I almost didn’t get my Glossy Box this month, because Mr Postman left it in the recycling box – only for the recycling box to be put out for the binmen! Luckily, someone grabbed it just in time and fortunately so, because this month subscribers were in for a real treat! With September playing host to London Fashion Week, the Glossy Box team worked hard in putting together a box that would introduce us all to some of the rising stars in the world of fashion, design and beauty!
Rather than sending us the normal pastel pink box that we all know and love, up-coming London illustrator Maggie Li designed this month’s box – resulting in us all receiving a gorgeous blue and peach print box, emblazoned with cute ‘beauty’ inspired designs. If I’m entirely honest, the box itself was my favourite thing about Glossy Box this month, it’s not that I didn’t love the products – I just loved the box more! I re-use each and every one of my Glossy Boxes by using them as make-up dividers/holders however this month, I couldn’t bring myself to pop it in a drawer, so it’s taken a place on my shelf!
Featured in this month’s hand designed box were an array of new and ‘upcoming’ products that like Fashion Week, have caused a bit of a stir in the beauty world. First up is a sample of Fame by Lady Gaga (which I am going to be doing a full review on later in the week!). Whilst I had high hopes about this product – unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations – however as I have said, I will be writing up a full review on my thoughts, along with a comparison of other celebrity fragrances later in the week!
I was surprised to find a Body Shop product in the box this month, however upon trying it out – I can see why Glossy Box chose to feature it! Where as most of The Body Shop’s products focus on smelling amazing (or at least, that’s my opinion of it), the Vitamin E Moisture Cream doesn’t try and be pretentious in having an overpowering scent, but simply hydrates and revives skin beautifully. I don’t normally shop at The Body Shop however this product is definitely worth stepping inside the store for, as it is does the job it’s supposed too, doesn’t upset my skin and has long lasting results! For £9, I would consider it a ‘mid market’ product, however if you suffer from dry and upset skin – then this is definitely worth a try because it does live up to it’s claims!
Whilst I love leave-in hair treatments, I am a little bit bored of them being featured in the Glossy Boxes – as I want to try something new and completely different – like an adventurous new nail varnish or perhaps an eyelash growth serum, rather than a hair treatment. However, despite my moaning – I did really like the BioSilk Therapy product that was included in the box, as it did moisturise and soften hair like it claimed to and also living up to its claim, it didn’t weigh your hair down upon application. It’s definitely a product I like, but perhaps not something I would invest £15.80 in, simply because I have such a vast collection of hair oils and products already.
The Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream included in the box felt lovely and luxurious on application, making the area under your eyes feel much softer and refreshed – however I can’t vouch for it reducing the appearance of wrinkles as (hopefully) I don’t yet have any! Very kindly, the brand have offered Glossy Box subscribers £5 off the full size product when using the discount code provided, which I think is a great incentive to try out the full size version and trial it for a number of months rather than just the week that the sample size lasts. I personally think all of the sample brands who feature in the Glossy Box should offer incentives like this, because it means you are more incentivised towards buying the full size product rather than just stopping at the sample version (if that makes any sense whatsover, I know I’m waffling!).
Last but certainly not least in this month’s Glossy Box were the Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum, which although are primarily used to target lines and wrinkles (which fortunately, I don’t yet have!) I decided to give them a go anyway, seeing as they were in sample sachets. The serum claims to have visible results instantly, giving the appearance of tighter and smoother skin within minutes – which although sounds a little far fetched, I can say is rather accurate. My skin did feel softer and tighter within several minutes of application (I assume its similar to the ‘instant facelift’ formula) and this effect lasted several hours.
Probably my favourite aspect this month was the box itself, as it is gorgeously designed and if I saw it in a shop for sale, I would buy it immediately! I am going to use it to store either my jewellery or my skincare products in – which are currently stacked un-tidyly on my shelf! I loved the Body Shop cream and will definitely be stocking up next time I run out! For a full review on Fame by Lady Gaga, as well as a comparison with Cher Lloyd’s new fragrance, check back on my blog tomorrow!