Happy New Year to you….not that we could celebrate properly here in the UK. As is the usual custom at RNB we kick off the new year with the Glossybox UK Advent Calendar.
This is only available to buy through the Glossybox website (see here) but you don’t need to have a subscription to purchase. This usually becomes available to pre-order anytime in September with delivery within 2 months. Full price this retailed at £99 but as a subscriber you get discount so it cost £80 and I believe you can use your GB balance for additional discount. Delivery was free and arrived within a week of dispatch.
This years calendar is slightly more expensive than last year for subscribers but the price has risen hugely for non subs. I think subscribers only saved £5 last year in comparison to £19 for this one. However, this year I believe the value of the calendar is much higher as it’s worth £390.
After 2 years of a similar calendar design, this year Glossybox have switched it up and I really like this new layout. Instead of shelves with the boxes stacked we have drawers. It adds to the fun having to find the days box. It was also a lot less awkward to get at the boxes this year in comparison to the last couple.
There is a good mix of products this year with 14 items related to skin and hair care and the rest being makeup of some sort. I assume that this year we have a selection of more expensive skincare as I’m seeing more samples than before. However there is a good range of different products including face and body scrubs, bath bombs, masks etc. All of the products are new to me but not all the brands. A little bit gutting that one of the items was a headband but I was extremely happy with the Avant Eye Serum, Lee Stafford Hair Treatment and the Pixi Glow Mist.
One thing I am annoyed about though is the mascara. I know that in January LAST year (a whole 12 months ago) Kat Von D Beauty was sold and rebranded as KVD Vegan Beauty. Yet in the Glossybox Calendar we clearly have the original packaging. Meaning its OLD AF!! So having paid £80 I do not appreciate you taking the opportunity to palm off OUTDATED STOCK! That’s just F***ing rude!
Other than the mascara, which is a piss take, the rest of the makeup is pretty good, all full size and seemingly in date. There’s almost a full face in there aside from complexion products. We have brows, eyeliner, shadows, highlighters and lipsticks so not a bad makeup haul really. Plus a set of sponges and primer. I didn’t dislike anything other than the mascara which I was actually really excited to try. I can’t believe we got a Fenty highlighter.
Overall, I don’t know how I feel about this years advent calendar from Glossybox. Many days I kinda wanted more but upon reflection it is a pretty good collection of products. Lots of samples can be underwhelming but skincare is useless if it doesn’t work for you so I suppose samples are better in that sense. One or two products didn’t work for me and some outperformed my expectations. But the thing with the mascara worries and disappoints me. How many other products are just leftovers from the year. Thank you for sending Fenty though.
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