Monday, 30 January 2012

January GlossyBox.

After such a wonderful box last month, I think it was always going to be hard for GlossyBox to improve on that for this months box ♦. I must say, I'm more impressed than I expected to be but I still think last months box was the best so far. I do really love the hot pink box they've used for this special Valentine's theme, I think I even prefer it to the usual soft pink shade of the boxes!

The first item I was drawn towards was the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner and I received the shade Emerald Green. I can't lie and say I'm overly thrilled with this colour, in all honesty I will never use this and I was secretly hoping I would get the pale pink shade, but nevermind. The packaging of these seems to be a bit deceiving, the pencil looks really long but the pointed silver end doesn't appear to contain any product, making this liner quite a bit shorter than average.

The pencil itself is pigmented, it doesn't drag along the skin in an unpleasant way and it smudges quite easily. To me this feels ever so slightly waxy, but I'm not a huge expert on pencil liners, and it smells quite like crayons. Overall this isn't a product for me, but everyone is different - you may adore this product! The full size pencil retails at £9.50.

The second product that I picked out is the Murad Skin Perfecting Primer and it's promises of a dewy finish are pretty exciting to me because I'm sure everyone knows how much I love the Satin Primer from Illamasqua. This Murad primer is oil free and promises to ignite a radiant glow powered by light-enhancing minerals. This is a product I'm super excited to try out, my only reservation is that it seems to be slightly tinted but I'm hoping that it won't give too much colour to the skin because I am quite pale. The full size 30ml bottle retails for a fairly pricey, £29.

Clarins has always been a brand I've been drawn towards, their products get excellent reviews all the time so I'm not sure why I've never tried anything from the brand before. The Clarins Extra-Firming Day Cream promises to infuse the skin with firming benefits that are immediate and long lasting and I'm really excited to try this out. In my opinion it's never too early to start looking into product that promise to firm!

The Clarins Extra-Firming Night Cream contains an intensive night time skin renewal complex and again, I'm looking forward to giving this a whirl. The only reservations I have with these are that they are for all skin types, so I'm unsure if these will be moisturising enough for my dry skin. Like I mentioned before, I've never really delved into Clarins as a brand so I'm not entirely sure what to expect. A full size 50ml jar of the Day Cream is £46.50 and a full size 50ml jar of the Night Cream is £48. Not cheap, but if they do the job then I'd say it's well worth the investment!

Finally, I've saved my favourite product for last and that is the FAB Gentle Body Wash. This is the only product I've really tried out so far and on first impressions I think this is a wonderful product. It's creamy in texture and doesn't have much of a scent to it making it perfect for sensitive skin. My skin feels especially soft after using this and also very moisturised. I have already been perusing the rest of the range on the Boots website and I feel some purchases are going to be made very soon. This is a brand that appeals to me because they don't include harsh chemicals or known irritants in their products and I'm definitely intrigued by the Anti-Redness Serum and the Facial Radiance Pads! The full size 226g or 8oz Body Wash retails for £10.

Overall, I'm pretty impressed and think there are some really lovely products in this months box. Admittedly I would have liked this Valentine's box to have had a pretty pink lipstick, blush or even nail polish in it because I know those are the kinds of colours I'll be opting for this Valentine's Day and that would have got more love from me than the Eyeko eyeliner!

What do you think of this months GlossyBox? Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?
xoxo

40 comments:

  1. I can't subscribe to these because I'm currently living in South Korea. Would do if I was at home in England though.

    I think this box is okay, I quite like the eye colour actually but I don't know how I'd wear it.

    Amelia @ UGLY DUCKLING x

    I WAS AN UGLY DUCKLING BLOG!

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    1. Definitely think the emerald is a pretty tricky shade to pull off, totally wouldn't suit me but I know people who would look amazing in it! xoxo

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  2. Ahhhh can't wait for the day a BeautyBox company branches out to the rest of Europe! It's so unfair to see these lovely boxes and not being able to purchase them, ugh! Rant over... I love the contents of this box, especially the 2 Clarins products because it's more likely to get a full-size Clarins than a product from a less-known high prestige brand, IMO

    xx

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    1. Aww hopefully one will come to your country really soon, they seem to be popping up all over the place at the moment! xoxo

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  3. Aww my box came with to 'Davines' Products instead of clarins, I would probably usual favour Clarins as I know and trust the brand but looking forward to trying something new..loved the theming of the box this month :)
    xxx

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    1. It's always good discovering a new brand, I hope you like the product you got! xoxo

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  4. These products look really good! Not too sure about the green eyeliner but the rest look very nice. xxx

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    1. Really quite impressed with this box, lots of variety! xoxo

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  5. Oh, I received mine today too! I love it because it's very much centered around my dry and sensitive skin & it's been a nuisance lately due to winter, so I'm very happy :) xx

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    1. Oh, these came at the perfect time for you then, awesome! xoxo

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  6. i would love to try out those clarins products - they look fantastic. i'm always searching for new skin care items (and i've also never tried clarins, though i agree, they always have great reviews)!

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    1. I'm really excited to try them! xoxo

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  7. Desperately want to try the First Aid Beauty products! They look perfect on all the shelves in Boots whenever I've seen them, can feel a purchase coming on :)

    http://cosmeticsshoppingandintoxication.blogspot.com/

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    1. Ahh I know what you mean, they do have such lovely packaging! xoxo

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  8. I got my box today at work, which always creates a bit of interest from the other guys and girls in the office!! I received a plum coloured eye-liner and I got a red nail varnish from ORLY and a cleanser/toner by WELEDA. I would have prefered the clarins products but oh well...these are obviously matched to my beauty profile answers. Let us know how you get on with the Clarins products.

    I'll be posting my reviews later this week. Keep an eye out :)

    Lauren x

    www.agirlsimagination.com
    @lollabennett

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  9. The products look really good & the green eyeliner actually looks nice, specially if it was just for a little pop of colour :) xx

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    1. Totally not my colour but can definitely see how it would suit a lot of other people! xo

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  10. These products all look really fantastic. I wouldn't be thrilled about the green eyeliner either - pretty unwearable colour I think. I have never been able to pull of green on my eyes but I am sure some people could pull it off well.
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


    http://urbanumbrella.blogspot.com/

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  11. I actually love the emerald eyeliner! I've had one of FeelUnique's Beauty Boxes, but if this month's doesn't feature more cosmetics rather than skincare, I'll probably swap and try another! x

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    1. I wish a company would do a beauty box with just make up, that would be amazing! xo

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  12. I got the same box as you and really liked it. I actually preferred it to last months! My skin is horribly dry and I used the Clarins day cream about an hour ago and it has made my skin feel so moisturised and baby soft. It did feel a little greasy at first, but sunk in really well. I also agree that a nice pink blush or nail polish would have fitted in perfectly! At least we didn't get a perfume sample though! ;) x

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    1. Oh that's good to know about the Clarins cream, I'm really excited to use them although I hope I don't fall in love, they're so pricey! xoxo

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  13. My mum got the powder pink eyeliner, it's hardly pigmented at all! I got midnight blue which is really pretty :) Otherwise i got pretty much the same box! xox

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    1. Oh that's a shame it's not that pigmented! I bet the midnight blue liner is gorgeous! xoxo

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  14. This is my first glossybox, I subscribed via Quidco and got £4 cashback. I think I prefer the Carmine one at the moment.
    I received the pale pink eyeliner, but would have loved the green one - I am willing to swap if you like!

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    1. Aww I'm sorry I didn't see your comment sooner, I've already passed my liner on to a friend! xoxo

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  15. The Clarins look decent enough samples! I love how Glossybox do themes for there boxes, would be amazing if they did an easter one and send some mini eggs with it haha :)

    Fashion Crossing<3

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    1. Ahh that would be amazing - got a lot of love for mini eggs! xoxo

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  16. Ahhh I missed mine today so got to get my mum to pick it up tomorrow!I think maybe some pink themed products would be lovely too, I like it when things stick to theme! Maybe more pamper products would have been nice too? Can't wait to see what goodies i've got!
    Sophie
    x

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    1. I hope you liked your box! I was expecting more valentines themed products but I still definitely think this is one of their best boxes so far! xoxo

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  17. I'm really looking forward to trying out the primer properly, I'm always on the lookout for the perfect perfect primer and this one sounds like it will be quite good! Unfortunately I didn't get the Clarins products in my box, would have really liked to try them out. I would have liked to see some pink lipstick or something too, but overall I think this was quite a good box!

    Gillian x
    elevatormusik.com

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    1. Me too, it makes some pretty bold promises so I'm hoping it lives up to expectations! Definitely agree, one of their best boxes so far! xoxo

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  18. You are so pretty! SO glad I came across your blog. I am now a follower! :)

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    1. Hi lovely! I'm super sorry, I've already given mine to a friend! I hope you find someone to swap with! Xo

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  20. Where did you get your little ring with the heart on it? I love it !

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    1. From a folksy seller, search scape jewellery and you should find it! Xo

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