Monday, October 12, 2015

Reviewed: October Glossybox

Happy  Monday!

Due to further internet issues (grumble, grumble), I could not get this post done at all yesterday. Don't ask. I do have the newest Glossybox to show you today and it is pretty special - the box as well as what I found inside.

The theme is Vive la France, and everything right down to the box illustration carried this same theme.

The illustrations were done by Jamie Lee Reardin, who has done illustrations for no less than Dior, The New York City Ballet, DKNY, Moda Operandi, Clinique and Barbie. Even the inside of the box is just as beautiful as the outside. Here's the lid.

As if that wasn't enough of a change, they used red tissue paper and white ribbon, which I had already ripped into before I took the pics.

Even the card describing the products was illustrated to match.

Just so pretty. Inside are 5 French products - 4 full size and 1 sample size.

Starting with the nail polish (natch).

From Lollipops Make Up Paris, we all received this lovely red jelly called Voyage A Paris. Sorry. Still not swatching a full hand right now but I did do a quick and dirty thumbnail for you.

This is such a gorgeous red and unlike most jellies, this one was opaque in two coats. Maybe it's a crelly, I don't know. Fair warning, though. Dry time is a little long. I actually messed the nail up while working on the rest of this post so a fast dry topcoat would be a must with this one. It's also a bit of a stainer, although I did not use any base coat for this swatch so that may be why. This is a full-size product and sells for $10.

To go with this lovely red nail, how about a red lipgloss?

The brand is De Bruyere Paris. There's no color mentioned on the packaging or the card. On me, this looks less red and more of a deep pink or rose, which is more my color. 

With the right makeup, I think I could pull this red off. This is a full-sized product and sells for $17.50.

Next, From La Roche-Posay, Redermic Dermatological Anti-Aging Corrective Concentrate.

Formulated with pure retinol as well as a soothing complex that is supposed to reduce the discomfort normally associated with using retinols, this cream promises to reduce the signs of fatigue as well as leave the skin luminous. Since I'm already using a retinoid product, I will probably leave this one alone until I'm ready for a change.

Since this is a sample size, I had to estimate the value. The full size is 1 ounce or 30 ml and sells for $57. The sample I received is 0.16 ounces or 5 ml, making the sample worth around $9.50.

The box included a French-made solid perfume stick from Sabe Masson, in the fragrance Copacabana.

While this smells quite nice, the scent on this one is really strong so I'll probably never be able to wear it around the house because of household sensitivities. If it fades enough, I might use it once I leave the house and if I'm going to be gone for several hours. I'll just have to give it a try. This was a full-size product and sells for $25

Finally, from Nuxe, their Gentle Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals.

Probably my favorite product in the box. This smells just like roses and rose flower water is the second ingredient. It also contains powdered walnut shell and fragrance so fair warning if you are sensitive to that kind of thing. 

This I will use in conjunction with my current skincare products. This was also a full-size product and sells for $24.

Total value of this box looks to be around $86. Considering the monthly cost is $21 and these are French-made products, that's a real bargain. If you would like to receive your own Glossybox, just go here and sign up. Not sure if they still have the October box available but you can certainly check it out on their site.

By the way, all of these pics were taken with my new phone, the Samsung Galaxy S6. The camera on this phone has amazing resolution, not that I'll make it a habit of taking pics with my phone - maybe. We'll see.

I've received notices that the other boxes are on the way. Today is Columbus Day in the States so no mail today. I do have a recent makeup look to share, which you'll probably see on Wednesday. I loved the look and will probably repeat at some point in the near future.

Until then, thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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