Saturday, April 26, 2014

boxfullove patchouli :: Glossybox review + coupon codes :: March 2014

How am I still catching up on March reviews? As I was organizing this post I completely flaked and thought this was my April Glossybox -- which, in fact, I haven't received yet. (I do tend to get these late in the month.) Oops. Too many boxes, too little time!

Glossybox' March installment was so perfumey, I could smell it right through the cardboard mailer! Which is just fine by me. I mean, a deliciously scented unboxing > a meh, bland unscented one, right?

If you're not yet acquainted with Glossybox, you can read through some of my other reviews to get an idea for how it works and what it delivers. Basically, it's a monthly subscription of luxe beauty products and cosmetics; it'll cost you $21 a month to sign up, unless you choose to prepay for a longer sub, for which you'll receive a discount; you'll earn points towards free boxes by filling out product reviews; and your boxes'll arrive gorgeously packaged every time without fail.

Fancypants photo shoot in the hoooouse.

Chock full of goodies! These guys rarely disappoint. I received three deluxe samples, two full-sized items, and a bonus gift in this box.

Glossybox partnered with Rhode Island-based jewelry design house Alex and Ani this month to celebrate the launch of their Scent 7 bath and body collection, so each box included one of three Scent 7 items: hand cream, body soap, or body mist.

As you can see, I got a soap bar, also the party responsible for the heavenly-scented unboxing.  Here's how the Alex and Ani website explains the inspiration behind the soap and Scent 7 Collection as a whole:
Inspired by ancient alchemy, and scented with warm spice and sweet floral undertones, Scent 7 Soap Bar is crafted with essential oils that embody the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water. When balanced, these four natural elements assist in harmonizing one’s chi. Earth stabilizes, air calms and regenerates, fire stimulates the power of the heart, and water purifies. Created with shea butter and coconut oil, Scent 7 Soap Bar effectively nurtures the skin, increasing hydration and thoroughly cleansing the body. Invigorate your senses and lift your spirit with each use. 
The Scent 7 soap bar definitely lends itself to an invigorating shower: it packs a serious patchouli punch tempered by soapy, floral overtones. Definitely not burdened with a typically "feminine" scent, this guy is both really earthy and really fresh, which I love. If you're not afraid of strong, musky perfume (I had a phase years ago during which I only wore Hugo by Hugo Boss cologne, and my favorite detergent scent is "mountain fresh," so clearly I'm not squeamish in this department), you'll love this collection.

Alex and Ani also sent along this pretty adjustable bangle in a silver finish. I probably wouldn't have picked this out for myself, but in all honesty the swan charm won me over. Loved getting this quality bonus in my box. (Took this picture with my iPhone -- we forgot to shoot the bangle with the rest of the products, as he had already found a home inside my jewelry box!)

Another full-sized product! Woo! And an exclusive one, to boot -- this new-to-me brand is German and, from what I can tell, unavailable in the US unless purchased through Glossybox. I haven't tried it yet because my lips are crazy sensitive, and I'm scared to put anything more abrasive than a sugar scrub on them... But the moment I'm feeling adventurous, I'll throw caution to the wind and give this a whirl.

Nails Inc Brook Street Nail Polish. $9.50 for 0.33 fl oz. Sample is 0.13 fl oz, so about $3.74.

This coral-pink shade is perfect for spring, and the polish itself goes on pretty thick and opaque, so two coats give great coverage. The deluxe sample size should last through two or three pedicures at least. A promising intro to Nails Inc, which I'd never tried before. (Yes, I have a Julep obsession. It's a problem.)

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask. $158 for 2.1 fl oz. Sample is 0.38 fl oz, so about $28.59.

Alert! Alert! A full-sized version of this tube costs $158! The Glossybox info card insists that this facial mask, "rich in trace elements, vitamins and plant extracts, [is] specially formulated to act instantly on the signs of aging and fatigue to rejuvenate skin and restore vitality." For that price, I fully expect little baby peptides to jump out on two legs, plunge into the fine (ahem) lines around my eyes, and poof! make them disappear entirely. All snark aside, though, I'm excited to slather this on my face. Saving it for the aftermath of a particularly fun, overindulgent weekend. I'll let you know about the plunging peptides.

Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand. $22 for 4 fl oz. Sample is 0.85 fl oz, or about $4.68.

I have super thick straight hair, so I'm not sure this is necessarily the product for me... thought it does claim to volumize while it strengthens and moisturizes hair, so I'll have to give Mr. Stand Expand a try.

Glossybox is generally a high-quality package and an excellent value, but even by GB standards, March was outstanding. Receiving the swan bangle and participating in the Alex and Ani Scent 7 Collection launch made this one extra special. Total retail value came out to $97.01 -- ridonkulous!

What did you think of the March box, ladies?  
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