Glossybox is a consistently good beauty box that is worth the cash. I’ve been subscribed to it for years and although there have been months I loved, hated or was indifferent about them, they have been consistent with what to expect from the box and that’s great. The only downside of Glossybox (if that’s a downside for you) is that it most often contains drugstore to mainstream type products and only very rarely goes for high-end. That doesn’t mean that it’s not value for money though, just perhaps not as exciting as the Cohorted beauty box with its big brands.
This was exactly the case this month. Glossybox contained a lot of drugstore type products but it was still worth £60.95 vs the £10 paid.
September’s theme was delicious beauty and most products fit the category. This month’s box contained 6 products, 1 more than usual, of which 5 were full size and the other was a deluxe-mini.
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: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (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
Mayy Banana Setting Powder
This cute little setting spray has a slight yellow tint colour. It is as easy to use as any other setting powder and on first glance it seems to work ok.
It contains hyaluronic acid which can be of big help in a setting powder, to mask lines and blur out imperfections. Other than that the rest of the ingredients are pretty standard but that’s ok, it’s makeup!
This is a small tub to be full size, but apparently it is. It only contains 4.5g of product and retails for £15. SCORE = 7/10
Palmer’s Coconut Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
I love Palmer’s. They are cheap, effective and generally much more nourishing than other products in their price range. Not to mention that they also smell AMAZING.
This hair mask is very pleasant to use and it contains a lot of ingredient goodies, although how much they actually affect the hair is debatable (since hair out of the follicle is dead). Nevertheless, all you need to do is apply this hair mask on damp hair, leave for 10-20 minutes and rinse.
My hair felt soft and conditioned but I can’t say that I observed massive structural or behavioural differences. Nevertheless, it’s hard to judge these type of products from just one usage but the overall experience was positive.
Palmer’s products do not contain sulfates, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten or dyes and they are fair trade. This mask is recommended for dry, damaged or colour treated hair but all hair types can use it.
This is a one-use satchel which contains 60g of product, lasts 12M and retails for £2.49. SCORE = 8/10
Colgate Max White Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste
Aw dear. There is something very strange about brushing your teeth with black paste. But it does work to a certain extent and does make the teeth whiter. Is it better than other whitening toothpastes? Hard to tell from one use but it appears to work on first glance even though toothpastes and these type of products need consistent long-term use to be fully effective.
This 75mL tube is a full size which retails for £4. SCORE = 7/10
Carex Hand Gel in Strawberry Laces
This hand gel falls into the “I want to eat that” category but please don’t! It reminds me of strawberry bubble gum and it’s so worth using just for the scent.
The gel has a pale pink colour which comes from a dye. It also contains alcohol denat. and perfume. So, not the best skincare-wise but it will kill bacteria instead. Perhaps follow with a hand cream if your skin is too dry or fragile.
The gel breaks down into a watery liquid as soon as you rub it and it essentially feels like washing your hands with bubble gum water. I mean what more could you want! It evaporates quickly and doesn’t leave any residues behind.
This cute little 50mL tube is a full size that lasts for 12M and retails for £1.55. SCORE = 8/10
Mitchell and Peach Flora No.1 Fine Edition Eau de Parfum
This perfume states that it contains essential oils from the Mitchell Estate but doesn’t list them in the ingredient list (likely because they are present in trace quantities). The perfume has as soft floral scent which I wasn’t sure if I liked or not, but perfumes are personal taste and hence, I will not score this product.
Not my cup of tea but was still fun to try. This 15mL bottle is a deluxe-mini which retails for £29.75 and lasts for 24M.
Delhicious Body Original Black Tea Body Scrub
I am not a supporter of physical exfoliation simply because it can damage the skin. Chemical exfoliation is just superior and nowadays body products are also starting to contain AHA and BHAs that will exfoliate and clean pores without damage.
So, this is not a product I would buy but it was still pleasant to try out and if you like physical exfoliation, it’s worth trying. It contains some good ingredients such as Black Assam Tea, Essential Oils, Sugar and Sweet Almond Oil but it also contains perfume which is not a number one option for the skin, especially if you are putting it through potential skin barrier damage.
All you need to do with this scrub is wet your skin, massage the product on it and leave for 2-3 minutes before rinsing. This might or might not be enough time for the skin to absorb a significant amount of the ingredient goodies, so don’t use it for that, use it for the exfoliation aspect.
This 100g satchel is resealable, full size, lasts for 12M and retails for £7.95. SCORE = 7/10
Godiva Masterpieces Ganache Heart with Belgian Dark Chocolate
This month’s Glossybox also included a chocolate treat as an extra product. I’m personally not a fan of this type of treats found in beauty boxes because, well, we don’t need more temptation, but I must admit this was what the doctor ordered with a cup of coffee. Nom.
Overall, this month’s box contains a lot of interesting products even if they were the drugstore type. I love how consistent Glossybox is and it’s always value for money.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 7.4/10
Star product = Palmer’s Coconut Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
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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 2018 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2018 Unboxing and Reviews on Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
For general subscription box reviews see the: 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?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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