There are also many others out there including Amarya, All About Beauty and The Natural Box to name a few.
So what is it with our obsession with these boxes?
We all love trying out new things and the idea we will receive a wonder product that will transform our lives is just too good to be missed. I myself enjoy that Christmas feeling when you are handed a box by the postie, excited to know what is in it. Ripping the packaging open and delving into the shredded paper to find what new goodies I have been sent! Have i been a good girl this month and received the "good box " or am I on the naughty list with the dud box? I know I'm not the only one that feels this way, sometimes I'm left deflated as I search for the tiny samples and sachets among the endless bits of shredded paper that seem to get everywhere!
What should we really expect to receive in return for our £10 a month fee?
A lot of the companies promise to deliver us high end luxury or up and coming brands to try. Have we been getting this? Some of the time yes, I think we have. I have received some products that I know are worth a lot more than the box itself so I should be happy, shouldn't I ? Other times I get a box of products at are not catered for my skintype or tiny samples and viles of perfume that can easily be picked up from beauty counters. I have enjoyed trying out new products and hearing from brands that i never knew existed. However out of all the boxes from the past year there is only a few products that I have used on a day to day basis, them being .....
* Full size HD brows pallet from Glossy box priced at £19.99
* Wen Sweet Almond Cleansing Conditioner from Joliebox this was a sample size of 60ml (£3.10) which I later purchased the full size.
* DCH cleansing oil. 30 ml sample priced at £4.50. I received this in 2 different boxes, having used up one I'm now on the second and use it most days to remove eye and face make up.
Hmmm, and that's it!! 3 products! AND a draw full of samples that I'm yet to use.
This got me thinking,...
How much money have i spent to receive 3-4 products worth £32.09?
Like I said I have been getting these boxes for a year and i always get 2 different brands a month. The boxes cost £10 a month plus £2.95 p+p so that's a grand total of £310.80 !!! Minus the amount on products i used equals £278.81. I don't know about you but I find the amount I've spent daunting, and im left feeling that that money could have been better off spent else where. This has left me with a dilemma, do end the love affair with my boxes or do I continue spending money on stuff that I won't use, hoping that I'll find one or two products that I will use? Easy answer I hear you all say, but I enjoy the postman knocking at my door and I know if I cancel I will miss out on a good box. I know this is what keeps a lot of us hooked on beauty boxes, missing out on a good box and seeing what others have got can get you racing to re-sub to the box in a heart beat. We all hate the feeling of being left out and missing out what could be a bargain! But for now I'm putting the relationship on hold, I've fallen out of love with the boxes and feel that we need a break. Some companies (not all) are not fulfilling their part of the bargain and the money I save can be spent on something that I really want rather on something that I think i need.
So I end this post on my last glossy box review.
This months theme was "Get City Chick with Glossybox"
Elizabeth Arden eight hour cream. I've heard lots about this iconic brand and product. The multi- tasking miracle balm that can be used a number of ways. This will be placed in my handbag straight away!
So there you have it, my last glossy box ( for a while anyway), I'm really pleased with the contents, a good mixture of products.
Do I really need any of them? Probably not.
Will I use them? Yes, but possible not for a while as I want to use up all the endless samples that I have accumulated.
I think this was a good box to end on as it's left me in high sprits and I hope for the rest of you that the boxes continue to be of this standard. If they do I will be kicking myself thou!
Thank you for reading and I apologise for the long post.
What are your thought on beauty boxes?
Are you an avid subscriber and enjoy the experience. Or like me are you on a "break", tired of getting poor boxes in return for your hard earned cash?
I would love to know what you guys think?