This month I received my first-ever GLOSSYBOX, the Vive la France October 2015 edition. Spoilers ahead!
The first thing that makes GLOSSYBOX stand out from any other monthly beauty box subscriptions I’ve seen is the actual box. Every surface of it, inside and out, is covered in gorgeous illustrations by Jamie Lee Reardin, who’s worked for some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty. It’s black, white, blue, red, and oh-so French with a big Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. This box will definitely find a new use in my house somewhere.
Everything about digging into a new GLOSSYBOX feels like a treat. The box design of course, but then the white ribbon and red tissue paper seem so luxurious and special. More illustrations on the card inside, which folds out to give you details on the five products.
This month’s products include a little bit of everything: nail polish, lipgloss, hair product, solid perfume, and skin cream. Here’s are my thoughts about the October GLOSSYBOX haul.
1. Lollipops Make Up Paris — Nail Laquer in “Voyage à Paris”
When I flip the calendar to October, the first thing I reach for is a red nail polish. Goodbye pastels and brights of summer, hello shades of fall. This red is a beautiful, true red with just a hint of blue to make it wearable and flattering. The brush is also thick and stiff (I’m such a brush snob), and it covered the nail quickly and easily.
Unfortunately I had a fresh gel mani on and couldn’t try the color on my own nails, but that’s what a little stock of press-ons is for! The second this mani comes off, though, that red is going on.
2. De Bruyère Paris — Red Lipgloss
This classic red gloss had me feeling like Taylor Swift, though I’m not sure where my James Dean is… Like the nail polish above, this red has all the right undertones to be flattering, and it’s bright enough to not look too heavy for everyday wear. It goes on smooth with the shine of a gloss but the lasting power of a ‘stick. I’ll definitely be using this one well through autumn and into winter. Perfect for sweater weather!
3. Phyto — Phytokératine Repairing Thermal Protectant Spray
My favorite hair products have multiple benefits in one, and this spray falls right into that category. After washing my hair, I spritzed this in while damp and worked it through with a wide-tooth comb. I immediately noticed a difference in how easily the comb went through, since it usually gets a little snagged on the dry ends (what can I say, I’m a blowout addict). Speaking of dry ends, beyond detangling this spray also doubles as a heat protectant, so my hair was already prepped for that aforementioned blowout. It has a nice clean scent, and a little goes a long way.
4. Sabe Masson — Le Soft Perfume in “Lucky Bay”
This was my first solid perfume, and I can officially say, I am hooked. The scent lasts way longer than the traditional liquid, and you can throw it in your purse or suitcase with no fear of spillage. The packaging is gorgeous, and on the box the scent is described as “woody citrus, daring.” It also comes with a little backstory: “A beach of delicious delicacy… The sun on bare skin, and waves curl me up into a vibrant perfume.” How fun is that? Except now I’m longing for summer again.
5. Vichy — Idéalia Skin Sleep
A “recovery night gel-balm” sounds like exactly what I should be reaching for after a long day (what day isn’t long?). Skin absorbs the most while we’re asleep, so a nice thick cream like this penetrates best overnight. It has pure caffeine listed right there in the ingredients, so my sad, tired skin woke up brighter and refreshed the next day. As someone with the world’s most sensitive skin, I was happy to read that this product is allergy tested, dermatologist tested, and formulated for people like me. It smells fresh, feels silky smooth, and what’s better than a cream that helps you fake a good night’s sleep?
Full sizes of all the products in this month’s box total to $119.50, but the GLOSSYBOX of full- and generously-sized samples is only $21. Seriously, that’s a savings of $98.50. It’s also the closest I’m going to get to an actual trip to Paris, so I saved money there too.
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