My First Glossybox Arrived Today!

I’ve been hearing so much about the subscription beauty boxes from Glossybox and Birchbox that I decided to give one of them a try.  I read a number of reviews online and read through all of the information for each of the boxes and decided to try out Glossybox first.  It seemed to have really great reviews, as well as getting a lot of good feedback about the types of products that they put in their boxes, both brands and variety, as well as product sizes.  So I signed up and after eagerly awaiting my first delivery for over a week, I finally got my first ever Glossybox today.  Naturally, I can’t wait to try out each of the products but until I get that done, here’s a little bit about what was in the July Glossybox.

First off, I just have to say that the box and wrapping are gorgeous.  I love the coral and starfish motif decorating the box and the tissue paper.  It really makes the box seem even more like a present.  A present I gave myself.   I had already seen the types of items that they had inside the box on the Glossybox website, so I had some idea of what would be included.  I received five different items, none of them that I totally didn’t want.  However, I was kind of bummed that they hadn’t included a tube of the Pout Paint because that sounded kind of cool.  But I still got some nice items, I think, though I haven’t tried any of them yet.  All in all, I think it was a pretty good deal for £10.00, plus £2.95 shipping (I had a promo code to get £2.00 off this month though).

Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo
Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo

Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo, 150 ml/5 fl oz; full size product.  This is a decent sized can of dry shampoo and it smells lovely.  It has a very nice coconuty smell, which might be a problem if you’re not a fan of that scent, but I love it.  The other thing I like was that it didn’t leave my hair with any kind of chalky or dull look like most dry shampoos that I have tried.  I guess that’s the difference of not using a powdery formula which is what most dry shampoos tend to be like, rather this product is made with coconut oil so it gives you shine and refreshes without dulling your hair (it seems).   I’ve only done a couple of test sprays on my hair to get a basic sense of what it was like, but so far, I’m a fan.  Here’s what they say about it on the Glossybox website:

Inecto Pure Coconut is nature’s answer to revitalising dry hair. Enhance the natural you with our collection of exclusive hair products.
For centuries coconut oil has been used as an effective hair and skincare beauty treatment. It assists in rejuvenating both hair and skin thanks to the rich active properties found in the oil.
Inecto Pure Coconut Haircare products contain 100% pure coconut oil which penetrates the hair to make it grow stronger and thicker; promoting growth whilst locking in moisture, reducing any hair damage.
The Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo instantly refreshes hair between washes while adding body and texture. It has a fantastically absorbent formula which will revitalize dull greasy hair. Hair will be left feeling gorgeously clean, fresh and lightly fragranced with our gorgeous exotic and sweet Pure Coconut fragrance.

I will be interested to see how well this keeps my hair from looking greasy initially and how well it keeps my hair from getting that greasy look back after an hour or so.  I have rather fine textured hair so the dry shampoo is also great for me to use on clean hair because it gives a little body and volume to my hair that I often really need.  So, I’ll have to see how well it works for that too.  If I like this well enough to purchase it again, Amazon.co.uk sells it for £2.54 for the 150ml can that I got with my box today.

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Mist
Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Mist

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist, 25 ml/0.85 fl oz; 20% of the full sized product.  Since I have naturally curly hair I’m not really sure how well this is going to work for me, but it’ll be interesting to see.  I don’t know that my hair really needs to have that “just back from the beach waves” and I’m worried this might make my hair more bushy than tousled.  But the whole benefit of the Glossybox, or any beauty box subscription, is to try new things.  So, I’ll be trying it.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

Get tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves with this weightless mist. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types. Organic Bamboo Extract®: Immediately boosts hair’s strength, flexibility & sustainability for stronger, healthier hair. Blue Yucca Root®: A natural fixative high in starch that creates long-lasting style and hold.

It all sounds like it could be good for helping out even those of us with our own natural waves or curls.  But I’m still a bit skeptical.  In any case, you can purchase the full sized 125 ml/4.2 fl oz product through the Alterna website for $22.00 though they only seem to ship to US addresses or military addresses, so you’ll not be able to get them to send it to you if you live in the UK.  In that case there’s a UK beauty website called LookFantastic (though oddly this isn’t the one linked from the Glossybox website even though it is in the newsletter) that sells the Alterna Boho Waves mist for £23.00 or  you can purchase it for £19.99 from Amazon UK.

Ciaté Paint Pot in Island Hopping
Ciaté Paint Pot in Island Hopping

Ciaté Paint Pots, 13.5 ml/0.46 fl oz; full sized product.  The colour that I received was “island hopping” and it is a bright red-orange that has quite a bit of sparkle and shimmer.  The bottle is cute with the little bow on it and the slight curve of the bottle makes it really comfortable to hold.  I’m not sure that the brush is any better than anyone else’s and I doubt it is as good as the brush in the Dior Nail Glow which gives an almost effortless application (another post I need to do).  I’ve read a couple of reviews though and all indications are that the nail polish doesn’t chip or anything too quickly and has a smooth application and a nice glossy finish.  So, I’ll be interested to put it to the test. Here’s what they to say about it on Glossybox:

Ciaté use a combination of professional and lovingly chosen high performance formulas. Our beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience. The long handle provides you the best strokes every time. With a dense 250 bristle flat brush, you are guaranteed a flawless even finish. The bottle has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand for maximum control. The formula is amazingly pigmented, long lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply. And finally, the iconic satin bow as the finishing touch which crowns each polish.

I’m not usually one for super bright colours like this on my nails and I definitely don’t do this much sparkle normally.  However, that said, there is something rather appealing to me about the colour and I think it will look good with my baby bit of tan or even my normal pale skin.  I’ll certainly be trying this on my toes first though (they’re easier to hide if I don’t like it).  It will probably be a nice change from my normal range of rose colours.  The bottle included in the box was a full sized one, which is great, but if you want to purchase it you can find it through the Ciaté website for £9.00.

Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented
Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented

Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented, 7 ml/.23 fl oz; about 7% of the full sized product.  This is a multi-use product since it is a tinted moisturizer and also has the added benefit of providing sun protection at SPF20.  I have pretty fair skin and it will burn quite easily so I’m always looking for something with decent sun protection for my face, which means this is potentially perfect for me.  I’ve tried various tinted moisturizers though and often find them to not be that great for coverage so that means I still have to put something else over them, which defeats the purpose a bit.  This little tube could be great for travel though.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.
• Hypoallergenic • Paraben Free • Ultra Sheer • Anti-Aging • Water Resistant (40 minutes) • No nano-sized particles

I tried a little and it is very runny, which usually translates to a lot of waste, I think.  Since it is unscented it is good that in reality the smell is something between fairly non-existent to kind of weird but isn’t offensive or sunscreeny.  I just looked at the prices and I’m kind of hoping that I don’t fall in love with it because it is not inexpensive.  You can buy it at Amazon.co.uk for £29.99 for a 50 ml/1.7 ounce tube or it is $36.00 on the Coola website in the US.

ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance
ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance

ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, 1.75 ml/0.05 fl oz; about 6% of the full sized product.  I really like face oils because they can really pack a lot of punch for something that feels very light on the skin.  Plus, as is the case with this oil, it is a blend of several different oils that are all known to have very good effects on your skin.  The little vial that came in the Glossybox is minuscule.  Of course, you only use a couple of drops on your face so in reality it will take a bit of time to go through this little bit.  The oil has a great scent that is lightly floral with a little almost cinnamony hint as well.  I can’t wait to try it to see if it lives up to its billing as “a little miracle”.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance has become a cult product worldwide and has been named ‘a little miracle’ by celebrity make-up artists. Your skin will rediscover its natural bloom and you will notice a healthy glow to your face. It results in cashmere-soft skin with a visibly improved texture and radiance
Winner of Harper’s Bazaar Hot 100.

• Works beautifully under make-up • Contains argan oil to fight wrinkles• Contains rosehip seed oil to heal scar tissue and reveal skin’s natural ‘bloom’• Contains damascene rose otto to regenerate skin cells and reverse ageing• Contains sandalwood to rejuvenate and nourish at a deep level (from the ila website).

This is another thing that I’m glad I can try out because it isn’t cheap to buy the full sized 30 ml bottle.  At the ilā Spa website the 30 ml bottle is £75.00 and that is the only place I’ve found that you can buy it.  Definitely not on the inexpensive side of things, so it will be interesting to see how it feels on and how it makes my skin look after a few days of using it.

So, I got all of that for £10.95 (normally it’ll be £12.95 with shipping and no promo code)!  The two full sized products alone make up for my monthly subscription since they are normally £11.54 (dry shampoo and nail polish) and that isn’t even taking into account the little sizes of the other items that have a bit of value too.  All in all, I think it was a pretty good deal this month.  I will be interested to see if I feel that way after a couple of more months though.  I almost forgot to mention that the Glossybox team also includes a little newsletter in the box that gives you all the details on the items included in your box, including prices and where to buy them.

I’m looking forward to seeing what surprises my August Glossybox will hold!

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