Although I’ve lessened my spending on beauty products I don’t need or use in recent months, I do absolutely love ‘trying before I buy’ and so reviewing this months’ GLOSSYBOX was fantastic for doing so. I know it sounds strange, but I really think GLOSSYBOX’s attention to detail on the packaging and design of the box which makes it so appealing – and although we aren’t sampling the box and the packaging itself, it all contributes! I don’t normally look too closely at the leaflets GLOSSYBOX gives us, but I did this time around – as I think it’s important to read what the claim of a product is before trying it. I was also pleased to see that GLOSSYBOX are planning to launch a range of boxes for men, (which are equalled as neatly packed). Although it won’t be a monthly box (it’s going to be quarterly), I’d definitely consider buying a box for my boyfriend because it’s unlikely that they have as much time and patience to shop around for cosmetics as much as we do (added to the fact they are a little embarrassed) so I think it’s fantastic that they can sample products from their own home!
Anyway, enough of my waffling and onto the products! The first product that caught my eye, was of course the Nail Rock Nail Wraps, quite simply because the packaging is so bold! I have never tried Nail Wraps because, simply because I overestimated the time and effort that went into putting them on – so it was great to try them out and realise that they were in fact, very simple. GLOSSYBOX describes them as ‘designer nail wraps’ that last 7 days on nails. I’m yet to test out that claim, however they seem pretty secure to me and they are very unlikely to chip. GLOSSYBOX also says that they can be fitted within 15 minutes, which is fantastic (as you’d never be able to recreate the intricate designs in 15 minutes using nail polish). I think mine took about 10 minutes to fit and having never used them before – I think they look pretty good! Personally, I think they would make a fab stocking filler, or secret Santa present and I will definitely be asking for a pack of wraps for Christmas! A full size pack is £6.65 which I feel is a little pricey for nails that only last a week, however considering a manicure is on average £10/£15 – I suppose it isn’t that expensive after all!
I don’t normally use hand cream. I’m not sure why, but I think I normally associate it with gardening and old people. I shouldn’t really, as my hands are quite often dry. However I was pleasantly surprised when trying out the Arbonne Ulta Hydrating Hand Creme, as it left my hands feeling very soft and didn’t have that archetypal musty smell that I associate with most hand creams. In fact, it smelt lovely and citrus-y and very fresh. I wouldn’t necessarily look at a product like this in a shop and immediately rush to buy it as the packaging is quite simple (yes, I am drawn in by fancy packaging) however I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for a really lovely fresh hand cream! The price of a full size bottle is £19, which to me seems quite a lot however if you are a lover of hand cream; I’d give it a go!
I have heard of ‘Dead Sea Spa Magik’ Bath Salts before, as they are often at department stores or shopping centres demonstrating their products, however ‘bath salts’ have never really appealed to me. I don’t have very many baths, purely because I feel like I am lying in my own dirt and filth (which essentially, you are) however I suppose that if you have back ache, or joint ache – a bath can be a saviour. I think if you did suffer with joint pain, these salts would be ideal – as they compliment a relaxing bath and ‘refreshes, relaxes and soothes a feeling of well-being’. They smell quite nice too and are only £5.50 for a full size packet!
I received two ‘Serge Lutens’ perfume samples in this month’s Glossy Box and I liked one, and disliked the other. I have a very strange sense of smell and instead of enjoying perfume – I immediately have to decide the nearest food item/location/person that it smells similar too. I thought that the ‘Vitriol d’Oeillet’ was quite overpowering at first, however once you had left it 5 minutes it reminded me of Christmas, which was lovely. It’s quite deep floral sort of smell, not the usual kind of thing I’d go for – but it might suit some. The other sample the ‘L’Eau Serge Lutens’ was quite simple, but fresh. Again, it’s not the sort of thing I’d go for – and at £78 a bottle it’s probably not something I would invest in but they make a change from the generic smell that is often recreated time after time by other perfume companies.
The MONU recovery balm was lovely. I know that’s pretty un-descriptive but it’s all I have to say. It’s fresh, it soothes your skin – and as mine is sensitive, I was delighted I didn’t come up in a rash! The full size bottle price is very reasonable – at just £16.95 and the packaging is elegant yet simple! Everything I love in a product!
Overall I think this month’s GLOSSYBOX was fantastic. I was delighted to have the opportunity to review a pack of Nail Wraps, as I don’t think I would have ever tried them out if I hadn’t had a sample first! I think the Nail Wraps were definitely my favourite product, and the Serge Lutens were my least favourite. But I suppose everyone has different tastes, and you have to try it out for yourselves! If you are thinking of signing up to GLOSSYBOX – I’d definitely consider that next month is December and there will probably be a very wonderful ‘Christmas’ inspired theme to your beauty box!
What do you think? Have you signed up to GLOSSYBOX? Have you tried Nail Wraps – did you love them or hate them?