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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Review: Glossybox February 2015 Reveal: The Love Edition

I first took out a subscription to Glossybox a couple of years ago when they launched in the UK.  

For those of you not aware of the concept, Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription box containing 5 hand picked beauty samples wrapped in a signature pink box.  

Some of these samples may actually be full size products.

Glossybox February - The Love Edition

Lift the lid to reveal the cute pink ribbon and tissue paper
I think it's fair to say, that in the beginning, there were a few issues with the safe delivery of the samples and the perceived value of the items in the box.  

I cancelled when the HD Brows compact in my box arrived smashed, having covered the remaining box contents in black brow powder! 
February goodies
That said,  Glossybox  has certainly built its profile on social media, together with a faithful following and the company now offers an 'Beauty Unboxed' tutorial video which shows you how to use the products you have received and a website which highlights trends and features new products. 

The price has remained pretty constant too - depending on your subscription plan, boxes cost around £10 per month plus delivery around the £3.25 mark.

The other previous gripe I recall is that, despite entering details of hair colour, eye colour, etc, early customers felt that the boxes were not sufficiently tailored but, in fairness to Glossybox, doing this would be a logistical nightmare and I think they would be better off concentrating less on individualising the boxes.  

I'm also interested to see how appropriate the samples may be across the age ranges, or whether the products are firmly aimed at the 20-30 age group.

So I have taken out a six month subscription to see if I can 'feel the love' again for Glossybox as I like the concept of the beauty box.

It's a monthly treat at a relatively budget friendly price (speaking as someone who seems to be unable to leave Boots these days without having spent at least £30 just on basic toiletries).

So, what's in the box? 

The box contains 3 full sized products and 2 sample products

- a Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk (full size - £9.99) razor which has a water-activated bar of moisturising serum infused with marine extracts and shea butter.

- a Marsk mineral eyeshadow (full size - £14.49) in "Fifty Shades" (no prizes for guessing which movie this refers to), a highly pigmented, mineral, powder-based eye shadow which is 100% natural.

- a Royal Apothic Tinties lip balm (full size - $14 for 3.4g) - this is a Los Angeles brand allegedly favoured by Victoria Beckham.  

The balm contains shea butter and a trio of oils (argan, grape seed and almond) to nourish lips.

- a So Susan Rose Quartet Lip & Cheek Palette (sample size) in pinks or crimson

- Vichy Liftactiv Plus (sample size) - a cream that works to banish the signs of ageing as they appear.

I estimate the value of the box to be at least £30 which is certainly good value given the £10 cost of the box.

Am I happy?  

So far so good.  

Everything arrived in pristine condition and nicely packaged.  

I'm looking forward to this month's tutorial video to give me some more information about these products.  

And the March box will contain a full sized Naobay moisturizing peeling, a facial milk which is said to gently peel skin with the natural properties of Acai and Gotu Kola (a herb used in traditional Chinese medicine).

My feelings towards Glossybox have certainly warmed up.

Glossybox can be contacted at www.glossybox.co.uk, on Twitter at @glossyboxuk and on Facebook as www.facebook.com/GlossyBox.co.uk.

*This is a completely independent review;  The Glossybox subscription is my own purchase.
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