Glossybox – May 2016

Hello all!

I’m here with the contents of my May 2016 Glossybox, which I am very, very happy with.  However, I have some concerns about one of the brands featured (more on that later).  Here is a photo of the box in its entirety.


Props to Glossybox for beautiful packaging!  I turned an item or two around, but my box arrived arranged just like this.  Beautiful job!

And here is a list of each item and it’s retail value:

I haven’t had the chance to try out all of the items here.  I must say, I LOVE the Benefit roller lash mascara.  I may have found my new favorite brand.  I fell in love with this stuff immediately, but I haven’t yet tried it for a full day of wear (I did sample it when we went out to dinner last night, though and it held up great).

So far, I like the Talika moisturizer.  It is lightweight and absorbs easily, but it is lightly perfumed.  I will certainly use this but I’m not convinced I’ll purchase it (yet, that can always change).

I intend to try out the shower foam later today.  It smells awesome!  …But my scent doesn’t appear on their website.  It’s called Tao | TaiChi with white lotus and li li yen (pictured here).

The hair stuff I’m less sure about.  It is fine “thin to normal” hair.  Technically, my hair is very fine but I have TONS AND TONS of it so it doesn’t matter.  My hair is very curly, and I think it needs NO HELP AT ALL looking any thicker.  I might give it a shot, though – AFTER the wedding I’m supposed to attend tomorrow! lol  I may also let my husband try it (although he doesn’t need it either, but his hair isn’t curly like mine).

Now…. onto that “Adore” product.  Here is a photo of the product card Glossybox sends out to start us off.


At first, that RV number made my eyes fall out of my head.  But then I remembered the Orogold items from past boxes, Vine Vera from past boxes, Dead Sea Cosmetics (never gotten this in a box)… all of these brands are problematic and dishonest to one degree or another.  I recommend you check out Yelp for reviews of these companies, especially Adore and Vine Vera since Glossybox has sent those in the past.

These brands practice VERY predatory sales tactics and the prices are wildly inflated (if you can’t afford it, magically the sales rep will slash the price by 80% or 90%…).

Personally, I don’t mind getting these samples.  In fact, I am very happy Glossybox sends them.  This gives me the opportunity to learn about a brand from a safe distance and sample the products myself.  For example, I actually loved the Vine Vera sample.  I would not drop the full price on it, but it really did make my dark spots DISAPPEAR (crazy!) and I never would have tried it based only on the online reviews.  But I think people need to be AWARE of the problems with these brands.

I did try the serum last night and enjoyed it.  I can tell this sample will last a LONG time.  A little goes a long way and the texture is like nothing I’ve ever used in a skincare product.  Time will tell if it’s useful for my skin or not!  I’m glad Glossybox gives me the opportunity to try products like this first hand.  I also live in a rural area, and would normally NEVER have access to anything like this in a store.

All in all, very very happy.  The shampoo/conditioner is a bit off for me, but I’m not worried about it. 🙂


PopSugar Must Have – May 2016

Hi all!  Apologies in advance, I didn’t take pictures for this review because I couldn’t stop myself from rifling through everything.

I ended up with the following items:

The box also came with some extras, one of which is a coupon I likely won’t be using so I’m not going to bother nattering about it here.

We also received some Revlon mascara, which I was surprisingly pleased with given that it’s a brand I normally wouldn’t use (I’m very faithful to Blinc Mascara, but they are pricey!).  We also got some flavored, caffeinated water – which is a neat idea, but the flavor I got is undrinkable to me… Lemon & Cayenne!  Too spicy, especially for – you know – water…

I’m kind of “meh” about this box”.  I’d never wear the bracelets and would not use the mat, which is why they’re up for swap.  If no one wants them, they’ll probably get donated or gifted in a few weeks.  This box has me waffling on PopSugar and I may cancel if their June spoiler is off-putting to me.  We’ll see!

I also got my first Luxor box, which I’m very pleased with and will post about soon.  Play! by Sephora and Glossybox May boxes are also on their way.


Glossybox – May 2016 Spoiler

Hello everyone!

Liz over at My Subscription Addiction recently posted a spoiler item for May’s Glossybox.  Personally, I’m happy with it.  It’s a high retail value item and I’ve been getting more into skincare lately, so I’m pleased to see this.


Here‘s the website for the product (full size is 50ml for $65).  A lot of people were very displeased with the April 2016 Glossybox… although as I said, I actually really loved mine.  I was very happy.  I’m looking forward to see what is in my May box and what the public reception looks like for this time around.

I am still trying to decide if I want to keep Glossybox after my prepaid deal from Gilt City runs out.  If I can get another awesome Black Friday deal, I very well might!  But honestly, I’m not sure I’d be willing to pay full price for this sub.  What about you?


PopSugar Must Have – May 2016 Spoiler Item

Hello again friends.

PSMH has released the first spoiler item for the May 2016 box.  Here it is:


This item is listed at $25 here.  This item is a facial spray using essential oils (peppermint and eucalyptus) designed to relax you.  The website also says this may provide some relief from nasal congestion from colds or allergies.

What do you guys think of this spoiler?  Responses I’ve seen so far are mixed, but I’m happy about this!  I’m a HUGE fan of peppermint.  It’s the type of item I would not buy for myself, but I will totally use.  Plus, this company donates a portion of their sales to animal rescues in the U.S. and Canada, which is awesome.

I think I’ll be keeping this at my office for those stressful moments…!  Or perhaps by the night stand for pre-bed relaxation?  Choices.  I’m excited for the May PopSugar box!  I actually very much enjoyed April 2016 (although it was a dud for some), and now I’m really looking forward to the rest of May’s items!  What about you?


PopSugar Must Have – May 2016 Spoiler Themes

PopSugar Must Have has posted their spoiler themes and inspiration for the May 2016 box!  Their Facebook page notes: “Get ready to breathe deeply and find your center with these zen goodies.”


Personally, I’m excited about this theme.  Summer is the time of year when I am most active, and it’s a time I focus on health and wellness for myself.  What do you think?


Life Update – Luxor Box May 2016 Spoiler

….I caved after about a week of waffling (WITH MY HUSBAND’S BLESSING, I SWEAR!!).  I bit the bullet and subscribed to Luxor Box.  Luxor Box is a bi-monthly subscription box (although they have “limited edition” offerings on many “off” months for $200, it seems) with a curated offering of 5-9 full-size “high-end, luxurious spa products, top-shelf beauty products, jewelry, apparel, home accessories and unique treasures from around the world. Only full size products with a value of $275+ per delivery.”

The next box is May 2016, with a promised retail value of $385.  The subscription is $129 (USD), billed every other month.  Note: You must pay with a PayPal account!

Luxor is relatively new on the box scene at about ~1 year of age.  In addition to being very impressed with their previous offerings, part of why I chose to subscribe was a recent snafu regarding the spoiler item they released for May 2016.

Essentially, the spoiler item was a (theoretically) $70 clutch/wallet/thing for a box with promised value of $350.  The problem?  Subscribers noted an apparently identical item available at Wal-Mart for $28.  Although Luxor Box later came out and said that the clutch in their box was a new item that was indeed priced at $70 retail, they ultimately pulled the item due to subscriber push back and replaced it:


This is the first time I have ever seen a company respond in this manner and I was so impressed.  They didn’t just take notes for the next box – they worked fast and updated their offerings immediately to keep customers happy.  The new spoiler also upped the box value to $385.  How awesome!  Good customer service really matters to me, and that’s part of what pushed me to decide to give them my money.

I’m hoping the pattern of the tumbler is one I’m a fan of. :3 (You can peek at the selection here.)


I am Pandora, and I opened a box

Hello lovelies.

I have become the Pandora of subscription boxes.  I opened one (actually, it was an Ipsy bag, but I digress) and haven’t seemed to stop opening them since.

By way of introduction, I’m a doctoral student on the east coast of the United States.  I am married, and my husband remains (thankfully) bemused by my interest in boxes and is – so far – not too bothered by it.

I will be doing reviews of my boxes here, largely to catalogue which items I love, like, and never want to see again.  Maybe this will be useful information to some of you folks out there as well.  Currently, I subscribe to:

  • PopSugar Must Have
  • Glossybox (Gilt City deal from Nov. 2015)
  • Play! by Sephora
  • Luxor Box

I am eyeballing the Luxor box, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.  I was with Ipsy for about 3 months before giving up on that, but that’s a story for another time.  In any event, nice to meet you.