Individual product reviews: January Glossybox.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


Everyone is always in such a rush to post about what they got in their glossyboxes, which I admit is great because you get to see all the different variations that were sent out that month. However, no one can really give a proper review of the products they recieved. So I decided to wait a bit, try out the products and then share my thoughts with you all.

January's box was a Valentines themed box. This did  confuse me a bit as it was January and whenever the Valentines Glossybox was metioned I had to remind myself it was still only Jan not Feb! Just like the December box, they changed the colour to a very bright pink colour to suit the theme, added a heart sticker inside and the zigziag paper was in a pale pink. I really liked this touch and felt it fitted in well with the theme they were going for.

I'll admit this right now, (and some of you may already know this) I actually unsubbed from Glossybox after Decembers box... I couldnt afford it, plus at the time preferred the Feel Unique box.. then their marketing worked on me, and I NEEDED to get my hands on this pink box and give Glossybox a chance to win me back. So after spying a discount code and realising I could actually pay through paypal I signed up back up! I'm glad I did because I was really pleased with the selection of products I recieved in the box.

So what did I get?


Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream | Night Cream.

I was really happy that I got these in my box because I am always on the hunt for a good day/night cream. This couldnt have come at a better time as I had just run out of the products I was currently using.  I know some people seemed to have problems with the amount of products in the tubes, but mine seemed completely full, so I guess I didnt get a dudd pair! The two creams are different in consistancy. The Night cream is slightly thicker than the day cream. They do feel slightly 'wet' when blended into the skin, however both sink in at about the same rate. Scent wise, from what I have seen other people mention, its a bit of a hit and miss, some love the scent, others not so much. I personally love it!  I dont know about firming up my skin (I dont think it needed much firming in the first place) but my face feels a lot more moisturised and my complexion overall is much brighter since adding these to my routine. I really do like these creams but £46 -£48 a pot it would  stretch my purse strings a little so I dont think I will be able to purchase them full sized.

Like everyone else who recieved this particular box I was a bit confused as the card actually stated that we should have got the wash. Glossybox reassured us it was a typo and it was the moisturiser was the correct product to have in our boxes. Now I hadn't tried anything from this brand before and I actually used this straight away after recieving it in the post (usually body lotions from these kind of boxes get chucked in a basket in my bathroom!) It moisturiser is really thick so after the first few squeezes it was quite hard to get the product out of the bottle. It did sink into my skin fairly quickly which I was pleased about as I hate having to wait around for body lotions to sink in before getting dressed. The twos things I wasnt to keen on was the fact it doesnt have a fragrance. To me that was just strange! Im so used to having a scent linger on my skin after using a lotion! I am also not the biggest fan of the packaging. (As I said before, it was a struggle to get the product out of the bottle) Apart from that though it is a nice moisturiser but purely due to the fact there isnt a scent, I dont think I will purchase another bottle of this.


I was really excited to see this in the box, to be honest I didnt realise that Murad actually did primers.  I liked that it was a generous sized sample with a pump. This meant I could get a good few uses out of it rather than one or two if it had come in sachet form. The primer itself is tinted which I was a bit wary about, however once blended into the skin it matched perfectly so that was the first plus. It sank in realy quickly and didnt leave a greasy feel to my face which I have found some other primers do in the past. When I started trying this primer I also switched foundations back to healthy mix. I found that my foundation lasted really well with this primer, better than past primers I've used. I would be very tempted to purchase a full size version of this if it wasnt for the price. £29 is a lot of money for a primer!


Eyeko Skinny Pencil Liner.

I don't know how I feel about the whole re branding of Eyeko. I used to love the kawaii inspired packaging and multiple products they had available to buy, since the re release of the mascaras and eyeliners I haven't been to fussed by them - Especially with the major price increase! Anyways.. I originally got the Emerald green liner but I used twitter/Beauty Box Swaps facebook page to track down the pale pink version and managed to swap. It came at a good time as I was looking for a pale eyeliner for my waterline to 'wake up' my eyes a little. This eyeliner is slightly waxy and does need reapplying halfway through the day which is a bit annoying. At first, like many others I couldn't understand the point in the very long pointy handle, Not very makeup bag friendly. However I am now aware that the sole purpose if this is so when you sharpen the pencil you always have a long handle to apply. Which to be honest is a fab idea, but how many of us waste that end bit of pencil due to the fact we cant sharpen it any lower! I don't think I would repurchase this due to the price of it and there are other nude/pale eyeliners on the market that I would rather try instead.

So overall I was happy with this box and actually managed to try out every product sent which never happens no matter what beauty box it is. So that was a big thing for me. I'm going to try to do this every month because otherwise..what is the actual point of me subscribing to these boxes? I actually had enough Glossydots to get a free box, so I have used those for the February box so that's handy! In regards to this box being valentines themed, like I mentioned at the beginning of the post the packaging was brilliant and spot on, however the items provided didn't scream valentines to me... If they had included something pink/red makeup wise, whether it be a nail polish/blush or lip product then maybe I could have looked at it as a box. But with the products that came it didn't seem that way to me. But I liked the majority of the items so I'm not too fussed.

Kudos to you if you have read all this post, as I'm sure some may have seen the title and just skipped reading the post, as they may have thought they had heard it all before. So if you have taken the time to read my ramblings, thank you! Did you get this box, what did you think of your items?

Much Love.