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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Glossy Box October 2016

This months glossy Box contained 5 items, 3 makeup items and 2 skin care items.

I’ve been subscribed to Glossy box for a year now and it really can be hit or miss as to getting good or bad products. They did give us a sneak look at one of the products that would be in this months box, it would be a PS product. I don’t think Glossy Box got the response it was looking for as many comments on this announcement were negative.

For those of you that are not aware PS is a brand name for primarks own brand makeup products. These products are very cheap products and a lot of people felt that easy to access products like primark makeup didn’t really deserve to be in a box that is aimed at beauty discovery.

Glossy Box October 2016

Glossy Box October 2016

 

This months box was the typical pink box and the contents are as follows.

Contents:

  • PS pro Graphic eyeliner RRP £3 (Full Size)

This is primarks own brand eye liner, it is a very thick felt tip type liner. I did try it and found that it bled a lot more than I’d like from an eyeliner. It wasn’t something I’d purchase myself.

 

  • Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait RRP £12.95 (Full Size)

This is a “buttery lip cream”. The packaging is adorable however I didn’t feel it applied evenly I did go over it a couple of times and felt it still didn’t apply the way I’d like. The consistency was soft but I personally didn’t like how it applied.

 

  • Universal Beauty Cosmetics Secret Flush RRP £15 (Full Size)

This is a “cream blusher and lip stain duo”.

I’m not a massive cream blush fan, however I did like the colour and I would use it for lips more than cheeks as I don’t like the idea of layering creams on top of each other.

 

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate (Tiny, sample size)

This was a real let down to me, as this was a tiny sample size which you can get for free from the body shop. I haven’t had chance to try it yet but I did feel it was a little bit cheeky including this as a product rather than a nice little “gift”.

 

  • Bee Good Honey and Camelina Facial Exfoliator RRP £10.50 (Full Size)

This is described as hydrating and skin calming which is good for me as my skin has a mind of it’s own. I really like Bee Good’s products and was very excited to see this great product included. I’d strongly recommend anyone who likes good quality and UK made products to give it a try.

 

What is this?

Now, for the product I feel may have broken faith in glossy box.

Included in the box was a small bottle of shampoo, the label was changed to say “New Beauty Shampoo”. It didn’t mention brand, ingredients or anything really to identify the shampoo and what hair types it was safe to use on. This left a lot of people commenting on their social media stating they wouldn’t be using any product without the information given to them first.

The idea I guess was to showcase a product without any bias from those “testing” it. A lot of people felt they could tell the brand from the smell and this was later confirmed by Glossy Box, I can’t remember how long after the box was sent out but I believe it was at least a week before they announced the brand and it turned out to be “head and shoulders”.

A lot of people did complain about this as apparently head and shoulders doesn’t mix well with coloured hair.

Personally I didn’t try the shampoo as my hair is very thin and I do have to be careful what I use. I don’t think this was a good move on their part, I do understand what they were trying to do but ultimately I think it caused more problems than it did good.

 

Summary 

I didn’t like the included bottle of mystery shampoo, nor the Primark liner. I really wish they would stick to good brands as I don’t understand how they can mix a tiny sample of drops of youth in the same box as a full size bottle of Bee Good. Overall it was a mixed month, some good products and some not so good. I really hope they have some good plans for the December box as last years was great.