Sunday, September 23, 2012

Birchbox and Glossybox (recent boxes)

If you read my previous posts, you know that I've been subscribed to Birchbox for about 9 months now, and only two months to Glossybox (it has launched in the States only recently).  So far, I really like both services, and I think all boxes I got have justified the amount payed for them. Birchbox costs only $10 a month, while Glossybox is $21 a month. The difference is significant, but I've found that it's worth it.

Let's start with the Glossybox July edition. The first thing I want to point out is that the box is about twice as big as the Birchbox one. And it's really nice too (great for storing other things!) That month was good, but not great; I got Sebastian Color Ignite Multi Tone Shampoo and Conditioner, which are supposed to be good for color-treated hair. I only have some highlights, so I wasn't sure if it would work for me. I didn't see any exceptional results after using them both, but I can't say anything bad about them either. The shampoo foams up well and has a pleasant scent. I cannot but say that I liked the texture of the conditioner - I've never seen nor tried a foamy conditioner! However, as soon as you put it on your hair and smooth it out, it turns into a regular creamy conditioner.
The other products I got were two packs of hand and body emulsion, a double-ended lipgloss ( I didn't like that it had glitter though, so I gave it away), foot cream (I like it!), and a brow pencil.


The conditioner   
Nice eyebrow pencil!Soft and has a waxy texture
 

The August box was much better in my opinion. Two full-sized products and great sample sizes of the other three. So here we have Ellis Faas Creamy Lips, a full sized lip product. I haven't tried this one because I found the swatches of this exact shade online and didn't like it. It's an orange-y brown weird-looking shade. Anyway, my brochure says it  has a matte finish, which is another minus for me (I like glossy lips!) This lip gloss, or lipstick, whatever it is, retails for $22 which already pays off the entire box! Another full-sized product is the Illamasqua nail polish ($14 value), and the color I got was Radium. I like the shade in the bottle, but can't imagine it on my nails, so...
Next, a hair product - Biolage Exquisite Oil Replenishing Treatment. This sample is of a decent size and has a pump, which is really nice! I tried it, and was pleased with the results and with the scent in particular. This oil doesn't make your hair feel oily or anything, just adds more shine and moisturizes it.
Then, there are two huge samples of skin care products. First- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum (1 fl. oz or 30 ml), is a vitamin C serum which smells like oranges. It's supposed to smooth out wrinkles and moisturize the skin. I've been using it, and although it's a pleasure to apply, I can't see any results. I haven't used it up yet though, so maybe I just have to wait and see. The other product is Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base, which is basically a primer that you put on before your makeup. It isn't as siliconey as most primers are, it's more of a moisturizer in gel form. It's really nice and moisturizing, but it didn't help my makeup stay on longer :(




 Ok, so there is Birchbox September issue. It was nice, but I wasn't too impressed. The two things I liked the most were the Color Club nail polish in the color Insta-This that you can see on my nails here (it's a very pretty medium blue color with purple undertones), and LiQWd Volumizing Catalyst - a spray for adding volume to hair. This one isn't sticky at all, it just makes your hair a little bit more resilient and bouncy at the roots. They also threw in a packet of shampoo and conditioner by the same brand (also nice!) Then, there's Dr. Jart+ BB cream, which I haven't tried yet, but I will let you know if I like it in the future posts. Of course they couldn't do without a perfume sample. I got Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgary, and although it's not my kind of scent, I liked it. It is more suitable for nighttime as it's so rich and very floral.
Oh, I also got a hair twistband as an addition.



Are you guys subscribed to any beauty boxes? How do you like them?

42 comments:

  1. Great reviews! I'm always hearing about Glossybox but never have the money to sign up, plus I hear it's always a bit hit and miss and seeing as I'm quite particular with my beauty products it would probably just piss me off! Thankyou for your very kind comment on my blog :) it didn't half cheer me up
    http://www.bandasaur.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I understand...I'm very picky too, and it happens that some products piss me off when they are just useless, weird, or not my color, but I always hope for the best.
      Thanks for your comment and have a nice day!

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  2. Great review!
    http://myfashionfoodstyle.blogspot.co.il/

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  3. Great post and reviews dear!! I follow you now!! I hope you will follow me too!!
    see u,
    kisses

    http://www.thefashionheels.com/

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  4. Awesome review ! Love the way you write :) Could you please consider following each other? www.shineonbyandrea.blogspot.com Twitter:@shineonbyandrea

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    1. Thank you very much! Sure, let's follow each other, your blog is nice :)

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  5. Great post!!You are so pretty! I follow you, xoxo <3

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  6. I would love to subscribe to glossy box aswell.. Ifonly I was workiing insteadof studing I would have a lot more money!

    :)

    Stop by soon!

    / L from sweden

    http://isbla.blogspot.com

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    1. Glossybox is nice, I hope you can afford it sometimes in the near future!

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  7. I love your new things! :)

    xoxo

    http://godsavesfashion.blogspot.com.es/

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  8. They look really good! I like your blog your blog by the way, followed you on bloglovin, maybe follow me back?
    Kisses,

    http://mesmemosphotoblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. A perfect review!!!!!
    Kisses
    Francy&Stef
    chicwiththeleast.blogspot.it

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  10. touch in sol looks nice! :>

    thanks for your comment! :)
    i'm followin you back! <3

    please visit me again on:
    www.veraspop-upworld.blogspot.com

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  11. Отличный миниатюры, мне нравится,что лаки полноразмерные приходят)нам такие не присылают вроде бы(
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    1. Ну лаки же не особо дорогие, так что они частенько их вкладывают. Может просто пока не присылают?

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  12. i've never subscribed to a beauty box and am always a little skeptical of them, but it looks like you've got some great things for a decent price! maybe i'll try it out xx

    -Carly

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  13. I love your blog, it is awesome and fun!
    Annushka.

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  14. wow great pics ! I love them ;)

    Thank you for the lovely comment !!! :)

    I follow you too now :*

    RUNWAY JUICE

    XXX

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  15. It looks like there are a lot of really fantastic products in both boxes! I am signed up with Luxe Box, which is the Canadian version of this.
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  16. I don't have access to birchbox but I'm always so nosy to know what's in every months box! It looks like a good month for it


    New follower <3
    Arwasblogpage.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi thanks for your comment .. Yes I would love to
    follow each other .. I just did via GFC .. See you
    around. :)

    xoxo
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  18. I'm not subscribed to any, but I'm starting to rethink that.

    xx,
    J
    www.abentpieceofwire.com

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  19. Thank u so much for visiting and leaving me your comment i really apreciate it. And metting bloggers from all over the world that share the passion for fashion !!

    Kisses from Buenos Aires / Argentina

    Rem
    http://fromthelittlevenice.blogspot.com.ar/

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  20. wow it looks like you got some pretty good stuff in this month! :) I've wanted to sign up for something like this too, but I've heard that they sometimes give out different boxes?

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  21. Thank you so much for your lovely comment dear! I really like your blog :) Keep posting!
    Followed back :)


    xo
    http://snowwhite90.blogspot.com

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  22. Thank you for your comment dear!!
    Love your glossybox, I am following you now, really you have a nice blog!
    kisses
    Duapara

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  23. it looks pretty cool :)
    I follow you now:)

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  24. Looks like some nice stuff! I've never bought a beauty box.

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  25. Hi, Nicky!!! thank you very much for following my blog. I think yours is very interesting too, full of news( fashion, beauty,...)As for your post, I am subscribed to Glossybox in my country too, I like it very much and I expect with impatience every month for the new one. Lots of kisses, now I am following your blog.:)

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  26. I've heard about these boxes before, sounds great. I must try it. Nice review, and great post!

    Ivana
    http://ruedetreschic.blogspot.com/

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  27. its really nice review on your post, thak you for the review :D
    Im following you now, mind to follow back? :* Also you can enter my giveaway and can get a free legging from Choise! <33

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  28. Great post!
    Of course we can follow each other, i am following you and i am waiting for you to follow me :)
    http://teenfashioncorner.blogspot.com

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  29. Wow lovely post ;)
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog :)

    I follow you too now ! :*

    RUNWAY JUICE

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  30. thanks for stopping by, happy to follow you back!
    i recently created a facebook page too, so pop up by when you get a chance and like if you like :)
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Possible-Fantasy/269022619865057

    xx
    www.apossiblefantasy.blogspot.com

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  31. This month the Birchbox was a bit disappointing, but I had good ones these past months, let's hope for october, great post!
    xx
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.blogspot.com

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