Unboxing the June GlamourBox

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You may have noticed that I didn’t do an unboxing for the May Glamourbox. This isn’t because I was not able to subscribe, but rather because Glamourbox has decided not to be a monthly subscription anymore. How it works now is that they will release a box once they are able to fill one. I think that it is a great decision. Rather than releasing sub-par boxes, Glamourbox will be able to keep the quality of the subscription high.

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The June box is the first box released since this decision. This month’s theme is Bridal Bliss, since June is is the most popular month to get married in. According to the welcome card, “In the season of weddings, we can’t help but feel the joy and excitement in the air! May our skin-perfecting beauty seletions prepare you for these blissful celebrations.” I am pretty excited about this theme since Glamourbox has already released the theme name weeks before they shipped the boxes. Admittedly I’m already married (almost 8 years!) but I wouldn’t mind recapturing that “bride feeling”.

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This is how it looks like when opened. This view gave me a pretty bad first impression.

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Yes, it’s yet another tube of Physiogel Intensive Cream. This is my third! (the other two from the June BDJBox and November BDJBox) Now granted it’s not any fault of Glamourbox that BDJ has included this product twice already, but I’m pretty sure Glamourbox should be watching their competitor. Hopefully the rest of the products make up for it. This is a full sized tube (50ml) which costs Php574.50.

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In the order listed in the welcome card, let’s start with this sample tube of Mustela Stelatopia Cleansing Cream. At first I thought this was a facial cleanser, but the welcome card says it is actually a bath and shower cream. It’s also from Mustela, which means it’s specifically formulated to be gentle to babies. I will definitely give this a try. In fact, I’ll have my daughter (7 years old) try it! She has a similarly maarte skin like mine, so we can do a true road test of this and see if it makes her skin react. This is a 10ml sample, and costs Php47.50 (full size 200ml, Php950).

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This next one is Isis Pharma Dermatologie Teen Derm Gel, which is an actual facial cleanser. It is, however, targeted for teens and adults who have oily skin. I’m not as oily as I once was, so I don’t think this product is for me. This is also a 10ml sample, which costs Php112.50 (full size 40ml, Php450). I’ve seen boxes online that has a different variant: they have the Mustela Physiobebe Cleanser, which I think is a makeup remover.

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I’ve already mentioned the Physiogel Intensive Cream above, so let me move on to the next product. It’s Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Complete UV Moisture Sunscreen. This is an SPF50 sunscreen, and applies on sheer so it can be used underneath makeup. I am never against having lots of sunscreen products as I burn and darken easily with sun exposure, so I’m quite happy receiving this. It’s a good thing it’s a different product than the one I received with the BDJ Elite Box. I think this one is more moisturizing than the Dry-Touch. This is a full sized tube, 30ml, and costs Php460.

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This next product is very intriguing: Barenaturals Skin Perfecting Primer. As I mentioned numerous times on this blog, I have quite a lot of pores so primers are my best friend. I’m quite excited about this primer since it claims to use natural ingredients (pro for sensitive skin!) and mattifies the face. It is also not that expensive, as the full sized product (30ml) is only Php398. It’s about the price of the Maybelline Baby Skin primer. One thing I noticed though is the sub-optimal packaging. What is with that spout?!

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Barenaturals also has a second product in this box. It is the Lip Stix in I Love You This Smooch, which is basically a tinted lip butter. I’m quite a lip product enthusiast, so this one is actually my favorite in the box! This uses natural food-grade ingredients and is perfectly safe to use even by kids. Check out how unique the tube is! It’s very slim! This full sized tube (4g) costs Php148.

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Lastly we have Nippon Cleansing Sponge. Unfortunately this is a repeat product for me, the first one appearing in the November BDJ Box. On the other hand, I actually really like this sponge because it’s quite durable and gentle on the skin. My daughter loves using this to wash her body. Getting a second set of sponges is actually good; it means I can retire the old ones. This 2-piece set costs Php65 (a full 10-pc set costs Php325).

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We actually have a couple of vouchers in this month’s box. We have a free 55-minute class of Plana Forma at either of their branches (BGC or Centris Walk), and expires on October 31. I actually might try this one, as I am in dire need of exercise. The second voucher is a free session of underarm waxing at Wink Laser and Wax Studio (BGC), expiring September 30. I might avail of this as well (who doesn’t want to get rid of underarm hair??) since it’s free. Some boxes have a nail art voucher instead of the underarm waxing. I might actually prefer that!

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My impressions of the June Glamourbox: Beyond the bad first impression (I didn’t really need a third Physiogel tube) I’m actually pretty happy with what I received. My favorites are the two Barenaturals products, and I can’t wait to try them. The vouchers are actually something I can use! The products actually match the theme in the sense that these products aim to make the bride’s face and skin perfect for her wedding day. I also like the fact that they introduced two brands I’ve never heard before (Barenaturals and Isis).

Value review: The total value of this box is a smidge above Php1800 not counting the voucers, which is relatively consistent with the previous boxes. If we remove the repeats, we will still have a value of Php1166 which is still about twice the subscription cost of Php595. Still great value, in my opinion. I think I am correct when I said that Glamourbox made a great decision in keeping high quality over quantity.

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