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Marla Oddoye is a Emory University graduate who earned a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and minored in English. While in pursuit of a healthcare career, she is a true fashionista who would describe her style as being feminine, simple, and sophisticated. She is a lover of all things beauty - from make up to nails - and art. Her passions don’t end there as she enjoys painting, volunteering, and has recently discovered a love for cooking low calorie, satisfying meals.

Glossy Box Beauty Subscription Service Arrives In The USA

If you’re the kind of girl who loves to try new beauty products, hopefully you’re aware of the plethora of monthly subscription services like Birchbox and the likes offering pre-selected, travel-sized products from various cosmetic companies. Well, there’s yet another one to sign up for, and this one has international appeal. Britain’s popular GLOSSYBOX (Glossy Box) has just turned one year old and in light of its success, it expanded its beauty subscription services to four new countries (already in 15 countries) including the United States, in April.

HOW IT WORKS

Every month, you receive a themed, beautifully packaged “glossy box” filled with 5 deluxe-sized (and sometimes full-sized!) product samples – the latest fragrances, makeup items, nail polishes, skin and hair care items, and more – as well as a product description card. Essentially, the $21.00-a-month service allows you to test beauty products without purchasing them for full price. (After all, other than the discontinuation of a favorite product, for a beauty lover, what’s worse than buying an expensive product only to toss it?) You can expect samples from luxury brands around the world and right here at home including Burberry Beauty, Clarins, C.O. Bigelow, and NARS.

WHAT’S IN IT

So what were the products featured in the “Beauty Around the World” May GLOSSYBOX USA? 

                         Photo Credits: glossybox.com
  • AMOREPACIFIC – Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel ($100.00 for 1.7 fl.oz.; ~$ 15.88 for 0.27 fl.oz)
  • Burberry – Lip Mist Natural Sheer Lipstick Cooper No. 202 ($30.00 for 0.12 oz.; $7.00 for 0.028 oz.)
  • Marvis – Whitening Mint Toothpaste ($7.50 for 1.29 fl.oz.)
  • PHYTO – Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask For Dry Hair ($38.00 for 6.7 fl.oz.; ~$9.64 for 1.7 fl.oz.)
  • Zoya – Summer 2012 – Beach and Surf Collection ($8.00 for 0.5 fl.oz.)

Both the Marvis toothpaste and Zoya nail polish were full-sized. That’s $183.50 worth of full-sized products or about $48.00 of sample-sized (two were full-sized) products for $21.00. The box also included a free gift – makeup brush – from Glossy Box. Altogether, not bad. (Learn more about Glossy Box USA May Edition here.)

FROM AN INSIDER

Having been a part of a beauty subscription service very similar to Glossy Box before, I can tell you that receiving beauty products from familiar brands as well as those you wouldn’t think to try on your own (and at a fraction of their price) is awesome…most of the time. While I’ve gained some staple beauty favorites thanks to a monthly beauty subscription, I’ve also gotten a few products that I had no interest in, had little use for, or quite frankly, hated. It’s a bit of a gamble with this concept, being that products are selected for you. At the same time, because you don’t get to choose, a new box arriving in the mail each month is like receiving a monthly birthday gift! That part never gets old (especially when you get the occasional full-sized product). If you’re a beauty fanatic or you enjoy learning about new cosmetics products, I’d say it’s worth a try.

HOW TO JOIN

If you want to become a part of this global beauty community, sign up now for the newsletter and to be the first to know when the following month’s subscription registration is open. Because of the high demand and limited supply, the Glossy Box shop opens every month for a limited time only, for now. From there you can confirm your membership, fill out a beauty profile that enables Glossy Box to personalize future boxes to your features (eye color, skin tone, hair type, etc.), update your subscription service details, and complete registration for your first Glossy Box purchase. (Keep in mind that if you’re ever unsatisfied with your boxes, you can cancel your subscription at any time, free of charge.)

Price: $21/month

Availability: Glossy Box website.

Are you subscribed to any monthly beauty subscription services? Are you interested in GLOSSYBOX USA?

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