When I added my PO Box address to the contact information on my blog I was scared, excited and nervous about what might grace me each day when I trundled down with Aidan to check it. One year on and no nasty surprises so I’m taking that as a win.
Late last year I was surprised to receive a parcel, I took it home and Aidan and I ripped into it. I was delighted to find I’d been sent a Glossybox, something I’d heard a little bit about online. Basically it’s a monthly subscription but instead of a magazine you get a box with luxury sized beauty product samples. It was a lovely treat and I felt pretty special.
I don’t know about you but I’m a magazine junkie so the concept of Glossybox really worked for me. It took advertisements one step further and brought samples of brand new as well as popular products to my door instead of having to tear out sample coupons or print off subscriber email coupons. I think samples are great as most beauty products only have a short shelf life before you have to toss them plus they’re perfect for travel or popping in your handbag.
I wasn’t expecting to hear anything from the Glossybox team as I chose not to review the box, I just took a simple photo on instagram and said thank you on twitter. I thought that would be the end of it… until I received another box in February celebrating Valentine’s Day. It was so sweet and fun, the presentation with these boxes are always immaculate. The boxes are cute and sturdy and so far each one has been a different colour, great for storage in my office and I’m a bit of a sucker for the zigzag paper filler, Aidan loves playing with it.
The contents has been a bit hit and miss. The vouchers are decent but I’m yet to use any of them. I like that you can receive a mix of full size products and sample sizes. If you’re a miscellaneous gift giver like me, bundling up different smaller items to make one big gift, a Glossybox subscription would be perfect. You never know what is going to arrive, each month it’s a total surprise. Whatever I don’t want to use or I know wouldn’t suit me I just pop it in my “Gift Box” ready for the next birthday or as a special little something extra when sending out thank you notes to readers.
So far I’ve had a pretty good run with the products arriving, lots of Proactiv which I’m not a big fan of but a lot of things I wouldn’t have heard about if it wasn’t for Glossybox. I’ve received the new, very expensive Estee Lauder Night Repair Serum, a controversial Power Balance Band, beautiful body oil, lip balms, make up and even hair care products. I love having it arrive each month but that said each one of the boxes has been a gift, I haven’t paid for them at all.
To be a Glossybox subscriber it costs $14.95 AUD (incl. delivery) each month, you are able to cancel your subscription at any time within 14 days of delivery so it’s not too much of a risk if you want to try it out. I liked that you weren’t locked into an annual subscription term too. Are you a closet Beauty Blogger? Now you can earn points (AKA: Glossydots) just for reviewing the products you receive each month which I thought was kind of cool.
Would I keep getting Glossybox if I had to pay myself? Personally, probably not but that’s because I already receive lots of beauty products to review through my blog. If I wasn’t in this position? Definitely, it’s so much fun and makes snail mail exciting again. I’m keen to try a Bella Box for comparison (also $15 per month), I think it would be interesting to see which brands they have on board or if they about the same.