Glossybox: June 2014

I took a bit of a holiday right at the end of June, beginning of July, so I’m a bit late posting about my June Glossybox.  The June box is all about Summer, as you might expect.  The items in the box have all been selected to help you get that gorgeous, effortless Summer glow quickly and without a lot of products involved.  June is also the last month that there will be a printed magazine in the box because they switched to an online version instead.  This switch is kind of nice because it allows them to add videos and more information than in the print version.  And unlike the print version, they’ll be able to update it and add information all month long.

The June box had four full sized products, which I think it great and the other product was a decent sized sample too.  I love it when they include the full sized stuff because I really feel like I’m getting good value, plus, you have enough of something to actually see if it works and you like it.  Since I’ve been Glossyboxing for about a year now, I also got a special little treat: a Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate Bar.  The bar was not full size, but big enough to enjoy and have a little treat.  I like or at least can use all of the items this month, so this seemed like a decent box to me.

So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush
So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush

So Susan Cosmetics, Universal Blush, 4 gram full size container.  I love this blush!  It is the perfect colour for me, even now that I might have a hint of summer colour on my face (probably not, but it’s possible).   The blush works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a colour that will give you that perfect glow.  Here’s what they say about the blush on the So Susan website:

A micronized, jet-milled blush that works with your skin’s natural chemistry to create a universal healthy flush that is flattering on all skintones. Made with Buriti Fruit Oil to repair the epidermis and improve skin elasticity.

I like how it goes on and looks just right on my skin without any need to break out a second colour for contouring or highlighting.  There’s just a touch of shimmer in the blush, so it gives you just a nice subtle glow that doesn’t look over the top or too shiny.  I also like that it is free from mineral oil, phthalates, and fragrance.  Plus, no animal testing.  They’ve added Pink Kaolin Clay into the blush, so that you can use it if you have sensitive skins or dry skin, since the clay doesn’t draw oils from the skin.  And if that all wasn’t enough, it is also made with Buriti Fruit Oil to nourish and repair the epidermis as well as improve the skin’s elasticity, plus it is also known to reduce redness and offer sun protection from harmful UV rays.  It’s obviously a hard working blush. And of course, it looks great on too.  I’ve found myself reaching for this all the time now because the colour is so nice.

You can buy this directly from So Susan Cosmetics via their website for  £17.95; free shipping on orders over £50.00.  I’m not positive, but I think you can only buy it directly from So Susan actually.  I haven’t been able to find it at Amazon, FeelUnique, Boots, or anyplace else either.  I would say that the Universal Blush is comparable to the Stila Custom Colour Blush (5 grams) that you can buy at FeelUnique for £13.00, which I also have.  The So Susan blush is a bit more expensive, but I like the formulation better and the colour and result on your cheek is just more flattering.  While I was on the So Susan website, I did a quick look around and have to say that they have a great selection of gift sets and products at pretty reasonable prices too. I will definitely have to check out the website in more detail next time I’m looking for some cosmetics.

QV Skin Lotion
QV Skin Lotion

QV Skin Lotion, 15ml sample bottle.  As I’ve mentioned a number of times on here, I’ve got a bit of a picky skin situation.  I have a little problem with eczema on my hands especially, and my skin usually flips out and gets a nasty outbreak (red, scaly, gross looking rashy type thing) when I change lotion or use certain products, but luckily not with the QV Lotion.  The QV line of skincare products was created by dermatologists for everyday use by everyone, even those with skin issues.  The QV products are all suitable, and gentle enough, for people with eczema, psorisis, or dermatitis, as well as babies.  Their products are free from sodium lauryl sulphate, fragrance, colour, lanolin, and propylene glycol.  

I have been using a combination of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream for a while now to keep my hands from having eczema issues and that combo has been great.  However, neither of those are exactly low cost and they are both creams which means they have a very thick texture which can take a while to absorb and the Eight Hour Cream can sometimes leave you feeling a bit sticky if you don’t let it absorb or you put too much on.  Plus, I can’t really use either of those for other areas on my body either without it costing a fortune.  So, the QV Lotion is a great alternative to find.  It is a lotion, not a cream, so the texture is pretty light, especially in comparison to the other two products.  It is especially nice for summer because of that lightness since you don’t feel like you have anything on your skin after it absorbs.  And it absorbs into the skin easily and quickly and just leaves you skin feeling soft and well moisturized.  I’ve also read that you can use this to remove makeup but I haven’t tried that since I have plenty of great products for that purpose.  However, if you have really sensitive skin on your face you might want to try this out as a makeup remover.

I’m thrilled that this hasn’t caused my skin an issue, especially after I saw how reasonably priced it is.  I can buy a big 500ml pump bottle of this at Amazon for just £9.45, and it is a Prime item, so if you have Amazon Prime you can get it shipped to your front door by the next day for free.  Glossybox directs you to purchase it from Crawford Healthcare, where the 500ml bottle is a bit higher at £9.61 or you can get a 250ml bottle for £6.06, but you’ll have to pay around £5.00 for shipping, so it’s definitely more pricey than Amazon when that is included.

Schwarzkopf go2b Rise 'n Shine Soufflé
Schwarzkopf go2b Rise ‘n Shine Soufflé

Schwarzkopf got2b Rise ‘n Shine Soufflé, 100ml full size container.  Rise n’ Shine is a new line from got2b that is supposed to give you lots of textured volume while still allowing your hair to be sleek and shiny.  The texture of the soufflé is light, as you would expect, and it has a nice fruity kind of smell.  The product is a little sticky feeling on your hands but doesn’t seem to feel that way on your hair.  I have curly hair, unless I blow it out, and I have used it to give my curl a bit more volume while keeping the flyaways at bay.  That flyaway, furry look can happen quite a bit here in London because of the humidity, so I’m always looking for something that will help my hair stay shiny and tame that frizzy humidity look.  I’d say that this had okay results, it isn’t great but it isn’t horrible either.  It did work much better/effectively when I blew my hair out.  The Rise ‘n Shine managed to give it some extra oomph while still keeping my hair shiny.  If you want really big volume you can work a bit into your roots too.  I have found that this works really great if you want to put your hair up because you can keep it still really natural looking but the texturizing properties of this product makes your hair stay put much better that shellacking it into place using hairspray.  I do like that you can get good volume, but still have some shine, and not have to involve hairspray.  I’m not a huge fan of hairspray in summer, it just seems to get sticky or weird feeling.

This is a pretty inexpensive hair product that you can pick up at places like Boots or Superdrug.  Right now you can get the Rise ‘n Shine Soufflé at Boots for just £2.00 for the 100ml tub; they’re having a 1/3 off sale so it is normally £3.00.  At Superdrug it is £3.99 regularly, but right now you can get two selected Schwarzkopf products for £5.00.  Seems like a better deal at Boots.  I doubt I’ll buy this again, but it is nice to have a little variety in my hair product lineup.

Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix
Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix

Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix, 1.8ml full size dispenser.  I’ve heard a lot about how great Nip+Fab products are, so I was really looking forward to trying this out.  And what woman my age, doesn’t want something that will make their eye area look better?  Unfortunately, my relationship with this product didn’t start off on a good foot.  This is one of those pen type dispensers with a little brush on one end, where the product comes out, and you twist the other end to get the product to actually come out.  Well, I don’t know if I got a bum applicator or what but I twisted and twisted and twisted and twisted and kept doing it for way more twists than I should have needed before anything came out.  And even then, barely any product made its way into the brush area; I could just see the barest hint of colour.  So, I twisted some more and even shook it a bit.  I was holding it with the bristles pointing down too, to try to get some help from gravity.  I finally managed to get some of it out but it was at the point where I was ready to just chuck it right into the bin.  I’ve had a couple of other products with this same type of pen applicator that you twist or click to get the product to come out, and none of them has worked so poorly.  So, yeah, not an auspicious start.

The actual product, once I could get any out, is pretty good but not outstanding.  CC Eye Fix is an eye cream and concealer in one.  It’s  made with oat extract and light diffusing pigments which are supposed to brighten and lift the appearance of the eye area.  It also contains beeswax to help protect the delicate, thin skin under the eyes.  I think it does do the brightening and refreshing part but where I think it falls down is in longevity.  Something about the formulation starts to settle into the fine lines that we all have under our eyes (unless you’re super young, but then you are probably not using this), after a couple of hours, which doesn’t look so great.  I tried it with a very light powder over it to see if that would help and it did seem to stop the settling a bit.  I’ll try a few different methods of application to see if I can get better results though.  Unfortuantely, the product doesn’t really work so spectacularly that it can overcome the truly annoying packaging issues for me.

You can find Nip+Fab directly through their own website.  The CC Eye Fix is £9.95 from them.  However, you can also get it at Superdrug for that same price normally, though right now you can get it for 50% off, so £4.97.  You can also find it at Boots and Amazon, but it is a better deal at Superdrug.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Flat Eyeshadow Brush
Teeez Trend Cosmetics Flat Eyeshadow Brush

Teeez Trend Cosmetics, Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush, full size.  Um, yeah, I’m not really a fan of the decorative motif on the handle of this brush.  At all.  The brush is nice enough, but the design is not.  I think it is the disembodied eyes that freak me out and make it unappealing to me.  The bristles on the end of the brush are quite soft and made from natural hair.  The bristles are short enough that they don’t have a lot of fluff to them, so this is great for putting your eye shadow just where you want it.  I think this is a little more gentle feeling than the other eye shadow brushes that I have with this same flat and stiff (ish) design.  I would like it better if the handle were a either shorter or longer though because at least for me it is a bit of an awkward length.  Of course, if it were longer there’d be more of the ugly, creepy design, so I guess shorter would be my preference.

Glossybox says that you can find this brush at Nelly.com for €19.00, however, I wasn’t able to find it at all.  Nelly.com does have a lot of other products from Teeez, so maybe I’m just somehow not looking in the right place or something.  I also haven’t been able to track it down anyplace else either, so I’m at a bit of a loss on where to tell people to look if they want this brush.  I think you can find makeup brushes that are just as good, or better, at a host of places from a wide range of brands, and they won’t have the ugly design on them.

Glossybox Anniversary Treat: Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate
Glossybox Anniversary Treat: Green & Black’s Organic Dark Chocolate

How do the numbers stack up for the box this month?  Here is the breakdown:

  • So Susan Cosmetics, Universal Blush, 4 gram full size container: £17.95 value.
  • QV Skin Lotion, 15ml sample bottle: £0.29 value.
  • Schwarzkopf got2b Rise ‘n Shine Soufflé, 100ml full size container: £3.oo value.
  • Nip+Fab CC Eye Fix, 1.8ml full size dispenser: £9.95 value.
  • Teeez Trend Cosmetics, Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush, full size: £15.08 value.
  • Total Value: £46.27

Overall this was a pretty good Glossybox, like every month there are some hits and some misses.  Thankfully, this month was much more hit than miss in my opinion.  The price of the So Susan blush that I really love, more than covers the price of my Glossybox subscription for the month, so I’m really happy with the value of the June box.   Plus, I got an extra little chocolate treat.

I think I’m going to post a little review of how well the Glossybox subscription has worked out for me this past year.  I know that there are several new products that have been introduced to me through my Glossybox subscription that I have gone on to buy, so that is great.  I just want to be a little more exacting about it all.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Eye Crayons at Costco US

In the last couple of years, Costco has been trying to get a wider, and better, selection of makeup, skin and hair care products.  They’ve always had stuff in kind of a hit or miss fashion, but now they’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care at their US stores and at Costco.com.  Continuing on from my post last Friday, I’m reviewing another product from the selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics that you can find at Costco US.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection
Pati Dubroff Beauty: Visionary Eyes Collection

I tried the Visionary Eyes Eye Crayon Collection too.  I love the Clinique lip colour balms which are also like a big crayon, and thought the Eye Crayons would be similarly easy to use, but I’ve had a hard time getting the hang of them.  You get five colours in the collection at Costco:  Rose Gold, Olivine, Truffle, Nocturne, Gunmetal.  And they come out ready to party.  These are super richly pigmented and go on just like they look in the crayon.  This is great if you want a really defined, bold look.  But that is rarely the look I want, so these are a bit much for me, of course you can smudge or blend them to lighten the colour.  You can use them as either an eye shadow or a liner, and then blend as required to get the look you are aiming to achieve.

These should be great for making a dramatic smoky eye look for an evening out because they seem so pigmented and dramatic.  Of course, that said, I have found that the colour seems to smudge, crease, and lighten once on for even a little bit of time.  I rarely wear an eye shadow primer, so this might be the problem, but I think a good eye shadow should not require a primer to stay put.  And I’ve never had this problem before with any eye shadow that I’ve worn, no matter the colour or brand.  I would only suggest using them as an eye liner if you like a rather smudged look because the tip is pretty wide and the formulation smudges incredibly easily I have found.  They are very portable since they are in this crayon form and that makes them perfect for your purse or suitcase.  I’ve taken them on trips because it allows me to augment my eye shadow palettes pretty easily without a bunch of space, which is handy.

Overall, I’m really not a fan because of the smudgy, quick to crease and disappear nature of them.  And my skin is pretty dry, so I can’t even imagine what a mess these would turn into if you had an oily skin type.  After having them on for just an hour, all of the colours end up looking like grey on me and are smudged and have sunk into all of the fine creases around the eyes, both on the lid and along the bottom lash line as eye liner.  As you can imagine this is not the look I want to achieve.  Perhaps these would work well for someone with a different skin type or who uses primer on their lids, but they’re not for me.

You can get the five eye crayon collection at Costco.com for $11.99 plus $2.99 shipping.  The price is very good, unfortunately, I don’t think these live up to the quality of the other Pati Dubroff cosmetics that I’ve tried.  And I really wanted to like these because the purple colour is gorgeous in the crayon or on the back of my hand and would look great with my eyes, but these just aren’t working for me.  I’d like to try the eye shadow crayons again because of how convenient and travel friendly they are, but I’ll have to find a different brand.

Even though I did receive my selection of Pati Dubroff cosmetics for free from Hatch Beauty (the company behind Beauty’s Most Wanted), my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the products.  When I say I liked, or didn’t like, a product that is the truth and not something I have been paid to say.

Pati Dubroff Beauty: Palettes at Costco US

In the last couple of years, Costco has been trying to get a wider, and better, selection of makeup, skin and hair care products.  They’ve always had stuff in kind of a hit or miss fashion, but now they are starting to get a much stronger selection at their locations in the US.  Of course, they used to carry the really great Kirkland Signature Borghese line of skin care products, that people loved.  For some reason though, they have decided to discontinue the line, which has a lot of people upset or angry.  However, now they’ve got the Beauty’s Most Wanted collection, a selection of cosmetics from well known stylemakers for makeup, skin and hair care.  Today I’ve got reviews for a selection of Pati Dubroff Beauty cosmetics.

Pati Dubroff is a well respected industry leading makeup artist.  She works with celebrities like Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba and Katy Perry, and has had her work featured on the covers of magazines like Elle, Vogue, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire.  Plus, she’s created a line of professional quality cosmetics so that you can create her red carpet looks right at home.  At Costco you can find a selection of her eye shadow palettes, eye crayons, eye liner, and lip gloss.

Pati Dubroff Dream Neutral Eye Palette
Pati Dubroff Dream Neutral Eye Palette

I’ve got one of the previous eye shadow palettes, Perfect Palette.  However, aside from some of the colours it is just like the Dream Neutral and Spotlight Eye palettes that are currently available at Costco.com.  In all of these palettes you will find twelve different eye shadow colours in an array of neutral colours, along with a single eye liner pencil.  They all have colours from barely there creams to dark grey or black, so that you have a wide variety of eye looks that you can create.  The Spotlight Eye palette has some bolder colours, and certainly more shimmery shadows, but the palette is all about making dramatic eye looks, so you would definitely expect that.  The Perfect palette that I have is quite similar in colour mix to the Dream Neutral palette that you can still find at Costco.com.  The eye shadow is nicely buildable in colour, so you can go for a very soft neutral eye, or you can build up the colour to be as dramatic as you want.  The shadow isn’t as richly pigmented as some that I have tried, but is very similar to high end brands like Dior or Chanel, which I really like.  I’m all about the neutral eye looks and think that these are great for that type of look.  And, just so we’re all clear, neutral doesn’t mean boring or flat, because there is plenty of variation in the colours to get you just about any eye look you want.  Plus, you’ve got a nice mix of matt and shimmer.  There’s a colour in my palette called “Bellini” that is similar to “Siren” in the Dream palette, that I love and use all the time.  It has a bit of shimmer to it but this great colour that isn’t exactly pink or tan, but something in between.  I find it works really well for casual daytime looks or as part of a darker, going out eye look.  I’ve taken this palette on trips with me too and it is great because of the versatility, and in a real pinch you could also use the dark colours as eye liner to up the dramatic eye factor.  My only complaint was that my eye liner was wedged into the little cut out spot for it so well that I had an almost impossible time removing it.  I actually had to use pliers so that I wouldn’t break it or my nails, so hopefully in the updated palettes they have fixed that little issue.  Other than that one issue, I really like the eye shadows and would certainly recommend them, especially for the price.  I think they compare very favourably to things like Stila or Naked palettes but so, so much cheaper at Costco.  The Dream Neutral palette is just $19.99 and the Spotlight Eye palette is $21.99, plus $2.99 shipping for each.  So, you could both of them almost for the price of a single palette from Stila or Naked, and the shadow is every bit as good and the colours are just as wearable.

Pati Dubroff Star Palettes Color Collection
Pati Dubroff Star Palettes Color Collection

Since I’m talking about great palettes, I have to say that I love the versatility and handiness of the Star Palettes Color Collections.  This is a brilliant idea, where you get all of the makeup you need in one handy little palette that you can easily pop in your purse or your suitcase.  Each palette comes with four eye shadows, a blush, a gel eye liner, and a lip gloss.  Naturally, all of the colours in each palette work perfectly together.  The really cool thing though is that you get four of these palettes along with a single mirrored compact so that you can pick the perfect palette for you look that day or night and take it with you.  The palettes just pop right into the compact and you are good to go with everything in one convenient spot.  Brilliant!  The brushes in the compact, as all brushes that you get like this, are not great and you should get a mini brush set from someplace like Sephora to take with you instead.  As with the eye shadow palettes, the makeup itself is very nice and goes on easily and allows you to build it up to the colour depth that suits your style.  I end up using the Eclipse palette the most often because the purples work well with my hazel eyes.  However, I’ve also used the Golden and Mistique palettes quite a bit too.  The Ethereal palette is a bit too blue for me, it’s just not a colour that works well with my skin or eyes, unfortunately.  The lip glosses are very sheer, so when you see the very bold pink in the Eclipse palette, don’t immediately write it off as too bright for you.  It goes on quite sheer and gives just the hint of that colour when on your lips, but does have a nice sheen  and the texture isn’t at all sticky.  Right now you can get the Star Palette at Costco.com for the unbelievably low price of just $9.97, after a $10.00 discount, plus $2.99 shipping.  That is an amazing deal for such a nice set of mini-palettes, even with shipping, that means each palette is just $3.24!  There is no way you can get such quality makeup for that kind of price.  I actually just bought this for my sister because this is totally the kind of thing she loves and I knew she would appreciate it.  I would have paid full price for it too though because it is such a nice set.

Unfortunately, for all of us beauty lovers in the UK, Australia, Korea, or Japan, our selections just aren’t as wide as Costco US.  However, I am definitely hoping that changes in the next year or so (hint, hint Costco).  We all love beauty and bargains too, Costco!

Even though I did receive my selection of Pati Dubroff cosmetics for free from Hatch Beauty (the company behind Beauty’s Most Wanted), my opinions are still my own and I still feel like my biggest obligation is to be honest and open with everyone here about my experience with the products.  When I say I liked, or didn’t like, a product that is the truth and not something I have been paid to say.

Glossybox: May 2014

The theme for the May Glossybox was a celebration of 50 years of Superdrug.  I don’t shop at Superdrug all that often, but they did put together a nice box, so I certainly like that.  The Glossy magazine this month, has teamed up with Superdrug’s DARE magazine to present the history of Superdrug, complete with lots of interesting pictures of previous ad campaigns (what was going on in the 80s?).  The most amazing fact, I think, is that Superdrug serves 4.5 million customers each week.  Go Superdrug!

The box this month was specially decorated for Superdrug with a big 5-0 on it and was cute for the occasion but this isn’t one of them that I will end up keeping.  The box was curated with Superdrug so it is filled with things that you can find in their stores or at their website.  They included five full sized products and two additional samples.  I love getting the full sized items because it definitely means that you will have enough of a chance to really try something out and find out if you love it or hate it.  Unfortunately for me, one of the full sized items in my box was something I will never, ever end up using as it was a facial self tan bronzing cream.  I’m super pale and I wear it proudly.  So, I don’t know what I’ll end up doing with that because I’m not even sure I know anyone that would want it.  If anyone wants it, let me know!  Overall though, I’d say this was a really good selection of items.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask
Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask

Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask for Feet, 60 ml full size tube.  Summer can be really hard on your feet because you want to wear sandals and walk around barefoot inside and out or at the beach or pool, and that can be really drying on your feet.  But, of course, you still want them to look sandal worthy, right?  I’ve tried a lot of different masks and lotions for feet because my feet are really dry as a result of a medication I take (all of my skin is actually).  So far I think the best things I’ve tried are Bliss Foot Patrol and Palmer’s Foot Magic.  I’ve not tried the Scholl product before so I am very interested to see how it turns out.  I put a bit on this morning, so it is too soon to tell about the results yet.  I do like that the consistency is just like a really concentrated, heavy cream or lotion, with no stickiness and it absorbs into the skin really easily.  That’s the one thing I don’t like about the Bliss or Palmer’s stuff that I use now, both of them require you to put socks on and keep them on for quite some time because they are kind of sticky and don’t absorb quickly enough.  But even though the Scholl’s Night Mask, as you can guess from the name, is supposed to be put on at bedtime, I think it absorbs so well that you could probably put it on your feet during the day too.  My feet don’t feel sticky or weird now but the skin does look well moisturized and that is definitely a better look than dry skin.  The other nice thing is that this has almost no scent at all, there is a very, very faint smell but not really noticeable at all and not bad in any case.   This Velvet Smooth Night Mask is perfect to keep feet soft and pretty for Summer.  I find that the feet creams or masks are really great for applying to the cuticle area on your hands to keep them looking their best too.  Since the foot creams are so thick they really do a good job moisturizing and you only need a tiny bit on your cuticles to keep them from looking dry, plus I swear my nails are in better shape when I do this too.

Obviously, you can find the Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask at Superdrug, and I’m sure you can get it from all of their competitors too.  At Superdrug the 60 ml tube is £7.99 normally, but right now they have it on sale for £5.99; all of the other retailers have it for £7.99.  Or, you can get it for slightly less, £5.99, at Amazon UK.  If you end up really liking this, they have a whole lineup of Velvet Smooth products for your feet: a soak, a serum, and a cream.  Surely, all of that can keep your feet looking gorgeous for Summer.

Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser
Vaseline Spray & Go Body Moisturiser

Vaseline Spray & Go Coco Body Moisturiser, 190 ml full size can.  Believe it or not, this is actually a body lotion that you can spray on.  You just spray it on, rub it into your skin, and you are good to go.  I have the cocoa radiant version, but there’s one with aloe and they call essential moisture which is made with oat extract.  I like that they say it won’t leave you feeling sticky or greasy.  And when I tried it out, I liked it even more because it doesn’t leave you feeling anything but moisturized.  As you might expect, because it is a spray lotion, the texture is super light even before you rub it in, but after doing that, it’s like you just have nice skin without a trace of lotion on it.  It absorbs very well but does leave your skin feeling really soft and lovely.  I’m impressed.  The formula I have is made with cocoa butter and the Vaseline Stratys 3 multi-layer moisture (whatever that is) and does seem really effective for leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth but not sticky like a regular lotion.  The only other spray product like a lotion that I have tried was sunscreen and that was an unmitigated disaster.  It seemed to go everywhere but on my skin and left with my a very low level of protection, and a great burn as a result.  But this seems to have just enough weight to make it actually end up on your skin and not just flying around on the air.  Since the one I have has cocoa butter, it has that nice smell too, which seems super appropriate for Summer.   The can is easy to hold in your hand and has a matt finish for better grip.  The spray function is nice because it is continuous, like hair spray, which means this is easier to apply than if it were a pump and allows you to put a thin layer on all over before you rub it in.  The other nice thing about the bottle is that you can really easily lock the sprayer so that if you put it in your bag or a suitcase, you’re not going to have to worry about it spritzing everything inside.  One word of warning though, be careful about where you spray it just in case it gets on the floor and turns it into a scary slick deathtrap.

At Superdrug you can get the full 190ml spray can for £4.99, as you can at every other retailer I checked, including Amazon.  As I mentioned, they have three versions of this Spray & Go moisturizer if cocoa scent isn’t your thing.  No matter what key ingredient – cocoa, aloe, oat extract – that you choose, they all are the same price.  I don’t know how long this will last but if it doesn’t break me out I think I will definitely be getting this again.  I like something light but moisturizing in Summer and this seems the best thing I’ve tried so far.

Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion
Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion

Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion, 10 ml sample.  Keeping with the moisturizing theme, they’ve also included a sample of the new Garnier Body Oil Beauty Lotion that contains argan, macadamia, almond, and rose oil.  I haven’t tried this at all since it is a little sample envelope.  However, I really like the mix of oils as those are all of the big players in skin care right now because they all have such great properties for keeping your skin healthy and moisturized.  This isn’t an oil though, but rather an oil infused lotion.  So, it goes on like a cream or lotion, but has all of the nourishing capabilities of an oil.  They say it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and looking radiant, not sticky or greasy.  I’ve had hit or miss results with Garnier products, though generally I do like their lotions and body products.  I’m looking forward to trying this because with Summer here, my skin could definitely use a little something to perk it up and make it look radiant.

You can buy the full sized 250 ml bottle, with a pump dispenser, for £4.99 at Superdrug or the retailer of your choice (Tesco, Boots, or Sainsbury’s).  I’ve been looking for a good lotion, so hopefully either this one from Garnier or the Vaseline Spray & Go will do the trick.

L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes

L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes, Black, 10.5 ml full size tube.  I think this is the first L’Oreal mascara that I have ever used, and I really like it.  Well, I think what I really like are the new brush and the anti-clump wiper that they have which means that you can get really great length but not that weird clumpy look.  I like to have my lashes look longer and thicker than normal, but still very separated, because that makes them look great but natural.  The brush, which they say on the tube is a new design, is a bunch of little spiky ends that really keep your lashes separated.  I think the brush seems like it is plastic and not actually bristles too, so they are maybe stiffer.  Plus, the wiper at the mouth of the tube really works well to get off all of the excess mascara, except at the small end of the brush, and means you don’t have an excess of mascara coming off on your lashes and causing them to stick together.  It doesn’t say anything about being waterproof, so I’m going to guess that this formula isn’t, though I know they do have one.  I haven’t taken it for a full day trial but I do like the initial results.  The brush is fabulous, so hopefully the actual mascara formula is as good.  I usually use Benefit, Lancome, and Ellis Faas mascaras and love the formulas and find them to last well without flaking or smudging, so I’m hoping this one will work as well.  It would be nice to find a cheaper mascara that worked well too.  I was thinking this might work well for layer with another mascara too because of how nice and separated the lashes stay.  Since I put it on before my workout today, I guess that will be a good test of its staying power.

L’Oreal is a pretty popular high street brand, so you can find it at lots and lots of places.  At Superdrug this mascara is £10.99, and that seems to be the same price as Ocado and Boots. It looks like you can find it for around £1 – 1.50 less at Amazon though.

B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick
B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick

B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick 033 Coral, full size tube.  The Sheer Conditioning Lipstick is enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, and Aloe Vera to keep your lips looking healthy, well moisturized, and pretty. They have several different colours available but I got the Coral colour in my Glossybox.  This colour is fairly good for me with just a bit more of an orange tint to it than my usual choices, but luckily it still works nicely with my skintone though does have a bit of an old lady look to it.  They have seven different colours of this available on the Superdrug website, so you can definitely find one that will work for you.  They have everything from a bright red to a nude colour.  Normally, I would have probably gone for the Petal, which is a rose colour, but the Coral is an okay choice for Summer.  As the name implies, it is a sheer coverage.  It is somewhere between lipstick and gloss or balm, I think, as far as the depth of coverage goes.  The colour is fairly deep, with just the tiniest bit of sparkle or sheen, but there is still a sheerness to it overall which makes it a nice choice for Summer.  It has a smooth texture going on and doesn’t feel sticky after application.  The downside to the sheerness is that if you’re lips are even a bit chapped or flaky looking this just emphasises that and makes it look not so great.  My lips were a bit dry this morning when I put it on to try it out and it just really points out all the dry areas.  I had thought that it felt really moisturizing on my lips initially, but after about 45 minutes they started to feel dry and after about an hour, they looked pretty bad.  So, if you’re lips are in good shape to start with great, otherwise, you might want to use something else.  I always feel like some added moisture for my lips is really important in Summer because it can be a really drying time of year with all of the heat and sun.  I do wish that this had an SPF of 15 at least though.  Not enough lip products have sun protection in them, but it is just as important for your lips to be protected as any of your other skin.  The one thing that I do not like about this product, isn’t the product itself, but rather the applicator or tube.  The tube feel really cheaply made and loose and flimsy.  It kind of feels like the next twist could be the one that breaks it, or like the lipstick itself might break off or get damaged.  My lipstick already has a big scrape up one side from the twisting/raising mechanism, I’m guessing.  Of course, for the price, it’s not bad at all.

This brand, B.,  is exclusive to Superdrug, so there’s only really no price comparison here.  A tube of this is normally £6.99 but right now they have it on sale for £3.49. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a size on the tube or the Superdrug website but it doesn’t seem too big, certainly smaller/less than my regular lipsticks or balms.  That price makes it perfect for getting a couple of your favourite colour or more than one colour even.  Certainly at that price, you wouldn’t be gutted if you took it with you on holiday or to the beach and it got damaged or lost either.

GHOST Eclipse Perfume
GHOST Eclipse Perfume

GHOST Frangrances Eclipse, 2 ml sample sprayer.  Despite the fact that I did just get some perfume from Connock London, perfume really isn’t something I wear all the time.  I have a really excellent sense of smell, which means that mostly I find perfumes to be too overwhelming.  This one has a nice smell, but is a bit strong for me.  I will reiterate though, it does smell nice.  Here’s what they say about it:

A fresh fruity floral with a sensual amber base. Romantic Top: lemon, bergamot, mandarin, blackcurrant, apple.  Captivating Heart: freesia, lotus blossom, rose wood and blond wood.  Sensual base: Amber crystals and powdery musk.

I think maybe the musk base is what I’m smelling a lot of and while it doesn’t work for me or my nose, it isn’t bad just a bit strong to me.  You can buy this, and hopefully try before you do so, at Superdrug.  The full size bottle is 50 ml for £33.00.

Solait Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream
Solait Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream

Solait Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream, 100 ml full size tub.  Yeah, I’m not into self tan or “bronzers” like this, it just isn’t my thing.  I’m really quite pale and it just never looks right on my.  And definitely something that is just for my face would be a real problem because my Casper the Friendly Ghost neck and body would definitely not match it.  Not to mention, I just don’t want to hassle with the whole ordeal of putting on a self tan product with the mitt and the worry about it being streaky or looking gross around my hairline or eyebrows.  Nope, just not worth it to me.  It does say that you develop an intensified natural colour over a 2 to 4 hour timespan, so at least it doesn’t sound like you’re full on TOWIE orange or brown but still not really for me. This is why I have powder bronzers, so I can decide to have a sun-kissed glow one day and then be back to my normal pale colour the next.  This has a kind of strong scent too that smells a bit like fresh paint to me.  I really don’t know what I’m going to do with this, but I’m glad that I got plenty of other good stuff in my Glossybox this month or I would have been really disappointed and annoyed.

You can find Solait only at Superdrug and the 100 ml tub of this will be £2.99 there.  If this works and gives you a nice colour, and you like that sort of thing, then the price is really great.  And a self-tanned face is better than really tanning your face which just isn’t worth the long-term damage done to your skin.

How do the numbers stack up for the box this month?  Here is the breakdown:

  • Scholl Velvet Smooth Night Mask for Feet, 60 ml full size tube: £5.99 value
  • Vaseline Spray & Go Coco Body Moisturiser, 190 ml full size can: £4.99 value
  • Garnier Oil Beauty Lotion, 10 ml sample: £0.20 value.
  • L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes, Black, 10.5 ml full size tube: £10.99 value.
  • B. Sheer Conditioning Lipstick 033 Coral, full size tube: £3.49 value.
  • Solait Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream, 100 ml full size tub: £2.99 value.
  • GHOST Frangrances Eclipse, 2 ml sample sprayer: £1.32 value.
  • Total Value: £29.97

Overall this was a pretty good Glossybox, like every month there are some hits and some misses.  Luckily, this month was more hit than miss I would say.  Even if I discount the value of the items that I won’t use, the value of the products was still enough to pay for the cost of the box this month.  The L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara was enough to cover the cost of the box, though not with the shipping.

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
Mitchell and Peach Body Cream

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 Make UP Pout Polish
Sleek Make UP Pout Polish

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.

Dave Hair Therapy Intensive Repair
Dave Hair Therapy Intensive Repair

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 Powder in Starry Night
Bellápierre Cosmetics Shimmer Powder in Starry Night

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 Collection
Juicy Couture Malibu Collection

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.