Monday, March 24, 2014

This month's Glossy Box vs Chic Treat Club box - contents unveiled!

So beauty boxes, they can cause quite a bit of controversy and rightly so.  We're basically playing Russian Roulette (slight exaggeration there) with our money, shelling over our hard earned cash for a box of unknown beauty bits.  Sometimes we're happy and sometimes we're not, yet those who are already subscribed to a beauty box can feel like someone who's been playing their own special numbers in the Lotto - what if you stop playing and those numbers come up and you would have won big, except when it comes to beauty box subscriptions, we fear that if we cancel ours, then the next month will be the best one ever and we'll have the ultimate case of FOMO.

Due to having more bills than I know what to do with and having the complete inability to go into Boots and come out empty handed, thus having all of my money spent by the 5th of the month, I haven't subscribed to any beauty boxes, but this month I was sent the Glossybox and Chic Treat Club box.   I thought a little comparison post might be in order to help you decide whether to subscribe or not and I have some thoughts on the whole thing that will be at the end of the post.

I'm a sucker for packaging and love both boxes.  There's something pretty and elegant about the pink Glossybox with black text and the yellow and pale green box from Chic Treat Club is both vintage and cute.  Love em!

But let's look inside the boxes shall we?

Inside we have a Mitchell and Peach body cream which is lightweight, fragrant and is a decent size, so I'd totally keep that for travelling.  The Dove 60 second treatment shot is one of my favourite affordable hair treatments, but I feel we should have gotten at least 2 or 3 in the box, just price wise in terms of how much you'd pay for the box itself.  There are two Vita Liberata tan sachets in here and lads, I don't even think I'd be able to tan my two arms with these and to be honest, I don't know if I'd even bother trying them because what's the point if I'm not sure if I'd have enough.  Knowing me I'd start tanning, run out and then be stuck with wonky tanned arms that last 2-3 weeks.  There's a Sleek Makeup Pout Polish which I'm a fan of and although it's not in a shade I'd choose myself, I'll still enjoy giving it a go.  Finally we have a Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd Shimmer Powder.  I've never heard of the brand, but this mineral powder can be used as an eyeshadow, mixed into nail polish or lip gloss.  The shade itself isn't one I'd have chosen but I'll definitely try it as a shadow and see if it adds a bit of sparkle to my eyes.

I'll be honest, the Chic Treat Club box made me go ooh.  I've spoken about WaterWipes before and was delighted to see a full packet inside the box!  Inside we have a See See Mineral Hand Cream which smells so citrusy thanks to the lemongrass oil and also has cocoa butter and vitamin E.  First impressions are great as it absorbs into my hands within minutes leaving them nice and soft.  Totally handy for my handbag.  There's a generous sized Nimue Exfoliating Enzyme that I can't wait to try out once my skin is back to normal after an allergic reaction to something.  This helps remove dead skin cells and promotes skin renewal and I'm excited to give it a whirl.  Next is a set of Impress Nails which I've used in the past and love.  I might keep these for Joanne's hen night next month.  Finally we have an NYX Professional Makeup Eyebrow Push Up Bra.  I can't wait to get this on my eyebrows and use one end to fill in my brows and the other to highlight my brow bone!

So here are my thoughts when it comes to beauty box subscriptions:

1. Boxes from a new company will always be great as they want to get people excited and get them subscribing.  So Chic Treat Club wins this round because it's the new kid on the block and really is going all out, not only this month, but everyone who has subscribed so far has loved each box.

2. They won't please everyone.  Some people prefer skincare and some prefer makeup, so unless you like all things makeup and beauty, you'll probably won't love everything, but that's the nature of the beast with the unknown.

3. With skincare samples, they mightn't be tailored to your skin type, which is probably why there are a lot of body and hand products out there.

4. With makeup, you mightn't get a shade that suits you, but again, those are the risks but if you try to look at the positives, it's a way for you to test out how good a product is before possibly buying the correct shade yourself.

5. Hopefully a bit of competition is good for beauty boxes.  For ages, we were only really able to get Glossyboxes here, but now with Chic Treat Club and Powder Pocket Box, both Irish companies, it means that Glossbox has to up it's game big time and it means that the two Irish boxes really can go head to head and try to impress us.

You can subscribe to the Chic Treat Club box here for €44.95/3 months and a Glossybox subscription will set you back £10 plus postage which works out at about €16 a month.


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  2. Very dainty! But ladies, don't forget your hair. Use sulfate free shampoos, because sulfate can dry and damage your beautiful hair. Try those from Pro Natural's hairline products through on line. It makes your hair soft, silky and healthier looking! Now your beauty regimen is now complete!

  3. Woah the Glossybox looks so scabby!


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