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Thursday, 23 January 2014

January 2014 GlossyBox: Back To Basics.

January 2014 GlossyBox* (£12.95)

After a little bit of a redesign the GlossyBox boxes are now actually glossy. It's a little change but it's quite a nice one & the box now feels that little bit nicer to hold. Sometimes good first impressions go a long way.

This month's theme is back to basics and once again there is a little glossy magazine included. I've had a quick flick through and nothing really appeals to me that much inside, but I feel the same way about all magazines so I think that's just me being old & grumpy! Contents wise, again first impressions were really positive, the box looks very full so lets have a close look inside...
Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream (two 3g tubes)
I've had a little tube of this in the past from a Cult Beauty order and I think it's somewhere in my skincare stash having been forgotten about. This is a multi-use cult moisturising cream from Japan that promised to revamp skin by enriching it with vitamin e, vitamin b2, camphor and glycerine. This isn't something I'm overwhelmingly excited by especially because the little tubes are tiny, but I'll certainly give it a try and see if it makes a difference to my skin.

Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash (50ml)
Balance Me are a brand I'm fairly familiar with and everything I've tried from them, I have really enjoyed using. This body wash has a blend of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essential oils that can be used either as a shower gel or as a bath soak by adding a cap full under a running bath tap. The scent is one I really like, it's one of those that smells really warming and I think it would be a nice way to start the day so I'm looking forward to giving it a try.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers
A good pair of tweezers is always handy to have, especially when they're as pretty as these are. These look fairly precise and although I don't think they'll be replacing the pair of tweezers that I already have & love, I don't think it will be too difficult to find these a home with someone who may really like using them.

Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Under Eye Patches (two packets of 2 patches)
This is possibly in contention for the best named product I've ever come across, Anatomicals are always on the ball when it comes to names. I've tried quite a few products from this brand through GlossyBox in recent months and they're quite a nice all-round brand. I don't think these are something I'm likely to try in a hurry. They promise to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalise the delicate eye area. They recommend leaving on for around 30 minutes and to be honest, I'll probably just forget to use them so I think I'll be passing these along for someone else to enjoy.

Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Masque & Blemish Mud Masque (two full size sachets)
At just over £1 each Montagne Jeunesse masks are amongst my favourites to use so I'm really pleased with these and I think they're my favourite things in the box this month. I know they're not particularly luxury, very difficult to get hold of or expensive, but I enjoy using them and the blemish mud masque is something my skin desperately needs at the moment. I shall be slapping this on during my bubble bath this evening for a little bit of much needed relaxation and the thought of that is getting me through this very long Thursday morning!

The samples inside this box are worth around £19 altogether. I don't tend to judge a box by how much the contents are worth, but instead by how much use I'm likely to get out of the products themselves. So overall the January Glossybox is a fairly nice one, there's nothing particularly outstanding inside but everything will definitely get used or be passed over to someone who will. I do kind of wish there was one outstanding item inside, but I'm not disappointed either.

Are you subscribed to Glossybox? 
What do you think about this month's box? 

Jennie
xoxo

57 comments:

  1. Those tweezers are so adorable! And it looks like you got some other adorable things jennie like those masks, I've always wanted to try those.
    Casualllyawkward

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    1. I love the masks, they're so nice! xo

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  2. I really like the sound of the under eye patches but overall I'm not blown away by this box! I hope Glossybox starts to work harder, they have some stiff competition.

    Tara xo

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    1. They do, Love Me Beauty have overtaken them I think! xo

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  3. Looks like the sort of box that you could have a pamper with.. Have a bath and use the body wash, Use the moisturisers afterwards.. Tame your brows, then use the facemasks and under eye patches while you relax and read a book/watch a film!

    I'm not subscribed to GB however if I got this box at least I would be happy knowing I would get use out of everything!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

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    1. Definitely, I like knowing everything will get used <3

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  4. I got exactly the same box as you, but minus the face masks... how cheeky :(

    Sophie
    http://what-sophie-said.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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    1. Oh no!! Make sure you contact them! x

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  5. puffy the eye bag slayer - i would pick it up just for the name!!!! love products like these :))) and i think the new glossy glossybox looks really pretty

    rachel x
    blush&brunch

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    1. Haha it's a fun name for sure! x

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  6. Doesn't look like an amazing box this month but I do like the sound of those under eye patches!
    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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    1. I like that I'll get use out of everything, or I'll be able to pass it on to someone who will give it a go :)

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  7. I got more or less the same as you apart from the face masks I got a body lotion, but I wasn't impressed with this months box to be honest. Yes the tweezers are adorable and I\m excited to try the eye masks things but apart from that I feel that this is a poor box xx

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    1. It's definitely not their best ever, but I like that I'll get use out of everything inside :)

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  8. I wasn't that impressed with the contents of the box I got, and have decided to unsubscribe! Those masks look good though, I wish I'd got those! xxx

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    1. I really recommend them, they're super affordable! <3

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  9. I'm not really blown away by this box. I dont subscribe as they're too hit and miss for my liking. xx

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  10. I think its really sweet that you are always willing to give products away to friends and family if you don't think you'll use them! You're adorable <3 xxx

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    1. I'd be drowning under products hehe x

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  11. You're the first person whose post I've read, who hasn't been disappointed this month! I do like Montagne Jeunesse face masks but I don't think they can be considered a new or luxury brand..? It just doesn't feel that special :/
    I'm glad you're happy with it though, and like you say, at least everything will see a use! :)

    Jess xo

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    1. I think I measure a good/bad box a little differently to everyone else, eep! I judge it on whether everything will get used or not. And I think it's also because I like finding things I'll be able to purchase again if I like it. I might absolutely love a face cream sample but if the full size is £100 there's no way I'd be able to afford it! x

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  12. This actually looks like the best box I've seen so far!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
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    xxx

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    1. Not the most amazing month but I wasn't disappointed! x

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  13. Cute products but I feel the products are moving to more affordable products. What I love was testers of mid priced products that felt like a treat to splurge on if I loved them after. Most of these you would go buy normally I feel. xx

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    1. I kind of agree. I wasn't such a fan of getting super expensive products because there's no way I'd ever be able to afford to repurchase no matter how much I loved them. But it is nice to get some mid-priced items xo

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  14. I don't think I'd be too happy with this box, but mainly because I already own the tweezers and the Balance Me. body wash! I think they need to go back to using more unknown or expensive brands too, everyone knows of the Montagne Jeunesse masks!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor Vintage

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    1. I quite like getting more affordable brands though because it means I can repurchase if I like them. It would be nice to get a few more mid-priced items though I think xo

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  15. I'd love a Glossybox but I think sometimes the value for money is poor especially when they are putting in items that I could get from my local Tesco. Montagne Masks? Are you being serious?!

    Slightly Skint Blog

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    1. I can see where they're coming from including them though, they're pretty universally loved and they're affordable to repurchase if you love them. xo

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  16. The most craptastic box so far - mine were ALL sample sizes and who hoo I got the luxury brand Vaseline! 2 x Japanese cream samples = 6ml total, 2 x eye patches, 1 x shower gel 50ml, 1 x body lotion 50ml and a pair of tweezers that don't tweeze! I've voted with my unsubscribe button.

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    1. Sorry you were disappointed, they are very hit & miss.

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  17. I'm always a bit jealous when I see these overseas boxes - honestly our box in Belgium is a lot worse in terms of the content.. It's mostly very boring and cheap. I'd be happy to receive this one! :)

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    1. Oh no, hopefully they'll get better! xo

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  18. I love Montagne Jeunesse masks but honestly I would have been a little underwhelmed to have got this box. The Yu-Be cream helped heal some skin damage I had recently from a disastrous facial! xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I like that everything will get used or passed on to someone who will use them, I really don't like having things gathering dust! xo

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  19. I am so happy I've unsubscribed from Glossybox last year, seriously I wouldn't be impressed with this box at all!

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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  20. I got the same apart from the eye masks. Instead I got Vaseline body moisturiser. Very luxury. The little tubes of Japanese moisturiser smells and tastes awful and I don't like the new boxes. I also can't reuse the ribbon as it is now cheap with 'Glossybox' emblazoned on it. Very disappointed. I'll be getting my free boxes with my points and cancelling.


    I get Birchbox and I'll switch from GB to one you mentioned a while back, the one where you choose from two boxes xox

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    1. I really recommend the Love Me Beauty box, they've been doing really well at the moment I think xo

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  21. I like the idea of beauty subscription boxes but hardly used any of the samples I received when I used to have a Joliebox. I love the concept of the eye patches (and the name!!!) x

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    1. They're so good at naming their products hehe xo

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  22. you got some great stuff dear !! i really liked those face masks :) xx
    www.ambifashion.com

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  23. I'm not subscribed to Glossybox, but it looks great. Love the floral tweezers and the masks.

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman

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  24. those face masks are looking cool :)
    ♥ blog

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  25. Nothing beats a face mask for me (especially on a Sunday!) and these two look extremely nourishing and relaxingly blissful! <3

    Sophie xox

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  26. I hated this box the twesers wouldnt pinch, i got a cc cream from a budget low priced brand in a colour about 6 shades darker than mine, the eye bag things were just rubbish and were hard at the edges not a comfotable wearing experience and the other "cult cream" had sample only not for resale on them(do you think im going be happy to pay for this glossybox? erm no!)I cancelled and tried to contact them for my money back after 4 days no reply i sent a email to management and will report to trading standards tomorrow for breaking DSR rules. Terrible company and liars too,i signed up to get 5 deluxe beauty items not what im getting now(note they have changed what their wording is on what you get when you sign up now)
    Anybody else remember them saying that?
    I think they are being outdone by birchbox and other companies so are trying to get some money back by sending out rubbish small samples i could get free over the counter!

    GRR rant done lol

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    1. I'm just here to share my thoughts,I don't work for them or anything so I can't give you any kind of answers but I'm sorry that you were disappointed!

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  27. You know my thoughts on this months Glossybox! I'm gonna stick with them for a bit I think, plus I have accumulated quite a few glossydots! so I might redeem them whilst looking at other subscription boxes x

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