The second beauty box of the month, Glossybox, went for a “winter warmers” theme, including products that will help us transition into the colder months.
This month’s box contained 5 beauty products as always, of which 4 were full size. The box also came with two tea bags to try bringing the winter theme full circle!
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
Mudmasky Leave-me-on Winter Mask
Glossybox has been including this brand for a while now and although it’s not bad, it really annoys me how all their products look exactly the same and you can only differentiate between them if you read the label on the tube!
Beyond that, this mask was pleasant to use and left the skin feeling soft. It contains some good ingredients but it’s not as nutritious as some other masks in the market. It’s also worth noting that it contains most of it’s ingredients in quantities below 1% which is not always a bad thing but it could be the deciding factor of why you might choose a different one. I do love though that it contains phospholipids, there aren’t many masks that do. On the other hand, it sadly also contains fragrance.
This product is cruelty free and made in Amsterdam! A 40mL tube is full size, lasts for 12M and retails for £43.50. There are much more nutritious products you can buy with that sort of money. SCORE = 6/10
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm
It’s really hard not to like the Rituals products. They always smell so gorgeous that it almost becomes an experience to use them. They are also not bad ingredient-wise but neither top notch skincare. They are my “guilty pleasure” skincare, products that I love to use but know there are not as nutritious as my skincare regime. But hey, life is hard and if a cosmetic picks you up for a moment or puts a smile on your face that’s also job done.
The cream is thick enough to feel deeply moisturising but thin enough to spread easily. It leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised but also strongly fragranced.
A 70mL tube is full size, lasts for 12M and retails for £9.90. SCORE = 7/10
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This skin cleanser is a white, silky looking cream which almost smells of nothing.
I didn’t really work very well against a full face of makeup, so this cleanser is best used after your initial cleanse, to pick up any remaining traces. This product is meant for sensitive skin but there is a fine line between being gentle and having to go over the face many times to achieve cleanliness. That alone will irritate the skin.
It contains three parabens and overall is made of only 8 ingredients. Very simple indeed and although I always recommend using sensitive skin cleansers even if your skin is not sensitive (because cleansers can be simple you don’t need all the extras to clean) this one is just a little too simple and too gentle.
This 29mL bottle is a sample size. SCORE = 5/10
Glow Up Primer and Setting Spray
Not sure how glow is a winter thing, I associate it with summer but anyhow! This product is meant to be a primer and setting spray to provide your skin with some glow.
Ingredient-wise this product is neither a good primer or setting spray. It is very minimal and doesn’t contain a lot of skin nutrients or compounds that will protect your makeup. What this product is actually good for is giving you a glow however, it’s not a sun-kissed or healthy skin type of glow, it’s tiny tiny little glitters. It still looks beautiful but it is obviously tiny glitter which for my liking at least, it suits body applications more than face. I don’t want tiny glitter all over my face, there are other ways of achieving face glow but on the rest of the body it can look stunning.
This product contains a paraben, lasts for 12M and a full size 120mL bottle retails for £20. If you like the glow it gives then the price is worth it but ingredient-wise, the price is ridiculous for primer or setting spray applications. Just look at the ingredient list and you will understand. SCORE = 5/10
Hask Exotics Nourishing Shine Hair Oil
I haven’t managed to use this product yet but any hair product that claims to nourish hair makes me twitch a little. Hair out of the follicle is dead, you can nourish your skull’s skin but not the hair. You can condition it though.
Anyhow, this cute little oil is meant to provide hair with a shine, hydrate, soften, smooth, repair and reduce frizz. Sounds like a miracle in a bottle which is not fully convincing when you look at the relatively simple ingredient list. You never really know a formulation though until you try so I’m looking forward to it.
This 18mL bottle is a full size which lasts for 2M and retails for £2.49. I won’t score this product since I haven’t tried it.
I love it when beauty boxes include little extras as long as they are not taking the place of a beauty product. It’s getting colder here and it’s lovely to try out some new teas. I thoroughly enjoyed them but since they are not beauty products, I will not be scoring them here.
Overall, this month’s box was as always value for money and interesting to try. I don’t know if it’s me but it’s been a while since I felt that a beauty box had that extra wow factor. The holiday season is coming though which is a perfect opportunity for nice cosmetics so let’s hope it will give beauty boxes a little boost.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 5.75/10
Star product = Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm
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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”.
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