Glossybox: March 2014
Well, after getting so much full-sized goodness in the February box, I am a bit disappointed in the March Glossybox. Oh well, not every month is going to be filled with really terrific, and full-sized products, I guess. But at least I’m getting to try some new stuff and so far it seems that the Glossybox subscription has been worth it. I’m thinking of getting a second subscription to Birchbox or YouBeauty, just to see what some of the other boxes are like too.
The theme for the March box was “Beauty Blossom”, seemingly perfect to say so long Winter, hello Spring. I think most of the products I received fit into that theme, but the eye shadow in dark blue I’m not so sure about that being “Springy”. They had just the regular box design this month, I was hopeful for a cute one with flowers or some other seasonally appropriate design. Of the five products, three of them are things I will probably use and two of them less so. There’s a perfume sample included and I’m not thrilled with it, to say the least. And then there’s the dark blue eye shadow that I will try but doubt that it will look right on me. Three of the products are full sized, and one of them is at least a good sized sample. And I’m pretty much just going to pitch the perfume, so it doesn’t really matter how big that sample is, but at least this way it won’t take up too much space in my rubbish bin.
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream, 40 ml sample tube. This body cream contains lovely essential oils and contains honey, organic cocoa, vitamin B5, and shea butter. The body cream has a texture that is somewhat thick – kind of between thick and thin really – and makes my skin feel really soft and lovely after I’ve put it on. Since it is made with shea butter, it absorbs into the skin really easily and doesn’t leave you feeling sticky or almost wet like some creams, it just leaves behind soft skin. It seems to do a good job of leaving my skin moisturized, with the additional benefit of a really nice scent. The scent is really interesting and unique, with a kind of sweet smell but definitely not floral at all. Perhaps that is the honey and cocoa coming through. Though, they have quite a combination of essential oils and extracts that could be responsible too: sweet almond oil, lavender oil, rose extract, vanilla extract, sweet violet extract, and ylang ylang oil. I’m not doing a good job at all of describing the scent, but it is nice and I do actually like it. It’s funny that there are so many flower extracts in the cream because I swear it doesn’t smell flowery at all. I had a second nose opinion from my husband and we both think it must be primarily the honey, cocoa, and vanilla that we pick up. In any case, it is sweet and almost fruity, but certainly not flowery.
This is just a 40 ml sample tube, however, that is a pretty nice size for trying it out. And would be great to throw in a travel bag. The full sized product is 180 ml and costs a not insubstantial £36.00 at the Mitchell and Peach online shop. I like it, but I’m not sure I like it enough to pay that price for it. Of course, I might change my opinion after using it a few more times. In any case, I’m loving the sample.
Sleek MakeUP Pout Polish in Bare Minimum, full size 10 gram tub. This is another brand that I was totally unaware of before it arrived in my Glossybox this month. I like lipgloss and have a ton of it, so it’s nice to get something that is more of a protective balm instead. The balm comes in a really generously sized tub that you can easily get your finger, lip brush, or cotton bud into without a problem, but it is still slim enough that putting it in your bag isn’t going to seem like a big deal either. Since this is a balm, it is more protective and nourishing for your lips than your run of the mill lipstick or gloss. The balm is made with almond oil, shea butter, and vitamin E to keep your lips moisturized and supple. The balm also has an SPF 15 so that you don’t have to worry about the sun, should you happen to see some. A lot of balms are just clear in colour or have such a faint colour that you can barely even notice it. However, the Pout Polish in Bare Minimum does a good job with adding just the right amount of colour so that you get a subtle colour enhancement along with a bit of sheen but not so much that it is highly noticeable. This is perfect for the natural/no-makeup makeup look. The balm has a super light texture which is a positive and a negative, in my opinion. It’s great because it feels like you don’t have anything on but your lips are protected, however, it also seems to get absorbed quicker than a thicker product. Oh yeah, and there’s a rather strong vanilla scent too. If you’re not a fan it will smell like you ate a candle, if you like vanilla you’ll probably really enjoy it.
Overall, I like this and think it will be a good to add into the mix of my other glosses, balms, and lipsticks. You can buy the full size, 10 gram tub of Pout Polish for £4.49 through the Sleek MakeUP website. I had the Bare Minimum colour, however, there are eight other colour choices available some of them much more vibrant too.
Dove Hair Therapy Intensive Repair 60 Second Treatment Shot, full size 15 ml tube. This is pretty much the same as a Tressème version I had gotten in my December 2013 box. These are the perfect way to give your hair a quick and easy revival. Since it takes just 60 seconds it is easy to apply during a shower that way you don’t have any mess or hassle of essentially taking two showers, as you do with some other treatments for damaged hair. I like anything like this that is simple and quick, but still gives me a good result. I haven’t tried the Dove product yet, but I’ve used their shampoo and conditioner before and felt like they did a good job, so I expect to get a good result when I try this one too. I think that these are a great idea for anyone that colours their hair, be it in a professional salon or at home. It is important for your hair to be really well moisturized before you colour for you colour to work the best. But it is also imperative to keep your hair in good shape after you colour it as well, because your colour will last longer if your hair isn’t fried and damaged. Not to mention, your hair will actually still look shiny and healthy, instead of dull and dry. These treatment shots are really easy to use. After you shampoo, just work this through the ends of your hair making sure to avoid the roots. After about a minute, or so, rinse it out. I have fairly short hair (chin length) that is pretty fine in texture, so when I tried a similar sized product, I was able to get two treatments out of it. When you tear off the little thing at the opening just save it and stick it back in the opening to secure it for the next use.
I’ve tried similar products before and like them because they are fairly inexpensive and give your hair that little helping hand it needs every once in a while. You can buy these little 15 ml tubes of Dove Hair Therapy Treatment Shot at Sainsburys or Superdrug for £1.49. The price might seem a bit steep at first, but you need to keep in mind that this isn’t something you are going to use all the time, just occasionally. Or, if you’re like me and can get two uses out of it, it is even more reasonable.
Bellápierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powders in Starry Nights, full size 2.35 gram container. So, it could just be me but I don’t feel like a deep blue eye shadow is particularly Spring appropriate. I feel like this is more of a Winter or Fall thing, and should be something that I’m putting away for the season, not just getting out. In any case, aside from the colour this is a nice eye shadow. It is very fine in texture so it goes on really quite smoothly. It gets the shimmer from the 100% pure Mica formulation. On the Glossybox card they suggest blending it into other things like blusher or lip gloss to create a custom colour or product. Yeah, I’m guessing those suggestions are for people that got a different colour. If I did that I think I would just look like I had hypothermia. Nothing says unhealthy like a bluish tint to your lips. LOL I don’t often feel like I got the short end of the stick from Glossybox, but this is definitely one of those times. This colour is just one of 56 that is on offer from Bellápierre, so why would this be in boxes for Spring? It doesn’t make much sense and is sadly probably going to sit in my drawer until next Fall. Or, I might just have to give it to someone else because the very blue colour isn’t really the best match for my eye colour of hazel. They have colours in earth tones to super vibrant and colours; clearly, with that many colours you can have quite a range. The shadow does go on very nice and smoothly and has good pigmentation too. I did find that if I just put a single, light coat on that it could probably be used in the crease for creating a smoky look because it tends to look more blue-grey at that point. And of course, if you want that full on blue colour you just need to apply it with a bit of a heavier hand.
I like the shadow itself, but hate the blue colour. It doesn’t work with my eye colour at all, unfortunately. Many of the other 55 colours would have been preferred. However, I will keep them in mind for any future eye shadow purchases because the formulation is nice. You can purchase one of the 56 colours of Shimmer Powders from the Bellápierre Cosmetics website for £12.99.
Juicy Couture Malibu Fragrance, two, 1.5 ml sample sprayers. Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to do a very long review of this because I found it far too strong and far too repulsive as far as scents go. I’m not really a perfume person, however, Glossybox has introduced me to a couple that I do really like. This Malibu fragrance is definitely not in that category. It is supposed to be evocative of LA and beachy Malibu, but unless it is the worst part of LA and Malibu, like the parts found under highway overpasses, I just don’t see it, er, smell it. I’ve been to LA, I like LA even, but this is just gross. My husband used to live in LA, so I asked him if this reminded him of anything there, after it made him sneeze and pull a face, it was clear that it didn’t remind him of anything good. So, needless to say this will be going directly in my rubbish bin. Perhaps it is some hideous interaction with my personal body chemistry that makes the fragrance so unappealing, but I think it is probably just overpowering and not so well created.
If my review has made you feel like you need to rush out and buy a bottle of this for your very own to repel all of your unwanted suitors, you can get it at Debenhams for £47.00 for 75 ml. I think it could be better and more effective than pepper spray.
So, how do the numbers stack up for the box this month? Here is the breakdown:
- Mitchell and Peach Body Cream, 40 ml sample: £8.00 value
- Sleek MakeUP Pout Polish, 10 gram full size pencil: £4.49 value
- Dove Hair Therapy Treatment Shot, 15 ml full size tube: £1.49 value
- Bellápierre Shimmer Powder, 2.35 gram full size container: £12.99 value
- Juicy Couture Malibu Fragrance, 3 ml spray samples: £0.00 value (because it is so yucky)
- Total Value: £26.97
So, despite the fact that I am totally discounting the value of the nasty Malibu from Juicy, the total value of this month’s box was much better than I had anticipated. The value of the box is certainly greater than the Glossybox subscription, however, I don’t really feel like I’m getting that much value out of it this month. Probably because of the blue Shimmer Powder, without that figured in the total value is just £13.98, barely more than the cost of the subscription for the month. I wasn’t thrilled with the box this month, so I’m hoping that the April box is really great to make up for it.