After discovering them on Twitter, I have recently signed up to GlossyBox. The concept is pretty simple, for a small monthly subscription you’ll receive a box of five beauty treats to test out.
Half of them are often full size, and the packaging is beautiful with the boxes themselves making lovely gifts; already making it great value in my opinion! When signing up you’ll be asked to complete a beauty profile, helping them choose the right kind of products for you depending on your preferences, skin type and so on.
The brands are quite varied with both new and long-established ones and a large price range. The leaflet that comes with each box explains each product and also the cost for a full size version (if you only received a sample size, which are still fairly generous), as well as where to buy them.
So with no further ado…onto the reviews! After opening my account the July box arrived quite swiftly, which arrived in a gorgeous blue and coral summer theme. Here’s what was inside…
1. Alterna Haircare: Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mix (sample size received 25ml, full size is 125ml for £23.00)
Verdict: Smells lovely, really fresh and summery. Tried it a few times but unfortunately it didn’t do much for my hair, although to be fair it my hair has been quite resistant in the past to other similar products. I did notice a slight wave to my stubbornly straight hair so I’ll give it a 2 for this reason.
2. Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo (received full size 150ml, normal price £2.49)
Verdict: I’ll say straight off that dry shampoo is another of those things that doesn’t get on well with my hair! I’ve tried a few different versions of varying prices and it never seems to end well! However if dry shampoo is a staple of yours I’d say give this stuff a go, it smells divine and much better than the Batiste stuff I think. I’ll go for an even 3 for this one as it’s such a bargain.
3. Ciaté Paint Pot in The Glossip (received full size 13.5ml, normal price £9.00)
Verdict: Already a well known and quality nail brand, it’s a great treat to receive a full size paint pot in such a lovely coral shade, one of my favourite colours right now. Application is nice and easy with a good consistency, and the finish is high shine and pretty chip-resistant. Only downside is you will need a good two coats to achieve a solid colour, but other than that it’s a winner, 4 stars!
My two favourites from July’s box; the Ciaté Paint Pot and Coola Organic Rose Essence Tint
4. Coola Organic Suncare Collection: Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint (sample size 7ml, full size 50ml for £29.99)
Verdict: As a member of the permanently pale crew if I find makeup products with SPF it’s always a plus. The consistency of this tint is fantastic, it goes on so evenly and would blend to most skintones from Snow White to dark olive. It smells nice and also acts a very effective base for my foundation. The full size is pricey but I would definitely consider buying it, and trying the rest of their range. Love it, fully deserving of 5 stars.
5. Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz (received full size 100ml, normal price £6.00)
Verdict: Another well known brand, I’ve always liked Anatomicals whenever I’ve tried them. They have a fun image with cute designs and names, and their stuff always smells nice. This facial spritz claims to rehydrate and calm parched summer skin, and it does feel quite nice and refreshing. Probably more of a beach or travelling choice rather than for daily use unless you don’t wear much makeup, else you’ll be re-applying after each spray! All in all a nice little mist, if you’re looking for a holiday product I’d recommend it, at a good price as well. 4 stars 🙂