Yesterday the first Glossybox of 2017 dropped through my letterbox, somewhat easing my ‘it’s a Monday in January and payday is still ages away blues’ This month’s box is themed ‘The Edible Edit’ which is a superfood inspired collection, in collaboration with Instagram food sensation Deliciciously Stella. I know absolutely zilch about Deliciously Stella, and I assume this collab is just a way to promote her book like the Estée Lalonde edition last year. Anyway, this month’s line up contained 5 items, 4 of which were full-sized. Let’s take a closer look at the contents, shall we?
First up is the Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face Mask. This is billed as a full-sized item, as it is a single use sheet mask. It promises to hydrate, nourish and moisturise the skin by using a triple layer sheet technology, which is inspired by Korean innovation. This is a nice little addition, but as a long time subscriber of Glossybox, I find it hard to get excited about this. We’ve received 5 different varieties of sheet mask over the past 12 or so months, we even received a pretty similar mask from the same brand back in September. So while I’ll definitely get around to using this eventually, I’m hardly jumping for joy with this inclusion.
Next up is the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is the only item that is not full-sized, but at 30ml, it’s a fairly decent sample size. This moisturizer is described as a superfood powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil, and promises to enrich skin, protecting it from external aggressors while the addition of aloe vera and shea butter helps to soothe and smooth skin. I’ve never tried anything from this brand before, but I’ve heard good things. This is a decent enough little addition, again- moisturiser isn’t too exciting to me, but it is an essential item, so this will get used at some stage. The small squeezy tube makes it ideal for travel, so I may keep it for a future holiday.
Sticking with skin care, next up is the Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser. This is a full-sized bottle, at a very decent 200ml size. This one is billed as a gentle cleansing milk based on nutritious natural oils, which purify and protect your skin, removing makeup and impurities, leaving it soft and recharged. It is a nice light formula, the consistency is somewhere between a bit runny and a bit creamy, and it has a lovely subtle scent. I always enjoy trying a new cleanser, so this is a nice addition for me.
The last skin care item included was the True Organic of Sweden- All You Need Is Me balm. This is another full-sized item, and an interesting one at that. This product is a multi purpose balm, made from entirely natural, organic ingredients. So it can be used as a lip balm, dry skin saviour, cuticle cream or flyaway hair tamer, to name but a few uses. It reminds me of the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, only without the smell, and the formula is a little less heavy feeling. These products are the type of thing that are really boring to buy, but when you have one, you realise how great they actually are. I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of this one, once my current tube of 8 Hour Cream runs out.
Finally, the only makeup item included this month is from The Balm, with their Meet Matt(e) Trimony Single Eyeshadow in the shade Matt Kumar. Surprisingly enough, although this looks teeny tiny, this is in fact a full-sized eyeshadow, which is usually sold as part of a palette. On first impression I was a bit like, ugh, that’s so miniscule, useless… and pushed it to one side. But later on, upon further inspection, I realised that this is a pretty nice little item. It is a really nice aubergine hue, with a really smooth matte texture, and it is perfectly pigmented. I’ve tried eyeshadows from The Balm before, and loved them, so I’m sure this will be a hit. The little packaging is a bit fiddly, but I’ll probably depot it and stick it into my Z-Palette. What I like about this is that I don’t own any other shades like it, so it is a great addition to my collection, with a different, but wearable shade. It’s items like these that make me love Glossybox- it’s great when you get something a bit different to your usual style, that is a good quality product, from a recognisable brand. Too often Glossybox throw in random strange items from unknown foreign brands, that are not easy to repurchase if I do like them. My only slight criticism? It says ‘Free Sample- Not for Sale’ on the back of the packaging, and my own local chemist pops these in the bag as an extra when you buy something from the brand. It’s not the end of the world, but it would have been nice an a bonus sixth item, rather than a main product, purely down to its ‘freebie’ status.
So thats the lot! Overall, it’s a decent offering. Definitely not the most exciting edition, the products inside were all rather basic beauty items that don’t really give me a thrill, but every single item will be used. So, I guess that means it’s sort of a success? After 2 years of receiving Glossyboxes, I’m not sure if I just have enough products now, or the novelty has worn off… but my excitement is waining a bit… And I am unsure if I’ll keep the subscription going much longer.
What are your thoughts on this month’s offering? Did you get anything different in your box? Let me know in the comments below!
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