Lifting the Lid... December Glossy Box

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I always seem behind with all my beauty box reviews - well I guess that is because I am! However I figure even if I write about them on time and you sign up for the service that very day you still won't receive the exact box in my review but the next one. 

But in a way I still do think these reviews are quite interesting as it can give you an idea of what to expect and because I am such a slow coach it means I have been using all the products for some time so I can actually give mini product reviews!

Rambling and excuses aside, I had high hopes for the Christmas-themed Glossy Box and they didn't disappoint, well give or take one or two products. First I was instantly impressed that they made the effort of making the box red which definitely set them apart from all the other beauty boxes that month.

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The Price & Packaging
  With the GlossyBox you receive 5 high-end samples for £10.00 per month plus £2.95 p&p bringing it to £12.95 per box per month. Like all the other boxes you can cancel at any time but it is worth noting it is on a direct debit basis. Website - here.

As for the packaging, like I mentioned above I really did like that this box was Christmas themed and red. It just made it feel more special and fun! A definite thumbs up!

The Products 
The December box contained - Blink+ Go Hi-Definition mascara, Cargo Classic lip gloss in Paris, Deborah Lippmann mini nail polish in Razzle Dazzle, MeMeMe Seventh Heaven mini sample pot, Rituals Foaming Shower gel in Yogi Flow. 
 
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Deborah Lippmann Razzle Dazzle Mini Nail Varnish with Stripped to Go Sachet 
(full size product worth £16. Mini - £14) 
 For me and for many other I am sure this was the star of the show! Not owning any Deborah Lippmann polishes but admiring them from afar this was a really treat. Also I think I love the smaller bottle more as I do like mini things and I am yet to finish a single bottle of nail polish so mini just makes sense! As you can see from the shade it is just amazing though if I was being picky I would say I did slightly expect a more glossy finish with this, it's a bit to bumpy for my liking  so a top coat for me is needed when I wear this (no top coat in the swatch). This is definitely a little gem to be placed in the Glossy Box! Oops nearly forgot to mention the little remover sachet included - I wouldn't re-purchase but this was nice to use to remove the polish the first time I used it and the lavender scent was such a nice change from normal polish removers!

MeMeMe Seventh Heaven mini sample pot 
(full size product - £15/30ml)
Now I'm going may be slightly harsh here and say that I really do like MeMeMe cosmetics but I'm just not interested in them going into skincare at all and for the price definitely not! I mean if I want to spend £15 on a moisturiser I head to Avene or La Roche Posay. So the little sample pot just got ignored then I opened the box. I did eventually try it on the back of my hand as I didn't think it would suit my oily/combination skin and yes, it seemed nice but I couldn't stand the synthetic orange scent to it  - just very fake smelling and not needed! Sorry MeMeMe. 

Cargo Classic Lip Gloss in Paris mini size 
(full size product - £10)
There was definitely nothing to dislike about this product as I like Cargo as a brand. However for some reason I was just indifferent about the lip gloss... just nothing to write home about basically. The shade is nice, it's not sticky or gloppy and I like the packaging but nothing has made me love it. Which also makes me think £10 for the full sized lip gloss is slightly too much. However if you don't own many lip products I'm sure this would be a nice addition to your collection from Glossy Box. 
 
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Blink + Go Hi-Definition Mascara
(full size - £14.99) 
 Anything that is an essential to me (mascara, black eye liner, clear nail polish, makeup remover) I love seeing in beauty boxes so when I saw that a full size mascara from Blink + Go was in the December box I was really pleased and hoped it would be a good! So far I have been using it almost daily since I received the box in December as my beloved No7 Exceptional Definition Mascara is coming to the end of it's life and I must say I love the mascara! The fibre brush is just the perfect shape and size and it really fans out and defines my lashes without making them look thin at all. This has definitely made me want to have a look at more Blink + Go products now especially their brow products. So impressed with this!

Rituals Foaming Shower Gel in Yogi Flow full size
(full size - £6.50/200ml)
Rituals has been popping up on my radar for the last few months and because of that I have been eyeing up some of their products namely their body scrubs - I am dying to try the Rice Scrub which is a blend of Organic Rice Milk & Cherry Blossom (£8.50 - here) it just sounds so good. But sadly the Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel I received in the box contains sodium lauryl sulfate which I don't use at all so sadly I haven't been able to use this product even though the idea of foam is very tempting. Which do mean I cannot review this even slightly but I will say for the price it is a nice alternative to using shower gels and a bit more of a treat!
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Positives
I think it is clear to see there are some really good products in this box! The highlights for me being the Blink & Go Mascara and the wonderful Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Also I know I would of liked the Rituals shower gel if it didn't contains ingredients I chose to avoid. 
 
Negatives 
Well you are always going to get at least one of two rubbish samples that you don't like in each box, so I think Glossy Box has done well to just have the one 'blah' product (the MeMeMe cream). So my only criticism would be that for a Christmas themed box it wasn't all that Christmas-y. Yes, the Deborah Lippman nail polish was perfect for wearing over Christmas which I did do, and the mascara was a treat... but how about instead of the normal product description card it was a Christmas card with all the info inside and maybe even a product that was Cranberry scent or maybe a pair of false eyelashes - you get the gist I am sure. I just wish they can been more creative with the contents to match the lovely glossy red exterior!
 
Overall I personally think this is what a beauty box SHOULD look like. When you open them you shouldn't wonder why you have another green eyeliner or why you have some tea leaves in there. 


You should 'ooo' in excitement of what you are going to try out first and with this box I definitely did just that! 


Fee xo.

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