But since I have received this box three times now, you might say that there is a bit of a sense of diminishing returns.

GRAND TOTAL: The grand total of both boxes comes to about $140.55, while the cost I paid for the two boxes was only $24. I did find some good products that I will likely use and hopefully I can swap or gift some of the items that I received as duplicates.

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