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Glossybox - rant and love...

What can you get for a tenner in London?

- A crappy monthly mobile phone contract with T-mobile
- A dress from H&M? (even Primark does dresses for more than that!)
- An overhyped drugstore foundation
- Two coffees and a panini at Starbucks

and that's just one off purchases for a tenner.

I think receiving 5 high-end monthly 'samples' from various brands seems more of a better way to spend my 'hard earned' ten quid.

Yup, you've got it right. I am talking about the Glossybox

Okay, first of all, what's with all the negativity in the Beauty community surrounding it? I know Londoners are known to be overtly critical with what ever meets their eye, from a tornado to Kate Middleton, so what's a Glossybox eh.

First of all, these products are NOT SAMPLES which companies give away for free. Okay except one, which says 'not for sale'. Besides that, all the rest are travel sized or full sized products, which you will not be given free by a company, no matter how hard you wish.

Secondly, I am a student on a reasonably tight budget, but what's the point of thinking of Glossybox as a yearly investment?

I mean I have a Starbucks Mocha almost 5 days a week, that makes it £50 a month and £600 per year. That is a lot of money if I look at it that way but will I stop having coffee now? Nope.I am sure almost ALL people in London have such extreme coffee habits too. Will they stop having coffee? Nope.

So stop criticizing this pretty little box, will ya?

I understand each to its own and all that, but weighing the pros and cons of a scheme is a different thing and forcibly criticizing it from every angle possible is another.

Anyhoo, the Glossybox is a monthly subscription where you pay £10 including postage and you receive 5 generous sized mini or full sized products. I am sure you can cancel the subscription anytime, but I am not going to go into all that fuss as its better to check it for yourself.

The May box includes a,

- 30ml Nars Orgasm Illumintor(£21.50)
- full sized All For Eve Lipstick(£10.50)
- Como Shambhala Body Lotion(50ml)
- Alterna Caviar Anti Aging Repair Spray(25ml) and
- Bionova Cleanser(4ml - which is the only sample sized product here)

I literally drooled at the packaging. It comes in a uber cute baby pink gift box, which I am going to keep for storing my nail varnishes as it is reusable of course. I am quite pleased with the selection of products as it includes all areas such as body care, haircare, skincare and make-up.

It goes without saying that I was ecstatic to find a NARS Orgasm Illuminator inside. I also quite like the Body Lotion and the Cleanser.

I will be featuring these products on the blog at a later date and will keep you guys updated about it.

Anyhow, I know this is a preview box given to bloggers for free and all that but this is what I honestly feel about it and will be subscribing to it for sure. As a Beauty blogger, I genuinely have an interest in Beauty brands and products and absolutely love trying out new products and letting people know of my opinion.

When I say trying out products, I really mean it and it is not limited to me being sent samples for free by PR companies but it includes spending my own money most of the time to buy such products too.

Get it if,

- you're a newbie Beauty blogger and want to venture into new brands
- you like trying out new brands and products in general
- you are already interested in the brand but don't want to fork out money for a full-sized one
- like the element of surprise

If you're interested, it's Glossybox.co.uk where you should land next.
KittyBonkers said...

OH MY GOSH, I mussst try this scheme, it seems such a good idea!! Thank you for the info and for putting a more positive spin on it ;D

Kitty x

LilyRibbons said...

Ive read loads of comments on this and personally think its fabulous! Not only does it give you a treat, but spreads the word about not so known brands! And lets face it, us girls love a new product or two! Fab post!

Lil xx

R.ChamberofBeauty said...

red lipstick is very pretty. Please do a post of your look with these products Shifa. I'm waiting.

Sheefa F said...

@Rakhshanda - I'll surely do that :)

BlushCrush said...

Couldn't agree more hun - I can't believe people have something negative to say - it's £10 after all (inc P&P) so what do they expect. I for one was really pleased with this service and said so in my post:



jaljen said...

I got one and I'm giving away the NARS on my blog.

I really enjoyed getting it and I don't get the negativity either...Oh, and I paid for mine.

PeachesandBlush said...

Dude this thing is brilliant !! Why are people criticising it. I mean , to pay 10 pounds and get your hands on all this cool high end stuff !!! Those are not sachet samples..they are like those travel kits. And yknow, so many times i dont even get through an entire product that i go and spend so much money on.So this is the perfect way of trying out stuff , and figuring out what works for you.

Definitely worth it for me!!!!!! Wish they could send it to India !!

Unknown said...

This seems very interesting thanks for sharing. I tend to love samples so def works for me.

Roshni said...

i love the idea! I'm going to subscribe to it now :) xx

Supergirl said...

I was thinking about that, but decided that I don't need.. Maybe..
No, I don't need;DDDD

Eve said...

That's actually a pretty good deal! Too bad I'm not in the UK :(

River said...

I wish they had these kinds of things where I live. Jealous!

Truly Madly Beauty said...

This actually looks totally brill! Heard so much about it, think I'm deffo gonna subscribe for surely! If anything...I totally blooming love your idea of using the box for nail polishes! Lol!

Love Aysh xoxo

Sami said...

I think I need this in my life! x

Unknown said...

Its so cute and such a good idea i think i might have to subscribe to it!!


This looks great!!! I want the NARS illuminater so badly!

Check out my giveaway!


Vinita Jayant said...

Ooh la la

I am a sucker for nice pretty packaging! it looks perfect here!
I hoard nice packaged boxes <3

very pretty .
I should get some

Visit me http://boldwithbows.blogspot.com/

Ashley Turner said...

Thanks for the review! I wanted to order a Glossy Box, but because there were no photos or anything of the products they send I was a little afraid. And I didn't know anyone who'd gotten it so I was wary... think I'll order one now. Can't believe you got that ginormous Nars Illuminator! I find it difficult to find that in stock in most places... you'll love it!!! :-)

MakeupbyThess said...

I soo want something like this in sweden :/

The Beautifier said...

humm looks too good to resist a nice goodie box like this for just a tenner! I'll defo check it out :)


The way I see it is if you don't like it, simply unsubscribe! Jees, it's 10 quid a month for goodness sake, some people just love to complain!!


Hussy said...

Hey this is just like the Birch Box! But it seems better!




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Sheefa. 29. London. Spamming the web with ramblings on hair, eye shadow, skincare & cosmetic hoarding in general since 2008. Grab a cuppa and kick back!
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