May 2015 GlossyBox Review!

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Today I have for you a review of my May 2015 Glossybox, which just arrived here on Saturday. Happy weekend to me! I love subscription boxes, they’re like surprises you can give yourself. If you’re not familiar with GlossyBox, GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription box that offers 5 full or deluxe size samples of products for $21/month. They offer mostly high-end products, but they throw in some great drugstore items too.

Here is what they had to offer for May 2015:

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Head Over Heels Nail Lacquer (Value: $14/0.24 oz)

Teeez is a Dutch brand that’s new to me and–if you’re located in the US–it’s probably new to you too. As far as I could tell from a quick search, the only place it’s available to buy online if you’re located in the US is Cloud10Beauty.com. Teeez strikes me very much like a Dutch version of Urban Decay: high-end products, but still edgy.

The nail lacquer I received was in the color Smoking Gun, which I have swatched below!

The color is lovely–it contains flecks of gold, bronze, and silver. It is definitely something I will wear and use! I also noted that it dried very quickly when I swatched it–always a plus!

GlamGlow Powermud Dualcleanse Treatment (Value: we received 0.5 oz, which retails for $19 at Sephora)

The GlamGlow product line is really hot right now–everyone seems to be buzzing about their masks. I’ve never tried one, partly because Lush’s Fresh Masks line (my favorite) is much more affordable; however, I am pumped to see what all the fuss is about. This Dualcleanse treatment is both mask and cleansing oil treatment. You apply a layer and allow it to dry for 5-10 minutes.  Then as you add water to rinse it off, it transforms into the a cleansing oil. The treatment is intended to purify and exfoliate. I am intrigued and I will definitely let you all know what I think!

GlossyBox also included a coupon code for GlamGlowMud. Enter GLOSSYBOX30 to get 30% off through July 31st, 2015.

Clearista Retexturizing Gel (Value: ~$10–retails $79.99/4 oz; we received 0.5 oz)

This is a pretty unique product and I am excited to see if it’s worth the hefty price tag. This gel is massaged into the skin for 30-60 seconds, then rinsed off. The gel is supposed to exfoliate and smooth the skin, reduce dark spots, and hydrate all in one. The brand, Clearista, prides itself on producing forward-thinking skincare products through science and research. They remind me a lot of another brand I’ve had great luck with–Algenist. I will definitely do a review on this, since it’s a newer product on the market.

Doucce Mineral Matt Lipstick (Value: $20/full size lippie)

Doucce is a New York based up-and-coming makeup brand. They are new to me, so I was excited to swatch this and tried it out right away this weekend. Below is a swatch of the color I received, Cherry Blossom.

The color is a beautiful rosy-pink with blue undertones. Unfortunately, it is a little too blue on me, but I can make it work with a warmer gloss over top. Regardless of the color, let’s talk formula. The formula is described by Doucce as a matte color that “glides on effortlessly.” Well, it is matte. I will give them that. However…it does NOT glide on effortlessly. The bullet is actually rather dry and applying it was literally a bit rough. Given how difficult it was to apply, I was actually rather shocked that it wasn’t drying on the lips at all. I wore it all day on Sunday with no issue. However, I probably wouldn’t purchase it outside of the box given the rough application. The packaging is also a very light plastic that feels quite cheap–it doesn’t feel like something you would spend $20 on.

Sebastian Professional Stylbrid 9 (Value: ~$5; retails $19.96/6.2 oz, we received 1.55 oz)

This product is a hairspray that can also act as a primer to protect your hair from heat, add volume, define curls, and offers UV protection. That’s a lot of usage packed into one bottle. I have used Sebastian products previously and really liked them; I am really hopeful I like this too because I am definitely in favor of any product that can free up some space under my sink!

Overall Value: $68 (over 3x your subscription cost!)

I am once again really impressed with this month’s Glossybox. I think they do a fantastic job of combining highly buzzed-about brands like GlamGlow and sleeper hits, like last month’s Marrakesh Endz. If you’re interested in signing up for GlossyBox, I would love it if you clicked here 🙂

Which products in this month’s GlossyBox that you are dying to try? Did you receive any new favorites in your subscription boxes? Let me know in the comments below!

Empties & Favorites — Vol 2!

products cinco de mayoI decided to forgo doing my April favorites since my bag of empties was literally overflowing and I wanted to review these products before someone went on a cleaning spree and chucked them all on accident (if we’re being honest, between myself and my hubs there is only one of us who ever goes on a cleaning spree…and it is not me). We’ve got quite a few hits, a couple misses, and everything in between–Let’s get to it!

Lush Brazened Honey Fresh Face Mask ($6.95/2.1 oz; Disclaimer: they are preservative free and only last ~1 month) This mask, so far, is my favorite of Lush’s Fresh Face masks. It has a nice fragrance due to the honey in the product. I have oily/acne-prone skin and this mask did a great job of taming the oiliness, without overdoing it and creating dryness.  I don’t think I had a single breakout while I used this! It’s a hit!

Lush Ayesha Fresh Face Mask ($6.95/2.1 oz; Disclaimer: these are preservative free and only last ~1 month) I bought and used this mask after my skin was angry, red, and broken out all over from another product during the winter. It is marketed for mature and tired skin, and even though I’m only 29, I would say I noticed a great difference in my skin after using this. It calmed my redness, my breakout resolved, and my skin just looked healthy and fresh. The only downside I would mention: It does not smell great, I think it’s because of the asparagus in the mask (for real). It’s a hit!

Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Dry Shampoo ($6.19/7 oz) This dry shampoo does a great job of absorbing oiliness and extending time in between regular shampoos (I only wash ~3x per week, so a good dry shampoo is always needed). Using it pretty much daily, it lasted 3 months. It does have a pretty severe white-cast, but I actually tend to use my dry shampoos at night, so by the morning all the oil has been absorbed and any white-cast is no more. That being said, I don’t think it’s a great option if you’re using dry shampoo to help create texture. The smell is alright. Considering the very low cost and how long the product lasts, I will definitely repurchase. It’s a hit!

miss manga brushL’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara ($7.99) I was really excited about this mascara because everyone on YouTube was raving about it. Anytime people are getting excited about an affordable product, I’m on board! I was so disappointed though…it was so clumpy it was unusable. Spider lashes are not my thing. I think it had more to do with the brush than the mascara formula. I was looking through reviews on Ulta, and I wouldn’t say my complaint is isolated. Definitely a fail.


Lancome Genifique Yeux Light Pearl Eye Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate ($69/0.67 oz) Besides legitimately having the longest name of any product I’ve ever used, this is a great eye serum. It was great for my puffy bags under the eyes and dark circles when I maybe didn’t get enough sleep or was feeling sick. The metal teardrop applicator also feels great on tired or puffy eyes because it stays nice and cool. For the price, I would actually say it’s a pretty good value–it lasted 6 months of twice daily use. It’s a hit!

Juicy Couture Juicy Couture Perfume ($72/1.7 oz) There is a little part of me that was embarrassed to buy this…but I actually loved the fragrance after I had received a sample and tried it on vacation. I could see it being a little heavy for some, but I love it and as long as you’re judicious with how much you use, it’s perfect. It has musk, vanilla, and floral notes. It’s romantic & sexy–definitely a more night-time fragrance. It’s a hit!

Ole Henriksen Grease Relief Cleansing Cloths: Oil Free Pore Refining ($15/30 cloths) I am fully aware it is nutty to spend $15 on face wipes. Nonetheless, these are my favorite. My makeup artist used them when we did our trial run for my wedding makeup and I knew I had to pick them up. They are refreshing and dry up any oiliness you have. My skin felt fantastic afterwards! They also did a great job removing makeup. My husband would steal them too and really loved how they made his skin feel too. When I go to grad school, this will probably be the first “luxury” purchase that goes away, but if you can afford them, they’re fantastic. It’s a hit!

products ive used up elnett

L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray ($14.99/11oz) This is a holy grail for many blogger and YouTubers and is for me as well. The hold is fabulous without being crunchy. The scent is great. You don’t need much either, so although it is definitely more expensive than some drugstore hairsprays, it will last you ages. It’s a hit!

The Body Shop Spa Wisdom Afrique Ximenia & Salt Scrub ($28/13.5oz)  There must have been a deal on this, because there is no way in God’s green earth that anyone should spend so much on a body scrub. For me, this was not something I’ll repurchase. I like my scrubs pretty rough and I felt this scrub was too gentle. The salt in it was very fine, so I didn’t actually feel exfoliated. It is very moisturizing, however. The fragrance is very mild. I wouldn’t say the product is a fail–it’s just not for me. If you are need a very mild exfoliant, this might be a good option!

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder ($37/1 oz) Another holy grail product for many, myself included. This powder blends and absorbs seamlessly. It photographs well (some white powders can really reflect the light in flash photos, which looks really weird). This one container lasted me for-ev-ver. I have had it for at least 2 years. It’s a hit!


Favorites!! Since I’m not doing a “monthly favorites” this month for beauty,  I wanted to include a few other great products that made my day this month!

Favorite Gluten-Free Product: Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Baking Flour Gluten Free I have Celiac Disease, and while I do my best to really not make this blog about that, I do feel like I need to look out for my Celiac homies when I find a good product. This flour is a great substitute. I have used it both in specifically GF recipes and subbed it into non-GF recipes without any problems. It’s also very affordable. I have found a 5 lb bag for $15 at my local grocer’s, which is MUCH cheaper than anything else out there.

Favorite Song: Rachel Platten “Fight Song” This song recently came through on my Pandora while I was out on a long run and it is the perfect workout song. I am always adding to my marathon playlist and this song is definitely on it!


That’s it for my empties/favorites! What products have you used up that you loved?