About a week ago, I received an email from the lovely Lily from GlossyBox introducing me to the GlossyBox concept and asking me if I was interested in receiving the September box. I've definitely heard of GlossyBox before this and have read a lot of reviews on beauty blogs. Since I was given the opportunity to try one out for free, I decided to accept the offer.
For those who aren't too familiar with GlossyBox, basically, you pay £10 (plus p+p) each month and you get a box of sample-sized goodies delivered right to your doorstep. At the moment, GlossyBox seems to be the most expensive amongst all the UK beauty boxes as other companies only charge a flat rate of £10. Whether or not the few pounds is worth it is pretty subjective.
I was extremely excited when the box arrived and simply couldn't wait to unveil it together with you.
I'm already subscribed to another company with the same beauty box concept, but this is only my 2nd beauty box, so the thrill was definitely still there as I unwrapped the box. The packaging is lovely with obvious effort put into making these boxes look like presents and it does add to that element of surprise as I peel off each layer to reveal the goodies.
First impressions: I must say I was very impressed with the very generous sizes of the products! Okay, maybe not the perfume as perfume samples can so easily be taken from beauty counters, so no, I'd probably not pay for them. Still, I'm sure the other products more than made up for it.
MARY GREENWELL Plum; HD BROWS Eye&Brow Palette
STRIVECTIN SD Eye Concentrate; L'ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL Mythic Oil
Here's a closer look at the HD Brows palette in Foxy. It's gorgeous, but did you notice that I'm missing the brushes (I've seen people get 2)? I've rummaged through the entire GlossyBox, but they were no where to be found. I am a little gutted, though I suppose I can always use my own brushes.
Also, I'm glad the colours didn't break during shipping because it arrived like that without any bubble wrap or box around it for extra protection. Some people weren't so lucky, judging by some of the complaints on GlossyBox's Facebook page.
UPDATE: I emailed Lily and she has kindly offered to send a replacement.
Overall, I'm actually very happy with my first GlossyBox. I must admit that I did not subscribe to them before this because I read some negative reviews on (amongst other issues) how they included really cheap products into their previus boxes and also how they were going to hike up the price this month, so it really didn't seem worth it. I can now say that even if I did pay for this box, I would still have been very satisfied with its contents.
One thing to note, GlossyBox does not send out the same products to everyone. I think they choose products based on customers' profiles. As mine was gifted, I had no say, but was pleasantly surprised. Evidently, there are already some pretty dissatisfied customers this month, but equally, there are many who've said they love it! Like most beauty boxes, it's really either a hit or miss and there is no guarantee whether one likes their box or not, really.
Personally, I'm actually really keen to try out most of the products, except for the StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate. I know people say you're never too young to use anti-wrinkle products, but this one really doesn't appeal to me. I will let you guys know how I get on with the rest. I know I said that for the other beauty box, but I'll definitely do this one now that I've so much time ;)
Did you like the September GlossyBox?