GlossyBox unboxing – April 2017, the case of the missing products

Spring is a wonderful time for new beauty discovery. For one thing, there’s enough daylight to actually take the opportunity to see your best attempts with your new eyeliner. For another, everything feels fresh and new and pretty. Case in point: Last week’s post about Easter egg nails. Seriously, I’ll be rocking these shades for at least another two or three months.

So, of course, I was excited to see what the glossies would send me. And of course what I got was a “Sorry we missed you card from Royal Mail.” By the time I’d schlepped over to the post office and back it was already after 5 pm on Maundy Thursday. Something that wouldn’t normally concern me, but on this occasion, it really did. Because I was missing some things.

Here’s what should have been in my box: Hand sanitizer, make-up brush, conditioner, mascara, contour pencil. I was missing the last two items. Arguably, the two most interesting items. I jumped online and sent a message to customer services but I knew I wouldn’t get a response until today at the earliest. It’s a shame, but perhaps it can’t be helped. Expect a follow-up post when (if?) they sort it out.

In the meantime, here’s what I did receive

Merci Handy Love and Cleansing Gel, rrp. £2.90


Ok, I’m not that much of a hand sanitizer kind of a person. That said, since I’m now taking public transport to work every day, maybe I should be? If it means I catch even one less cold every winter, that’s a good thing. This one is quite nice. It smells as good as alcohol gel can, and it has little bursting moisturising beads in it, so it almost doubles as a hand cream. Probably the moisturising effect is cancelled out by the drying effect of the alcohol gel but it’s a good attempt.

Would I buy it? I’m just not that excited by hand sanitizer. I guess I’ll keep it in my handbag just in case, but I don’t see myself stocking up anytime soon.

Sportfx Double Time Brush Buffer + Powder Duo, rrp. £10.99


This I like. It’s double ended, with a flat ended brush for applying foundations and bb creams and a round ended brush for blending powders. Both are lovely and soft and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this tool. The only weird thing? Apparently, this brand is designed to help you get a quick turn around when refreshing your look after a gym session. Is it just me who doesn’t have makeup as a priority before, during or after my workouts?

Would I buy it? Well, I have this one now, but I’d look at their other brushes and products.

Elgon Deliwash Cleansing Conditioner, rrp. £14.50


Right, I was pointed in the direction of co-washing way back last year when I did my experiment on trying to wash my hair less often. The idea is to use conditioner to wash your hair, rather than shampoo. I tried it once or twice, but eventually just settled on washing my hair with a gentle shampoo every 2 or 3 days. However, this product is specifically for co-washing. You massage it into your roots and down the length of your hair, bearing in mind that it won’t lather up like a shampoo would, then after letting it sit for a couple of minutes you rinse it out and you’re done.

I love it. I think I’ll still need to use a shampoo every few washes but this is a great product if you want to wash your hair less often. It left my hair clean, soft and smelling good. The only thing is that it’s not as great for detangling as some of my richer conditioning treatments, but I guess I wouldn’t expect it to be.

Would I buy it? It’s great, but £14.50 is a bit steep. Ask me again when I finish the bottle…


So, while I don’t really feel like I can reliably conclude whether or not this month’s box was a good one, I do like the products that I did receive, and I am looking forward to trying the mascara and the contour pencil. I guess this is a reminder that even large companies like GlossyBox, can make the occasional mistake.

To be continued…

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