January 2013 GlossyBox Swatches, Photos & Review - The Man Repeller

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GlossyBox is taking no prisoners in the social order of sample box subscriptions this year by kicking off 2013 with a collaboration with top Fashion Blogger - Man Repeller! The January 'Winter Survival' box is chock full of Leandra Medine's favorite beauty products (and she graces the cover of this months included GlossyMag too!).

Currently available in 19 countries, GlossyBox has become known for their high quality samples and prestigious brands such as NARS, Lancome, Laura Mercier, and more.


So, what is in the January 2013 GLOSSYBOX? Let’s check it out!

The first item is a mini size of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara. With such a long name, it darn well better lengthen my lashes like no other.. which is DOES! It did flake a bit, but I think the mascara itself is pretty much a win (it's arm swatched way below with the Tarte lippie).


Next is a mini size Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Serum. At first I was all... whatttttt... clay? But this stuff is pretty nice. It mattifies, but not so much that you look fake. There is a fragrance to it, but it's not too bad. I'm actually really shocked that I like this, and I do plan on picking up a full size!


From Le Metier de Beaute a sample packet of the Replenishing Daily Solution. All Le Metier de Beaute skin care is amazing. I'd own it all if I could afford to. The Replenishing Daily Solution is super hydrating and leaves your skin feeling like a million bucks. The saying is "you get what you pay for" and with this product, you can tell.

From Narciso Rodriguez for her Eau de Toilette Spray. This was not love at first spray. The first smells I encountered were peony (UGH) and cinnamon. Which is totally odd, but that's what it smelled like. After my initial "this funks" moment I sniffed my arm again and found that this fragrance settled in rather well. I actually like it! It's not light by any means, so make sure this is one you just mist into the air and walk through.

From OPI and the new Liquid Sand Nail Lacquer Formula is Can't Let Go. This launched with Mariah Carey and I adored the entire collection. You can see full collection swatches here.

From Sebastian Professional - Potion 9. I've never heard of this, but I was definitely intrigued, because Leandra has this refined yet mussed quality to her hair that looks like she rolled out of bed looking adorable. I can never pull off that look, so I'll try anything that will get me there even a little bit. What I found with Potion 9 is that it keeps things in place without making my hair too sticky.  I've been plagued with these ridiculous baby hairs lately that stick straight up like I'm related to Einstein and instead of giving me smarts he gave me hair. A bit of this in damp hair before I dry and it all comes out looking much better. Yet another product I'll be buying when I run out of this one!

Finally, from Tarte, a FULL SIZE Glamazon Pure-Performance 12-hour Lipstick in Fierce. WOO! I have been DYING to try out this formula. It's so hydrating and glossy while still being super pigmented. It was a snap to apply and the color is a gorgeous, warm orange-red (mostly red). It didn't stay on 12-hours, but who cares? Stunning.

With GlossyBox you get a bit of everything, makeup, skin care, nails, hair care… I love that this subscription box is sure to cover all of the bases, every single month.


The brands for January are a mix of some of my faves as well as new loves. Clearly, you’re getting your money’s worth! I was a fan of everything in this one, which can only mean one thing... Leandra and I are destined to be besties *fan girl moment*.

GLOSSYBOX is a subscription service. You sign up on the website and then from there you can order your subscription based on one month, six months, or a year. You’ll answer a series of questions and based off of that, you will receive a customized box. This is all pretty standard for a beauty subscription service.

The price is a bit higher than that of other services you may have heard of or belong to. At $21 I would expect double the awesomeness of what I’d receive from, say, Birchbox.

GLOSSYBOX will always offer a MINIMUM of five products. After receiving your box, you can fill out more surveys in order to rate the products you received so they can better tailor your next package. So, basically, after a few months of the service, your packages should be PERFECT.

**TIP – Make sure you review the products received in your GLOSSYBOX to receive 20 GLOSSYDots per review. You can use these toward your own free box!**

Here is the latest news from GLOSSYBOX:

  • New York Fashion Week starts next week and our GLOSSYBOXMag team is heading backstage to cover the latest beauty trends. Follow us on Instagram/Twitter@glossybox_us to stay up to date on our daily adventures.
  • Get ready for February's GLOSSYBOX. The theme is... International Style! GLOSSYBOX is packing for an exciting jet-setting tour of fashion week around the world. The world's most sophisticated and glamorous women from New York to Paris to Tokyo are attending the season's most anticipated fashion shows, and must have the perfect beauty products packed to take her from the runways to the after parties. This February, GLOSSYBOX presents the “International Style” box—a versatile selection of daily essentials for every fashionista and beautyista! Be a part of this fashion insider box, and your product will be set to secure a fixed place in her handbag.