Glossybox – December 2013
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December’s Glossybox came in a beautiful Christmas-themed red box (I will be re-using this for make-up storage) and the theme of the box was ‘Festive Treasures’. I have voiced my opinions before about Glossybox’s monthly themes, I think they let the whole thing down a bit as I often find that the products don’t really fit in with the theme very well, and this month was no exception. For Christmas time I would have liked to see more sparkle and glitz with jewel-like colours, and something really luxurious and pampering.
When I opened my box there was a problem with the Seche Nail Lacquer inside so I had to contact Glossybox customer service to arrange for a replacement to be sent out. I have read bad reviews about the way that Glossybox deal with problems, however I have to say that the service I received was first class, and I must say a big thank you to Kayleigh for arranging to send out a replacement so quickly.
Apologies for the quality of the photos in this review, I took them in really gloomy light and had to use artificial lighting for some of them.
The first product is a full-sized Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals razor – I’m not sure this really fits into the theme of ‘Festive Treasures’ as we use razors at all times of year but I could perhaps see this fitting more into a Summer theme as we de-fuzz ready for the sun! I have already tried this out, and a full review will be coming soon. It’s pretty much a budget product and is priced at around £3.24.
The second product is a full-sized Nail Lacquer from Seche, it’s a pretty lilac colour called Not Easily Swept Away. The first nail polish that arrived in my box was damaged and the lid was stuck fast (although I did later manage to open it using pliers!), so this one was sent out to me as a replacement – I’m not really sure it’s a Christmassy colour (the first one was a rich dark jewel purple) but I appreciate that Glossybox could only send me out what they had left in stock. I do like the colour though, but it is perhaps more of a Spring shade. I created a coloured French manicure look using this polish for New Years Eve, I will post a full review soon. Seche Nail Lacquer is priced from £5.99 14ml.
Product number three I found a bit disappointing, it’s a small square Natural Soap With Honey from Bee Nature. The packaging isn’t really what I would expect from a Glossybox product, the soap has been placed in a clear bag and then stapled to a leaflet, it also made the whole box and all the products smell very strongly of honey. The soap does contain natural ingredients though which is great, and is part of a range of 7 skincare products although I’m not sure they’re readily available in the UK (again, another fail from Glossybox in my opinion, I want to be able to easily purchase something again if I like it). A full size 100g soap from Bee Nature is priced at 5.50 euros (around £4.55).
The final two products in December’s box are my favourites. Maybelline’s Brow Drama is a full-sized dark brown brow mascara to tame and darken the eyebrows. I generally use a black eyebrow pencil on my brows, but I am looking forward to giving this Brow Drama a go! This product retails at £4.99 and it was nice to see a well known high street make-up brand in the Glossybox for a change.
I am a big fan of Beautiful Movements Cosmetics, founded by ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt. This neutral Lip Gloss in Nude looks really great, and I read in this months’ Glossy magazine that it is Kimberley’s favourite lip gloss as it goes with anything. I love natural cosmetics and Beautiful Movements’ products are free from parabens and other nasties. This one is a mini 4ml sample size, the full size product is priced at £12 for 8ml.
Keep an eye on Beauty Best Friend over the coming weeks as I will be reviewing all of these products in full soon. As my Glossybox subscription has now come to an end I don’t think I will be renewing it. I have enjoyed receiving my boxes over the past few months and I have discovered lots of new products and brands, but I don’t think that the themes work very well and I seem to be seeing a lot of the same brands over and over again…. there are only so many Jelly Pong Pong products a girl needs!
For those of you who don’t know about Glossybox it is a monthly subscription-based make-up and skincare box. Each box costs £10 plus P&P and contains 5 goodies (some full-size products and some sample sizes), the retail prices of which add up to way more than the £10 you pay for it. It is a way for consumers to try out new products and for brands to get their products known, and there is usually a good mix of well-known brands and some less-well-known or new brands in each box. If you are interested in signing up to Glossybox visit their website.
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