Thursday, July 12, 2012

My first Glossybox!

I received my first Glossybox this morning and I'm so excited! It came beautifully packaged in the baby pink box. A nice, sturdy box that I will use to store products for sure. The packaging was black with a pink ribbon and the Glossy sticker and there was an envelope containing the product card.

Just from this, I was impressed. They included the card in ENGLISH and FRENCH probably since I'm in Quebec. I'm very impressed at their sensitivity to French and inclusion of a French card, especially since the website is in English only. Their attention to this detail makes me feel confident in recommending the service to francophones.

I will give a brief idea of the products and I will give you the full size cost of the product, the worth of the sample, and my personal worth for this sample. If it's something I wanted to try, whether or not I ended up liking it, I will rate it with the full worth of the sample. If it's something that is uninteresting for me in every way, I will rate it as 0$. I will adjust this amount if I know the product is currently or often on sale (that I know of) and will adjust if I would never have tried the product but still find value in it. My "personal worth" is completely personal and just to give me an idea of how much the box is worth to me PERSONALLY. :)

Here are the products: 

Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser

I tried this cleanser  this morning out of principle (because really, I only use fragrance-free and soapless) and I liked it. It has fragrance which I normally don't like in a product, but it was not overpowering. It left my skin feeling clean and not feeling tight. I'd recommend this product to a friend and probably will be passing it on to one.
Cost: 9.99$ for 200ml
Product worth: 9.99$ (full size)
Worth: 5.00$ (I would never try a foaming cleanser with fragrance and parabens but I like it and it's not worthless in any way so I'll give it half price for the worth of giving it to someone else)

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55

I absolutely love this sunscreen!!! I tried the same sample previously and went out to buy the full size. I'm happy to have a small sample again that I can carry around in my diaper bag for a quick application while I'm out and about. I strongly recommend this sunscreen to everyone!!
Cost: 15.99$ for 88ml
Worth: 2.54$ (14ml)
Personal worth: 1.75$ (I recently bought the full size for 10.99$ for 88ml)

Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz

I'm really looking forward to trying this! I have super-straight, lifeless hair so it will be interesting to see if I can get any volume and texture by using this product. Will give an update with pictures when I get around to trying this.
Cost: 16.99$ for 150ml
Worth: 16.99$ (full size)
Personal worth: 12.75$ (I would never have been interested in getting a sample of this product because I just don't do anything with my hair, but at the same time, I am looking forward to trying it, so I'm going halfway between full worth and half worth with 75% worth)

Olay Regenerist Wrinkle Revolution Complex

I'm very happy to have gotten a wrinkle cream because I have a couple lines that are bothering me on the side of my mouth and on my forehead. OK, I'm only 25 years old and I don't think those lines count as wrinkles exactly, and they seem to be invisible to all but myself, but still!
Cost: 30.99$ for 50ml
Worth: 4.34$ for 7ml
Personal worth: 4.34$ (full sample worth)

Cover Girl Flipstick- Blendable lip duo

The idea of getting a lipstick in my Glossybox makes me very happy. I want to try to add a bit of colour to my lips and I'm not 100% sure where to start with that but the colour of this thing is HORRIBLE. I can honestly not even imagine a person who could wear this colour and look good. It feels like a leftover colour that no one would ever buy and that they probably regret ever making. From reviews I saw of the June Glossybox, not everyone got this colour so there were some luckier than others.
Cost: 12.50$
Worth: 12.50$ (full size)
Personal worth: 6.25$ (I find the gold colour to maybe have potential as a blender with another different lipstick)

Gillette Venus Embrace Razor

Yay! A razor! I've been using my husband's for too long so this is a super addition to my box. Any woman would love a razor I think so this is a winning item, even if it's not "special". It adds solid worth to the box.
Cost: 13.43$
Worth: 13.43$ (full size)
Personal worth: 8.00$ (A quick search on shows that the same razor with not 1 but 2 cartridges AND the shower pod for 10.00$. At the moment, this razor is not worth 13.43$)

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Stip

I'm excited to try these! I've never tried a pore strip before so this should be pretty cool. Whether or not it actually is, I'm stoked to have gotten this sample.
Cost: 9.9$ for 8 strips
Worth: 1.24$
Personal worth: 1.24$


Glossybox definitely delivered with 7 samples total, 4 of which were full sized! If I'd been of the lucky ones with a better shade of that lipstick, I'd be more than satisfied, I'd be over the moon with this box. I'm pleased though for sure based on the variety of products received and overall worth of the box. There are a couple of basic products that I'm happy to have and a couple of interesting products I'm excited to try so YAY is what I have to say!

Total box worth: 61.03$
Total personal box worth: 26.58$ 
*With tax, the worth is 30.57$, I'd add 1$ for the box itself since it's my first and I will find good use so: 31.57$ for me personally in Quebec, putting no worth on the shipping costs. :)*

If you want to sign up to Glossybox, feel free to use my referral link, which will get me 1/5th of the way towards a free box :) Do a quick search for a promo code that gives you 10% off, making your box cost 13.50$ total (shipping and tax included).


  1. That's a cute box! I love the GlossyBox packaging! I think it's worth the price at $15, but here in the US it's $21, which is too expensive. :-)

    ~ Yun

  2. With the other options you have available, I agree with you that it might not be worth it. The only thing I think I noticed (though I'm not sure) is that the US boxes really are very sample-centred while we get more full sized products (like you see in this box). And obviously, full sized products raise the "worth it" level. You wouldn't be getting ripped off by paying 21$ but it always sucks to pay so much more (6$ more is quite a lot).

    Some of the US boxes add 15$ extra for Canadians though- that's steep!!

  3. I've been debating the GlossyBox for a while. I love that you got so many full-sized products and will definitely reconsider ordering now. :)

  4. Glad the post was helpful! Thanks for visiting!

  5. I was lucky to get the prettier colour. I have the post on my blog as well. :)