Glossybox UK January 2017 Review ‘The Edible Edit’

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Yesterday the first Glossybox of 2017 dropped through my letterbox, somewhat easing my ‘it’s a Monday in January and payday is still ages away blues’ This month’s box is themed ‘The Edible Edit’ which is a superfood inspired collection, in collaboration with Instagram food sensation Deliciciously Stella. I know absolutely zilch about Deliciously Stella, and I assume this collab is just a way to promote her book like the Estée Lalonde edition last year. Anyway, this month’s line up contained 5 items, 4 of which were full-sized. Let’s take a closer look at the contents, shall we?

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First up is the Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face Mask. This is billed as a full-sized item, as it is a single use sheet mask. It promises to hydrate, nourish and moisturise the skin by using a triple layer sheet technology, which is inspired by Korean innovation. This is a nice little addition, but as a long time subscriber of Glossybox, I find it hard to get excited about  this. We’ve received 5 different varieties of sheet mask over the past 12 or so months, we even received a pretty similar mask from the same brand back in September. So while I’ll definitely get around to using this eventually, I’m hardly jumping for joy with this inclusion.

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Next up is the Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser. This is the only item that is not full-sized, but at 30ml, it’s a fairly decent sample size. This moisturizer is described as a superfood powerhouse of kale, watercress and almond oil, and promises to enrich skin, protecting it from external aggressors while the addition of aloe vera and shea butter helps to soothe and smooth skin. I’ve never tried anything from this brand before, but I’ve heard good things. This is a decent enough little addition, again- moisturiser isn’t too exciting to me, but it is an essential item, so this will get used at some stage. The small squeezy tube makes it ideal for travel, so I may keep it for a future holiday.

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Sticking with skin care, next up is the Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser. This is a full-sized bottle, at a very decent 200ml size. This one is billed as a gentle cleansing milk based on nutritious natural oils, which purify and protect your skin, removing makeup and impurities, leaving it soft and recharged. It is a nice light formula, the consistency is somewhere between a bit runny and a bit creamy, and it has a lovely subtle scent. I always enjoy trying a new cleanser, so this is a nice addition for me.

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The last skin care item included was the True Organic of Sweden- All You Need Is Me balm. This is another full-sized item, and an interesting one at that. This product is a multi purpose balm, made from entirely natural, organic ingredients. So it can be used as a lip balm, dry skin saviour, cuticle cream or flyaway hair tamer, to name but a few uses. It reminds me of the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, only without the smell, and the formula is a little less heavy feeling. These products are the type of thing that are really boring to buy, but when you have one, you realise how great they actually are. I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of this one, once my current tube of 8 Hour Cream runs out.

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Finally, the only makeup item included this month is from The Balm, with their Meet Matt(e) Trimony Single Eyeshadow in the shade Matt Kumar. Surprisingly enough, although this looks teeny tiny, this is in fact a full-sized eyeshadow, which is usually sold as part of a palette. On first impression I was a bit like, ugh, that’s so miniscule, useless… and pushed it to one side. But later on, upon further inspection, I realised that this is a pretty nice little item. It is a really nice aubergine hue, with a really smooth matte texture, and it is perfectly pigmented. I’ve tried eyeshadows from The Balm before, and loved them, so I’m sure this will be a hit. The little packaging is a bit fiddly, but I’ll probably depot it and stick it into my Z-Palette. What I like about this is that I don’t own any other shades like it, so it is a great addition to my collection, with a different, but wearable shade. It’s items like these that make me love Glossybox- it’s great when you get something a bit different to your usual style, that is a good quality product, from a recognisable brand. Too often Glossybox throw in random strange items from unknown foreign brands, that are not easy to repurchase if I do like them. My only slight criticism? It says ‘Free Sample- Not for Sale’ on the back of the packaging, and my own local chemist pops these in the bag as an extra when you buy something from the brand. It’s not the end of the world, but it would have been nice an a bonus sixth item, rather than a main product, purely down to its ‘freebie’ status.

So thats the lot! Overall, it’s a decent offering. Definitely not the most exciting edition, the products inside were all rather basic beauty items that don’t really give me a thrill, but every single item will be used. So, I guess that means it’s sort of a success? After 2 years of receiving Glossyboxes, I’m not sure if I just have enough products now, or the novelty has worn off… but my excitement is waining a bit… And I am unsure if I’ll keep the subscription going much longer.

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

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‘Mistletoe Kisses’ Glossybox UK December 2016 Review!

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Here we are again, it is Glossybox time! The twelfth box of the year has arrived, and it is a lovely limited edition design, simply titled ‘Mistletoe Kisses’ which is perfect for the festive season.

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Inside are 5 items, 4 of which are full-sized, and they all centre around preparing the perfect festive makeup look. As you can see, it’s a fairly makeup focused box this month, which will be sure to please many subscribers. So let’s take a closer look at the contents…

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First up, is the MDMflow semi-matte lipstick in the shade ‘Bossy’ Now, I knew I’d be receiving this item, as subscribers were given a choice between two lippies, with the explanation that the other items in your box would compliment it. So as the other choice was a festive red colour (not something I would ever wear) I went for the nude shade, as it seemed to be more my style. The packaging is rather cool, although its somewhat similar to a golden tampon, but unfortunately the shade wasn’t how I’d pictured it to be. It is very brown in colour, from the photos on the models online, I expected it to be a little bit more pinkish in tone. But both myself and my sister tried it out, and it’s not a bad shade, I reckon with some pinky gloss over top I could definitely make it work. As it’s a semi-matte, it goes on easily, without dragging, and definitely felt smooth on the lips, rather than drying. So, I’m gonna try hard to incorporate this into my makeup routine as something a bit new and different. This is a full-sized item, valued at €21.

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Another full-sized item included was the Browcote Waterproof Brow Sealer from Lipcote. I’ve heard of Lipcote as a brand before, and I’ve wanted to try their lipstick sealer for ages, so I was disappointed to see some subscribers had received it instead of this! However, a brow gel is always something I’ll use, so it won’t go to waste at all. I tried it out on my brows today, and a little goes a long way, this stuff is rock solid, it sets your brows in place so well that they definitely will not budge at all. Not the most exciting of additions, but one most subscribers will use I’m sure. This is valued at €8.95.

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Next up was the only sample sized item in the box, the Lavera Basis Sensitiv All-Round Cream. It’s an ultra rich moisturiser that can be used on both face and body, and promises to be a perfect makeup primer. It smells so nice, down to the addition of organic shea butter and almond oil. At first, I thought it may be really heavy to use on the face, but upon testing it, it feels quite lightweight and absorbed quickly into the skin. My only slight gripe is the packaging. The little tin looks neat and compact, but the lid keeps falling off which is so irritating, so I wouldn’t be popping this in a travel bag, as I’d imagine it’ll end up going everywhere! This is a sample size, but a full-sized tub retails at €8.95.

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Next up, another full-sized item is the GOSH Mono Eyeshadow in Dark Green. I’ve had quite a few GOSH products before, and loved them, but honestly this is the dud of the box for me. Yeah, I get it, a forest green is good for a festive look, but unfortunately I would just never wear this shade on my lids. I was rather disappointed to find this in my box, as I’d understood that the products were meant to match the lipstick to create a ‘look’ but I personally wouldn’t have paired the lipstick shade with this shadow, nor would have I have paired the red lip with it either. But that’s just my preference, plenty of subscribers will adore this. This full sized shadow pan is valued at €9.99.

*In this photo and the swatch photo below, the shadow looks almost greyish for a smokey look, but trust me, in real life it is a sparkly dark green!*

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Finally, the last full-sized item included was the Essence Light Up Your Face Luminzer Palette. I love Essence products, but in a way I often think, oh well I could’ve picked that up in Penneys, when one pops up in my box. It can be a tad disappointing receiving such an affordable brand that is very common in Ireland, instead of a more niche or unusual brand. Still though, I was happy with this little strobing trio, ‘cos I’m a huge fan of highlighters in general! The three shades are lovely, with the left one being the only matte one, and it is quite light, but I think I can make it work on the browbone. The other two shades are shimmery, a light pearl and a golden glow, and all three feel creamy to the touch. I havent popped them on my face yet, but I’m dying to give this palette a whirl. This is valued at €4.95.

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Swatches L-R: MDMflow lipstick in ‘Bossy’, GOSH eyeshadow in ‘Dark Green’, Essence light up your face palette (3 shades)

So that’s the lot! I’ll be honest, my first impression was that this box is a pile of crap. I went as far as to text my boyfriend, who very kindly pays for my Glossybox, to cancel the subscription as I thought it was complete and utter shite. However, when I played around with it, my thoughts changed a little. Yeah, the eyeshadow will go in the bin, it is of no use to me. The lipstick? Well, although it’s not my usual shade, I’ve vowed to wear it at least once, to try something new. I’ll obviously get plenty of use from the brow gel, and I’ll use the cream, either on my face or body. Finally, the Essence highlighters are a nice little addition to my already heaving highlight collection, but a welcome addition at that. Basically, its all ok, but nothing wowed me. It’s a pity, as last year’s December box was one of the best I’ve ever received.

Next month’s sneak peek is an eyeshadow from The Balm, and to be honest, it’s all too reminiscent of the teeny sample sizes they send out in Birchbox, and the shades don’t really appeal to me, so it’s not really something that I’m getting excited about.

So what are your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox? Did you receive anything different in your box? Let me know in the comments below!

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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!

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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. 

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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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