September 2014 Glossybox Review & Unboxing + October 2014 Glossybox Spoilers!

Continuing my pattern of slowpoke Glossybox unboxing posts, it’s almost a week into October and here I am about to do my September 2014 Glossybox review! Apparently my mailman only feels like delivering packages in giant batches, I received *five* Memeboxes (that I’d been waiting on for like a month) and my Glossybox all on the same day. Since that’s highly unlikely to be coincidence – their shipping notices were all at least several days apart – it looks like my PO is content to just let people’s packages sit around until they finally feel like delivering things.


I’m on a no-buy right now, but if we still have the same abysmal mailman at the start of next year, I’ll probably have to look into getting a PO box (at a different PO because I’m not rewarding mine for bad service by paying them more $$ to get my mail on time) for my sub boxes and orders that need to ship USPS.

Anyhow, enough complaining, because the September box is pretty nice!


As you can see, the September box was curated by Harper’s Bazaar. This had me interested, because I actually subscribe to and generally enjoy their magazine! If only they’d stop working with Terry Richardson, though… I find him distasteful enough that I likely won’t renew my subscription when it ends unless they’ve dropped him.

Their beauty advice is generally far sounder than their taste in skeezy photographers, though, so I expected that this would be a good box, and I wasn’t disappointed!


Here’s the first look with the card and tissue paper pulled back so that you can actually see the products. I spy an Essie polish, BVLGARI something, and an OCC Lip Tar! We had a spoiler about Benefit They’re Real Mascara, so that’s obviously what the black box contains, but the other white box is still a mystery at this point…!

I am really glad that they’ve kept the new box style that they premiered last month. I still feel something about the texture and shape just looks crisper and more chic. This special edition box was white and black rather than the classic pastel pink and black – I love that they let the guest curators design their own boxes as well. Really adds to the experience, I think!


Here’s everything pulled out and lined up. Uh, please ignore the fact that the lip tar appears to be about to fire a laser beam at my (new, significantly less shitty!) camera.

Hit the read more if you’d like to see the blow-by-blow list of each product and my thoughts~

This month’s Glossybox review, now featuring actually readable card photos! Click the thumbnail to view the full-sized card image. It’s almost like I’ve actually joined the 21st century.

I’ll still be typing out their descriptions before my own thoughts, but the card does include a small blurb from Joyann King, the digital director of Harper’s Bazaar and the curator of this particular Glossybox.

Also, is it just me or do some of the product images on there look a little… 3D? The polish in particular almost looks real if you’re not looking closely enough!


Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (.1 oz Mini Size)

They’re Real! Mascara lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts and separates lashes like no other. The jet-black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. Plus, a specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

Application Tip: Position wand horizontally and wiggle brush from side to side, base to tip, to achieve maximum volume, length, and lift. Hold wand vertically and stroke upward to curl and separate.

Full Size: $23.00 for .3 oz

This was the spoiler product for the September box, and I’m just glad that it wasn’t the similarly-named eyeliner – I’ve mentioned before that Glossybox has a bad habit of sending out wayyy too many black eyeliners.

I have several black mascaras waiting on me already, and as mascara really isn’t something you want to open unnecessarily lest it dry out before you can use it more than a few times, it will probably be a long time before I test this out. For day-to-day life, I prefer brown-black or dark brown mascara, so I go through black mascara at a snail’s pace. On the bright side, having so many black mascaras from various Glossyboxes means that I don’t have to spend a dime on it for a few years, at least!


Essie Nail Polish in She’s Pampered (Full Size)

Look and feel like a princess when you apply She’s Pampered, the perfect crimson hue.

Application Tip: Did you know? Cleaning and prepping your nails before applying color lengthens the life of your manicure.

Full Size: $8.50 for .46 oz

I’ve always liked the quality of Essie’s polishes, and this is a lovely shade of red. While I’m sure that many people have a similar shade already, I somehow don’t (I have more wines and purples, my only reds are megawatt glitters, it seems – and both based on Marvel characters, strangely enough – Excelsior Polish’s Romanoff and Pretty and Polished’s Something Good, Something Bad… A Bit of Both). So this is a welcome addition for me!


BVLGARI Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert‎ Conditioner (Mini Size)

Boasting a rich formula that contains green tea extract, jasmine, and notes of aromatic orange blossom, this gentle cream conditioner leaves hair lightly scented with BVLGARI’s classic Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert‎ fragrance.

Application Tip: When you are feeling low maintenance, forgo your daily fragrance for a delicately scented hair product.

Full Size: $45.00 for 6.76 fl oz

I actually received a miniature bottle of BVLGARI’s Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert‎ fragrance in a past Glossybox, and I quite liked it! It’s a very clean, fresh, yet unique and not overpowering or headache-inducing scent. Unfortunately, my skin chemistry ate it up so fast that the lasting power was practically nonexistent – I ended up gifting it to my mother after she saw it, tested it, and liked it a lot. Given that she’s very picky about fragrance, I took that as a sign that it belonged with her instead!

I look forward to this conditioner being a way for me to, hopefully, get the same lovely scent but with a tad more lasting power as my hair can definitely hold fragrance longer than my skin. Just for special occasions, though – at the full-sized price, it’s not going to be a repurchase no matter how lovely!


Vichy LiftActiv Nuit (.51 fl oz Mini Size)

Optimize skin’s natural nighttime repair mechanisms with this evening moisturizer, which stars anti-aging plant sugar extract, rhamnose, and continuous-release vitamin C. Promising to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and boost skin’s firmness, this cream also offers 24 hours of hydration and improved skin tone.

Application Tip: On cleansed skin, apply LiftActiv Night in the evening to the face and neck. Smooth on gently until thoroughly absorbed.

Full Size: $50.00 for 1.69 fl oz

I’m always slightly hesitant about anti-aging creams in Western sub boxes, just because so many European and North American cosmetic companies insist on conflating aging skin with very dry skin (they do this with sensitive skin, too – it’s super frustrating to look for a cream for my sensitive yet oily skin and only turn up thick creams with loads of pore-clogging ingredients because apparently oily-skinned people don’t exist after age 20, or something). It’s one of the reasons I turned to Asian skincare brands, actually – they manage to grasp that people with oily skin can have anti-aging concerns or sensitive skin, too!

Here are the ingredients:

Aqua / Water, Glycerin, Rhamnose, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Starch / Corn Starch, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter / Shea Butter, Petrolatum, Glyceryl Stearate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Cera Alba / Beeswax, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Tristearate, Dimethiconol, Triethanolamine, Myristyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Poloxamer 338, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Parfum / Fragrance.

I can already tell that this will be a clogger for me – shea butter and beeswax in face creams just don’t work well for me. Too heavy. Someone else already ran it through CosDNA, and it has six low-level (in the 1-2 range) flags for acne/irritation triggers, so I expect that I should probably pass on this product. I’ll likely either pass it on to someone IRL with dryer skin or maybe include it in a future blog sale, I don’t know yet.


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Matte Lip Tar in Black Dahlia (Full Size)

Don’t judge a lip color by its tube – Black Dahlia is a sultry dark red that complements any skin tone. Featuring a liquid matte formula and unparalleled pigment intensity and wear time, this vegan lipstick contains organic hemp oil and soy-derived vitamin E, for a finish that feels as good as it looks!

Application Tip: Apply the tiniest amount of Black Dahlia with the included Short-Handled Precision Lip Brush for complete, opaque coverage, either alone or mixed with other shades.

Full Size: $18.00 for .33 oz

I’ve used OCC nail colors and loved them before, but I’d never tried any of their infamous lip tars yet! When I first saw the shade in-tube, I was like… oookay, this is gonna go to my Willam-loving OCC-fan friend, because I am just too basic for awesome bold black-red lips. However, as the description says, it’s not actually black – here’s a quickie swatch:


Obviously I applied far more than I’d need on my lips, but you can see that it’s actually a very deep crushed-berry kind of deal. The color on the outer edges is how it’s supposed to look as it’s blended and dried down, the middle is a thicker amount and still wet. Yeah, I know it gives the effect of a weird Halloween-costume-makeup wound – I guess I need to wear it alongside my Zombie CC Cream, eh? The product names alone will make me feel very much in the Halloween spirit!

I will try to wear this, since it is SUCH a lovely color and I do want to be a bit more daring with my lip color choices when the time is right, so I am keeping this one (obviously, since I opened it and swatched it). This is one of those products that illustrates why services like Glossybox can be so useful, because I certainly wouldn’t have been brave enough to purchase this shade on my own – but having it at home now, it’s very lovely!

All in all, September’s Glossybox was very good – while it’s nothing world-shakingly exciting or unusual (Blame Memebox for spoiling me on that front), with the exception of the night cream, these are all products that I will absolutely use and enjoy. I got a deal where I pay ~16 dollars a month for Glossybox, but even at the standard $21 per month, if you love beauty products and find yourself thinking that you’d use at like 3/5 of the products each month, I think that makes it a pretty good buy if you can afford the subscription.

I think that I got really lucky with the shade selections – the Essie polish and OCC lip tar had a few options, and so far I made out like a bandit based on what I’ve seen. I’m going to add a few other September 2014 Glossybox unboxings to the related posts section, so if you’re interested in seeing what other shades people received, check them out!

If you’re interested in trying GLOSSYBOX, new subscribers can get a free GlamGlow YouthMud GWP included in their first box by entering the code “GBGLAM” when they sign up.

Additionally, some October 2014 Glossybox spoilers have been released:


Aside from the Vince Camuto Amore “deluxe size” (I hope it’s a mini of the full-size bottle design, because how cute is that bottle?), they have also revealed that boxes will include a Tarte Power Pigment and Nails Inc’s Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat. Very promising box, in my opinion!

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