November GlossyBox Reveal

I have been so very happy with the subscription box service GlossyBox! I joined them in August when a friend posted a 3-month discount link to them. I was a little on the fence because I’ve seen the contents of some of the other subscription boxes people get from other sources. But I figured 3-months was worth a shot.

WOW – am I ever glad I joined. I just ordered another 3-months with them and this is the box I received this week!

First off they send a mini magazine every month with the products that are included as well as many other trending cosmetic and beauty products. Everything that I’ve gotten has been either full-size or a VERY generous sample size (not little packets, but samples that you can get many uses out of).

This month was a full size Illamasqua Make-up Pencil. The color is Spell and it’s a beautiful pink/coral/red that can be used on the lips or eyes. I’m really big on wearing pink on my eyelids and have several pink eyeliners already, so this is one more to add to that arsenal! It glides on smoothly and really makes a pop on the eyes which for me is a fun way to wear it to work with the next item. I like it! This product is made in the UK.

Kryolan for Glossybox blusher in Glossy Rosewood is also a multi-purpose cosmetic that can be worn on eyes, lips, and cheeks. Again it’s another pink shade, so this one too, will go on my lids. I’ve worn pink and charcoal on my eyes for years. It’s flattering and fun! I like that its matte. I used this with The Balm Matt Batali eye shadow I got in my Ipsy/MyGlam bag a couple months ago. These two are a great combo for me for work. This product is made in Germany.

The last full size item is Incoco Nail Polish Appliques. These real nail polish strips contain, basecoat, color coat, and topcoat in one strip. What a time saver! And they are 3-free – no dbp, toluene, or formaldehyde! The color is Sinderella and another perfect reddish shade I will wear. I’ve never worn nail strips, so I’m pretty excited to try these. They look like they are full enough for anybody’s nail, and since mine are wide and long I think these will work perfectly. 16 double-ended strips are included in each package. This product is also made in Germany.

The Nu-Me Arganics Argan Oil is 10ml and comes in a dark colored bottle with a dropper. I’m already a user of Argan oil so I’m looking forward to trying this brand. This product is made in the USA.

The last item is a “sample” size Skin & Co. Truffle Serum in a .5oz tube. This Hydro-Toning Day Face Serum is non-greasy and soaks rapidly into my face. I like the feel of this one and I like the fragrance which is light coconut (which is one of the extract ingredients). I don’t always like the way serums look or feel on my face but having used it once, I can say that I do like its texture. This product is made in Italy.

Also included are generous discount certificates for Nu-Me and Skin & Co.

If you’re on the fence about this box, you can also try just a one-month subscription. Or if you really want to save, go for the 12-months! That’s what I will be doing when this one expires! There is a link over there —–>; that will take you directly to the site, or you can click here.

Give it a try and let me know what you think. Or if you already subscribe, please let me know how you like the service!

Love that International Swap!

 

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I was involved with two international swaps last month and they were both so amazing! One was from Brazil (oolala) and the other was from the UK (yummy). Both ladies are super super super(!) sweet and are two of the best swappers I’ve ever met. Even though I sent what they asked for I feel that my boxes to them were so inadequatre compared to what I received from them! I’m waiting to hear back from both of them because I cannot believe that my boxes didn’t get to them yet. In both swaps we each shipped to each other on the same day. I just hope they are as happy with what they got as I am with what I got. If they aren’t, trust me I have no problem sending them moar! LOL

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So from Alice in the UK, and what started our whole swap was that awesome Max Factor Fantasy Fire! When I asked her what she would like and sent her my swap list, she said “All of it” (haha not quite), so I had to get busy finding other things I’d like to get from her. Since I’m not extremely familiar with UK brands except the MF, Gosh and Models Own, she gave me some ideas and what great ones they were! I also got MF Graffiti, Blue Odyssey, and Moon Dust; Models Own Gold Rush and Mixed Up; 17 Fury, Revenge, Sulk; Gosh Purple Heart, and she gifted me with George U the Sea and MUA Shade 10. Everything is so rich and gorgeous looking. From looking at all this it’s pretty obvious I’m not really into cremes! Yes the Max Factor are little, you can see all four of them in my hand.

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My swap from Brazil was already predetermined on the Hits! Heck yeah I knew I wanted some of those after seeing everybody’s beautiful swatches all over the internet! Glitter Forte, Unconventional, Artsy, Cutie Pie, Hestia, Apolo, Dionisio, Hefesto, Atena, and Zeus. What a gorgeous selection of polishes they are! But wait, there’s more! Ludurana Aurora Boreal; Rivka Carrie and Ellen Gold Cinza Chumbo (I love that name!), Prata, Roxo, Vermelho, and Rosa. She also got me 2 lovely bracelets, a convertible shopping bag and since I already carry several on my purse you’d think she read my mind! Carolina also gave me darling little note cards, emery boards (with cats and cheeta prints), and the neatest stamping plate with hearts, cats, teddys, dogs, bunnies, and other cute symbols on it.

These girls really made my collections come alive! I don’t know that I’m really a person with lots of lemmings, but if I was, they certainly filled those spots! And I also got a bottle of Savvy polish (from Sally’s) that my good friend Jane gave me when we went out to dinner the other night. She said, Well it was purple and all the Savvy are now 99c, so I bought them for you, my daughters, myself. Hmmmm Jody, now I’m starting to sound like you! LOL Yep, we converted another one ladies! Welcome to our Polish Kingdom, right?

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All of the international polishes were pretty small actually! The smallest were the Max Factor which are 4.5ml. The rest ranged in size from 6ml for The Hits, MUA, and maybe George to 8ml for 17, Ludurana, and Gosh. The largest were the Rivka at 10ml, Ellen Gold at 12ml, and Models Own at 14ml.

So what swaps have you done lately? For a couple of international ones (I have done two with Australia previously – oh yeah – Glitter Gals and Ozotics), I am really beyond words at how gorgeous their polishes are. Who is with me in thinking US makers need to step up their game?