Sunday, 16 October 2016

October Beauty Boxes - Birchbox vs Glossybox.

It's beauty box time again! This is now the third beauty box post I've written, and for the previous two (which you can check out here) I've been most impressed with Glossybox. I'm hoping that this time Birchbox have upped their game - let's see what I got.


I have to say, this month's box design is beautiful. Again it's more of a drawer than a regular box, but I really like this style and I'm hoping they keep it for the forseeable. This month, the style of box you received depended on what astrological element you are, and as I'm a Scorpio (two weeks till my birthday!) I got the Water box. I love this design, which also glows in the dark (!!!) and I'll definitely hold onto it after I've used the products.

Lord & Berry 20100 Maxi Matte Crayon Lipstick in Intimacy, RRP £12, full size sample.

I'm always wary with a crayon lipstick, cause I usually find they're about as effective as trying to drag a Crayola crayon over your lips, and about as comfortable too. This was actually really nice; once it's on your lips it feels a lot softer than you'd expect and I love the matte finish. The colour is also perfect for me, a beautiful pinky-nude colour with brown undertones, and it isn't too drying, although you can always chuck a lip balm on top. The application isn't really my favourite (am I the only one who struggles to get a consistent colour from lip crayons?) but I could see this working nicely as a lipliner or base for other products. I think I'll definitely get some use from it.

Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Magic Touch Body Cream, RRP £19.50, sample size worth £6.20 (70ml).

This reminds me a bit of the Lush Sakura bath bomb, for obvious reasons. It has a really nice cherry blossom scent, and also contains rice milk which is meant to be very nourishing on the skin. It's not sticky, in fact it's a lot lighter than I was expecting and dries in quickly which is ideal - I hate having to wait for body creams to sink in before getting dressed. I think this seems like a nice product, the type of thing I might buy my mum for Christmas. I get a lot of body products from these boxes but this is the most memorable one I've had for a while - should be lovely for winter.

Doux Me Pure Spring Mist, RRP £16, sample size worth £8 (50ml).

I was never really in to misting sprays before I worked in Lush. It was there that I got a whole new habit for toner sprays, and I do love the fresh feeling you get from a hydrating spray. This, however, has left me actually baffled. It's £16 for a full size version of this, and the ingredients are literally just aqua and nitrogen. Who in their right mind is spending nearly twenty quid on a bottle of water? I'd never, ever purchase something like this - I'm going back to my Tea Tree Water toner spray immediately. 

Whish Renewing Mud Mask, RRP £29, sample size worth £7.25 (15ml).

Another mud mask. I don't have a huge amount to say about this; it's inoffensive-smelling, it seemed to work fairly well and it left my skin feeling slightly softer. What I will say is that my tube of this was next to empty - there was no freaking way that there was 15ml of product in this. I could barely get half a mask out of it. I understand that these are just samples but this is disappointing and makes me feel like I've missed out on a product.

Number 4 Fluoro5 Elixer Restore & Repair Oil, RRP £18.40, sample size worth £4.54 (14.8ml).

Finally, a hair product I actually really like. This smells nice, and actually does what it says. It helps to minimise frizz - something I have a lot of! It's left my hair feeling soft and shiny, and doesn't weigh it down at all. I really like this, to the point I'd even consider splashing out for a full size as I think a little goes a long way.

Birchbox Eyebrow Brush, RRP £1.99, full size sample.

This is... fine? I mean it's a useful thing to have and it saves me having to go buy one myself, but it's not the most exciting thing I've ever received. The bristles are a bit hard if I'm being overly picky, but apart from that I'm sure it does it's job well. It's just underwhelming.

Total box value: £39.98 Total box price: £12.95 (£10 + £2.95 p&p)

I'm happy in that I got a lip product I like, a body product I'll actually use, and a hair product I probably would even buy myself. I'm disappointed in an £8 can of water, a face mask with basically no sample in it, and a crap eyebrow brush. I feel guilty that I allowed my best friend to use my referral code, and within two boxes she managed to get a duplicate, not get a referral gift we were both promised, and also have delivery issues (hers was left out on her front step, mine was delivered to my recycling bin). I just think it's shoddy lately, and I really am only still getting it for access to the Birchbox shop. The points system is Birchbox's redeeming feature!


This month's box is the usual pale pink affair, but it's curated by YouTuber Estée Lalonde. I do really like Estée's videos, so I was excited to see she was involved with picking the products!

Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait - Buttery Lip Cream, RRP £12.95, full size sample.

THE PACKAGING. This is the cutest lip product I've ever seen, and the packaging alone is worth the price. This is a nice sheer pink shade on me (I don't know where they're getting the idea that this is matte? I'd say it's a satin finish really), maybe a touch too light but I just blend it out a bit. It's full of nourishing ingredients and you can really feel that when you wear it. The cardboard packaging is a little hard to get back on, but when a product is this adorable who cares?!

NUXE Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse OR, RRP £34, sample size worth £3.40.

I am SO BORED of getting NUXE stuff in my beauty boxes. To be fair, last month it was in Birchbox but I just don't ever use their products. This is another shimmering oil that I'll never use. When you're milk bottle white, putting something gold on your skin just makes you look like you've had an accident while crafting. The idea of putting this on my face is actually laughable. This does nothing for me except make me look stupid.

Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush, Soothing Cream Blusher & Lip Stain Duo in 04 Nectar, RRP £15, full size sample.

Again with the cute packaging! I really don't get a lot of use out of cheek and lip products, usually because of the packaging style making it hard to use them for either. This lil stick cutie reminds me of the NARS Multiples, and I find it a whole lot easier. The colour is also much prettier than I was expecting - it's a pink shade with a gold shimmer running through it, and again, almost reminds me of NARS Orgasm. Also I weirdly love the smell of this. I really like this product, and it's going straight into my handbag.

Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator, RRP £10.50, full size sample.

So I've just seen that Glossybox call this a mask, whereas I just used it as a straight up exfoliator. It's quite a nice, natural product, using lavender to exfoliate, wheatgerm oil to sooth and obviously, honey to moisturise. I tried this and liked it on my dry skin, but it's one of those 'filler' items for me; it's pleasant enough but there's nothing that really stands out about it really. I'm really happy with the sample size, and I'll definitely use it up, but in terms of repurchasing? Probably not.

PS... Pro Miracle Pencil, RRP £2, full size sample.

This is a Primark product, which is quite surprising for a beauty box. If I'm honest I did feel a little bit miffed about getting a cheap item again when these boxes were designed to showcase luxury samples, but oh well! I've tried this along the waterline and it is indeed very brightening, but it's not for me as a concealer - way, way too light and pink. I'm really looking forward to using it as a lipliner though - if it works it could be the must-have neutral shade that'll stop bleeding. We'll see!

Mystery shampoo?

Glossybox have also included a mystery shampoo. Apparently it's a revamp of a bestselling brand, but we don't find out until later this month which one. From the scent and Estée's comment about it being "unbeatable at caring for the scalp" I'm going to guess this is Head & Shoulders, but chances are I'll forget all about this and won't bother checking. If I remember I'll update you next month.

Total box value: £43.85  Total box price: £13.25 (£10 + £3.25 p&p)

Again Glossybox have delivered four full size samples which I'm very pleased with, even if one is from Primark. I really like the packaging on the lip (and cheek) products, and will get use out of almost all of these products. Not the best box ever, but some nice things in the mix.

The Winner

Glossybox. Again. Obviously. Birchbox does have a much nicer box design but I can never get over them including a can of water. Jesus.

Did you get either of these boxes? What did you think about them?

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