It’s the first beauty box of 2018!!! So exciting! Interestingly, throughout 2017, the Look Fantastic box was the one that arrived first, month after month, and many times days in advance of the others. As a result, it was a great surprise that Glossybox was the first to arrive this year, not that it matters that much which arrives first or second etc, but it is a great show of organisation and pre-planning which in my opinion does give brownie points to the company.
January’s Glossybox was the iconic pink Glossybox design which I absolutely love and didn’t mind at all. I love that the theme of the box was self-care and I really didn’t mind at all that it was a high in skincare box. Usually, high skincare-low makeup boxes tend to give disappointing unboxing experiences but this one absolutely did not. I completely agree with Glossybox, January tend to be the month of self-care (we should devote more months to that!) and so the products contained were absolutely appropriate. Lots of brownie points for Glossybox this month!
This month’s box contained 5 products as always of which 4 were full size and one travel size! The products were, as seen in the picture, from left to right: beauty vitamins, a makeup primer, a face oil, a cream blush and a cuticle oil.
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and as beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
Boots Beauty Beneath Supplements
I love that Glossybox included this item and that they included a full one month supply. They noted “It can take around 4 weeks for results to take effect, which is why we’ve included a month’s supply”. That is absolutely true, skin care and supplements take a while to truly show an effect (if they do), in fact in can take up to a couple of months so if you don’t see results after this month’s supply that is not exactly conclusive either. It’s a good starting point though for you and your body to get a good idea on whether this type of thing or this specific supplement is working for you.
With that being said, there is little to non-existent scientific evidence that some of those ingredients included in this supplement, like for example the marine collagen, have any effect on the skin at all. Collagen is actually easily broken down by digestion in our stomach and so it is highly dependable as to whether it reaches the skin layers in enough quantities or at all, in order to have an effect. For more information and scientific facts check out my “Collagen supplements for fitness and beauty – Are they worth your money?”.
These supplements come in two very cute looking pills a large purple/blue and a smaller purple-red. You are meant to take 1 of each daily with plenty of liquid. There is no specification whether you should take them with or after food etc, but I’d always suggest you take things immediately after food (unless stated otherwise), on a full stomach, just to minimise any stomach sensitivity. Also bear in mind that some supplements can cause heaviness or a full stomach feeling, so it might be beneficial to eat first and then take any supplements.
There are some good nutritional ingredients in them for sure, have a look at the picture below for all the info, I would definitely give them a try. I have to be honest though, I’d take them because I have an intense working out lifestyle not because of the beauty aspect. As a professional chemist, I am not scientifically convinced that these type of supplements work for beauty but getting yourself some vitamins, especially during a stressful fast-paced lifestyle, won’t really hurt.
If I see obvious and time-money worth beauty results, I will write an update post after I’m done taking these and let you know what I’ve experienced.
I absolutely love the packaging and even though the colouring of the tablets is a little cheeky, I sort of like it too.
This is a full size product that retails for £39.99 from Boots (=a British drugstore brand). SCORE = 9/10
Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Green Tea Primer
This is a makeup primer that contains Jojoba seed oil, Avocado oil, Rosa Canina Fruit oil, Vitamin E, AloeBarbadesis Leaf Juice and Chamomilla Recutita Flower extract amongst other good ingredients. It is paraben and cruelty free and vegan.
It is a white, liquidly cream that smells very pleasant, fresh and slightly sweet. It gets absorbed by the skin easily but it takes some time for the “oily” feeling to be fully absorbed. It might not be the best thing to try if you are an oily skin type but it does prepare the skin nicely and the makeup sits on it well.
It is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. It definitely gave a little blur but that’s about it. I wouldn’t use this specifically for line or pore concealing.
This might be a great primer for dry skin but I feel that it is a little on the oily side for oily skin. I thought that it added to my face oils and that I looked more oily than normal.
The packaging is a standard tube of standard quality and although the branding is very simple I actually like it. It looks nice, clean and elegant.
This is a full size primer that retails for £22. It feels a little on the expensive side even though the ingredients are good. As bad as this might sound, fancier packaging would have made the price more believable. I may have scored it higher if I didn’t have oily skin. SCORE = 7/10
Dr Botanicals Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil
Dr Botanicals actually send me a bottle of this as well and I also got one from the Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, so I think I am set for the entire year now!
Since Dr Botanicals directly sent me a bottle I will be dedicating an entire post on this which will include my typical in-depth function and ingredient analysis. Coming soon!
Generally, this is a facial oil that contains minerals and vitamins as well as anti-oxidants and other goodies to give your skin some needed nutritional love.
Even though it is an oil, it doesn’t actually feel oily, it has more of a watery consistency which is great as it works for oily skin types too. I didn’t think that my skin became more oily or sticky or anything like that, it actually felt really nice on the skin.
It has a lovely, subtle but still gorgeous, rose scent and a pale pink colour. It comes in a glass bottle with a dropper which I really like. I think all serums should come with a dropper, it just makes them truly feel like serums!
The formulation is surprisingly simple and it is meant to brighten and even out skin tone. A full size 30mL bottle retails for £55, so this 15mL travel size is worth roughly £27.50. It does sound a little expensive but I will give you my full scientific verdict on this in another post. SCORE = 9/10
Apicia Cream Blush
It’s nice that Glossybox also included a makeup product in this skincare themed box.
This is a cream blush that is rich in bee pollen and has a 99.7% natural origin. I don’t know why I find the “rich in pollen” slightly strange but I do. Would that give certain people allergic reactions?!
Slightly related, if you are interested in honey in cosmetics check out my post “Honey in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?”.
Back to the product, it is a thick red-orangey cream that spreads easily if you dub or rub it in. I know that a lot of oily skin types don’t like cream blushes but I actually disagree. I think cream blushes are great for oily skin sufferers because oily skin tends to come with crater pores. If you spend ages during your makeup procedure hiding the pores, you don’t want to then in the final steps use a blush with a brush that will uncover them all! Cream blushes are great because you can apply them with your fingers without uncovering the pores. If your skincare, primer and foundation control your oils well, the cream brush won’t add to them. Give them a try.
This was overall a nice cream brush I just really dislike the colour. To me it looks a little dirty, a little like I bruised myself, just not that youthful natural colour that I would choose. Anyhow, that is personal preference largely based on my super white skin tone as well, so if you like the colour give this a go.
The tube is of standard quality and it has a little nozzle extension that helps to dispense a smaller, more accurate amount. A little goes a long way with this one, you literally only need a dot as it is very pigmented.
This is a full size product that retails for £22. It might sound expensive but if you like the colour and considering how long this will last you for, it might be worth the cash. SCORE = 7/10
Nail Medic Nail and Cuticle Energiser
Even though this is clearly a coloured bi-phase product, I actually like the way it looks and admittedly it makes me want to use it more. As cheesy as it might sound, I think the pink-purple layers work, in terms of drawing interest in this product, and sometimes things like that can be the deciding factor of why you use one good product over another.
The bottle is matte glass which gives it another extra edge and it comes with a brush, exactly like a nail varnish. The brush is really easy to use and not too rough or too soft. I am so glad the liquid scent is subtle but still has an attractive floral/sweet smell to it. It doesn’t smell like a nail varnish and that is absolutely amazing, you don’t need your cuticle treatment to smell like that too!
It felt nice on the skin, didn’t mess up my manicure and it was absorbed really quickly. I didn’t leave any residues or films behind and it actually did tidy up some dry cuticle corners that I had. I haven’t noticed if my nails were stronger but my cuticles looked great and I absolutely loved it.
This is a full size product that retails for £5.99. It contains a couple of oils and green tea extract and I would definitely buy it. Remember to shake it well before using it, even though it might feel a little pointless as the layers separate almost instantly! SCORE = 8/10
Overall, this was a great start to the year. As always, Glossybox rarely disappoints and even though this was a skincare heavy box, it was actually month appropriate and still interesting. This was a very high value Glossybox and I can’t wait to use some of these products further. I am really looking forward to a romantic February box!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 10/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 8/10
Star product = Boots Beauty Beneath Supplements
Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2017 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2017 unboxing and reviews on Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox!”
For general Subscription Box reviews see my: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
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