September’s Glossybox

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box, it costs £10 per month and £3.25 postage per box. Glossybox usually contains 5 beauty products some of which are full sized. Glossybox ships around the 10th of each month.

Contents

Taylors 32 Toothpaste
Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer
MONU Fiji Facial Oil
STYLondon Siligel Blender
Skinfix Hand repair cream

Now lets take a closer look at each product, size and price.

Taylor’s 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste Fennel & Mint 
Now this smells lovely, it doesn’t smell as harsh as normal toothpaste. I’ve only just started using this so can’t really say if it works yet or not, however it’s certainly more gentle than normal toothpaste and would be perfect for people who are sensitive to the taste of toothpaste. The price is reasonable too, I’d happily replace my normal toothpaste with this if I feel it works.
£5 (full size)

Pixi By Petra – Brow Tamer 
I actually already own this, I love it. I enjoy using it on no makeup days to straighten out any stray brow hairs. I have very sensitive skin and this doesn’t react badly with my skin. I really like Pixi products and have recommended this brow tamer to a few friends who’ve wanted a clear brow product. I will certainly be keeping, you can never have too many back ups.
£12 (full size)

MONU – Firming Fiji Facial Oil 
I’ve not yet used this as I suffer with a mixture of oily and dry skin. Although it may be fine with my dry areas I’m a little scared it might cause a breakout. However I plan to use this once I’ve plucked up the courage. I like the idea of it and have heard good things about this brand.
£26 (not full size)

STYLondon – Siligel Blender 
I’ve seen so many of these types of products on the market, a easy to clean alternative to the beauty blender….however I’ve also never seen a “successful” review of one. I plan to test this out this week on a day that I’m not bothered if it goes wrong. However I do hope it works, I’d love a way to apply my makeup without having to clean for ages to get the blender clean. I’m actually pretty excited to try this out.
£5.99 (full size)

Skinfix – Hand Repair Cream 
My husband will benefit from this greatly. The bottle says it’s safe for use eczema which I’m sure my husband would like to use. I’ve used many hand repair creams over the years as my hands got very dry and damaged from my job which involves a lot of water. I may review the cream separately at a later date after both my husband and I have had chance to give it a good use.
£12.99 (full size)

Summary

I’ve enjoyed this months box, there are a few products I’ve not had chance to try yet but part of the reason I get the box is to try out new things. I’m excited to try the new Siligel Blender and can’t wait to see if the toothpaste works as well as my current one. I’ve liked the very “clear” and “clean” theme of this box with both the pixi brow tamer and siligel blender being clear as well as the toothpaste box and firming oil bottle being white.

Thank you for reading,

Emma x

 

August 2017 Glossybox 

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box which costs £10 a month and £3.25 postage per box. Glossybox usually features 5 beauty products some of which are full size. Glossybox usually ships around the 10th of each month.

Contents

SportFX Face Mist
Valquer Ice Hair Mask
Batiste Dry Shampoo & Conditioner
Rodial Suede Lips
Modellauncher Bronzer

Lets take a closer look at each product, size and price.

SportFX – Time Out Face Mist + Fix  
SportFX is a UK based brand, which started out targeting gym goers looking for the perfect gym proof makeup. Glossy Box says you can use this under foundation or on top. What I can say is the first thing you notice about this product is the smell of menthol, which is a little off putting. I wasn’t keen having that smell on my face all day as it was very strong. I also found this very sticky, which I guess would make it a good primer but I can’t stand anything sticky, it honestly left me wanting to wash my face all day and was all I could think about. I’m sure this is perfect for some people, it just didn’t tick the right boxes for me.
£5.99 (full size)

Valquer –  Ice Hair Mask Total Repair  
Described as an “energising hair mask with cooling effect. Which enhances and optimises the macadamia oil for the most unruly and exigent hair”. I’m intending to use this tomorrow as I’ve not yet had time to try it but it certainly seems interesting. The bottle is beautiful and it smells lovely. Wonder what it can do for my hair….
£14.99 (not full size)

Batiste – 2in1 Dry Shampoo and Conditioner 
I’ve mentioned Batiste before as it’s a brand that often crops up in monthly subscription boxes. I’d say I’ve had Batiste dry shampoo 4 or 5 times now and each time I’ve always felt the same way. I overall enjoy the products but I feel like they do leave behind a little bit of white residue even when used from far away, as my hair is bright red it can look dull and dirty after using it. If I could use it without the residue then I’d be a very happy bunny indeed.
£4.49 (not full size)

Rodial – Suede Lips 
I’ve used a couple of Rodial products in the past, I can’t say I’ve ever been massively impressed. I feel like this brand maybe gets forgotten a bit, I know I don’t really think of or reach for the products of theirs I have. However Suede lips is a nice product, the colour I got is a rich plum which is ideal for the fall months. It applies smoothly, looks nice and is a good size for storing. I do consider the price a little high but that is just my opinion, I’m planning on using this more during the next month so I may change my mind.
£22 (full size)

Modellauncher – Safari Sun Bronzer 
This bronzer is adorable, in the pan it’s just great. I’m very pale so this was a little too dark for me, I’m also not a fan of having glitter in my bronzer. However I’d happily use this in the crease on my eyes as the gold glitter makes a nice pop to a “natural” eye look. I was a little shocked to see both mica and talc as the first two ingredients in this bronzer but for the size and price point you can’t complain too much. I’m planning on gifting this to a friend who’s skin is not as paper white as mine.
£16.50 (full size)

Summary

August’s box was a nice mix, I’m a little bit bored of seeing Batiste in these boxes and now have a little stash of them that I don’t use. However I really enjoyed seeing a nice bronzer and hair mask in this box (even if I’m too pale for the bronzer). Loved the blue box too this month, it makes a nice change from the typical Glossybox design.  I got a summer feeling from this box which was what I was hoping to feel. I’d like to see more variety in the brands they use though.

Thank you for reading,
Emma x

July 2017 – GlossyBox 

I’m sorry for the delay in posting, I’ve had some health issues that I’m battling through. I’m back now however and you can expect my October Glossy Box review once the box arrives. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Glossy Box is a monthly subscription box, which usually contains 5 beauty / skin care products. This box costs £10 per month and £3.25 postage per box. It typically ships around the 10th of the month.

Lets take a look at July’s Glossybox…

Contents:

Papanga Spiral Hairbands
CuteBalms Macaroon Tint Balm
BellaPierre Banana Powder
Spectrum Small Fan Brush (A10)
MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion

Now for a closer look at each item, size and price.
Papanga – Spiral Hairbands 
I have really thin hair and I often find when I tie my hair back it gets caught up in the hair tie and I end up pulling half my hair out when taking the tie out. I’ve used a few of these types of hairbands in the past, they are supposed to help prevent damage to your hair. These are a lot larger than the ones I usually use and I’ve used them a couple of times now with no issue.
£4.99 for 2 (Full size)

CuteBalms – Macaroon Tint Balm
Adorable, tastes pretty nice too. However It’s not really offering anything different to the many tinted balms I already own. Personally I feel the price is a little high for what you get, although I assume maybe you’re paying for the “cute” packaging.
£5.99 (Full size)

BellaPierre – Banana Powder 
I’m a big fan of BellaPierre’s eye shadows so I had high hopes of this working out well. GlossyBox suggests you use this to bake, I’ve not used it to bake yet however I’ve used it as a setting powder and it has worked really well. It hasn’t reacted badly with my skin and doesn’t look cakey! I have redish skin too so feel that it does help a little with colour correcting too.
£25 (Full size)

Spectrum – Small Fan Brush (A10)
I LOVE Spectrum Brushes, they are soft, work well and are of course beautiful. Sadly in August Spectrum suffered a fire at one of their supply warehouses and lost a lot of stock. I’d strongly recommend buying one of their brushes especially to help a small, great brand get back on their feet. This brush is cruelty free, I love using fan brushes to apply highlighter so it will certainly get plenty of use.
£4.99 (Full Size)

MONUspa – Soothing After Sun Lotion
Against animal testing, made in the UK and smells lovely…what more could you want? This lotion uses Shea butter and Aloe Vera to sooth the skin after a day out in the sun. I only got to use it twice as our weather is unpredictable. However the two times I got to use it I felt it really did help.
£19.95 (Not full size)

Summary
July’s box is lovely, I’m loving the Banana Powder and the Spectrum brush the most. This box was certainly worth the £10 giving us 4 full sized products out of 5! I felt this box was a good mix of items, I’ve really enjoyed this box.

Thank you for reading.

June’s GlossyBox

Glossybox is a monthly subscription box which usually contains 5 beauty, makeup or skin care items. This box costs £10 per month plus £3.25 postage.

Let’s take a look at June’s Glossybox.

June's Glossy Box 2017

Contents:

111 skin – Eye Lift Gel

Sleek makeup –  Plump Lip Crayon

Himalaya – Face Wash

Batiste – Volume Spray

BeautyPro – Black Diamond Mask

Manna Kadar – Sheer Glo

Manna Kadar Sheer Glo

Now it’s time for a closer look at each item, size and retail price.

Manna Kadar – Sheer Glo (20ml)
This is a liquid illuminator, this also says you can mix it with foundation or wear alone. It doesn’t smell very strong at all and as I’m very pale I was a little unsure how it would appear on my skin however it does show up although maybe not as bright as I’d like. It does have a pinky tone to it and so I would blend out if you are wearing this completely alone.
This isn’t full size however full size of this product retails at £22.50

Batiste – Oomph my locks XXL volume spray (full size)
This is a beauty box staple, I think I’ve had this 3 times in travel size but this is the first full size I’ve had. I enjoy using this lightly in my hair to give it volume as I have very thin hair, although I don’t like to use too much of it a little bit goes a long way.
This retails at £4.29

111 Skin – Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel (5ml)
This gel apparently does everything you’d want an eye gel to do, reduces fine lines, reduces puffiness and helping reduce the appearance of dark circles. But then you have that price tag…oh the pain. On the plus side this small sample allows us to try a product that we may pass by otherwise.  First impression is that it’s light, non irritating and smells nice but not over powering. Dark circles are something I’ve always been very insecure about, if this actually works then I could see myself buying the full sized one in the future (my poor bank balance).
This isn’t full size, full size 15ml of this product retails at £110

Sleek Makeup – Power Plump Lip Crayon (Full size) 
This apparently contains a tingling ingredient that causes the blood to rush to your lips, causing them to look plumper. It smells nice and the shade is cute, a nude (1050 Notorious Nude) that will look good along side most makeup looks. The tingle is a light tingle, not uncomfortable but you can feel it.
This retails at £5.50

Himalaya – Purifying Neem Face Wash (50ml)
“Cleans & Purifies for clear, problem-free skin”. Neem is known for it’s anti-bacterial properties making it a good ingredient to use in a face wash. This is paraben free and hypoallergenic making it wonderful for those of us with sensitive skin.
Full size retails for £3.29

BeautyPro – Black Diamond Peel Off Mask (1 mask)
This mask is with activated charcoal which helps get deep into the pores and remove impurities. I’ve not had chance to try this yet but really can’t wait to give it a shot. I love a good face mask and pulling them off is very satisfying.
£4.95 for a pack of 3.

Summary
Another good box this month, although I get a little bored of Batiste hair products in beauty boxes but I don’t dislike any of the products this month. I’m not sure I’ll use the Sheer Glo as it will show as a big pink mess on my pale skin but I’m sure a friend will love it. I do wonder if the 111 skin eye gel will work magic on my dark circles? I guess only time will tell.
I’ve enjoyed the past couple of boxes from Glossy box and I feel like they’re stepping their game up. Keep it up Glossy box.

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May’s GlossyBox

Sorry for the delay in posting this, I actually didn’t get my May Glossybox however Glossybox did fix the problem and send it out to me later.

GlossyBox is a monthly subscription box which contains a variety of items usually beauty, makeup or skincare related. In each Glossybox you get 5 items which vary from sample size to full size.They have different subscription options but to pay month to month is £10 and £3.25 postage.

Let’s look at what’s in May’s Glossybox.

Mayglossybox

Contents:

Dr PAWPAW original balm – provides relief for dry, irritated skin, moisturises lips, nails and cuticles.

Ruby – powder blush in coral.

Caudalie – Moisturizing Sorbet

Daily Concepts – Exfoliating Body Scrubber

Scrub Love – Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub (Avocado and Aloe Vera)

Impressed with the variety this month, lets take a closer look at each item, it’s size, claims and how much it costs.

Dr PAWPAW original balm (25ml) (full size)
the back of the packet reads “provides relief for dry, irritated skin, moisturises the lips, nails and cuticles. Soothes dry, cracked skin such as hands and elbows. Use for adding finishing touches to hair and smoothing brows. Helps with insect bites and minor abrasions”. Well this product sounds like it does it all, I’ve never used any DR PAWPAW products before although I’ve heard the name.
It doesn’t really smell of anything at all, I really like the texture although it takes a bit of force to get it out of the tube. I like the size, it’s a good size to fit into your handbag or travel bag without causing it to be heavy.
This is a full size item and retails at £6.95

Ruby – powder blush in coral. (full size)
I’m a bit fussy when it comes to makeup, I can’t say I was overly impressed with this. The colour in the pan looks great, however very little actually applies with brush or finger swatches. It feels very stiff and I just think if you were thinking of buying this for the full price then you can get better for less. (ELF blushes for example)
This is a product from the EU so this retails at 14.99 (euros)

Caudalie – Moisturizing Sorbet (10ml)
On their website it says “Thanks to its “quick break” technology, this gel-cream turns into water on contact, helping soothe, moisturise and strengthen the skin.” I’ve tried this product before and I really like it, it’s good for sensitive skin (always good!) and smells amazing.
This is a small sample size, however the full size (40ml) retails at £23.00

Daily Concepts – Exfoliating Body Scrubber (full size)
I’ve not had chance to try this out yet, however I’m very excited to see if it works. Apparently it tells you when it’s all scrubbed out, as the label fades when it needs replacing. Very smart indeed.
This is a full sized product and retails at £4.00

Scrub Love – Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub (100g) 
This says it’s suitable for all skin types, deeply cleansing and naturally hydrating. This is also not tested on animals (Woo hoo) and is also paraben free. “It’ll absorb all those pollutants and impurities that build up on your skin from day to day living and leave you squeaky clean”.
I love the packaging, cruelty free is always a bonus too. I can’t wait to give this a try.
This retails at £13.95

Summary

Overall I’m very pleased with the variety, the inclusion of a cruelty free brand is amazing. The only dud in the box in my opinion was the blush, although I’m sure many people love it. May’s box shows what glossy box can really do, one of the things I love about monthly subscription boxes is that it can introduce you to brands and products you’ve never thought about trying. This box really did that for me this month. Keep it up Glossybox.

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