Saturday, 18 November 2017

Glossybox November 2017.

glossybox uk november 2017

I know it's November but is there any need in how cold it's getting? I'm freezing while typing this. Winter really is coming, and frankly, I'm ready for it. This month's Birchbox was fairly average, will Glossybox be any better? 

glossybox uk november 2017

Apparently Glossybox has a general 'hygge' theme this month - i.e. it's full of cosy treats to keep you nice and toasty during the cold evenings. I'm a big fan of a pamper evening in, and winter is the absolute perfect time to indulge - so let's see what we've got.

Greenfrog Botanic Natural Bodywash Relaxing Geranium & Peppermint

Greenfrog Botanic Natural Bodywash Relaxing Geranium & Peppermint | RRP £8.95 (300ml) | sample size worth £2.98 (100ml).

I'll just quickly point out that although I've based the sample price on it being a third of the size of the full-size, this travel bottle is actually sold by Greenfrog Botanic for £3.95. Make of that what you will.

I know body wash is perhaps not the most exciting product to receive, but I actually really love them. I have a huge collection of Lush shower gels and I always enjoy trying a new product. I'd never heard of Greenfrog Botanics before but their brand is very focused on natural, organic plant-based products that are kind to sensitive skin. They're all about the soapberries, a small fruit found in the Himalayas that contain a natural soap-like quality that has been used to clean skin and clothes for centuries. All sounds pretty good to me.

This is a really unique and interesting scent. At first, it smells entirely of peppermint, but then the geranium hits with a subtle floral aroma. I really enjoyed this and it stayed on my skin for ages which is a huge bonus. I did notice that this was a little more moisturising than most body washes I've tried - and the addition of aloe vera means this feels quite soothing - but I can't say for certain if this would be suitable for eczema or very dry skin like they claim. Overall though, I really like it, and the full-size is a lot cheaper than many of the Lush products I buy... something to consider in future!

Beauty UK Cosmetics Contour/Powder Brush

Beauty UK Cosmetics Contour/Powder Brush | RRP £6.99 | full-size sample.

I'm a big fan of getting brushes in beauty boxes, it means I barely ever have to buy them myself (and of course I need more in order to utilise all the brush cleaners I've received lately). I do sometimes wonder about brushes designed to do two completely different things though, as I'd be reluctant to use a traditional powder brush to do contour. However, this one is a decent size and shape. It's not overly large in width, and it's dense and short enough that you can actually use this to properly blend and buff out a contour colour, but it can definitely be used for powder or highlighter too. It's really soft and feels lovely to use, but is also very effective and makes your makeup look beautiful. I like it a lot.

SportFX Candy Floss Moisturising Lip Balm

SportFX Candy Floss Moisturising Lip Balm | RRP £4.99 | full-size sample.

Honestly, there's not a huge amount to say about this. A lip balm is always a decent product to have to hand in winter, and this one smells of candy floss which is quite nice. It does leave a very subtle sheen of colour but this shade of pink is never hugely flattering on anyone so I don't really know why they bother. 

However, I hate when a lip balm is too dry to get more than a minuscule amount off at a time - and this is definitely one of those. If I have to basically give it 30 seconds in a microwave (I don't actually do this) in order to warm it up to the point that I can apply it, it defeats the purpose. A lip balm should be just that - a balm. Give me something the consistency of Vaseline please, instead of a pleasant smelling stone. Also, this is ridiculously over-priced for what it is.

Collection Cosmetics Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder in Brunette

Collection Cosmetics Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder in Brunette | RRP £4.19 | full-size sample.

I've actually received this product in a beauty box before, many moons ago, but it was in the blonde shade and looked ridiculous on me. I tried it a couple of times, couldn't pull it off and gave up - so when I saw this again I wasn't blown away. Turns out the shade makes all the difference.

The brush on this looks kind of strange and feels quite stiff, but it actually works much better than I expected. There was a little bit of fall-out but as long as I tapped the brush before use it was fine. The colour was a much better match and looked really natural - there's not too much warmth to the brunette version which is great as my natural brows are quite ashy. I was surprised how natural this ended up looking - definitely more so than my attempts wielding a pencil anyhow!

This is probably not the best ever eyebrow product, but it's one of the best I've tried (perhaps that's just the fact the colour is the best match). In terms of price and quality, this is a really good deal - I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase this.


Boots Charcoal and Willow Bark Sheet Mask

Boots Charcoal and Willow Bark Sheet Mask | RRP £2.50 | full-size sample.

I'm a big face mask fan, and I love that there's a sheet mask in this box as they are a treat I can rarely justify splashing out on. I mean this is Boots own brand and it's still £2.50 for a single use. But if I could I'd use a sheet mask weekly! 

This has charcoal in it (obv), the current 'it' product for skincare, but the willow bark is more intriguing. Apparently, it's good for cleansing and purifying the skin so I can assume that this mask is aimed for people with slightly more oil than my wrinkled dry old face but I gave it a bash anyway.

The mask has loaaaads of serum on it, it's very wet to the touch. I prefer this to the drier masks as my face is essentially crepe paper at this point. It also tingled quite a lot on my face - I've even read people saying it started to feel like burning on their sensitive skin so do be careful. 

Afterwards, this left my skin feeling very hydrated and the dry patches were less visible, but I can't say I noticed it feeling particularly 'cleansed'. The experience was nice but this isn't aimed at my skin type. I'd like to try the Super Hyaluronic version of this - and there's not a better time as they are currently on 2 for £3.50 at Boots!

Total Box Worth: £21.65
Total Box Price: £13.25 (£10 + £3.25 p&p)
Overall Rating: ★★★½

glossybox uk november 2017

I don't really get the 'hygge' feeling from this box. The face mask, fair enough, I'd use on a cosy evening but none of the rest really give me that vibe. That doesn't mean the products weren't good - especially the eyebrow powder, brush and body wash - but there just wasn't much of a wintery theme to the box. 

I also think it's worth noting that over the last few months, the total box worth for both this and Birchbox has reduced quite a lot. I personally still enjoy them, but it's definitely not the same value as it used to be.

HOWEVER! Glossybox has recently launched a new rewards system which is REALLY good. You can now collect points from your orders and reviewing the contents, which translate into money off at Look Fantastic. This is kind of like an even better version of the scheme Birchbox recently scrapped. I honestly love this idea, and am so happy with Glossybox for rewarding their long-time subscribers like this!

What did you think of this month's Glossybox?


  1. I keep getting more and more tempted to try out Glossybox. I'm so bad at buying new makeup brushes and I think it'd be worth it even for that haha. I love doing sheet masks too, but they're SO expensive!

    Steph -

  2. I've never tried a subscription box so it's always interesting to read other peoples' experiences! I'm always curious about them! The brush and the mask look cool, a body wash I can always use but I see what you mean about the lip balm. I agree that shade looks meh on most people ha! Xx Jen

  3. If you like sheet masks you should look into Beautique (?) mask maven I love it as it gave loads of masks for a great price. I have always wanted to try Glossybox but can't justify the cost. Too bad about the lipbalm being hard, that is always one of my favorite items to get in a box.

  4. Hey Beth, thanks co much for your kind words about our Makeup Brush! We're glad you like it! :)
    Also we love your images. Would be honoured if we could use them on our social media profiles.
    Let us know if you don't mind!

    Beauty UK Cosmetics

  5. Haha you're right that body wash isn't exciting. I hate getting it in subscription boxes! It's just not fun for me.

    Corinne x


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