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Welcome to another GlossyBox review! This time it’s the August box, and I believe that most people loved this box.

Bet you can’t wait to see what I think about it!


I’ve constantly said that I wanted more color and makeup in my GlossyBox. Well, they listened, sort of. They gave me brown. Brown is not my favorite color. Brown is my LEAST favorite color. Brown looks muddy on me. Sigh.

Ellis Faas Milky Lips – $35
full size
L209 Toffee Beige

I absolutely hate the twist up design. It took me probably 30 twists to get any product to come out, and once it came out, it was a huge mess all at once.

The color I received is L209 Toffee Beige. It looks more like a coffee brown. It’s extremely pigmented. While I like the texture, I hate the color. Additionally, we’ve seen a similar color from GlossyBox before, with the Kryolan High Gloss in Toffee. I think it’s bad to see a repeat of such a similar color so soon. Sadly, my initial thought was ‘the 90s called and wants their brown lipstick back.’ I would have preferred L201 Blood Red, L202 Dark Blood, L203 Plum, L205 Coral Pink or L208 Soft Peach.

Illamasqua Nail Polish – $14
full size
Taint Rubberized Nail Varnish

I LOVE Illamasqua nail polish! Unfortunately, I received the color Taint. It’s a stone brown shade in a rubber finish. There are very few shades of brown nail polish that I like. All of those brown shades are complex shades, not a dull, flat brown. This is not a color I like nor would I wear. I would have been much happier with Devotee, Prosperity, Faux Pas, Kink, Serenity, just about any other color of rubber nail polish offered. Strangely, I think Taint was from Fall 2011.

Initially when I opened the box and saw Illamasqua I got very excited, so it was a huge letdown to me that I got the one shade I wouldn’t wear. I would have even been happier to receive a dupe of a shade I already own.

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum – $48 for 1 fl. oz. (so say $24 value for a .5 fl. oz sample)
.5 fl. oz. sample
Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide long term results. Sensitive skin prone to irritation will benefit immensely from the calming properties of this oil-free serum.

  • Grapefruit and orange extract Purifying, astringent, brightening
  • Green tea extract Protects against damage with antioxidants
  • Rosehips extract Repairs and strengthens with concentrated vitamin C
  • Sodium hyaluronate Binds moisture to the skin
  • Vitamin C Calms, heals and strengthens collagen
  • Vitamin E Heals, restores and nourishes

Finally a skincare product that I’m happy to try out! One, I love good serums. Two, I love vitamin C. Three, this is actually a generous sample size of .5 fl. oz.

Biolage Exquisite Oil With Moringo Oil Blend Repleneshing Treatment – $22 for 3.1 oz. (but Amazon has it for $8.63)
.16 fl. oz. sample
This claims to  be a versatile treatment serum with a Moringa Oil Blend. It’s supposed to impart instant, weightless shine.

  • Delivers instant shine, nourishment and control to hair
  • Protects against breakage and split ends
  • Can be added to any Biolage treatment added brilliance, softness and manageability
  • Enriched with Moringa, Macadamia and Argan Oils
  • Suitable for all hair types

In general, I don’t like to bother with oils like this. I really prefer to use something like my Black 15 in 1 Miracle treatment (it adds shine, softens, smooths, detangles, prevents frizz, moisturizes, protects from humidity, repairs, protects against heat, protects against UV, strengthens hair, adds volume, soothes the scalp). Also, there was a hair masque included in the June GlossyBox. I really don’t think hair treatments should be in every box, but maybe I’m in the minority on that.

Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base – $20 for 1.13 oz.
1.06 fl. oz. sample
This is a primer that’s meant to be applied after your skincare routine and before your makeup. It’s supposed to firm and revitalize your skin, and allow for your makeup to be applied more smoothly.

  • Honey texture firms and revitalizes the skin, helping to promote the skin’s elasticity.
  • Hydro Complex – hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and honey extract work immediately to improve discolored skin and boost natural radiance.
  • 4 flower extacts help to keep the skin moist while relieving irritation.
  • Repair complex CLR helps to improve skintone.

This is actually another sort of product that I’m excited to get in a GlossyBox. I’ve only used the primer once (so this isn’t a proper review of it), but it definitely make your skin feel smooth and it’s clear.

Products I like:
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base

Products I’m disappointed with:
Illamasqua Nail Polish – so disappointed with receiving a brand I love in a color I hate
Ellis Faas Milky Lips – disappointed with receiving a color we’ve seen before in a twist style that I dislike.
Biolage Exquisite Oil With Moringo Oil Blend Repleneshing Treatment – another hair treatment? sigh.

I would say that this is the best GlossyBox that I’ve received, but only because of the Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. I cannot state enough what a huge letdown it was to receive an Illamasqua nail polish that I won’t wear. Again, I’m left with the feeling that if GlossyBox had a profile or something that you filled out, where you could mark down things like – hates the color brown, cruelty-free products only, sulfate-free products only, has no interest in shaving creams or heel creams, there would be better managed expectations and fewer letdowns. But a profile only works if the company pays attention to it.

What do you think about the GlossyBox August? Would you be happy with this box?

GlossyBox retails for $21.
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012

To the best of my knowledge:
Ellis Faas is cruelty-free.
Illamasqua is cruelty-free.
Ole Henriksen is cruelty-free.
I’ve seen conflicting information that Matrix Biolage is and is not cruelty-free, so I’m unsure on this product.
I sent an email to Touch in Sol inquiring if they are cruelty-free, but have not yet received a response.

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.