I’ve wanted to subscribe to Glossybox for ages, but I decided to make it a post-wedding treat. It’s not particularly expensive – I signed up to the 3-month plan for £9.50 per month plus around £3 postage – but I’d heard about those post-wedding blues and I thought a treat like this one might help keep them at bay.
So I was super-excited when my first Glossybox arrived on my doorstep, and couldn’t wait to find out what was inside. Some may say that £14 is a lot for a box of mystery goodies, but I think it’s a great way to try new beauty products that you might never have discovered otherwise. I certainly haven’t been disappointed with this first box, which contained six items picked out by blogger and YouTuber Estée Lalonde. Let’s take a look.
Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait
This cute lippy from Trifle Cosmetics is the first item in October’s Glossybox. It’s full-size and should cost £12.95, so you’ve already got your money’s worth with just this one item. It comes with an adorable cardboard packaging that I’d have thought is a lot more environmentally friendly than other lipsticks, and the brand prides itself on being cruelty-free and vegan, too.
It’s a nude shade that is very close to my skin colour, so it doesn’t really work as a standalone lippy for me, but I found it makes an absolutely incredible base. It made my lips look super-smooth and feel amazing: its moisturising qualities are no lie that’s for sure. Pop any other lippy over the top of this and it’ll look stunning.
The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate
This one is a mini version of The Body Shop’s Drops of Youth Concentrate, but it’s plenty to give you an idea of whether it’s a product that works for you. I’ve yet to try it properly myself but I’m very excited to do so. It has incredible reviews, designed to brighten, soften and smooth skin that’s showing the first signs of aging. You simply massage a couple of drops into your skin every morning and night.
Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush
I was pretty dubious about this one at first, but I was very pleasantly surprised when it came to actually using it. It’s a two-in-one lip stain and blusher, which I immediately assumed would be far too pigmented to work on my cheeks. When I first applied it I feared I was right, but blending it out proved to be easy and very effective, and I ended up with a really nice, subtle glow that I’d definitely wear as part of a regular look. And as a lip stain, I completely love it. It’s a tiny bit shimmery and not too bold, and over the top of the Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait it’s absolutely gorgeous too.
Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator
I love a good exfoliator, and this one doesn’t disappoint. Its satisfyingly scrubby, but leaves your skin feeling moisturised and healthy rather than dry and raw like some of the more intense exfoliators I’ve tried. It smells amazing too.
PS… Pro HD Mascara
The final item is actually from Primark. It’s the PS… Pro HD Mascara in Black. I’ve not tried this yet, and I’m super-picky about mascaras because some are just pants, so I’m really interested to see what I think of this budget-friendly offering from Primark. I shall report back on my verdict on this one soon.
This month there was also a bonus sixth item, which up until just a few days ago was a mystery to everyone but Glossybox. It’s a shampoo that I’ve tried a couple of times and was really impressed with. My hair was smooth and healthy-looking, and it smells gorgeous too. Turns out that it’s actually a new Head and Shoulders formula, but the company wanted people to try it out without being prejudice about the brand by keeping their identity a secret. Clever.
So that’s it! My first Glossybox and I’m really impressed, I can’t wait for next month’s already. Have you ever tried Glossybox or one of its rivals? Let me know in the comments section below and be sure to share the links to your unboxing posts and videos.