I really do love a good skincare product. Even though I’ve got tonnes of skincare stuff coming out of my ears, I still shamelessly end up buying more. When I saw L’Oréal’s new fine flowers range on special offer in Boots, I really had no choice but to buy the milk and gel cream wash.
L’Oréal is such a unique brand in that their product design is always so effortlessly classy – but yet their prices are fair in comparison to what else is on the market. Despite their good pricing, the quality is never compromised.
Fine Flowers Milk 400ml – The cleansing milk advices you to sweep it across your face morning and night, in order to cleanse and remove make up. However, I found the milk is so soft, that I often find myself using it as a moisturiser. It smells lush, and 400ml? You’d be mad not to invest – 400ml will probably last me the entire year!
Fine Flowers Gel-cream Wash 150ml – Both products are marketed towards dry and sensitive skin, and they both are very delicate to the skin. The face wash is free from soap and alcohol, and promised to cleanse your face without drying it. And it does just that.
I’ll be totally honest, initially I bought these products because they were so pretty. I was thinking gosh, they will look great in some Instagram flat-lays 💅🏻
However I’m so happy I did invest, they are both great value products that deliver excellent results. I’m particularly impressed with the milk; I have very temperamental skin which is often dry, sensitive AND greasy (my skin seems to be fighting itself from within, even though I’m 24 it has not calmed down). But this milk really soothes my skin, it’s an absolute essential for Summer ’17.
I mean, who doesn’t want softer skin!?
In hindsight, I wish I had read something like this before making the commitment to subscribe to a monthly beauty box (leaving isn’t an option, as they never return my e-mails, and on my account I opted out but continued to be billed every month). Most beauty boxes are around £13 per month, it doesn’t seem a staggering amount. However, that is still £156 a year that you could be saving – so it needs to be justifiable.
I thought I would give you the guys the much needed heads up; I will focus on Birchbox and Glossybox. Birchbox, I have finally terminated my subscription with – but Glossybox I am still using. I will weigh up the advantages and disadvantages, and give you a balanced conclusion.
Advantages of subscription beauty boxes
- You are sent exclusive samples of new/alternative products which you could end up loving
- It’s a great treat for yourself once a month, and not hugely expensive
- If you love buying beauty and hair products, it stops you binge shopping as you are regularly sent top-ups
- If you don’t like some of the products you are sent and they are an established brand i.e Benefit (a beauty box fave) – you can always sell the product on eBay and scrape some of your money back
Disadvantages of subscription beauty boxes
- When trying to opt out (Birchbox) it would not let me cancel the subscription! This was very frustrating / only when I received a new card from my bank, it was cancelled as they hadn’t got access to my updated details
- A lot of the time it seems you are sent products which can’t be shifted by brands – a cheap option to fill up the boxes
- When you are sent a very good product – it’s usually in sample size, I understand they want to encourage users to buy the full product. However you are still providing them with regular money so you should be rewarded for that
- Although you create your own personalised profile so that you are sent products which are suited to your individual needs; most of what is sent is generic / i.e I keep getting sent shampoo and I have bleached dry hair so I rarely wash my hair, these products are irrelevant for me. I think they should ask for feedback to improve that.
I would say overall that Glossybox is better value for money than Birchbox, simply because I love make-up and they always send good make-up in full size samples. I guess it comes down to what you are looking for, and preference. But I must admit on several occasions I was disappointed with my Birchbox, it seems to be hit and miss whether you get good products or not. I would recommend beauty subscription boxes for anyone who binge buys make-up and hair products, and toiletries – so that you are sent regular top-ups. Maybe subscribe for a few months until you have a build up of good products and then cancel it. Otherwise, don’t bother.