Monday, February 25, 2013

Glossybox: Man Repeller

I haven't done a sample box unboxing for a while.  It wasn't intentional, but it was just difficult over the holidays and my last few Glossyboxes have been a bit late.  This box was actually the January box, but I didn't get it until this month.

For the month of January, Glossybox partnered with Fashion blogger Leandra Medine of Man Repeller to create a collection of Leandra's favorite things.  Glossybox received an overwhelming response and because of that, shipping was delayed for some of us.  

First off, if I haven't already said it, let me tell you how much I love the packaging/presentation of Glossyboxes in general.  The boxes themselves are so gorgeous, I reuse them for gifts, for storage, for vanity trays.  I was happy that this particular box was gray, adding some variety to my collection of pink boxes.  This box had a Man Repeller sticker across the top.

I received the following 7 products:

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Last Multiplying Volume Mascara
Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum
Le Metier De Beaute Replenishing Daily Solution
Narciso Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette Spray
OPI 'Can't Let Go' Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer
Sebastian Professional Potion 9
Tarte Achiote cheek tint

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Last Multiplying Volume MascaraThree different high-volume fibers create audacious, false-lash effects. Lustrous color leaves eyes brighter, wider, more seductive than ever. Build bigger, bolder, more extreme lashes at the Estée Lauder counter today. Full Size, $25/.27 oz

The Benefit They're Real Mascara has been my holy grail mascara since it first came out.  I loved how it gave me full long lashes.  After using this mascara from Estee Lauder for the past few weeks, I don't know if I will go back to the Benefit one.  I have never really gave Estee Lauder much thought until this and OMG, I think this may become my new holy grail.  This makes my lashes just as full and long, if not fuller and longer, than the Benefit and just gives him a more softer finish.  I am definitely going to buy this full size.  

The sample size I received was .1 oz (pictured), so based on the price of the full-size, the sample is a $9.26 value.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum Umbrian Clay, Fresh’s proprietary ingredient, has a uniquely high-mineral content that works to neutralize acidity, purifying and clarifying the complexion. This treatment formula tones and hydrates while controlling shine and minimizing the appearance of pores. Full Size, $35/1 oz

I have not yet used this product.  I don't really need a new serum so I don't know if I will really use this.  It has a nice fresh, slightly herbal scent.  I think I will put it in my travel case so next time I travel I won't have to bring a full size serum with me.  

The sample size I received was .17 oz (pictured), making the sample a $5.95 value based on the full size price.

Le Metier De Beaute Replenishing Daily SolutionThis highly emollient cream is designed to condition and hydrate while it nourishes and detoxifies—the formula normalizes the skin's moisture content to provide unparalleled suppleness. Broad-spectrum SPF 30 protects the skin damaging UVA/UVB rays. Full Size, $225/1.17 oz

This is another product that I have not tried yet.  I really want to and have heard fantastic things about it.  I am just kind of scared that I am going to fall in love with it and given the full size price, I don't know if I can put myself through that.

The sample size I received was .10 oz (pictured), making the sample a value of  $19.23.

Narciso Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette SprayA fragrant harmony of music, intimately refined with a floral facet developing gently and slowly, rounding out into the feminine warm tones of sun-kissed skin, dusted in soft, velvet-like sensuality. Full Size, $77/1.6 oz; $104/3.3 oz

If you subscribe to more than one sample box on a regular basis, you probably get more perfume samples that you probably know what to do with.  I usually give them a quick smell and toss them in a drawer and forget about them.  I almost did that with this one, but decided to give it a chance.  It's not something I would have normally even thought I would have liked, but I LOVED it!  I used the entire sample vial within the first week (yes I probably wear more perfume than I need to) I don't normally like warm scents, but this smelled fantastic and stayed on me throughout the day.  I have Sephora gift cards burning a hole in my pocket and trying to justify spending them on yet another perfume.  

The sample size I received was .03 oz (pictured).  Based on the prices of the full-sizes, the sample is valued at about $1.20 (averaging the two prices).

OPI 'Can't Let Go' Liquid Sand Nail LacquerA unique matte purple shade with subtle accents of reflective shimmer. This long wearing liquid sand lacquer dries to a matte finish which means no top coat is necessary! Apply base coat and two coats of color for full opacity. Full Size, $9/.5oz

The color itself isn't really my thing, but I really like the textured finish.  It dried a bit gritty, which is kind of cool.  I would love this in a blue red.  I think I may probably use this color on my toes in the summer.  

I received a full size product.

Sebastian Professional Potion 9The ultimate versatile styling cream infused with nine botanical extracts to help restore lost moisture and rejuvenate the healthy look of your hair. Perfect for styling your wet or dry hair into multiple looks with flexible hold. Full Size, $19/5.1 oz.

This is another product that I haven't used it, yet one that has been around for years.  I actually kind of forgot that I received this,  but I will probably use it over the next few days.

I received a 1.7 oz product, making it a $6.33 value based on the full size price.

Tarte Achiote cheek tint The warm Achiotè shade melts into the skin for a subtle glow that is universally flattering. Creamy and long-wearing, the buildable blush fuses the ease and blendability of a cream blush with a soft-focus and airbrushed finish. Full Size, $26/.19

I was most excited about this product when I first opened my box.  First of all, it is a pre-release and not even available in the store until March, so it was exciting to be among the first to try it.  I am not going to lie, I am a bit intimidated by cream blush.  This one is nice because it is a cheek tint, so it is not overly pigmented.  In fact, it gives just a very subtle amount of color.  I like this for work or for a very natural look.  I will probably keep this in my purse for when I touch up my look mid-day at work.  When I am just touching up, I like to use products that I don't have to think too much about, and can just apply with my fingers.  I currently don't even carry blush with me and will just use a small amount of tinted lip balm blended out on my cheeks.

I thought the size included was full size, but it turns out it is .14 oz, just slightly smaller than the full size.  It is a pretty generous size and valued at $19.16 based on the $26 price tag of the full size.

If you were to purchase all the full size products featured in this box, it would cost $443.  Given the size of each sample size, this box is a $70.13 value. 

I have been subscribed to Glossybox since I believe their second US box.  I wasn't sure if I was going to keep the service after the first couple of boxes that I received, but it has definitely grown on me.  Product wise, I find it the most valuable.  They aren't on a consistent schedule each month with billing and shipping, and some months I don't get my box until the very very end of the month.   I didn't get my January box until February 4th, which was kind of annoying.  They gave the reason that they received a huge demand for the box, which I do get, however don't accept orders you can't fulfill and make the customers that have been with you since the very beginning wait until the following month to get their box.   I was so super annoyed by that but the box was worth the wait.  Although, I don't know if I would continue paying  $21 a month much longer if it continued to happen.

For more information on Glossybox, visit their website HERE.

Disclaimer:  I purchased the Glossybox on my own and am not being compensated.  All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. This looks really fun! I love the post title :) Your blog is absolutely darling!! Thank you for stopping by and linking up at the hop! I am following you back, excited to get to know you lovely lady :)


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