Glossybox April: The Natural Edition

May 3, 2012

A box full of beauty surprises arriving at your desk each month – need I say more? For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Glossybox, it’s a subscription service that delivers you 5 luxury beauty products each month in a really cute box for £10 (yep, a tenner), and is a great way to trial new products that you wouldn’t otherwise have tried. After reading about the service last year, I decided to give it a try. I now wait like an excited child each month for my box to arrive in the post, and subsequently put my colleagues through a 20 minute demonstration of each product.


This month, Glossybox went back to basics with The Natural Box. The theme provided a nice change after receiving a succession of pretty pink packages (as great as they were), including all natural products and a 100% biodegradable box. 
Products differ between boxes, but I seem to have gotten pretty lucky each month with my selection (last month I received a mini Burberry lipstick and YSL serum!). Below I’ve given my take on what this month’s box has to offer.
Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum
A few weeks ago I attended a Glossybox event for Caudalie, so I was really keen to try the products having met the creator and learnt about the history of the brand. Essentially all of their products are based around the natural properties of none other than the humble grape (yep, vino). This serum is designed for all skin types, and to be used on the face before applying moisturiser in the morning. Having given it a try for the past few mornings, I can honestly say that my skin is feeling moisturised and certain dry patches appear less obvious. Luckily for me I recently noticed Caudalie is stocked in my local pharmacy, so this is one product I’ll definitely consider purchasing.
Kai Perfume Oil
I must say I felt a hint of disappointment when I received this product as the tiny size felt more like a tester I’d pick up in a store, particularly as a friend received Burts Bees hand cream instead! I’d never heard of the brand before, but was pleasantly surprised by the fresh scent and the length of time it lasted on my skin. This stuff has staying power, which ended up making up for the size.

Inika Cosmetics Certified Organic Eyeliner
This product literally couldn’t have come at a better time. Friday afternoon at 5pm and I realise I’ve left my trusty brown eyeliner at home. The pub is calling and I’m looking for an alternative to avoid receiving ‘are you tired’ comments for the evening. I’ve recently been hooked on coloured eyeliners and had given black kohl a bit of a rest, but in my hour of need decided to try out this organic version. There’s only so much you can say about an eye pencil, but this one was actually top quality and lived up to the ‘rich and creamy’ consistency it advertises. It’s been in my make up bag ever since.
Ayuuri Natural Body Wash
For me this product is what Glossybox is all about. Very rarely would I ever think of trying specialist beauty brands for something like shower gel, simply picking up my preferred bottle during my weekly shop. The boyfriend and I however have been using this sandalwood body wash for the past week, and I must admit it actually feels quite luxurious to use a nicer brand. This smells great without being overpowering, and is a bargain at £4.95 for the full size version.

Figs & Rouge Lip Balm 
This peppermint and tea tree lip balm comes in really pretty packaging and is 100% pure, natural and organic. I love the fresh peppermint smell with a hint of tea tree, and the balm goes on completely clear – which I always prefer. The tin is literally gorgeous, and it can be used on the face and body as well as your lips. A good all rounder.
Did you receive this month’s Glossybox? What did you think of the products?
Em xx

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