Hello! So...unfortunately I did end up falling behind on my posts...I'm not even really sure why. I've been a little busy, but not enough to really get in the way of me posting things in a timely manner. Hopefully I can make it through my backlog of things to post this weekend. It's supposed to be rainy over the next couple days, so that will take care of the temptation to go hang out outside. Enough of me complaining, let's get to the topic of this post: my June 2013 Glossybox!
After my last two Glossyboxes, I was seriously considering unsubscribing, especially since it felt like Glossybox was just throwing samples together randomly, completely disregarding the beauty profile that I had to fill out when I signed up, as evidenced by them sending me a foundation in the darkest shade it came in when, in my profile, it says that I have fair/light skin. The value of my last two boxes was pretty underwhelming as well. Even though I had technically gotten my moneys worth in products, some of the products I would and even could not use, thus making them worthless to me. This box, the June 2013 box, however, has re-instilled my trust in Glossybox's ability to make great sample boxes. Granted, this box came really late, it technically came in June, but it came June 29th, the very last possible day it could come in June, but I think it was worth the wait. A little earlier in the month Glossybox had e-mailed everyone letting them know that the June box would be a little late since there was going to be a substitution with one of the samples (the nail polish). I'm glad there was a switch, since I was much more interested in trying the brand that we got, Sparitual, than the brand that we were originally going to get.
The theme for June 2013's Glossybox was "American Beauty". I've learned to ignore Gossybox themes since they don't really give you an idea of what types of products are included. I think Glossybox kind of just picks something that sounds nice and runs with it.
I like the idea of changing how the box looks every once in awhile; the pink box is cute, but different artwork would really make Glossybox stand out, kind of in the way that Ipsy changes their bag every month.
Starting with the Honey Almond Nourishing Dry Oil Mist by c.Booth!
Next up is a set of six sample-sized perfumes from Oscar de la Renta.
This series of six different fragrances is a "tailored line of six different unique scents imbued with [Oscar de la Renta's] love of beauty and luxury". Each scent is unique and I'll describe each one and my thoughts about it individually.
Santo Domingo: According to the Oscar de la Renta website, this is a "smooth, smoky tabac fragrance inspired by the tropical setting of
Oscar de la Renta’s birthplace, Santo Domingo. Fresh, citrusy notes of
mandarin and coriander embrace the rich warmth of tobacco, patchouli and
spices in this luscious scent." This is a very masculine scent, especially with the scent of tobacco underlying everything. It's very rich and heavy and probably not a very good summer scent, but for someone who likes masculine scents, this would be a great winter fragrance.
Oriental Lace: The website describes this scent as "a daring, dark oriental laced with gourmand nuances that embody the
opulent textures in Oscar de la Renta’s celebrated runway collections.
The fragrance unfolds to a warm, inviting blend of the unique hoya
carnosa flower with hints of honey and bitter almond surrounded by dark
cacao and patchouli for a mysterious, delectable treat." I never heard of the hoya carnosa flower before, so I Googled it. It's a very weird looking flower; it's star shaped and almost kind of waxy looking. I'm not a big fan of scents like this, they tend to be a little too heavy and musky for me. This is another scent that would be much better in the winter, or in a more intimate situation such as a date in a fancy restaurant. It's very seductive smelling. This is probably my least favorite scent in this collection; to me it smells like every other high-end "oriental" perfume. There's nothing unique about it.
Granada: On the website it lists this as a "a romantic citrus floral accord with a radiant, feminine air inspired by
the memory of the majestic Alhambra patios. The sweet scent of jasmine
petals and bitter orange enlightened by exotic roses reflects off a
fresh stream of water, leaving a lingering impression." This is definitely a fresh scent; I love the combination of the jasmine, orange, and water. The one thing that takes this scent down a notch for me is the inclusion of rose. It's subtle, but it's there and I find it too distracting. If this was a straight up fresh scent I would really like this, but the inclusion of the floral makes it a little boring.
Mi Corazon: According to the site this is "an unmistakable, white floral bouquet intrinsically associated with Mr.
de la Renta’s devotion to family and his passion for gardening embodied
in a lush, creamy accord of tuberose and ylang-ylang that mingle with
peach for a warm tropical twist and an intoxicating trail." This is my favorite scent in this set. It's a very bright, girlie scent without being childish. I think it's the peach that really makes the scent; it smells so unique! It's fruity, but it's tempered by the gentle floral notes of the tuberose and ylang-ylang.
Sargasso: This one is described as "a crisp, green, invigorating accord is the essence of “sea spray” in a
splashy Eau de Cologne. Fresh citrus notes, watery cucumber and an
unexpected revitalizing greenness combine with warm sunshine and
patchouli for a lasting serene finish." This is my second favorite scent. It smells incredibly fresh and green, but it's not harsh or sharp like some fresh fragrances can be. The "greenness" is very pronounced; it almost smells like how you expect a leaf to smell if you broke (if that makes sense). This is a great fragrance for summer.
Coralina: Finally, the Oscar de la Renta site describes this scent as "a timeless, classic floral bouquet as elegant as the women who inspire
Mr. de la Renta’s luxurious designs: ladylike, refined and rare. The
scent is an unforgettable blend of mimosa, violet and orris, softened
with luxurious woody green notes." I really want to like this scent since it has potential to be a unique fresh fragrance, but the orris ruins it for me. Orris adds a very powdery scent and I really, really don't like powdery scents. They smell very dated and heavy to me, not soft and light. Victoria's Secret's popular Dream Angels Heavenly fragrance also has orris in it, so if you've smelled that, you'll have an idea of what I'm talking about when I say a "powdery" scent.
Overall, a very interesting and eclectic fragrance collection. While I don't really need anymore fragrance samples (I never have to buy perfume again...), I like that this was a true, tailored collection of scents from a well known designer. According to info card, a 3.4 fl. oz. full size is $150. When I first read the card, I thought it was $150 for the set, but it's actually $150 per full sized scent. While there's no size info on the sample bottles, I assume each is worth at least $2, which makes the set worth about $10.
Next up is this travel sized shampoo sample from Philip B.
Next is the product that caused this months box to come even later than usual, the Sparitual nail polish!
Last but not least; Complexion Enhancing Lipstick from tarte.
And that's my June 2013 American Beauty "themed" (seriously, I don't really see how any of these products fits into a theme) Glossybox! It came a little late this month, but it still came in June, and that's really all I ask for. I'm very, very happy with this box and will gladly stay subscribed for the next one (I technically have to since I've already been charged for it, but if it's like this one, I will be very pleased). This is exactly what I want from Glossybox; I mix of full size and deluxe/travel sized products from both brands I know and trust and brands I had never heard of before.
As far as value goes, minus the perfumes since I don't know an exact value for them, this box is worth about $36. If you count the fragrance samples as $10, that puts the box at about a $46 value, which is similar to the values of the last few boxes. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth with this box, especially with the full-sizes of the polish and lipstick. I look forward to July's!
Thanks for reading! <3