When i first decided to become a blogger, i watched a TON of youtube videos. Almost immediately i realized that everyone i watched, every blog i read, were loyal to some subscription box service. The idea behind these box services is that you pay a monthly flat fee and receive goodies once a month. Some of the subscription services are really hit -or- miss. I spent $18.00 on a box that arrived late, was full of junk i’d never use- and i swore i’d never do it again….unless Glossybox, a German based subscription service, ever came to the united states.
Glossybox has a huge UK following. I watched a youtuber review their recent harrod’s glossy box, and after seeing the quality of the products, the quantity of the products, and the service the individual received, i was chomping at the bit to get it here in the US. I jumped on their waitlist in hopes of someday seing them launch.
Then, one morning, in only what i can call a cosmic miracle, i checked my inbox to find an email that had the words “Glossybox” in the subject. I thought the day had finally come where i could sign up for the service! I jumped out of bed and turned on the computer, credit card in hand to order. It was actually an email from a wonderful GlossyBox representive who asked if i had ever heard of glossybox. Images of makeup and product sample possibilities dance in my head at night, so naturally i shared my desire for Glossybox to come to the U.S with the wonderful Adrianne.
That’s when she told me. GLOSSYBOX IS LAUNCHING IN THE UNITED STATES. I REPEAT: GLOSSYBOX IS ARRIVING IN THE U.S!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The powers that be have sent me my own box, which was free of charge. I am honored to be one of the first to receive it. After playing around with the products (without being swayed by Glossyboxes generosity) I intend on being one of the first in line to sign up for this service (as was my intention all along).
My box arrived way ahead of schedule. I got the shipping info this morning and by this afternoon it was on my front doorstep, which is impressive. The box was well packed, with no leaks, and the box itself is awesome. I would suggest reusing it — i already am using it to hold stationary! I love to write letters, and the box is super fancy. I was shocked to see that almost all of the six products i received were full size products!
Here is what was inside, as well as my first impressions and thoughts about each product.
1) OPI nailpoolish in “Kiss me on my tulips”.
This was by far one of the products i was REALLY excited about. I immediately recognized the brand name, and before i even unwrapped the rest of the box i was bounding up the stairs in search of nailpolish remover (to get rid of the other nailpolish i had on) and eagerly paining my nails. I don’t own any O-P-I polishes, so this was my first. Glossybox, you don’t know what you started! I have two new puppies and i have to constantly pick them up, put them down, play with them, rub them- etc. My nailpolish normally chips within a few minutes of putting it on. I put it on my nails and it dried quickly enough for me to grab a puppy with a runaway sock- without chipping. The color is a phenomenal hot pink color that is PERFECT for summer! The price of this product is normally $8.50
2. BASQ Cucumber Tea Eye Gel
This product was fairly interesting. I LOVE eye gels because 1) they de-puff tired eyes (and as a student and new puppy owner, ive always got tired eyes!) and 2) because when you store it in the refrigerator and put it on your eyes it feels amazing. When i first smelled this product it smelled vaguely familiar. I couldn’t figuire out what it was, but it certainly wasn’t cucumber tea. Then, i remembered. During my days moonlighting as a Physical Therapy aide we used this stuff called: BIOFREEZE. It smells exactly like it. Some people might be turned off by this, but it didn’t bother me much. It felt really nice and didn’t irritate my already sensitive skin. This product is normally $24.00, and the subscription is 21.00- so if i had paid for it, the box would have already paid for itself!
3. C.O Bigelow: Lavender and Peppermint Body Lotion
Lavender essential oils have two purposes: softening your skin and relaxing you. Peppermint has a couple uses that are similar- though it’s also used for aches and pains, relaxation and soothing your skin. Personally, i like it a lot. The packaging is really like an old school apothecary, the smell does it’s job, and it’s moisturizing but NOT greasy. Also, peppermint tends to be a natural bug repellent, so it’s nice to be able to go outside with the dog and not be chased by every bug in New Jersey! This product is originally $12.00 and came in a full size bottle.
4. Cargo’s EyeBronzer
This is not an eyeshadow, but i used it as one. After researching it a little more i found that it was actually just shimmer for inner/outer corners and can also be used with the felt tip applicator as a shadow liner. Regardless, it is highly pigmented and very good quality. It seems to be a fairly new product, so i was excited to try it. Even though it has shimmer in it, it didn’t bother my eyes. It has Kaolin clay in it, so it goes on very smoothly and just by wearing it you are improving your skin! This product is normally 22.00! Again, it was a full size, and the box has ALREADY paid for itself.
5. Erno Laszlow’s “Hollywood Collection”.
These were sample sized skin care moisturizers. The full size original product is about $122.00, so if it wasn’t in my box for free, i probably wouldn’t have thought to buy it. After trying it, however, i do really like it. I used the night cream as i have sun burn on my skin (oops). It’s a higher-end product typically sold at Bergdoff-Goodman. The best thing about this product? They don’t test on animals!!! 🙂 Just hearing this makes me REALLY happy Glossybox included this product. I am much more likely to purchase this after having tried it and researched it.
6. Kryolan High Gloss Brilliant Lip Shine (Toffee)
The color was not for me at all. I’m pale, and this nude color is not attractive on me- but the formulation of the product itself is FLAWLESS. It’s a professional makeup company that is typically used by drama students and professionals, so i was happy to be able to try it. It’s really nicely pigmented, and i even decided to purchase this item in a different color. It stayed on for quite a few hours after applying it- and didn’t get all over the puppies faces when i was giving them tons of puppy kisses! The price of this product is $18.00
The value of the items of this box totaled : $209.50
The value of the glossybox normally (again, i received this free of charge!) is normally $21.00 a month.
After trying the products, seeing the quality of the Glossybox itself, and interacting with their representatives and customer service teams- I am DEFINITELY singing up for this service. Nothing compares. Trust me, i’ve used other services and cancelled every single one.
Keep in mind that mother’s day is just around the corner. Why not pamper mom 12 months out of the year with a glossy box subscription instead of just one day? It makes a great gift.
Check out Glossybox yourself:
and tweet them at @GlossyBox_US … Tell them @PrductJunkiegirl sent you! 🙂
What do my fellow US Bloggers think?? Will you be signing up for Glossybox and their USA launch? Don’t forget to go to their website (www.glossybox.com) to enter your email and get on the waiting list to be notified when you can sign up! DON’T MISS OUT ! 🙂