Glossybox for November is ready to pamper you

It’s always a pleasure to see what surprises Glossybox sends for discovery. The November box (sent for consideration) is filled with items that are pretty and pampering. Hair, nails, skin, color and your bath are all being taken care of in lovely ways with this $21 subscription.

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Glossybox for November 2014

Glossybox for November 2014

This month there are 2 full size items and 3 deluxe samples. The total value of the box is $54 so you are ahead of the game with this.

OPI "Pink Outside the Glossybox"

OPI “Pink Outside the Glossybox”

example of the OPI description card

example of the OPI description card

OPI PINK OUTSIDE THE GLOSSYBOX NAIL LACQUER was what my eye was immediately drawn to. This is a rosy pink polish that’s a beautiful neutral. OPI created this just for Glossybox so it makes it more unique. If you need classic colors or love the softness of a pink polish then this will thrill you as much as it did for me. It’s full size and OPI retails for $9.50.

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

SO SUSAN COSMETICS UNIVERSAL BLUSH was another thrill for me. At heart I’m a cosmetic woman. That’s what I love so seeing this pretty blush was a happy moment. The blush is called Universal since it’s a color that will work on most skin tones. Besides having a beautiful shade it’s also loaded with skincare benefits like Buriti (an Amazon fruit rich in beta carotene and essential fatty acids) and uses pink kaolin clay to adapt to your skin tone. Very interesting that the color will be different on each of us. This full size blush retails for $23.29.

Kneipp Herbal Bath

Kneipp Herbal Bath

KNEIPP HERBAL BATH IN BALANCING LAVENDER is part of this pampering package. After a long day there’s nothing like looking forward to a hot bath. Kneipp is known for their bath oils and has been popular for a long time, way before essential oils became the craze. The bath treatment helps calm fatigue and even nervousness. This deluxe sample is enough for at least 2 baths. A full size is $20 while this sample at 4 ml is valued at $4.

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS Instant Hair Treatment

12 BENEFITS INSTANT HAIR TREATMENT is a new brand and product for me. The goal is to correct damage from things like chemical processing, hair styling and pollution. It’s a leave in treatment that you spray on to benefit hair that’s dry and parched. It’s a sample size (value $5) that is perfect to try at home and to take with you when traveling. I find that the different climate and water in new places doesn’t always leave my hair looking like it does at home so this is a nice addition.

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer

JUICE BEAUTY’S GREEN APPLE AGE DEFY MOISTURIZER will pamper your skin with its brightening cocktail. It contains a complex of apple, lemon and white crape juice along with vitamin C and peptides. It’s like a “drink of water for your face”. Since a full size of this wonderful moisturizer is $45 you get the opportunity to see if you like it with this .5 oz size ($11.25 value).

Glossybox November 2014

Glossybox November 2014

If you are new to Glossybox there are ways you can get more product with your subscription order. With a one year subscription they currently have a free box that you can see HERE. You can also buy this gorgeous box for $40 if you prefer.glossy holiday giftboxIf you don’t want to commit to a year then use the code “ALEXANI” to get a FREE Alex and Ani bangle (a $38 value) with your new subscription purchase.  Since a GLOSSYBOX subscription is a great gift for someone (as well as for yourself), then adding in the Alex and Ani bangle would make it even more special for them.

What items strike your eye in this Glossybox? Are you like me with the blush and polish? — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

Why I forgive IPSY subscription box service (and a giveaway)

If you’ve noticed, I’ve never reviewed IPSY although I did review the original Glam Bag, their former name. I disliked Glam Bag and gave it a very short time before I cancelled it. But when they switched to IPSY the reviews were getting better and better. Finally my friend Beth raved enough that I changed my mind and decided to go for it. I filled out the form and was “accepted” within a month.

I waited patiently for my April Ipsy bag. And I waited some more. And I waited even longer. No bag, no sign of it, nothing on tracking. I finally got my act together and emailed them to find out what was going on. The response was quick but when I asked for a refund they wouldn’t give it to me. Instead they said they would send out a new bag.  I’m still waiting as I write this review.  (Update at end of review)

May 2013 Ipsy bag

May 2013 Ipsy bag

But my May Ipsy bag arrived even though April’s is still floating in the stratosphere somewhere. I was all set to cancel out Ipsy until I opened that magenta envelope and discovered that I definitely got more than my money’s worth with this bag. As you can see in the picture above there are 4 full size products and a very deluxe size sample. That’s unheard of even for the higher priced subscriptions and this is only $10 a month.

Every month Ipsy sends their products in a cosmetic bag. I’m sure by now that some of the subscribers have oodles of bags in their possession but this is my first. It’s a summer bright bag that will be easy to find in the depths of what I call a purse but others might call a small suitcase.

The items this month:

Zoya Blu

Zoya Blu

Zoya Nail Polish in Blu. Surprisingly I don’t have a pale blue like this so it’s a great addition to my collection. Even better it’s  described as “a full-coverage, soft and delicate pale baby blue with a glossy creme finish. A dreamy, calming blue that’s both fun and flattering on the nails.” This full size polish sells for $8. Definitely a keeper.

Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter

Pacifica Bronzing Body Butter

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter. This body butter is a self tanner too. Since it’s coconut scented this is going to be a gift to my blog partner since it marries two of her favorites: coconut and self tanners. This would cost $7 retail.

Juice Beauty lipgloss in Champagne

Juice Beauty lipgloss in Champagne

Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss in Champagne. This is the lightest of the 4 shades that Juice Beauty makes which is fine with me. It’s a yummy smelling sticky gloss that imparts high shine. This sells for $15.

Mirabella Color Sheer lipstick in Posy

Mirabella Color Sheer lipstick in Posy

Mirabella Color Sheers lipstick in Posy. While I’m not a fan of dark lipsticks, the fact that this is sheer makes it great. Plus the Juice Beauty gloss would lighten it up a bit. This is a new brand for me. Here’s what the company says: “Beautifully sheer lip color to wear all day and night. Mango butter base nourishes lips. Available in a wide range of fashionable shades. Lead-free; Paraben-free.” The price on this is $22.

Yaby concealer refill in Buff

Yaby concealer refill in Buff

YABY concealer refill in Buff. From what I’ve seen of past bags Yaby is a favorite brand of Ipsy. I believe they had an empty palette one month. This small concealer is the refill size and would fit into any magnified palette or you could keep it in the plastic case it comes in. This sells for $4.85.

May 2013 Ipsy

May 2013 Ipsy

I forgot to photograph two items. First is a card with a code for $110 off Hair Styling Tools or Hair Extensions from NuMe. I thought my flat iron was broken the other day so I might look into what they sell to see about a spare. There’s also card that tells what discounts I could get from the Glam Room on ipsy.com according to what the products that I was matched to; for example Zoya would be Buy 2, Get 1, Yaby would be 20% off.

Now for an update… I received my May Ipsy on a Saturday and then on Monday I received a big box. What was inside it? TWO April Ipsy bags. Not one, but two. They made up for my inconvenience with amazing customer service. Inside the April bag is Be A Bombshell blush in Sweet Cheeks, Sation nail polish in a pretty pink in Of Corset I’ll Love You (specially made for Ipsy), Mica Beauty Cosmetics loose pigment in Earth and Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Renewal Styling Treatment. Since this is a spare, it’s now a giveaway for one US reader. I love giveaways as you must know by now so having a surprise one for you is fun. The most interesting thing about this post is that I named it before I got the extras. So now the name of this post (Why I forgive IPSY subscription box service) has a double meaning. I’m impressed with Ipsy’s reincarnation at the moment and especially their customer service. — Marcia

Ipsy for April 2013

Ipsy for April 2013

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