Glossy Box April Edition

It feels like I haven’t written a Glossy Box post for a while. Maybe because I completely forgot to write my Harrod’s one. Seriously, I’m going to be better at blogging from now on.

I received my Glossy Box after work sent me home for being poorly. This gave a happy point to my day, when I felt like I just wanted to curl up and sleep for a really really long time. I cracked open the cardboard box, to discover a biodegradable box inside. What could the theme be this time?

On seperating both the lid and the bottom of the box, a card popped out, celebrating that it was spring time and that the box theme this time around was nature. Immediately, aloe vera and coconut oil spring to mind and I was looking forward to claiming some natural products, which will aid and complement my beauty regime.

These were no where to be seen, but rather ‘natural products’ were those made of natural ingredients. I wasn’t sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing. But here’s what was in my box this month:

1. Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum

What Glossy Box says about it: This newly-launched ultra-concentrated serum is extremely natural and plant-based, ensuring your skin never lacks moisture.

What Franno says about it: To be honest, I don’t have problems with ‘hydrating my skin’. I have normal skin, not dry or combination skin, so I don’t really understand why I received this product when I answered that I had normal skin in my questionnaire. Nevertheless, when I applied it, it did sink in extremely quickly and my skin felt smoother straight away. It is fragrance free, which is a bonus – I hate overpowering products and, because this is meant to be applied underneath a moisturiser, smelling of coconut, this is a definite plus to not make my face stink of all different fragrances at once!

2. Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Lip Liner:

What Glossy Box says about it: A blend of cold pressed plant waxes, oils and natural pigments provides outstanding colour performance.

What Franno says about it: I received my lip liner in 03 Sugar Plum, which is a dark brown colour with a slight pinkish shimmer. I have to say, this colour is not for me at all. However, my swatch stayed on my hand for an extremely long time, so although this isn’t my colour, I trust that if I got another colour, the lasting power would be awesome.

3. Monu Professional Skincare Hand & Nail Cream:

What Glossy Box says about it: A rich treatment cream, which leaves hands soft, and nails and cuticles conditioned and healthy.

What Franno says about it: Hey, didn’t I receive this a couple of boxes ago?! Not cool, GB… The product takes a while to sink into the skin, which I suppose is a plus because if you use hand cream (I don’t, by the way…), you’d want it to feel like it was lasting a while. The smell of this reminds me of the anti-wax stuff my beautician uses on my legs after a wax. Not a particularly pleasant smell, but it appears to get better when the product sinks in.

4. Figs & Rouge Lip Balm:

What Glossy Box says about it: 100% Pure, 100% Natural and 100% Organic Multipurpose balm. Excellent for Soothing and Naturally Hydrating dry Lips & Skin!

What Franno says about it: I think this product will be the only one in my box that I’ll get any use out of for this month. I needed some lip balm as it was, and this one smells of gorgeous peppermint and tea tree. It’s a lovely clear balm, which I would apply over any drying lipstick and I would probably wear a massive layer of this over my lips overnight, as a bit more of an intensive lip conditioner.

5. Philip B Styling Gel:

What Glossy Box says about it: Philip B Styling Gel is a multi-purpose, supple, soft-hold gel that adds volume and texture, and gives definition and control to all hair types.

What Franno says about it: I’m still not sure about this product. I think if I had long hair, I would be pretty disappointed with this product however, I don’t, so I think I probably would use it to give my hair a little bit more texture. Again, a fragrance free product so, so far, so good. I don’t know how well it will hold though…

This is my blog and I like to give my honest opinion so that others can benefit and, personally, I feel like I’m getting the rubbish end of the Glossy Box deal. I’m usually quite late in receiving my box every month (although I have been a subscriber for 8 months now) and the products in my box do not fair with products that other subscribers’ boxes. I have been reading other reviews and have found that a few others feel this as well. Perhaps the ‘lesser known’ bloggers, like myself, are feeling this too.

This box was really late – it is May next week and what used to be a mid-month treat continues not to deliver on time. I received an email around the time I was meant to receive my box, saying that due to the bank holidays, dispatch will be late. Why? If it was sent on time, with all the holidays, it probably would have been delivered around the same time (if not, earlier) anyway!

I don’t know, I just think I’m getting a little frustrated with Glossy Box. Despite the ‘themes’, I have received near enough the same products every month and it’s not feeling much like an investment or exciting anymore. One more box, I think, and then I’ll probably cancel and subscribe somewhere else for a while.

Did you receive a good Glossy Box? Have you subscribed to another beauty box? Which would you recommend?

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