Monday, 14 January 2013

November Glossybox Review

Something I've wanted to stick to this year is to blog about as much as possible, providing it's something interesting and relevant, and one thing I realised I haven't done yet since I subscribed to them in November is to share my first couple of Glossybox experiences.

Many of you may have heard of Glossybox before; I had read about it for a long while and debated how worthwhile it was until I finally decided to try one out myself.

For those of you who haven't discovered Glossybox, it's a monthly beauty subscription costing £10 per month (plus £2.95 p&p) where you receive five miniature beauty samples in each months box. It's a way of the customer trying out the latest products and brands and keeping up to date with the latest beauty trends.

I subscribed in November so that was my first box, which is the feature of todays post. I realise we're now in January so I'm backtracking quiiiite a bit but I wanted to start with the first one I received and carry them on from there. I have since got the December one although admittedly I haven't tried out many of the products yet! I'm hoping to follow up in a few days with the December box as long as I have tried the products out first! My January box is also on its way so I'm excited to see what undiscovered treasures that holds!

As this was a totally new experience I didn't know what to expect from the box or the products inside. The box is a simple light pink and the packaging and presentation was lovely. The five miniatures didn't disappoint either.

So what's in the November box?
      WEI White Lotus Hydrating Face Treatment Pad
      Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
      Alison Claire Mango Body Butter
      Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm
      Nails INC - Notting Hill Gate

Wearing the WEI Face Pad!
(Scary lookin'!)
WEI White Lotus Hydrating Face Treatment Pad: (1 pad) This was really strange and unusual to try out! You place the pad over your face (there are holes for your eyes, nose and mouth) and leave on for 10 minutes, while massaging it into your skin for one minute. I was only able to test this one time as it's  just the one pad in the packet and as it's the first time I've used anything like this I'm just going by this experience. It looked really creepy on (see horrendous picture), I felt like I was out of a horror movie, but it stayed on well meaning I could carry on doing other things while it was on and I wasn't worried about it falling off. It made my face really cold but that kinda felt to me like it was doing its job. Once I had removed the pad and washed off the excess my face felt incredibly fresh and clean and my skin felt really really soft! Definitely want to try more products like this in the future.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant: (13g sample) Using this was a totally new experience. I've tried my fair share of exfoliants but never a powder based one. It contains a rice-based powder formula which you dispense into wet hands to create a paste that you work into the skin. It does exactly what it claims to, gently exfoliating the skin and leaving it feeling (very) smooth and bright. What's even better is that the results are instant once the excess is washed off. 

Alison Claire Mango Body Butter: (50ml sample) I'm not a fan of Mangos, or their smell, at all, so I didn't think I'd be getting much use out of this, however after using this body butter a few times the smell has grown on me. It leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and smells quite refreshing.

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm: (SPF 25 / 15ml sample) This was by far my favourite of the five and the product I have got the most use out of. To be fair it's my first try using a BB Cream (gasp) but it's created a fan in me. It applies well, although I do use quite a bit for total even coverage, but once it's on you can definitely tell the difference. It creates a very natural glow and evens out my skin tone well. It feels really light to wear, gives a very natural look and feels as if I'm wearing hardly any make up at all. It doesn't totally cover blemishes though sadly so I don't just rely on this for cover.
It has made me curious to try out other brands of BB Cream to make my mind up which I like and what works the most.
Nails INC shade Notting Hill Gate

Nails INC - shade Notting Hill Gate: (4ml) Although this is the tiniest tub of nail varnish I have ever owned, and knowing my nail polishing habits will soon be finished, I have to say I'm very happy that I received this shade. I've seen both the other variations of the box and bold and bright is definitely more up my street. I've never used a Nails INC polish before (gasp number two) but I was really impressed. It applies really smoothly and with such ease, and after two coats it's good to go! It's not very shiny though so I did put a clear layer on top, but I usually do that anyway.

Overall I'm pretty chuffed with the samples I received. I only initially subscribed to one month of Glossybox just to try it out and get a taste of what it's like, with a view to cancelling the subscription if I found it wasn't worthwhile, however I've stayed with it and will do so as long as it doesn't get too repetitive and provides me with new products I will use and try out.

Are any of you girls subscribed to Glossybox and if so what are your impressions?

(December post to follow shortly! Sorry about the really long post! Let me know if this is something you'd like to read more of or if it's far too boring!)


  1. Love this review! I've always been a bit scared to try out glossybox or any other brand that has this box of goodies simply because I have no idea what I'm paying for! LOL great insight into it though thank you! ^_^ I have followed you follow me back please

    1. Thank you lovely! Yeah that's why I initially only ordered the one box as a trial! It's really interesting discovering them all though :) Already following you darl x

  2. Lovely

  3. I like the nail polish.