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GLOSSYBOX ADVENT-URES – Final thoughts on the Glossybox Advent Calendar 2020

I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas Day. I hope those observing local lockdowns/restrictions managed to fill their day with festive cheer. I thought I would conclude this GLOSSYBOX ADVENT-URES series with my final thoughts, along with some stats, now that the daily excitement is over.

What did I receive?

  • Day 1: Brushworks HD Complexion and Contouring Kit
  • Day 2: Illamasqua Liquid Eyeliner in the shade ‘Black/Noir’
  • Day 3: Filorga NCEF-REVERSE Supreme Multi-Correction Cream
  • Day 4: Pixi Glow Mist
  • Day 5: Lime Crime Mini Velvetines Liquid Lipstick in the shade ‘Red Velvet’
  • Day 6: Lee Stafford Hair Apology 10-in-1 Leave-in Treatment Spray
  • Day 7: Glossybox Skincare 3-in-1 Moisturiser
  • Day 8: Bubble T Cosmetics Winter Berries Bath Bomb Fizzer
  • Day 9: MUA Makeup Academy Brow Define Eyebrow Pencil in the shade ‘Mid Brown’
  • Day 10: Zoeva Screen Queen Highlighting Powder Palette
  • Day 11: Frank Body Original Coffee Scrub
  • Day 12: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
  • Day 13: Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment
  • Day 14: Ecooking Hand Cream / Håndcreme
  • Day 15: Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick in the shade ‘Trippin’
  • Day 16: bareMinerals Prime Time Original Foundation Primer
  • Day 17: The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
  • Day 18: Sleek MakeUP Loose Pigment in shade ‘Trance’
  • Day 19: The Vintage Cosmetic Company Polly Bow Makeup Headband
  • Day 20: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in the shade ‘Wedding Day’
  • Day 21: Avant Skincare 3-1 Hyaluron-Filler Collagen Eye Formula
  • Day 22: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
  • Day 23: KVD Vegan Beauty Go Big Or Go Home Mascara in the shasde ‘Trooper Black’
  • Day 24: NAILS.INC Nail Polish in the shade ‘Victoria’
  • Day 25: Iconic London Day To Slay Eyeshadow Palette

My personal favourites were the Iconic London eyeshadow palette, the Huda Beauty Power Bullet Lipstick and the Fenty Beauty shimmer skinstick. However, I have also enjoyed receiving items from the smaller brands such as the Frank Body Coffee Scrub and the Glow Recipe sleeping mask.

It’s fair to say that the Glossybox Advent Calendar continues to be one of the best beauty Advent calendars on the market. This is my third, and it does not disappoint. This year I ended up paying the full subscriber price of £80. In previous years I cashed in the ‘Glossy Credits’ I accrued by reviewing the monthly subscription boxes. This year, I didn’t really get around to reviewing much. My bad! But, even at £80, the calendar is incredible value as the contents are worth around £390. The packaging this year is better thought out. The individual boxes arrive in a set of four drawers. Post Christmas, I will recycle the cardboard boxes and will use the calendar and drawers for makeup storage (I can’t seem to get enough!). If you have read my individual daily posts, you will know that I suspect that the price of at least one of the skincare products is inflated which increases the value of the calendar, but with that said, I can’t deny that it is still good value for money. When researching the products to link on my blog posts, there were one or two items which weren’t currently available. Indeed some were released over two years ago, so clearly weren’t new to the market. I like it when we receive newly launched items. If they have potentially appeared in TK Maxx for example, for me, that devalues them.
Below, I have added a table so you can see whether items were makeup, skincare or ‘other’; full sized or deluxe minis; and whether they are items I would keep for myself or pass on in a future giveaway.

SkincareMakeupOtherFull SizeDeluxe MiniKeepGiveawayValue
Day 1£11.99
Day 2£21.00
Day 3£10.78
Day 4£16.00
Day 5£10.00
Day 6£11.99
Day 7£18.00
Day 8£5.99
Day 9£1.50
Day 10£15.00
Day 11£1.40
Day 12£3.93
Day 13£11.84
Day 14£7.50
Day 15£21.00
Day 16£6.00
Day 17£6.00
Day 18£5.49
Day 19£6.99
Day 20£22.00
Day 21£99.00
Day 22£13.50
Day 23£5.00
Day 24£15.00
Day 25£45.00
Product Breakdown Table


  • The average cost of each item was £3.20 per day but was worth £15.68 per day
  • 11 skincare products
  • 10 makeup products
  • 4 ‘other’ products (beauty sponges, hair treatment spray, bath bomb and headband)
  • 15 full size products
  • 10 deluxe mini products
  • I will be keeping 20 products
  • I will be giving away 5 products

I will continue to subscribe to the monthly boxes and buy the Advent calendar. I may, or may not, try to buy limited edition boxes. I have experienced the stress and observed other subscribers’ rants on social media about the problems in grabbing one when they sell out in a couple of minutes after allowing bulk purchasing. I also see the frustrations people have in getting responses from customer services.

I can conclude that Glossybox appear to be victims of their own success. Subscription boxes really are a ‘thing’ now, and meeting everyone’s expectations at such volumes must be a constant headache.

So thank you Glossybox, for another industry-leading product. I look forward to sampling next year’s!


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I created a Desenio gallery wall!

It’s amazing the overall change to our living room that adding a picture gallery has made. I have watched many a YouTube video of people making over their living spaces and the difference that an eclectic range of pictures makes is staggering. If you have a particular colour palette for your room, a gallery wall makes the whole aesthetic work cohesively.

We last decorated our living room eleven years ago and the walls could really do with a fresh lick of paint. We will likely use the same colour again as it is a tone which seems to compliment any palette. Its a Crown paint in the shade ‘wheatgrass’ and is a light greige neutral. Crown Breatheasy Coloured Emulsion in ‘Wheatgrass’.

I have tried to reduce the colour palette in our living room and it is now pretty much neutral with wood tones and mixed metal tones with pops of teal/turquoise/aqua and green.

The original wall art on the wall behind the sofa was a set of three canvases of woodland trees from NEXT, which when spaced apart, make a larger image. I still like this composition and will keep them in case I can use them in another space. Here are a couple of images of the wall with those canvases.

Many people had recommended using an online prints company called Desenio. When I checked out their website, I was actually pretty impressed with the quantity and range of styles.

As well as prints, they supply frames in various different colours with modern, straight edges. I will say that their frames aren’t cheap, so I decided to shop for my frames at IKEA.

A number of Desenio’s prints are typographical and it’s not beyond the wit of man to knock something up on a home computer which will fit into an A4 frame or smaller. Larger prints and photographs are worth buying of course. I have recreated a couple of their typographical prints and even painted a piece of geometric art for my bedroom wall myself in order to save money!

Here’s a link to the original Weimar Shaoes No2 Poster and here’s my reproduction!

Desenio have functionality on their website which allows you to select and design your own gallery wall. This function works pretty well, but the layouts are presets and I couldn’t find an option to customise my own layout. However, their arrangements are pretty good, so I selected the layout I wanted. The print sizes ranged from 21 x 30cm to 100 x 70cm.

I wanted the frames to be a mix of black, white and gold. As I said above, I went to IKEA for my frames and settled on the very cheap FISKBO range as they are light, sit flat to the wall and span the full size range. But this of course had one drawback, IKEA don’t make frames in 100 x 70cm! I decided to buy this one metal frame, in black, from Desenio. For an expensive frame, I wasn’t impressed when it turned up. The frame was dented and the clear acrylic was cracked in two of the corners, so I promptly sent it back!

I subsequently decided that the largest print was too large, and since it had a large white border, I went ahead and cut it down to 61 x 91cm (another standard size). I then scoured the Internet for a frame which would be similar to the others and I came across an Athena frame which works well alongside. The FISKBO frames are only available in black and white, so I spray-painted a couple of them gold.

Here’s the design I created on the Desenio Gallery Wall Creator tool.

My design using the Desenio Gallery Wall Creator tool

These are links to the prints I selected from Desenio from left to right and top to bottom:

Aquarelle Shape
Palm Springs Pool
Birds Fly Away
Blue Beach Wave
Meadow in Dawn
Dotted Pattern
Wonderful World
Origins of Everything

And here is our finished gallery wall!

What do you think? Have you created a gallery wall? I’d love to see your pictures.


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