Beauty subscription boxes… they’re pretty controversial aren’t they? I reviewed various Glossyboxes and whilst the boxes I tried were very much hit and miss, my conclusion was nearly always the same…generally not great but very hard for a beauty blogger to judge simply because we often have more than enough beauty products at our disposal without adding random sample sizes into the mix…but I do suspect that these services might make a great gift for your more average beauty lover. But, personally, they are not for me.
Then Joliebox got in touch and there was a bit of fanfare about them recently having become a Birchbox company, and I thought to myself, perhaps I should try it, maybe this will be the thing that convinces me to subscribe!
And so it was the November Box popped through my door recently.
Nice black box.
Love the fabric drawstring bag, the samples come in.
Then we have the samples.
I’m really sorry Joliebox, but I’m distinctly underwhelmed. What we have is as follows:
A Small Sample of Dead Sea Spa Magik Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash which I’ve tried before when I received it in a Glossybox, doesn’t suit me well at all.
A sachet of Jane Iredale BB Cream Number 5 Glow Time. Gotta say I’m not really on the BB cream bandwagon at all, with one exception that I loved (Omorovicza if you’re interested!). This claims to be full coverage, which does sound interesting, but the colour was no good for me.
Small tube of Topicrem – Body Glitter 3D Effect cream. Extremely pretty, no use for me though, I have no occasion for such a product, ten years ago I’d have been all over it though.
The smallest sachet ever of Vertumne A Venus Moisturising & Regenerating Hand Cream. A nice enough cream that moisturises and professes to regenerate. There’s so little product you can’t really tell how good it is, but its certainly not exciting in any way.
Yardley Royal English Daisy Eau de toilette perfume, i’ts nice, its floral, and it’s nice, it’s quite pretty. Not my usual cup of tea though.
Finally, the only thing in the box that I love….
Marvis Toothpaste in Cinnamon Mint. Which I do love.
I am truly thankful to Joliebox for letting me try this month’s box out…but it’s not for me and it’s not changed my view on the whole idea. I would not have paid for this, it’s not for me at all. But I still think these are a great idea for beauty lovers who aren’t drowning in products already and therefore, much harder to please!
I did enjoy the Joliebox magazine that came with the box I must say and I also enjoyed the blog on the website.
To sign up, you can head over to the Joliebox site where a monthly subscription will cost you £10 plus £2.95 p&p.
*Disclosure – PR sample*