Glossybox Review, August 2016

Glossybox, $21 per month US, has many international versions

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Meet Cappy!  He's such a little sweetheart.  He's checking out the August Glossybox.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but he has pretty blue eyes.

Glossybox is a monthly box that sends subscribers five to six items per month.  Glossy used to send everyone the same products, but they now have a good amount of variation.  The subscription has really gone down hill this year.  It's very disappointing.  Box values used to be in the $75-$100 range regularly, but, lately, it's been more in the $50-$60 range.  They've also been posting ads recently that have been completely false (more on that below).  I used to be a Glossy fan girl, but I'll probably be canceling once my year subscription ends.  

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Here's what came in my August Glossybox:

Screenshot of the Glossybox website taken 8/22/16

Screenshot of the Glossybox website taken 8/22/16

My August Glossybox was worth $51.98.  As you can see in the screenshot of the Glossybox website that I've posted to the right, they say that the value of the August box will be $70+.  This is the second month in a row that they've done this.  Last month, Glossybox originally sent out an ad stating that all boxes would contain a Nuxe shimmer oil and be worth $95+.  When neither of those things turned out to be true, Glossybox tried to say the ad was meant only for certain people and not for everyone, even though the ad clearly said "every box" and was sent directly to my e-mail inbox. They then changed their website to say that July boxes would be worth $60+.  Mine wasn't even worth $60, let alone $95.  I complained about it and they sent me a palette to try to make up for it, but I really wanted the Nuxe shimmer oil.  This month, I've sent them another message about the fact that their site clearly says boxes will be worth $70+ while my box is worth only $51.98.  I got a response asking me if something was missing from my box.  I wrote back and explained to them that all the products listed on the card were in the box but that the value of the box they sent me is almost $20 less than what they advertise on their site.  I have yet to get a response to that and I doubt I will.  Others have posted pictures and reviews of their boxes online and the value of their boxes looks to be very similar to that of mine.  In my message to Glossybox, I told them that most people would be very happy with their box worth $51.98, but, when they're advertising $70 values, then people are going to get upset.  If they hadn't said that the boxes would be a certain value, people wouldn't expect that.

 

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The Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil is quite strongly scented, but it works well if you can get past the scent.  Emily has been using it in her hair and found it was able to smooth out her hair well.  She has one little piece of hair that never likes to stay down and this was able to get that hair in line.  She wasn't a huge fan of the scent, but she was willing to overlook it because it made her hair look so good.

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The De Bruyère After Sun Lotion is supposed to be used after you've been in the sun all day and your skin needs some hydration and nourishment.  This has a very beachy sent from the monoï oil that is in it.  The formula is extremely thin -- it's more of a liquid than a cream.  It was very moisturizing and felt great after being on the beach all day.  The scent was stronger than I would have liked and it lasts quite a while, so this wouldn't be the first after-sun product I reached for.

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Last month, Glossybox put a spoiler for the August box on the product information card and this was iit -- the Too Faced Mascara Melt Off.  This is makeup remover oil in a tube that you apply with a wand to your lashes, wait a minute, then wipe it off.  I don't generally use waterproof mascara, so I don't have much of a need for this.  My mascara comes off pretty well with my regular makeup remover and I can always use an oil-based remover if I need to.  I'm not sure why you would need to pay a lot of money for a teeny bit of oil-based makeup remover in a tube.  This just added an extra step to my bedtime routine that is already too long and didn't do anything for extra for me.  If you use waterproof mascara and you've tried this product, does it make removal a lot easier?  Is it worth it?  I just can't see paying $23 for a teeny tube of makeup remover.

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I've gotten Invisibobble in boxes before, but it's always nice to get a few extra.  The only ones I had were black, so the pink is cute.  Invisibobble is a hair tie that holds your hair back without leaving kinks in your hair and without ripping your hair out when you remove it.  I don't use hair ties that often because I keep my hair pretty short, but I like these and find them to be easy to use when I do use hair ties.  

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Swatch of Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream in Exotic Fruits

Swatch of Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream in Exotic Fruits

All subscribers got the Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait Buttery Lip Cream in either Exotic Fruits or Guilty Pug.  I, of course, got Exotic Fruits, which is the most unflattering color on me.  Guilty Pug is a bright coral color, while Exotic Fruits is a very pale pinky-peach color.  The lipstick is moisturizing, but I couldn't bring myself to wear this color outside of the house.  It made me look sick.

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The final product was the Borghese Fango Brillante Brightening Mud Mask for Face and Body.  The mask is a bright pink cream and is supposed to brighten and even out the complexion of the face and body.  You apply this, wait five minutes, then rinse it off.  I've never tried a mask for my body before.  There isn't really enough of this product in the sample tube to do a full body treatment of this.  I used it on my face and found that it did give me smooth, glowing skin.  I don't really feel the need for a body mask, but I'll use it as a face mask.

Glossybox's sneak peek for next month wasn't an actual product.  They said that they will have an illustrator design next month's box.  They don't say who the illustrator is or what the box design will be like, but there are some pictures of roses, a bird, and a lock around the sneak peek, so I suspect that those are there as a hint.  Does anyone have any idea who this illustrator might be?  I usually like their special boxes, so the September box at least has that going for it.

I was pretty disappointed in the August Glossybox.  I don't know what is going on with the company, but it just isn't what it used to be.  I hope they are able to get back what they had, but it's not looking good at this point.  All of the products were okay besides the Trifle lipstick, but none were products I just had to have and couldn't live without.  The Too Faced Mascara Melt Off works fine as a makeup remover, but I just don't feel the need for expensive makeup remover that is only for my eyelashes.  I'm hoping next month will be better, but I'm not holding my breath.

What did you think of this month's Glossybox?  Did anyone get a box worth over $70?  If you got Guilty Pug, what did you think of the color?  I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!