December brings us to the last ever Glossybox vs. Birchbox post because from here on out, my Birchbox subscription is officially cancelled!
These boxes both cost £10 plus P&P per month, has what has made this so interesting. For the same price, the difference in value of the contents between the two boxes has been vast. Glossybox offers value for money every time... Birchbox, not so much.
Birchbox offers 7 items this month, 2 of those are full sizes totalling £27.50 and 2 are extra treats for the Christmas month.
Laritzy Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Tidal (full size RRP £20)
"This liquid formula delivers rich pigmented colour that seriously won't budge. Plus, the comfortable texture means it won't settle into the lines of your lips or leave them feeling dried out."
This was subscribers choice for the month. We got a choice to two shades; Power, a classic red, or Tidal, a pinky nude. This is a win for me, I agree with all the claims. This is a brilliant liquid lipstick formula!
Oh K! Bubble Sheet Mask (full size RRP £7.50)
"This innovative sheet mask reacts with the oxygen in the air to form tiny bubbles when you place it on your face. Not only does it result in a hilariously foamy face but it purifies and smoothes skin for a radiant complexion."
I've not tried a bubble mask before but I like trying new masks from beauty boxes.
Rituals The Ritual of Ayurveda Body Cream
"This body cream is the ultimate multitasker- rejuvenating both body and mind. Combining the irresistable aroma of Indian rose with pampering Himalyan honey, the nourishing formula sinks in quickly to hydrate your skin and calm the senses."
I've had a few Rituals products over the last year thanks to Birchbox and I've liked all of them. I'm looking forward to trying this.
Balance Me Flash Cleanse Micellar Water
"Gently remove makeup and sweep away impurities with this 99% natural cleansing water. A soothing blend of peptides, chamomile, neroli and mandarin support your skin's natural regeneration process and fight signs of ageing."
These tiny samples aren't the best for seeing if you enjoy a product but I tend to save these for travelling as they're so handy.
Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask
"No matter how thick or thin your hair is, all strands need one thing: moisture. This is just the mask to give them what they crave. Brimming with nourishing ingredients, it leaves hair soft, manageable and conditioned."
Nope. I don't need yet another product that promises to hydrate my hair. My birchbox profile has my hair type as oily yet over the past year I've constantly been sent products like this. Birchbox says boxes are personalised to suit individual profiles but my experience suggests otherwise, and is just one of the reasons I haven't enjoyed my subscription.
Birchbox Hair Comb
"This plastic comb is hard on tangles but easy on your hair. The wide teeth help work through stubborn knots without breakage."
This is one of the extra treats, I'm indifferent to it.
This is one of the extra treats, I'm indifferent to it.
We also a chocolate duo from Hotel Chocolat and I'd eaten them within two minutes of opening the box. They were my favourite part of this month!
The sneak peek for January is a full size CLE Cosmetics Essence Moonlighter Cushion in either Apricot Tinge or Copper Rose. Subscribers get to choose which shade they would prefer. I've obviously cancelled and won't be receiving January's box but if I was, I wouldn''t have been happy. Both shades of this highlighter look dark, so I doubt any pale skinned subscribers would be able to make these work.
The December glossybox contains 5 full size products plus an extra treat. The total value of the products adds up to around £62.
Imperial Leather Fantasy Icons Cosmic Unicorn Shower Gel (full size RRP £1.99)
"We couldn't resist injecting some fun into our daily shower routines. Inspired by cosmic moons and sparkles, it will leave your skin soft and magically scented with pink grapefruit, citrus and floral aromas."
Nice to see a shower product. I needed to buy some shower gel as I was getting low, then this arrived!
Beauty BLVD Divine Hydra-Gel Lip Mask (full size RRP £7.50)
"For plump, smooth and kissable lips, look no further. Formulated with green tea extracts and moisture boosting hyaluronic acid, these masks rescue dry lips! Collagen and antioxidant rich red wine extracts also help to plump and smooth."
I've never tried a lip mask before so this will be interesting! They sound great for this time of year, as my lips are so dry.
Maybeauty The Incredible Pore Strip
"We've included an extra treat to help prep your pores for the busy selfie season! These nose pore strips remove blackheads and impurities."
Me and Glenn love doing pore strips, mainly for the satisfying aftermath so this extra treat will be put to good use.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Shimmer Roll in Champagne (full size RRP £19.99)
"Shimmer and Champagne are Christmas essentials so you'll love this lustrous Champagne Shimmer Roll! This iridescent highlighter glides on and contains pigments that blend seamlessly and shimmer endlessly."
I love the colour of this put this seemed so powdery on swatching it. I'm going to give it a proper try but it's not a product I'd pick out myself.
Doucce Relentless Matte Lip Crayon in Winterberry (full size RRP £16.95)
Reminiscent of mulled wine and winterberries, this rich, bold red lip crayon couldn't be more christmassy if it tried. Long-lasting and deeply pigmented, it glides on smoothly and has an on-trend ultra-matte finish."
I love lip crayons, so seeing one in a perfect Christmas shade was bound to please me.
Niko Pro Liquid Jelly Blush in Bali (full size RRP £12)
"Shimmers of gold combine with a beautiful pink hue to give your cheeks a flush of colour and a natural sparkle this winter. We love the unique jelly formula that's hydrating, pigmented and lightweight."
Honestly, this product scares me. I love the colour but the formula is the thing I'm wary of. I used a bit to swatch and a little bit goes a long way!
Doucce Lip crayon, Bellapierre Shimmer Roll & Niko Pro Jelly Blush.
The sneak peek for January is very exciting and proves how much good value for money Glossybox really is. January's boxes will include a full size Avant Skincare Deluxe Hyaluronic Acid Vivifying Face and Eye Night Cream worth £98!
What did you think to December's boxes?