May 20, 2016

GLOSSYBOX Review & Giveaway!

When I was contacted by Samantha over at GLOSSYBOX, asking if I was interested in receiving the May box, I couldn't have been more excited! I have been wanting to check out GLOSSYBOX for a while now and just haven't gotten around to it. I wasn't notified ahead of time what was in the May box so I was itching to find out! Read on to find out what I received, what was my favorite, and how YOU can win a one month gift subscription for yourself! It couldn't be easier!

Now, these are obviously not full sizes, however, they are deluxe-size samples, meaning they are way more product than what you'd find in Birchbox or many of the other beauty subscription boxes. Also fun to note: the beautiful pink box that you get is gorgeous! It can be used to store makeup, jewelry, gifts for girlfriends, etc. I actually am planning on saving mine up to create a cool DIY pull-out shelf for my makeup vanity! Nothing against those boxes! I think they're a great way to experiment and discover new products! I really love this deluxe size for two reasons: 1) there is enough product for you to really decide if you love it or not before you go out and buy it (unlike a one-time-only sample where you may never see results from skincare, etc.) and 2) they are PERFECT for travel! It's so nice to have luxury products all under the 3oz size so you don't have to worry about squeezing them into those tiny little bottles before hopping on a plane or not having room in your toiletry bag for all your beauty items!

The products I was already familiar with were the Nioxin haircare products, and the Benefit Roller Lash mascara. Both of which I love and highly recommend. If you are like me and don't like shelling out full price for mascara unless you know you'll love it, Macy's has a small tube for $12 you can try out! I believe you can also find that size at Ulta in the checkout aisle. Sorry for the creepy, horribly lit photo below. I quickly ran out into the dark hallway with the flash on while my babies were sleeping to snap a pic of my lashes with the mascara on so you can see the lift it gives. I'm not wearing any eyeliner today. Just two coats of Roller Lash.

Nioxin is a fantastic scalp treatment line and they have done such an incredible job of making sure every single hair and scalp type in the world is represented so that there is a product system for everyone. The one I received just so happened to be perfect for my hair which is "normal to thin looking, chemically treated". Seriously....check out their super handy Consultation Tool to find out what you should be using.

The Rituals Zensation foaming shower gel was really nice. The scent was really pleasant and left just enough behind without being offensive. This would be a great option for those who use shaving gel as it would save you a step in a hurry! I'm not sure I'd purchase the full size of this for everyday use, but I'm not a big shower gel/shave gel type of gal. Different strokes for different folks, eh?

The two facial moisturizers were fantastic! The Talika line is new to me and I have to say I am very impressed. This is a perfect example of getting to try a product, falling in love, and planning on purchasing the full size. This is kind of a lotion/gel hybrid in terms of consistency, however, it is incredibly moisturizing yet not heavy. I plan on tucking the full size into my professional kit to use on clients after I purchase it as I suspect it will work on just about everyone.

The VersaSpa gradual facial moisturizer pleasantly surprised me as well. I'm usually very picky about facial sunless tanners as I typically find them too greasy, heavy and stinky. At first application, this had NO and I mean no nasty DHA smell (the chemical that is present in all sunless tanners). I didn't even catch a whiff of it masked beneath light fragrance or anything! I did, however, smell it a bit as my tan developed, but it was very faint. This developed very quickly and gave me a very subtle, believable tan on my face. It wasn't until later on in the evening that I looked in the mirror and thought "why do I look so healthy and can barely see my undereye circles??" and then I remembered I had applied this after getting out of the shower! That's all the evidence I need! No breakouts to report after using this daily for almost a week!

And now for the fun part! I'm going to be giving away a one-month gift subscription (1 box) to a lucky reader! Winner will be chosen by midnight PST on May 31, 2016. Here's how to enter:

Comment below and answer one of the following questions....

1) Out of all the products mentioned, which would you like to try the most?
2) How would you upcycle your pink GLOSSYBOX instead of throwing it away?

Don't forget to include your email address so I can reach out to you if you win!

That's it! I'll put the responses through a random generator and contact the winner via email! Make sure to remember to include your email address. If there is no email address, I will have to move onto the alternate winner.

Good luck, Beauties! Xoxo!


  1. I am really interested in the VersaSpa Gradual Facial Moisturizer-like you,I'm SO skeptical of facial tanners,dha,the usually dodgy outcomes, etc.
    I am basically see-through,so it would be so nice to get a natural,soft,healthy-looking color on my face,for sure!
    Thank you so much for the chance to win this box-I have am not and never have been subscribed to a beauty box,so it would be great to see what it's like to open one,etc!
    I am loving your blog,too! You are honest and funny and tell it like it is.So happy I found it.
    Thanks again! xx

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  3. The shower gel has me curious. I'm usually a bar soap lady but the cherry blossom scent is calling to me. All boxes in this house end up a baby toy. 😆

  4. I would definitely want to try the Benefit mascara. I would upcycle the box by using it on my dresser for daily jewelry. Or, another thought, use it as an old-fashioned button box! email address:

  5. I wouldn't mind trying the benefit mascara! I love the sample of their mascara primer that I have tried so I'm sure the mascara is fantastic. Like you said it is difficult to take the gamble on a full size until you know for sure.

  6. I think the VersaSpa gradual facial moisturizer would be nice to try. My skin is dry all year round and I am always looking for something to help with that!

  7. I think the VersaSpa gradual facial moisturizer would be great to try. I have dry skin all year round so I am always looking for something to help with that!

  8. I would love to try the VersaSpa gradual facial moisturizer as I am all about skincare and making great new finds that work on my skin. And I would upcycle the box by storing nail polishes in it :)

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  9. the Benefit mascara is awesome I would love to try it the most :)
    I would use pink glossybox for my daily use beauty products because I am already using Memebox for that :)
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  10. I would love the gradual facial moisturizer! I'm super pale and my face is usually very dry so it would be a win-win! I think I'd like to upcycle and store my color cosmetics in it like a beauty briefcase! Megan.hardison at gmail dot com

  11. ooh, i have been interested in that benefit mascara, so i would have been excited about that! :) that pink box is so cute - i'd definitely use it as storage on top of my dresser or maybe in a drawer to help with organization. bluedayzee3(at)yahoo(dot)com
    xo, millie

  12. I really want to try the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. I've heard good and bad things about it, but I really want to try it out for myself!
    crystalrsell at gmail dot com

  13. I'd like the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. I'd use the box to store hair clips

  14. I'd most like to try the Talika Photo-Hydra 'Day' Moisturizer. I never paid much attention to moisturizers, but as my skin ages I have specific needs and am always looking for new and better products.


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