Special Edition USA GlossyBox

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

As I mentioned in a previous post, I found an online voucher code (now expired), which allowed me to receive a free, backdated GlossyBox with my first delivery. I had no idea which box this would be and I was just happy to get the chance to try some extra products for free, but when my first delivery dropped through my door, I couldn't have been more pleased!

I had been sent the July 2014 special USA edition GlossyBox!
Anyone who knows me or reads my blog will know that I am a massive fan of anything USA, so getting the chance to try out this box, full of US beauty treasures, really was such a happy coincidence.

I literally squealed with delight when I saw the gorgeous design on the box. Full of Stars&Stripes glory it is as patriotic as it is eye catching. When I excitedly showed Dan he laughed and said 'Let me guess, your never throwing that away are you?'
No. No I am not.
I know that I am supposed to be more excited about what is inside the box, but I think the design of this is just lovely and I really like that the theme continues inside, with a sheet of soft, navy blue tissue and a red ribbon enrobing my new products, straight from the US of A!
The box also included a thoughtful pamphlet with information and advice about all products found in the box.

Once I had gotten over my initial excitement (my mum did always said that, 'simple things please simple minds'. Ha!), I rummaged through the box, and the first item I picked out was a trial size 'Pur Minerals' Dirty Girl Detoxifying mudd masque | RRP £18.
This little wonder unclogs pores and gently exfoliates the skin, all while cleansing. The clay helps to absorb all those nasty impurities and leave skin feeling refreshed and renewed. I really love the scent of this product - it is amazingly spa-like and so calming, and the packing, while simple, is very professional looking and 'clean' feeling.

Next, I picked out a full size 'BellaPierre Cosmetics Ltd' Mineral lipstick | RRP £20.
Although I don't use it every day, I do love lipstick and I usually tend to stick with natural pink tones, so it was another happy coincidence that I was sent shade 'Catwalk' to try in my USA Glossybox.
This rose pink shade compliments my fair skin perfectly and I have found the formula to be long lasting and super easy to apply.
I really love the quilted look of the packaging and, while I'm not sure Id ever spend £20 on one lipstick, I think I will really get a lot of use out of this.
This product is made with natural waxes and antioxidants so it actually nourishes skin and protects it against the sun all with one little swipe!

I also got a full size 'ABSOLUTE New York' Perfecting eyeshadow primer | RRP $4.99
I have used eyeshadow primers before, my favourite being the ELF eyeshadow primer, so this product had a lot to live up to, but it really pleasantly surprised me from first use. It is oil free and super-creamy, so it applies and blends seamlessly, leaving my eyeshadow crease free.
I also found that this product made the colours of my eyeshadows very vibrant and true - which is just what I had been looking for!
The packaging is simple but the doe-foot applicator makes application easy and even.
A winner all round!

Something I did not expect to see in my box was a set of 'Broadway Nails' impress press on manicure | RRP £7.99.
I haven't actually used these yet but they look wonderful and I am saving them for when I do something special. I received the colour 'Ex on the beach' - a pearly pink shade which will work well with any outfit!
The nails are short in length which, as well as being practical, will be much more natural looking and easy to get along with.
The nails apply with a sticky sheet on the back of each nail, which promises to hold like glue and remove without acetone - So, I have high expectations for these!

The last item included was probably the least exciting, but a beauty staple nonetheless. A full size tub of 'Carmex' Lip Balm | RRP £2.69
This is something everyone has heard of, but, because it isn't particularly pretty or exciting, is something I have never tried before.
I have used this a couple of times now and I have to say, it is so soothing on my lips - without stinging them. It is infused with menthol, which you can smell and feel and even includes beeswax, so my lips felt soft and nourished from the first use!
I am really loving this and it so handy to have in my handbag on these cold winter days when lips get particularly chapped and dried out!

Overall, I really love this box (especially since it was free!). The design is beautiful and each product is practical and interesting. I really loved that 4 of the 5 products were full size and I thought it was so nice to be able to try some things that aren't usually found in the UK!
Even though the voucher code I used is now expired, you can find all sorts of online vouchers and discounts, so keep your eye out. If you want to find out more about Glossybox or sign up for yourself, just visit their official webiste here.


  1. This is such a good box! Maybe I need to re-subscribe! The Broadway nails look really nice.

    Katie xx


    1. It is very lovely! Februarys valentine edition looks cute too - 4 full size products :D Aren't the nails cute? You can buy them in superdrug now :D
      Thanks for reading!