October Beauty Boxes: Glossy Box vs Carmine

Another month, another host of fabulous beauty treats arriving in the post courtesy of various beauty sample services! I know these are quite late (sorry, bad blogger) but thought they are both still worth a mention!
First up is Glossy Box – the pink box with the black design must be becoming fairly familiar by now as the boxes have been going for six months now! To celebrate the sixth box, there was a little extra in this months box in the shape of a Dermalogica make-up/wash bag -bonus!

I do love the Glossy Box packaging, so pretty…

The sixth box really did contain a really great selection of products – three sample sized Dermalogica products (multivitamin recovery mask, multivitamin thermofoliant and age smart lip renewal complex), a gorgeous full-sized Leighton Denny in a classic pink shade and a gorgeous Stila Eyeliner in a warm green plus a selection of perfume samples from Robert Piguet.
Next up is the box from Carmine – the latest contender in the busy beauty-box market! The first thing about Carmine boxes that stands out to me, is the bold colour scheme and design. It’s different to the other pink/black combos that are out there (Glossy Box and Boudoir Prive both use these colour scheme…)

The first thing I thought when I opened the box was that it looked a bit like a box for a pair of hair straighteners… just me?! Then I had quite a mission to get into the box, the lid just WOULDN’T come off!

Not sure I’m sold on the colour scheme inside the box… 

Everything arrived nicely packaged..

But it’s not the box, but what’s in it that counts…and I am impressed (once I finally got that darned lid off).

The stand out product for me so far is the gorgeous Frat-Boy shadow/blush from The Balm. I love the colour, it’s a lovely pinky shade with a hint of coral, not one I’d use as an eyeshadow personally, but love as a blusher. The box also contained Trind Nail Strengthener (which I’m pretty sure is full sized), Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream (which is perfect handbag sized), Caudalie Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Cream (perfect flight-sized product) and a peachy pink shimmery ‘Eye Delight’ pigment from Daniel Sandler in the shade ‘Peach’ – gorgeous colour, I’m just terrible with loose pigments though!

So there we have October’s boxes from Glossy and Carmine… It’s a tough call to say which I prefer on these ones as both boxes have really picked some winners to include. I perhaps think that Carmine has just swung it in terms of content for me this month as all products in the box are decent sized and usable whereas Glossy Box contains perfume samples which very rarely catch my attention. But again, I’m just being picky!

I do have to say though that on the packaging front, Carmine looses out to Glossy Box for me – I just don’t love the overly bright interior of the box (which shouldn’t matter, but being a storage junkie I’d want to re-use the box and at that point the interior does matter!) plus whatever it was that makes the Carmine box a bit awkward to open did loose a few points in my mind, but again – very minor niggles and the content of the Carmine Box is sure to impress. I’ll be interested to see what both boxes include next month!

Glossy Box is £10 per month plus £2.95 delivery
Carmine box is £10 per month plus £2.75 delivery

To find out more visit the GLOSSY BOX WEBSITE or CARMINE WEBSITE

Both Glossy Box and Carmine boxes are PR samples.



  1. Rebecca
    November 3, 2011 / 2:04 pm

    Was really torn this month on all three! (BP, GB and C.) BP this month just swung it for me because it had a pen-style liquid liner and also a decent-sized Korres body cream.
    Would love to know what everyone’s doing with all their perfume samples though; at the moment I’m thinking about adding tiny bits of each to bath oil each time I shower, some of them a bit strong on their own.

  2. November 4, 2011 / 3:59 am

    I agree that perfume samples aren’t ideal as personal preferences can vary hugely, especially for me as I’m fussy about what I prefer to smell like 🙂


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