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Glossybox: February 2014

Well, better late than never I guess.  I got my February Glossybox a bit after Valentine’s Day but was so sick that I just opened it a couple of days ago.  I’ve been in bed for the last 10 days or so with a broken rib.  Needless to say, February was not a great month for me!  But I was pretty impressed with the amount of full sized or at least large products included in this month’s Glossybox.  And the box was super cute too with a definite Valentine’s Day theme.

The theme this month was clearly all about love and Valentine’s Day.  I thought the box design was cute and they had a nice selection of products in a decent size.  I think this is the best box I’ve gotten in a while as far as product sizes go since five of the six items in the box were actually full size and the one that isn’t full sized is still quite large.  The only thing I’m a little iffy on is the body shimmer lotion.  I’m not really that kind of girl and might be a little bit too old to shimmer, but then again it might be perfect for giving my skin that healthy glow post-winter.

Ciaté Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili

Ciaté Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili

Ciaté Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili, 13.5 ml full size bottle.  I received a Ciaté nail polish in one of my other Glossyboxes that I was skeptical of at first because it was glittery.  However, the polish is really great with excellent coverage and it lasts quite a while, even without a top coat.  The colour that I received this month, Red Hot Chili, is a very bright reddish orange.  I highly doubt that I would wear it on my fingernails, but I will definitely put it on my toenails.  I like a pop of colour on my toes for summer and I think this is perfect for that.  This colour is actually pretty similar to the “Island Hopping” colour that I received in my July 2013 box, just without the additional sparkly glitter.  Here’s a little information about Ciaté:

Ciaté use a combination of professional and lovingly chosen high performance formulas. Our beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience. The long handle provides you the best strokes every time. With a dense 250 bristle flat brush, you are guaranteed a flawless even finish. The bottle has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably in your hand for maximum control. The formula is amazingly pigmented, long lasting and available in a range of finishes whilst formulated to be easy to apply. And finally, the iconic satin bow as the finishing touch which crowns each polish.

I like that Glossybox includes nail polish so often in the boxes.  They’re always full sized, which makes me feel like I’m getting some real value out of my subscription.  I really like that they have introduced me to a new brand that makes very nice polish, plus they push my boundaries a bit with the brighter colours that I would normally totally avoid.  For me, this is a great example of why I signed up for Glossybox in the first place.

You can choose from a very wide array of colours, textures, and sets of nail polish at the Ciaté website.  All of the polish seems to be £9.00 for a single bottle.  It’s such a good quality polish with lots of shine and staying power, that I think the price is actually quite reasonable.

Maybelline Master Kajal Liner

Maybelline Master Kajal Liner

Maybelline New York Master Kajal Liner, 13 gram full size pencil.  I’m not really sure about the longevity of this product (not the wear) because of the weird end and the fact that they say you don’t need a sharpener.  That little cone at the end is all the liner that you get because it doesn’t extend out, so really what you see is what you get.  Which makes me think that you will need to replace this when it starts wearing down.  The instructions on the pencil are to use it on its side and sweep it across your lash line.  It’s like a giant crayon with a sharp end really.  It does glide on really easily though and doesn’t pull at your delicate eye area because it is a cream-stick liner, which is a very good thing indeed.  It can get a bit smudgy with the slightest provocation.  My guess is that it would be good for a very dramatic eye look but is also suitable for a more subtle liner look as well.  I have also found that it is easily removed with makeup remover, so you won’t end up having to scrub it off of your face.  But again, that really is a bit of a double-edge sword, as it doesn’t seem to have the staying power of other liners.  And I really do have my doubts about how long you will find it useful because of the cone shape of the end.  At some point it is going to be impossible to use it to get anything but a big fat smudgy line.  And really, no one wants that.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Maybelline, I will admit.  I like the ease with which this liner goes on, but am unimpressed with its staying power.   You can buy this at places like Superdrug or Boots, where it will cost around £6.00.

Miners Cosmetics Cocktail Kiss Lipgloss

Miners Cosmetics Cocktail Kiss Lipgloss

Miners Cosmetics Cocktail Kiss in Manhattan, 12 ml full size tube.  I love lipgloss, so I was very pleased to see this.  I just ran out of a similar shiny lipgloss, so it was quite good timing.  The lipgloss is in a fairly standard squeezy tube design with the slanted applicator.  This kind of reminds me of my Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers from when I was young because it is flavoured.  Of course, this is the more adult version since the flavours are based on cocktails.  The Manhattan variety that I have is an iridescent-ish pink and has a definite berry flavour and scent.   The colour is pretty nice for my skin tone actually, though I was worried that it was going to be really bright when applied.  The bit of shimmer and colour variation from the swirl makes it look better I think than if it were just a solid colour.  For me, it just kind of looks like my natural lip colour, just with an added bit of sparkle and shine.  It is rather shiny, so if that isn’t a look you like, I don’t think this would be the lipgloss for you.  It’s a pretty heavy texture, which is going to be good for keeping your lips moisturized and the gloss on, but does have the unfortunate side effect of making it fairly sticky.  That’s something that can be hard to avoid in this type of lipgloss though.  As long as it isn’t windy out and your hair isn’t constantly plastering itself to your lips, it isn’t usually that big a deal.

You can buy Cocktail Kiss from the Miners Cosmetics website for £2.99.  They have three different “flavours”: Manhattan (the one I have), Mudslide, and Flirtini.  I don’t know what it tastes like but the Mudslide looks like it might be a nice combination of colours to give you a pretty shade of gloss.

Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Stick It Up Gum

Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Stick It Up Gum

Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Stick It Up Gum, 90 ml full size tub.  This is supposed to “hold and control for a gravity defying style with a high shine finish.”  I like it because it is a good way to tame fly aways.  Since my hair has a curly texture, it can get really bed with the fly aways and end up looking really messy, so anything I can use to control it without weighing it down is a huge plus to me.  This has a kind of sticky, waxy texture but seems to just work right into your hair and not leave it looking greasy or weird, which is a good thing.  It is also pretty lightweight and doesn’t weigh down my very fine hair.  But it does have some good control.  I actually put some on today, for a bit of a test, before I went out for a walk in the somewhat windy weather.  I was impressed with how well my ponytail stayed put and all of the little bits did too.  When I returned home, I was amazed that my hair still had a smooth look, despite the wind.  I haven’t had a chance to try it yet when I’m styling my hair into something other than a ponytail, but I anticipate it working quite well to give me control and volume without too much work.  And I do like that it still allows your hair to have a lot of shine, even with all that control.  Some styling products like this can really dull your hair and give it an unhealthy look.  Which, I think I speak for all of us when I say, I’d rather avoid that look.

This definitely seems more like a guy product, at first glance.  However, it seems to work well and did a good job on my hair, so I quickly got over that feeling.  You can buy the 90 ml tub from Toni & Guy online for £7.19.  You can buy it at Boots, but it is more expensive than at Toni & Guy, so I don’t know why you’d bother.

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer

Nougat London, Sparkling Body Shimmer in Cherry Blossom, 100 ml bottle (not full sized).  Even though this isn’t full sized (the full size is 250 ml), this is still a really generous sample size.  It’s so big it doesn’t even seem right to just call it a sample size.  I will admit that I haven’t tried this at all at this point.  It is very liquidy which makes me concerned with how big a mess this could turn into when putting it on.  However, you’re just supposed to use it to give your skin a bit of radiance, so my guess is that using it sparingly is probably much better than slathering it on.  They refer to it as a “gel” but I think that is implying a bit more thickness than is actually present.  The good thing is that it is enriched with mallow extract, vitamin E, and wheatgerm oil so that your skin gets a bit of nourishment, along with some shimmer.  The scent is a bit much for me because it is rather florally right out of the bottle.  I’m hoping that it isn’t as prominent after you put it on your skin and smell can dissipate a little.  I think this could be nice to make your skin look a bit healthier after a long winter; give it a little bit of a healthy glow.  I’m not sure how often I will actually use this, but I’m looking forward to having a chance to use it to see what it is like.  Hopefully, it is subtle enough for me and doesn’t make me look silly and glittery.

As I mentioned, this is pretty much the only non-full sized product in this month’s Glossybox.  However, it is a good sized sample at 100 ml and because of the very liquidy nature of the product, I think that it will last quite a while.  You can buy the full sized body shimmer at Nougat London online for £14.00.  They have a few other scents in the body shimmer too, if you would rather get something other than cherry blossom.

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar, 38 gram full size bar.  Yum!  What a great sweet Valentine’s treat from Glossybox.  I love the Lindt chocolate, especially the Lindor truffles.  So, this bar was a sinfully delicious little treat to include in the box this month.  And after the month of sickness and the broken rib, I was definitely more than happy to have such a sweet treat.  You can buy these at places like Tesco and Sainsbury’s for under £1.00.

So, how do the numbers stack up for the box this month?  Here is the breakdown:

  • Ciaté Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili, 13.5 ml full size bottle: £9.00 value
  • Maybelline New York Master Kajal Liner, 13 gram full size pencil: £5.99 value
  • Miners Cosmetics Cocktail Kiss in Manhattan, 12 ml full size tube: £2.99 value
  • Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Stick It Up Gum, 90 ml full size tub: £7.19 value
  • Nougat London, Sparkling Body Shimmer in Cherry Blossom, 100 ml bottle: £5.60 value
  • Lindt Lindor Treat Bar, 38 gram full size bar: £0.78 value
  • Total Value: £31.55

I certainly think that this box was a great value, as you can clearly see from the total.  Of course, with all of the full sized products it was sure to be a winner.  The value of the products was actually well more than enough to pay for two months of my Glossybox subscription too which is very nice; I still have about £5.00 left over after covering the February and March subscriptions.  The price of Glossybox is going up by £0.30 with my March box though because of a change in the shipping.  I don’t mind paying the extra because they are going to include tracking now which will make is so much easier to determine when the box will actually arrive so I’ll know when to be home.

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