Monday, 27 February 2017

Glossybox February 2017.

If there's one thing Glossybox do a lot better than Birchbox, it's curate a theme. Obviously, February is the month of Valentine's Day, and Glossybox really brought a delicate and pretty romance-inspired feel to their box and the products inside. Who needs a Valentine's Day date when there are beauty and skincare treats to enjoy?

I personally love (pardon the pun) the design of this month's box. The bold monochrome stripes with the baby pink lettering are eye-catching and stylish. I'd definitely re-use this box, although I say that about quite a few of my beauty boxes and I'm now running out of stuff to put in them... Anyway, how did I get on with what I got?

Jeanne Arthes L'Eau de Rose, RRP £20, full size sample.

I think I mentioned recently about how I used to hate anything rose-scented. Floral scents, in general, can sometimes come off as a little old-fashioned to me and no-one wants to smell like their gran. So when I first saw this in my Glossybox I really wasn't sure. Luckily, I love it. This smells exactly like the flower, and it's so much more modern and stylish than a lot of floral perfumes. It's a subtle and lightweight scent - you could just as easily wear it in the daytime as at night - but it is also long-lasting and lingers for hours. And a full-size bottle of perfume as a sample?! Thanks very much Glossybox.

La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub, RRP £26, full size sample.

I'm a big fan of a face scrub, as even though it's (kind of?) getting towards spring, my skin still freaks out (and dries out) any time it's a bit chilly. At the same time, I need something that isn't too harsh, as again, my skin absolutely hates it if I get too rough with it (not an innuendo...). This scrub-mask hybrid seemed a bit gimmicky to me at first; it goes on a light pink colour and turns grey when it's ready to remove. However, once I massaged it into my skin to wash it off, I could immediately feel a difference. It has volcanic sand (?!) in it that gives a gentle exfoliation, and my skin definitely feels softer after I use it. In fact, combining this and the aromatica Rose Absolute First Serum from this month's Birchbox has really improved my skin's texture, tone and hydration. Oh, and it's paraben and silicone-free, vegan, and 90% natural. I love it.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm, RRP £4.49, sample size worth £0.30 (20ml).

With only a 20ml sample and hair as thick as a jungle, I am perhaps not the best person to judge this. However, judge it I will. This mask uses honey (obvs) to hydrate your hair, give it shine, and help strengthen it too. I have pretty dry hair that's never really recovered from the time I bleached it twice in one night. So after washing my hair, I chucked this on to try it out. The results? It's nothing special. I don't really get the point of hair masks, they may make your hair feel a bit glossier immediately after you use them but they don't ever seem to have any long-term benefits - and they usually cost more than a normal conditioner. This one smells really nice and my hair did look a bit shinier than usual, but I wouldn't say this restored any strength or really helped the brittleness. It's currently on offer in Asda for £3 and I'd be tempted to buy it just for something 'a bit special' for a pamper night, but does it actually do what it says it does? I'm unconvinced.

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Iced Frappe, RRP £9, full size sample.

I love Ciaté nail polishes. The bottles are really aesthetically pleasing, the brush is the perfect shape, and the handle is nice and long to allow clumsy folk like me a better chance at an even application. I personally love this blush-nude colour; it's so different from anything I already own and I have a feeling it's going to be a favourite from now on. Ciaté is a really quality brand - their polishes last really well even for someone like me who can somehow chip their nails while asleep. I was really pleased to receive this.

MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Oyster Gold, RRP £7.25, full size sample.

The whole world has gone highlighter mad, and this iridescent illuminator is a welcome addition to my small (but growing) collection. MeMeMe has always been in my consciousness as their Sunbeam and Moonbeam versions of this product were dupes for Benefit's High Beam and Sun Beam liquid highlighters. This shade is new to me - it's a pretty yellow-gold shimmer. It's extremely pigmented and even a tiny bit can really switch up your make up. I personally really like liquid highlighters, as I think they have the most immediate impact - plus you can mix a few drops into your foundation if you want an all-over dewy effect. For the extremely pale gals like me, this shade is perhaps a little too warm and golden. I'll definitely try this in the summer but in Scotland that's meaningless, so I may invest in the Pearl Pink version which I think would suit me better. 

Total Box Worth: £62.55
Total Box Price: £13.25 (£10 + £3.25 p&p)

I try really hard to make sure I judge each beauty box on the products inside, not on the overall worth of the box, but when I compare this to February's Birchbox I am just baffled. How can one box have an overall worth of £20 while the other is over £60?! Maybe that influences my overall feelings towards each box, but I am pretty certain that I'll get much more use out of the things included in this month's Glossybox. The nail polish, the scrub and particularly the perfume are things I use regularly, and I am really pleased with them. Plus, four full sized products is amazing value for money. I love seeing a beauty box really 'spoil' it's customers. I actually feel like I've got a really good deal and found some brilliant products in the process. Can't argue with that!

What did you think of this month's Glossybox?

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