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Surprised, aren’t you? The unusual pace between my posts is slowly becoming somewhat consistent and regular. Today’s post is on a different yet very familiar kind of box, that’s right, it’s a Beauty box! How is it different? Well, this is India’s first DIY (Do-It-Yourself) beauty box and it’s by a company called Globox. Now, with that aside as well, I placed an order for a very interesting box yesterday and it will be in coming in as a July Box. The genre is Book Subscription Services and this is a Subscription Service I’ve reviewed in the past and for most of it, I quite enjoyed that box and I had a great time reviewing it and getting the pictures done! I know, I said that I would subscribe to pet boxes but I have a cat and well, I just haven’t really found any Subscription boxes that cater to felines but there are plenty of Subscription Boxes for dogs, so, if you would like for me to check those out then do comment below and let me know!
What is a Subscription Box?
A Subscription Box is a monthly, bimonthly, trimonthly or quarterly planned and distributed box that usually holds a theme based on the genre or category it is from. You can receive Subscription Boxes from different countries depending on the list of countries they ship to. Some of the more common Subscription Boxes you will see on this blog will range from genres like Beauty, Books, Skincare, Kawaii(Cute/Japanese themes), Food, etc.
Subscription boxes are a great way to get introduced to things from different genres and you can always discover a new interest. In my case, Book & Beauty Subscription Boxes are always my favorite because sometimes you underestimate a certain book or a beauty product and then you get an actual chance to use it and before you know it, you are hooked. If you’re picky like me and have a hard time finding things that you like then while this may sound absurd, Subscription Boxes might actually be exactly what you’re looking for. So, try to find a category that you like and then find a Subscription Service that caters to your interest best!
What is Globox?
Globox’s main job is to combine the customer’s wishes with their expert’s advice and bring a combination of the right products to their customers every month. Their mystery boxes will let the customers try more brands and help them find the right products. Globox is different because they give their customers a variety of products to choose from and receive 5 products of their choice in the box and at the same time, there is also the option of receiving expert advice and guidance to help their customers choose the products that will work the best for them. The best part is, these 5 products would usually round off to be a total of ₹2-3k+ but all you have to pay is ₹999. If you want to pay via COD (Cash on Delivery) then that’s an additional ₹100 that you will be charged.
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I’ve seen a lot of videos and online blog reviews on Globox. This box has come a long way from when it first began as far as I can tell because the old Globox wasn’t nearly as good as it is now. Of course, things evolve and change for the better with time and Globox has had a pretty decent Glo-up so far! All the reviewers seemed mostly satisfied with their products. A lot of them seemed disappointed at times when the pigments or results of the products didn’t come through at times and that’s something I’ve seen happen quite often when you purchase to make up online especially things like eyeshadows and bronzers. In their tiny pots and pans, packed in nice and tight, they look very pretty and colorful in a picture or even in person sometimes but when you try to use them, they’re just too sheer and not what you expected. I ordered 2 products that had me concerned because I didn’t really want the same to happen with me but it would all be for the good cause of bringing in the real review, so, why not. Can’t win them all anyway.
So far, my scores are:
Social Media Activity: 9/10
Customer Service: 8/10
Let’s get into the real review!
Freedom Professional London Pro Glow- Roar (Blush)
Freedom has over 28 years of experience in the cosmetics industry and they’re a London based company, that created products in the categories of Skincare, makeup and hair care on a global level. This particular range of blush comes with 3 more options in shades- Purr, Meow, and Pink Cat. So, you can either swirl your brush over it or pick from the individual colors and apply them to get a nice glow. This product retails for ₹650 with a shelf life of 12 months. Click here, if you’re interested in purchasing it.
While I actually quite like the brand Freedom, I wasn’t sure about what this product was until I looked it up on Nykaa.com. A reviewer on YouTube actually called this a bronzer/highlighter and this just seemed a tad too light to be a bronzer but it could be used as a highlighter since it does have a decent yet subtle shine. As you can see, this is actually a blush! Personally, this would be a bit too dark for me to work out as a blush and it might even look kind of odd on my cheeks in place of blush.
So, here’s a swatch of how this color actually looks once you swirl a brush around it. It would make a subtle bronzer but a blush? Not really something I would use. Though, this is a pretty nice product and I do really like the pattern on it as well.
So, here is one of my biggest issue with this product. On the right side of the product, you can see that there is a patch of gum like adhesive. Well, that’s where the price tag was. Now, this isn’t quite as much of a problem with Globox as much as it is with Freedom on this product itself. Not only will the stickiness allow fine particles to attach to it, but this also means that it will look stained and untidy. I don’t know if I’ve emphasized on this enough but the packaging is pretty important too and these tiny details make a pretty big impact on the experience of folks like myself. I don’t just expect quality in the product but also in the packaging as well and a lot of brands seem to make this mistake.
Defects: Sticky patch.
The Etude House Body Lotion (60ml)
Etude House is a very popular Korean Cosmetics and Skincare brand that started in 1985. The first ETUDE girl was Ji-Hyun Jeon, who at the time was considered the best superstar and CF Queen of Korean. The last Etude girl, Krystal, reigned from the year 2015-17. The color of the lotion is white with a creamy liquid like consistency and it also has a rather sweet fragrance as well. This product was listed as ₹740 and it has a shelf life is 12 months. Click here, if you are interested in purchasing it.
Now, personally, I’ve never tried a product from the Etude House… or have I? Oh, looks like I actually might have used a product from their brand before but that doesn’t matter because I’ve never tried a Skincare product of their range before. Usually, I’m quite averse to applying lotions because I don’t like feeling sticky or smelling too floral but I actually really like this lotion. Sadly this is more of mini size and not a full sized product but if I could ever get my hands on it again, I would definitely seize that opportunity.
Presses Glitter by TS- Peach Fuzz
This is supposed to be ‘creamy pressed glitters, requires no glue and have the special no mess, no fall formula helping you achieve the best glitter eye look’. This product is also supposedly water resistant. The cost of this product was listed as ₹300.
I’m going, to be honest, I only chose this product because there was nothing else in that particular section that I liked and I had no other choice. So, I had to go with the lesser evil. Now, I’ve done the Cleof Glitter Eyeshadow Palette review and that was quite the experience since I’m not a glitter person but this is nowhere close to that. This product claims to be water proof and it’s actually not and for most of it, the glitter feels a little sharp and it might prick your eye.
It passed the swatch test quite perfectly and the consistency is not that bad as well but quality wise, I wouldn’t really recommend this product to be purchased, mostly because of how off brand and generic this is and your eyes are delicate and so is the skin around it.
Defects: Sharp glitter specks.
The MyGlamm ‘Two Of Your Kind’ Gel Finish Long Lasting Nail Enamel Duo- Doll Face
MyGlamm is a hyper local marketplace that provides on-demand hair, beauty, nail and spa products that can be found on their website and pop up stores. They provide a large variety of makeup products that range from Foundations, Concealers, Palettes, Lipsticks, etc. The theme that I often notice in MyGlamm products is Gold and White or Gold and Black. There are two colors in this duo- Pink & Orange with each having a more bright neon like tone. This product retails for ₹360. Click here, if you are interested in purchasing it.
This is the first product I’ve From MyGlamm that’s not a brush. Now, a product like this is what I like to believe is a Hit or Miss product.
Pink and Orange are actually not the kind of colors I would normally apply on my nails but I had to make an exception for the sake of the review. Now there aren’t any pictures of how my nails looked but for most of it, my nails were actually horrid. So, it’s not like I don’t know how to use nail paint and trust me, I use nail paint quite often to a point where I do need a lot of nail care as well. What was the problem then you ask?
The formula of this gel finish nail paint makes it watery and it’s not as slick as you think it would be. A lot of professionals and people who really are into nail art usually have the UV light device that helps you dry your nails off quickly but unfortunately, I don’t. It takes a very long time for your nails to not just dry but also to become print proof. The number of imprints I had on my nails was horrendous because they didn’t make my nails look any prettier or help me with my tangerine dream. What’s worse is, this product retails for ₹360 for two tiny vials of bad quality nail paint and nice packaging. This product is just a complete Miss for me but that’s probably just me or is it?
Defects: Bad formula.
MUA Eyeshadow- Shade 21
MakeUp Academy is a UK based brand and has been developed by makeup professionals and beauty experts to bring in premium quality cosmetics and beauty accessories to makeup lovers everywhere. This product retails for ₹295 and its shelf life is 12 month. Click here, if you are interested in purchasing it.
So, just like the blush by Freedom, this product also has the same issues. Firstly, you can’t use a brush with this eyeshadow pan because no pigment will come through and all this pigment in the picture only came through after a few swipes with my fingertip. Aside from the slight chemical-like odor it has, everything with the product itself seems fine. Lack of pigment in the product is all that seems to be the problem.
Lo and behold, that wasn’t the end of it. Once again, there’s a patch of adhesive glue on the lid at the bottom. You can see that some of the fine hair from the cover is already stuck against it. I can’t emphasize enough on this but product packaging is so important. Yes, the product is important too but all that money you pay for should also bring in decent packaging. Of course, with the price of ₹295, I don’t expect it to be laced with diamonds and gold but it doesn’t hurt to keep the seal more smartly placed.
Defects: Lack of pigment and bad packaging.
Anatomicals Coconut + Mango Body Lotion (Sample)
Anatomicals The company that ‘Only Wants You For Your Body’ is based in the UK and has products that are cruelty and paraben free. All of their products are quirky and they have a wide variety of skincare products. This a complimentary sample piece was given to me by Globox and this seems to be a case with most of their boxes. The shelf life of this product is 12 months.
I don’t like coconut as an edible fruit or fragrance but I do love mangoes. While I do have this weird mix with me, I will be pretty brief with my thoughts on this one. The consistency is thick and it gets absorbed by the skin quite easily and quickly too. Fragrance wise it is a bit of a miss for me and I would’ve rather prefer a mango fragrance, I’ve no idea what that’s like.
So far this has been one of the better beauty boxes I’ve received and that’s quite a surprise since considering how my review went, I’m sure we all have a lot of mixed feelings about this Box now. While my review does not agree with some products, it has nothing to do with the box itself since these are the products I chose and the other products available over there might be much better than these. All in all, I think it was a decent box with the Etude House lotion being my favorite and the MyGlamm Duo Nail Paint is my least favorite. So, do I recommend this box? Yes, I do because I really like the effort put in by the Globox with the little keychain, sticker and note that they add in every box and that’s a really nice touch, which I do appreciate. In fact, I do plan on purchasing another Globox this month as well, hopefully, they have better and new products coming in and pssst, they have another Etude House product currently which I definitely plan on getting my hands on.
To anyone who may feel that I’m a bit too harsh with the way, I review then, well, quality is always something I am very particular about and I don’t like having to compromise on it. Great products require equally great or at least decent packaging with quality kept in mind. There is simply no excuse for letting the quality of a product fall and it’s important to keep the standard of quality high while purchasing these products because essentially cosmetics and skincare are products that interact with your skin and you need to treat your skin with special care. All that aside, you need to get your money’s worth as well.
Anyway, as always, I hope this review was informative for you and if you have any queries or feedback then do comment below or reach out to me via email Iamnotchannel@gmail.com.
Until the next post,
Laters, folks! :3