After receiving my first ever box last month (unboxing here), and absolutely loving it, I had very high expectations for the December edition. With all the teaser photos floating around on social media, I found it hard to stop myself from counting down the days til the all that rose gold goodness arrived at my door.
The box was just as gorgeous as I expected it to be. If you usually read my posts, you’ll know that I’m such a sucker for rose gold – and the combination of rose gold & white on this box fills me with all sorts of snowy christmas cheer. I was a massive fan of the original pink and black packaging, but if I could have all of my Glossyboxes looking like this, I would. Because even the inside of the box was to die for – there’s even a rose gold bow for you to unravel (and perhaps re-use with your christmas wrapping). The rose gold theme continued throughout the inside of the box, and it does look very elegant. It’s a real shame that no matter how lightly I tried to peel the stick off, the tissue paper just ripped anyway.
This edition of Glossybox is actually a collab with the beauty blogger, Really Ree, who apparently came up with idea for the packaging (god you did it well, Ree) and had input on the products supplied in the box this month. And as expected, the little info sheet is aptly titled “The Rose Gold Edit” and gives a brief description of all the yummy products inside the box. Ree claims that they’ve included “everything you need to share that Christmas ritual” with her and everything to get you “glowing and gorgeous” after the party season. Plus, there’s an extra product in this box – giving you 6 products in total to try out (3 of which are actually full sized products, pretty impressive eh?)
The first product in the box is the Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On RRP £30.66 however, this item is not actually full sized. It is a generous amount of product though, so I would say that it’s a deluxe sample. I’m really excited to try this one out because my eyes always look super puffy and tired, and this should brighten them up if things go to plan. The texture is really strange, like a sticky gel type thing? I also found that the tacky texture stays when dry too, maybe its to hold your eye-bags up, who knows.
The next product is again, something very exciting – for me anyway. I have a real passion for highlighters, even though I’m not a very glittery/sparkly kind of girl. I just love the way that a great highlighter can make your make up pop the way that no other product can. The full sized So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil RRP £15.00 is the perfect colour for me as it is yellow based. The champagne-tinted stick glides perfectly over the skin without a greasy feel to it, nor does it pull at your skin at all so I think it wouldn’t affect any base make up. The glitter disperses over the skin very easily, and evenly, with a quick blend using the warmth of your finger, and the result is a very elegant glow.
It may come as a surprise but I’m not big of nail varnishes. I lack neither the time nor the patience to paint my nails in a presentable manner, and when I do I go for a basic glossy grey/black/red colour. Therefore, the Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects in Strawberry Gold, whilst very pretty, is still way out of my comfort zone. It is full sized, which is great – however the product is only £2.99 to buy. I might not get any use out of this one, but maybe my opinion will change after I attempt to wear it a few times.
The fourth product in the box is the Talika Photo Hydra Day, and I was really surprised that this wasn’t actually a full-sized product because it’s pretty big for a sample (must be deluxe). The lotion isn’t what I was expecting, it’s a cloudy, yet watery liquid – but it does smell pretty nice but nothing special really, like a generic cream smell. The moisturiser claims to “use energy from natural sunlight to delve deep into skin and moisturise it” – so needless to say, I’m expecting big things from this product. However, at £24.85 for a full sized product, it would have to be amazing for me to repurchase this as a face lotion.
Another product in the box is the Essense Liquid Lipstick in Show Off RRP £2.50 – and I’m really quite disappointed with this product. I can’t wear bright pinks for the life of my, and the glossy texture is not on. I assumed that “liquid lipstick” meant a matte texture, like all of my other liquid lipsticks. I did swatch this on my hand and it wouldn’t come off with soap – it just smeared across the back of my hand until I pretty much scooped it off with a wipe. This will not get any use whatsoever. It would have been better to have a colour choice, because I have a feeling that I would actually like this in a nude shade.
The extra, 6th product is a Starskin Bio-Celluose Second Skin Mask and I got mine in Brightening After Party. I was genuinely shocked to find out that the RRP listed (£8.00) refers to one mask, and not a pack of multiple masks. Again a relatively pricey product, so I’m expecting to have skin like skin after using this. As a plus, the packaging is really fun and is presented almost like a movie poster. Maybe I’m easily amused, but I thought it was a creative idea. It claims to provide a top spa treatment in under 20 minutes, and contains a variety of natural, nourishing ingredients such as coconut juice. Not quite sure how the bio-celluose works, but I’m keeping my mind open with this one.
Overall, I am pretty impressed with this months’ Glossybox. It contains a variety of high end and low end products that are perfectly suited to the party season theme of the December box, however I was a bigger fan of the most pricey items from this box. I definitely thought that this was on par with the last box, and Glossybox is still impressing me, more and more!
Ree even provided a little January Glossybox sneak peak – a travel sized Madara Time Miracle Serum for some skincare TLC during the icy winter months. I have no idea what this is yet, but I’m eager to find out in the next box!
Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did you think of the products?