Glossybox Fighting Pretty Special Edition Box, $40 (US only)
Little Miss Rosie is enjoying her new boxing gloves that came in my Glossybox Fighting Pretty box! She says I need to get a second set so she can box the other baby bunnies.
Glossybox, a monthly beauty subscription, puts out several limited edition boxes throughout the year. The limited edition boxes typically cost $40 and are put out for a holiday (they always do a Mother's Day and Holiday box), but this time, they've worked with Fighting Pretty to put together a box that benefits the cancer charity. All proceeds from the box go to Fighting Pretty, a charity that sends care packages filled with beauty products and accessories to women fighting cancer. Given that the charity is all about pink, I assumed that this was strictly for women with breast cancer; although the founder, Kara Dolce, survived breast cancer, Fighting Pretty will send boxes to women fighting any type of cancer. It can be hard to feel pretty or confident when you're battling cancer (or any serious disease), so getting a special package like this in the mail can really make a person's day. Each package they send out contains a teeny set of pink boxing gloves, which I'll tell you about below. I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time Glossybox has worked with a charity to put out a special box. I'd love to see them collaborate with other charities in the future.
Here's what came in the Glossybox Fighting Pretty Special Edition Box:
- Deco Miami Nail Polish in Not Your Fortune Teller (full size, worth $12.50)
- Borghese Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick in Swoon (full size, worth $25)
- Doucce Brow Filler Pencil in 615 Light Brown (full size, worth $22)
- EMK Beverly Hills Supra Face Cream (full size, worth $142)
- Biossance The Revitalizer Universal Moisturizing Concentrate (full size, worth $58)
- Fango Essenziali Purify Mud Mask for Face and Body (small sample, worth $4.64; full size costs $32.50)
- Fighting Pretty Mini Pink Boxing Gloves (worth $5?)
The box was worth an amazing $269.14! Glossybox promised these boxes would be worth more than $250 and they went over that by quite a bit! Given that Glossybox has been advertising values that were quite a bit higher than what subscribers were receiving in their monthly boxes, I'm happy to see that they didn't make that same mistake with this special box. All of the Fighting Pretty boxes contain the same products, although the color of the nail polish and lipstick vary. I wasn't really sure what value to give the teeny boxing gloves, but $5 seems about right. There are three skincare products, a nail polish, and two makeup products, so I'm happy with the box composition. I love that all but one of the products is full size!
The first product was the Deco Miami Nail Polish in Not Your Fortune Teller, a gorgeous deep purple color. Unfortunately, the top wasn't screwed on tightly, so it was dried out when I opened it. In the picture above on the right, you can see that it was half empty when it came. Thankfully, the box the nail polish came in held the cap on enough so it didn't spill throughout my Glossybox and ruin everything. I've tried Deco Miami polish in the past and have liked it. I sent Glossybox a message about the dried out nail polish and they responded quickly and said the would send a replacement. I hope they send the same color as I really like the one I got. I've been trying to thin this out with acetone so I can make it usable, but it's still on the goopy side.
The next product was the Borghese Eclissare ColorStruck Lipstick in Swoon. The box had a little matte peach dot on it, so I thought I was going to hate this color. It's hard to tell in the pictures above, but this is absolutely packed with sparkle. I love this color. I wish it were a shade or two darker, but it's okay that it's notWhile I wouldn't say this lasts quite as long as OCC lip tar, the staying power this lipstick has is impressive, especially considering it is not a liquid. This never would have been a color I would have chosen myself, but it ended up being just about perfect for me. That's one of my favorite things about beauty boxes -- sometimes, they'll push you outside of your color comfort zone a bit and you'll end up loving a color you didn't think you could wear.
Glossybox loves to put Doucce products and brow pencils in their boxes, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I got a Doucce brow pencil! This pencil is okay, but nothing special. I do like that there is a little brush on the other end of the pencil so you can blend the color out and get your brows in shape. The color is called Light Brown, but it's more of a medium brown. This probably wouldn't work all that well for people with black eyebrows, but it works well for my medium-to-dark brown brows. I prefer liquid or gel brow products like Benefit's Gimme Brow to pencils.
I was quite surprised that Glossybox would include a $142 full size moisturizer in the box! EMK Beverly Hills Supra Face Cream is a lightweight moisturizer that smells heavily of bananas. The scent goes away as soon as its absorbed into your skin, but, if you hate bananas, this might not be the moisturizer for you. It contains something they call Bioplacenta, a plant-based placenta ingredient (didn't know plant placentas existed) that is supposed to fight signs of aging, repair damaged skin, and hydrate and oxygenate your skin. I liked this, but I don't see myself spending $142 for a new one. Since it's a big, full size jar, I'll be able to use it for an extended period of time and see if it gives me amazing results, but I'm definitely skeptical that this is works significantly better than moisturizers a third of the price. If I finish this jar and think it is the most amazing thing ever, I'll let you know, but don't hold your breath.
I've gotten Biossance The Revitalizer in a Glossybox before, but it was a teeny bottle. It's nice to have a full size bottle of this! The only ingredient in this is squalane. Don't worry, though -- this is plant-based squalane, so no sharks were hurt to make this! This is an extraordinarily lightweight, unscented oil that absorbs quickly and can be used on your face or body. It isn't greasy at all and it is so moisturizing. This is going to be great to have around in the winter. This is full size and goes for $58, which is a little pricey, but I think it's worth it. At $40 for this box, even if you want only the Biossance The Revitalizer or the EMK moisturizer, you'll get your money's worth.
The final beauty product was the Fango Essenziali Purify. This is a pinky-grey mud mask and, truthfully, it doesn't smell very good. You only have to leave it on for five minutes, though, so the scent is tolerable. This contains antioxidants and it's supposed to deep clean your pores to help kill of breakouts. You can use this on your face and body, but I would probably only use it on my face. This made my face feel soft, clean, and smooth. Glossybox sent a Fango Essenziali mask out last month and Fango is owned by Borghese, so they've been all about the Borghese products lately.
They also threw in a set of mini pink boxing gloves with the Fighting Pretty logo on them. They're pretty cute, but I have no idea what I will do with them. Fighting Pretty sends similar boxing gloves in every box they send to women battling cancer. When the founder of Fighting Pretty was undergoing treatment for breast cancer, her friend's mom who had had breast cancer gave her a pair of little pink boxing gloves to remind her to be strong and have hope. She found them to be inspirational and she passed them along to someone else fighting cancer when her treatment was finished. I think it's really sweet that the founder wants to give these to all other women fighting cancer. They might seem like silly little tokens, but, if you're in pain, feeling tired, feeling hopeless, and you can't see a light at the end of the tunnel when you're undergoing treatment for a disease, if there is anything that gives you the smallest bit of hope or strength, then it is the most important thing in the world.
I absolutely loved this special edition Glossybox! I wish the monthly boxes were even half as good as this box. This is a great way to treat yourself and benefit a worthy charity or, even better, to treat someone in your life battling cancer (or any disease, really) who could use a pick-me-up. When you're undergoing grueling, invasive treatments, it's hard to feel attractive, so the packages Fighting Pretty sends out are a great idea. If you want Fighting Pretty to send a care package to a woman in your life who is fighting cancer, you can sign them up on the Fighting Pretty website. They suggest you donate $30 for each package you want sent. The packages Fighting Pretty sends out contain beauty products, inspirational trinkets, a journal, a scarf, and, of course, the little boxing gloves, so they're different from this special Glossybox. I highly recommend getting this box before it sells out. I bought one for my mom as her birthday is coming up, and I'm thinking about buying myself a second one as the products inside would make great gifts.
Has anyone else gotten this box? If so, what did you think? Did you love it as much as I did? What color nail polish and lipstick did you get? Did anyone else get dried out nail polish? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!