This is box four of a six month subscription to Glossybox. 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.
This month Glossybox is all about getting ready for summer - beautifully. It contains "all the essentials you need to prep for the balmy days ahead".
I was ready for a change of products and was pleased to find Glossybox had mixed it up a bit this month. I'm not sure I could have coped with yet another lip balm. Unlike last month's box, which looked a bit spartan, this one looks good value as soon as you take the lid off. Funnily though, the actual value of this month's box is hard to gauge. It contains two full sized products worth £22.88 together and three sample products, one of which is £3.99 and the value of the other two aren't listed. The cost of each box is £10 plus packaging (£3.25), so I have still received more than I paid for.
The box contained:-
The star product in this month's box is the MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand which has two blue tones. The shadows are beautifully soft and do not drag on the skin - always a pet hate of mine. The full size product costs £6.95 but MeMeMe are offering 25% off all orders made on their website by the end of May using the special Glossy code.
The second full size product in this month's box is the Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel by Etre Belle. This product is designed as an instant rescue product, being a cooling gel which is claimed to deliver moisture "deep below the surface" and help post sun skin. I am always suspicious about claims that a product can penetrate the dermis (deeper layers of the skin) but this gel does offer a cooling effect (albeit fleeting) and absorbs quickly. I did find it rather sticky but you would need this to help the product to last long enough to soothe sun sore skin. The Etre Belle Aloe Vera Ultra Moisturising Gel costs £15.93 and is available from their website at www.etre-belle.co.
The first sample product is Zerreau's Towel Off Shampoo Foam in a 70ml size which retails at £3.99. This is the next generation of dry shampoo, say Glossybox. It has a towel off foam formula which allows you to wash your hair without water. You apply, massage it in and towel it off. This product is infused with a delicate apple scent so your hair smells fresh. The full size product (180ml) retails at £7.95.
The second sample and fourth product in the box is coincidentally from a range I had already heard about. SASS is a new range which claims to maintain your 'intimate harmony and help to prevent unwanted smells, has products which are dermatologically tested and gynaecologist approved and are not tested on animals. The range includes cleansers, freshness mists and gels and an anti-dryness product.
The one in the box is SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate which is meant to soothe the skin and reduce hair growth post-shave. It has exfoliating ingredients including salicylic acid and fruit enzymes which, SASS say, "delicately exfoliate to ensure ingrown hairs are a thing of the past". The product retails at £12 for the full size. There is a sample of 30 ml in the box. Time will tell with this one. I have not tried it but the mention of salicylic acid makes me a bit wary. The SASS range is exclusively available at www.boots.com.
The last of this month's treats is a sample size of Philosophy's renewed hope in a jar refreshing & refining moisturizer. Philosophy is a range I have heard of but never tried, finding their price point a little high, compared to the many lower priced excellent moisturizers out there. This product is said to be a favourite from "celebrities to top dermatologists". It is said to work to "reduce the appearance of lines, discolouration and uneven texture". I can see where it got its name from. Any fans out there? I'd love to hear if it's worked for you. The full size product retails at £35.50 and is available from boots.com. If you want to try this product, you can get £7.50 off when you buy either the moisturizer or eye cream using the Glossy code before 23 June.
Am I happy? Again, yes. I must admit I do enjoy the arrival of my Glossybox each month. It's like receiving an extra birthday present. Full marks to Glossybox so far.
Do you subscribe to a monthly beauty box? Which one is your favourite and are there others I should check out?
Disclosure: This is a completely independent review; The Glossybox subscription is my own purchase.
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