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GlossyBox vs graze box

January 31, 2012

My lovely sister Lucy* passed on a discount code for a free GlossyBox. All I had to do was pay £2.95 postage and packing. When the December GlossyBox arrived I was very impressed with the selection of goodies inside. I think they had pulled out all the stops to offer an extra special Christmas selection.

December Glossy Box full of goodies

The GlossyBox service usually costs £10 plus £2.95 postage and packing per month and promises to deliver ‘5 exciting product miniatures’.

My December box contained the following:

  • full-sized Rituals foaming shower gel
  • small Cargo lipgloss in a really pretty pinky red shade
  • Blink+Go Eyeshadow and Blush palette
  • miniature Bionova eye wrinkle treatment
  • small Deborah Lippmann nail polish in ‘Razzle Dazzle’ (a pinky-red berry shade with lots of glitter) plus a ‘stripper to go’ sachet

After I had got over my initial excitement about getting these goodies for £2.95, I started to think more critically about whether I wanted to continue my subscription at the full price. I probably would not have chosen to buy any of these products at full price. The shower gel, lipgloss and eyeshadow/blush palette will all be used but the eye wrinkle treatment and nail polish are too fiddly for me to bother with. So we have a success rate of 3 items out of 5.

The only way that I could afford to continue my GlossyBox subscription would be to spend less somewhere else in my life. Which is why I started to think about whether I should cancel my graze box subscription. I currently subscribe to a weekly graze box of ‘healthy snacks delivered’ at a cost of £2.99 per week, so this is a similar cost per month to the GlossyBox subscription.

graze box

In the end I decided to keep my weekly graze box and cancel my GlossyBox subscription, for the following reasons:

  • I love everything I get in my graze box – the graze.com website lets you specify which items you want to try, have frequently or never have
  • Frankly, I get more excited about flapjack than facecream – and the flapjack you get in graze boxes is really delicious
  • I’ve discovered some really yummy items through my graze box subscription, including wasabi peas which I would never have tried otherwise
  • I think I have plenty of lovely beauty products and make-up items to see me through the next year or so
  • There are so many different beauty box subscriptions available now that I would never be sure which one would be right for me, and I definitely can’t afford to sign up to them all!
  • Most of the graze box packaging can be recycled – unlike some of the packaging of the beauty products in the GlossyBox

It took quite a few mouseclicks to cancel the GlossyBox subscription (they want to check whether you are really sure). But I haven’t regretted it. The selection of items in the January GlossyBox doesn’t seem nearly so exciting as the December box was, and I’m continuing to enjoy the contents of my graze boxes every week.

If you fancy trying a free graze box for yourself, then click here and sign up. If you sign up for a free box using this link, I will get £1 off my next box. The standard price per box is £3.79 for new subscribers.

* My sister is Lucy Brown, who founded Beauty Box Swaps, which is a ‘welcoming beauty recycling community where you can swap your unused and lightly used cosmetics for the products you love’. The link to the GlossyBox website is Lucy’s referral link, so if 5 people sign up for a box using this link then Lucy will get a free box.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. seebyzoe permalink
    January 31, 2012 4:51 pm

    I alternate on things like this. Usually when I find offer codes or know there is a bit of hype around something I’ll sign up again and then unsubscribe and take up something else for a while.

    • January 31, 2012 5:32 pm

      Thanks for your comment. Like you, I’m a big fan of using offer codes to give things a go. My first graze box was free. The thing that’s unusual it that I was so impressed I kept that particular sub.

  2. January 31, 2012 6:02 pm

    Have you still got the code for the free glossybox or has it expired? xxx

    • January 31, 2012 6:14 pm

      The code expired a while ago. But if you sign up to the Beauty Box Swaps community on facebook you can find out about other discount codes on beauty boxes.

  3. January 31, 2012 6:17 pm

    i had five beauty boxes, but im slowly getting rid of them one by one. i think that im over the boxes too, and like you i have more make up and beauty products than anybody i know lol.x

    • February 1, 2012 9:51 am

      Wow! Five beauty boxes! If you have any items that are surplus to requirements, try offering them on Beauty Box Swaps.

  4. January 31, 2012 8:32 pm

    Is it wrong that as soon as I saw the asterisk at the start of the post I scrolled to the bottom to see what you were going to be saying about your sister?

    I was expecting something scathing and sarcastic.

  5. Soph permalink
    January 31, 2012 11:57 pm

    I have looked at signing up to these boxes but I think it would be a bit like the bounty packs you get when you have a new baby; for me the majority of stuff in them would be stuff I wouldn’t be likely to use, but at least the bounty pack is free-and hey you can’t eat eyeshadow :D I’d go for the food related goodies everytime I’m afraid

  6. February 1, 2012 7:01 am

    Sorry, had to come back here after getting lost on the Glossy Box site for a while! I respect your choice totally. The graze box looks interesting too, might have to give it a try…

    • February 1, 2012 9:56 am

      If you do want to give the graze box a try, use my code for a free box 8K6Y6LPA and then I’ll get £1 off my next box.

      Do you remember that my son is a fussy eater? Well he eats stuff from my graze boxes ;-)

  7. May 14, 2014 3:54 pm

    Hello :) If anyone would like to use a code for a free box to try i have one here :) 2PX66NRLP

  8. May 14, 2014 3:55 pm

    2PX66NRLP Is another code free for use :)

  9. May 31, 2014 10:55 pm

    and here’s another code for a free box… 24MM1VM7P

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