Everyone has been talking about it, but just in case you have been living under a rock I thought I would share with you the Glossybox and Harvey Nichols Collaboration- just in time for Christmas.

I haven’t posted about sample beauty boxes as I haven’t seen anything very exciting in a while however I think this box is rather special in comparison. At £30 it’s almost three times the price of a normal beauty box but it is filled (and I mean filled!) with brands we all love and products you might actually use.
The box contains… 

  • Laura Mercier Foundation Primer
  • Dermalogica Overnight Repair Serum
  • NARS Mini Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien
  • Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser
  • Benefit They’re Real Mascara
  • Macadamia Macadamia Oil
  • Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
  • La Coupe Intensive Hair Repair
  • Harvey Nichols Mini Scented Candle
  • Show Beauty Volume Lotion, Volume Mousse, Finishing Spray, Texture Spray, Dry Shampoo, Thickening Mist, Volumising Mist, Thermal Protect Lotion, Thickening Lotion, Pure Treatment Oil or Hair Fragrance
  • O.P.I Viking Nail Polish or Avoplex Hand Cream
  • Percy & Reed Dry Conditioner

Since Glossy Box have told us exactly what is inside there shouldn’t be any surprised and you should know exactly what you are paying for. I love that includes skincare, haircare, nail care and makeup all in one box. For just £30 you receive £150 worth of products, which is a pretty sweet deal! 

The stand out products for me are the Laura Mercier Primer (which I’m sure I have a sample off from another box), the NARS Satin Lip Pencil, Harvey Nichols Mini Scented Candle and the full size Show beauty products. That said I would have much prefer the OPI Nail Polish that some people got and also a different Show Beauty products… but I guess that’s just the luck of the draw. 

I’m really happy to see GlossyBox offer their subscribers something different, it would make a great Christmas present for any beauty lover, or even as a treat for yourself. Glossybox also offer a three, six or twelve-month subscription starting at £30 (+P&P) which also makes a good present for a beauty lover. 

The Harvey Nicols and Glossybox Box will be able to purchase 17th November from here.

What do you think of the look of this box? 

I actually don’t have any nail swatches for you today (my nails need a break too) but instead I am sharing a new subscription box with you. Yes, another one- but this ones is a little different.

Think back to the last time you finished a whole nail polish- can’t think of a time? Me neither. I think in my whole life time I have finished one, possibly two nail polishes, which is why it seems like a bit of a waste to buy 10/15ml bottles. I think I have thrown 10 times more nail polishes away because they have dried up than because I actually finished them.

Coloristiq is a new subscription box that allows you to borrow three nail polishes a month, use them up to three times a bottle (with two coats) and send them back. It a great way to try new colours, as well as giving you access to a greater shade range without having to store them.

However they only have four brands OPI, Essie, China Glaze and Morgan Taylor- although these are probably some of the best professional nail brands around with an impressive colour range.

To get started and receive your first nail polishes you simply sign up online, add your favourite shades to your wishlist and receive three every month. The nail polishes arrive in the post and you are allowed to use each polish three times with two coats before sending them back using the pre paid postage stamp. My worry was having to queue up regularly at the post office to send them back but you actually just seal the box up and post it through the Royal Mail Pillars.

Although I have been sent a sample box I can’t actually comment on how the real subscription boxes come, the state of the nail polishes and how easy it actually is to get the colours of your choice so if you have tried the service please do let me know about your experience in the comments.

This service costs £14.49 for three nail polishes and postage both ways, making it £4.83 a nail polish in comparison to £11+ for an OPI nail polish. This is a great service for those who love to change the colour of their nail regularly but if you know you will use the same colours more than three times you are better off buying a full bottle especially for brands such as China Glaze and Essie where nail polishes can be found on eBay for under £5.

Overall I love this idea, although I do think it’s a little on the pricey side and would like to see the amount of brands grow. I personally have hundred of nail polishes which I am now struggling to store and this service would allow me to have all the colours without the clutter. It’s great for anyone who wants to try new colours regularly but doesn’t have time to keep popping into store to buy them as the conveniently land on your door step.

What do you think of this service? Would you subscribe?

Coloristiq website here for more info.

I know what you’re thinking, another beauty box?! That was my first thought, I’m getting a little bored of beauty boxes, of getting samples of products I already have and I’m running out of space to store said samples.

 However over the summer all my french friends told me about My Little Box which has 80,000 subscribers in France and which they are in love with so I was naturally intrigued by their move over to the UK.

The packaging on every box is stunning and similar to what I’ve seen other beauty boxes do in the past as a one off box. They have an illustrator that clearly spends time on all the goodies meaning that there is a nice flow throughout everything the company does. Inside the box you can expect to find a range of beauty items including some from the My Little Box in-house beauty range which means you won’t find it in any other beauty box. For me the nice thing is the lifestyle items which they include that aren’t tea bags and breakfast bars like other lifestyle boxes. In the past they’ve included bracelets, candles, phone cases, necklaces and my personal favourite was a pack of beautifully illustrated girly playing cards. Everything is very wearable, fun and just really well chosen. Each box has a theme making it a little different from the month before and includes a beautiful magazine (which is currently in French but I am hoping they will include and English version now they are coming over to the UK)

I think this beauty box has a little edge over the current ones on the market and for now I am really impressed although I look forward to finding out how it goes over the year and if it will become a little repetitive. Although a little more expensive than the most popular ones on the market it’s one I would actually subscribe to. 

What do you think? Would you be tempted to subscribe or do you think beauty boxes have had their time? Would love to hear what you think in the comments.

For more info check out the My Little Box website (the photos are beautiful!) 

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The lovely girls at Birchbox are offering my readers £5 off their first box when they subscribe to Birchbox with the code BBX5OBSESSED until 31st July 2014. I know a lot of you love subscription boxes so this is a great opportunity to try Birchbox out if you haven’t done so already. 

Heres a peek inside my July box which had some great Weleda and Balance me although it was worth it just for the Laqa&Co Lip Crayon which is an amazing colour! 

Check out Birchbox.co.uk to subscribe! 

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 It’s no secret that I like beauty boxes, there’s something about opening the shiny box to find perfectly folded tissue paper and an array of beauty products and of course it’s even better when I fall in love with the beauty products.

I was very excited to discover the Millie Kendall and Anna-Marie Solowiji, the founders of BeautyMART have joined forces with Latest in Beauty to create a carefully selected beauty box.

 Once I opened the lid I noticed just how crammed and full the box was, probably the fullest I’ve ever seen a beauty was which was a great start. I noticed that there was a range of full size and no so generous samples, as well as quite a few products I’ve received before in other beauty boxes.

The smallest size samples were Astalift Jelly and Mary Greenwell’s Plum perfume which I have seen in Beauty boxes before. I have also seen Weleda Skin Food and DHC Cleansing oil however they were both decent size samples and great for travel.

The Rimmel BB Matte comes in a small but useable size and luckily in Light which is a shade I would use.

The Balmain Silk perfume for hair naturally caught my eye first as it’s a huge full size (retails for £24.50 which is almost double the box price) and I’m actually quite impressed by. I can’t wait to try the Bronze Buffer Tan Remover as I a little sceptical and the Kevin Murphy Colour Bug has been on my wish list for a while. 

Overall a really nice selection of products, clearly carefully edited- the amount of products and the consistent quality of the products is quite unusual and impressive. It all retails for £12.95 plus P&P and is available to order here while stocks last. To make the box even better it includes a 20% Off code to use on BeautyMART!

What do you think of this beauty box?

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