Glossybox makes it all better*

(*Well, a little bit better, anyway…)

In a bid to distract myself from all of the OMGSTRESS I’ve been posting about recently, here’s a post that I’d normally publish on Dollface, but which, as part of a super-secret experiment, and because Dollface has been very sadly neglected recently, I’m putting here instead. It concerns the arrival of another box:

No, it’s not from Zara. This time. Their next box will arrive next week.

(It’s OK, Terry, I’m kidding!)

(I’m not.)

“If it’s not stripey sweaters, then WHAT’S IN THE BOX, Amber?!” I hear absolutely none of you cry.

(Oh, by the way, while I’m on the subject of stripey sweaters, my mum DID manage to alter that Zara one for me. Yay for my mum! And for stripey sweaters!)

(I’ll stop with the parentheses now. Maybe.)

Why, it is a Glossybox!


And what in the wide world is a “Glossybox”?

It’s a box full of gloss. Well, d’uh.

No, really, it’s a box full of gloss:

If, by “gloss”, you mean “products”, that is.

So, Glossybox is a system whereby you pay £10 per month, and each month you receive a box like this one in the mail, full of samples of high-end beauty products. The company were kind enough to send me this sample box for free, and I was really excited by it, because look what was inside:


NARS Orgasm Illuminator!

Now, I must admit, when I was told the Glossybox would contain “product samples”, I was a little bit dubious. Let’s face it, we’ve all had free samples of things before, and they’re normally free for a reason, the reason being that they tend to be things that you wouldn’t actually buy. This, however, is a product I’ve had on my wish list for a while now, and which I was actually planning to purchase during my annual pilgrimage to Sephora this summer. I use NARS Orgasm blush every day, and swear by the stuff, and this is the illuminator version, which you can apply to the cheekbones, mix in with face cream or foundation, or basically use anywhere you like. They claim it will create a youthful, dewy glow, and God knows, we could all be doing with THAT. (And by “we” I mean “me”.) Although these are billed as “samples”, this is actually the full-sized, 30ml version, which retails for £21.50, so if I’d paid £10 for the Glossybox, it would already have saved me £11.50. (Did you see me do that maths in my head there?)

The box also contained this:

All for Eve Lipstick, in ‘Eve Red’, which is a blue-toned red, a.k.a. “the best kind”. Well, for me, anyway: I love blue-reds because they work well with my skin tone, and are good at making your teeth look whiter, which is always handy. I haven’t actually tried this yet (Confession: I haven’t worn lipstick now since… I can’t actually remember the last time I wore lipstick. Thanks to the OMGSTRESS, I just get up every day, throw on my ratty old dressing gown and rock back and forth in the corner. So I am an AWESOME ambassador for makeup, no?) but I’m willing to bet I will like it. I will report back. This is also full-sized, and also something I’d been thinking about buying, having seen a few other bloggers wearing it, so another score for the Glossybox.


L-R: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray, Bionova Bioactive Cleanser and Como Shambhala body lotion. It’s like I’m speaking a different language now, huh? These are all trial sized, and are all products I wasn’t familiar with until now, so they’ll be a complete surprise to me. The Anti-Aging spray is actually an anti-ageing spray FOR YOUR HAIR, which has concerned me greatly, because, believe it or not, it hadn’t actually occurred to me to worry about my ageing hair (I worry about almost everything else, so this is really unusual for me), but, well, let’s just say it HAS NOW. I’m hoping it will turn me into Rapunzel or something. That’s always my hope with haircare products, though.

Anyway, this concludes our tour of the Glossybox (which you can order for yourself here, should you so desire: bear in mind it has different products inside every month, though, so if you want to try these particular ones, you better get your skates on.), and I’m pleased to say that I’ve managed to get through this entire post without mentioning either the ash cloud or Lin Shuideng. Oh no, wait…