Fashion & Beauty



Fancy a little gift each month? Love discovering new beauty products? In that case, a beauty Box subscription is for you. For only £10 a month (plus p&p charges) you can sign up to receive a beautifully presented box full of five trial-size products.

There are many different companies offering this service – my box of choice for the past year has been Glossybox. When you sign up to the box at, you’ll be asked to complete a small survey about your beauty requirements and preferences which allows the company to deliver particular beauty products to suit you. The products included are a combination of skincare, make-up, body care, haircare and beauty tools and range from high end brands to emerging smaller brands.

Glossybox (and similar beauty boxes) definitely have their good qualities, but they can be a little ‘hit and miss’. Of course you may receive five lovely products from brands you either love or are thrilled to discover, however you may equally be sent five measly samples of products you already own or thoroughly dislike.

Personally, I find it really exciting to receive a box of gifts in the post each month. I somehow seem to forget that I’ve already paid for the box, and it feels just like a surprise present! Most Glossyboxes are pale pink, and the products inside are wrapped neatly in tissue and ribbon, making it feel like a real treat. I also love discovering new brands and trying out new products, but others may feel a bit more loyal to their favourite beauty items and be reluctant to accept ‘newbies’. Each box contains a ‘Glossy Magazine’ which is a tiny brochure displaying a handful of beauty and lifestyle articles – I have to admit, it’s not as good as it could be. I do benefit, however, from a little card enclosed detailing ingredients and background information about the products inside the box. It includes a description of how each product should be used, where it can be purchased and frequently includes discount codes to be used online.

Glossybox Januray 2014 was themed ‘Back to Basics’ and mine contained  a beautiful pair of tweezers from The Vintage Cosmetic Company, retailing at £8.00; 2 packs of Under eye patches from Anatomicals, retailing at £6.00 for a pack of 3; a 50ml sample of Vaseline body lotion, retailing at £4.99 for 400ml; a 50ml sample of Balance Me toning body wash, retailing at £10.25 for 250ml; and two 3g sample tubes of Yu-Be moisturisers, retailing at £13.50 for 33g. This effectively makes the contents worth approximately £17.12. Past boxes have been worth over £40, so many Glossybox subscribers have felt a little disappointed by this particular edition.


Have you tried any monthly beauty box subscriptions?

Written by Lottie Pearce

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