21 February 2012

What Beauty Boxes Should Be Like..

In the past couple of months, I've had my share of beauty boxes, and out of the 10 or so that I've tried, I've never had a resounding, neverending excitement about a box. My reaction was almost always like, "Hmm, interesting" or "Ooo that'd be nice to try", and this was often after an initial excitement after viewing spoilers, only to feel a bit average when actually getting the products.

I'm not going to lie, I like getting these boxes - I get Glossyboxes and Jolieboxes sent for consideration, and I like getting to try stuff inside. But would I be happy to pay for any of the boxes I've gotten so far? Nope. I even stopped subscribing to Feel Unique after 2 months. But this month - a miracle happened. My ideal box was plopped in my pigeon box, and it was from the veterans of UK beauty boxes, Glossybox. This is what I got:


*Dr Bronner Lavender Hand Sanitiser
*Como Shambhala Invigorate Shower Gel
*Awapuhi by Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger Treatment Oil
*BM Beauty Pure Mineral Eyeshadow
*BECCA Beach Tint Watermelon

Why is it my ideal box? Here are a few reasons..

1. Variety.
This box had a good mix of your everyday items, and items you wouldn't really buy very often, and I think a mix is important. It's important to throw things in like shower gels, which are easy to use up and fun to try. But it's also important to put in something different, like a hand sanitizer, make up (and in a useable shade!) or a hair treatment oil that we may not already have, or we go through slowly, which means we haven't had any variety in our routine for a while. I think this keeps it interesting and practical at the same time.

2. Affordability.
Looking through my little information paper, all full-sized products are under £30. Now getting a £90 oil is lovely and like a luxury, but realistically am I REALLY going to go out and get another one? I think keeping things under the £50 mark atleast makes products worth 'trying' in the purest form of the meaning!

3. Interest.
I thought the brands they chose this time were impeccable. Ranging from brands we've heard of, but that hasn't really hit "cult" status yet, like BECCA and BM Beauty, to brands I have never even seen before like Dr Bronner and Como Shambhala. When I opened the box it was a mix of, "OMG I've always wanted to try them!" and "Ooo, what is THAT?!" Now this may be subject to a bit of bias, as BECCA and BM Beauty have always been on the top of my list of brands I'm curious about.. but I think they have a similar presence in many bloggers' minds.

4. Novelty.
This kind of falls under all the categories, like new brands, new types of products, new formulas etc., and I think it's important to have a consistent "wow" factor in all the products. People don't want to know that they'll get another moisturizer this month, and we get bored of getting things from the same brands from different beauty box companies. I felt like this box was novel in every possible way!

Now rewind a month back, and if someone had asked me what my ideal box would be, I couldn't have told them. But I think dissecting why I got so excited about this box, that these 4 things sum it all up. It was just a well-balanced, new and different collection of products that made it fun to read through everything, and find out what they were about! Whether you'll get on with the products is never really up to the boxes - but I think choosing a great combination of products to stir interest is hard, if not harder, than just choosing out a product that may work on a random person. So no doubt about it - 5 stars and a huge pat on the back to Glossybox! :)

Edit: That being said, I've been alerted to some of the other boxes that have been received and they are far from impressive. This is a continuing sad fact about beauty boxes that I've definitely been on the receiving end of before, and it's always frustrating and sometimes even slightly offensive? I just want to emphasize that the views I wrote was based on the box I received, and am in no way endorsing the difference in quality of boxes - that is probably the next step that Glossybox, and many other boxes, need to work on - and quick!

What did you think about Glossybox this month?
Have you had your ideal box come through yet? :)

<3yu

P.S. Apparently they are bringing out a mystery box next month - I'm usually not one to go for hypes (like Glossybox's Christmas or Valentine's boxes) as I always find myself disappointed, but this sounds a bit intriguing! They're releasing some details on Friday here. I do hope they keep up the standards in next month's box too!

*Received for consideration.

19 comments:

  1. Your box actually looks good. I was very disappointed to mind but had a completely different box to yours.
    I too am very intrigued by the mystery box x

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    1. Heya I hope you got my comment on your Glossybox post! It's quite poor really, I've edited the post now I hope it wasn't upsetting!

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  2. I had to unsubscribe from Glossybox for this month, as I'm away for a bit and when I saw the boxes that some other people got I was so glad I did! This one however, is amazing and I would have been over the moon to get these products. There's just no way of knowing and like you said, it's something that really needs to be addressed by beauty box companies.

    beautifulsmudges.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree 100% about companies needing to address this, and like I said I don't pay for these boxes because I think it's so risky and more prone to disappointment than excitement!

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  3. wow, those "samples" look enormous!! i really like Beautyfix, they are a little bit pricey but the items are excellent :]
    thanks for sharing, i might have to check out glossybox too.

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    1. Haha they were pretty big in my box! I've never heard of Beautyfix, is this in the UK?

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  4. I lOVE Becca products! Dr. Bronner is really good too! I haven't dappled into Birch boxes here or Conscious Boxes (eco-friendly) because as much fun as it is to get samples of stuff, I hate clutter :)

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    1. Wow, the eco-friendly one sounds cool! But I know what you mean about the clutter, I do give away some stuff often :)

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  5. I am a little bit jealous of your box! Mine had an almost different mix but I think they might have done better than last month? Like you said, this month's had a better combination of products and novelty, just a shame that get the Becca! >___<

    (http://ducksandshopping.blogspot.com/2012/02/glossybox-february.html)

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    1. Yeah I didn't really enjoy last month's very much.. but yeah it's totally unfair when such a big product like Becca only goes to a few people!

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  6. see your lucky, this is a good box, My Glossy was crap, thats the problem with them, they give people different things so we always want what the other has! im tempted to stay for the mystery box but then i will cancel I think. Carmine are better!

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    1. Yeah, I think if they want to send different things, it should always be to an equal quality.. I'm sure it's hard to decipher, but at the same time I feel like some months, there is such a big discrepancy between boxes that you'd think some of the staff would have noticed.. I've never tried Carmine actually!

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  7. I've always wanted to try one of BECCA's beach tints! loveee.
    great post x

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    1. Me too - I was so happy with mine, I only swatched it but it looks gorgeous :) Thank you!

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  8. I love your blog so much, I am now following!

    theglossover.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you Nicole, that is so sweet of you :)

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  9. I haven't received my box yet but I'm hoping I have the same contents as yours! xx

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    1. Ah I hope so too! I haven't tried anything yet properly but they all seem very useable :)

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  10. If you want to buy the shower gel from Como Shambala beacuse you liked it, this brand is available here http://www.lineaspa.com/en/bath-shower-gel/67-invigorate-shower-gel-como-shambhala.html It's a really nice website which will make you discover amazing cosmetics brands from all over the world

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