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GlossyBox Subscription Review + Coupon – December 2020

Taryn Lowman
ByTaryn LowmanJan 12, 2021 | 11 comments

3.3 overall rating
480 Ratings | 116 Reviews

GlossyBox is a beauty subscription that sends five deluxe and full-size products to your door every month for $21 (with free shipping to the U.S.). You should expect to discover new brands of hair care, makeup, and skincare in each box, wrapped up nicely with a different theme each time.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

FYI: GlossyBox sometimes sends out multiple variations of the box during some months. So there may be some variation between what we review and what you receive.

About this Monthly Beauty Box

The Subscription Box: GlossyBox

The Cost: $21 a month with free U.S. shipping. Save with longer subscriptions.

The Products: 5 deluxe and full-size beauty products worth a total of at least $60.

Ships to: The U.S. for free and Canada for $5

GlossyBox December 2020 Review


GlossyBox includes an info booklet that tells you about each included item, its value, and a tip on how to use it. This month also featured a few pieces of literature along with coupon codes.


MineTan Coffee Scrub, 30 g - Retail Value $15 (buy full size here for $19.95)

I have very dry skin pretty much year-round, but the cold winters make it next-level dry. It often feels as though no amount of lotion helps it, which is why I find using scrubs every few weeks to be super helpful. I absolutely loved this scrub! It has a bold coffee smell so I decided to use this in the morning which helped to wake me up. Some of the top ingredients in this scrub include coffea robusta seed powder (coffee), aqua (water), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sodium chloride (salt), and sucrose (brown sugar). The scrub works to help dry, flaky skin, uneven skin tone, breakouts, and even stretch marks. I used this in the shower on wet skin, rubbed it into my skin in circular motions, and then waited 5 minutes before rinsing it off. The process of using a scrub can always be a bit messy, but I will say that the scrub coming in this pouch made it even more challenging. I was fumbling a bit to get the amount that I wanted out. The scrub was amazing though, it smelled great and really helped to remove that itchy dryness from my skin. When I got out of the shower I lotioned and was left with silky smooth skin that has felt much better even days after using this scrub.


K-Glo Smoothing Coconut Bio-Cellulose Eye Mask - Retail Value $6.00

Anyone else's eyes super puffy after the holidays? Mine have felt – and even looked – puffier these past few weeks from too much wine, sugar, and too little sleep. So I was really excited to see this cooling eye mask. The mask is made of 100% coconut gel material and includes coconut juice, birch sap, and hyaluronic acid. It works to smooth and hydrate your skin while combating dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness (yes please). I used this before bed on clean skin for about 20 minutes. I can't say that I noticed a huge difference after just one use, but I do think I looked slightly less puffy the next morning. If nothing else, it was a super relaxing and cooling mask that smelled amazing and helped to calm me down before going to bed.


CBDFX Lavender Foot Mask - Retail Value $9.99

I have been neglecting my feet in a big way for almost a year and it is really starting to show. I was honestly SO excited to give this mask a try! I started by soaking my feet and used a little foot scrub to try to get some dead skin off before using the mask. Each bootie opened and slipped onto my feet easily and fit me perfectly. There is a lot of oil on both masks so I had to be careful to not get any on my floor or rug or furniture. I left them on for 20 minutes and immediately put socks on once I removed the masks to help lock in the moisture before heading to bed. I can honestly say that these masks really helped my feet! They have felt soft for days! Plus, they smelled amazing with a bold lavender scent that left me feeling so relaxed. The masks are made with 50mg of broad-spectrum CBD which has anti-inflammatory benefits, along with coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. I loved the way these masks made my feet feel and look, and I just might have to buy a few more for myself to have on hand!


Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, 40 ml - Retail Value $8.48 (buy full size here for $53)

My husband has become obsessed with these purifying scrubs thanks to the Holiday GlossyBox! I have super thick curly hair that I don't wash every day, so when I do wash, I need a really solid shampoo that is going to suds up and thoroughly cleanse my hair. My husband, however, has long hair that is very fine. So these scrubs work really well for him, and they allow him to not use as much conditioner because they leave his hair feeling so hydrated. He didn't love this scrub as much as the one I received in the Holiday box only because it didn't lather quite as much and was sort of difficult to work into the hair since it was a thick sea salt texture. This scrub works to remove buildup, soothes sensitivity, and eliminates flakiness on the scalp. The scent was really fresh and clean, not as floral as the Holiday scrub. While these aren't for me, my husband is already asking me to buy him a full-size because he is really liking how it works with his hair and how it has made his hair look overall after using. I can honestly say that his hair has not looked healthier!


Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, 0.25 oz. - Retail Value $18.00 (buy full size here for $58)

My skin is very dry and while I used to not get bad breakouts, I have been suffering from breakouts the past few months. I was really excited to see that this cream works really well with dry skin that is also sensitive to hydrate without clogging your pores. It is lightweight enough to use in the morning and evening while giving long-lasting hydration. I have only used this for a few days now but I am really loving it! It is super light but has been leaving my skin feeling extremely soft, I haven't had any breakouts recently, and it is leaving me with a healthy glow that I really love. I don't feel like it is lasting as long as I would like, my face seems to feel dry by early morning which normally doesn't happen, but I might just need to use a bit more in the am. That is what is so great about new products, you get to learn and test to find how it can work best for your skin!

From Youth To The People:

Proprietary Blend: ashwagandha, rhodiola, and reishi. The use of adaptogens as medicine, taken internally and applied topically, has been championed by Eastern medicine and Ayurveda for 5,000 years.


Nudestix Gel Color Lip & Cheek Balm in Posh - Retail Value $26.00

Normally this shade would be all me, but I was not thrilled with how it looked on me. I don't normally like so much shimmer on my lips so that could be why I wasn't in love with the color. It is made with vitamin E and plant oils that make the balm go on so smoothly, leaving my lips hydrated and soft. So while I didn't love the look, my lips felt so good with this balm on so I plan to give this another try with different eye makeup to see if I like it more.

Verdict: This was my first monthly GlossyBox and I am hooked! I am always looking for ways to exfoliate and hydrate in the winter and this box gave me everything that my skin needed for this time of year. I was able to wake up with a morning coffee scrub that left my skin feeling so smooth for days, the deep moisturizing cream has been saving my skin so far by hydrating without causing any major breakouts,  I also had no idea how badly I needed a foot mask in my life but I am hooked now! The lavender oil forced me to kick back and put my feet up after a long day with my kids while the mask worked its magic on my super dry feet. I normally don't love eye masks, but the K-Glo mask left me feeling a little less puffy after a long holiday season. While I didn't love the lip balm, I am going to give it another try, and the purifying scrub made my husband so happy! The products this month have an estimated retail value of around $83.47 which is not bad for a $21 box. For me, I don't get a ton of time for myself, but boxes like this really remind me that it is ok to take that time even if it is just me at home using a foot mask. I loved the overall product curation that felt perfect for the season. I really can't wait to see what my next box will bring!

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, your first box will likely be the January box.

From GlossyBox

The month that you order in is the first month that you will receive. For example, if you subscribe any time between January 1-31, your recurring subscription will begin with the January Box. The only exception to this rule would be if the monthly box sold out before the end of the month. In its place, we will ship a special edition of the Classic Box, which is comprised of our top 5 items over the most recent months.

Value Breakdown: At $21 for this box, each of the 6 items in this box has an average cost of $3.50.

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Taryn Lowman
Taryn Lowman
Taryn's passion for subscription boxes started when she was gifted a monthly Birchbox. She is excited to discover more Mom and baby boxes to share with her family!

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I wish they would sell these boxes without a subscription. I would have gotten this one but don’t want to deal with the headache of a “glossybox subscription” and all that entails.

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It is possible to pay by the box. Look fantastic is a sister company of theirs, I had a glossy box subscription. You can take surveys to earn credits to spend later or you can also use it at look fantastic. If you just want the box of the month, pay monthly and cancel anytime. So if you don’t want all boxes, you can choose throughout the year if you keep looking at it! Hope this helps

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That would be awesome! I subbed one month on the first because I really wanted the box. I waited until the last day you could unsub and not get the next month’s box. Well I never got my box. When I contacted them they said I had canceled and they’d refund me. It’s not cool to trap people into multiple months of a subscription! That was the end for me. I do love reading reviews and seeing unboxings of this one though.

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I have super thick long hair too that I wash about once a week. For that reason, I love scalp scrubs. But I shampoo first. Since I always shampoo twice, if I’m using a scalp scrub, I make that my second shampoo.

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Taryn, I take my “one serving “of coffee scrub and put it in a cosmetics type jar(plastic) for the shower. Less mess and then I just rinse and dry for next time.

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Taryn Lowman

That is a great idea thanks so much!

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I think the nudestix looks really good on you.

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Taryn Lowman

Thank you all so much for the kind words!

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Agree! Let us all convince you! It does look great! Nude with a little extra. Beautiful.

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Totally agree it looks fab on her.

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That’s the prettiest Nudestix shade I’ve ever seen (but I love shimmer and sparkles). The warm tone would look terrible on me, but it looks fantastic on Taryn.

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