Tuesday, 21 January 2014

January GlossyBox: Back to Basics

This is the first GlossyBox of the year and although I haven't been that present on social media for the last few weeks, I did spot that the GlossyBox team hinted at a subtle makeover. Well, as soon as the Hermes guy handed me my box, I could tell it was longer than the usual box, but just to be sure, I did a little comparison.

The old box is on the left and new box is on the right. The new box is definitely longer but also slightly thinner. The lid covers more of the box now than it did before and it is also a brighter shade of pink. It doesn't seem to be any higher in quality or thickness but for some reason it just seems sturdier.

Of course, I got excited, thinking that they must have done a bigger box to fit bigger products! Nooooope. The box size seems to have changed, to make sure the Glossymag fits inside. Dangnabbit.

Not that I wasn't happy with the products I received. As you have probably deduced, the theme this month was 'Back to Basics', a selection of simple products to get you back to your best after the month of festivities.

So this is what I got!

Vaseline: Essential Moisture Lotion- Is your skin weathering the elements? If so, then you need the Essential Moisture Lotion from Vaseline. Its non greasy formulation and multi-layer complex absorbs quickly leaving your skin silky smooth and looking healthy.

RRP: £4.99 for 400ml. I received: 50ml.

I like Vaseline products (especially their lip balm tins) and having already tried the Essential Moisture Lotion and loving it, I'm happy to receive some more. It rubs into the skin really easily and doesn't leave a greasy or sticky residue on the skins. Once rubbed in fully, it leaves skin feeling really soft and smooth. I use this lotion for my hands and arms and I would highly recommend it to people who get dry skin at this time of the year. The one thing that I have noticed about all Vaseline lotions that I have tried, is that they are really runny. I tried to squeeze a tiny blob out of this sample to apply to my hands and it spludged everywhere. The upside to this is that you can use it very sparingly as a tiny amount goes a long way.

Balance me: Super Toning Body Wash- With a blend of juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender essential oils, Balance Me's super toning body wash is the best way to start your day!

RRP: £10.25 for 250ml. I received: 50ml.

I've tried the Balance me Wonder Eye Cream that I received in my September 2012 GlossyBox and I was quite impressed with that item so who knows with this one. I'm initially not impressed with the fragrance of the body wash, it honestly smells very strongly and very similar to Pixels Flea Shampoo. 

With it being a body wash, I'm not sure there is enough product to fully gauge that effects of 'super toning', maybe I will just use it on one bum cheek each morning so I can eventually do a thorough comparison? 

Yu-Be: Moisturising Skin Cream- This multi-use cult moisturising cream from Japan revamps your skin, enriching it with Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, camphor and a uniquely high glycerine content. It's an essential for all skin care regimes.

RRP: £13.50 for 33g. I received: 2 x 3g.

I've never heard of Yu-Be before, so it is nice to be receiving brands I've never heard of in the box again. Although, honestly, I would have much preferred to only have one moisturiser in my box.

The product states that it is a multi use moisturiser, including your lips and face, which, if it is a really good moisturiser, wouldn't it be great to have one that does everything, rather than one for feet, one for body, one for hands, one for face and one for lips? 

Claiming to be Japans 55 year soft skin secret, I expect big things from it. When I tried some, it was almost a gel like lotion, it applied evenly to my skin and absorbed really quickly with no greasy or sticky residue. It has a very subtle scent when first applied, that I honestly couldn't describe or compare to anything, it just smelt clean. This scent quickly dissipated, leaving behind a smooth, hydrated feeling patch of skin. 

Anatomicals: Puffy the Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches- Looking like the walking dead? These under eye patches by Anatomicals will help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and revitalise the delicate skin around your eyes.

RRP: £6.00 for 3 pack. I received: 2 pack.

I have received several Anatomicals products through my subscription with GlossyBox and minus a blip or 2, I've always been pretty impressed with their products. Aside from having an epic reference of a name, these are the perfect product for me to try.

For as long as I can remember, I've always had bags under my eyes, not just little circles, full on grey or black bags. I always look tired or ill and if these do what they say they do, it will be a miracle of sorts. Other products have reduced them, but never fully rid me of them. So fingers crossed and time to test.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company: Floral Slanted Tweezers- Get rid of boring brows with these pretty floral tweezers by The Vintage Cosmetic Company. These high quality, stainless steel must-haves are the perfect accompaniment for every vintage doll's make up bag.

RRP: £8.00. This is a full sized item.

Every girl needs a good pair of tweezers, but £8 for a single pair, wowzers. Have any of you actually paid this sort of price for an item like this? My current pair cost £3.50 and came with a mini pair and I thought that was bordering on expensive(I feel a little bit bargain basement saying things like that). I guess it's that whole pay more for better quality thing, but these ones feel exactly the same as my current pair, they just look cuter.

The total value of this months box is about £17.12, which, when you take away the £8 for the tweezers, its not a great haul. The Vaseline sample alone was technically worth 42p. This is one of those boxes that I am content with, not overly impressed but not disappointed. All products are ones that I will at least attempt to use up.

What do you think about the items this month?Did you get anything different in your GlossyBox?


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