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    GLOSSYBOX Are Offering 20% Off Their Skincare – I Tried It Myself And These Are My Honest Thoughts

    Clean, effective, and affordable skincare? Yes please.

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    Hi, I’m Valëza, and it’s no secret that I'm a bit obsessed with skincare.

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    Exhibit A: my carefully curated skincare cabinet.

    My skin is a combination of acne-prone, super sensitive, and not dry per se, but quite easily dehydrated. So when I heard about GLOSSYBOX – a skincare company whose high-performing formulas deliver "hydrated, nourished, and soothed skin" – you know my interest was gonna be piqued. As if their claims weren't impressive enough, they're also offering 20% off skincare with the code GBSXBUZZ.

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    GLOSSYBOX has full control over the supply chain of their products – from formulating to filling – allowing the environment to be kept at the forefront. All of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, and use natural ingredients where possible (the Hydrating Mist for example contains 98.4% natural ingredients). Their cute packaging is made from sugarcane and tells you how to recycle each component of the products once you're done with them!

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    You can buy GLOSSYBOX’s skincare products individually or as a set that's tailored to your skin type. I tried out their ‘dry’ skin set that includes six products which I can mix and match throughout the day to suit my needs.

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    As I mentioned before, my skin isn’t exactly dry, but it’s very sensitive to overly-drying products (that can sometimes be found in products for ‘oily’ or ‘acne-prone’ skin), so I thought this set would be the best fit for me.

    Price: £36.00 with the code (usually £45.00, worth £92.00).

    ✨ Morning ✨

    FYI, most of these products can be used either morning or evening – this is just how they best fit into my current routine!

    The first time I tried these products, I was preparing for a long-awaited outdoor dinner with friends, so I wanted my skin to look and feel as smooth as possible under my makeup – enter: the Exfoliating Clay Scrub.

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    The instructions say to use this once a week before cleansing and moisturising the skin. I usually tend to go for chemical exfoliant formulas (as opposed to grainy scrubs) but the particles in this scrub were surprisingly gentle. I was pleased to learn that the clay is also infused with glycolic and lactic acids (chemical exfoliants that my skin already loves) for an extra smoothing effect.

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    The box instructed me to concentrate on the nose and T-zone area for 30-40 seconds before rinsing with lukewarm water. My skin was left feeling incredibly soft after rubbing it in. The texture felt instantly smoother, and my blackheads were virtually non-existent – after a mere 40 seconds of scrubbing I might add! You can also leave the scrub on for ten minutes afterwards, as the Cornish clay helps to draw out impurities, so this would also make an excellent addition to your weekly pamper sesh!

    Hero ingredients:
    Cornish clay, rice exfoliator, and glycolic and lactic acids.

    Price: £10.40 with the code (usually £13.00).

    I then followed up with the Hydrating Mist to tone, prime, and refresh my skin.

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    This soothing mist can be used both before and after moisturising, or whenever your skin needs a hydrating boost! I was impressed with the superfine mist application, which made me feel confident that it wouldn’t ruin my makeup if I was to use it throughout the day.

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    I did in fact give my face a lil’ spritz halfway through dinner, and it gave my skin a lovely glowy finish with no running mascara in sight!

    Hero ingredients:

    Hyaluronic acid, babassu oil, and inca inchi oil.

    Price: £12.00 with the code (usually £15.00).

    Finally, I applied a pea-sized amount of the 3-in-1 Rich Moisturiser.

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    My skin did feel plumped, primed, and nourished! It sank in almost immediately and didn’t feel at all heavy. I can see this working well for people with super dry skin, as it gave my own a sort of hydrated-from-within feel!

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    It left me with a lovely glowy (but not shiny) base that made my makeup look radiant.

    Hero ingredients:

    Hyaluronic acid, inca inchi oil, and camelina oil.

    Price: £14.40 with the code (usually £18.00).

    ✨ Evening ✨

    Since I was already wearing makeup, I thought it would be a good time to put the Daily Micellar Gel Cleanser to the test!

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    I made sure to do a double cleanse to ensure my skin got a proper ~deep~ clean. I noticed it lathered up much more quickly on my second cleanse than the first, but I was impressed with how well it removed my foundation and mascara after just one use. I was intrigued by the blueberry seed oil, and I definitely felt the nourishing benefits – my skin didn’t feel at all dry or tight afterwards like it can with some cleansers.

    Hero ingredients:

    Micelles, blueberry seed oil, and cactus stem extract.

    Price: £9.60 with the code (usually £12.00).

    Now, I was a little confused when the packaging instructed me to use the Night Serum alone without a moisturiser, but I soon realised that it’s more of a thick cream than the typical serums I’m used to.

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    If anything it felt slightly richer than the 3-in-1 moisturiser, so I only used a tiny amount! It had a *very* silky texture (no doubt due to the Persian silk tree extract) which took a while to sink in. Once it did though, it felt nourishing yet surprisingly lightweight. As for the results, I think the pictures speak for themselves here – just look how much brighter and smoother my skin looked the morning after!

    Hero ingredients:

    Glycolic acid, Persian silk tree extract, and blueberry oil.

    Price: £14.40 with the code (usually £18.00).

    Last but not least, I patted some of the Eye Boost Cream under my eyes and up towards my temples.

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    It had a really lightweight consistency that sunk in almost immediately. It can be used both morning and evening and I noticed an immediate firming effect on the fine lines around my eyes, so I think the formula would work particularly well under makeup!

    Hero ingredients:

    Elderberry and red algae extracts.

    Price: £12.80 with the code (usually £16.00).

    Overall, I was really impressed with this set! The Exfoliating Clay Scrub, Night Serum, and Eye Boost Cream were standout products for me purely for the almost immediate results, but I can see myself incorporating each piece into my current skincare routine!

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    Price: £36.00 with the code (usually £45.00, worth £92.00).

    So if GLOSSYBOX’s products sound right up your street and you want to make the most of the 20% discount, check out their website here and make sure you use the code GBSXBUZZ when you make your purchase!

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    You after trying your new GLOSSYBOX products:

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