What's In My Glossybox

This month I decided it was time to give beauty subscription boxes another go. I've been tempted into subscribing to a couple of different ones in the past. Birchbox and Glossybox being the most popular, with promises of free gifts, mystery boxes and simply amazing products but every time I've ended up having to cancel my subscription for one reason or another. It's been a couple of years since I've received a beauty box regularly and I hadn't really heard too much about them so I thought I'd give a couple of the most popular ones a go. First off I'm reviewing January's Glossybox! For £13.25 a month (£10 subscription with £3.25 postage and packaging on top of that), you get a really elegant, luxe feeling beauty box filled with five specially chosen beauty products. There's a mixture of full-size and miniature products with a crazy combined retail price so you know you're getting your money's worth with Glossybox - plus I've found the products to be very usable as opposed to some of the more 'out there' products you might get in other boxes. Anyway, let's get into it!

January's Glossybox is centred around helping you achieve your New Year's resolutions, it's filled with nourishing products designed to help you recover from the party season. I don't know about you but skincare is definitely at the top of my to-do list so this is pretty much perfect! Glossybox is known for it's iconic baby pink packaging complete with an elegant black bow and tissue paper - it really is like receiving a birthday present. Never a disappointment, January's Glossybox included five gorgeous products, four of which are full-size, all of which are dedicated to 'pampering and self-care'. The first things that caught my eye were the Beauty Beneath Supplements from Boots and the Nail and Cuticle Energizer from Nail Medic. Can we start by saying BEAUTY SUPPLEMENTS?! Where has this come from? Honestly I'd never really even heard of beauty supplements before - my boyfriend started frantically googling ingredients and reviews the moment he saw these, convinced that there was something dodgy about them. Luckily everything seems to be legit and I'm never one to turn down trying something new so I've been giving them a go! You get an entire month's supply with Glossybox as it supposedly takes a month to make a difference (which is great) and you take one smaller pill and one HUGE one everyday. If you're not very good with pills this definitely, definitely isn't for you but I've found them no problem to take and I'm excited to see the outcome of taking them for the entire month. Obviously boosting your nutrient supply only seems like a good thing, much like using skincare products it's a great way to nourish your skin. These particular supplements are packed with nineteen different nutrients that are considered to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, including essential vitamins and omegas. 

The one problem that I already have with this product? The fact that a month's supply costs £40! Whether or not these supplements improved the appearance of my skin, I could never justify spending that much money on what is essential a form of multivitamin - I feel like you could probably get a similar supply of different nutrients from a much cheaper supplier, even somewhere like Holland and Barrett probably stock something very similar for less. But anyway, it was cool to be able to try something like this and I definitely wouldn't have thought to purchase it for myself. Another thing I've been loving is the Nail and Cuticle Energizer from Nail Medic. Glossybox describe it as 'a reparative oil' and that's exactly what it is, you massage a couple of drops into your nails and it makes them so lovely and shiny and soft. I don't spend as much time as I should on my nails so it was great to have an excuse to take a couple of minutes out of my day to treat myself. I absolutely love this product and would definitely purchase it in the future (although I don't see myself running out anytime soon!)

Possibly my favourite product from the January Glossybox is the Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil from Dr Botanicals. First of all, the full-size oil costs an eye-watering £55 which is far, far more than I would ever be willing to spend on a skincare product - it's just not something I could do within my budget. However, I am so pleased I got to try this gorgeous product! The oil claims to use vitamins and minerals from the Moroccan rose to rejuvenate, renew and protect your skin and I can honestly say it feels like it too! It's so relaxing to use and the whole process feels really luxurious, it's a step I've really been enjoying as part of my skincare routine as whenever I feel like popping some on, sometimes I even do it on top of my make up and it gives my skin that extra bit of moisture throughout the day. I'm a big fan of this one as you can tell!

The Apicia Cream Blush is made with organic bee pollen. Yup, you heard that right. A cream blush made of bee pollen - never thought I'd been saying that. I'm not entirely sold on cream blushes and don't tend to use them but I definitely like the idea behind this blush. It's super blendable and a really lovely deep honey pink colour, I think this one would be lovely in the summer with a bit of a tan but it's a little dark for me right now. I've never tried anything from Apicia before but I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for things from them in the future.

Last but certainly not least there was another rather unique product, something I definitely wouldn't have bought for myself but quite like the idea of, a Green Tea Primer from Evelyn Iona Cosmetics. I've never heard of the brand before but I thought the concept was really interesting - green tea is renown for having restorative properties so this blend of avocado oil and green tea extract definitely fits the theme of the box. One thing I thought was really interesting about this primer is that it is 100% vegan, cruelty and paraben free - basically it's completely natural, ethical make up which is something I'm sure many of us don't think about quite as much as we should. It works well enough for me, I'm not too fussy with primers so it's another win from me!

Ultimately I've really enjoyed this month's Glossybox, everything I got it in was usable and without exception are products I was glad I had the opportunity to try. If you're trying to expand your beauty horizons or simply like trying different and unique products then this inexpensive monthly subscription box is definitely for you. While I liked the Glossybox I'm interested to see what else there is on offer so I've ordered myself a Birchbox to try as well! I'll see how the two compare and let you know which one comes out on top! Do you have a favourite beauty box subscription? Let me know in the comments!

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