Glossybox September 2016


Today I will be reviewing my September Glossybox.  Secret Garden; a specially designed Glossybox inspired by September, ‘the month of fashion’, that was illustrated by Antonio Soares, known for his avant-garde, high fashion style, is September’s Special Edition box.  The box itself is certainly gorgeous, but it pretty much ended there for me.  The products included were a total miss for me this month.  It’s not that they were bad products, just nothing I really cared for or that really worked for me. (There are generally a few variations in products) Read on and see what you think of this month’s products. Glossybox is a monthly subscription box that boasts 5 luxury beauty products each month, wrapped up in a lovely pink box.  The products are often full sized, if not; they are deluxe sized samples. The cost of the subscription is 21.00 per month with free shipping.


Glossybox has a classic monthly box but often does a special edition or collab/partner edition that replaces their regular box.  (like this, September version) These boxes generally have a unique box with special artwork or are labeled with the partnering brands/company’s logos etc. They are specially curated to fit the theme or contain some of the most popular brands/products spotlighted by said partnering brands/companies.  I get really excited for these boxes. The special edition boxes alone are often great for display or re-use in some way or another.  In addition to these unique monthly versions Glossybox also curates special, limited edition, [additional] one time purchase boxes, ie: Holiday, Mothers day etc. (you can scroll through the past boxes here -just scroll down the linked page a bit to view past boxes.) * If it does not have a month in the title than it is a special edition one time, additional purchase box, otherwise it was the box included in your subscription.


…and now on to September’s Secret Garden box.

The Box:


The Composition of the box is certainly lovely…

The Goods:


Sally Hershberger 24K Supreme Stylist Dry Shampoo:  Travel Size. $12.00 Full Size $32.00

As a person that is an avid user of dry shampoo; I still do not believe I will ever be able to use all of my dry shampoo [that I currently own].  My stance on dry shampoo currently is:  unless a brand has come up with something new and totally innovative in the dry shampoo arena, I’m not going to be excited about it.  This version smells good enough, works good enough and it looks nice.  It performs, maybe a bit better than some, but it’s nothing to get worked up over.  It’s not a basic dry shampoo, but more of a texturizer too, with some hold and some people may not like that.  This version does include UV protection for your hair and like others is designed to give your hair a boost in volume, refresh, banish grease and oil and just revive your hair altogether. (sans washing) It does these things and like most deposits minimal white powder that requires you to brush through your hair or just work through a bit if your hair is light.


Vince Camuto Capri: Fragrance Mini. Full Size $85.00

This fragrance, to me, is the opposite of ‘fall fashion’ more of a spring/summer fragrance for sure.  It’s pretty and it matches the box design some.  I’ve received Vince Camuto in the original version, same bottle.  It smells nearly the same to me.  It’s a pretty basic floral, nothing exciting and not really me.


Pretty little bottle though..


Model Launcher Brow Duo Pencil:  Full Size $12.00

I received this pencil in taupe; which I assume is the shade everyone receiving it got, considering it ‘universal’.  This pencil isn’t bad, it has the newest tip style that Smashbox uses and Anastasia, I believe, has a version with a similar tip now as well…but I still prefer the finest tip available.  My brows are light and have always been super sparse. I prefer to use the tiny little hair like stroke method when doing my brows.  I practically do the same method as micro-blading on mine each day… only without the semi permanence. 😉  I use the long lasting fine tip Tony Moly Brow pens on mine and then to soften them a blonde fiberized brow gel/type product….this duo method works excellent for me but could go horribly wrong if you do not know what your are doing haha!  So; I can use this in a pinch, to fill my sparse brows when I’m in a hurry and the taupe shade of this particular product works OK for me as long as I am light handed; I’m just really particular about my brows and brow products.


Korres Modern Greek Apothecary Twist Lipstick:  Full Size $18.00

This twist up lip crayon has a glossy finish and rich color without harmful additives.  It contains raspberry seed oil, antioxidant protection for hydration and other natural ingredients.  This product was sent in various colors and much to my dismay, I received the intense red shade.  The formula is really nice, it’s very smooth and creamy, it did seem hydrating.  The pigment is great as well.  A good product.  I never wear red though.  I simply do not like it on me…bummer.


It’s a great red if you wear it though…


Sesderma Sensyses Cleanser & C-Vit Moisturizing Serum: Mini (duo). Full Size (cleanser) $20.00 (serum) $52.00

This is a mini version of Sesderma’s cleansing water (solution) and a vitamin C moisturizing serum.  This brand is totally new to me but I have read good things about it.  The cleanser I can use to replace my last cleansing step and in the mornings.  I have not noticed any ‘lightening’ or anything yet and uncertain if I’ll be able to determine if it is effective in that arena before it’s empty, it’s a small bottle.  The vitamin c serum is tiny as well but takes very little used around the mouth and eye areas.  I’ve been applying it prior to my eye cream around my eye area and as additional ‘support’ around my mouth area.  It’s pretty light, a bit sticky.  It has not been that long but it seems to add a bit of moisture.  Time will tell.

Well; there you have it.  I know there were some variations in products for this box.  Who got different items?  What were your thoughts on this ‘special’ box version?

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-Kelli xoxo


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  1. bcnbeautyblog

    I love these brands!
    #Sesderma & #Korres

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  2. itzjustrachel

    Never heard of Glossybox before! Everything is so pretty and lovely!

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    1. kelifornia79

      It is. It is marketed as more of a luxury/higher end version of the beauty subs..Several different countries have their own glossybox and it’s been around for some time. The box itself is so pretty and they’ve done many collabs with artists, high end department stores and brands. It has been a pretty nice box over the years. 🙂

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  3. ABeautifulWhim

    This is such a pretty box! I have it but I haven’t had a chance to take any pics yet. I loved the theme and the art work on the box. SOOOOOOO pretty.

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    1. kelifornia79

      I know! I have a display cube in my master where I’ve kept my favorites over the years..incorporated them in with perfumes and such. I got lost in his artwork for about an hour via instagram. Have you looked at his fashion work much? His watercolor techniques are something to behold…the way he makes gemstones come alive. I had no idea. It made me appreciate the box much more!

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      1. ABeautifulWhim

        No, I haven’t. I will go and check it out. please don’t let me want to buy anything LOL because I’m not working right now and I can’t buy anything major.

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      2. kelifornia79

        Haha. I think it is mostly high fashion runway that he designs for. It’s mostly envy when looking at his designs/painting lol. His talent and career. He’s really quite amazing.

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  4. thatswhatsupblogger

    What’s your favorite dry shampoo?

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    1. kelifornia79

      hmmmm…I have a living proof version I really like right now and I’m a fan of Batiste; it is inexpensive, has a big variety and they work. When I want some texture and and extra volume I go with Oribe but what I use the most are my Elizabeth and James Nirvana versions. Klorane is great for Dark hair b/c I think it leaves the least powdery residue. You?


      1. thatswhatsupblogger

        The Oribe!!!!! It’s my fave. It smells sooo good and gives volume. I wash my hair every day because it is fine, but I use it for texture. There is another one I have but it was a sample in a Birch Box that someone gave to me, and it does a good job with volume, too, but doesn’t smell nearly as good as Oribe. I don’t remember what it is called. It has a bright, colorful can.

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      2. kelifornia79

        I totally know the one you are referring to b/c it is a popular Birchbox item, but can’t think of it off of the top of my head…Yea, the Oribe is pretty great. My hair is the opposite: thick and wavy, but in a way that does not look nice in its natural state so; I straighten it and use oils. I basically just straighten it to mash down the cuticle, I don’t like to wear it stick I then use the Oribe to get some volume wave and texture back in to it! It’s a whole process…but; I only have to wash my hair once a week b/c it never gets oily or limp…and this is why dry shampoo is wonderful! haha!

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      3. thatswhatsupblogger

        You are so lucky!

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      4. kelifornia79

        Ha! Oh… I loathe my hair. 🙂


      5. thatswhatsupblogger

        Don’t worry. It’s no party on the other end of the spectrum. Lol

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