In a previous life, I would spend hours poring over magazines then even longer testing out samples in the beauty halls. But I have long given up on finding the time to devour glossy magazines and my trips to the beauty halls are much more grab and run these days as I nearly always have children in tow. So when I first came across the whole monthly beauty box subscription thing last year, I thought it was perfect. It would give me just the beauty fix that my life was lacking.
I tried out the Glossybox first and like most of these things, for around £10 a month you get sent a box of five sample products. I had a couple of cracking boxes at first and I was completely sold on the concept. Loved it. But then there were a couple of not so cracking boxes. It’s just one of those things I guess. Not everything can be to everyone’s taste of course but I loved the concept so much that I didn’t want to give up my monthly treat. Plus I used to kid myself that if I cancelled, the next one would be amazing and I didn’t want to miss out! I was well and truly hooked. But then a friend recommended Joliebox instead so I tried that for the first time this month and I have to say that my first box was amazing! I loved every single thing in there so I have cancelled my Glossybox for now and am going to give Joliebox a try and see how I get on. Fickle? Moi? Maybe. But the fact that you can join up and cancel with a click of a button makes it so easy to be fickle. That in itself is actually another bonus to the whole beauty box concept.
I can’t help but think that as much as I love the idea though, all of these things will have a saturation point. I’m lucky in that I have my eldest daughter to offload unwanted lipglosses and the like to (I think I must be the only girl alive to loathe lipgloss but I’m sorry but it isn’t the slightest bit snog friendly. What’s the use in that?) I think there will come a point when I have beauty samples coming out of my ears and enough will be enough though and I’ll cancel altogether. But I’m sure that I would soon miss my monthly gift to myself and sign up all over again! Ha!
I didn’t want to bore you and turn this into a big old review post, I think there are enough of those doing the rounds in the blogosphere already. But I did want to share with you five things that I am using right now that I love from some of my boxes. So here goes:
Ojon Hair Serum. Oh my word this is beyond amazing. Believe the hype. My hair has never been so super glossy and soft. You only need a couple of teeny drops so I can see this bottle lasting forever.
Clarins Extra Firming Body Cream. Is it really extra firming? Well, I’m not entirely sure but it is a fabulously rich body lotion. I’m not usually keen on Clarins products as they tend to be too highly fragranced for me but I actually liked this a lot.
Pure Fiji Nourishing Exotic Oil. Don’t be put off by the not very pretty packaging or indeed the slightly dodgy sounding name. This is an absolute gem. You can use it as a lotion, in the bath or even on your hair (although I haven’t tried it in my hair myself) and it is unbelievably moisturising and best of all, smells of holidays.
Stila Eyeliner. It’s in a sludgy green colour with a hint of sparkle that I would never have picked for myself in a million years but I love it. I think another beauty of these boxes is trying out things that you maybe wouldn’t normally consider.
Dirty Works All of a Lather Body Wash. A bit of a mouthful of a name but it really does what it says on the very pretty packaging. A really lovely everyday body wash.
So what do you think of the whole beauty box thing? Have you tried them too? Or am I a complete sucker for paying out good money for a box of beauty samples every month..?