Glossybox January 2016*

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Each month, I get rather excited when the postman delivers my Glossybox. From the pretty pink boxes they come in, to the new brands they let me sample, each month is filled with lovely surprises (and who doesn’t like some new cosmetics each month? I also am loving the fact that Glossybox seem to be featuring a tonne of full sized items – there isn’t a single dinky tester this month, so it’s serious value for money!

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I feel like January’s box is pretty skincare-heavy, but since I’m sure that 99% of people have some sort of resolution to take better care of themselves, I can completely understand why. Unani’s a brand that I’ve never come across before. From my online digging, I’ve found out that it’s a Spanish family company which specialize in natural and organic ingredients. The Dermo Defense Face Mask has a light, gel-like texture which feels super calming and nourishing to apply. I’ve been popping it on after cleansing every couple of nights, as it’s designed to nourish sensitive skin whilst removing impurities.

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Another new-to-me brand is Madara, whose Cellular Repair Serum is included in this month’s box. I’ve not tried this one out yet (as I’m currently road testing another serum) but it’s designed to be anti-aging, which is always a good thing!

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This rather eye-catching gem is a Teez lipstick in Oasis Gem. It’s a full sized product, and is a perfect little pick-me-up if you’re looking for something a little brighter in all this wintry weather.

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Oasis Gem is a bright pink-toned coral which should flatter most skintones, and it’s a lovely change from my regular pinky-nude choices. Mine looks a little battered as the lipstick itself fell out of the tube when I twisted it up, but it’s fine to use as long as I’m gentle with it. It has a super smooth texture thanks to the coconut oil in the formula, which is perfect for winter-parched lips.

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Naobay’s Orange Juice Hand Cream is next up, and it’s a lovely full sized tube of juicy goodness! I can’t get enough handcream at the moment – I’m desperately trying to have nice looking hands and nails, but my addiction to hand sanitizer as well as the cold weather has my digits looking less than perfect. The cream has a lovely light orange fragrance which smells perfectly fresh and fruity without feeling overpowering, and the formula is packed with Shea Butter, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera extracts to soothe and heal skin.

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Last up is the very generously sized Glossybox eyeshadow in Mauve. It’s a full sized product, and it feels huge compared to my shadows from brands like MAC. It’s a stunning cool toned mauve which is easy to wear and really flatters my hazel eyes. For day I’ve been using the shadow dry, but you can use the shadow with a damp brush to achieve a more dramatic look.

Glossybox has certainly started the year strong – I absolutely loved the mix of skincare and makeup, and it’s nice nice to have some fresh products to add to my collection for 2016! Will you be subscribing?

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Glossybox January 2015

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For the first Glossybox of 2015 (it still feels weird typing that!) there is a really interesting mix of products from a range of brands that I’ve mostly never heard of. Bonus – every single product in the box is full size – such a generous start to the year!

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The products in this month’s box are mostly makeup over skincare, and they are a nice mix of stash staples – blush, lip balm, eye liner, highlighters and a toner. The box is themed as a ‘fresh start’ so the colours are all super flattering and wearable.

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Kueshi’s bottle of Pure&Clean toner is the product which caught my eye first – how couldn’t it!? The bright pink formula looks adorable, and it has a fresh, fruity scent which I’m really excited to try. I’ve only recently started using toners on a daily basis, so this will definitely come in handy!

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The Naked Lips Organic Lip Balm in Superfruits couldn’t have come at a better time! As I type this, there are not unlike blizzard conditions outside, and my lips have been super dry for the past couple of weeks. The balm feels lovely to apply – very thick and nourishing, and there is quite a strong berry scent. The balm is 100% natural so if you’re trying to cut down on chemicals in the New Year, it’s definitely a brand to check out!

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The Me Me Me Eye Liner pencil in Clay is a great stash staple. I tend to keep makeup bags dotted around my house/car/gym bag so I like to have a couple of good staple products to use.

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The pencil has a lovely creamy formula, and the colour payoff is fab. I love the cool tone brown colour which is just perfect for more casual makeup looks.

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The Nicka K New York Colorluxe Powder Blush is an absolutely adorable product. The blush is applied through an attached sponge, so this is definitely something new.

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I’ve never tried a product like this before, so as you can imagine, I’ve spent quite a while perfecting my application techniques. The sponge gives a soft wash of beautiful rosy pink which is perfect if you’re looking for a bit of a Spring update.

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Last but not least is Jelly Pong Pong’s All Over Glow highlighter. I’m sure I’ve used Jelly Pong Pong lip glosses etc in the past, so I was super excited to try the highlighter.

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The colour doesn’t look unlike Benefit’s High Beam, as it’s a beautiful shell pink shimmer. You only need the teeniest dot of formula on either cheek to get great results. I think personally, this is more of an evening product – there is definitely a hint of sparkle so I think it would also be incredibly pretty as a sheer eye colour too!

I was super happy with this month’s box – for more info on Glossybox head here – link

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