It felt so strange writing 2016 in the title! I hope your new year is going well so far. As you might have read in a few previous posts, I’m cutting down on beauty boxes a little bit for monetary reasons. Sadly, being a spoonie who can’t work isn’t very profitable, haha! I have cancelled The Vegan Kind beauty box (but would still highly recommend it to others) and Lip Monthly for now.
Luckily for me, my husband got me a six month subscription to Glossybox for Christmas! I used to subscribe to it before I blogged but cancelled it at some point, probably again to save money. But I always really enjoyed it, so I’m really happy to be getting it again.
Here’s what came in my first box, which I assumed was the January 2016 box, but after receiving another box it turns out this one is actually my starter kit (which I had no idea I was getting – bonus!) Sorry for any confusion my initial post caused.
If you’re not a regular reader, I’ll quickly go over how Glossybox works. It’s a monthly beauty subscription box, so you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months to get one box per month. The box will include five samples/products – they are always a surprise, as you don’t choose what you receive. The box costs £13.25 per month for the month-to-month plan, but can be as little as £11.75 if you are willing to commit for a whole year. If you decide to sign up, you can use this link which will help me collect points but there is absolutely no pressure to use it. If you would prefer not to, simply google Glossybox and sign up there!
Nicka K – Airbrush Blending Sponge
I’ve never heard of this brand before but was pretty excited to see a beauty blender/sponge in my box. A lot of people rave about how flawless their base is using these. I’ve only ever tried a Primark one, which wasn’t great but I’m assured the proper ones are much better.
I spent a seriously long time online trying to find out if this contains latex or not, as I’m allergic to it. I couldn’t seem to find the answer anywhere, so until I do I haven’t used it. Hopefully the answer will be no and I can see whether I want to jump on the beauty sponge bandwagon! I would miss my Real Techniques Expert Face brush though….
£6.50 – buy it here.
Nails Inc – Uptown
I own quite a few Nails Inc polishes and I swear all but one or two have come from beauty boxes! I find this strange as they’re actually really expensive so quite high value for a beauty box. At £14 per nail polish, I would probably never actually buy one at full price so I’m perfectly happy to keep getting them in boxes!
I realised I already owned this shade, but in the Gel Effect finish (see my NOTD post here). I much prefer this one as it lasts a lot longer without chipping. If you want to see this one on, I wore it last week and it’ll be on the blog tomorrow (Mon 11th).
Value: £11 – sadly they only seem to actually sell the Gel Effect one online now, so I can’t link to this (and the Gel Effect chips really quickly!)
Bellapierre – Mineral Lipstick in Ruby
Bellapierre is another brand I only seem to get through beauty boxes. I’ve never seen it in actual shops so I’m guessing they more of an online presence (and they’re also an American company).
This lipstick is formulated with natural waxes, mineral pigments and antioxidants… it practically sounds like it’s good for you health! It’s a super bright, vivid red which almost looks fuchsia under bright light. It’s definitely a shade I’ll wear, I like my bright and bold lips! The finish is sheeny, slightly glossy and really moisturising. Again, I do think it’s pretty expensive given you can get a Mac lippie for £14.
Value: £20 – although you can buy it on Amazon for less.
Royal Apothic – Body Lotion
Another company I haven’t heard, which is great as part of the pleasure of beauty boxes is finding great new brands. The packaging looks much more like a hand cream, but it is in fact a body lotion.
Containing lactic acid to smooth the skin whilst keeping it hydrated, this lotion is delicately scented with a light, fresh smell. It’s pretty easy to transport as the packaging is compact and gets smaller as you use the product, so it might be a good one for travelling.
Value: £14.50 – buy it here.
Emite – Diamond Heart Primer
And finally, another new brand to me! I was pleased to see a primer, as I almost always use them under my makeup. This primer claims to balance skin tone, boost radiance and create a smooth finish. It is beige tinted, which I like as it reminds me of Benefit Porefessional – one of my favourite primers. Even though it’s super sheer, I always feel like the tinted ones do smooth out the skin tone a bit.
The primer is an illuminating one, which I’m always a little wary of as I have oily/combination skin and like a matte finish, but this doesn’t leave your face shimmery or shiny, just fresh-looking. We didn’t receive full size, but at £25.90 I can safely say I will enjoy this but would never purchase it! I have found cheaper primers that are just as good.
Value: £25.90 – buy it here.
I was really pleased with my Glossybox starter kit. I will make use of everything that came in the box and I’ve enjoyed finding out about some new-to-me brands. Definitely good value for money… even if my husband paid for it!
What do you think of this month’s box? Have you tried any of the products? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter!
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