It’s that time of month again. (No, not that time!). Glossy Box time. Of course!
This month, Glossy Box are getting in the Christmas spirit, and have got all your shopping needs covered – with the aptly named theme of ‘stocking fillers’. Whilst I normally complain about at least one of the samples included, surprisingly, I loved every single sample this month. Here’s why:
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
This was by far my favourite sample this month, as I have previously tried this product (and loved it) but completely forgot it existed until I was reminded again. Dermalogica are renowned for being skin care experts, especially for those who suffer from sensitive or irritated skin (like me), so I was delighted to be able to try it out once again. Described as a ‘rice powder’ (although it looks and smells very like sherbet, so resist the temptation to lick it off your hand once you’ve poured a little out!), the product activates upon contact with water, creating a exfoliating formula that is gentle on skin – yet helps to create the silky smooth, soft and healthy glow that is on the top of everyone’s Christmas wish list! At £38.50 for a full sized version, it’s not exactly on budget, but it does leave skin looking visibly better, making this a product that is worth the slight investment.
Nails INC Kensington Caviar (in shade – Notting Hill Gate)
Notting Hill (or at least owning a house in Notting Hill) is definitely at the top of my Christmas list. But of course, it might be a few years before that becomes a viable, or affordable option for me. It’s okay. I can settle for the next best thing (which is dramatically cheaper), the Nails Inc Mini Notting Hill Gate Polish. Show stopping-ly pink, the colour is a little brighter than what I would normally go for, but it’s a really classy take on bright pink, rather than a cheap and rather ‘tacky’ looking shade. The Kensington range by Nails Inc has been launched just in time for Christmas and any of the shades, would make a delightful stocking filler!
Alison Claire Mango Body Butter
I am usually the first to groan ‘not another body butter’, however this one smells so utterly divine, I will make an exception. I must own about 50 body butters at this current moment. The majority of which sit patiently on my shelf, hoping one day their time will come. Many follow the same coco butter, coconut or strawberry scent, which can often be a bit overpowering and sickly when used day after day. I have been using Alison Claire’s body butter for a few days now and I’m still not sick of it! Not only does it really soften, smooth and hydrate skin, but it has a really delicious mango and citrus-y scent, which wakes you up immediately and leaves you smelling fresh and good enough to eat (yep, cliche I know, but it really does!).
Rather than an ordinary sample size spray (which admittedly, I find really boring and never use again after testing them once), Burberry has created a tiny bottle for the Glossy Box sample, making it far more appealing and meaning it will last more than a few spritzes. I’m not a huge fan of designer perfumes if I’m completely honest, mainly because I find them far too expensive and therefore don’t even bother testing them out. If I can find an affordable perfume with a scent I like, I’m happy. However, after testing this, I think I might take another look next time I venture into Boots. The scent is a gorgeous blend of rose and cashmere, and has a really luxurious, sensual feel about it. It’s not overpowering, but it certainly makes an impact. I love the fact it mellows down, but doesn’t change scent dramatically – meaning it lasts all day. A full size bottle is £75, which makes me gasp – but after testing it out, I would definitely consider buying it.
Wei Beauty Firming and Hydrating Cream
Possibly the smallest sample I have ever seen, this product is gorgeously hydrating, but probably not something I would go for normally. It claims to firm and tighten skin , and promote youth, however for me it just made my skin soft and smooth, and make it feel quite heavy and clammy. I wouldn’t say I dislike this product, as it did prove to be a great base for foundation, however I don’t think I would spend £74 on a full size version, because I have plenty of other moisturizers I use, that are more affordable yet give the same effect.
Overall, I absolutely loved this month’s Glossy Box as it introduced me (and re introduced me) to some fantastic products, which would stand proudly on any Christmas wishlist, or be much appreciated in any stocking!