I’m always excited to open all the beauty boxes but I was especially looking forward to it this month. December is of course the Christmas month and even if you are not religious or of a different belief, it can still be a holiday month full of festivities. This provides an amazing opportunity for “heavier” makeup, more sparkly, more feminine, more colourful, more artistic, more creative, you name it!
I went into this month with such high expectations and If I’m honest, I was greatly disappointed. The December Look Fantastic and Birchbox were not exactly festive. Last hopes remained with Glossybox and Cohorted, so let’s find out how Glossybox December 2017 did!
Similarly to the Look Fantastic and Birchbox December 2017 boxes, the box design was beautiful and festive. It was black with green brush strokes and had “Mince pies starry skies” written at the front, in gold writing. It definitely looked festive, it was simple but yet to the point. A very good looking box of high quality as always. This box was designed by the Irish lifestyle brand, Dusty Boy, and well it’s obvious that they know what they are doing as the box is gorgeous. The box also came with a 20% discount on Dusty Boy products.
The products on the other hand, were mixed. Some of them were festive appropriate and other were standard every day, any time ones. However, overall, I felt that Glossybox did a better job than Look Fantastic and Birchbox in the “including festive items department”. So even though, none of them were really what I would have hoped for, Glossybox did the best so far.
Enough about the box, let’s get into the details! This month’s Glossybox contained 6 items, from left to right as seen in the picture: Raffaello sweets, a face cleanser, a lash primer, a lipstick, an eyeliner and a body wash.
Let’s go in a little more detail as to how each product performed. Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty can be a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
Even though I really don’t like coconut, this is a lovely addition to the box. It gives it that extra caring touch and I feel that, specifically the Raffaello sweets, fit the festive theme.
I’ve given them away to a friend but still I appreciate the sentiment. Lovely!
Naobay Euilibria Gel to Milk
This face cleanser is a yellow/golden runny gel that turns white upon exposure to water. It has a strong floral smell which sort of suits it’s yellow appearance.
I’ve used this on both a full makeup face and a clean face and I have to be honest, it didn’t impress me. It cleans out some of the makeup but not all, although I guess that’s acceptable to a certain level, as it is very, very rare to find a cleanser that removes all makeup in one go. I also felt that my skin was a little “oily” after using it, which is the opposite of what I am looking for as I have oily skin to begin with. I personally look for “squeaky clean” type cleansers and then I replace the lost moisture with my skin care.
I think that this might be a lovely cleanser for normal or even dry skin and although it’s ok for oily skin too, it wouldn’t be my favourite.
This cleanser comes in a standard tube of good quality. It is fairly sturdy and the minimal branding gives it a simple appearance. Although it’s not ugly or bad packaging, I wouldn’t know what this product is just by looking at it and neither by reading its front writing. I have to read all the way to the back to figure out what this was.
It contains organic olive and sweet almond oils which might explain my “oily” feeling after using it and the fact that this might be great for dry or normal skin types. It gives the skin a slightly softer feeling and it is not tested on animals.
This is a full size cleanser that retails for £15.99. That’s too pricey for an oily skin type like me but if you have dry skin and this helps your skin retain moisture, then it might be worth the cash. SCORE = 6/10
ModelCo 3D Lash Primer
Although a lash primer is not specifically a festive item, it is useful for this time of the year where we tend to create more and more eye looks and therefore, want our lashes to be on point!
The packaging looks very simple but feels sleek. The wand is nicely thick and covered in enough product. The actual product is a white cream that truly does make your lashes longer. You can actually see lots of little fibres growing on the wand, so it is almost visually obvious that it works.
It lasts as long as your mascara does, so as long as you pick a good one, you will be set for the day. It might make your lashes slightly stick, so you might need to practice how much of the product you need to use to avoid the stickiness.
I was pleasantly surprised with this item, I didn’t expect it to work so well. This is a full size lash primer that retails for £7 which is actually a very good price. SCORE = 8/10
LAQA & Co Cloud Lips in Colour Daydream
This is one of the items that fit the festive theme well. The colour of this lip is called Daydream and it is actually a soft, nude-type pink-mauve. It’s not a colour that is specific to Christmas but it is definitely one that fits. You can use this for any daily or professional look and even for a fancy look if you don’t want your lips to be too pigmented.
It lasts a long time but does fade after eating or drinking, like any other normal lipstick. It doesn’t dry or moisturise the lips but it feels completely weightless and you might even forget that you are wearing a lipstick. It doesn’t really smell or taste of much.
I actually really like the non-traditional lipstick packaging. The copper colour gives it that little extra specialness and it fits the winter festivities too. You have to twist the top to get more lipstick out and it contains about 3cm of lipstick which is more than a lot of other lipsticks of this type.
This is a full size lipstick that retails for £12.70. Considering I’ve never heard of this brand before but the lipstick and packaging are of very good quality, I’d say the price is about right. This is lovely nude type lipstick that I will be wearing on a daily basis. SCORE = 8/10
Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner Black
Similarly to the lipstick above, this eye liner has a nice copper packaging that fits the festivities. It’s a black eyeliner which is not specifically Christmassy but as we tend to create more and more eye looks during this time of the year, a good eye liner is a must.
It is a tip eye liner which if I’m honest is not my favourite type. I’ve been using eye liners daily, for over 15 years now and I find that the brush type are usually better and last longer. Nevertheless, this one was much better than I expected. It is nicely, proper black pigmented and it doesn’t smudge. It dries quickly but it is not waterproof. A splash of water won’t get it off but if you wet the line and rub it, it will be off quickly.
The liquid has a “pen meets cosmetics” smell but unless you smell it directly you probably won’t notice. This is a full size eye liner that retails for £18. It is a little on the expensive side although it is a very good, carbon black eyeliner. SCORE = 8/10
Super Duper Body Wash Rich and Creamy Shea Butter
This body wash is a standard, all around the year product that seems a little out of place in a festive box. Nevertheless, it is a nice body wash that smells very creamy and sweet like shea butter and honey.
The packaging is very cute and it definitely stands out. I love that it looks like a “grabbable bottle” and the green colour suits its function well. The branding and design is also very nice.
The actual body wash is a runny white liquid that foams slightly when it comes in contact with water. It definitely leaves the skin clean and softer than before and it is paraben, SLS/SLES, animal derivatives and colour free. The bottle is made from 100% recyclable material and the brand supports the Clean the World and Water Aid organisations.
This is not a full size bottle but a 500mL one retails for £6.50 which granted is a fair amount of money for a shower gel, however, bear in mind it is twice the size as the normal shower gels.
Personally, I prefer more refreshing or calming scents for shower gels and I found this one a little too sickly for me but if you like strongly sweet body product scents, give this one a try! SCORE = 8/10
Overall, I thought the box design was gorgeous and half of the products contained were suitable for the festivities. I thought the Raffaello sweet addition was a very nice touch for a December box, even if I don’t like coconut! Glossybox definitely did better than Look Fantastic and Birchbox December 2017, but yet still not quite as festive as I would have hoped.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 8/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.6/10
Star product = A lot of products scored an 8 so I will choose the one I was most excited for which is the LAQA & Co Cloud Lips in Colour Daydream.
Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For general Subscription Box reviews see my: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
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