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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Glossybox UK April 2016 ‘Spring Preening’

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Here we are again, another month, another Glossybox! You may remember that last month’s offering didn’t really tick all the boxes for me, so I was eagerly awaiting the April edition to see if things had improved. Well, let’s delve right in shall we?

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First up, was the item we received a spoiler alert for last month. a sample size of The Body Shop’s Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil. This wonder oil promises smoother, more even and hydrated skin. Well, this sounds right up my street. I love facial oils, and this one smells amazing, due to the blend of 3 restorative oils. I’ve never tried anything from The Body Shop’s skincare range, so I’m looking forward to testing this out. My only gripe? Yup, you guessed it, the piddly size. Reminiscent of the infamous Olay sample last month, I think a larger sample than a teeny 7ml bottle would’ve been better here.

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Sticking with skincare, next up is a deluxe sample size of the Bandi Intensive Moisturising Cream. This is billed as the perfect base for makeup, and suitable for all skin types. I’m impressed by the sleek pump packaging (I always prefer tubes instead of dipping fingers into pots and transferring germs!) and the 30ml size is decent too, it will be good for travel. I’m always pleased with the inclusion of a moisturiser as it’s something I use daily, so it’s great to have a back up!

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The next item was somewhat random, but a pleasant surprise. On first glance I assumed it was a hand cream, but I actually discovered I had received the Swiss Smile Whitening Toothpaste! Now, a bit of a strange item perhaps, but hey, we have received gels and lotions for your intimate areas before, so I should know Glossybox like to throw you a curveball every so often! I’m pretty pleased to have received this, as it promises to remove any stains and gently restore teeth to their natural whiteness. Who doesn’t want a pearly white smile eh? This is a full sized item and valued at a whopping €36 for a 75ml tube. Here’s hoping I don’t love it, or I’ll be severely out of pocket each month stocking up on designer toothpaste!

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On to the makeup, I’d seen a sneak peek of the next item, the Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner. This is another full sized product, a double ended brow pencil which claims to be ‘one shade suits all.‘ Now, it matches my brows perfectly, its a really nice firm pencil that mimics the look of any missing hairs perfectly. It also comes with a nude tone highlight shade to apply along the brow bone too, which is great. I’m pretty pleased with this, but I have to wonder will the one shade really suit everyone? This is another pricey one, valued at €27.

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Finally, a not so pricey makeup item, the Mosaic Compact Powder in the shade ’01 Sunkissed Beauty’ from Essence. Now Essence is a brand I’m very familiar with, as it’s sold in so many chemists and Penneys stores here in Ireland, and Glossybox have sent me a few items from them in the past. I’ve had mostly good results from items that I’ve tried, so I’m hoping this will work out well for me. I think this is meant to be a bronzer type product, but it is fairly light, so I’m not sure if it will work as a highlight or a finishing powder for me? It’s pretty glowy/shimmery, so I’ll have to play around with it and see how it works out! This is valued at €3.49, so an affordable option if I fall in love with it!

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So that’s the lot this month! Am I satisfied? Well, yes and no. I wish The Body Shop sample had been a teeny bit bigger. I’m so used to Glossybox sending out decent sizes, that it’s been disappointing recently with the tiny samples. Birchbox are well known for sending out mini sizes and sachets, but I’ve always relied on Glossybox to send out bigger & better items, so this recent bout of teeny products has been a tad disappointing. I’m happy with the moisturiser and the toothpaste, and even though the Essence product is a cheap one, and one I’m not sure how I will use exactly…. I do really like the brand in general, and am happy to keep receiving Essence items! As for the brow pencil, I’m somebody with incredibly scaldy eyebrows, due to insane overplucking in my teenage years (oh if I could turn back time!) so I’m always pleased with brow products, and the pencil matches my hair colour perfectly. However I’d love to know if it really is ‘one shade fits all‘ as claimed? If you have received it please let me know if it suited you! I’ve seen other subscribers posting about receiving eyeshadow quads, lip/cheek sticks or Leighton Denny nail products, which I definitely would have preferred to some of the bits I got, sometimes it can be annoying when you see others with items you wanted, but I guess it’s the luck of the draw eh?!

So overall, I think it’s a decent box, but there is definitely room for improvement. My favourite Glossybox this year was the February Edition, so here’s hoping there are more boxes like that to come! Next month every subscriber will receive a full sized Revlon mascara, we were given the chance to choose which one we wanted a while ago, so I’m hoping the one I chose will be a goodie!

Did you get Glossybox this month? Did you receive anything different? Please let me know in the comments below! 

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Glossybox UK March 2016 ‘Get Glowing’

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It’s that time again- Glossybox time! It doesn’t feel that long since I’ve done a Glossybox post, but that’s probably because I also got the Limited Edition ‘Spoil Me Silly’ box this month. Anyway, I arrived home to find my box had been delivered on Friday, just in time for the weekend! This month’s edit is all about giving yourself that ‘glow’ that winter stole, now that we’re embarking upon the spring season. Inside the box there are 6 items, a mixture of makeup, skincare and haircare. 2 of the items are full sized, the rest are travel or sample sized. Let’s take a closer look shall we?

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First up are the -417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral Shampoo & Conditioner. I do really like receiving hair products, and I like when Glossybox include both the shampoo and conditioner together. I’m not sure what these have got to do with the whole ‘get glowing’ vibe, but they are supposed to leave your hair gleaming, hydrated and lustrous, thanks to the combination of balancing minerals, energising minerals and essential oils in the mix. These are 40ml sizes, the tubes are a tad deceiving, they’re pretty big but only half filled with product. Still, I’m pleased enough with these, I’ll keep them for next time I travel perhaps!

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On to makeup, and the next item is the Collection Speedy Highlighter in ‘Pearl Sheen.’ I’ve received quite a few highlighters from Glossybox in the past year (about 5 since I began my subscription in January ’15) however, I’m not really complaining ‘cos I do love to get my glow on. This is a big chunky stick type crayon that you glide scross cheekbones to give yourself a gorgeous glow. It’s a sort of champagne shade that should suit most skin types. I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about this addition online, I mean yeah its an affordable brand (€4.99 for this in Boots) but as long as its a decent product, price point doesn’t always matter to me. However, I definitely would have preferred the So Susan product that a lot of other subscribers received. I don’t mind getting different items to others, but it is disappointing when the products sent out are of massively different values (we’re talking about €14 in the difference here!) It feels a tad unfair that some boxes are significantly less valuable than others.

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Next up was the item we’s seen a sneak peek of, the Luxie Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush 504. I mean, this is just gorgeous. Everyone loves a bitta pink and rose gold, right? It’s so pretty and the bristles feel so soft on the skin. This will be perfect for contouring and highlighting, its the right shape for hugging the curves of your face. It reminds me  bit of the Spectrum brush that I received in my February Birchbox, but hey, a girl can never have enough brushes eh?

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On to skincare, the next item is the Hey Honey Good Morning Honey Silk Facial Serum. This is infused with honey and propolis, and promises to protect skin, leaaving you with a glowing complexion. It’s a nice sample size to try out the product, and the natural ingredients sound interesting. If I’m gonna be nit picking, we only received a serum in the January edit 2 boxes ago, so it’s a bit annyoying to always receive similar items. However, I’ll definitely incorporate this into my skincare routine and report back!

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The final item was the Olay Regenerist Luminous Skin Tone Perfecting Cream. Now, this one struck a nerve with me. Firstly, it’s so similar to the last product, why include both in the same box? Secondly, its teeny tiny. Seriously, I’m not impressed with the scabby size of this. It’s a 7ml sample size, the type that the ladies in my local pharmacy throw handfuls of little tubes into my bag whenever I buy something. It’s not even worth much at all, which is a really disappointing addition. Yes it’s a ‘6th item’ but the shampoo & conditioner came as a set, so I feel this item should have been bigger and better. Pretty disappointing one here, Glossybox.

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So, there you have it, the March Glossybox! I hope I didn’t come across as too negative in my review. (I hate sounding moany!) I’m really pleased with the brush, and the hair products look interesting. The serum looks good too (although 2 serums in 3 months is a bit annoying), and the Collection highlighter seems cool, but it doesn’t sit right with me that some subscribers got a much more valuable product. Finally, I can’t be alone in thinking the Olay cream is just a bit of a rubbish inclusion. For a box that costs €19 each month (incl. P&P) I feel that it wasn’t valued highly enough this month. However, I do have high hopes for next month, with the addition of The Body Shop’s Oils Of Life Facial Oil. 

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

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‘Spoil Me Silly’ Limited Edition Glossybox Review

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You guys will know by now, that I adore Glossybox. My boyfriend very kindly got me a subscription for Christmas in 2014, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s so much fun having a box of beauty surprises being delivered to your door each month! Every so often Glossybox release a ‘Limited Edition’ box, with a variety of high end beauty treats included. Last year I got the NARS Edition box, and once I heard about the Spoil Me Silly Edition, I knew I had to get my hands on it asap!

The Limited Edition boxes don’t come as part of your subscription, you can buy them separately if you’re interested, but Glossybox subscribers get a special discount.

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How beautiful is this box? Firstly, I love the grey and gold design, if you look closely there are a couple of little hearts dotted on the front and back of the box. The main reason that I bought this box was because it was a collaboration with Stella and Dot, and includes a gorgeous pair of earrings, along with a mixture of skincare, body, hair care and makeup treats! Let’s take a closer look at the contents…

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I was so excited to receive these Vintage Crystal Studs by Stella & Dot! They’re silver plated studs with gorgeous crystal glass stones, which I think will add the perfect glamorous touch to any look. They’re a really nice size, and feel so comfortable to wear. I love the gorgeous little presentation box that they came in too! These were definitely the highlight of the box for me, I wish Glossybox included accessories like this more often. These are valued at €24.

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The next item is a familiar one to me, the Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner. Now, the reason I’m familiar with it is that it also came in the February Glossybox. Now honestly, it is a little disappointing that Glossybox have included the same item again, perhaps they could have added in a different item from Naobay instead. However, I’ve tried this out over the past few weeks and absolutely loved it, so I’m pleased to have a back up! This has the most amazing scent, a sort of herbal mixed with citrus fragrance, its really such a nice product. I apply this on freshly washed hair, leave it for 3 minutes, then rinse it out. I usually follow with my normal conditioner, though I’m not sure if you’re even meant to do this? Anyway, it leaves my hair feeling so amazingly soft and silky, its such a great product! This is a 200ml tube, which is only 50ml smaller than the full size tube listed on the brands website, so its a great edition, valued at around €10!

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The only makeup item included is the LAQA & CO Lip Lube in the shade ‘Honeypot’. It’s a gorgeous sheer pink lip crayon, that has a balm like texture, but it leaves a lovely wash of colour on the lips. Its a nice natural pink shade which should look good on most skin tones. It feels so soft and smooth on the lips, and is really long lasting too.It has a subtle peppermint scent, and the inclusion of shea butter means it leaves your lips feeling conditioned after use. I love the design of the tube too! This is valued at €18.

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The next item is the Eyeko Black Magic Lash Curler. Now, I’ll admit it, I rarely curl my lashes, but I’m hoping now that I have these, I’ll do it more often! I really like the black design of these, and they’re a bit different in shape than others I have in my collection, my favourite aspect is that they have soft velvet pads on the end of the handles which makes them so comfortable to hold. They also come with a replacement set of silicone pads which is great. I’m going to try incorporate these into my makeup regime now, so I shall report back with my findings soon! These are valued at €16.

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On to skincare, and the next item is the Sanctuary Spa Beauty Sleep Face Mask. Firstly, I love the beautiful essential oils scent of this product. Its a rich jelly formula, that you apply to cleansed skin every evening and leave on overnight. I definitely think the gorgeous aroma will add to the relaxation process each evening. It promises to leave your skin healthy and glowing, so I’m dying to incorporate this into my skincare regime. This is a full sized product and retails for €16. They also included in a really cute little eye mask, which would be great for use when relaxing, or travelling.

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Another skincare item included was the Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser, along with a lovely little muslin cloth. It’s actually the softest muslin cloth I’ve ever felt, it seems so luxurious. The cleanser is formulated with 100% bio organic botanicals, its a cream formula that promises to decongest, soothe and fortify the skin.I love the pink and black packaging too. I’m really looking forward to trying this out as an alternative to my much loved Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish. This is a 30ml travel size which is valued at €15, a full size costing a rather pricey €44!

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The final item is the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed Hand Therapy. Again, I love the scent of this product, its such an incredibly sweet yet tart scent, and the formula is intensely moisturising, yet absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a heavy residue on the skin. I love the cute little tube packaging too! This sized tube retails for around €7 in Irish stockists.

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So overall, I think the Spoil Me Silly Limited Edition Glossybox is a great buy. It would make a fantastic Mother’s Day gift, or a special treat for yourself. With 7 different beauty treats, including a beautiful pair of Stella & Dot earrings, I think it is well worth the £30 (+ P&P which totals to around €43) price tag. It has such a great mix of products included from some really great brands, and I can’t wait to try them all out and report back!

Have you tried any of the products included in this Limited Edition box? What are your thoughts on this box? Let me know in the comments below!

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