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My gift to me
Member Name: Nik-Nac
Date: 17/08/12, updated on 17/08/12 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Exciting. Good value, niche products. Beauty Profile.
Disadvantages: Might not like the products. Erratic dispatch dates.
There are a few UK beauty boxes available, Glossybox is one of them. A beauty box usually involves a monthly subscription where you get sent a box with various brands of beauty products sent to your door every month. Glossybox usually sends 5-6 products in their boxes, and in my experience there's always at least 1 full sized product. I have been a member for 4 months now so I feel I am well enough equipped to write a review of the service and product offered.
When you subscribe to Glossybox, which costs £10 + £2.95 p&p each month, you are prompted to fill out a beauty profile. The reason behind this is so that Glossybox staff can more accurately send a box to meet your needs. Questions range from your skin type to your preferences in fragrances, and even what type of products you are most interested in trying. I've found that occasionally products are tailored to your profile, which is great. For example I received shampoo for coloured hair, and my HD eyebrow palette was the appropriate shade for my hair colour.
Glossybox now also do a men's box, rather than being monthly it is a quarterly box. This box has 7 luxury sized samples and costs £15 + £2.95 p&p. I think this would be a really nice, fairly inexpensive gift for a loved one, and the fact that it's an all year round present is fab. It's just a shame that my other half has absolutely no interest in male grooming products.
The whole point of Glossybox is to try more niche brands, or perhaps more expensive brands that you'd rather try samples of before spending a lot of money on the full size product. It's also a great way to discover new brands. Rather than go through all of the products I've received I'm just going to tell you about my favourite and least favourite products so far.
My top three:
HD eye and brows Palette in Vamp (full size, RRP £18) to give my brows better definition and create a smoky eye look for a glam night out
Jelly Pong Pong lip frosting in Irish Cream Pavlova (full size 15ml, RRP £10) for shimmery pink lips and can also be used as a cheek stain - yay for versatile products, plus it smells divine.
Yves Rocher Sexy Pulp mascara (sample size 2.5ml, full size 9ml - RRP £16.90) for volume without clumping. Holds the curl well and isn't too heavy. Great big thick brush.
My bottom three:
Glossybox Serie Exclusiv Pro Beauty Brush (full size, RRP £15 - bonus product) I'm glad this wasn't included as an actual separate item in a box as I'd have been really disappointed. Found that the hairs keep falling out. Wouldn't say this was a luxury product.
MONU Golden Glow Self Tanner (sample size 30ml, full size 200ml - RRP £23) Nothing wrong with the product, and a decent sample size but I don't use self tanning products. Can be used on face and body. I'm sure it would please lots of other people.
Vera Valenti Vera Valenti L'ombre à Paupière Margarita (full size, RRP £3.85) This is an eye shadow palette with green and brown shades. The case itself was plastic and cheap looking and the eye shadows were chalky and lacked pigmentation.
For a better understanding of the types of products you can receive visit the Glossybox website where they list every box and what the potential products in each were. A lot of people complain about getting perfume samples in their Glossybox because it's easy enough to pick them up in a department store, but personally I like it. I love trying new perfumes but have no big department stores near to my home so it's a good way for me to try perfume without having to buy full sized bottles. I also enjoy getting perfumes in my box that I wouldn't otherwise have thought of trying - a particular favourite being Agent Provocateur's L'agent, which is a heady, sultry scent. Not up my street at all but I loved it.
After subscribing to Glossybox you'll receive a box for that month soon after. For the subsequent months your payment comes out of your account at the start of the month, and your Glossybox is sent during the second half of the month. I have found that delivery dates are not consistent; I've received a Glossy box on the 15th of the month and another on the 27th. I always receive an email though when my box has been dispatched, and my box arrives 1-3 working days later. Although I have not tried to cancel my Glossybox the site states that it is an easy process and that Glossyboxes should be canceled 14 days prior to dispatch.
For me the best thing about Glossybox is not knowing what little suprprises will be coming month to month. It's almost like I have a birthday every month (only it's my gift to me and everyone else has forgotten!) I love the anticipation of having to sign for my box all the while wishing the postman would hurry up and leave even though he's hell bent on having a bleather, getting it into my living room, calling on my boyfriend so he can be there when I open it and share in the excitement (he doesn't care really, but bless him he pretends), opening the box, the initial disappointment that it's not lived upto expectations and then the reality hits that actually these products are pretty good and I'll definitely make use of most of them.
The value of what is in a Glossybox has always exceeded the £12.95 I've spent on the box. The risk of course is that you might not like any of the products, but I have yet to have this happen to me. The boxes themselves are a sturdy light pink with the black Glossybox logo on the lid. The products have always been packed well with masses of shredded black paper for cushioning! They are usually wrapped in black paper and tied with a light pink ribbon, though sometimes with themed boxes the colour of the box or the pattern on the paper changes. These boxes are great as extra storage, however they soon mount up and it could be seen as wasteful.
Glossyboxes also come with a card telling you exactly what products you're getting this month. They usually have a theme such as Festival Glam or International Superstars. The card you receive gives you information on all the products and how much their full sized versions cost. It also gives lots of great discount codes and offers, should you want to go on and buy any of the products.
Subscribers can also collect GlossyDots. You are emailed surveys for products (long) after you've received them, and for every short survey you do you got 20 GlossyDots. For every person that you refer to Glossybox you get 200 GlossyDots. After 1,000 GlossyDots you get that months box for free. Ok, so it could take a while, but it's totally worth it considering the surveys for feedback are really short and easy.
All in all I really love Glossybox, and after researching other beauty boxes out there I've decided that this is the one most suited to me. I have been tempted to sign up for another box too, but I just can't find one that I feel will be as good as Glossybox is.
I'd highly recommend it to those of you who like to treat yourself once in a while, especially if you like surprises!
Summary: A great way to try niche products without spending a fortune.