Wednesday, 16 January 2013

What's in my January 2013 GlossyBox?

Right, back on track with GlossyBox posts for the new year. I'm quite excited to see what's happening with GlossyBox this year. They are promising brighter and better things. And I believe them.
So as you can see, we are back to the baby pink boxes, black tissue paper and pink bow. I'm glad there are no changes here, I like them, they're very pretty and I like the special boxes on special occasions.

And it looks like they are sticking with the paper pamphlet thingy as seen in the December box. Not sure how keen I am on this. What I do like about it, is the more personal touch. I mentioned this in the December box, as the second info card shows, you get a little letter from the GlossyBox team and the product descriptions have a more personal touch too.

So, onto the products. Everytime I open a GlossyBox, excite mode engages. I love the anticipation of seeing what we get each month. Then, when it's open, it looks so so pretty.

This months box is Detox themed. Perfect for the after holidays hangover and most of us will need that little pamper.

First up- Elemis Fresh Skin: Skin Glow Facial Exfoliator- Developed by Elemis to accompany you from your teens to mid-twenties, the FreshSkin range aims to nurture skin and help prevent premature ageing. With a deep pore cleansing action, this exfoliating facial wash combines cherry powder and jojoba beads to gently polish away dead skin cells and help refine skin texture. Enriched with mandarin and aniseed, your skin will appear brighter and more radiant and left feeling soft and smooth.
RRP: £12 for 100ml. I received 30ml.

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I haven't tried this yet but I've smelt it (obvs) and the scent isn't very strong, I did struggle to smell it with my winter nose. Its quite a sweet, fruity smell, its not that bad really. I also put a little dollop on to my hand and it has little orange exfoliating beads in it. They're not too big and when I rubbed it in, it didn't feel too scratchy.

Duck Island Limited: Body lotion- Stimulating the sense while capturing the aromas of the East (a fragrant combination of mandarin and bergamot), this indulgent body lotion will help you relax, while simultaneously stimulating your senses. For centuries, Eastern cultures have recognised the benefits of natural extracts- a tradition embodied by Dick Island's paraben and mineral oil free formulations.
RRP: £24.95 for 2x250ml. I received 30ml.

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This lotion has quite a strong scent, you can definitely smell the mandarin. I think with this and the LEMON eau de parfum from December box, I have decided that I'm not really a fan of citrus fruits smell in beauty products. It just reminds me of washing up liquid. But ignoring the smell, the lotion is actually very nice and effective. Its a light lotion and settles well into the skin. You do have to be quite careful not to apply too much though or it may end up greasy.

Jason: Lips Bee Healthier- The Jason brand name means 'healer' in Greek. The results-driven therapeutic blends of their formula's and wholesome, natural ingredients reflect this. Alongside the under-eye skin, the skin on our lips shows signs of dehydration fastest.. This is due to the fact that the lips only have thin surface layers of skin, which dry out faster than other areas and are exposed to dry, cold air outdoors and low humidity indoors. To prevent parched and cracked lips, this rich, natural lip balm stick combines moisture-trapping Beeswax, Vitamin E and Green Tea Extract. Organic Aloe Vera Gel helps heal, soothe and protect chapped lips, while Shea Butter and sweet almond oil moisturise.
RRP: £1.99 for 4.6g. I received 4.5g.

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I love this lip balm. I'm a big fan of honey and beeswax products. This was perfect for me this month, with it getting colder in the UK, my lips have been very dry and I've been flying through lip balms and Vaseline like there is no tomorrow, and none of them have been working. This lip balm is great. Its smooth and has a strong smell of Aloe Vera, also perfect for blocked noses.

Monu: Aromatic Mask- This warming facial mask helps increase vitamin and mineral absorption, instantly renewing and invigorating your skin. Natural clay provides a deep cleanse, while stimulating and renewing cell health. Beeswax and coconut oil soften, nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it looking boosted and radiant.
RRP: £24.95 for 100ml. I received 30ml.

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Wow, when they say aromatic they mean it. This has an incredibly strong scent, annnd its not a smell I'm a fan of. I haven't tried it as a mask yet but the monu products I have tried in the past have been very good so I expect this one would be very good too. I'll just have to get past that smell. 

Paul Mitchell: Super Strong Daily Shampoo- Super Strong Daily Shampoo was designed to help strengthen and repair hair that has been damaged by chemical, environmental or heat styling abuse by rebuilding the hair's internal structure leaving a natural feel and intensified shine.
RRP: £11.50 for 300ml. I received 100ml.

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If I'm honest, I've never heard of this brand before. I'm going to try this as soon as poss. With my frizzy, dry hair, I often struggle with shampoos, so fingers crossed this one is good.

And finally, as a bonus item, we received this cute Glossy Dreams eye/sleep mask. Its got a satin-y feel to it. Sadly, its not the highest of qualities so probably wont last very long but it is very cute. Its the same baby pink colour as the GlossyBox boxes and the double elastic is quite stretchy so should fit most heads.

The box value this month works out at around £18.38 by my calculations. Which, is a little bit disappointing tbh, but the products were quite good so I'll let it slide. It's still more than I paid for the box.

Well that's it for this month. Did you get any different products? Have you tried any of these products before and what did you think of them?


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