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Glossybox: August 2015

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Ever made a difficult decision only for something to happen which immediately makes you question it? That’s how I felt when I unwrapped August’s Glossybox after deciding to cancel my subscription last month! I had been less than thrilled with the product offerings over the past few months but boy, did they make it up to me with this box! Its an exciting and varied line up which is really making me question my decision to give up my subscription (the email offering a 20% discount if I decide to reconsider is threatening to sway me as well!). Here’s a closer look at the products in the familiar pink box:

Naobay Calming Face Toner

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The first thing that appealed to me with this product was the gorgeous packaging. I love the Eco look of the sturdy wooden lid! It is thanks to Glossybox that I have already experienced Naobay products, having received a cleanser in one of my earlier boxes, and I am similarly impressed with this offering. Made with over 99% natural ingredients, this lotion provides 4-in-1 skincare action, removing traces of make up and impurities, cleansing, toning and soothing. I loved the calming feel of this lotion on the skin, and it left my face feeling soft and smooth. 

Emite Artist Colour Powder Blush

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Another box, another blush! Thankfully this one is really nice, although for pale girls like me it should be used sparingly as it is quite a dark shade) It was certainly good to see a full sized make up product too! I had never heard of Emite make up before but a bit of research showed that other products from the brand have appeared in previous Glossyboxes, and with a RRP of £20.59 it certainly makes this month’s box a bargain!

Sass Intimate Purifying Cleanser

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The partnership between Glossybox and Sass is a match made in heaven. I love the fact that feminine hygiene products have been provided, eliminating any of the potential embarrassment that may be caused by buying such products at a store. This cleanser is suitable for daily use and is specially formulated to maintain intimate harmony and ensure everyday freshness.

Me Me Me Lip Glide in ‘Playful Peach’

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I have definitely become a bit of a lipstick junkie lately so I was thrilled to see this velvet finish lip colour in the box. It’s a lovely flattering shade which gives a long-lasting matte finish. I was definitely impressed with this, as I was with the eye pencil from the same brand which I received in a Glossybox a few months ago.

Manna Kadar Lash Primer

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Over the past few months my make up evolution has gone from barely even knowing what a primer was, to trying out face, lip, eye and now lash primers for myself. This beauty can be used regularly in order to leave your lashes feeling conditioned and voluminous. You can even layer it under mascara to enhance the final effect. It’s nice to think that I’m working to keep my lashes in tip top condition so I will continue to use this product for the foreseeable future.

So that’s it for my August Glossybox review. Stay tuned to see whether I relent and resubscribe for September!

Glossybox subscription costs £13.25 per month. Visit http://glossybox.co.uk for more information.

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Glossybox: July 2015

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Life seems to have got in the way of my blogging a bit this month and I have been quite lax with my posts, so over the next few days I will be blogging like crazy to squeeze the last few July box reviews in before my August deliveries start arriving! I think one of the reasons why I wasn’t particularly eager to write this Glossybox review was that it didn’t really excite me that much. I find this strange considering I have mostly read glowing reviews from other subscribers online. Each to their own I guess. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t know much about any of the brands featured which meant that nothing really stood out to me at first. I have now decided to cancel my subscription and the upcoming August Glossybox will be the last one that I will receive and review. I need to cut costs somewhere and after looking back at the contents of the last few boxes, Glossybox stood out as the box that I could stand to do without.

Well let’s not let negativity completely cloud this post, here’s a closer look at the boxes contents…

The July box has a French theme, so the brands showcased all hail from France and are presented in the very cute wash bag that you can see in the picture above. If I’m honest, this was probably my favourite part of the box this month. The items inside are nice, but they failed to really wow me. Here they are:

Noxidoxi Enhanced Serum Base

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I am yet to be won over by any serum enough for it to make its way into my regular skincare routine, but admittedly this one does sound useful. Applied underneath moisturiser, the serum claims to hydrate both the skin’s surface and the deeper layers, and provide a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories to protect the skin. It did leave my skin feeling smooth and soft, but my moisturiser does that anyway and at £33.46 for the full-sized product, this is not a purchase to be made lightly. I am currently using the Clinique Super Defense Moisturiser which provides a similar level of protection for your skin with an added SPF so I don’t feel that a serum such as this is needed personally.

Lollipops Lip Balm Délicieuse

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This is a nice creamy lip balm with the added bonus of protecting the lips from UV damage. It comes in an easy to apply squeezy tube and has a lovely light cupcake-like scent to it. I’ll definitely toss this into my handbag to use over the summer months.

Teoxane Cosmeceuticals Perfect Skin Refiner

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I am partial to a specialist, skin perfecting treatment such as an intense face mask or exfoliating product, so this skin refiner appealed to me. It contains hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate the skin, and glycolic acid to help resurface it. The instructions on the accompanying card suggest beginning by using it every other night due to it’s potent ingredients and warned that you will feel a mild tingling at first. All in all, the instructions made the product sound a bit daunting and since I have reasonably good skin anyway, I have yet to try it out. The fact that my skin is also quite sensitive to certain products put me off as well. I feel that something like this may end up doing more harm than good so I think I will steer clear of it. At £70 for the full-sized product I can’t really afford to like it anyway!

Yves Rocher Comme Une Evidence Eau De Parfum

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Next to the travel pouch, this was my favourite box addition this month. The scent is light, floral and slightly musky which is my preferred kind of perfume anyway. It was quite long lasting and I kept getting whiffs of the different notes in it as the day progressed which was lovely. The bottle has no spray top so the perfume is a little tricky to apply, but i’m still really impressed. This is the only one of these products that I would be tempted to purchase the full sized version of, (the lip balm is full sized anyway) and since it is currently priced at £17.90 for 50ml or £25.50 for 100ml at http://yves-rocher.co.uk it is a bargain for an Eau de Parfum.

Well that’s my thoughts on the July Glossybox. I will be sad to give up any of my subscription boxes but my spending is becoming a little out of control at the moment and I need to trim the fat somewhere!

Glossybox is a subscription service costing £13.25 per month. For more information visit http://glossybox.co.uk

Glossybox: April 2015

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April’s Glossybox is a special Iconic Hollywood Edition, featuring a beautifully designed box (complete with an inspiring quote inside the lid) and a line up of products which promise to help you feel confident, glamourous and basically just all-round awesome.

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Firstly I have to say that the box really is very pretty and the quote by Elizabeth Taylor really made me smile. Did the products inside give me something to smile about too? Read on…

The first product I was drawn to was the Lord and Berry crayon lipstick:

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This is a nice chunky lip crayon in the suitably Hollywood shade ‘Kiss’ which is a bold orangey red. As soon as I began applying it I was struck by how strong the colour was. I expected a pencil to be quite easy to apply but I found myself having to take extra care to stay within my natural lip line and then fill in the rest of my lips evenly because the colour was so powerful. Mistakes are going to show up! I am used to using lip products with applicators that allow the product to glide on quite effortlessly so this was an eye opener for me. Never the less, I was really impressed with the end result and the colour lasted impressively through a mid afternoon nap, several glasses of water and the homemade burger that I ate for dinner so in terms of longevity this pencil is definitely a winner! I have seen Lord and Berry products popping up in quite a few Beauty Boxes lately and based on this product I would welcome the opportunity to see what else the brand offers.

I decided to go for full-on glamour and trial the Pop Beauty Kajal Pen at the same time as the lip crayon:

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This eyeliner is in a universally useful ‘Sooty Black’ shade and comes complete with it’s own smudger on the end for an effortless smoky eye effect. I had much more success with this liner than the others that I have tried recently due to the softer, creaminess of the Kajal pencil. It glides on easily in a strong, smooth line for a simple but striking effect or can easily be smudged and blended to add dramatic colour to your entire lid. I layered an old grey e.l.f cream eyeshadow on top to create a bold wet-look smoky effect which I will definitely replicate for my next big night out.

Next up is the Color Club Nail Lacquer in ‘Barely There’:

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This really is a true nude shade and would make a lovely speedy alternative to a French manicure for everyday understated nails. You could use one coat for a nice transparent sheen if you are a pro with nail polish application but I had to apply a second coat just to neaten mine up since i’m far from an expert! The second coat resulted in a more matte look and a nice beige colour. Still nice and natural but a little more noticeable. I will definitely try a full application of this lacquer soon once I have buffed and filed my nails in preparation. The shade might just be subtle enough to get away with at work!

Next up I gave the Nougat London Soothing Bath Pearls a whirl:

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They looked adorable in their sweet little organza bag and as a lover of a long soak, I was looking forward to the luxurious and pampering experienced that was promised on the label. However, after following the instructions and sprinkling a handful into my warm bath they just dissolved into nothing and I couldn’t really tell they were there! In hindsight I realise that my interpretation of a ‘handful’ was probably a bit stingy (the instruction card within the Glossybox suggests a tablespoon full) so it was probably entirely my fault that they didn’t have the desired effect! I will just have to try them again this evening to get a better idea! Either way though, bath pearls are more of a gift item in my opinion so I probably wouldn’t rush out to buy any more for myself anyway.

The final item in my box was Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream:

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I have noticed that many of my latest Beauty Boxes have contained anti-ageing skincare products which may be due to the fact that many of the box companies ask you to complete surveys in order to determine what kind of products you would be most interested in then tailor your box selections to your responses. Having turned 30 last year it is actually quite sweet that they are trying to help me grow old as gracefully as possible! Anyhow, I am always grateful for the opportunity to try a sample from a luxury brand whatever it may be, so I was excited to try this out. I slathered it on before bed last night and again this morning underneath my BB cream eagerly waiting for my beauty to be revealed. Unfortunately as the morning progressed all that was revealed to me was a slightly blotchy, uneven looking skin tone and patches of irritation. To add insult to injury the wrinkles around my mouth looked more pronounced than ever! Granted, I had a rubbish night’s sleep and did a bit of a rush job of my minimal make up at 6.20am before I left for work but I still expected more promising results than this. My skin is quite sensitive and I think that I just reacted badly to it personally, it may work miracles on other people! The cream was lovely and thick but it did absorb really well into my skin so if you do get hold of one of these samples and you don’t have sensitive skin yourself I think it’d definitely be worth a try!

Glossybox is a monthly subscription service that costs £13.25 a month including P&P. If you are unhappy with the product or service you are free to unsubscribe at any time. Check them out at http://glossybox.co.uk