Review: GlossyBox #2

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I received the June GlossyBox last week and I’ve now had a chance to try out all the products so I thought it was time to write a review. I’m sure you’ll have heard that a lot of people were disappointed with this month’s box, but the company is still in its infancy so I think they need to be given a little bit of leeway!

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OPI Designer Series Mini Nail Lacquer:
I’ve never tried any OPI products before so I was really looking forward to trying this out. I love the colour I was sent (which it doesn’t actually tell you on the bottle, but after a little bit of searching I’ve discovered it’s called ‘Extravagance’). It’s a gorgeous deep purple colour with flecks of glitter running through it. The polish applied really easily and hasn’t chipped yet so I’m pretty impressed with it. I would definitely consider buying more OPI polishes in the future.

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BioEffect EGF Serum:
This serum is supposed to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, hydrate and improve the appearance of your skin. I’ve never used a serum before so I will be interested to find out if it really works. I’ve only been using it for a couple of days so I haven’t seen any difference yet, but I’m hoping it will improve the appearance of my skin.

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Batiste Original Dry Shampoo:
This is the product that has created the most uproar amongst GlossyBox customers. This is not a ‘high-end’ product and is something that the majority of us probably already own. I do agree that it was a bit of a disappointment to receive something you can buy in Boots for less than £2, but I can understand why GlossyBox included it in this month’s package. This box was summer themed and contained ‘5 summer essentials’, and I would definitely say dry shampoo fits into this category. I think it would have been better if a higher-end brand had been used, or even just a new Batiste product – rather than something most of us use every week.

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Lalique Perles de Lalique:
I’m running low on perfume at the moment so I was looking forward to trying something new. Unfortunately, I don’t really like this scent. I reminds me of a mix between citronella bug spray and menthol mouth wash – eurgh! Perfume is a very individual thing though, so I’m sure there are many people who would completely disagree with me on this one. I love the design of the bottle however, and although I wouldn’t buy this perfume I would be more inclined to check out other Lalique scents next time I’m shopping.

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Mama Mio Omega Body Buff:
I must admit, I’m quite naughty and usually ignore skincare – but along with moisturiser, exfoliators are one of the few products I do actually use. I really like this one from Mama Mio as it’s really gentle but leaves your skin feeling so soft. Sometimes the ‘bits’ in exfoliators can be too big and rough on your skin, but this one has tiny grains so it doesn’t feel too harsh.

Overall, I’m not too disappointed with the June Glossybox. Yes, the Batiste dry shampoo was probably a bad idea, but everything else is high-end and something I’ve never tried before. The company has only been running for two months, so it’s not surprising that there are a few hiccups in the early stages. One thing I’m not pleased about, however, is the fact that after September there will be an additional £2.95 postage charge. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, but when I signed up I was under the impression that there would be free postage forever – it’s getting harder to justify spending this much each month when I’m on a student budget.

A new company, Boudoir Privé, has just emerged which looks like it might take over from GlossyBox. They offer 6 high-end samples for £10 per month, compared to GlossyBox offering 5 for £12.95. I’m going to stick with GlossyBox until September to see if there are any improvements, but I’m also signing up to Boudoir Privé to find out more about what they offer. The full site will be launched in July so make sure to sign up now to receive ‘priority access’.

What did you think of the June GlossyBox? Do you think companies like these are a good idea or a waste of money?

Gillian x

Gillian

Freelance social media and digital marketing consultant with a penchant for writing blog posts, drinking sickly sweet cocktails and exploring the cobbled streets of Edinburgh.

4 Comments

  • Daisy says:

    Thank you for this review 🙂 I'm checking out Boudoir Prive now xxx

  • Laura says:

    i'm not totally against glossybox but to be honest i'm glad i didn't get this box. i would have signed up but i'm waiting for them to get a better payment system at the moment so i suppose i was lucky really!
    i'm definitely interested in boudoir prive though!
    thanks for the review 🙂 x

  • Alyse says:

    1. Love the new site layout! It's simple and clean.

    2. I would be more inclined to do a GlossyBox type of thing if they had it in the USA, but like you said, it's hard to justify spending this sort of money month to month on a student budget.

  • Lauren says:

    I personally can't wait for my first glossybox next month – It's only £10! And you get to try new things, I think it's a total steal.

    x

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