A new year, and a new Glossybox. They did a redesign of the standard Glossybox box, and it is actually glossy now and a little different in size, plus they have added their logo to their ribbon. I like the new box because the little magazine that they include now actually fits fully in the box, which is nice. This new size might make it a little easier to use for storage too.
The Glossybox theme this month was “Back To Basics”. The products were selected to help you start off 2014 with a fresh beauty regime. It’s all about helping you get your skin moisturised, tones, and lovely with great eyebrows to frame your new healthy skin look too. It seems like a great selection of products this month to go with their theme and get your new year started off right (well, a little bit of a late start). I just got the box so I haven’t had a chance to try any of the items out though. The only item that I could have done without is the tweezers, but maybe I can find someone else that would like them.
Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream, 2, 3 gram sample tubes. I’ve not tried this before, however, I have heard really great things about it. Yu-Be is a Japanese company that created this cream way back in 1957. It is a glycerin based moisturiser that is enriched with vitamins B2, C, and E and it also contains sodium hyaluronate, and camphor. And you can use it on skin from head to toe, including your lips and cuticles. It doesn’t contain fragrances, artificial colours, or petroleum products. Plus, it isn’t tested on animals either.
I have a huge problem with dry skin, especially this time of year, and can’t wait to give this a try. My elbows and feet are really dry right now, so I hope this works as well as everyone says. I also hope that this doesn’t irritate my crazy skin rash problems on my hands; it would be even better if it would fix it up so I wouldn’t need to use a steroid cream anymore. The camphor smell is the only off-putting thing about this cream so far as I can tell from a quick test. It smells sort of like Vicks Vapo-Rub. Luckily, the smell dissipates in a couple of minutes. The cream has a very smooth texture and feels instantly soft on your skin, but not at all greasy. If it doesn’t cause me a problem, I imagine that I will pick it up since you can use it on everything, it gets great reviews, and it isn’t shockingly pricey either.
In my Glossybox I received two tubes of 3 grams each, therefore, each tube is about 9% of the full sized 33 gram tube that costs £10.13 at Amazon UK. If you’re really a Yu-Be fan, you can get their other products through Amazon UK too, such as the body lotion with the pump top, lip balm and their foaming body scrub. I’m going to try out one tube of this to see how it works and if I like it I’ll keep the other one for travel and buy a bigger tube at Amazon.
Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash, 50 ml sample. I’m not at all familiar with Balance Me but I do like that they’ve got lots of lovely essential oils in this body wash. It’s got a mix of juniper, bergamot, geranium, and lavender essential oils to help give you a morning boost in the shower. It smells really lovely with that mix of essential oils too, with a perky fresh scent almost citrusy really. What is good is that there are no parabens, sulfates, petroleum products, mineral oils, silicones, dyes. Plus, there’s no artificial colours or fragrances. But you don’t need added fragrances when you have all of those great essential oils. Here’s what they have to say about it on the Balance Me website:
Our uplifting super toning body wash has been designed to improve skin tone, soften, smooth and encourage good circulation thanks to the unique blend of natural active ingredients found in juniper, bergamot, geranium and lavender.
Use as frequently as desired as the gentle formulation will cleanse without striping the skin of it’s natural oils.
They make it sound so great that I want to run and take another shower. So, I will definitely be giving this a try in the next week. The good thing is that the sample is big enough that you can actually try it for quite some time to really see how it works and how your skin reacts to it. The 50 ml sample bottle that was included in my Glossybox is about 20% of the full sized 260 ml bottle that you can buy through the Balance Me website for £10.25 (shipping extra, unless you buy £75 or more). They also have a body oil and cream in this same line.
The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers, full size. These are cute in that very girly flowery way, which isn’t really me. Plus, I have a pair of tweezers that I love love love and find to be so much better than anything else that I can’t even imagine trying something else. Though, these are very nicely made stainless steel tweezers that have a nice slant on the end so that you can get a nice level of precision in your tweezing. Unfortunately, I think that the coating that they have put on the tweezers to give them the cutesy vintage look makes them sort of slippery and less than easy to use as a result. As I said, they wouldn’t be my choice so I’m hoping I can find someone to give them to that will like them.
You can buy these for £8.00 through Amazon UK, should you like the look of them. I noticed that they also have a pair that is just pale pink; I would have liked those much better.
Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches, 2 sample packs of 2 patches each. I don’t use things like this very often, but might if I found something that was comfortable and had some benefit. These are supposed to help alleviate the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, as well as helping to prevent the signs of under eye aging. Well, they sound like a little miracle in a foil pouch, huh? These eye patches are enriched with moisturising agents like sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, witch hazel, and vitamins B3, C, and E, as well as collagen.
To use these you are supposed to put them on your clean under eye area for 30 minutes and then gently remove them. And just like that your eyes will look better, at least that is their claim. I’ve only seen a couple of reviews for these and they aren’t that positive. But I’ll give them a try to see if they do anything for me or not. Normally, I am fortunate enough to not have bags actually but do have dark circles sometimes.
The sample in the Glossybox was actually almost full sized since they included two sets of the patches and when you buy it you only get one more patch; so that’s 66% of the full sized product. You can find the full sized box of three sets of under eye patches for £6.00 at Asos.
Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Off Masque and Blemish Mud Masque, 2, full sized masques. I love masks like this because they can give your skin that extra oomph that it needs sometimes. The Passion Peel Off masque is supposed to provide a deep cleanse, purification as well as protection with a combination of pomegranate and passion flower. The masque is apparently made from pulped pomegranate seeds, passion flower, raspberry, grape, cranberry, evening primrose, lotus blossom, aloe vera, and vitamin E. This mixture provides you with lots of antioxidants that protect your skin, while your pores get a nice deep cleaning. The Blemish Mud masque is a blend of aloe vera, willow, rosemary, green tea leaf, evening primrose, witch hazel and natural clay. Both masks have the same instructions to put them on clean skin and keep them on for 15 – 20 minutes until they have set enough to just peel off. And with it, apparently, you will peel away all of the bad stuff to leave your skin clean and happy.
I’m looking forward to trying these and seeing what kind of results they bring. I might have to have a little spa at home day this week. The masques come in individually packaged sachets, one use per sachet, and the size depends on the type of masque. You can get packs of six masks at Amazon UK for under £5.00, the prices vary depending on the masques that you want. Or, you can get a single mask for £1.09 also at Amazon. The reviews are quite good at Amazon, so I’m hoping for good results.
So, how do the numbers stack up for the box this month? Here is the breakdown:
- Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream, 6 g sample: £1.82 value
- Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash, 50 ml sample: £2.05 value
- The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers, full size: £8.00 value
- Anatomicals Puffy The Eye Bag Slayer Wake-Up Under Eye Patches, 2 sets of 2 patches: £4.00 value
- Montagne Jeunesse Masques; 2 full sized masques: £2.18 value
- Total Value: £18.05
I think this is the lowest valued Glossybox I’ve received since I began getting them in August 2013. The value of that box is just £5.10 over the £12.95 price; it’s rather disappointing, especially since the highest valued item was the pair of tweezers I don’t want. I might have to re-evaluate my Glossybox description if this trend continues. I’ve been thinking about getting a Birchbox subscription, so maybe this will be the push that I need to make that decision.