After receiving two month’s of Birchbox, I realised how much I loved a beauty subscription box. I’d seen a fellow mama mention Glossybox in one of her reviews so thought I’d sign up and see what it was like. The concept is the same as Birchbox. You sign up and choose a rolling monthly contract (which is the one I chose so I can cancel or pause my subscription if I want to) or a three, six or 12 month contract meaning you pay an upfront fee and just wait for them to be delivered each month. For the monthly contract, it costs £10 per box plus £3.25 postage which makes it 30p more expensive than the Birchbox.
January’s box came in their classic pink box which I actually really liked. Nothing fancy about it, just a nice pale pink with black lettering. Inside the box, the products were all packaged inside pink tissue paper and tied with a black satin ribbon. On top of the paper was the leaflet telling me which products were included, the RRP and how to use them. I don’t usually look at this first but I was so excited to receive my first box that curiosity got the better of me! So, let’s get into what was inside this month’s box…
Boots Beauty Beneath Supplements – these beauty supplements claim to work from within, getting rid of fine lines and wrinkle while giving you softer and more youthful skin. Firstly, I’m only 23 so I don’t think I need anti-aging products yet (although the boys do give me a few grey hairs!) But I can’t use these because they contain beef gelatine and because I’m a vegetarian, I can’t take these. So I’ve got no idea whether these will actually work or not. For a month’s supply, you would have to pay £39.99.
Evelyn Iona Green Tea Primer – this actually came at a great time because I’d just run out of primer. I haven’t been using primer for long so I don’t really have much to compare this to. It’s not too thick and it goes onto the skin really well. There’s no heavy perfumed smell either. I have to say though, I haven’t noticed it making much difference to my foundation. It looks the same at the end of the day with this primer as it does without. I got a full size tube in my box and it retails at £22. I don’t think I’d pay that much for it, the tube is only 20ml and like I said, I couldn’t see it make a noticeable difference to my make up’s staying power.
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil – this is without a doubt the best product from the box and actually, the best product I’ve received in any of my beauty boxes. It smells incredible. I can’t describe it, it’s floral but not too strong. After applying it, I kept getting wafts of it and it’s so pleasant. It does dry quite quickly so you need to work fast to apply it to your whole face. I got a travel size bottle which retails at around £34 but a full size bottle is £55. I don’t think I could justify spending that just for the smell alone but if I notice a difference to my skin, I’ll definitely be investing!
Nail Medic Nail and Cuticle Energizer – I love the colour of this bottle, the pink and purple is really pretty. It supposedly helps brittle nails, split cuticles and dry skin. I haven’t had a chance to use this yet, I’ve got gel polish on my nails and I just want to double check that this is safe to use with it. I got a full size bottle and it’s RRP is £5.99, a reasonable price.
Apicia Cream Blush – I’ve said before that I’m not a blusher gal! I can never apply it properly and I feel I look ridiculous with it on. Cream blush is supposed to be more versatile than the traditional powder. You can use it on your cheeks, lips and even your eyelids. This retails at £22. I can’t say whether I agree with the price because I have no knowledge of blusher!
So what’s my opinion? It’s a little mixed if I’m honest. Two of my products were vegan which is great. While I’m not a vegan, I try to source natural skincare products and I’m aiming to have a more plant based diet. But then there was the supplements which had beef gelatine in them. This did confuse me a little bit. However, I loved it overall. The facial oil is amazing. I reckon I’ll try 4/5 of these products with the supplements being a no go. I’ll definitely be getting Glossybox again.