Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Glossy Box review-October box

I know it is now November but I hate it when everyone posts about the same thing all at once (cough, well-known lipstick sealer, cough) So I wanted to wait a while before giving my own personal opinion on the GlossyBox phenomenon.

The October box was sent to me for review purposes but as always I guarantee my honest opinion. I really don't agree with bloggers who if they don't like a product just refuse to review it on their blog. (form an orderly queue to chew me out on that one below)

On with the review.

(I am not going to give you the spiel about Glossybox and how it works because you would have to be living under a rock not to have heard about this service by now)

Firstly the box.

It is pink, with black tissue paper and a pink ribbon. What's not to like? It is a box for gods sake. Shall we move on?

The products, let's face it. It is the most important part.

So what do you get for your money in the October box?

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Moray £13.00

My first opinion was "Oh great, send me a colour that I can buy from Boots Clearance why don't you?" It's green!! GREEN. I've never worn green eyeliner in my life.
But those clever people at GlossyBox know their stuff. It is gorgeous. I'm a convert, it smudges (the clue is in the name) it's waterproof (I catch on fast don't I?) and surely the whole point of GlossyBox is trying something that you wouldn't usually pick up?
The only other issue that I have is that we were warned not to over twist the eyeliner as it doesn't go back down in the tube. Raises eyebrow

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Colour & Care £11.00

Now I saw a lot of people sobbing on twitter as they received a blue colour varnish which reminded me of a blended cream smurf (Do Starbucks do them? they sound yummy) Luckily I got a lovely pink colour which makes it a lot easier to say that I wouldn't have minded what colour I received as again surely it doesn't matter what the colour is. I have never tried Leighton Denny before but after trying this and loving the formula and how it sits on my nails (Oh I don't know the proper beauty blogger term, I'm winging it here) I know that I would definitely purchase Leighton Denny again, in a colour I want.

Dermalogica Age Smart- MultiVitamin Thermofoliant and MultiVitamin Power Recover Masque £40.50 £33.00 for Full size products

It is Dermalogica, there is nothing more to say other than LOVE. As it was the 6th box there was an added 6th bonus product which was the Dermalogica Age Smart Renewal Lip Complex AND a Dermalogica beauty bag big enough to hold all the products.

My only complaint here is that both products recommended using with the Dermalogica Age Smart Moisturiser. I would have preferred one of the above products and a sample sized moisturiser to see how both products complimented each other. But hey, it's Dermalogica. I'm not complaining, I am writing my letter to Santa to re-order full sizes of these products.

Robert Piguet Eau de Parfums £65.00 Full size

Takes a deep breath. I REALLY hated these. I know I am probably meant to say that the top-note and the base-notes were floral or woody or some sort of blurb like that but honestly? I'd rather have had a sample of my Auntie Pat's urine to sniff. This could be me, I don't have a good palette, I wear Paul Smith Rose, Armani Code. This is probably far too sophisticated for my nose to bear. What can I say? I'm a chav. GlossyBox has shown me perfumes I didn't like and I have learnt I like perfume like my men. (Cheap, yet long-lasting)

So overall my Glossbox experience was a good one.

Would I pay £10 per month plus P&P for it? Yes I would. I like the idea of trying new products that usually I would pass by. The outstanding product for me was the Stila eyeliner, it taught me not to be afraid of trying something new. The biggest let down obviously was the perfumes. but that is my own personal taste.

You can try GlossyBox for yourself at

They have various incentives to sign up at the moment such as Glossydots which encourage people to invite friends and review products and every box comes with special offers for if you wish to repurchase products you have tried.

Once again, this box was sent to me by GlossyBox for review purposes. But all opinions are my own as it would take more than a box of beauty pretties to influence me and my opinion.

I would love your opinion on my review and let me know what you thought of your October Glossybox.

Big Fashionista x x



  1. I have to say I think GlossyBox may just chany my the same way that Graze boxes do...I like getting mail AND I like getting!

    PS. Loved the review

  2. A refreshing view of a box. I've never had a (ribbon tied) box, nor do I intend to. I prefer to put my cash towards an item of my choice, though must admit I would have loved this month's Feel Unique box.

    The nailpolish, Dermalogica and liner all sound lovely.

    Nic x

  3. Great review hun! I love your "tell it like it is" style!! More reviews please!!!
    And also, I so agree...the perfume = flowery cats piss :-/


  4. Great review.
    My issue with them and why I cancelled is I thought it was very cheap to give out 3 dermatologica samples. (I got 3 all for old/mature skin. I'm 25.. it's like they didnt even consider my profile!) The whole idea was to try different brands not just get a lot of stuff from one. xx

  5. Enjoyed your review. Looks like a good box-full. LOVE Leighton Denny - so I would have been happy with that alone. Personally, I'm rather partial to powdery, 'vintage' type scents of the cat's wee variety but I guess perfume is always going to be a hard call to make when everyone's tastes are so different. Really like the idea that it encourages you to try something you might not previously - so far from what I can see the brands have been great. Think we're going to get the MIL a subscription for Christmas x

  6. Ha! Love your review! Love your humour even more.

    I thought the perfumes were a miss and were my least favourite items in the box.

    Reviewed my GlossyBox yesterday. It's here if you want to have a read.

    Luuurv your blog Missy! Always an avid reader.

  7. How have I never heard of this box before? I'm literally wetting myself saturday mornings waiting for my graze box and half the time I don't like things in there! But if there is one thing I love is cosmetics I'm an actual addict I have a doctors note and everything (I'm guessing my boyf will never read this so this bits a lie the doctors note not the addiction) I'm going to sign up for this tonight! Fabulous review darling I always enjoy ur blog its like u think with the same brain as me! Can't wait for your next one!

    Any change you could review curling tongs for mid length hair desperate to find something that works for my hair!

    Lots of love

    Jenna (@jennaconnon on twitter )

  8. Thanks for all your lovely comments everyone.

    Glad you enjoyed the review.

  9. The box looks very interesting but tell me, how long do you make those perfume samples last as a rule? Do you run out quickly?

  10. i hate perfume samples, it doesnt matter if i like the perfume, they are just so small and annoying grr

  11. I'm having a Glossy Box Giveaway, check it out :)

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