GLOSSYBOX September 2016 subscription unboxing review and coupon

GLOSSYBOX September 2016 feature

GLOSSYBOX is a beauty discovery subscription service that goes out monthly. Each box includes five hand-picked deluxe travel-sized beauty items with a different theme that ship straight to your door. Some months include full-sized items as well.

I tried out their September Secret Garden box which was inspired by Fashion Month’s floral print trends. It is supposedly full of products that fashion insiders keep in their beauty bags for touch-ups between runway shows at Fashion Week.

Let’s see what they put in and I’ll give you a great coupon good for a limited time.

The box you see at the top of this article was actually packed inside another logoed shipping box. The inside box is absolutely beautiful. It was created by illustrator Antonio Soares who has also collaborated with Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. I love that they didn’t ruin it with shipping labels so I can keep the box to house things like my makeup or perfume. Everything inside was packed in tissue paper and shredded cardboard to keep it in good shape and it was tied off with a bow. Beautiful presentation.

GLOSSYBOX September 2016 letters

At the top of the box was a letter from GLOSSYBOX PR rep, Samantha, who sent me the box. It talks about the theme and why it was chosen.

Also at the top was a foldout card listing every item in the box. Each section tells a bit about the item, has tips for use, and gives the price of the full sized item in their store. It also tells a bit more about the illustrator for this box. The card is full-color and gives you a sneak peek into next month’s box. Very handy.

GLOSSYBOX September 2016 cleanser

The first three goodies in the box are for beautiful skin. There’s MonuSpa rosewood reviving mist, Sesderma Sensyses face cleanser and Sesderma C-Vit moisturizing serum.

The mist is supposed to revitalize your skin on-the-go, but you can also use it for setting makeup or as scented body spray. It uses a combination of lemon, rosewood and sandalwood essential oils. It has a nice smell and dries quickly.

There were two cleansers I could have received. I got the classic one that is good for all skin types. It’s supposed to remove makeup from even sensitive skin without irritation. I haven’t tried it yet, but it smells good.

Unfortunately, when I went to open the bottle of facial serum, I found that it had either dried up during shipment or maybe spilled before packing. The bottle had remnants of the serum, but was completely empty. The mailing box was completely sealed and there are no spill marks in the box, so I’m not sure what happened.

Luckily, GLOSSYBOX will send replacements for damaged items as long as you put in a claim within 90 days.The woman I’ve been working with at GLOSSYBOX has been amazing. They have great customer service skills over there, which definitely an important part of any business.

Anyway, the serum is supposed to be full of vitamin C with antioxidants, moisturizing, clarifying and elasticity properties. Sounds like good stuff.

GLOSSYBOX September 2016 makeup

The last three items in the box were makeup. There was a travel-sized Borghese mascara, and a full-size Korres twist eyeshadow and Model Launcher eyebrow duo pencil.

The mascara isn’t clumpy and is flake-free. It has a curved wand to separate and curl your eyelashes and the wand is firm, not bendy, for easy application. I was sent Superiore Black.

The twist shadow pencil is made of volcanic minerals and rice wax to condition and add shine to skin. The color is a shimmery taupe. It’s a dramatic color, which I love. It glides on easily and is amazingly smudge-free.

The brow pencil is also a taupe color, but more neutral. The pencil end twists up for easy application and the other end uncaps for a brush to shape your brows. It goes on looking natural and stays in place well.

I loved everything I got in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. I can’t wait to use the makeup when I go out tomorrow. Because mine was a PR box, I didn’t get to answer the beauty profile questions, but they managed to fit my needs pretty well anyway.

GLOSSYBOX costs only $21 a month, less if you buy months in advance. That’s fairly cheap for a box that sends both samples and full-sized top-of-the-line products. According to the website, this month’s box contained over $60 worth of beauty items, so it’s definitely worth the price. Shipping is free for United States customers or $5 to Canada.

For an even better deal, the company has offered our readers a coupon code to receive a free box with the purchase of a September subscription box. Just enter FASHIONWEEK at checkout, but you have to hurry! The coupon expires on Sept. 30. You can sign up here.