Posts tagged ‘beauty box’

October 3, 2012

Space NK and leaving beauty boxes behind.

I had a subscription to one of the beauty boxes until recently. Each month, I’d get a pretty box filled with a selection of sample beauty products posted through the letter box. And for a while, it was great. I love to get exciting post, and this was a little treat just for me. But after a while, the lustre wore off the whole thing. I heard rumours that beauty bloggers were getting different products to the rest of the subscribers, purely so they could act as free PR for the companies, and then another rumour about a ‘premium, invite-only’ box, that the company were going to just make available to a select few people. Quite how they were going to decide whose £12 a month was the most deserving of this premium line, I don’t know, but it seemed a little bit of ‘us and them’ behaviour to me. Of course, these were just unsubstantiated rumours, and I’m no beauty expert, but I decided to leave.

The other thing that I really realised about the experience is how much I love to go into stores and play around with products before buying them. Even getting the samples in the post wasn’t really the same, because part of the fun for me is chatting to the staff and learning more about the products that way. So, I’m back in the stores, trying things out, and enjoying the great customer service you often find with beauty brands.

One of my favourite places to do this is in Space NK. I like that they have a range of different brands, and that the staff in my local branch all seem to be really passionate about what they do and what they sell. Maybe they’re on commission, it doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that I always feel as though I’m being treated well and leave the store with a happy feeling.

At a brilliant card holders’ event recently (where I had my hair straightened) I came away with a incredible free bag of lovely goodies, after spending enough money (on gifts and for other people, so not spending money to get freebies, which is really bad maths!) and I really don’t think it would have been bettered anywhere else. I have favourite brands elsewhere (Liz Earle and Neal’s Yard Remedies for example), and favourite brands in Space NK (Eve Lom, Darphin, Caudalie, Diptyque to mention a few) and there is room in my life for them all! I’m enjoying the process of choosing things in store again, and I don’t think I’ll be going back to a beauty box subscription any time soon.

February 17, 2012

My first Glossy Box

After a bit of deliberating, I signed up to GLOSSYBOX this month, and, weeks after the rest of the subscribers got their January box, I got mine.

For those of you who haven’t heard, it’s a monthly subscription service (costing £10 a month, plus postage)  of beauty products. Each month they send a box of five sample sized products for you to try and review. If you like them, you can often buy directly from them at discounted rates. Every month you also review the products you’ve been sent, earning points for a free box. You might have read the post I wrote when Minibreak Mummy sent me something from a box she’d received, and the quality of that made me think that I’d give it a go.

The packaging is lovely. Although I like to think of myself as environmentally aware, I do get a bit excited by beautiful packaging. It’s a weakness, I know. I  will make sure I re-use the lovely (and sturdy) pink box it came in, and I’ve already eaten the sweetie, so that’s taken care of!

Here is the box:

My five products were:

Clarins Extra Firming Day and Night Creams. I’ve been a fan of Clarins for a long time, mostly through my Mum who has used it for as long as I can remember. . In fact, the Extra Firming range, if I remember rightly, is one that she uses. Now, I’m not going to talk about being an older woman again and have been very happy with both of these samples. Lightly fragranced, rich and easily absorbed, they’re clearly a high quality product and really what I would have expected from the brand.

Eyeko Eye liner in Emerald Green. This was a full sized product and I’ve used (and been complimented on it) quite a lot. I love the colour, which I wouldn’t have chosen on my own. It’s soft and gentle on the eye, easy to smudge to create a softer line and long lasting. I recommend this one lots.

Murad Primer. I’ve known of this brand for a while, but not had the chance to try any, so I was happy to be given this chance. It’s a tinted primer, which I wasn’t expecting, as most of the other primers I’ve used have been colour free. It’s light and easy to apply and although I’ve only used it a couple of times, I do think that it helps to even out my skin tone.

F.A.B. Body Moisturiser. Designed for sensitive skin, this moisturiser is scent, paraben and colour free. Although initially it felt quite greasy to the touch, it sank in really well and left a long-lasting softness to my skin. I really liked it, and now could do with industrial quantities of it to help me get my legs out of my Winter hibernation mode and ready for tights-free skirt wearing in the Spring!

In all, I’m really pleased, and will happily use up all the products. Nothing for Lucy Brown’s Beauty Box Swaps this time around! (If you are interested in Beauty Box Swaps, also take a look at their very busy Facebook page here, for loads of enthusiastic swappers)

A success, then. I’m already looking forward to next month!