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Glossybox October 2015 - Autumn spell

The October Glossybox was an accidental purchase. I know bloggers often use 'Oops it fell into my basket' as an excuse for buying something that they really shouldn't have, but this really was an accidental purchase, I didn't realise I'd bought it! I ordered the September box and than cancelled my subscription before the end of the month as I just wanted that box. What I didn't realise was that since I last subscribed to Glossybox their terms have changed. You now have to cancel on or before the 14th of the month or you'll receive the following months box. I got a shock when I received an email saying my box was on the way but it was my fault for not reading the terms when I signed up. I have to say I'm not keen on the new terms as if you receive a box you don't like and decide to cancel you might not have enough time to do so before you're tied in to the next box.

My little mess up aside, I'm liking the look of this months box. 

Glossybox October 2015 - Autumn Spell
Glossybox October 2015 - Autumn Spell
Glossybox October 2015 - Autumn Spell
Glossybox October 2015 - Autumn Spell

This month we're back to the standard pink Glossybox, which is a little bit disappointing after last months beautifully designed box. A big plus this month though is that, like last month, all five products are full size. I like to see at least one full size product in a beauty box if possible, so all five products being full size is fantastic.  

The first product that caught my eye was a large Lanolips box. At first I assumed this was a lip balm, especially as I'd seen a lip balm featured in another post on the October box, but when I looked closer I discovered it's actually the Lanolips Antibacterial hand cream (full size 50ml worth £8,99). The large box is actually quite deceptive as once open it you discover the hand cream is only half the width of the box. I've never really understood why some brands use a large box and then pop an extra bit of cardboard inside to make a smaller section the product sits in. Why not just make the box smaller and save cardboard? This contains aloe vera and claims to kill 99.9% of germs instantly while moisturising with a silky liquid glove of lanolin. A hand cream that also sanitises your hands as you apply it sounds pretty good to me. I do have several hand creams in my stash waiting to be used so I'll either pop this in line to use later or re-home it with my mum.

The next product to catch my eye was the Nicka K Airbrush blending sponge (full size worth £6.50). I think I may have heard of Nicka K but I'm not sure if I might be getting the name confused with another brand. I already own several different makeup sponges (that I rarely use, oops!) but I want to start using them. I might also do an update on my comparison post including this one. This Nicka K one is certainly a different shape to the others but I'm not sure this will actually add anything to how it applies makeup. 

The skincare item in the box (not including the hand cream) is a Talika Photo-hydra day cream (full size 30ml worth £24.85). I've never heard of Talika so I have no idea what this product might be like. They're a French brand (which we all know usually means good things) and this is a gel-creme containing hyaluronic acid and is said to be deeply hydrating. As my skin is currently desperately in need of moisture and loves these kind of creams I have high hopes for this. 

Finally there are two makeup products in the box. The first is a So Susan Haute light highlighting pencil (full size 1.5g worth £15). Although I've heard of So Susan I have no experience of their products. I've swatched this on my hand and to be honest it doesn't look promising to me. It might have just needed warming up a little but the pencil felt quite hard and the formula appeared a little chalky, so I'm not sure how I'll get on with this. I also had a lot of trouble getting the lid off and thought I might end up breaking it (I didn't). 

The second makeup item is a Jelly Pong Pong Fairy lashes curl mascara (full size 8ml worth £17.95). I have come across Jelly Pong Pong before but like So Susan have no experience of their products. I didn't think that Jelly Pong Pong was a cheap brand but was surprised to find this is worth almost as much as my favourite Benefit They're Real. This comes with a bristle brush in a pretty standard shape that is wider in the middle with tapered ends. I have about a squillion mascaras waiting to be used but this will be going straight in my makeup bag as I really want to give it a try now.

Overlooking the fact I have loads of hand creams, mascaras and makeup sponges (Glossybox have no way of knowing this!) I think this is a good box. There's a good mix of skincare (hand and face), makeup and makeup tools and although I'm not keen on the So Susan highlighter everything else looks very promising. 

A note on future Glossyboxes - the November box will include one of Revlon's best selling lipsticks and subscribers will be able to pick the shade they receive from four available (keep an eye out for an email if you're a subscriber). Also on the 16th November Glossybox will be releasing a one-off box, Glossybox for NARS. You'll need to be quick though as they'll only be 3000 available and it's bound to be a popular box. The box will cost £30 for subscribers and £35 for non-subscribers. 

What do you think of this months box?

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6 comments:

  1. How annoying that they changed their terms! I have to admit that I thought you had received a Lanolips lip balm too until I read your blog further. I'd be interested in hearing what you thought of it. x

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    1. I didn't even realise Lanolips did hand cream. The brand name isn't really ideal for branching out into other areas of the body! x

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  2. This box looks nice, great that they're all full size. I use to have a subscription, but cancelled it due to a number of poor boxes, but they've definitely improved. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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    1. I think they're really trying hard at the moment to bring up the standard of the boxes x

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  3. I love Glossybox! You got a couple of different things to me this month - I love seeing what other people get!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    www.jodetopia.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There doesn't appear to be as much variety between each subscribers box as there used to be but I think you do still get different products within the same brand, like the Lanolips lip balm/hand cream x

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