Note: I wrote this draft post to be released when I actually got this box, in May 2018, and then in June of 2018 my partner’s son died, which was understandably devastating. I had already cancelled the subscription, but because of this I went full radio silent online – it just wasn’t as important. But at some point I have to put down what happened, and this draft has been sitting here for nearly three years – the contents are not important, it’s just the…cleaning things up finally.
So, this is finally going to be my last GlossyBox. The May Daydreamer limited edition box contained five items (plus bonus tea bag) – a shampoo and conditioner set, jelly foot soak, makeup remover, and a lovely little eyeshadow palette from Trifle Cosmetics.
And here is the Catch Up:
I had originally planned to do a year four review, but two to three years after the fact I definitely don’t have the enthusiasm for it now, and at some point you just have to draw a line so you can move on – I don’t actually want to just mothball StudiousOctopus – I’ve used to for all sorts of things for years. I do think I’m done with my stab at being a “Beauty Youtuber” – I do still like skincare and to a lesser extent makeup as much as I used to, I just want to do other things! I’ll probably go back to posting about our Let’s Play/Gaming channel, And So Begins – which is something creative we’ve managed to keep up.
This month we had a regular pink box but the contents were themed for ‘Nostalgia’ – covering beauty through decades past. It was pretty disappointing to get a repeat item this month again, the ModelLauncher Safari Bronzer, but I really enjoyed the rest of the box.
I do videos that aren’t GlossyBox Unboxings or Catchups occasionally – though that really is the bulk of the content – so here is a little catchup of those!
First up is my third Year Long Review of GlossyBox; I look at how much real value the box is, how much it cost, all the stuff I got, is it worth it and lots of other good things. It’s a really good long term look at the service – as opposed to the month to month shiny and new unboxings!
I was actually a little late getting this one up, so it’ll only be about 5 months or so until the fourth yearly review of the service, if I have it at that point!
And I also got around to recording an end-of-the-year cleaning-out-all-of-this-junk empties video! It always feels fun and relaxing to do these, it’s nice to look back and see what things I really liked and used them all up, what I want to rebuy, and what really didn’t stand up to use in the long term.
Just a quick catchup round up post again; this time of the January 2018 UK GlossyBox videos from YouTube, this was a regular pink box with a very ‘New Year, New You’ theme. I had another major dislike with this box in the form of overpriced and not very safe feeling beauty supplements, but other than that disappointment – the box was actually a lovely, high value and well curated set. Hopefully we won’t see another supplement style item again, otherwise I feel like I really would have to cancel the service!
The initial Unboxing:
And then the Catchup, yo:
The February Galentines Day box is here, and you can head on over to my YouTube channel StudiousOctopus if you want to see it right away!
Back again with another update and upkeep post! So I am pretty much fully recovered now illness wise. Both me and my other half ended up having that quite bad flu that has been going around this year. We were sick really badly for about a week, and then kind of just an annoying lingering light sickness for pretty much a whole month now, whoosh! I am glad to be feeling a little better, and glad that it is just starting to lighten up again at night – 2017 is over, January 2018 is almost over too. Could warmer weather get here now?
November’s Unboxing and Catchup:
And then the December Unboxing and Catchup:
Out of the two boxes, December’s box really was my favourite. It was a nearly perfect box; the only downside being a Lypsyl lip balm with a really weird aftertaste but as the lowest value item in the box, it really wasn’t that upsetting! I loved everything else there though.
I have a few other recent bits and pieces up on YouTube, including the first GlossyBox of 2018 but I’ll add them in later posts…
I’ve lost track a little of posts here and there, so we’re a little behind here on the website compared to the YouTube channel.
Here is September’s GlossyBox unboxing, and the Catch Up:
The stand out product for me this box was the facial oil, despite not liking the scent hugely – it’s a bit too overpowering, as my personal preference is for relatively low scent facial products. It still makes me skin feel wonderfully moisturised and pampered, and has lasted well into the winter months since it is actually a full size product in ml, we just received one in slightly less fancy packaging than the retail version!
And then onto October’s GlossyBox unboxing and Catch Up:
In October it was very interesting to finally try a Makeup Revolution eyeshadow palette; while I have some of their other products, I have never tried eyeshadow and they seem like a good find! Similarly priced to MUA, they have better bright colours in my opinion, whereas MUA is more of a go to brand for neutrals and shimmers. I also loved the Lord & Berry eyebrow pencil, though it was a shame I didn’t get one with a spoolie on the end!
That’s it for this set, November’s unboxing and Catch Up will be up soon, the Catch Up is being edited now!
Here’s the latest YouTube and GlossyBox round up, the August unboxing…
And then the catch up a few weeks later…
This box was sadly a rare disappointment! I usually find one or two items in the box are good enough, and cost enough to make each individual box worth the price of admission. This time I only really liked the SportFX face mist and the travel Batiste dry shampoo – whose combined price was only £7.49. I hope I have better luck with the September box, which has already been dispatched, and should be here soon.