Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Glossybox May 2017.

I'm really pushing it now, aren't I? Uploading about a beauty box on the last day of the month... I am definitely not fulfilling my aim to stop leaving everything till the last minute. On the other hand, I've used these products a fair amount over the last 3+ weeks, so I feel like I can make some pretty informed reviews.

may 2017 glossybox

This month, Glossybox and Birchbox had quite similar themes. Glossybox is apparently introducing us to some essentials that we should all have in our collection. What is it about the word essentials, particularly when relating to beauty products, that is so bloody uninspiring? It sounds like a nice way of saying "this is a really boring box". And I'll be honest, that's kind of true...

Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub

Scrub Love Active Charcoal Body Scrub, RRP £13.95, sample size worth £6.98 (100g).

I've never used a charcoal scrub before, so I wasn't too sure what to expect with this. Turns out, I love it. This contains avocado to soften, aloe vera to soothe, clay for a deep cleanse and active carbon from coconut shells to give a natural exfoliation without any plastic microbeads. I really like the smell of this, I noticed such a difference in how soft my skin felt, and the packaging is also lovely. Also, it's a pretty generous sample size which I always appreciate with skincare products!

Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm

Dr. PAWPAW Original Balm, RRP £6.95, full-size sample.

Beauty boxes, I love you but stop putting in these clearly filler items. I'm really bored of 'multipurpose balms', they're not really a treat so getting them every couple of months just feels like you ran out of other products. Anyway, the actual product is fine. It's essentially a cheaper version of the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, a balm you can use anywhere you'd like. It's fragrance-free, cruelty-free and vegan, which is probably the most exciting thing I could say about it. I've never seen anyone use this kind of balm anywhere other than their hands or lips, so the claims of using them as a highlight or even on your hair(?!) are a bit beyond me. If you have dry patches, it's useful, but I'm fairly indifferent to it.

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral
Ruby Powder Blush in Coral swatch

Ruby Powder Blush in Coral, RRP €14.99 (approx £13.09), full-size sample.

I've not heard of this brand before, which I was quite pleased about. The whole purpose of these boxes are to introduce us to new products, and I was growing a bit tired of the same cosmetics companies being featured again and again. This powder blush is very silky, it feels very light and like you've got nothing on your skin. The colour perhaps isn't my favourite on me - I think this would look lovely on people with warmer skintones than me as I'm essentially a walking tomato - but the formula is nice and I'd definitely try a different shade. It's not mind blowing, but it blends fairly well and stays put for a long time.

-417 Foot Nourishing Cream

-417 Foot Nourishing Cream, RRP £14.50, sample size worth £7.25 (50ml).

Again, this is a product that doesn't really grab my attention in any way. To be honest I don't think I've ever purposefully gone out and bought a foot cream - I don't know if I've ever thought they were so vital that I had to spend more money instead of just use a body lotion. For me, this doesn't do much softening of hard skin. It does sink in much quicker than I was expecting (I hate the idea of slippery heels) and it smells absolutely divine, but it doesn't really nourish my feet in any noticeable way. Good sized sample again, though!

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber

Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber, RRP £4, full-size sample.

There's not too much you can say about what is essentially a sponge-loofah hybrid. I mean, it's great to use with the charcoal scrub, and I've also used it with shower gels too. I wouldn't say it's really done a huge amount of exfoliating (I'm one of those people who suffers from keratosis pilaris so I'm always looking for a miracle cure) but it's always handy to have something to wash with I guess? It's useful, but not exciting.

Total Box Worth: £38.27
Total Box Price: £13.25 (£10 + £3.25 p&p)
Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

may 2017 glossybox

Overall, this isn't the most magical beauty box I've ever had. The selection of 'essentials' is kind of flat and lifeless. There wasn't an item that really blew my mind (although the charcoal scrub is pretty good) and at least two of them were downright boring to me. For the first time in ages, Birchbox was better than Glossybox this month. 

What did you make of this month's Glossybox selection? Any stand out items in your opinion?


  1. I'm not sure I'd be overly excited by the contents of this box either! A multi purpose balm and a foot cream aren't exactly super thrilling! The scrub sounds lovely though, and I'm glad you liked the consistency of the blush!

    Abbey ❤️

    1. It definitely wasn't my favourite, it felt like such a blah box! x


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