Thursday, September 25, 2014

Glossybox Harper's Bazaar Edition Review, September 2014 + 20% Discount Code!

It has been a while since I reviewed Glossybox so when I saw September's elegant collaboration box with Harper's Bazaar fashion magazine, I couldn't resist.  You can always count on Glossybox for the most beautiful packaging and this month was no exception.  This box is white with the Harper's Bazaar logo and Glossybox crown emblem on the lid.  (Fair warning - there is going to be a LOT of white in this post!)

In keeping with the box's stark and elegant appearance, the products inside are intended to produce a chic minimalist fall look.  They are minimalist and they are chic but they don't seem particularly fall-related to me. The five items in this box (2 full sizes and 3 luxury sample sizes) are all things I would use year round.

The accordion pleated information card shows a full size color photo of each product, tells about the item, provides application tips and gives the retail price for the full size equivalent.

I was so pleased to receive a good sized sample (about 3 oz.) of Bvlgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner. (I always want to put a "u" in Bulgari, but apparently it really is a "v"!) Bvlgari represents the epitome of Italian elegance so it's a rare treat when one of their items shows up in a sub box. This is a gentle cream conditioner that leaves your hair lightly scented with fragrance.  I love every Bvlgari scent I've ever experienced and this one is no exception. Absolutely divine!  Full size retail is $45

No matter how many pink nail polishes you own, if you don't have Essie's "Madison Ave-Hue", you need it!  I don't know if everyone received the same color but since it's printed on the information card, I'm guessing they did.  This is the perfect pink shade with just a hint of plum to it.  Retail $8.50

I'm not crazy about mascara samples but since the full size "They're Real" by Benefit retails for $23, this is probably the only way I'll ever try this one.  It does a great job of lengthening, volumizing, curling, lifting and separating.  I'm pretty sure I've received the same sample in at least a couple of other beauty sub boxes this year.

An elegantly packaged sample of Vichy's Liftactiv Night cream promises to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, boost firmness, hydrate and improve skin tone.  My favorite beauty box samples are night creams and eye creams so I'm happy to try this one.  Full size retail $50.00.

The final product is Obsessive Compulsive's Lip Tar: Metallic in the shade "Authentic". Because of the color, I'd say this is the only item in the box that actually relates to fall. This is a full size lip gloss in an opaque bronze copper shade with an intense shimmer finish.  It comes with a tiny precision brush for perfect application.  I don't know that this color will work for me so this may end up being gifted.  Retail $18.00.


Because of the sample sizes, it's really hard to say what the retail value of this box is but it clearly exceeds the $21 price tag for one box.  My favorite items in this box are the Bvlgari conditioner, the Essie nail polish and the Vichy night cream.  

If you're interested in signing up for Glossybox, there are substantial savings with longer term subscriptions.  Here is the current pricing structure:

One Month - $21
Three Months - $60 ($20 per mo.)
Six Months - $115 ($19.17 per mo.)
Twelve Months - $220 ($18.33 per mo.)

For an even better deal, use the code FALL14 to get 20% off a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription. This works out to $16, $15.33 or $14.67 unbeatable value in my opinion. 

I rarely sign up for a full year with any subscription box.  Although the economies are there, many of them are just too unstable as businesses to commit for that long. Glossybox however, has provided consistently high quality and reliable delivery since their U.S. debut a couple of years ago. Because of that, I feel comfortable in paying for a year in advance to get the maximum discount.  

Glossybox seems to be doing more partnering with high end fashion brands this year. The co-branded boxes and products are really adding interest and value to this subscription as far as I'm concerned.

Happy Fall!


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased with my own money. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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