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Glossybox USA September Review & Swatches

It’s time for another Glossybox USA. This time I’ve got the September box for you to check out.

GlossyBox USA September 2012


For my previous Glossybox Reviews and recaps:

August Glossybox USA
lip gloss (ugly)
nail polish (ugly)
vitamin c serum (liked)
biolage oil for hair (another hair product? really?  did not like)
skin primer (interested in)

July Glossybox USA
lip gloss (pretty)
‘universal’ eyebrow pencil (did not like)
feet lotion(more creams?)
hand lotion (more creams?)
shampoo (discontinued, couldn’t use)
conditioner (discontinued, couldn’t use)

June Glossybox USA
body creme (interested in)
mascara (interested in but it sucked)
firming cream (disliked)
shave cream (disliked)
stinky perfume (disliked)
hair masque (couldn’t use)

Inagural May Glossybox USA
skincare sampler (interested in)
lavender and peppermint shampoo (lavender is awful to me, couldn’t use)
eye gel (interested in)
opi polish (generic pink)
kryolan high gloss (liked)
cargo eye bronzer (liked)

Since the start of the program:
5 hair products that I could not use (not cruelty-free, not sulfate-free, etc)
1 perfume that smelled like pine sol
1 mascara that did not perform well for me
5 body / feet / hand creams
1 blah lipgloss (ellis faas milky lips)
2 blah polish (illamasqua brown polish, opi pink polish)

Products I’ve liked:
2 nice lipgloss (kryolan, senna cosmetics)
ole henrickson vitamin c serum
cargo eye bronzer

Now on to the new box!

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 Shade 31 Golden Beige

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 – shade 31 Golden Beige – $29.99 for 1.69 oz. (received full size)
For a minute, I was super excited over receiving this! I’ve wanted to try this BB cream out for a long time. Then, sadly, I looked at the shade I received – 31 Golden Beige. It’s too dark for me. WAY too dark for me. It fits a friend of mine who wears this and loves this when she has a tan. So it’s going to her.

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 Shade 31 Golden Beige Swatch

Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 Shade 31 Golden Beige Swatch on skin

This is a CLASSIC example of why Glossybox should ask simple questions such as what’s your basic shade range? When looking at swatches of this product, I MIGHT be able to wear 13 Milky Beige, which is their palest shade. And that’s a maybe, not 100% sure. But it would at least be much closer to my skintone than Golden Beige.

I’ve heard that other bloggers received other shades, so it’s like they randomly chucked a BB cream in a box and sent it out. If they’d taken just a BIT of time to ASK, they would have gotten better feedback and PR.

So much like with Illamasqua with the August box, I’m disappointed. As far as I’m aware, Missha is cruelty-free.

Kryolan for Glossybox Lipstick

Kryolan for Glossybox – Glossy Pink lipstick – $14 for .14 oz (received full size)

When I saw that Kryolan had made a lipstick for Glossybox, I was initially excited. Even more so, because it’s a pink. Sadly, I find it boring. It’s a neutral pink.

Kryolan for Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink

Kryolan for Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink Skin Swatch

This is a nice, everyday pink. It’s probably a holy grail lip shade for some ladies. I think a lot of people will find it appealing. It’s not brown. I was really hoping for a different shade of pink. As far as I’m aware Kryolan is cruelty-free.

Global Keratin GKHair Shampoo and Conditioner

GKHair Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner $20 for full size, sample size isn’t stated on the bottle, maybe 4oz? (received sample sizes)

I’m guessing that these are another set of discontinued hair products. When I visit the website on the bottle which says ‘ it says ‘we’re rebranding as GKhair.’ It also said I was sent moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, but the bottles say balancing shampoo and conditioner. I can’t tell if GKHair is cruelty-free or not.

Additionally, I can’t find an ingredients listing. I’m not putting these products on my hair without knowing if they’re sulfate-free and cruelty-free. I’ve had enough allergic reactions for one month!

I think it is in extremely poor taste for Glossybox USA to send another set of discontinued hair products, if this is the case. I also think it’s bad to send products without an ingredients listing.

Anyway, I’ve saved the best for last.

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water

Koh Gen Do – Cleansing Spa Water – $13 for 3.38 oz (received full size)

Described as ‘Made with mineral-rich Japanese hot spring water, this best selling spa water is infused with six essential herbs to protect and nurture skin. In a single sweep, it gently removes makeup and skin’s toughest impurities.’

  • Rosemary leaf extract
  • Sage leaf extract
  • Lavender extract
  • Artemis Princeps Leaf extract
  • Perilla Ocymoides leaf extract
  • Ginger root extract


Koh Gen Do Promise - not tested on animals

I just had to share with you the Koh Gen Do promise. I love that they explain their testing stance.

Now I bet you’re wondering how it works? Well, I’ve tested it twice. So far so good! I’ve used it to remove my mascara and eyeliner, which is does gently and easily. I’ve also used it to remove eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner.

It claims:

  • Quickly and gently remove makeup leaving nutrients to replenish and rejuvenate the skin.
  • Removes waterproof makeup and skin impurities
  • Rinse free
  • Oil free
  • Safe for contact lens wearers

It removed my makeup quickly, without irritating my eyes or making them burn. It didn’t need to be rinsed off. I wasn’t left with an oily feeling. It didn’t bother my contacts.

I might be in love! So Awesome. I will be doing a full review of this after I’ve used it for 2 weeks and if I love it as much then as I do now, I’ll be purchasing this. This is the FIRST ITEM from Glossybox that I have truly loved and think I would repurchase.

Products I loved:
Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water

Products I’m neutral about:
Kryolan for Glossybox Glossy Pink Lipstick

Products I hated:
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream SPF 42 in 31 Golden Beige (CANNOT WEAR THIS COLOR)
GKHair Balancing Shampoo
GKHair Balancing Conditioner

If I count the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Water and Kryolan lipstick, my value is $27.
If I count the cleansing water, lipstick and BB Cream, it would have been $56.99

I actually feel like the value of this box is exceptional. It would be even better for me if they’d sent me a bb cream shade I could use, such as the Missha Milky Beige!

What do you think about Glossybox USA September? Do you love it or hate it? Are you interested in any of these products?

Glossybox USA retails for $21

Products sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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