Thursday, 10 January 2013

What was in my December GlossyBox?

Right, yes, I'm late again. I want to get this one up before the next one arrives which by my calculations should be pretty soon, and the next one will not be late, I promise.

Sooooo, Christmas is always a very exciting time but I was so much more excited  at an earlier date because of the anticipation of what might be coming in the Christmas GlossyBox and I was not disappointed by this box (one product did disappoint though, much further down).

As you can see from above, the box was a gorgeous, shiny silver, with the usual black GlossyBox symbol. Yes, that is the reflection of me taking the photo. Hellloooo

Inside, was black tissue paper but with silver stars all over it, and a shiny silver and black GlossyBox sticker. They had also done the ribbon in a silvery colour.

Then further inside, the shredded tissue paper was a silvery colour as well. Not as much shredded paper as usual so possibly scrimping a little bit.

The info 'card' was a bit different this month as well, mainly because it wasn't a card, it was about an A3 sized piece of paper folded a few times, like a pamphlet type thingy. More scrimping maybe? Hmmmm.

When you first open it (picture above) it has what I would describe as little newsletter section on the left, with online community info to the left hand side of that. And on the right, there is a subscriber Christmas shopping perks section.

Then when you open it up fully, it has all the products listed. Some of the product descriptions seem a lot more 'personal' rather than the standard product descriptions which was quite refreshing.

Then on the back, it is just basically an advert for GlosyBox and their subscription.

Seche Nail Lacquer- This is Seche's first colour line and has a highly pigmented colour for one coat coverage, satin smooth application and dries quickly. It is available in 33 stunning and fashion forward shades. 
RRP: £9.95 for 14ml. I received a 14ml which makes it a full size sample.

I was most excited by this product when I got my box. I love receiving nail polishes in my boxes and so the fact that not only was it a nail polish but it was a Seche. And not only was it a Seche but it was their first ever colour line and we get it. The shade I got was Debutant, which is a shimmery baby pink. I haven't tried this yet because I'm not a very pinky person (even though I have 9/10 in my stash already) but I must admit, it's very pretty isn't it. I did apply it to a nail wheel however, and I can confirm that you could get quite nice coverage with one thick coat, but I personally would recommend a few thin coats to get a nice even application.

Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream- Leave-in conditioning foam with milk, wheat germ and casein proteins which will treat, protect and strengthen you hair for smoothness and shine.
RRP: £14.79 for 200ml. I received 100ml.

This is an award wining product and I can see why. This is the product I have used the most from this months box. I was so impressed by this. I have had bad experiences with leave in conditioners in the past, often they left my hair feeling really sticky or greasy no matter how much/ how little product I applied. This applied easily and well, and once dry, my hair felt soft and had less frizz. And it smells divine. It says that it has the smell of whipped cream, but I would describe the smell more like a sweet, nutty smell. Either way, it's lush and left my hair feeling and smelling lush for a few days.

Sleek Make-up True Colour Lipstick- With shades that brighten and flatter your skin tone (essential during winter months when complexions can be dull) and vitamin E enriched formulas, Sleek Make-up's True Colour Lipstick range is a party season essential. Perfect for when you want to make a bold statement.

RRP: £4.99 for 3.5g. I received 3.5g which makes this a full sized sample.

I've mentioned before that I'm not really a lipstick person, but I don't mind getting these in the box. I have had somewhat of a dilemma with this one though because it's a matte lipstick. I find the whole matte lipstick and nail polish thing yummy and so am still debating whether or not I'm going to try it. If I use it then I cant re-home it, so it needs to be a clear decision. (first world dilemmas). This one is also a darker shade (see above) called Cherry as opposed to the usual bright pinks and super bright reds. I did try to get a picture of the actual lipstick but it wouldn't capture the colour properly.

Sebamed Anti-Dry Night Intensive Cream- Sebamed Night intensive cream calms flare-ups, irritation and tension. Relieves itching sensations and replenishes lipid deficiency.
RRP: £9.99 for 50ml. I received 10ml.

This is another one I haven't tried, I really should though, as I get really itchy skin, especially in the winter months so this should be the perfect cream for me. 

LEMON by Mary Greenwell Eau de Parfum- One of the most sought after and influential make-up artists, Mary Greenwell is a true British icon of style and beauty with a loyal following of celebrity clients. LEMON is Mary's second fragrance and has fresh citrus notes that last on the skin.
RRP: £90 for 100ml, £60 for 50ml and £30 for a purse spray (no size but possibly 30ml). i received 1.5ml.

Have you guessed it yet? You would be right. This is the product I was disappointed in. Not only because it's a perfume sample (which you can get for free) and that it was one of our main products but also because personally I thought the perfume was horrible. It reminded me of washing up liquid or a cleaning solution. Other people may like it but it's just not for me.

This is why, when I realised that the next product was a bonus item, and much better than the perfume sample, in my head, I swapped them. The next item was the 5th item in my box and the perfume sample was just an extra.

Bonus item- GlossyBox Blusher in Glossy Pink- A colour intensive powder blush, velvety feeling with long lasting colour that flatters all skintones.

RRP: Glossybox product so has no listed price, but, having looked on Superdrug website, I found a B.Cheeky Blusher which looks similar in packaging and size which is currently £3.99 as an introductory price and £5.99 will be the actual price. Now, I know quality can differ but for the purpose of this box, I'm going to price this blusher at £4.50 which is an inbetweeny price.

*UPDATE* one of the lovelies over at GlossyBox Twitter has informed me that the GlossyBox blusher was made by Kryolan and the price I have found this for is £6.17.

 I really like getting the GlossyBox products, they're cute and often good quality, although I have seen a few people who have said their compact lid fell off straight away. The colour is pretty is a product I will definitely use.

Overall, I am really impressed with this box and I'm pondering whether the little bits scrimping on things like the info card and the amount of tissue paper (it all adds up), might be the start of new things for GlossyBox this year. I could be wrong and it could just be the path they took to make Christmas box different.

The value of this box by my estimations would be around £30.17, so that's basically triple the value of what I paid for it. Very nice.

*Update- with the above update regarding the blusher the value of the box has gone up to £31.64.

Did you receive anything different in your December box? What shade of Seche nail lacquer did you get. Would love to see your posts on this box.

Hope you're having a lovely week, and are prepared for the forecasted snow if you are in the UK this weekend.


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