Glossybox January 2014 Review

I’m so happy, guys! I wasn’t expecting Glossybox for another week or so since they announced their delay, but it arrived in my mailbox yesterday. I signed up for Glossybox with the LivingSocial deal, but I would have paid full price for this box. The Beautyblender + cleanser is worth $20, so in essence – you’re getting the Beautyblender with 4 other products for free.  Here’s the first look at my box:

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And the pamphlet that explains all the products:

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At first glance, the products are smaller sized than last month’s box, but I think that this was still a good box. There’s a variety of makeup, skincare, bath and beauty products, which is why I enjoy Glossybox so much.

My favorite product is probably everyone’s favorite. The Beautyblender. I’ve been dying to get one since every Youtube blogger refers to it as a holy grail product. I did try the Ulta brand one and thought it was about the same as a makeup sponge, but I’m told that the Ulta one pails in comparison to this one. I can’t wait to give it a try. I also love that they gave us the “pure” white one. Who really wants any extra dyes on their sponge?

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My second favorite product is the Bellapierre Mineral blush. The color is really light and sheer that it will make an awesome addition to my collection. The size is pretty decent too. Since I only use a little bit at a time, this will last me awhile.

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I take bubble baths every night, so any bubble bath or body wash that promises “foaming” action gets me really excited. I already used all of my body wash from last month’s box, so this will be used in a week. My only complaint is that I wish the bottle was bigger. Balance Me Super Toning Body wash:

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I’ve gotten pretty into skincare lately, so Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream is pretty awesome for me too. This is paraben-free and is supposed to lock in moisture for 48-hours. Sign me up!

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Every beauty box has some kind of “meh” or “not for me” product in it, and the Sea Salt Texturising spray is that for me. It’s supposed to give you a beachy/tousled hair look, but my hair is pretty flat.

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Overall, I’m really happy with January’s box. There’s 4 products that I really love and am excited to try and only 1 that’s going into the trade pile. I believe I paid about $13 for this box with the LivingSocial deal and promo code, so I definitely got my money’s worth. I have one more month with my voucher, then I have to decide if I want to continue with it and pay full price.

Did you get January’s Glossybox? What did you think of it? Also, have you ever tried a Beautyblender? Is it as amazing as people say it is?

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Jewelmint – New Year, New You Mystery Box review

JewelMint has always been one of those ‘great in theory, but poor in execution’ companies for me. They are one of the original subscription box companies, but sadly none of the items that I have received from them have ever filled me with that much excitement where I would recommend them to my friends.

When I received the email about the New Year, New You mystery box a few weeks ago, I knew I’d probably be disappointed but the promise of one lucky lady receiving a Louis Vuitton purse was enough for me to jump and buy the box.

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I immediately started stalking my email for my tracking info once I placed the order. After I saw that my package only weighed 0.3 pounds, I knew I wasn’t the winner (boo!) but I also wondered if anything was actually in my box. Doesn’t the box and packing materials alone weigh 0.3 pounds?

I didn’t know what to expect from this mystery box but I was hoping for some kind of statement necklace or giant ring. As soon as I saw this small box, my hopes of any kind of statement piece were crushed:

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(Ok, it’s kind of sad but this box is my favorite part of everything I received!)

My mystery box contained 3 bracelets. Two of the same style – one snakeskin and one black and then another bracelet that’s working with the gold & silver combo.

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The first two bracelets with the studs scream “Courtney” but the 3rd one is not me at all and in fact, I thought it was a little cheap looking.

I’m really, truly in love with the studded bracelets. I love that the three studs slide, so you can wear them all moved to the center or try to space them out. My only bone to pick is that they don’t look good together at all:

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In fact, I think they look downright silly together. I understand the ‘arm candy’ craze so I get why they sent me a few bracelets, but if the bracelets don’t look right together then why would they send me the exact same ones? It’s a bit of a mystery to me. I guess it also didn’t help that I received this box the same day that I got my Wantables Accessories box. I loved everything in that box, so then when I opened this I was all “meh”

I wish that I could return this box, but their mystery boxes are strictly “no returns” so I’m stuck with it. I’ll figure out a way to make the first two bracelets work.

When you buy a mystery box, you’re immediately signed up for their subscription service which is $29.95 a month. It’s very easy to cancel though – one email to their customer service team and BOOM, you’re unsubscribed.  They don’t even try to talk you out of it. (Can you tell that I already unsubscribed?) I might give JewelMint a few more tries in the future since I know a few people out there have had good experiences, but for now I don’t consider myself a happy customer.

Have you ever tried any mystery boxes or tried your luck with JewelMint? If so, how did you like it? Are there any other companies out there that you want to like but find yourself NOT liking it?

 

Wantable Accessories Review – December 2013

Jewelry is always the most important part of the outfit. I could walk out of the house in a blah kind of outfit but I could make it fabulous with accessories. It was only a matter of time before I was forced to try out a few jewelry subscription boxes.

I’ve heard lots of good things about the Wantable makeup box, so I had high hopes for the accessories box. I’m happy to say that it lived up to the hype for me. For $36, you get 3 accessories handpicked to match your style based on a survey that you take at checkout. Friends and family would call my style “alternative” or “hipster” but I call it rock-and-roll chic with a touch of feminity. Wantable really understood this made up pseudo-style and picked out 3 items that I would buy for myself. I also love that you can give preference on all the options. For example, you can pick whether you want to receive silver/gold/both and also what styles you get: hair accessories, rings, bracelets, etc.

My box had a headband, a gold bike chain necklace and a silver “punky” ring:

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The first piece I took out of the box was the headband. You’ll never find a day that I walk out of the house without some kind of hair accessory, whether it be a beanie, a headband or a decorative bobby pin. I love the print on this and also the knot on the side. The print is really fun and I don’t own anything like this, so it’s great for my collection:

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I just remember being in school and all the gothic kids having huge bike chain necklaces. I was immediately reminded of this as soon as I saw my bike chain necklace. This is more dainty than the necklaces of my past, but still very edgy. I put it on when I received my box and haven’t taken it off since. I also love the fact that it’s gold because I think it makes it look a little more classy and less like I took a chain off a bike and threw it on my neck.

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Finally, my punky ring! I love the concept of this and was immediately in love even though I don’t consider myself a ring person. The only sad thing is this is a Size 7 even though I specified at checkout I needed a 9. I’ve been wearing it on my pinky and I love how comfortable it is.

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I’ve already emailed Wantable’s CS team and they’re going to be sending me a new one in the right size.

I love that my pieces were a completely different style from other pictures that I’ve seen in the past. It proves to me that they really take your quiz into consideration when selecting the items for your box. Overall, I’m extremely thrilled by the Wantable Accessories box and can’t wait for my January box.

If you’re interested in any of the Wantable boxes, you can sign up here: https://www.wantable.com/invite/urfvALUZVAo (referral link) After being so happy with my Accessories box, I also ordered the Makeup box.

Have you ever tried Wantable before? Did you find that they really understood your likes and dislikes?

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Update (1/2/14) I received my replacement piece already in the correct size and I think I love it more than my original ring:

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I’m not only extremely satisfied with the contents of my box, I’m really impressed by their speediness and their willing to make things right. Wantable gets an A+ from me.