August 2016 Glossybox*

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This month is Glossbybox’s fifth birthday, and to celebrate, they’ve released a box filled with subscriber favourites, and if you’re into gorgeous neutrals, this is the box for you! Before even cracking the open, can we discuss the box itself? It’s an adorable monogrammed pink and grey number which is just adorable!

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There’s a good mix of makeup, skincare and accessories in this month’s box, and subscribers are able to choose which palette they receive from a choice of four. Since they’re all a good mix of neutrals, you can’t really go wrong!

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The first of this month’s goodies is the full size Spa to You facial brush. A mix of soft bristles and silicon rods, the brush is designed to exfoliate skin as well as help foaming cleansers work more effectively. I love a good face brush, and I’ve never tried one with silicon bits in it, but this makes foaming face washes get super lathery and I like to use it about twice a week to keep my skin looking clear.

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I was super excited to see the mini bottle of The Cowshed Body Lotion in this month’s box. Every time I’m down in London, I tried to head to the salon’s Notting Hill location, and their products always feel super luxe to use. This one is Wild Cow – an invigorating mix of lemongrass, rosemary and ginger. It’s so lovely and fresh, and leaves skin soft and smooth.

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I’m going to assume that the MUS Makeup Academy’s Hall of Fame Palette will be a serious most-loved element of subscribers boxes. Mine contains 12 of MUA’s favourite eyeshadows.

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They’re a stunning cool-toned mix of mattes and shimmers, and I have to say, the metallic shades are insane. The pigment for them is seriously comparable to premium shadows in my stash, and they add a perfect sheen to neutral toned eye looks.

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I think my favourite part of this month’s box is is the luxury sized tester tube of Mudmasky’s Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. If you’re looking for a Glamglow-esque mask, this is the one for you. It’s pretty lightweight, and smooths on easily and dries quickly. It feels lovely and cleansing to use, and I’m very much a fan!

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The last part of this month’s box is a Rae Feather monogrammed beauty bag. If you’re initials are GB you’re in luck! Glossy box state that it’s worth over £20, which feels like an awful lot for a canvas bag. Since my initials aren’t anywhere near the monogram, I’m probably not going to reach for it. Instead of including one in the box, I do wish there had just been a voucher for the store to personalise one with my own monogram.

All in all, though, I thought this month was a really great one for Glossybox – I’m going to be using most of the products seriously regularly!

Glossybox June 2016*

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I just love when each month’s Glossybox arrives, it’s such a treat of a parcel, and every month they’re just filled with the most wonderful little treats and surprises. June is no exception, and the box is absolutely packed full with products which will keep me going all summer long!

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The full sized bottle of Ladival SPF 15 is one of those products which you just know that you’re going to be reaching for throughout the season. I’m hoping that the sunshine will return to Scotland soon (it’s been nothing but grey clouds and rain for the past fortnight), but I’ll also be tucking it into my suitcase when I pop off to catch a little sun.

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The sunscreen comes packaged in a spray nozzle bottle, and I can’t tell you how convenient that makes it! Just a quick spritzed and you’re good to go. I love the fact that it’s SPF 15 – light enough to let me get a little bit of a tan, but not enough to burn.

Glossybox June 2016 Aussie Hair Mask

Next up is a sachet of Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Conditioner. I’ve only heard rather wonderful things about this, so I’m really excited to try it! My ends are feeling a bit frazzled at the moment (I’m due for a trim) and I’m just about to get my roots done, so my hair is going to need some real TLC very soon!

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The bottle of Lait Apres Sun was a lovely little inclusion too! It’s one of those products I never really pick up for myself, but I always need a little to soothe my skin after the sun. De Bruyere’s formula is super lightweight, just disappears into the skin and smells wonderfully of summer holidays – all coconut and sunscreen.

Glossybox June 2016 Starskin MaskI was so, so happy to see this packet of Starskin Smoothing Bio-Celluar Second Skin Eye Masks. I’ve been on something of a sheet mask binge, so new ones to try are always fun! These ones are designed to be popped on the under eye area to treat everything from puffiness to crows feet. As someone who gets super puffy as well as eyes that are dry and tight, these sound ideal!

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The tube of lip and cheek tint was a bit of a surprise for me to be honest! It was tucked inside the inner packaging, so I only really found it when I was clearing the box out (they make wonderful storage boxes).

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It’s a stunning red with strong pink undertones, and can be used both on lips and cheeks. The formula couldn’t be lighter – it just glides on and leaves a beautiful stain on skin. This is perfect if you’re after a touch of colour around the pool or on the beach!

Glossybox June 2016 Konjac Sponge

Last up is the full sized Spa to You Natural Konjac Sponge. I’ve posted before about how much I just adore Konjac sponges, so this was a wonderful surprise.

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This one is completely natural and it’s perfect if you’ve got sensitive skin. I use my konjac sponges nightly – used with a foaming cleanser, they give my skin a thorough cleaning without being too harsh or abrasive. I then just rinse out and hang up to dry.

As usual, Glossybox subscriptions are £10.00 per month plus p&p here.

Glossybox UK March 2016*

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I’m not sure about you, but the increasingly good weather has me rather excited for spring and summer to finally arrive. Thankfully Glossybox seem to agree, as their latest box is all about getting your glow on. A nicely balanced mix of skincare, makeup and tools, if you’re not already subscribed, I’m sure you won’t be able to resist!

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First up is a shampoo and conditioner duo from -417 Catharsis Vitamin Mineral range. It’s a brand I’ve never heard of before, so getting to try out both the shampoo and conditioner is a real treat! I love the glamorous packaging, and the duo promises to draw out impurities from the scalp, as well as be packed full of vitamins thanks to the Dead Sea Mud in the formula. I can’t wait to try these out this weekend!

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The dinkiest member of this month’s box is the little tube of Olay’s Skin Tone Perfecting Cream. Considering I like to wear as little makeup as possible in good weather, this is a little gem of a cream which promises to even out skin, improve skin tone and give some much needed glow.

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The tube of Hey Honey Honey Silk Facial Serum is the perfect size for slipping into my everyday makeup bag, meaning my skin can already feel the benefit of it. The formula contains an absolute tonne of great-for-skin ingredients like honey, silk amino acid, sea buckthorn oil and vitamin e, and it’s a super easy way to inject a little extra moisture into your skincare routine.

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Possibly my favourite part of this month’s box is the Luxie 504 Large Angled face brush. Before I even got to try it out, I fell in love the the pretty pink handle and rose gold accents, but I’m pleased to say that it’s a really great brush.

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Larger than my regular angled face brush, Luxie’s offering is a real multitasker! If you’re after an easy way to sculpt cheekbones with some subtle contouring, this really does the job! Not only that, but I’ve been using it to apply my highlighter every morning (recently it’s been this one). The larger head means that it diffuses powder evenly, leaving a sheer glow behind.

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Last but not least is the adorable little Speedy Highlighter from Collection. Looking awfully like a dupe for Clinique’s Chubby Stick Highligher. The light pink colour also kind of reminds me of Benefit’s High Beam. Since it is so light, I don’t think that darker skinned girls will get much use out of it, but it’s such a pretty colour. The formula deposits a gentle gleam quickly and easily, and I’ve been swiping it over my cheekbones, the bridge of my nose and my cupids bow for a little extra sheen. In very bight light, it does tend to glitter a little, so I’m keeping mine for evening use.

This month is such a great little box of real work-horse products which I can really see myself reaching for. If you want to subscribe to Glossybox, you can do it here.

 

Glossybox December 2015*

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I think we all have rather high expectations for the last beauty boxes of the year, and thankfully, Glossybox haven’t haven’t disappointed! Teaming up with blogger ReallyRee, this month’s offering is a study in rose gold, and covers everything from skincare to lipgloss!

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The box itself is such a joy to open – a metallic rose gold emblazoned with wintery sayings. It feels wonderfully seasonal, and it’s just so pretty!

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Once you get inside, you can see how well thought out the box is. With everything from a face mask to highlighter, the box really does contain everything you need to get through the festive season!

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I’m always rather happy to get Darphin samples – they’re a brand I’m pretty much in love with, so getting to try the new 8 Flower Nectar Oil Cream. It’s a super rich formula, that just sinks into dry skin, so my winter-ravaged skin has really been enjoying the treat! It is quite heavily fragranced, but it’s such a gentle cream that I don’t really mind.

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Etre Belle is a brand I don’t think I’ve come across before, but their Caviar Eye Gel sounds rather luxurious! Packaged in a golden roller ball, the gel smoothes, relaxes and refreshes tired eyes, so it’s perfect for using after late evenings. The gel itself is lovely and lightweight, and I keep my rollerball in the fridge for some extra refreshment.

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The final piece of skincare in the box is a Starskin Red Carpet Ready Face Mask. I absolutely adore these paper masks, as they force me to sit still and actually relax, so I’m looking forward to trying out this one! It promises to smooth, rejuvenate and hydrate skin, so I can’t wait!

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I don’t think I could love the colour of this Essence Liquid Lipstick any more if I tried. Even though I wear neutral shades daily, this pinky red is just so pretty, and it provides a much needed pop of colour during grey evenings.

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It’s a full size tube, and it has a beautifully glossy finish on the lips. It’s not the longest-wearing colour I’ve tried, but it’s a great colour and doesn’t feel drying to wear.

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In grey December days, I like my skin to look as healthy as possible, so this So Susan Skin Highlighting Crayon was very warmly welcomed. I think it’s another full size product, and it’s a great little makeup bag staple.

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Packaged in a crayon stick, the highlighter itself has a chiselled tip for precise and easy application, and on the skin it gives a luminous golden sheen. If you’re a mid to olive tone, I think this will look absolutely stunning, as it does look a little yellow on my pink-toned skin.

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The last little gem in the box is a full size nail colour from the Cheeky brand. It’s the diffusion line from the Cowshed Beauty Line, and the shade is Candy Shop – a true bubblegum pink.

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To get an even, opaque coverage I needed three thin coats, but it’s such a staple shade, I can see myself reaching for it well into the Spring.

Glossybox subscriptions are priced from £10.00 per month +p&p and are available here.

Glossybox UK June 2015*

Glossybox June 2015

It’s Glossybox time again! Seriously, I can’t believe it’s time for a new box already! Time is just flying by, and since we’ve hit June, Glossybox have decided to celebrate the start of summer with a festival themed box, complete with 3 full size products and specially designed metallic tattoos!

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These Glossybox Flash Tattoos immediately caught my eye, and how could they not! Everyone including Beyonce has been sporting metallic designs, so I was quite excited to give them a try! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the best luck – most of the design I tried out just kind of wiped off, leaving me with a 1/2 inch chunk of polka dots on the inside of my forearm. They then peeled off when I got out of the shower. Maybe it’s just my skin type, but I hope you have more success than I did!

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Essence’s The Gel nail polish called Electriiiiiic. It’s one of three shades included in this months’ boxes, and it’s a really pretty cobalt blue. It’s a beautiful shade, and it applied evenly and opaquely – it’s definitely going to be a summer pedicure choice!

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The full-size pack of Halo Facial Wipes is an incredibly convenient addition to my gym bag. I already keep a pack of the brands’ deodorant wipes in there incase I forget anything, so an easy way to cleanse pre and post workout it always needed! The little pack contains 10 wipes, so easily a week-long supply.

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The full size tube of Kueshi Anticellulite Booster is a great bottle to have in the run up to the summer holidays! Obviously this isn’t exactly Giselle legs in a bottle, but I’m all for smoothing and moisturising skin so that it looks its best. I’ll be smoothing the cream onto my thighs post shower to keep everything as taut as possible.

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Last but not least is the full-size bottle of Monuspa’s Rosewood Facial Mist. I adore facial mists in the summer – I keep them in the fridge for an easy cool downs when it gets hot and sticky, and nothing feels better when poolside! Monuspa also says the spray can be used for setting makeup too, so a super useful product!

Glossybox are priced at £10 (+P&P) and are available here.

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