Yes. Really. I don’t know what happened, but I only now received my August 2014 GLOSSYBOX this weekend – September 5th, to be precise. It was postmarked August 5th, so I have absolutely no clue why or how a package going from Kentucky to Ohio managed to take longer to get to me than most of my Korean orders!
I seem to be the only one who got their box so staggeringly late, so I’m assuming it has something to do with my local post office – UPS has the local mail man deliver some, but not all, of their parcels, and our the mailman that our neighborhood got a few months back is notoriously bad. He’s been caught several times leaving the ‘sorry we missed you’ message in people’s mailboxes when they were standing in their yard and said hello to him, people have been finding both incoming and outgoing mail just… abandoned in piles in people’s yards (including an outgoing mortgage payment) or on the sidewalk, packages are being marked as delivered full weeks before he actually bothers to truly deliver anything – unfortunately, it seems like if an entire neighborhood constantly filing complaints for three months about him hasn’t given any results, I’m assuming that we’re stuck with him no matter how badly he does his job. I’ve always heard that it’s next to impossible to get even the worst postal worker fired, and given how serious some of his offenses are – particularly the leaving outgoing bills on the sidewalk in piles with other mail and flat-out lying about deliveries – this situation seems to be proving that statement.
If this keeps up, I’ll have to get a PO box or something because I’m losing faith in my postman’s ability to actually guarantee delivery of my parcels. But honestly, I’d probably take it out with the UPS store or something. I’d rather give them money than essentially reward my PO for being so bad by giving them even more money just to receive my mail properly.
Sigh. Okay, okay, rant over – it’s just that this is the second parcel in a week’s time that I was expecting almost a month earlier, and the PO has been absolutely zero help. Our neighborhood has a Facebook group and we’ve been documenting all this nonsense, but it seems like the PO simply doesn’t find it important enough to hire someone who actually does his damned job and doesn’t put the community at risk for theft via leaving all their mail and important documents all over the street. Seriously, how the fuck is that considered good enough to keep a job?!
I just wanted to clarify that this fault does not lie with GLOSSYBOX. They fulfilled their part and mailed it out over a month ago, so I don’t hold them accountable for my local PO’s insistence on employing this irresponsible, dishonest, and lazy idiot masquerading as a mailman.
So anyhow, not like anyone will really care since this unboxing is about a month later than everyone else’s, but here we go – my August 2014 Glossybox review and unboxing!
I’m not sure if it’s a permanent change or if it was just for their 3-year anniversary, but it seems that GLOSSYBOX has changed their packaging a bit – the box has a different texture and is more squared off, and the info card is accordion-style rather than the greeting card setup from before. I gotta say, I really like the new look and hope it’s permanent – something about the new box style is just really appealing to me.
There’s the new card style. I don’t really have strong feelings either way about the info card style, I guess. As long as it gives clear info and a decent amount of detail about each product, that’s good enough for me!
Aaaand here’s our first look~ Seems like a pretty balanced box this month, no? I see skincare, haircare, makeup, and nail polish! All we’re missing is body care, though I suppose the nail polish could possibly fall into that category, depending on how you sort such things.
So let’s look at everything, one by one!
Promising shine and a dose of hydration thanks to ingredients like royal jelly, blueberry, apple, sugarcane, green tea, lemon peel, and keratin, the Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate-free and leave hair fibers soft and easy to comb.
PRICING: Shampoo is $23.90 for 12 fl oz, Conditioner is $25.90 for 12 fl oz.
First of all, I have to say that I generally love when they include posh haircare items. You see, my hair is incredibly resistant to styling – when I worked at a salon at the front desk/shop area, some of the stylists kind of took my hair as a challenge – during breaks or really dead periods, they’d do their best to find SOMETHING that would keep a curl or wave, etc, in my hair beyond fifteen minutes. My hair would even sometimes simply refuse color in patches, which drove my stylist mad – I remember her pulling me aside to go over the ‘missed’ spots and then realizing that no, she hadn’t missed them, but for some reason my hair just wouldn’t always ‘take’ the color evenly.
My hair is essentially a jerky cat. It does what it wants, and no amount of styling product or attempts at even coloring will make it entirely cooperate. It wants to be dark, dark brown, and stick-straight. So with that said, you understand that I always feel a bit frivolous actually buying any fancy haircare products. Beyond smoothing my frizz and simply keeping my hair healthy, there’s not much to be done for me. But I still WANT to play with expensive shampoos and sea salt sprays and the like, so it’s nice when a sub box sends such items – I can play around with them without feeling stupid for actually picking them out and buying them individually.
Anyhow, my hair is oily and fine, so I’m not sure if the Uberliss Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner will be too rich for me, but I’ll definitely try it in the winter – both my skin and hair then to get dryer during the cold months.
The ingredients list kind of makes me hungry.
Containing natural skin-firming ingredients like ginseng extract, hydrolized marine collagen, avocado, wheat germ and sesame oils, this anti-aging cream should be massaged twice a day onto clean skin to improve elasticity and prevent the early appearance of wrinkles.
PRICING: $85 for 1.7 fl oz
Okay, I know this sounds a tad too rich for my oilier skin type (hmm, sesame oil…?) – but you know I’m gonna try it anyway just because:
A) I’ve been surprised by items for dryer skins working really well for me before (see: Dr. Jart’s Ceramidin stuff, Etude House’s Moistfull Collagen line)
B) I can’t resist trying out the big-bucks items when we get them. $85 is absurd, I gotta try it!
You can all laugh at me if it clogs me. You even have my permission to tell me ‘I told you so’ if/when this cream doesn’t agree with me!
In celebration of our third birthday, use this special-edition multipurpose highlighter on cheekbones, eyes, lips, or wherever the light catches you, for a lit-from-within-glow.
PRICING: $18.95 for .15 oz
I think the only highlighter that I own at the moment is Benefit High Beam – from this haul – and I’ve barely touched it, to be honest. I tend to favor a natural look for 99% of my days, but it’s nice to have some of the more glamorous items for if the mood/occasion ever strikes. This highlighter seems nice and creamy, which I like, and not TOO shimmery. I’m not trying to do disco ball cosplay any time soon, so less is definitely more RE: facial shimmer, in my opinion.
SpaRitual’s spring range is inspired by the flora and fauna found in a North American forest and mean to evoke feelings of outdoor nostalgia. With shades that harken to the bright flashes of color superimposed with a well-worn hiking trail, each nail lacquer is free of DBP, toluene, camphor, and formaldehyde resin.
PRICING: $12 for .5 oz
Well, that was a fanciful description, right? I received Uncharted, a bright reddish-pink with loads of shimmer. It’s pretty enough, though I do think I have a few versions of this color already – it’s nothing boundary breaking. Looking at the Explore collection, I’m much more partial to Wilderness and North Star, actually – if anyone received one of those as their color option, lucky! I’m totally jealous.
But then again, given how little the Uncharted swatch on the site looks like the actual bottle in my hand, maybe those colors also look totally different, so…
The British cosmetics brand, fronted by self-proclaimed eyeliner addict Alexa Chung, is all about the eye. Described as one of Chung’s favorite products for a Sixties look, this pigmented liquid pen features a long-lasting formula, and a precision tip for defined lines, bold wings and everything in between.
PRICING: $16 for .7 oz
Well, I suppose it wouldn’t be a proper anniversary GLOSSYBOX if they didn’t include at least one eyeliner. Seriously, they call Alexa Chung an eyeliner addict, but I suspect that the staff at GLOSSYBOX are also full-blown eyeliner junkies. They seem to believe that subscribers will have use for a new eyeliner almost every month, which leads me to think that they must all go through the stuff the way I blow through a bag of coffee.
I’ll add this to my pile of eyeliners – at this point, I don’t think I could use them all up before they expired even if I applied eyeliner twice daily. I wish they’d let me opt-out of the damn things, lmao. I seriously haven’t purchased one single eyeliner for myself that I can remember in like… 5 years, at least, yet I have about 5 black eyeliners and 3 brown ones in my stash. I’ll probably read some reviews and pick one of each shade to keep and then maybe blog sale the rest?
But seriously, calm the fuck down with the eyeliners, GLOSSYBOX, please. I love you, but I don’t need a Scrooge McDuck-style pile of eyeliner to swim in, really.
Overall, this was just a middle-of-the-road box for me. I think my big issue is that, for an anniversary box, none of the items were really unique or special – another damn black eyeliner, a nail polish in a shade that we’ve seen a million times, a nice-textured but otherwise basic cream highlighter… and while the face cream and haircare products are expensive, they don’t sound like they’re particularly groundbreaking in formula.
Of course, if you needed all or even a couple of these items, then this box is great – bang for your buck and all that. I dunno, maybe MEMEBOX has just spoiled me for other beauty sub boxes – they’ve raised the bar so high that I might be a bit harsher on this box in comparison.
Don’t get me wrong. I still like GLOSSYBOX – I just renewed for another six months. I love getting to try brands that I’d probably never afford otherwise. However, this box was just missing… that certain something, that oomph, for me personally.
Well, assuming that my postman doesn’t decide to dump it on a random street corner, my September box should be arriving shortly – and they did include some spoilers for the next three boxes:
September will include Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara and the box will be curated by Harper’s Bazaar. Sounds promising!
October gives a Nails Inc polish – uh, as long as I don’t get that color, yay – and November gets something from Juice Beauty. Fun!
If you’re interested in trying GLOSSYBOX, new subscribers can get a free Ciate nail polish by entering the code “CIATE” when they sign up. I got a gorgeous Ciate polish in a past box (Beach Hut, a really pretty orangey-bronze shimmer) and I was really impressed by it, so this is a pretty good code IMO!
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