Glossybox | February Valentine's Edition

Friday, 21 February 2014


 Warning: This is a long one, a cuppa and some snacks may be necessary for the duration of this post.

After months of reading other beauty bloggers rave about their beauty boxes I finally took the plunge and subscribed. I'd been thinking about subscribing for a while but I couldn't decide which beauty box to go with. The main contenders were GlossyboxBirchbox and Love Me Beauty but in the end I decided to go for Glossybox. I think the cute Valentine's packaging may have won me over a little, I must admit. I'm not sure if this is the same across the board but when I signed up for Glossybox I filled out a survey about my skin type and favourite products which enables the team at Glossybox to make your box as best suited to you as possible. This is such a nice little touch as it it means putting the customers' needs and desires first.

Firstly, I'd like to comment on the price. The box is £10 plus £2.95 for postage and packaging which I think is more than reasonable. A lot of the products are full size and the overall price of the contents in the box is always a lot more than what you pay. Another great thing is that you can cancel your subscription at any time, so if you're a bit strapped for cash one month and want to skip it, that's absolutely fine. As a beauty obsessive, the idea of getting a beauty box filled with five products each month is very exciting. If you're not crazy over beauty products then you might find this is a little weird, but to all you fellow beauty box addicts out there, I feel ya. Receiving products from different brands is a great way of finding new products you may not have necessarily thought about beforehand and is a great try before you buy concept. If you don't like the product you haven't wasted your money on a full size version and if you do like it - bonus.

As I mentioned before, this month's box is beautiful and really embraces the Valentine's theme. When I lifted the lid the contents were packaged to perfection and beautifully secured with a ribbon. Presentation and packaging is really important to me so to see that so much effort went into creating something immaculate gave me really good first impressions. The box came complete with a mini mag, a double sided card containing instructions of how to use each product and a postcard with insutrctions of how to win a trip worth £1000. The postcard was about the #GlossyboxKisses competition which I entered and all you had to do was kiss the card in your fave lipstick (Kate Moss 107), write the name of a person you love and upload to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook along with the hashtag. The lovely Glossybox team also chucked in a complimentary Lindt chocolate bar. Chocolate always secures brownies points.

So, let's get down to the nitty gritty. I only received this box on Monday so haven't had a chance to use every product but I'm going to give my first impressions.

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer - Full Size 250ml RRP £14
This was included to make us girls feels special in the month of love and although I'm not a massive sparkle person, I'm more than happy to test it out. It might be a nice little addition to my décolletage or legs if I want to create a glowing effect when I'm getting all dressed up and want to look a little bit more glam. It's enriched with Mallow Extract, Vitamin E and wheatgerm enriched oil which is meant to leave your skin luxuriously perfumed with a hint of sparkle.

NV Chunky Eye Crayon in Fondant Fancy - Full Size 4g RRP £5
I really enjoy using eye crayons as I find application very easy. They're fab if you want to create a quick smoky eye without the hassle of blending. The only thing I was disappointed was with the colour. I'm not very adventurous when it comes to my eyes and tend to stick to neutral colours so I don't think I'm going to get much wear out of this purple eye crayon. I will play around with it though and see if I can create something a little more subtle.

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Pocket Money - Full Size 13.5ml RRP £9
This is the product I was most excited about because I've lusted over a Ciaté nail polish for so long. I thought that being a fairly expensive brand I'd get a mini paint pot so I was pleasantly surprised to be given a full size one worth £9. In the bottle the colour looks like a dusky pink but it transfers onto the nails as a kind of nude/taupe colour and looks really pretty. I instantly put it on and even uploaded a snap to Instagram straight away so if you want to see that, click here

Giovanni Eco Chic Cosmetics Ultra-Moist Range - Samples 7.4ml x 2 10.35ml x 1 RRP £7.99 for 251ml
I've never heard of Giovanni before so I was intrigued. I received three samples including an ultra-moist shampoo, conditioner and deep deep moisture hair mask enriched with avacado oil moisture beads. I'm not too fussy when it comes to shampoo and tend to buy whatever is on offer due to my student budget, so it's nice to have some luxury haircare I can try out. I'm especially excited to try the hair mask as my hair is a little lacklustre at the moment and could do with a bit of a boost.

Maybelline New York Big Eyes Mascara - One Size RRP £8.99
I love drugstore brands and Maybelline is one of them. I was aware of the new mascara they'd just launched and I'm always a sucker for a new mascara which promises bigger better lashes. It's built with specific upper and lower lash brushes and claims to produces an all-around eye-opening effect so I'm excited to give it a go and see whether it lives up to its claims. Mascara can be a bit hit and miss because I like using a particular brush, so receiving one in my Glossybox was great as it means if I don't like it, I haven't wasted any money.

All in all I'm super impressed with this month's Glossybox and the contents which are worth over £37. I read on Twitter that January's box was a little naff so I'm quite glad I subscribed this month. I received a few emails from Glossybox addressing the situation and asking customers to give feedback on why they didn't like the box which seemed like a positive step on their part. I think it's really great when brands take into account consumer response and act accordingly in order to try and maintain customer relationships and loyalty, so hats off to you Glossybox. I wonder what's in store for next month!

I know this was a long one so congrats if you made it to the end without falling asleep! Are you subscribed to a beauty box? Have you ever tried Glossybox?


  1. I have been subscribed to glossy box for a year now and think Im going to cancel my subscription and try another box. I have been a little disappointed recently - although glossybox is good! I suppose I fancy a change. But the actual box itself this month was very pretty!

    £1 advertising for the month of march over on:

    1. Oh really! Are you going to subscribe to another one? The box was very pretty! I had heard the January box was disappointing but hopefully they'll continue to be on top form!X

  2. the nail polish looks like a lovely shade!

    from helen at

    ps. you can win nearly £150 of high-end skincare on my blog, if you fancy entering! click here.

    1. It is! I want to try more polishes from their range now X