Beauty Product Discovery – Glossybox Beauty Box November 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

Beauty SOS! Another Glossybox is here and this month’s theme was “an emergency supply of haircare, makeup and skincare”. It is basically an essentials type of box which is nice all year around, especially for stocking up before the winter festivities.

Since it was all about essentials, the design of the box remained as the iconic pink Glossybox without any special prints. I personally love these boxes, they are very sturdy and useful for storage and gifting and in general beautiful enough without any more design.

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This month’s box contained 5 products as always (and an extra sample), of which 3 were full size and the other 2 were travel size. The products were, as seen in the picture, from left to right: a hair brush, an eyeshadow palette, a body moisturiser, a perfume, an exfoliator and a liquid lipstick.

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Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Bonds of Beauty (all articles here). Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that 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!


Wetbrush Pop Fold

This brush was designed to detangle wet or dry hair and it works, most of the time.

The brush looks nice and the soft, velvet feeling, matte black goes well with the pink colour. It’s very easy to fond and unfold and it is definitely travel friendly.

Overall, I didn’t think that it works as well as the Tangle Teezer brushes but it’s still a very nice item to receive from a beauty box. If nothing else, we definitely don’t change our brushes often enough!

This brush is full size and retails for £13.99. SCORE = 8/10


StyLondon Eaton Eyeshadow Palette

This pocket size eyeshadow palette immediately reminded me of the MAC minis. It looks identical with the only difference being the lid.

This palette contains 9 shades of which 2 are matte and the rest are shimmers. It’s not a standalone palette then as you will struggle to find a light brow shade or a black shade for shading. However, these shadows are of good quality, they blend easily and have a neutral texture (neither buttery of powdery). The only downside is that they are not as shimmery as they look but you can always enhance them a little with a setting spray.

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This 5g eyeshadow palette is paraben and cruelty free. It lasts for 12M and retails for £9.99. If you are considering buying those little MAC palettes, buy this one instead! These shadows contain vitamin E. SCORE = 8/10


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Palmer’s  Cocoa Butter Original Solid Formula

Well I am glad they changed their original formula because this body moisturiser is not where near as good as their other products.

It’s a yellow solid, so you have to warm it up in your hands and then spread it on your skin and it also feels a little oily. It doesn’t moisturise the skin for long and it overall feels very superficial.

It has a nice coconut scent and the ingredients are good but it’s not their best product for sure.

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However, I highly recommend you try their divine £3 body cream moisturiser. For all the details check out Affordable skincare – Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Cream vs Body Lotion – In-Depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

This 30g plastic pot is a travel size which retails for £1.99. Even money-wise it’s worth getting the cream moisturiser for £1 more! This product lasts for 24M. SCORE = 6/10


Chloé Eau de Parfum

Samples are always welcome as long as they are an extra item and not part of the main beauty box products. Glossybox understands that and that’s great!

I don’t wear perfume very often as my partner and pets are very sensitive to smells and on top of that I am super picky about scents, but this one smells nice enough for me to find ways to wear it!

It has a soft feminine scent that is neither floral or fruity (even though this perfume is described as a powdery rose). It’s a perfume meets soft powder type of scent without the harshness of the perfume – you can’t smell alcohol for example.

What I love most about the scent is that it’s soft but at the same time still a powerful smell. It smells like this is a powerful woman wearing it, but she doesn’t annoy everyone in the room with an overpowering scent. Now that’s a perfectly balanced perfume!

I would wear this both day and night and even at work. I usually don’t score perfumes because they are down to personal preference, but I think that this is so nicely balanced that it’s worth the score for craftmanship. SCORE = 10/10


Context Micro-Derm Regenerator

This is a two-in-one cleanser and exfoliator that can be used daily. It’s a clear gel with beads in it and it doesn’t smell of anything.

It is said to contain professional microdermabrasion crystals but in practice they look like blue plastic beads. These beads don’t dissolve with water which means this is likely one of those products that will be banned soon for environmental reasons.

However, whether you are a conscious environmentalist or not, there are better ways to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells that are less, physically aggressive to the skin, like AHA and BHA containing products. For more info check out: Best Exfoliating Products – The Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Day and Night Pads In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analyses – Do you really need both?

Nevertheless, this product worked well and left the skin soft and clean. This product is cruelty and fragrance free. This 30mL travel size tube retails for £6.50 and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 7/10


Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Colour Girlfriend

I was initially disappointed with the not very flattering brown colour of this liquid lipstick, but then I thought it doesn’t matter since I don’t wear liquid lipsticks to begin with. The reason I don’t wear them is because (a) they are drying, even the best ones and I have dry lips and (b) they still don’t work as they should, they need re-applying after eating and drinking which is then the same thing as a normal lipstick! What is the advantage?!

However, I have gained a bit of hope after trying out this one! Firstly, it smells like coconut butter which is strange and nice at the same time and it doesn’t feel drying on the lips. It takes a few seconds longer than other liquid lipsticks to dry but that’s acceptable since the after effect is very lightweight and almost moisturising but not quite. It doesn’t come off on contact and survives eating and drinking to an extent. It does need re-applying but at least it doesn’t come off in bits like some other liquid lipsticks, it just fades away.

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It’s still not the intact liquid lipstick I would want but the fact that it’s not drying is already a great start. Now I’m truly sad about the brown colour and I also don’t think that the name Girlfriend should be a brown shade, in my mind it should be more like a nice soft mauve-pink. SCORE = 9/10


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Overall, this was a very nice Glossybox as always. It contained a lot of makeup which will please many, but also skincare and haircare making this box nicely balanced.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10

Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 8/10

Star product = Chloé Eau de Parfum

To subscribe to Glossybox and get 20% off your first box click here.

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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 the: BirchboxGlossyboxLook FantasticCohorted and My Little Beauty Box 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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4 responses to Beauty Product Discovery – Glossybox Beauty Box November 2018 – Unboxing and Product Reviews

  1. I got a slightly different box to you.
    Do you know – is there a guide for how often you should change your brush?
    I wondered what you would say about the scrub. I don’t like physical scrubs anyway, but I wasn’t that happy to see aluminium oxide chrystals – I’ve read articles that suggest while it’s allowed, it’s not a great thing to use. Not sure how true that is, but I’d rather stick to chemical exfoliants.

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    • Hello and thank you very much for reading! The general expert advice is to change a hair brush somewhere between 6 months to a year or sooner if you have scalp issues such as dandruff etc.

      Physical exfoliation from beads (of any origin or molecular structure) is said to potentially cause damage to the skin and even micro-tears in the worst case scenarios so chemical exfoliation is always preferred. I’ve written a short explanation as to why AHAs and BHAs are better in the post titled “Best Exfoliating Products – The Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Day and Night Pads In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analyses – Do you really need both?” but I should soon write a full research paper backed post as well.

      What goodies did your box contain?


      • Thanks for that. I am in line with that advice at the moment because the handle snapped off my last brush and I had to replace it, but I know I’ve gone longer than a year before that. Good to know!
        In my case it began as a texture sensitivity – I just can’t bear the feeling of physical exfoliants, particularly on my face. But the more I looked into it, I was pleased to see that there is scientific evidence to support the use of chemical over physical exfoliants as well.
        I enjoy your ingredient analysis posts – thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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      • We’ve all gone longer than a year and maybe even years without changing our hairbrush. It’s just not something to typically think about I guess.

        Even without texture sensitivity, there are many scrubs out there that you can immediately feel the harsness off and even without any science you can immediately tell that’s not a good thing. AHAs and BHAs not only exfoliate but also have other skincare benefits too so if nothing else, they are overall more impactful.

        Glad to hear you like the posts, makes the effort worthwhile 🙂

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