Review: May Glossy Box USA

Monday June 4th, 2012 at 1:40 am

I’m always so happy to get Glossy Box’s! I’m paying a lot more money, it’s only expected that I get more excited. I meant to get this up 2 nights ago since I didn’t have a lot going but I got sidetracked with less important things so that didn’t happen. I think I have attention problems this weekend ._. It’s mostly because I’m dying to make a new layout and I have an idea in mind but I’m not anywhere skilled enough in Photoshop to make it happen so a lot of pondering has been going on.

Glossy Box USA has done well in it’s first public box! Outside of shipping, I have no complaints about any of the products. Glossy Box USA brings a new shipping method into attention, Newgistics. Newgistics is a shipping company dealing in the management of small parcel delivery and return services (yay for Wikipedia). They focus on developing a better process for returning products ordered online. Partnering up with USPS have made their shipping methods similar to UPS MI. Newgistics ships the package and it’s picked up later by USPS to be delivered. It sounds fancy but Newgistics process is extremely slow, even slower than that of UPS MI in my opinion. It usually takes Glossy Box over a week to get to me even though I’m on the east coast. Glossy Box USA has said they are looking into newer shipping methods but the soonest it would be implemented would be a couple months, and that’s if there are any changes made. I don’t generally have fits over shipping as long as it gets to me at some point but in these cases, I wouldn’t mind paying additional to receive it sooner. Patience might be a virtue but I don’t have it :)

Box Contents for May include:

  • Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel
  • Burberry Beauty Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick Copper No. 202
  • Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste
  • Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for Dry Hair
  • ZOYA Summer 2012 Beach and Surf Collection Nail Polish in Reagan
  • Glossy Box Exclusive Blush Brush
  • Glossy Box USA’s “first” box has delivered what they promised, 5 travel-sized beauty items with some being full sized samples! The theme for May is “Beauty Around the World”. Each product originates from a different country. I love trying international brands so you have no idea how happy Glossy Box keeps making me.

    The info cards list products, descriptions, what country they represent, prices, and more information. The card hints the soon to be released Glossy Dots program. The Glossy Dots program will allow you to review products from each box and you earn 20 points for each review, which will eventually go towards a free box! I’m not too sure how many points will be required before you can redeem your free box but the rewards program should be up soon with the info. Other countries that have referral programs will also allow you to earn dots through referrals. Hopefully the US will get this option soon as well. The amount of points earned varies country to country but it seems that every country let’s you redeem a free box after 1000 points. If the US follows the same tradition, that means 50 reviews will earn you a free box. If you review every item in each box, you can redeem a free box after 10 months. It sounds like a long time, but with the help of referral points, some people will be able to receive multiple free boxes in a year.

    ZOYA Summer 2012 Beach and Surf Collection Nail Polish in Reagan (USA) [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 0.5 fl oz ($8.00)
    Glossy Box Value: 0.5 fl oz ($8.00)

    Description: Zoya Nail Polish in Reagan can be best described as a deep, cool fuchsia pink with subtle blue undertone and an opaque cream finish. Reagan packs a lot of color without being excessively bright and is soft but not overly muted.

    This is the only item in the box that came in a variety. You would have received any random color from ZOYA’s Summer 2012 Beach & Surf Collection. Glossy Box seems to love giving me pink nail polishes. This one is a darker shade of pink than the OPI nail polish fro April’s box, which was a shade of hot pink.

    It looks more bright in the photo but fuchsia pink is a great term for it’s color. It’s a slightly darker shade a pink. ZOYA rates the intensity of this color with a 4 with 1 being sheer and 5 being opaque. The nail polish dries fairly quickly and the color is gorgeous on my nails. It has a very smooth looking finish. I don’t ever wear nail polish but ZOYA is one brand I see a lot of people mention.

    Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel (South Korea) [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 1.7 fl oz ($100.00)
    Glossy Box Value: 0.27 fl oz ($15.88)

    Description: A refreshing, oil-free hydrating gel that works to delay all signs of aging. This deeply hydrating gel stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin to improve moisture levels. Formulated with ginger root extract and nine essential amino acids, these ingredients revitalize the skin to reveal a radiant complexion.

    I genuinely do not mind small samples as long as they are not in packets. I find these small containers to be adorable! The gel comes in a light shade of blue/green and it smells very refreshing. I can’t quite pinpoint the smells but I would definitely love this every day. It’s also oil-free as an added bonus so no need to worry about oily residues and such.

    It comes with a reflective mirror on the cap, I thought this was a very unique idea. I think the full size ones comes with one too. I had fun playing around with it.

    Burberry Beauty Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick Copper No. 202 (UK) [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 0.12 oz ($30.00)
    Glossy Box Value: .028 oz ($7.00)

    Description: Burberry Lip Mist gives a sheer illuminating finish with a subtle hint of color, contains moisturising emollients and wild rose extract for long-lasting hydration and protection. The smooth and lightweight texture glides on effortlessly. Both the lipstick cover and lipstick come with the signature Burberry patterns.

    My first thought was “another brown lipstick”? This is another sample that I thought was too adorable. The box the lipstick came in is about the size of my pinky finger.

    Burberry’s Lip Mists are a bit different than lipsticks. They aren’t designed to focus a lot on color. When the lipstick says sheer, it does indeed mean sheer. The Lip Mist almost ended up looking like a lip gloss on me. It ended up going on more clear than it did brown, which makes it wearable for just about any occasion. Am I the only one who thinks the lip mist tasted like blue raspberry?

    Marvis Whitening Mint Toothpaste (Italy) [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 1.23 oz ($7.50)
    Glossy Box Value: 1.23 oz ($7.50)

    Description: Marvis Whitening, with a sharp taste of cool mint for a pleasant and lasting freshness, carries out a whitening activity on your teeth for a more beautiful and splendid smile. Marvis flavors are created by offsetting the aroma of mint, to provide the freshness you need, with innovative notes to offer you a long-lasting pleasurable taste sensation that can be different every day. The Marvis Formula: White, protected teeth, fresh breath all day long, helps prevent tooth decay, tartar and plaque.

    It’s interesting to receive toothpaste in a beauty box. I never would have expected it. The travel size is nice for me. Whenever I go on trips, I never take toothpaste and always end up bumming off my friends. Having extra toothpaste on hand also never hurts.

    The smell isn’t anything special, just your usual fluoride, minty toothpaste. The consistency of the it seems a bit different to me, almost thicker than that of American brands. The mint flavoring isn’t strong, I had a hard time tasting much of anything in the toothpaste after using brands such as Colgate for so long. Marvis comes in a more subtle taste but still gets the job done!

    Phyto Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for Dry Hair (France) [Purchase]

    Actual Value: 6.7 oz ($38.00)
    Glossy Box Value: 1.7 oz ($9.64)

    Description: A staple at top salons, this aromatic mask from Phyto melts into a luxurious hair softener that moisturizes and instantly detangles. Hair regains elasticity and manageability.

    This is my second Phyto item. I received one earlier in either my Beauty Fix or Beauty Army bag, can’t remember. I’m actually very excited to try this and the size of the sample is just amazing! My hair is super dry, it’s one think I’m constantly having to fight with. If this works well, I’ll definitely be back to buy a full sized one.

    Glossy Box Exclusive Blush Brush [Purchase]

    Actual Value: —
    Glossy Box Value: —

    This came an added bonus with the box. Who knows if it was because it’s the first box or if it’s something they will do every now and then for subscribers. I was happy to see it was a blush brush. It’s one of the few brushes I do not have. I’ve been using my foundation brush all this time. Glossy Box’s blush brush is an all black brush made from goat hair. It’s very soft and it’s easy to see that the quality of the brush is very nice. Thank you Glossy Box for the gift!

    Total Value: $48.02 (not including the brush)

    Not bad for a box that cost me $21. Minus the nail polish, I should have uses for all the items in the box. I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s box :) Services like Birch Box and My Glam are great for the price and the opportunity to still try different products but I do prefer to have products I can use for a while and am willing to pay extra for it. Glossy Box is the most expensive service I have but it’s makes me the happiest. Next one up will be Sample Society, which I’ll be receiving my first box Tuesday. Let’s see what a $6 difference can make.

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    One Response to “Review: May Glossy Box USA”

    1. diana says:

      Thanks for the review! I’m waiting for more glossy box subscription slots to open. I’m also about to get my first sample society box! :)

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