|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.
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