Hello! This post is going to be all about my final Glossybox, the August 2013 box. I unsubscribed from Glossybox because it just didn't feel worth it to me anymore and I think I've found a better subscription service for around the same price. When I started Glossybox way back in March, I was super excited; $21 for a box that had five deluxe and/or full-sized high end products sounded right up my alley. The first box I got was amazing and it made me really excited about Glossybox in general. As I got more boxes, I just got more and more disappointed in the products included in them. My boxes have always been worth more than the $21 I paid for them, so I'm technically always getting my moneys worth, but the products didn't feel worth the $21 to me personally, if that makes sense. There are products I couldn't use (including a foundation that was in the darkest shade possible, even though my skin tone is listed as "fair" in my beauty profile), products that weren't high-end (the perfume and face wipes from Nicka K New York), and just overall not good products (like the mini Nails Inc nail polish).
I really like the idea behind Glossybox, a box of selected high-end samples from companies both well known and those you've never heard of, and I liked that Glossybox seemed to have a great international presence (seriously, there are a ton of Glossyboxes in different countries. Glossybox has been around for a while, but they only recently came to the U.S). I just feel like Glossybox U.S. could have done so much more and could have been so much more, but it just fell flat for me.
This final box really cinched my decision to unsubscribe (I wanted to wait until I got my final box before I unsubscribed just to make sure my final box arrived safe and sound), but I do feel like my negative opinion of it is influenced by my overall negative opinion of Glossybox, so take what I say with a grain of salt!
I'm actually going to start with something that wasn't inside my box. Deceptive, I know. This month, it looks like everyone got a little something extra from Glossybox and the brand Guess.
Now onto the actual products in my Glossybox! I'll start with the card since it's just easier that way.
Going in order of my info card, I'll start with Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz.
Next up is Novex hair cream from Brazil.
This is a small bottle of a keratin hair cream made by the company Embelleze Rio. It's supposed to help nourish and replenish hair proteins to help with smoothness and shine and to prepare for the dry conditions of winter. I'm already a little leery of hair masks since the last one I tried, the Brazilian Blowout one, actually ended up drying out my hair (...which is the opposite of what it was supposed to do). I'm not sure why that happened; it may be because I have such fine hair that it got a protein overload (too much protein can make your hair brittle).
Next is the Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush, one of the products that Glossybox sneak-peeked.
I really wanted to like this product, especially since it's one of my favorite things from this box, but I don't like the ingredients, especially compared with the other lip gloss/balm I've gotten in my Glossybox from another UK brand. The first ingredient is mineral oil and it also has petrolatum and parabens. For a higher end, more expensive product, I'm really surprised it doesn't have "better" ingredients. This is (supposedly) a full sized product and worth (according to my info card) $18.00.
Next is the product that varied in people's boxes; some got this Model Co Eyeshadow Duo while others got a Pandora nail polish.
My info card lists this compact as full sized (two .08oz shadows) and that it's worth $25. When I looked this product up on Model Co's website, they didn't have eyeshadow duos, but they did have eyeshadow trios which they were selling for $22. At that price, that makes this duo worth approximately $14.67, more than $10 less than the full price listed by Glossybox. I believe the nail polish was listed as a $9.50, which make this product technically worth more, but I would have much preferred the polish since these are very common, generic colors (honestly, who doesn't have eyeshadow in these colors? Especially if you subscribe to a monthly beauty box).
Finally, the last product in my box is the Sue Devitt Triple C-Weed Pressed Powder in "Quite and Still".
I found this product on sale at Macys.com for $21, but the original full size price is $28 for 0.35oz, which is what Glossybox lists this product as. The compact is pretty slim and includes a mirror and a really slim applicator circle (is there a technical name for these? I'm pretty sure there is).
Overall, this was another pretty "meh" box. I talked a bit about my feelings towards this box, Glossybox in general, in my intro, so I won't repeat myself too much down here, but...yeah. I don't regret unsubscribing (now watch, next box is going to be absolutely amazing and have a Deborah Lippmann polish and full size everything...), especially after this unspectacular and uninteresting box. There are items I'm going to use, the eyeshadow, the compact, possibly the lip stain, but they don't feel particularly luxe or special, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to subscribe to Glossybox in the first place; to be able to try luxury/special products that I might not be able to try otherwise. In total, this box was worth $63.38, which is based on my "found" prices and is not even including the hair cream, so this box was a good deal, at least monetarily. Product-wise, I feel like there could have been more thought put into things; instead it kind of feels like they just found whatever they could get their hands on and put it in.
At least I can say I gave Glossybox a chance. And who knows, maybe one day I'll resubscribe!
Thanks for reading! <3!