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Beauty Boxes

(412 Posts)
Housewife2010 Fri 13-Jan-12 22:27:27

I'm really tempted to try ones of these. Anyone recommend Glossy Box, Boudoir Prive, Feel Unique or similar? I keep reading beauty blogs to see which is best.

baw70 Sat 14-Jan-12 01:11:56

I have Glossy Box and Boudoir Prive (which has just changed to jolie box I think). Mixed opinions, some months are better than others, but so far I prefer Boudoir Prive/Jolie Box. Glossy Box keep sending nail wraps that I can't get along with, too big for my nails and just generally not very good. Both are quite good value though and I enjoy having a go with all the contents, even though it can be hit and miss. I think most beauty bloggers prefer the Carmine beauty box, but I can't comment as have never had one.

AlpinePony Sat 14-Jan-12 06:39:48

ARe they "proper" sized samples or just like the sachets you get in magazines?

StellaAndFries Sat 14-Jan-12 10:42:47

I quite fancy the Carmine one and it's £3 off for the first month at the moment. I haven't tried any yet but think it would be a nice treat once a month smile

MadamTwoSwords Sat 14-Jan-12 10:46:52

I have Glossybox, Feel Unique and Carmine. Did get Boudoir Prive but their customer service is shocking, so much so they've disabled comments on their fb page as it was all complaints.

FU are good as they send brands from their website. Carmine are usually pretty good at make up products and Glossybox are hit and miss.

porkypine Sat 14-Jan-12 11:25:58

I've had Feel Unique for the past 3 months and they have all been great. A good mix of full size and deluxe sample size products. I also like that they are the cheapest as they don't charge for postage, and everyone gets the same thing. I think it's fair to say that the value of the products each month is about £30-40.

I've also had Glossybox for the last 3 months too, and it has been hit and miss. People get different things, so you could end up with a box that's not as good as others that month. That's happened to me twice. The December box though was good across the board I believe. I was chuffed with it anyway. Again it's a mixture of full size and deluxe sample size products.

I got the JolieBox (Boudoir Prive) for the first time last month (yes, this has to stop), and I was impressed. I think they are more likely to do brands I haven't heard of, so more luxurious than Feel Unique. Am interested to see how things go as they've been taken over by JolieBox now.

There's also another one besides Carmine - it's called Amarya. It's an organic beauty box - I got one - their 2nd. Was really disappointed - there was a full sized eyeshadow, a little travel set of skincare stuff, and some body lotion, but then the other 2 items were the little free sachets of cream you'd get in a magazine, so in effect 40% of the box was made up of stuff you'd expect to get for free.

God what an essay.

I reckon for consistently high quality and good value boxes, you should go for Feel Unique. I think their buying power probably has a lot to do with the quality of the stuff you get. If you want more luxury, go for JolieBox.

So at the moment I stupidly subscribe to 3, justifying as things that I don't fancy I save and put in stockings /presents etc. But it's ridiculous. Don't do what I do!

blobtobetter Sat 14-Jan-12 11:37:11

I saw these in a magazine and am really tempted! I love beauty products and getting post!

Housewife2010 Sat 14-Jan-12 11:39:50

Thanks for the advice - especially Porkypine. Whilst I was waiting for replies last night I ordered the December Glossy Box which seemed to have good reviews, but i do want to try the others too. I could maybe try a different one a month. I've been selling off beauty products I don't use on Ebay so by using that money its like swapping my old junk for new & exciting fripperies!

Housewife2010 Sat 14-Jan-12 11:40:28

PS I got the Glossybox through Quidco for £3 cashback.

MrsMeow Sat 14-Jan-12 14:43:34

I get Glossybox, I've only had the December one so far though but I was really impressed with it. It was full sized and sample sized products and there's at least three products that I will be buying again smile

anniewoo Sun 15-Jan-12 00:48:11

What's a beauty box?

Ineedacleaneriamalazyslattern Sun 15-Jan-12 00:54:38

I echo what's a beauty box. I'm jumping up and down here I am liking the sound of this. gringrin

Fregley Sun 15-Jan-12 01:03:20

What the FUCK is a beauty box

novelsituation Sun 15-Jan-12 10:37:37

Yet again S and B leaves me poorer. I hadn't heard of beauty boxes until this thread, but have signed up for Carmine, Joliebox and Feel Unique. The plan is to try all three for two months, then ditch two and just keep one for the rest of the year.
I think it's a very good concept, and will be a lovely treat if the contents are good.

novelsituation Sun 15-Jan-12 10:42:34

Beauty Box : For a monthly subscription ( £10 - £12.50) you are sent five large sample sizes of a range of beauty products. These can include good quality skincare, haircare, perfume, make-up, herbal tea, nail varnishes, shower gels and make-up brushes.

porkypine Sun 15-Jan-12 10:55:30

Feel Unique
Glossy Box
JolieBox aka Boudoir Prive
Amarya Organic Beauty Box

There are no minimum subscription terms for them so you can buy 1 month and then cancel (you have plenty of time to do so). If you like them you continue to receive them and they charge your card automatically.

Be warned - if you sign up to 3 or so for more than a couple of months, chances are you'll see the same brands appear in different boxes.

Housewife2010 Sun 15-Jan-12 16:10:25

I've been looking at the Facebook page of Boudoir Prive (aka Jolie Box) & the customer service doesn't look too good, so I'm not signing for that yet. I got a Latest in Beauty box before Xmas. Much cheaper & smaller than these boxes (£4.95), but worked out well as there was a free full size Balance Me lipbalm worth £8 & Clarins moisturizer worth about £9. LIB tells you what's in boxes too. The latest one is £2 more but you can choose 2 extra products - one can be the full size Balance Me lipbalm.
I'm really looking forward to my 1st Glossy Box - just hope I like the contents - I'll Ebay anything I don't use.

Fregley Sun 15-Jan-12 23:03:38

Sounds shit. Save your lonely abd buy what you want.

Housewife2010 Tue 17-Jan-12 10:46:38

FAO Fregley

That's rather aggressive, darling. I don't know whether you have beauty, but you definitely don't have style...

Kellamity Tue 17-Jan-12 12:10:24

I like the sound of these! (Love cosmetics) but I am a bit concerned they are aimed at the younger and of the market and not the 40 somethings group I belong to - am I wrong? Please say I'm wrong smile

MadamTwoSwords Tue 17-Jan-12 13:22:59

I think the Glossy Box is targeted at the younger end of the market (I still get it though as I am an in denial 30).

Feel Unique and Carmine tend to have more "older" samples than the others in my opinon. (I.e. anti ageing cream was in both the last boxes I got)

BusyMummy78 Tue 17-Jan-12 16:40:34

I get Glossy Box and the Amarya one. I'd highly reccommend either of these. Examples of "samples" are full size mascara RRP £15 from Glossy Box and full size Dr Hauschka Day Cream £23.95 from Amarya! I've been subscribing since October - didn't mean to get more than one box but now I can't decide which one to stop.

Glossy Box don't send everyone the same products and although I've not been unhappy with the ones I've received, I've wanted the ones I didn't get as well. Amarya send same products to all.

Glossy Box let you complete a questionnaire as to what you'd prefer to receive.

buggyRunner Tue 17-Jan-12 17:41:58

Ok im going to do it! Which 1? I'll let you guys decide- I'm 28 grin so which 1????

Fregley Tue 17-Jan-12 21:30:00

Lol says someone called "housewife"

MrsMeow Tue 17-Jan-12 21:42:07

Fregley don't be nasty. I can't speak for anyone else, but I personally am sick of spending £££ on stuff that turns out to be crap when I use it, so I see these boxes as a way of trying out things that I may or may not buy again, and it's not great loss if I don't like some of the things in there.

As I said earlier, I've only had the one box so far but there was a full sized mascara in there that I'd wanted to try anyway, plus amongst other things a lipgloss and a foam shower gel that I'll definitely be replacing when they run out.

For £10 plus p&p I'd say that's pretty good going!

Buggy runner, I'm 32 and love the Glossybox grin

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