Yes, I know we're onto February's Glossybox but rather than bombard you with another "What's in my Glossybox"-style post of which there are aplenty, I figured that one month on was a good time to share my thoughts on the products that I received after having a good old go with them.
I think it's important to note that this is not a review of Glossybox itself. I think it's a fantastic idea and an organisation with great blogger-relationships which is very important in today's social media-driven world. I have yet to subscribe to Glossybox, as I'm not a person who copes with randomness too well and I already have far too many self-inflicted outgoings. That said, coming home to a cheeky surprise is always lovely and me and a friend were just talking today about how lovely a Glossybox would be as a present for someone who is unsure of what to invest in beauty-wise.
So now that's out of the way, how did the products themselves measure up?
First up is the Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner in Plum. Eyeko really have gotten slick these days and their new website is worlds away from the kitsch, girly pink one, complete with doe-eyed cartoon girl of yester-year. I was disappointed with this product. I like the auberginey colour that appeared when I swatched it on my hand, but I got zero pay-off when it actually came to using it. I'm not sure if this is because it isn't supposed to be used in the waterline, but either way I found it hard to work with and in actual fact needn't have bothered.
I also got an Orly Nail Lacquer in Ruby, a beautiful maroon wine sort of colour. This goes on so easily and was very nearly opaque and streak-free with a lovely glossy finish after just one coat. I only applied this to my toes, so can't comment on how long it would last on fingers but as soon as my silk wraps are off, I'm trying it!
At first I wasn't inspired by the FAB Gentle Body Wash, figuring it was just like any other shower gel until I bothered reading the label. It's got "antioxidant booster" and can be used to "cleanse, calm redness and relieve dry skin." I'm a massive sufferer of dry skin, and have enjoyed using this instead of my hot cloth cleanser.
Finally comes my favourite product; Murad Hybrids Skin Perfecting Primer - Dewy Finish. I don't actually own a proper primer to use before my foundation but I'll be purchasing this when the sample runs out (that's right, I've been using the sample regularly and it still hasn't run out! Glossybox were generous...) It's tinted, so if you wanted you could wear this on its own, but as a primer it definitely helps the longevity of my foundation.
I also received a Weleda One Step Cleanser & Toner, but because I'm lazy and my make up wipes are 4-in-1 I don't actually bother cleansing or toning so can't comment!
So there you have it! I'm very grateful to Glossybox for sending me January's box and as I said, think this is a great idea for someone who wants to get a feel for different products available without committing to buying. Glossyboxes costs £10 a month + £2.95 P&P with no minimum subscription term. If you would like to sign up, you can do so here.