Wednesday, 16 January 2013

January 2013 GlossyBox.

I originally started writing this post with a little introduction about how underwhelmed I was with the January GlossyBox, but after going through and looking at everything, there are a few products that I'm actually quite looking forward to trying. There's no denying that this months box isn't very exciting, it's probably one of my least favourites but I've learned that you can't always judge purely on first impressions.

Instead of including a small-ish card with all the product information on, this has changed to a mini-magazine style piece of paper, which inside has a little note from the GlossyBox team, a little new years resolutions feature and, of course, all the product information. I quite like this new format although the plain paper makes it feel a little, well, cheap almost. A glossy piece of paper would be much nicer I think and fit with the whole GlossyBox theme a little better. Perhaps that's just me being overly picky though?
January 2013 GlossyBox

1. A little GlossyBox extra - an eye mask.
This is cute, fits in with the whole detoxing theme for the box and the little bow is a sweet addition. I can't say I'm going to use it because if you know me I can sleep anywhere, anytime, even if I'm not tired. I would say I'll pass it on to my boyfriend, who is the worst sleeper in the world, but I'm not sure he'd wear it & even if he did I'm not sure he'd like me to tell the internet about it!

2. Lacoste Eau de Lacoste perfume.
My feelings on perfume samples haven't changed, I'm not a fan because they're so small and fiddly and I always end up spilling the contents everywhere while trying to get the worlds tiniest stopper off the worlds tiniest bottle. With that being said, I actually really like the scent of this. It's very simple, floral and classic. I could see myself purchasing a bottle of this for the spring time. 30ml retails for £33.

3. Monu Micro Exfoliant. 
This promises to deliver instantly radiant skin and over time to refine skin texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines & pores. It's no secret I'm a bit of a sucker for an exfoliant so I'll be sure to give this a try. I'm not overly keen on the scent, it smells a bit like savlon but if it helps my skin then I'm sure I'll get used to it. 100ml retails for £14.50.

4. Murad Hydro Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes.
The second skin care sample this month comes in the form of an eye cream and this is probably the thing that I'm looking forward to trying the most out of everything. I still haven't found my perfect eye cream which actually slightly annoys me because I know how important they are. This promises to hydrate without being too heavy and quite frankly I hope it's bloody amazing because 15ml retails for £57!

5. BM Beauty Dewy Perfection Finishing Powder. 
I've received a few samples from this brand in previous boxes and I have really liked them. My only slight negative is that they've all come in these tiny pots, which to use them properly is a bit of a faff. I don't think there's any way around that though and I'm sure the full sized packaging is much nicer. This is a translucent powder made with natural ingredients that when used over foundation promises to give you a really air brushed finish. The dewy part intrigues me because if it really delivers then this may become my new favourite powder because I have super dry skin and powder usually only ever accentuates dryness. A 4g pot retails for £8 & just for reference, this sample is 1g.

6. Sanctuary Spa Active Reverse Thermal Transformation Mask. 
Apparently with this mask, results are instantly visible but it also goes on to say that it's only with continued use you'll see the most benefits. I'm sure this is a lovely product, there's just something about it that doesn't excite me. I'll certainly give it a try though because I'm interested to see if it lives up to its claims! A full size is £27.50.

What do you think of this months box? 
Are you subscribed to GlossyBox?
xoxo

65 comments:

  1. I have to say that I like sanctuary products!! I will deffo see what you think about it, though!
    XO

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    1. I don't think I've ever tried anything from the range yet, it seems a bit pricey but it could totally be worth it! I'll give it a go and see :) xo

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  2. I am so very in two minds about Glossybox..I erad such mixed reviews but I suppose it is a good way fo trying things..
    p.s eye creams are such a tough one...I have never found one that I like enough to stick with! So many fo them give me spots too!!

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    1. There are definitely good boxes and bad boxes, I think some of the other variations of this month's box were better than the one I received but that's okay. It must be super difficult to come up with an amazing box each month!

      Ahh I know what you mean, I'm not really liking this Murad one too much, it seems a bit heavy. May try a clinique one next?
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  3. I wish that here in Portugal we had one of those subscription boxes filled with new products to try every month. It sounds really fun, but I think I would enjoy it more if it had more makeup products and less to none skincare :P

    Miri xx
    mirisblogazine.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish someone would make a make up box, that would be amazing! xo

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  4. Really want to subscribe to glossy box!! The products always look great! :) ♥
    http://abeautyromancee.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I think they're great for trying out new things! <3

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  5. I don't think I could ever get a monthly beauty box.. I'm far too fussy and probably wouldn't like anything I got!

    Jayde xo

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    1. I think they're great for if you want to try new things, but they're definitely not for everyone! xo

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  6. hmm I dont think I would be happy if I was a suscriber and received this box but Im pretty sure I have seen a better variation of this box on another blog. I guess its always hit and miss with subscription boxes though. Great review lovely xx

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    1. Definitely very hit and miss! xo

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  7. I'll be really interested to read what you think on the Monu Micro Exfoliant as if it is good I'd be very interested! :-)

    Jem xXx

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  8. The finishing powder is something that I'd definitely want to try! I really like the idea - let us know if it works! :)

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  9. The exfoliant sounds good. I'll look forward to the review!

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    1. I'll keep you updated for sure <3

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  10. It's quite alright, but I don't think I'd have been totally satisfied. I do love cute sleeping masks though :-)

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  11. I got mine for review which I am currently writing. It was extremely underwhelming. I had seen from the ambassadors what box they got and they at least got 1 full size product, I think that is where my grimace lies as this just seems like a sample box. Shame. I am excited to try the eye cream. I hope it has results at 57£ a unit!!

    I actually adored my December box. That one was fantastic. So hit and miss of late.

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    1. I think the important thing to remember about GlossyBox is that it is essentially a sampling service, they never guarantee a full sized item every month but it is easy to get used to! They're always very hit an miss, for the most part a great box seems to be followed by a not so great box. It must be difficult to try and put together an amazing box each month! xo

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  12. Aw i hope your next glossybox is a better one for u. I got slightly different items from the ones you received (check my post), luv to hear how you got on with the Murad eye cream! x

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  13. I used to subscribe to Glossybox but I felt like I was getting loads of items that I wasn't going to get full use out of. I am planning to resubscribe at some point but the reviews about this months' one aren't making me wish I was still subscribed. I hope you enjoy the eye cream and exfoliant though, and great review :) xx

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    1. Yeah, they are very hit & miss I think! Thanks lovely <3

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  14. I have a thermal Sancturay mask - the charcoal one in the blue tube - and it's really decent. x
    that-bird.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'll definitely be giving it a try! <3

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  15. Eye mask is so cute! Wish I was still signed up to get glossybox to get that!


    www.studdedkisses.com

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  16. This looks like a good box.. I cancelled my subscription after the November box! Regret it now :( Thank you for commenting on my blog :) I'm your newest follower :) <3
    Gem xx | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  17. The Monu exfoliator sounds lovely! It's quite reasonable too, I'd love to hear how you get on with it.

    Jesss xo

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    1. I'm looking forward to trying it! <3

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  18. I agree about the perfume samples - they look kind of cute, but are mostly just frustrating! xxx

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  19. I was quite happy with this months box, I got the Monu micro exfoliant, the Sanctuary mask, some Premae rose facial toner, a Jason lip balm and the one I was most excited about because I could smell it before I opened the box! a Paul Mitchell Tea Tree body bar, which is really zingy and fresh. Have to agree with you about the new style magazine, I like the extra bits and pieces of info on it but the quality isn't great, looks like something I printed on my home printer and I would prefer something glossier looking from a company which prides itself on supplying high-end products.

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    1. I completely agree! It sounds like you got a lovely box <3

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  20. Ah what a shame, hope the next one is better! xo

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  21. Looks like you got quite a mix there Jennie, but I totally agree with perfume samples. I have some that are actual miniature bottles, those I don't mind because you get a little bit more and they're cute but the tiny little vials just drive me crazy. I am a little glad I'm not subscribed to Glossybox anymore as I was just getting more and more disappointed xx

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    1. The mini bottles are cute but totally agree, little vials are super frustrating! xo

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  22. These look a great bunch of products!
    Would love you to check out my latest post :)
    Have a fab Thursday Hun xoxo
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  23. wow i must try this glossy box!
    http://coeursdefoxes.blogspot.com/

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  24. This is a lovely month of Glossybox! I love the eye mask!

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  25. Like you said its not the most exciting box. I think the only product I would want to try is the Murad eye cream. I wish the Sanctuary Mask was a bigger sample.
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    1. It would be nice to be able to get a few uses out of it! xo

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  26. Looks like a great package! I've heard so much about glossybox (:
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  27. We've had a few last year but it's so hit and miss unfortunately. Saying that, if I had the extra cash I'd probably subscribe again!

    Tara
    The Style Rawr!
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    1. They are very hit and miss, great when you get a good box & I've found some lovely products via glossybox <3

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  28. Looks really cute, I have to say I've never tried a glossy box before xx
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  29. I've cancelled my Glossybox subscription because in all honesty I wasn't getting enough out of it! I loved the Monu night cream they sent me so the exfoliator must be great! xo

    http://www.jenventure.blogspot.co.uk

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  30. I would love to subscribe to Glossybox, it'd be so fun to try all the different products! The eye cream sounds good... I am also in search of another eye cream to try! So far my favorite has been the Clarins Eye Balm, but I'm curious to know what you think about the Murad one!

    Ellie | Ellalogy 

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    1. I really want to try that Clarins one! <3

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  31. I was a bit undwhelmed when I saw it too but onec I tried to monu exfoliator I was sold!I also then realised that the eye mask is kinda handy since I work nigts and my current eye cream has also run out...so really it's the perfect box for me this month! lol xx

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    1. Aww yay, so glad you love it! <3

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  32. Sorry for commenting on an old post but speaking of eye creams- have you tried Eysilix by Indeed Labs? It's only (!) £25 in boots and its bloody brilliant! Xx

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