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Monday, 19 January 2015

January Subscription Boxes: Glossybox, Birchbox & My Little Box

Hello & Happy Monday! I hope your week has got off to the best possible start.

Here's a quickish roundup of the January Birchbox, Glossybox & My Little Box. It's quite interesting to see them all side by side & I'd love to know which is your favourite, or if you subscribe to any other boxes that were particularly good this month.

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Birchbox - Women's Health Edition*
  • Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner
  • REN Radiance Renewal Mask
  • Activbod Cooling Finish Lotion
  • Heal Gel Intensive
  • Stila Lip Glaze
  • Matcha Green Tea
  • Women's Health Exercise Band
There are a lot of great products in here, it certainly made a good first impression. The REN mask is one of my favourites, so to have a little tube is wonderful. Similarly I'm quite a fan of the Heal Gel intensive formula and it's nice to see it in here. I haven't tried the conditioner or the cooling lotion yet, but I definitely will very soon.

The green tea was surprisingly good and I haven't used the exercise band yet for fear of it shooting across the room and knocking something over! The Stila lip gloss was a little disappointing, I'm not a fan of the super sticky formula, but it was nice to try & it's a full size too!

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Glossybox Fresh Start Edition*
  • Hello Fresh Voucher
  • MeMeMe Eye Liner Pencil 
  • Naked Lips Organic Lip Balm 
  • Kueshi Natural Revitalizing Face Toner 
  • Jelly Pong Pong All Over Glow 
  • Nicka K Powder Blush 
Opening the box to be greeted with 5 full sized products was quite impressive and something I wasn't expecting. It certainly seems like Glossybox are off to a great start. The eye liner is the only product I won't get any use out of, but I've already passed it on to someone who has been really enjoying it. The lip balm is sat on my bedside table and I think it's really wonderful. The All Over Glow is something I've tried before and absolutely adore, my favourite way to use it is to mix a little in with my foundation.

Toner isn't something I use all the time, but I've been giving this one a good trial over the past week or so and I'm surprised by how much I like it. It's very calming. And my favourite thing in the box is the powder blush. It's a loose powder with a powder puff applicator so there's none of the mess of a usual loose powder product. The lid also does easily screw off so you can get a blush brush in there if you prefer.

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My Little Energy Box*
  • Happy New Year Print
  • My Little World Magazine
  • 2015 Calendar 
  • Good Energy Gym Bag
  • Nails Inc Nail Polish 
  • Talika Moisturiser 
  • My Little Box Face Spray
It's not often that My Little Box miss the mark, but unfortunately I think they have this month. The gym bag is a nice idea, the print is very sweet but the material isn't the best. As always the little magazine was a lovely read and I think I'm going to keep the calendar on my desk. The moisturiser feels quite nice, I do love a good face spray and the nail polish is a beautiful deep red.

It's still not a bad box though, and they're on to a good thing if even their not-so-impressive offerings are still so well thought out and presented. 

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I think Glossybox just manages to come out on top for me this month (when they get it right they get it very right), with Birchbox a very close second.

Are you subscribed to any beauty boxes?
I'd love to know your thoughts!  


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  1. My favourite was definitely My Little Box. Birchbox just didn't do it for me this month, I didn't feel like the bits I got particularly fit the theme. I don't subscribe to Glossybox as it seems to be a bit hit and miss but can see why it was your favourite! Thanks for the round-up. I'm so nosy, always enjoy seeing what everyone got in their boxes.

    Lisa xo | otweek.blogspot.co.uk

    1. I like seeing what's in different boxes too <3

  2. Loved reading this Jennie! I'm with Birchbox at the moment but love seeing how it compares to the other boxes, i've been really temped by my little box recently too x


  3. I was a little disappointed with My Little Box this months but I did love the theme and calendar, I think I'm just a tad more excited by the products in my Birchbox xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

  4. I get the My Little Box too and it seems we thought much the same about it! I usually rave about it but this month was a bit 'meh' which surprised me, as I am a bit of a gym bunny so thought the theme was right up my street. I am looking forward to next months box though if the collab is with who I think it is (it's on my blog if you want to take a look but won't post a potential spoiler here!!)

  5. The My Little Energy Box looks really sweet and such a nice idea but you're right, it isn't as impressive as what the others have to offer.



    1. Hopefully they'll be back on track next month! ox

  6. I'm not subscribed to any beauty boxes yet - I can't decide which one! But this is a really good comparison to help me make my decision. Thanks for posting Jennie!x

  7. The only subscription box I'm subscribed to is Ipsy, which is often compared to Birchbox. I was looking up reviews of the both of them online and ended up choosing Ipsy, because I heard that Ipsy was more consistent with quality while Birchbox can be up and down. However, I really like what you got from Birchbox this month, because I actually don't know how to use beauty products, and the women's health edition is probably more suited to me. I started subscribing to beauty subscription boxes in hopes that I'd slowly but surely learn how to use beauty products :P Ipsy also comes with YouTube tutorials :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

    1. Ooh I don't think we have that one here xo

  8. I think this months Glossybox & Birchbox have some great products in. Although I do love that red polish in My Little Box. I have to say I'm never tempted to start up my subscriptions to any boxes as they are so hit & miss. I do like the Latest in Beauty boxes because you don't have to subscribe & you only buy a box if you want to.

    1. They're always pretty impressive too, I think the buy when you want to boxes are generally better put together xo

  9. I love the Ren mask. I've had bad experiences with birchbox in the past but I'm still interested in subscription services because it's like getting a little present every time!

    Fancy Nancy’s YouTube

  10. I've read another review on that toner, definitely tempted to get one! :)

    Tara x

  11. I haven't collected my My Little Box up yet and from the reviews I'm really not excited for it :/
    Megan x
    London Callings

    1. Not their best, but still pretty cute! xo

  12. Oooh I can't wait until I have the little bit of extra money each month to subscribe to one of these! Until then, Ill just enjoy reading and seeing you unboxing them. Hope you're having a wonderful Monday, Jennie!

    xx Kathryn

  13. Ah, I'm obsessed with HealGel - if only it wasn't so expensive! It really works a treat though :) xxx

  14. I've just subscribed to Birchbox so I was intrigued to hear your thoughts, I'm glad that the box wasn't a disappointment, I'm excited about receiving mine now :). xo PolkaDotLemon

  15. The GlossyBox looks fab although if I was going to subscribe to any of them it'd be My Little Box...it always looks so cute and the products look great! x

    Josie’s Journal

  16. I'm really wishing I'd kept my Birchbox subscription up, I love the sound of the REN mask and the HealGel! :)

    Jess xo

  17. The Glossybox looks like my favourite one out of these three too, looks like a good selection of products :) xx

    1. Really nice to see full sized products! xo


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