So this morning I received my first ever Glossybox and oh boy, was I excited. Despite making my order on a late night impulse on Saturday 14th, it arrived in only 3 days which is pretty impressive. I didn’t manage to take a photo of the outer packaging because it had my address etc on (and I literally ripped it off, priorities) but it was a chic little black box.
In fact, all of the packaging is just stunning, it really is a guilty pleasure, because I even got a little beauty high over how damn cute it all was. Combining the perfect blushed-nude pink with classic black was a genius idea, Glossybox. Even though this wasn’t a fancy collab, or limited edition, it still certainly ticked all of my boxes. There is something quite satisfying about unravelling the little black bow aswell…
After slowly getting your way through to the products, not to ruin the the lovely wrapping of course, there is no disappointment whatsoever. Who could ask for more than 5 full size products in this beauty box people? FULL SIZE.
I’ve been really interested in getting a monthly subscription for almost half a year now, but I have never committed to a brand. I think this is because there are sites like whichbeautyboxuk.com that compare boxes and give you an insight into what’s in a box before you order it. I was never happy with the thought of receiving a bunch of useless sample sizes that I can’t try out properly before the product runs out. However, Glossybox definitely solved that dilemma for me.
All of the full size products sit on a nest of corrugated black tissue paper, ensuring that none of the products shake around too much in the box, thus minimising any damage. And yeah, I do find this oddly reassuring as it would be a pain to have to get any damaged items resent.
When you first open the box you get a few little info cards, and a voucher for some other brand that they work with. In this case, I had a voucher for 2 free Graze boxes. I tried Graze 2 years ago, and it was pointless in encouraging healthy eating in me because I ate everything in the box within one day.
The info cards, however, are quite helpful. It tells you how to share your social media reviews of the products, how to earn “Glossydots” by completing “surveys” but they basically are mini reviews that you complete on your account online. The info card for the November 2015 box is aptly named “Lipstick to Lashes” and it’s all about upping your glamour game as the festive season approaches.
Each item gets a little intro, the real cost of the product is displayed, and there’s a little link to where you can repurchase the product if you’re that way inclined. Not only this, but for this box 3/5 products had an extra little voucher/deal to use, how tempting.
The first product in the box this month is the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick RRP £7.99. I was a tad bit disappointed that I got this colour in Fire and Ice, and not Black Cherry. But if I like the formula, I will pop down to Boots with my voucher code to buy it that shade. Fire and Ice is a Creme finish lipstick, which means it should be on the matte side but with a moisturising aspect. It’s definitely not a colour that I’d usually pick up, but the point of a beauty box is to try new things. I’ll definitely be trying this one out with a few make up looks in the near future.
Next is the Eylure Naturalites in Natural Volume RRP £5.00, which are such a unique product to be included in a beauty box! They’re described as “sweet and subtle strip lashes” and they are, they’re not to thick or fake looking – and they are definitely the type of lash that I would purchase myself for a special occasion. For my tiny eyes, they look really long so I’ll probably have to chop half a centimetre off the end of each strip so they fit my eyes, but that’s no big deal. You can re-use these lashes 3/4 I believe and since I don’t wear fake lashes often, I will have these for a while.
An item that I am so excited about trying it the Emite Make Up Diamond Heart Illuminating Base Primer. Now this item isn’t actually full size, its travel size, but it is definitely a decent size therefore I really am not that bothered, especially since the full size does cost £25.90. I must disclose that I have never worn a primer before *ducks for cover* I know, I know, I’m such a bad beauty blogger. But it’s only something that I’ve recently become less lazy about. Back to the product, and I really wasn’t expecting it to have a pink/peach colour. Bit apprehensive about that since I have yellow undertones to my skin, but we’ll see what happens during the testing period.
Something that I was quite giddy was the thought of finally trying a Royal Apothic product, especially since their lip balms have had quite an impact in the beautyverse. And now I have my own (again travel size) Royal Apothic Cream Creme moisturising body cream. The full size version of this retails at £14.50, so I am more than happy with a luxe travel sized version. Out of everything in this box, this has the best packaging. It’s just right up my street – lilac and lavender detailing, swirly classic black text, and an indulgent scent. I don’t even know how to begin describing the smell, but apparently it is fragranced with Venetian Grove which is a Royal Apothic Eau de Parfum. And although I wouldn’t buy it as a perfume, it makes a great lotion scent. I have only smoothed a pea sized amount to the back of my band and already I know I’m going to fall in love with this. It smoothed in perfectly – no grease, no oil, just moisture. The formula is full of Almond Milk and Milk Proteins, so it really does feel like you’re feeding your skin.
Finally, the pièce de résistance of this Glossybox is the full size MUA Eyeshadow Palettes RRP £4 featuring 12 unique shades, and a mixture of matte and shimmer textures. Apparently, and I say apparently because I don’t own this product, it is a very good dupe for the original Urban Decay Naked Palette that retails at £38.00. If this is even half the quality of the UD Naked Palette, it would be worth the £4.00. Stay tuned because I’m planning on doing a whole tutorial post dedicated to this bad boy.
The whole box cost me £10.00 plus £3.25 postage and packaging, however there are voucher codes for the boxes floating around the internet all the time. If you are an O2 user, then O2 Priority is giving out a 40% off your first Glossybox. I used a code on the site mentioned earlier in this post, by whichbeautyboxuk, which gets you 3 extra full sized products with your box. (You can’t use both codes – believe me, I tried).
I see the whole beauty box thing as a lucky dip – it’s a great way to try new products and new brands. This really does take away the control of what you receive, and which brands you try new products from. I feel like sometimes you can great really caught up in the aesthetics of well known brands and things can get a bit snobby. This time round I’m really glad that I bought this box, in my opinion it was genuinely worth it. From the packaging, to the products – well done Glossybox, you do it right.
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