Saturday, October 01, 2016

Glambox! June, July, August, and September.

I know I'm late, but it just hit me. Why not review all the Glamboxes I've been receiving!

For those unfamiliar with Glambox, it's a beauty subscription box in the middle east. One of very few, most of which aren't quite affordable. The subscription box business hasn't quite developed here yet. I can't wait for it to get more interesting!

My lovely friends got me a Glambox subscription for my birthday in June. So far I've received 4 boxes and I'm pretty sure I photographed their contents... I think.

I received a year's subscription, which means each box cost 83 SR, shipping included. I'll be reviewing the personal usefulness and re-purchasability of each product. And the cost of the boxes.

The lack of personalizability (yes, I'm totally making up words today) renders many items totally useless to some people, e.g. me and tanning oil. That's 116 SR wasted. Also, samples which prices I couldn't calculate will go for 10SR as that seems to be the mean.

So here are the boxes chronologically:


June 2016

Contents:
  • JOHNSON’S® hydration essentials face wipes
    • Full size. retail price 27.5 SR
    • nondrying, very useful.
    • would buy.
  • JIRIZ جرز_ لافندر 28
    • Sanitary pad pouch. retail price 50 SR, can be found at www.instagram.com/jiriz.sa
    • Useful.
    • Would make (Only because I have the skills, if I didn't, I'd buy)
  • SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE SALON MANICURE
    • full size, retails for 39 SR
    • Would buy
  • Givenchy Hydra Sparkling First step Luminescence Moisturizing
    • Sample size 15 ml. Full size 200 ml retails at 165 SR
    • Sample value 11.7 SR
    • Didn't get to try it yet. Insane shifts at work are making me break out.
  • Jane Iredale - Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain in Strawberry
    • Sample. Full size retails for 152 SR 
    • Subtle, really moisturing, been using it instead of lip balm since I got it.
    • If I were a fan of subtle hints of colour, yes. But I'm more of a lipstick person.
Total box value: 99.2 SR, calculating the Jane Iredale at 10 SR.


July 2016

Contents:


  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Eye Pencil In Jet
    • Sample size (about half a full pencil) Price approx 49 SR. Ful price retails at 98 SR.
    • Useful.
    • Would not buy again only because I'm a liquid eyeliner girl.
  • Piz Buin SPF 15 tanning oil
    • Full Size, 150ml retails for 116 SR
    • I don't tan. I'm a turn-into-a-florescent-red kinda gal. 
    • Would not buy again.
  • Himalaya Herbals soothing foot scrub
    • full size, 150ml retails for 20.5
    • useful
    •  Would not purchase again. I like manual exfoliation of the feet better, pumice stones.
  • Benefit Fake Up
    • sample size, 0.5g approximate price 13 SR
    • useful. pretty good concealer.
    • would buy again.
  • FLOWER L'ELIXIR BY KENZO 
    • Sample size, 4ml for approx 16.8 SR (full size is 100 ml retails at 420 SR)
    • I happen to have loved Kenzo Flower scents during college, so this was a lucky choice.
    • Would maybe repurchase.
Total Box Value: 214.8 SR
August 2016
This box I had forgotten to photograph.


Contents:
  • Johnson’s® Vita-Rich Grape Seed Oil shower cream
    • full size, 250ml retails at 10.75 SR
    • Would buy again
  • RENE FURTERER TONUCIA Shampoo
    • Sample size 15 ml, value approx 11.25 SR
    • full size is 200ml retailing at 150 SR
    • Would not buy again, contains SLS
  • Givenchy Prisme Quatuor sample
    • ...which is really just a piece of paper with eye shadow on it.
    • I don't use eyeshawdow.
  • LCN nail polish
    • full size 50 ml retails at 70 SR
    • It is GOOD! didn't chip or peel for three days, and I wash my hands after every patient.
    • Would buy again, it does not contain DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Cetyl Alcohol or Camphor. And is vegan, soy and gluten free.
Total Box Value: 92 SR

September 2016
This box had a special edition cover for the Saudi National Day, with a 30% off your next subscription code.


Contents:


  • Caroline Herrera "Good Girl" samples
    • Good, but not my cup of tea.
    • Would not purchase.
    • Calculated at 10SR
  • Longlasting Lipstick 21 très chic - essence cosmetics
    • Lovely burgundy shade, sheer, glossy. Really nice.
    • Full size, retails at 13 SR
    • Would buy again.
  • Shea Butter and Verbena Soap - L'Occitane
    • Smells heavenly, not drying
    • Full size 250g retails at 45 SR
    • Would buy again
  • JERGENS BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream
    • Interesting.
    • Would not buy again.
    • Calculated at 10SR.

Total Box Value: 78 SR


The numbers:

So far, I would repurchase 7 out of the 18 items I received, that's a 38.8%. Which is not good. I was hoping for a way to optimize user experience because that isn't even a passing grade.

I received 4 items that I don't even use. I'm not even curious about them due to personal preferences. That's 22% of all items so far.

I'll keep reviewing it until next June. Keep in mind that this is just my personal opinion, but if I had such opinions on the products, wouldn't other people? 

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