Friday, 20 May 2011

Glossy Box #1 - May 2011

Yes, I know, I know.... every beauty blogger in the UK will probably have one of these posts but it is a novelty at the minute!  I have a detailed post here about the box itself and what was in it (as I do love reviewing things!) however from June onwards I will have less detail so that people aren't sickened with them!  So here is the first Glossy Box (UK's answer to BirchBox) for May 2011...

Pretty packaging, obviously a lot of care was taken in doing it.

Item 1) NARS Orgasm Illuminator

This is a 30ml tube, i.e.: a full size product, worth £21.50 if purchased on its own.  It claims that it will suit all skin types, which I can believe, as it is a thin fluid which goes on quite sheer and could be layered/built up for darker skin tones.  An impressive first product, and no doubt the 'main' item of this debut box, so it will be interesting to see if the standard is this high next month too.  It would be a shame if this was the 'fishing' product to hook people in and then have the quality drop!

Item 2) All for Eve Red Lipstick

This glaring red lipstick frightened me at first... I always stick with pale and nude lip colours.  However, I have come to the conclusion that, while I may not have purchased this of my own free will, I would have been missing out on a beautiful lipstick.  I was truly surprised at how much I like this colour on me, and wore it all yesterday evening!  I will wear it a few times over the next few weeks and gauge the reactions of other people.  It retails at £10.50.

Item 3) Bionova Lab Bioactive Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin
This cleanser is a thick, clear liquid which you pat on your face, leave for 1-2 minutes to dissolve impurities, and then wipe it off and rinse your face with water.  It says that it can also be used instead of soap by using it in the same manner on your neck, chest etc.  As I have more combination skin this wouldn't always be the best option for me, but my face is more dry at the minute so it's a good time to try it out.  I really like the smell of this; it almost smells perfumed.  I used it last night and while I did feel that it was a good cleanser, I think I may have left it on too long, as it had almost dried on my skin when I tried to wipe it off! This bottle is 0.14 fl oz (4ml) and a full size bottle is 4.5 fl oz (approx. 133ml). By my calculations, that makes this sample worth about 90p.

Item 4) Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray
My mum got quite excited, thinking this "anti-aging" item would be a product she could use instead of me, until we realised it was for your hair!  I love the smell of this stuff, it's gorgeous.  A quick spritz around my hair left it feeling really silky and soft, and smelling fantastic!  The smell did fade throughout the evening, though.  As I have dry hair, and this claims to be "vitamin packed", I am really pleased with this and will definitely be spritzing my hair often! This is a generous sample size at 25ml, a perfect travel-size too.  The full size product is 100ml and retails for £26.50 -  I believe that this makes this sample worth £6.62.

Item 5) Como Shambhala Invigorate Body Lotion
This body lotion has a very distinctive smell due to the mixture of eucalyptus, lavender and peppermint.  I love all those smells separately, and I also like them combined in this lotion, however not everyone will feel tthe same way!  It reminds me of a spa or beauty salon.  It is creamy in texture but not too thick, rubs on nicely and sinks in to your skin so quickly with no greasy or oily residue or feeling whatsoever.  Apologies for the bold text here,but I was so surprised with this.  I am a bit strange and cannot stand feeling all sticky and greased up after moisturising (and as a result often don't bother - bad Lauren) but I applied this to my arms and legs before bed and was very happy that this was absorbed so fast with no sticky feeling at all!  You could apply this and get dressed a minute later without your clothes sticking to you. Fantastic.  I also smelled like I'd been to a spa for the rest of the evening, but again, if you don't like the scent you could spend the day feeling nauseous at the smell of yourself... This bottle is 50ml, another great size.  The full bottle is 300ml and retails for  £20.00, which makes this sample worth £3.33.

Final Thoughts:
There has been a surprising amount of controversy surrounding Glossy Box.  The contract is for 12 months (which you can cancel at any time) and £10 a month sounds reasonable to most, however for some the thought of spending £120 a year on what are essentially sample products leaves a bad taste.  If you dislike 3 or 4 of the items you receive, then it would seem like a waste of money.  That is a risk you will take as you don't know what will be in each box.  If you don't like that risk, then it may not be for you. Yes, it would also be handy if you could 'opt out' on a month that doesn't suit or is going to be tight money-wise, but you can understand why the company needs this contract in place.

Another issue is that every box is the same... yes, this is true, however, imagine having lists of preferences from hundreds of women, and having to source appropriate items and ensure they are sent to the correct people - my head hurts thinking about it.  Glossy Box have stated that they do hope to do more "tailor made" boxes for everyone within a few months.  I am assuming the fact that each box contains the same products is a 'problem' because (a) you might not like everything (see risk-factor point above) and (b) when all the beauty bloggers/youtubers review it and hundreds of similar posts pop up on blogs/youtube at the same time people will be sick of reading/watching them... fair enough, don't read/watch it then? Read/watch a few until you've got all the information you want then ignore the rest!  Also, everyone will have different opinions and thoughts on the same products which is what makes it interesting for me - seeing why someone else liked an item I disliked, and vice versa.

There has also been controversy regarding the lipstick, as all proceeds from the All for Eve lipstick purchased from the website go towards The Eve Appeal, funding research for gynaecological cancer.  Obviously Glossy Box would pay a certain amount per lipstick when getting hundreds from All for Eve, which in turn would go to the charity; I doubt they would have been given for free.  So in a way GlossyBox has provided the charity with a donation as well as introducing women to a product that they may never have heard of otherwise.  The great products and the heightened attention to the brand and cause can only be a good thing and hopefully introduce further business to the All for Eve Appeal.

One small gripe I do have is that, after ordering my Glossy Box on 29th April, with the exception of the inital email, I received no other emails from the company.  If it weren't for following them on Twitter, I would have been totally clueless as to when the boxes were ready and dispatched, as no dispatch email was sent.  I also had to check when the payment was taken from my bank account as there was no confirmation of payment either.  Email updates like these are basic customer service, and very necessary in this age of online fraud, and would be reassuring for all customers.

Basically, I am very pleased with the items in this first box, and think they are of great quality.  Were you to purchase all five items full size it would cost £107.50, and the samples received are worth £42.85 in total - for £10 this is a fantastic deal.  I am looking forward to seeing what the June box has to offer; whether the standard will be the same and whether the customer service ante will have been upped.  All in all, thank you Glossy Box!

PS: I shall review the products again in two weeks time when I have been using them regularly, to see if my opinion has changed.  I will not do a blog post of this, only a video review, and so if you are not interested in the further review you do not have to watch it.  However, if you are, then subscribe to my youtube channel and keep an eye out for it.

Disclaimer: I was not one of the bloggers to receive this first Glossy Box gratis for review.  I purchased this box with my own money and the reviews and opinions expressed are all my own and totally honest. I do not profit from this review in any way, I merely want to provide information for those who are interested in this service. None of the links in this post are affiliate links, they are merely there for your assistance.


Jessica said...

This is a really good review, the best one I've read I think, i like how you worked out the price of the samples! Will be interesting to see what's in the next box xx

dinoprincesschar said...

I cant' decide whether i htink this is a good idea or not, i guess it's a good deal if the products are all things which yuo'd use.
Great reviews though ! :)

dinoprincesschar said...

I cant' decide whether i htink this is a good idea or not, i guess it's a good deal if the products are all things which yuo'd use.
Great reviews though ! :)

Sophie - Country girl said...

It all looks rather good, but I don't imagine I'd actually use most of these, so I'm glad I didn't sign up. Great review!

Bonnie said...

I love how you carefully review each item.
The NARS Illuminator is the best.thing.ever. Jesus must have invented it.
I have yet to sign up for Birchbox ... I'm not sure why.
I suck.
Twitter: @GlamKitten88

xXxStundonxXx said...

This is a brilliant review. I'm still loving reading all the glossy box posts because as you said above it is really interesting to see all the different reactions.
I agree about the customer service, it sucks, I want to change my bank details, to do this I have to unsubscribe and then create a new account! x

Forever Miss Vanity said...

Lovely review. I'm obsessed with my GlossyBox and can't wait for the next one.

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