Holiday Glossybox Review: CLEAR, Vitabath, Curel, Nicole by OPI,Kryolan & MNY

Although I was unable to attend the super-fun Glossybox holiday party – I was excited to be given the opportunity to review the Holiday Glossybox.  I reviewed Glossybox when they first arrived in Canada (see post here) and it was interesting to see how they were doing nearly a year later.

Holiday Glossybox

I received the box in December (just in time for the holidays!) – but I took my time to write this as I wanted to thoroughly try out the products before posting about them. The box was a treat to open: I loved the holiday themed packaging – the ginger bread print tissue paper was so pretty – and the mini candy cane was a sweet touch.


CLEAR Scalp & Hair Therapy TOTAL CARE Shampoo & Conditioner – This is a unique range because it focuses on treating your scalp. In fact, even the conditioner is applied onto your scalp (rather than just the length & tips like most other conditioners). I’ve used up the sample bottles and they were AMAZING. I shampoo my hair every 3rd day – and these products left my hair more voluminous and grease-free than anything else I’ve used – even on the 3rd day! The nourishing effects are especially appreciated in winter, when the cold air, heating & general dryness can leave your scalp feeling extra sensitive. Though it is in many ways a miracle product – I was alarmed to read some of the negative reviews on Makeup Alley – apparently some reviewers claimed it made their hair fall out in clumps (link here). That wasn’t my experience at all – and I’m not sure how accurate/unbiased those reviewers are  – but I thought I should mention it.

Vitabath Moisturizing Bath & Shower GelTHE GOOD:  It softens and moisturizes my skin without leaving any oily residue behind. THE BAD: fragrance in shower gels is VERY important to me – this one smelled very generic and drugstore-like. THE CONFUSING: The glossybox insert says this is Paraben & Sulfate-free, yet Sodium Laureth Sulfate is second on the list of ingredients?? VERDICT: Will use up but won’t repurchase – I prefer my more luxurious-feeling L’Occitane shower gels.

Curel Hand & Cuticle Therapy Cream – I’ve reviewed a lot of hand creams (link here) and this one is now one of my top 3 (the other 2 are Soap & Glory Hand Food and Fruits & Passion Avocado Butter). WHAT I LOVE: Leaves my skin feeling soft, plumped up & moisturized. One of the only hand creams that lightens up my darker knuckles and makes my whole hand look airbrushed (strange I know!). Applies slippery but dries to a matte finish within a minute. Has long-lasting and cumulative effects – my hands are now softer and go for longer without getting dry patches. Will definitely repurchase!!!


Nicole by OPI in Kardashing Through The Snow – Perfect sparkly nailpolish for the holiday season – I wore mine on New Years Eve! This has a lovely formula: lots of glitter in each coat yet the particles are tiny and the polish distributes smoothly. There was no lumpiness even after applying 3 coats (unlike some other glitter polishes I own!) Although this looks great worn on its own (see swatch below), it would also look gorgeous layered over a navy or dark purple base.

Kryolan Blusher in Glossy Pink – I love how this ‘made-for-glossybox’ blush is the same dusty pink as the glossybox packaging! The product is VERY finely-milled, it’s so soft and smooth. I was a bit worried the shade would be too light or chalky for me – but it DEFINITELY shows up on my skin – and transforms into a flattering rosy color. This was going to be my travel blush since it’s so tiny and pigmented – but unfortunately, the packaging is a little weak – the lid keeps detaching. As a blush-lover, I was pleased to try this and will definitely use it up!

Maybelline MNY My Gloss – Love this clear gloss with golden shimmer – the perfect product to apply over lipstains and other drying lip products. Has already earned a permanent place in my on-the-go make-up bag.


Nicole by OPI “Kardashing Through the Snow”, Kryolan Blusher & Maybelline Gloss swatches on paper & me

DRUGSTORE VERSUS HIGH END: The recent box had mostly drugstore brands (other than Kryolan) while the first box was more exclusive: AHAVA, Oscar de la Renta, Elizabeth Grant, Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE & Essie versus CLEAR, Vitabath, Curel, Nicole by OPI, Kryolan & Maybelline. However, a lot of the drugstore product were larger or full-size which offset the brand difference to an extent.
USABILITY: This box was well-curated. I was super-happy with the quality and type of products: hand creams, nailpolishes, blushes & lip products are ALWAYS welcome in my book! I will use up every single one of these products and may repurchase a few…no waste!
FLEXIBLE SUBSCRIPTION: Glossybox offers several subscription options: 1 month for $21, 3 months for $60, 6 months for $115 and 1 year for $220.

While it’s easy to like something that was sent to you – the true test is if I would go out and purchase a subscription myself. I can honestly say that I would definitely purchase the 1 month subscription option – both for myself and as a gift for others. $21 includes shipping and is very reasonable for such a beautifully packaged assortment of products. As a mom of school-aged children, I especially think this would make a great teacher gift – it’s pampering and has enough variety to account for a wide range of tastes.

Hope you found my review helpful. Which of these products would you like to try?

DISCLAIMER: Not a sponsored post. I received this glossybox but was under no obligation to provide a favorable review. As usual, my thoughts are 100% my own. I blog to share my true feelings not to receive free products.


  1. Beautygirl24
    January 16, 2013 / 4:51 am

    I'm OBSESSED with the Clear shampoo! My fiance even loves it! I've had some scalp issues for a while now. My skin gets so dry this time of year, amd my hair and scalp are no different. This shampoo really works! Leaves my hair so soft, and my scalp less itchy. It smells amazing too 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 16, 2013 / 6:13 am

      I was amazed at the volume I got from the shampoo – especially because I wasn't even using the volumizing range! I think along with deep conditioning treatments & moisturizing face products – it makes total sense to have more nourishing scalp products for winter too.It's funny how we like the same hair products (Macadamia mask – now this…) I'm going to have to keep an eye on your hair product recommendations as I'd probably love them too LOL!

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