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First thoughts on Glossybox

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I’ve always wanted to subscribe to a beauty box service. But as I’m a.) an old lay-dee and b.) confused by technology/form-filling/life in general, I’ve never gotten around to it. So when the lovely people at Glossybox got in touch and asked would I like to try a sample box, I said, er, yes please! And here it is, in all its teal blue loveliness.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting Glossybox to be so lovely. I’ve read mixed reviews across the interwebs so I had limited expectations. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this Spoil Me Silly box. Here’s what’s inside and my first impressions.

Sanctuary Beauty Sleep Face & Eye Mask (Worth £12/€15)
It’s pretty sad to admit but I was thrilled when I saw the eye mask and rich night treatment. The pink silk mask will go perfectly with my pink boudoir, pink silk pyjamas and fluffy mules (ahem).

In reality, of course, this mask will be paired with my mismatching PJs, a four-year-old in the bed beside me and a broken night’s sleep. Nevertheless, it’s a welcome addition to my bedtime routine and I will report back on the rich jelly face treatment.

Stella & Dot Crystal Studs (Worth £20/€25)
Cute vintage-inspired studs. I like.

Laqa & Co Lips Lube (Worth £14/€18)
This is my first introduction to the New York make-up brand. The lip crayon is in a soft coral shade. Formulated with shea butter, it’s a pretty wearable lippie.

Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner (Worth £8.40/€10.80)
I was relieved this was a hair mask rather than a shampoo. Most shampoos don’t agree with my wild, temperamental hair but I get on just fine and dandy with conditioners. And so far so good, this natural mask leaves my hair feeling silky.

Eyeko Black Magic Lash Curler (Worth £12/€15)
It’s been a long time since I curled my lashes. These Eyeko curlers have thick silicone pads that promise no kinks in your lashes. And I can now confirm this is true. I’m kink-free all the way here.

Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy (Full size £15/€19)
The hand cream is probably the least sexiest gift in the box. Although I’m a hand cream obsessive, it’s more a need than a want and I could never see myself shelling out €19 for the full size of this.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser (Full size £34/€43)
Finally, I’ve left the best to last. I’ve wanted to try Aurelia for ages but as it’s so spendy, I’ve held off. Formulated with bio-organic ingredients, the cleanser is massaged into skin and removed with the muslin cloth (included). It smells amazing -  chamomile, eucalyptus and rosemary – and if it were a multi-tasking product (overnight mask, let’s say) I’d be seriously tempted to repurchase.

Overall, this is a beautiful limited edition Glossybox and I’d love to receive a subscription to this (not looking at anyone in particular, Mr TBI).

Have you tried a beauty box subscription service? What was your experience? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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