Review: November 2011 Glossybox

I LOVE samples and I was super envious when I read all about the sample beauty boxes in the US like Birchbox. Finally it's caught on in Aus and one of these boxes is the new Glossybox (previously known as the Beauty Box). I was very excited to be given the opportunity to receive the first box and here's my review for you today.

A box within a box! You won't believe how excited I was to open it and see what was inside!

Glossybox has such pretty packaging and is packaged super well. It's wrapped prettily and tied up with a ribbon with a card explaining the products.



What you get:

Jurilique Purely Age-Defying Ultra Firm & Lift Cream - sample size: "This high performance anti-aging cream is designed to help promote the regeneration of elastin, collagen and new skin cells."
The full size product retails for $90.

Bio Oil - full size: "Bio-Oil is a specialist skincare oil that is effective for aging as well as dehydrated skin. Also applicable for scars, stretch marks ad uneven skin tones."
It retails for $14.95 for a 60ml bottle.

Essie Summer Nail colour in Meet Me at Sunset - sample size: "It's all about daring, sexy colour with thus super shuck collection inspired by the seductive beauty of Brazil."
The full size polish retails for $18.95.

Mirenesse 3D Forever Gloss in Geisha - full size: "Mirenesse 3D Forever Gloss is filled with botanical moisturizers and antioxidants to give you hydrated and beautiful cushioned lips day and night."
The gloss retails for $39.95.

Lily Loves Pearl Eco mascara: "This 100% natural, Vegan friendly mascara is formulated l nourish, thicken & lengthen lashes. If you want brilliant amazing lashes this is a must-have." Now I believe it's the full size product that's included but I'm not 100% sure as it doesn't say on the tube.
The full size product retails for $36.

Also a packet of jelly beans and a Jurilique 15% off storewide voucher.

Overall: The full size Bio Oil and Mirenesse 3D gloss makes the monthly subscription fee of $14.95 very worthwhile. I'm such a sucker for packaging and Glossybox delivers! I love the pretty packaging and the fact that it has 2 boxes for safe transit. The variety of products is quite reasonable - you get a nail, eye, skincare, body, lip product and some yummy jellybeans too.

While I liked the range of products, I'm not blown away by the first Glossybox. I buy a LOT of products and the items seem to be too readily available to spark a real interest for me. I'd love to try brands I don't see everyday to discover new products. The first box should be an indication of what brands they'll be working with and what future boxes will contain and unfortunately I'm not that excited. The majority of the products are kind of your everyday brands and also in comparison to other beauty sample boxes the product number seems to be slightly less.

I'm also not entirely sure that sample boxes are the right fit for me personally. I just have way too many products and need to use. Sample beauty boxes would be perfect for those just starting out in makeup (eg. my sister) or those who don't have a lot to spend on makeup and want to try before they commit to full size. It would also make a fantastic gift also - it beats the old magazine subscription ANY day! Imagine receiving one every month! I love the surprise element as you have no idea what will be included in the box for that month.

Details: You can subscribe to Glossybox online and costs $14.95 per month which includes delivery.

Have you tried a beauty sample box? What do you think?

Thanks for looking as always!

The product featured in this post was sent to me for consideration but this in no way influenced my review in any way. As always, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here.


  1. I just signed up for a new beauty sample box, Glamabox from Hong Kong. Yet to receive my first box. Not quite sure what to expect but, like you say, the element of a surprise each month is exciting!

  2. Love the samples ^^ I hope this catches on in NZ too, all those US boxes make me so jealous! =D

  3. I've ordered my Glossy Box and I'm going to give it a little trial... not expecting too much though, especially after reading your review and others that are floating around. BUT I'm still excited to get it :) :) :)

  4. Glossybox arrived in Italy a couple of months ago but the products inside are quite disappointing. What do you think about the new american beauty box involving michelle phan, promise ecc? Love your blog!

  5. damn, the glossybox there is way better than here.. xD better products and the size is way bigger

  6. I didn't get the mascara... :(

  7. I was thinking of signing up for this in the new year, but with all my products that I already religiously use I see your point - it's perhaps not the best for me. But thanks for the review anyway - I know some of my friends would love it!

    xx T

  8. essie<3 but i don't understand why did they put summer nail polish at this time?:D

    my glam bag is better.

  9. I subscribe to both Lust Have It and Glossy Box, Lust have it tend to use lesser known brands and there is always something in there I do not recognize where as Glossy Box really does have the big names.

    I am like you say, still working out what products I like and will use so for me they are good value plus I love getting presents in the mail on a regular basis.

  10. Hi there,

    This is an awesome lovely box… just wow!!!!!



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