I’d never really given much thought to beauty subscription boxes, but I kept seeing them on Instagram and saw that some people were getting some really cool products so thought I’d give it a go. I chose GLOSSYBOX as my first one because I loved the packaging of their February box and it seemed like really good value with the first box being 20% off. It also came with a Ciate polish which is one of my favourite nail brands, making it worth the money I spent.
It’s quite exciting receiving a beauty box and not knowing what’s going to be in it, and the packaging is so pink and pretty it makes a nice treat. Everything is really neatly wrapped up and it feels very luxe. It’s just a bit of a pain that they send it by Royal Mail because it’s too large to post through the letterbox, and arranging a redelivery/going to the depot isn’t ideal. But hey ho, that’s just my issue.
GlossyBox boxes comes with 5 products, covering hair, makeup, skincare and nails. This month’s box featured:
Oolution Eye Love (RRP £30)
An eye lotion that claims to be full of antioxidants to eliminate dark circles and reduce puffiness. I must admit I’ve never heard of the brand (and I’ve usually got my finger on the pulse), so I was skeptical when I saw the RRP. I’m going to give it a go as I think it’ll be worth a try, even if it just hydrates my eye area. It’ll be good to see if it does what it claims using its active ingredients!
Sleek Makeup Eye and Cheek Palette (RRP £10)
Now I’ve read that some people got to choose their palettes in advance, but I don’t recall seeing the email, so I received the Dancing Til Dusk palette. I’m sorry to say that I won’t be using this – I have a million palettes that are more premium than this so I’d rather it went to a better home and got used rather than sat gathering dust in my makeup draw. It looks like a great palette to keep in your handbag, but it’s not going to be one for me.
This Works In Transit Camera Close Up (RRP £30)
This one I had heard of, but didn’t think it would cost anywhere near £30! Victoria Beckham is reportedly a fan, and as I assume she doesn’t airbrush all of her Instagram photos, this is a good product to have around. I like to try different primers and my current ‘photo primer’, NIOD’s Photography Fluid, is down to its last drops, so I’ll add this into my routine for a while and see how I get on with it.
Schwarzkopf Professional BLONDME Keratin Restore Blonde Shampoo (RRP £12)
GlossyBox clearly tailor their boxes to the recipient, which is great, and a full-sized shampoo is always welcome. You’ll soon come to learn if you haven’t already, that I’m trying to grow my hair for my wedding, which is involving no straightening, various potions and generally being kinder to my hair. Schwarzkopf wouldn’t be my first choice of shampoo but this one is suitable for blonde hair and is sulphate-free, which is very hard to find in affordable shampoo. I’ll use it alongside my others to help it get an extra dose of keratin every now and then.
Stripped Skincare Rosehip & Mandarin Moisturising Oil (RRP £16)
Stripped Skincare is another brand I hadn’t heard of, and I’m unsure if I’ll really use this. I love beauty oils (I’m going to do a post about them soon) and I’m currently obsessed with my MAC Prep + Prime Essential Oils. This smells very spa-like and lovely, but I think it’s the colour that’s putting me off. Who knows, I might be blown away after a couple of uses?
Would I recommend GLOSSYBOX?
After two boxes, I’m not absolutely thrilled with the box as a whole – if I only really love 50% of the products it’s not offering great value for me. I’ve had samples of a lot of brands I’ve never heard of, and I do tend to lean towards more premium brands. For £10 a month though it is a bargain, so if you’re just happy to be getting a regular influx of new beauty products to try, it is definitely one for you. I want to try the Cohorted box but I’m scared of the £35 a month price tag. Maybe I’ll see how my finances are looking in April…