All posts in the September category


Published October 6, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Well, today’s mail call brought my first Glossybox, a monthly subscription box sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar touting a monthly assortment of their cream of the crop samples.  I’d been watching unboxings of Glossybox for awhile and sat on the fence for awhile.  Costing $21/month (the same as my much-beloved BoxyCharm), it just didn’t seem to pack the bunch of BoxyCharm.  However, being as BoxyCharm is predominantly makeup and Glossybox also contains high-end skincare products, I decided to give it a try for a couple of months and see if it passed my own personal bar for a subscription.

So, here we have it, the September Glossybox.



Lovely presentation and the box is really lovely, and I’m a sucker for black and white combos.

Okay, let’s get this lovely box ripped open and dive on in.


I should point out that large full-sized BB cream by Boscia is a bonus item I got for subscribing and not part of the monthly subscription. Which is good, because they sent me the color “BRONZE.” Yeah, my lily white skin is going to pass this product (which is supposed to be UH-MAZING, but definitely not my color) along to someone who can give it a good home. FAIL, Glossybox, right out of the proverbial gate…or box, as is the case here.

(RETAIL VALUE: $38…Or ZERO, in my case)

Okay, let’s get to the regular subscription box items. First up is this OCC Lip Tar. I won’t lie, I was hoping for Black Dahlia but received Authentic. Le sigh…I won’t call this a fail yet, though, as I understand the color doesn’t apply nearly as Jack-O-Lantern orange as it appears in the tube and is a great mixer for other colors, plus it *might* fall into my love of nude/taupe/brown lips that I prefer, if applied with a very light hand.


Next up is a luxe skincare treatment from Vichy, their Liftactiv Night. I love trying new skincare products and this sample is large enough to give it a try for about 10 days, so I’m happy about that.

(RETAIL VALUE: Approximately $12 – Full Size is 1.69 oz and $50).

Okay, now let’s take a look at the lovely Essie nail polish in the color Madison Ave-Hue. A little late in the season for this color and, while I would have preferred something a bit more Fall-friendly, I can see wearing this in a few (short) months when Spring is once again upon us.


Next in this box of mixed wonders is a very nice sample size of Bulgari Eau Parfumee Au The Blanc Conditioner. It smells wonderful (as do the Bulgari fragrances I’ve sampled). That being said, I’ve never had much luck with perfumed conditioners actually WORKING besides adding a temporary fragrance to my hair. I’ll try to go into this one with an open mind simply because, being Bulgari and considering the price for a full size of this product, it better be out-of-this-world FANTABULOUS.

(RETAIL VALUE ABOUT $15 – Full size is 6.76 OZ AND $45)

And last item up is a sample size of the much-ballyhooed Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real mascara. I’ve actually read mixed reviews about this product. Some users immediately loved it and made it a holy grail, whilst others gave it more of a ho-hum review. I guess I’ll find out for myself now that I can give it a try. It’s going to be hard to top my favorite mascara, Too Faced Better Than Sex, but I’ll go into it with an open mind.

(RETAIL VALUE ABOUT $5 – Full size is 0.3 oz and $23.00)

So, there we have it, the September Glossybox.

Would I choose Glossybox over Boxycharm, if I had to choose? NO. WAY. NO. HOW.

Will I give it another month to see if it gets better? Ummmm…Not sure, but at this point I’m thinking probably. Although a new subscription box, New England Sack, just launched and it’s spendy…I may cut Glossybox sooner to make room in the budget for NES. I’m obsessed with New England and that box just sounds custom-tailored for me. Well, that and the French Box, which should be arriving in the next week or so.

Okay, my lovelies, that’s it for this Glossybox review. If you’d like more information on Glossybox, here are some links for you to check out.


And feel free to follow me on the following social media and be sure to enter the big October Beauty Giveaway (link at end of this post!):


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Until next time, stay beautiful, and good luck to all who enter the giveaway!

(Please note that the giveaway will only be available for US and Canadian residents, otherwise postage would be cost-prohibitive…Thanks for understanding!)

BEAUTYBOX5: September “Balancing Act” Unboxing (and coupon codes for FREE AUGUST BOX)

Published September 13, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

It’s that time of the month that all subscription box addicts look forward to…when shipping notifications are received and boxes start shipping out and then finally arriving at the door.

First up this month is BeautyBox5 with the September “Balancing Act” box.

Let’s just jump right in because it’s going to be a busy month for unboxings at Casa Beholding Eye.

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There are the contents, all unboxed and ready for exploring.

First up are two generous-sized sample packets of Natural Style by FUBU Deep Conditioner and Co-Wash. I wasn’t aware FUBU made hair care products, so I’m looking forward to trying these.

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Next up is this gorgeous eye pencil in Violet by Nicka K New York. The color inside the tube is exactly the same color as the outside of the tube. Really lovely and a great color for fall.

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Then we have a handy little pedicure helper with these Sally Hansen Toe Spacers. These things ALWAYS come in handy at pedicure time so always happy to receive something I’ll definitely put to good use.

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And what better accompaniment to toe spacers than a gorgeous new nail polish in a lovely mauve/silver shimmery color? Why, thank you, BB5, you’ve read my mind and picked a great color for me. I don’t see the shade name on the bottle, but this is by My Beauty Spot.

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And rounding out this “Balancing Act” box is a generous-sized sample of Chrislie Formulations 3-in-1 Eye Bright an overnight treatment for tired eyes. As I work nights, I’ll definitely be able to put this baby to good use.

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All in all, not a bad box at all. Not as spectacularly perfect as last month’s box, but items I’ll definitely put to good use. With a retail value for the eye pencil, the toe spacers, and the nail polish being worth the $12/month subscription price, it makes for a pretty decent deal.

And now for that FREE COUPON CODE. If you’d like to subscribe to BeautyBox5 and would like a FREE AUGUST BOX (my August box was BOMB, see review below), use the following code to start your subscription and get your August box FOR FREE….


Coming soon will be unboxings for BoxyCharm, BirchBox, Ipsy, French Box, Blue Velveteen, and more, as well as reviews of a killer makeup brush set from BH Cosmetics and an absolute STEAL on the most gorgeous Dooney & Bourke bag EVER in the history of bags from “Twice.”

Until next time, stay beautiful…What are you waiting for, though? GO GET YOUR FREE AUGUST BB5 WITH THE ABOVE CODE AND TREAT YOURSELF (you totally deserve it).

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