GlossyBox August 2017 Review

Hi all!  I used to subscribe to GlossyBox a few years ago, and decided to give it a go again!  At least for 3 months, anyway.  I subscribes with a 3 boxes for $30 deal.

That deal is over, but if you subscribe through August 31st, you can get a FREE Josie Maran Argan Illuminizing Powder with your first month of GlossyBox!

GlossyBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends 5-6 makeup, skincare, and hair care products in deluxe or full sizes. It costs $21 per month, less if you purchase 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions.

The first box I was supposed to receive was July.  But, it’s still on it’s way to me, so I am reviewing August. The items I received for August are:

This is my variation.  Some people will receive the Freeman Beauty Infusion Charcoal & Probiotics Cleansing Clay Mask instead of the Rituals product.  I’m not sure what other variations there are, besides different fragrances for the Bliss Body Butter and I believe another shade of blush.  Some subscribers were able to choose their shade of blush, but I wasn’t.  It may have been because I just signed up.

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

This is the item I was most excited about trying.  It’s a tiny tube, but I will use it all! This mascara really gives length and volume.  My little lashes looked huge! This is one I would definitely pick up if I’m looking for a high end mascara!

Pixi Brow Tamer

I have tried Pixi products (like their amazing Glow Tonic) before, but not the Brow Gel.  I don’t use a lot of product on my brows because they are thick and dark, but I love Brow Gel to tame them.

This works well!  It sets my brows and doesn’t leave them sticky or stiff.  My brows have stayed in place all day and look really nice.  I will be using this every day to keep my brows neat and tidy!


This is a pan, not a compact.  The July box included the compact and one blush.  This pan is supposed to join the other blush in the compact.  Hopefully I’ll be receiving my July box soon and will be able to complete it.

This shade is called Pink Beach.  It’s a little light for my skin now, but will work well in the winter and spring. It has more of a matte finish and is really pretty.  The pan is small for a blush.  It looks like the size of an eyeshadow.  I will let you know how they work together when I receive the July GlossyBox.

These both smell amazing!  They are deluxe samples, so I will probably save them for vacations or short trips.  I may stick the body butter in my purse.  I always have lotion with me.

These are both nice, but I’ve tried them before and deluxe bath samples doesn’t have a wow factor!

Doctor Babor Hydro RX 3D Gel Eye Pads

Meh.  I have so many gel pads for eyes that I might use them, but probably will give them to a friend.

My favorite items in this box are the Lancome Monsieur Big mascara and the Pixi Brow Gel.  I will use the blush once I receive the compact.

The remaining three products will be gifted or used on trips.

Altogether this is an okay GlossyBox.  I did really miss the sturdy pink boxes, so am happy to have that too!  I am glad I did the deal and am looking forward to my July and September boxes!

Do you subscribe to GlossyBox?  What did you get in your August box?


My Beauty Favorites — Week of July 4-10, 2016

I’d say that in Missouri, we are in the dog days of summer!   It is hot and humid.  My skin is being abused by the heat and the dry air inside.

This week I’m loving deep cleansing skincare, a facial oil for damaged skin, and treatments for a sunburned bod. It’s so important to take care of your skin when the sun is so bright! My new faves are:

Dr. Brandt Skincare Xtend Your Youth A3 Power Foaming Cleanser ($29 USD) — A refreshing cleanser enriched with luxurious mandarin orange oil and antioxidants that leave the skin revitalized after every use.

Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermebrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator ($58 USD) — reduces the look of enlarged pores and mattifies shine. Minimize pores while smoothing and evening skin’s texture with this dual-action formula. This exfoliator instantly* works to deeply cleanse pores while it strengthens and tightens the look of pores by removing congestion- and clogging-causing impurities. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more even, and shine-free.

What I think:  Both these products are perfect for cleaning the dirt, makeup and sunscreen out of my pores during the summer. The foaming cleanser works well at night to remove makeup. The exfoliator is nice for the morning to make my skin glow!  My skin looks smoother with each use!

Purchase at

Purxury Antioxidant Rescure Facial Oil
Purxury Antioxidant Rescue Facial Oil

Purxury Antioxidant Rescue Facial Oil ($49.00 USD) — Combination of oils rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidants to restore dry, mature and damaged skin. Our facial oil is full of vitamins and nutrients, great for restoring moisture after a facial or anytime you would like.

Beautifully scented with a proprietary blend of essential oils and absolutes that are mixed to revitalize, soothe, nurture and moisturize for deep repair. INGREDIENTS: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Olive, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

What I think: This oil is so soothing!  My skin is very sensitive, but this doesn’t irritate it at all.  I like using it as a nighttime treatment in the summer.  It is especially nice after a day in the sun.  I apply it to clean skin, then in the morning my skin is soft and it feels refreshed.

Purchase at

Ola Tropical Apothecary After Sun Healing Remedy ($24 USD, 4 fl. oz.) – an exceptional natural sun recovery formula designed to treat over exposure to the sun by repairing and replenishing damaged, thirsty skin. Key ingredients include: hydrating and soothing Organic Aloe Vera; powerfully healing antioxidant-rich Noni Fruit; cell renewing Tamanu Oil; Amino acids, proteins and essential fatty acids to replenish the skin found in Spirulina; soothing and nourishing Coconut Water; and healing and repairing Sea weeds.

Ola Tropical Apothecary After Sun Healing Bath ($6 USD) – Infused with hydrating Coconut Milk, healing Noni, Tropical Flower extracts, Aloe Vera, purifying herbs and nourishing island oils. This soak will help erase the damaging effects of the sun leaving your skin feeling renewed and moisturized.  Fragrance free.  To use: simply add 1-2 tablespoons into a warm bath.  Let cool to room temperature before you soak.

What I think: After too much sun, skin needs to be pampered. The perfect combo is to use the After Sun Healing Bath, then the Healing Remedy. They leave my skin soothed and fresh.  Great for after a day at the water park or lake, whenever you get too much sun!

Purchase at

What products are you loving this week?  Leave a comment and let me know!


Birchbox + Women’s Health Partner for Second Year in a Row!

Sample Birchbox + Women's Health Box
Sample Birchbox + Women’s Health Box
Birchbox + Women’s Health are thrilled to announce our partnership for the month of July. This month, Birchbox + Women’s Health have collaborated to create a special edition Birchbox focused on wellness.
This is the second time that Birchbox + Women’s Health are partnering to bring Birchbox subscribers products hand-picked by Women’s Health editors. Themed “Power Up,” the box will feature products to help you take your beauty routine up a notch and includes brands like Supergoop!, Benefit, Cynthia Rowley, and Vasanti. The box shown above is once variation that you may receive.
Existing Birchbox subscribers will receive the Women’s Health box as their July box; new subscribers can sign up here until July 30th: (This is my referral link for points.  I would love it if you used it when signing up, thanks!). If you haven’t signed up yet, use coupon code WOMENSHEALTH100 when you order to get an extra 100 points ($10) to use in the Birchbox shop.
Do you subscribe to Birchbox?  I have an account, but haven’t signed up for the monthly box yet.  I’ve been thinking about it, because it gets such great reviews and their points program is amazing!  You can purchase items from their store with the points.
If you receive the July box, leave a comment with the products that you receive.  I would love to know what you get!