Glossybox UK November 2016 Review!

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It’s that time of the month again, Glossybox time! It seemed like I was waiting forever for this box to arrive, so I was delighted when I arrived home from work last night to find it waiting for me! The shipping seemed really slow this month, I noticed customers in the UK posting about their boxes from last Tuesday, yet mine arrived almost a week later. It’s difficult to avoid spoilers when us Irish customers are so far behind the Brits😦

Anyway, this month we were treated to 5 items, 4 of which were full-sized, and a teeny little sweet treat in the box too. Let’s take a closer look at the contents…

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First up, I spotted this rather large foil packet, the 111 Skin Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask. It is one of the ever popular ‘sheet mask’ style of face masks, although this one is gold! I think it may be one of those jelly kind of ones? It promises to enhance the absorption of moisture to create a protective barrier that will keep skin perfectly hydrated. Pretty good for winter when a lot of people’s skin will be feeling the effects of the colder weather, this could also be a nice treat for the skin during the party season- a skin hangover cure perhaps! My only complaint is that we got a similar product only 2 boxes ago in the September box, and similar sheet masks for the under eyes in the June box, so while I enjoy products like this, it does feel a little bit repetitive. This is a full-sized item and valued at €23.

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Next up, another full-sized item, a pack of 3 Wilkinson Sword Quattro razors. Well, a girl always needs razors I guess… Though let’s be honest, leg shaving becomes less of a priority in the winter when we’re more covered up! Speaking of repetition, we only got Wilkinson Sword razors in the February box, so yeah while I’m happy with the inclusion as I know I’ll use them, they’re hardly the most exciting of additions? Also, whats with the whole ‘raspberry scented handles’ gimmick? Do my razor handles really need to be scented? Bizarre! Wilkinson Sword razors are really good though, so I’m sure they will work well at leaving my pins silky smooth! These retail at €8 a pack.

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Next up, the only travel sized item in the box was this hair care product, the Nanogen Root Boost Hair Thickening Spray. Now, at first glance I pulled it out of the box and was like, meh….a little sample, looks a bit medicinal, nothing too exciting. However after reading the product information leaflet, I’m a bit more intrigued to try it out. It is supposedly ‘a salon blowdry in a bottle’ promising to thicken and volumise the hair, leaving it feeling big and bouncy. I’m looking forward to giving this a whirl, as my hair is often really limp and lifeless looking, so anything that gives it a bit of a lift is a winner to me! A full-sized bottle of this costs €12, so this sample is worth about €4.

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Next up, another full-sized item with the Ruby Professional Large Tapered Blending Brush. I LOVE getting brushes in my Glossybox, so I was really pleased with this one. I have yet to use this, but even just swirling it on my skin I can already feel how lovely and soft the bristles are, yet they feel firm, so I think this will work really well at blending shadow around the eye, or even applying highlighter on small areas of the face. It’s also a cruelty-free brush with synthetic bristles, which is a plus point. This is valued at €8.

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Finally, the last full-sized item is the De Bruyere Beauté Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade ‘Bubble 07’ As you can see from the swatch above, it’s a really nice khaki-grey shade, perfect for a smokey eye look. It seems to be a really creamy formula which will be easy to apply, I’m looking forward to trying it out. I’m rather rubbish at creating eye looks, so I love eye crayons like this that can create an effortless all over lid look! This is valued at €15.

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Finally, as a little bonus, there was a Raffaello chocolate treat included in the box. I’ve heard a lot of hype about these sweeties recently, however it wasn’t really to my taste, I’m not mad on nuts or coconut flavours! I do love when Glossybox add in little extras like this though. They also added in 3 discount codes and voucher cards for various lifestyle and fashion brands, which is great when you’re in the UK but a fat lot of good for us living in Ireland. Glossybox frequently add in £40 vouchers for meal subscription boxes, which can’t be used here, so why bother? It would be great to see them team up with some Irish brands to give discount codes or vouchers for us subscribers in the Emerald Isle.

Anyway, I’m happy enough with this month’s box. I’ll definitely use the brush and the razors, and I’ll use the face mask as a treat some time soon. I’m hoping the eye pencil and hair thickening spray work out well for me! So although it wasn’t the most exciting of boxes, I think it is one of the more useful ones I’ve gotten recently. Next month’s edition sounds interesting, the sneak peek states that subscribers will ‘get to choose their own box, with two seasonal looks to choose from, an email revealing more is on it’s way’ so I’m very intrigued to see what the choices will be!

Did you get anything different in your Glossybox this month? What were your thoughts on the November edit? Let me know in the comments below!

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Glossybox UK October 2016 ‘Estée Lalonde Edition’

Hi there, remember me? It’s been a pretty long time without any blog posts on Just My Look, and for that I apologise. I kinda got stuck in a blogging rut, then I went away for a fortnight to London and Las Vegas, so this little space of the internet remained unloved for about a month. However, I’m now back and have plenty of posts planned, so expect things to get a bit livelier around here from now on! Anyways, on to one of my favourite things to talk about: Glossybox! 

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This month’s edition was a collaboration with blogger and YouTuber Estée Lalonde. Estée is a hugely successful Canadian beauty and lifestyle blogger, who is based in the UK. I have followed her from her Essie Button days, when she was one of my favourite beauty gurus. Now, I’m not gonna lie, she’s kinda slipped down my list of favourites since she left her Essie Button persona behind and became all grown up as Estée. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, everyone grows up, but I do feel that she has gone on a fairly ‘too cool for school’ hipster kinda path, which doesn’t always interest me, but I do still watch her videos from time to time. Anyway, when I heard that this month’s box was a collaboration with Estée, I was looking forward to discovering some great brands and products that Estée herself loves, but well… something didn’t feel quite right, let’s dig in shall we?

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Ok, so the most intriguing product was the one billed as the *mystery sixth item* which is supposed to be a new hair hero. Now, I’ve yet to try this out, as I only arrived home from holiday last night to the box waiting for me, but I’m really excited to give it a whirl. On first impressions, it smells divine, and I’ve been trying to guess what brand it could possibly be. My only idea so far is that it may be a Head & Shoulders shampoo, as the bottle design is similar to their usual style, and it’s made by Proctor and Gamble, their parent company. Also, in the information leaflet this is described as being ‘unbeatable at caring for the scalp’ which is another clue that points towards Head & Shoulders. Either way, I’m gonna give it a go tomorrow and hope it works out well. Estée herself will be announcing the true identity of the product next week, so I don’t have long to wait!

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Next up, is the Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator. We’ve had products from this brand in Glossybox before, the products are made by British bees, and the formula is free from parabens, synthetic colours, mineral oil, silicone, SLS or SLES. So it sounds all good for sensitive skin types eh? Again, I’ve not tried this out, only on the back of my hand, but the formula seems to have just the right amount of scrubby particles, and a gorgeous natural fragrance. My skin is a bit all over the place from all my recent travelling, so I’m dying to try this out!

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Sticking with skin care, next up, I received the Drops of Youth Concentrate from The Body Shop. Now, I saw this and I was a bit like, oh whatever. We had a similar sample from The Body Shop a couple of months ago, and its a bit annoying to have another little vial of serum with the words ‘free sample’ on the back popped into my box, when other subscribers got pretty decent Rituals and Nuxe products instead. Anyway, this feels like a nice lightweight serum that I should get some use from, but I’m not overly fussed on anti-ageing products, and I’m disappointed I didn’t get one of the better options instead. Oh well, that’s the name of the game I guess.

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On to makeup, and the first item was the Secret Flush Soothing Cream Blusher & Lip Stain Duo in the shade Nectar, from Universal Beauty Cosmetics. This is a nice dinky little product in really cute packaging, and it’s a really nice pinky peach shade with a subtle hint of shimmer, that could be seen as a dupe for the infamous Orgasm multiple from NARS. I really like cream cheek products, but I don’t think I’d use this on my lips really. Also, cream products are something I get more use from in the summer, when I’m going for a lighter and more dewy look, so I would’ve loved to have received this a couple of months back. I’ve noticed that it is a bit heavily scented, which I don’t think will work for those subscribers with particularly sensitive skin. I shall give this a go, and report back.

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Next up is the Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait, it doesn’t have a shade name. Anyway, how beautiful is that packaging. I saw it and I was like oh em effing gee I love that, how cool will it be when I whip it out of my handbag and show it off to all my beauty loving friends. Then I popped the lid off, and saw the shade and my heart just sank a little. At first it looks like a lovely pretty nude shade, but upon application to the lips it just looked as if I’d dipped my mouth in foundation. Not a good look for me. It’s very pale for my skin type, but the formula is nice and smooth and it feels very comfortable on the lips. I’m hoping that maybe I can salvage it with the help of a decent lip liner or lip gloss, but I’m not sure. If only the shade had been better, I’d have been completely head over heels.

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Finally, the last addition was the PS…Pro Graphic Eyeliner. Yup, Glossybox have gone and done it, they’ve included a Primark item in their box. Now, I think there may have been quite a lot of negativity online regarding the inclusion of such an affordable brand, but hey, you guys know I adore Primark, so I was happy enough with the inclusion of one of their beauty products. There were 6 different items from PS…Pro sent out, and truthfully, I wish I’d received the primer or translucent powder that I’ve seen other customers got instead. However, felt tip eyeliners are something I use (and already have an abundance of unfortunately) so I will give this a bash. The only thing scaring me slightly is the nib. I mean seriously, look at how fat that is, I’m scared I’ll be totally panda eyed if I attempt to line my lids with this! I’ve swatched it a couple of times and I must say, it’s pretty decently pigmented, and lasts really long on the skin (I’m talking several hand washes with soap and this stuff was still there- which may be a problem trying to remove it from your eyes at the end of the day!) I would welcome more additions from Primark in my box, for me Glossybox is all about beauty discovery, and it’s nice to receive a mixture of high-end and high street products.

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Swatches L-R: PS…Pro Eyeliner, Universal Beauty Blusher, Trifle Cosmetics Lip Parfait.

So, that’s the lot! Was I impressed with this month’s edition? Well yeah….ish. For me, it was a decent balance of hair care, skin care and makeup, but I was disappointed I got a teeny sample from The Body Shop instead of other options. However, something that really struck a chord with me was the whole ‘Estée Lalonde collaboration.’ This isn’t the first time Glossybox have teamed up with a blogger, most notably the Really Ree edition last December was fantastic. What I liked about the Really Ree box was that I felt Ree herself had trialled and enjoyed the products, she also did a lot of social media chat, blog posts and YouTube videos about the Glossybox at the time of release, which was great. This time around, well I don’t want to sound horrible, but the Estée collaboration just feels like its been thrown together just to promote her book. These products don’t feel like the type of items that she chats about on her blog or channel, and even the piece on the information card seems like it’s just been typed up to promote her book. Apart from an Instagram post, I haven’t seen anything else from Estée promoting this Glossybox, she has yet to blog or do a video on it? I dunno, maybe I’m being overly cynical, but it feels like she’s just added her name to this, whereas when Really Ree was an ambassador, she seemed alot more enthusiastic about it. But, maybe I’m wrong, it just doesn’t feel like anything special to me.

Anyway, I don’t wanna sound overly negative, I am looking forward to trialling out every product within this Glossybox, and I will most definitely be keeping up my subscription, I love getting my box of goodies in the post every month!

Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What are your thoughts on the contents? Let me know in the comments below!

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Glossybox UK September 2016 ‘Red Magazine: The Editor’s Choice’

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It’s that time again- Glossybox time! After a bit of a mixed bag last month, I was looking forward to this month’s edit, especially since it was a special edition collaboration with Red Magazine. So when it popped through my letterbox yesterday, I just couldn’t wait to see what was inside, and unwrapped it at the speed of light.

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So here are the contents, a fairly jam-packed box, I think you’ll agree! There is a really good mixture of skin care and makeup items, including 4 full-sized products. Now for a closer inspection of each of the items…

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First up is the MUA Eyeshadow Palette in the ‘Heaven & Earth’ edition. Now technically this isn’t even part of this month’s box, as you may remember from last month– I was sent the wrong palette in my August box, so this month I received an extra palette; the one I’d initially chosen. It’s a really nice mixture of neutral bronzey colours which are right up my street. I’m dying to get to grips with this one, I think I can create some really nice natural looks with this palette! This is valued at €6.

So now for the real contents of this month’s box…

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First up is the Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask. This is a formula inspired by Korean technology, and promises 120 hours of hydration after one use, as it promotes moisture retention to the skin. Now, I’ve tried sheet masks from previous Glossyboxes in the past and not been overly keen on them. I think this is some form of gel formula which has a somewhat similar application style to a sheet mask, as it says it should be left on for 30 mins, so I’ll keep an open mind on this one, but I’m not sure how I feel about it yet! This sachet is valued at around €9.

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Next up, an item that we were given a sneak peek of last month, the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I’ve had this mascara in the past and LOVED it, so I know I’m gonna get some use from this miniature sized tube. Now, the name is a bit ridiculous, and it has a lot of bold claims, but I have to say it is an amazing formula that gives gorgeous, volumised, dramatic, long lashes. This is a definite hit for me, I hope to see more items from Too Faced included in the future. This miniature size is valued at around €12.

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The next addition is from The Organic Pharmacy, and their Antioxidant Lip Balm. Now, I will admit that lip balm is a tad boring to me, but this is actually a really nice product. Firstly, I love the squeezy tube packaging, I really don’t like gross dipping pots for lip balm, so straight away this is a bonus. It lives up to its claim of being a ‘soft and smooth’ formula, it’s a thick, clear balm that applies easily to the lips and feels hydrating, as well as having a nice fruity taste to it! This is another item that I’m pretty pleased with this month. This is valued at €14.

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Sticking with lips, next comes the Catrice Volumising Lip Booster. Now, I’ve been using Catrice products for years, so I was thrilled to receive an item that I haven’t tried before. This lip booster is supposedly the secret to a plumper pout. It has a cooling menthol formulation that feels fresh on the lips, and not overly tingly like other similar products I’ve tried in the past. This is a lovely sheer pink shade, and it gives a gorgeous plump look to the lips. I’ve only tried it on its own so far, but I think it will be great worn over lipstick too, as it’s a smooth, non sticky formula. Hopefully we get more Catrice products in future boxes. This is valued at €3.95.

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The final full-sized item included is the Rodial Smokey Eye Pen. This is essentially, a black eyeliner pencil, something that is somewhat unexciting for beauty junkies like myself that have about 20 black liners in our stashes already! However, it looks like a really nice creamy, dark black formula, which I’m hoping will be easy to apply, and long-lasting on the waterline! I’ll report back as soon as I try it out. This is valued at €20.

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Finally, Glossybox popped in a nice little bonus item in the form of the Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask from The Body Shop. There isn’t much information on the leaflet, but I’m assuming this is great for getting the gunk out of your skin, as charcoal is usually in deep cleansing masks. I can’t wait to try this out, I love how Glossybox have popped in some sample sachets as a ‘6th item’ recently, as it is a nice bonus for subscribers. Lets face it, if it were Birchbox, this would probably be counted as a full item… Just Sayin’

So overall, I was pretty pleased with this month’s box. Taking the MUA palette out of the equation (as technically that was from the August edit) it was a pretty decent box, with a nice mixture of skin care and makeup items, all of which I’ll get a lot of use from. 

Did you get anything different in your Glossybox this month? Let me know in the comments below!

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Glossybox UK August 2016 ‘Rae Feather’ 5th Birthday Edition!

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It’s that time of the month again, Glossybox time! This month is the brand’s 5th Birthday, and to celebrate, they have teamed up with luxe accessory label Rae Feather, for a box filled with 5 ‘glossy greats’ (their words, not exactly mine as you’ll see) including an exclusive item from the Rae Feather brand. Can this month’s edit live up to the amazing contents of the June & July boxes? Well, read on to find out…..

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It is a change from the usual pink and black Glossybox this month, with a nice pink, grey and white design from Rae Feather. It’s always nice to have a bit of a change, and while it’s not my favourite ever designed box (the French edit was a particular favourite design) it is pretty nice, love a bitta grey and pink I do!

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So here we have the contents! As usual, there are 5 items, this month there is a good mixture of makeup, skincare, bodycare and accessories. It’s also a bit of a mixed bag for sizes this month, with 2 full-sized items, 2 sample sizes and the random addition of a little tote bag. Let’s take a closer look at all five items….

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The first item is one that we had a sneak peek of; the MUA Eyeshadow Palette with mine coming the ‘Hall of Fame’ version. Now, firstly, subscribers were given the choice between four palettes at the start of July, and this was not the one I chose. So I was a tad disappointed when I saw that I had been sent a different version, however Glossybox have sent me an email to let me know they are aware that there was an error, and that they will send me the palette which I had originally chosen in my September box, which is pretty good. In their words, they are ‘turning one problem, into two palettes’ which I’m happy enough with!

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The palette is composed of 12 shades, which are supposedly MUA’s favourite shades from all of the existing popular palettes. I do agree that it is a pretty nice selection, and one that I should get quite a lot of use from. I haven’t tried it out yet, but we previously received an MUA palette back in the November box, and the shades were all highly pigmented and long wearing, so here’s hoping this one will be the same! So I’m pretty pleased with this inclusion, but as this is now the second MUA eyeshadow palette we’ve received within 10 months, I’m happy enough to end it there, and explore other products from the brand instead. This is valued at around €5 or €6, which is a great price for the quality!

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Next up, is the Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion in a 30ml sample size. Now, I hate to say it but this inclusion is so reminiscent of Birchbox for me, that I was a bit disappointed with it. It’s hard to get in any way excited over a tiny tube of body lotion…. What I can say is, it smells absolutely gorgeous, down to the inclusion of essential oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary in the formulation, and it’s a nice lightweight lotion that absorbs quickly into the skin, without leaving a heavy greasy residue. I do think that because the packaging is quite hard plastic, it will be pretty difficult to dispense the product once you start using it. Honestly though, it’s just a bit meh. A full-sized bottle of this is a rather whopping 300ml which retails for €25, so this little dinky tube isn’t valued too highly at all at about €2.50!

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The next inclusion was another miniature item, in the form of the Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. This is billed as an ‘almighty mask, formulated with all natural ingredients, is paraben free and claims to thoroughly detoxify skin, as it is a ph-balanced facial treatment that refines and tightens pores, hydrates, brightens and smooths skin’ so basically it promises to be an amazing all-rounder. If this lives up to all its claims, I will have pretty flawless skin eh? I am looking forward to trying this out, I love a pampering night with a decent face mask. The full size of this is a rather spendy €69 for 60ml, so this 20ml size is valued at around €23. Wowza.

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Next up, is another skincare item and this one is full-sized. The Spa To You Deep Pore Cleansing Brush is made up of a combination of bristles and silicone cushions to help massage the skin to improve micro circulation for renewed radiance. We had previously received another Spa To You product back in June with the Konjac Sponge which I loved, so I was intrigued to try this one out!

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First impressions aren’t too great though. I used it in the shower this evening and found it a bit difficult to work with. I’m used to using the Clarisonic so I had used some deep cleansing bristles on my face before, but this one felt pretty stiff and scratchy on my skin. Now, I’m not sure what kind of cleanser would work best with it, but I used a balm cleanser and it didn’t seem to do much with it at all, I ended up just rinsing it off with my hands in the end. I’m gonna try it out again tomorrow with a foaming cleanser instead, as I think that might be a better combination. This is a full-sized product valued at €8.

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Finally,  a bit of a random inclusion, was this little Rae Feather Mini Monogram Pochette. So eh, basically a little linen makeup bag. Yup. There’s not much I can say about this, I’m not too keen on the style, the beige colour with the plastic GB design is ok I guess, but I reckon that it will be manky dirty pretty quickly if it’s kept within your handbag, and I’m sure it will have makeup stains on it in no time. The interior is made of a water-resistant material, which is great, but I just think this whole addition is rather unexciting. I mean, its a fairly bland looking bag, but maybe it’s just not my style? I’m pretty sure most Glossybox subscribers are makeup enthusiasts like myself, and have more than enough makeup bags and cases in their collection. Also, this is supposedly valued at an altogether rather extortionate €23, which I just find rather unbelievable. I will probably get a bit of use from it, don’t get me wrong, but I’d just have preferred another product instead.

So that’s the lot! I found this month’s edit to be a rather mixed bag. I was pleased with the eyeshadow palette, and the face brush is something different than usual and a nice discovery for most subscribers. The face mask is a nice little addition too I guess, but the pouch and body lotion didn’t really light my fire. I loved the June edit, and the July box was by far the best I’ve received in almost 2 years of being subscribed to Glossybox, so this one was a bit of a let down in comparison.

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Next month’s box contains a mini mascara from Too Faced, the Better Than Sex mascara is one of my all time favourites, it’s a seriously amazing product, so I’m pretty excited to have one in my stash again! I’ve never tried the waterproof version, so I would be happy to receive either type in my box. It would be great to see some more well-known high-end brands like Too Faced included in some future boxes.

So, what did you think of this month’s Glossybox? Did you get anything different in yours? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re interested in signing up to Glossybox it costs £10/€14 monthly plus P&P, and they are doing a great offer at the moment where you can get a free bonus bag of beauty goodies alongside your first box by using the code AUGGIFTUK at the checkout when you sign up here. 

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Glossybox UK July 2016 Review!

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You guys know that my favourite time of the month is Glossybox time! I love arriving home to find a little box of surprise beauty goodies waiting for me after a long day of work. This month’s edition was fantastic, filled with 5 full-sized items! There’s a great mix of makeup, hair care & skin care items, from some familiar brands and other new discoveries. Let’s take a closer look….

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First up, is the UTAN & Tone Nourishing Night Creme, which we were given a sneak peek of last month. This is a 25ml tube, which seems pretty small for a full size! Anyway, this magical formula contains all the usual benefits of night creme including hyaluronic acid, vitamins and anti-oxidants, along with a gradual tanner that promises to give the skin a light golden colour. It’s an odourless formula that won’t stain your pillow, seriously could it get any better? I’m usually too scared to self tan my face, so this sounds like it will be perfect for me to use when I’m tanning my body so I don’t have a ghostly face and a bronzed bod! This full-sized tube retails at €15.

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Next up, is the Icona Milano Emotion Allowed Mascara. Apologies for the lack of photos of the wand, I already have a couple of mascaras on the go, and I really don’t wanna open another one in case it dries out too quickly! This is a new brand to me, I’ve never heard of them before. This mascara has a water, sweat and humidity resistant formula that promises an intense colour and a buildable formulation for an amped up false lash effect. It all sounds great to me! This is also full-sized and valued at €15.60!

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Also in the makeup category is the Hawaiian Tropic Island Berry Lip Gloss SPF 25. We received another Hawaiian Tropic product a few months ago that I loved, so I was pleased with this inclusion. It’s a rather massive 20ml squeezy tube, with an impressive SPF25, which I’ll admit, I never really think of sun protection for my lips, but it’s a nice addition. This is a light non sticky formula that applies easily and smoothly, leaving a nice coral flush to the lips. I didn’t think I’d like this as much as I do, I’ll definitely get a lot of use from this one! This is a full sized item valued at €9.

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The next item included is the Blank Canvas Cosmetics F20 Flat Brush. Oh. My. God. How gorgeous is the hot pink and gold design? I’m in love. I’ve bought Blank Canvas Cosmetics brushes before and I really like them, so I cannot wait to give this one a whirl. It’s a multi purpose brush constructed from short, dense, synthetic fibres that can be used for cream, liquid or powder products! I plan on trying it out as a way to apply foundation, as I love buffing liquid products into the skin with brushes like these as they give a more flawless look. I’m seriously so impressed with this inclusion, its possibly one of the best items that I’ve ever received in a Glossybox! This is valued at €15. (I’ll be sure to report back with my thoughts once I test it out a few times.)

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Finally, we come to hair care, and the Hairon De-Tangling Brush. Again, I was so pleased to receive this. It reminds me of my much-loved Tangle Teezer, but the difference with this one is that its supposed to work great on wet hair, when it’s more vulnerable to breakage. It’s an ergonomically designed brush which fits perfectly into the palm of your hand to carefully detangle wet hair without snagging and tugging. It also claims to be great for natural hair extensions that need a touch up, and can also be used on dry hair. I quickly ran it through my hair earlier, and it feels lovely and comfortable to use and didn’t pull too hard at my rather straggly ends! I’m well impressed! This is also full-sized, and valued at €9!

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So there you have it, a practically perfect Glossybox in every way! Five full-sized items, a great mixture of hair care, makeup & skin care products, and completely relevant to this current season. I wish I’d received this box before I went on holiday, because the contents are absolutely perfect for anyone travelling to sunnier destinations this summer, with everything based around beach life, with sun protection, fake tan, and waterproof makeup all included, not forgetting perfect multi tasking brushes for your hair and your makeup! This box is valued at a rather substantial €64 (which greatly surpasses the €14 pricetag!) Birchbox take note-this is how you do a beauty subscription box!

In my 18 months of being subscribed to Glossybox, I think this just might be the best ever box. If all boxes were this good, I’d be one seriously happy customer. I do think Glossybox has been knocking it out of the park for the past few months, they just keep getting better and better. Next month, subscribers can choose between which one of four full-sized MUA Eyeshadow Palettes they would like to receive in their boxes, which is great!

If you’re interested in signing up for Glossybox, it costs £10/€14 per month (plus P&P) but at the moment they’re running a great deal where you can get TWO boxes for the price of one, that’s 10 products for the bargain price of £10/€14!! You can sign up for this great offer here. 

What did you think of this month’s edition? Did you receive anything different in your box? Let me know in the comments below!

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Glossybox UK June 2016 Review!

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Another month, another Glossybox! I’ve been subscribed for more than 18 months now, yet the excitement still hasn’t faded when I arrive home to see that the postman has delivered a little parcel of surprise goodies for me! I got this at the same time as my Birchbox (you can check out the full review here) and I also picked up the M&S Summer Beauty Box this week, so you could say its turned into a bit of a beauty box week here at Just My Look! Anyway, let’s get down to it, we’re back to the regular pink box design this month, and inside are 6 items! Let’s dive in shall we?

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After a rather disappointing Birchbox, I ripped open my Glossybox to find it absolutely bursting with full-sized items! As far as I can tell, 4 of these items are full sized, with an extra bonus item thrown in this month. It’s a really nice mixture of skin care, body care and makeup items, all of which are perfect for this time of year! Let’s get into it anyway…

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The first item I noticed was this huge silver box which literally jumped out at me! At first glance it appeared to be some kind of medicinal product along the lines of mosquito repellent or a head lice lotion… but it is in fact the Ladival Sun Protection Spray in SPF15. This is a full-sized bottle, and the perfect addition for me, as I’m off on holidays in a few weeks to Spain, so this will be great for then! This is a non-greasy, water-resistant formula, which is supposed to be the perfect product for those with sensitive skin, eczema, or sun allergies. It also protects from four types of UV rays, which many brands don’t. This sized bottle retails at €20 in Boots. Great addition, but we did only get a sun cream last month, and let’s face it, Ireland had a massive heat wave in May, so that’s probably our summer over with, so if I were a subscriber who wasn’t going on a sun holiday, I wouldn’t have much use for this. Just sayin’

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Sticking with the whole sun care theme, the next item included was the De Bruyere After Sun Monoi Lotion. How pretty is the packaging? It’s a milky cream formula, that has a sort of floral mixed with coconut scent that is gorgeous! I’ve been rubbing it on my arm and sniffing away, dreaming of holidays as I type up this post! I’m really pleased with this addition, as I hadn’t bought any after sun lotion yet, so now I don’t have to. Again, it won’t suit everyone, but I’m delighted with it. Not sure if this is a full-sized product or how much it’s valued at, as I can’t find much information about it online, but this is a decent 50ml sized tube.

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Nestled at the bottom of my box was this massive packet with something strange and squishy inside it. It’s the Spa To You Konjac Sponge, and well, I’m pretty intrigued by this one. It’s the latest cleansing trend from Japan and Korea, Konjac sponges gently exfoliate, deeply cleanse, refine pores and naturally hydrate the skin. I cannot wait to give this a go, and see how it works out with my skin. I’m not sure whether you’re meant to use a separate cleanser or what’s the story with this at all to be honest, I’ll need to do a bit of reading up on how to use it before scrubbing myself red raw, but I will report back when I try it out!

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Sticking with skin care, next up is the Starskin Eye Catcher, Smoothing Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Eye Masks. These are also full-sized, valued at €10.50. It’s great to get two sachets of this, so you can have a couple of goes to really decide how you feel about the product. They are billed as super hydrating eye masks that reduce puffiness and dark circles. I’m looking forward to giving these a go, we previously had a Starskin Sheet Mask in the December Glossybox, which I enjoyed, but it was a bit of a faff, so these could be a nice easy option to reduce my ridiculous dark circles!

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The only makeup item included is the Emite Lip & Cheek Tint, which we were given a sneak peek of last month. This is a gorgeous two in one tint to be used on lips and cheeks, and is perfect to pop in your handbag or for travel. I’ve tried it out on the lips already, and it applies beautifully, one application gives a lovely natural flush to the lips, but it can be built up for a deeper colour. It doesn’t have a shade name but when layered it gives a deep raspberry kind of look. I also love the packaging, it’s gorgeous! This is also a full-sized product. Emite is a brand we often receive in Glossybox, and I’ve really enjoyed all the items I’ve tried from them so far.

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(Emite Lip & Cheek Tint, Swatched and Blended)

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Finally, as an added bonus we got a sample 20ml sachet of the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Deep Conditioner for damaged hair. I’ve tried this before, and it’s a great product that smells amazing, and leaves your hair feeling silky smooth and soft. This is a generous sized sachet which will last at least 2 uses. I’m delighted that Glossybox have popped in this added extra, here’s hoping that they make a regular thing of it!

So there you have it, a pretty impressive selection from Glossybox this month! I have nothing to complain about this month, it was a fantastic mix of products, which makes up for a few lacklustre miniature products we have received in some boxes over the last few months. For me, Glossybox beats Birchbox hands down time and time again, as they provide a great mix of full-sized and deluxe sample sizes each month. I’ve been subscribed for over 18 months now, and can’t see me giving up any time soon, as I love the excitement of getting a surprise box of goodies in the post each month!

What are your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox? Did you get anything different in yours? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’re interested in signing up to Glossybox you can do so here. If you use the code BEAUTY30UK you can enjoy 30% off! 

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Glossybox UK May 2016 Review :)

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FINALLY my Glossybox has arrived! It felt like I was waiting an absolute age for it, but today I got my grubby mitts on it, and got to see what goodies I was sent this month!

Annoyingly, Glossybox never sent me a dispatch email, and it took a lot longer to arrive to me than other Irish subscribers, so I have been seeing spoilers everywhere for the past few days which definitely spoiled the surprise for me😦 Also when it did come, the product description card was missing, so I don’t have the full details or RRP for the products I received.

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Anyway, apart from that the box was beautifully presented, I love the New York city illustrations on my box, it’s a lovely change from the pink and black box. I wish Glossybox were a bit more like Birchbox and changed their design every month! I was pleased with the bonus pack of Propercorn included in the box, I’ve just been munching away on my pack as I type up this post, and the popcorn is so tasty, and the little bag size is the perfect amount for me. Definitely impressed! This month’s box contains a nice mixture of makeup and skin care, with 2 full-sized items. Let’s take a closer look….

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The first item was one I knew we would be receiving, the Revlon Ultra Volume mascara. A few months ago subscribers were given a choice of which Revlon mascara they would like to receive from a selection of 5, and I went for the Ultra Volume one partly because I love super volumised lashes, and partly because the lid was pink! I really like the simple packaging, and I have really high hopes for this one, as other Revlon mascaras I’ve tried have been great. I already have a couple of mascaras on the go, so I’m not going to open this yet in case it dries out quickly, but I’ll give you an update once I start using it! This is a full-sized item which retails for €14.99.

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The next full-sized item is the Absolute New York Velvet Lippie in the shade ‘Calypso.’ I was really excited to receive this as I’ve been wanting to try a matte lip cream for ages! The packaging is really nice and sleek, and I expected the colour to match that of the tube, but as you’ll see from the swatch below, it’s a sort of cheapy Barbie pink shade that is a bit too pale for my liking. I like the formula and lasting power, but the shade is not really my cup of tea, which is a tad disappointing. As I didn’t receive the product information sheet, I’m not sure if this is high-end or affordable, or where I can find it! I would like to try other products from the brand, hopefully in the case where I can choose a nice shade myself.

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Swatched in natural light’ Absolute New York Velvet Lippie in ‘Calypso’

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Next up is a travel size of the Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Sun Lotion SPF 30. I was so pleased to receive this, as we are having a bit of a mini heat wave in Ireland at the moment, and this 100ml bottle is perfect to pop in my handbag for use while I’m out and about. I have already tested this out, it is such a lovely light lotion that absorbed so quickly into my skin (I hate really white greasy sun creams that take an age to sink in) and oh my god the smell of this is just amazeballs, it has the most gorgeous intense coconut scent that just screams summer as soon as you give it a sniff. I’ve seen some other people received a dry oil which I would have loved, as I always use one on the beach, but I’m still really pleased with this. I like the size of the bottle as it would be great to take away in your hand luggage as it is 100ml. You can buy this size bottle in Boots for €8.

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Another month, another moisturiser. Last month I received the Bandi Intensive Moisturising Cream, which I haven’t even had a chance to try out yet, and now here’s another one in the shape of the Bee Good Plump & Firm Moisturiser. It is a dinky little 15ml squeezy tube that will be great for travel, and the formula is made by British Bees, promising to be very kind to skin as it’s filled with natural ingredients. The formula promises to intensively hydrate, and improve visible signs of ageing while leaving skin looking luminous. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

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Finally, another skin care item; the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser. I’ve heard a lot of hype about this cleanser, and have wanted to try it for a long time, so I’m pleased with its inclusion in this month’s box. However, I’m fairly fed up with receiving teeny tiny ‘free samples’ in recent boxes. It clearly states on the back of the bottle that it’s a ‘sample- not for sale’ much like the Body Shop Oil from last month and the Olay cream from March. I wish Glossybox had put in a slightly larger version, instead of a 29ml tube I could have asked the lady in my local chemist for a sample of! It’s beginning to become a rather annoying theme with Glossybox that needs to stop.

So overall, it’s another kind of mixed bag this month. I’m delighted with the mascara and the sun lotion, they are really nice additions. The lip cream is nice, but unfortunately the shade is not for me, but others may like it. I think the moisturiser is lovely, but getting a moisturiser 2 months in a row is a bit boring. Also my beauty profile doesn’t state that I want ‘anti-aging’ items, I think Glossybox don’t even follow what your preferences are at all! Finally, the Cetaphil sample just bugged me. Yep, it’s a great product, but these free samples are starting to piss a lot of subscribers off. The reason why many people sign up to Glossybox is the promise of full-sized and deluxe travel size items, not free samples that you could easily find elsewhere. Birchbox is known for its tiny sizes, but not Glossybox, so I really think items like this should be added in as a bonus 6th item instead of one of the main products. 

I will keep my subscription going, as I do love the little delivery of surprises each month, and I do discover some great brands and products through the service, but I think Glossybox need to pull up their socks a bit, and work a tad harder to suit each subscribers individual profile, and to work on including better sizes on some items.

If you’re interested in signing up to Glossybox you can do so here. You can get 30% off your first box with the code ‘TV30’ and Glossybox also have an offer at the moment where you will receive a free box when you sign up to any length subscription. So you will receive one of the previous editions from the past few months along with the current box!

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