Glossybox: August 2014

I received my August Glossybox right as we were moving too.  I think I got it the day before we actually were moving all of our junk to our new flat.  It’s amazing that it didn’t get lost in the chaos of moving.  The August box marks the three year anniversary of Glossybox.  It is amazing to think that they’ve only been around three years but have already delivered 6 million Glossyboxes all around the world.  They have subscribers in the US, UK, Germany, France, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Austria, Korea, and Japan.  And what is maybe even more amazing is that the founder and CEO is a man.  You’d totally think that a woman came up with this idea, wouldn’t you?

The actual box also had a bit of an update in August.  It’s still pink, but a slightly lighter shade, and isn’t actually glossy anymore.  The dimensions are slightly different as well, giving it a more compact size overall.  But there’s still plenty of space inside for big products, though the August box only had three full sized products and two good sized samples, and of course a tiny perfume sample too.  And to be honest, the full sized products were teeny tiny, so it’s not like we’re talking a full sized hair product or something that can be quite sizeable.  Overall, this seemed like a good box to me because I like all of the products in it and will definitely use them all.

Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream
Figs & Rouge Rose Berry Hand Cream

Figs & Rouge Mini Rose Berry Hand Cream, 20ml tube.  This isn’t full sized, but is the perfect size for travel, in your desk at work, or in your bag.  The scent is rose and berry and smells great with a fresh and slightly fruit scent.  If you don’t like the smell at all, you’ll be happy to know that it fades to nothingness after you’ve had it on about 30 minutes maybe.  What is really great about this hand cream is the unique light texture that absorbs pretty quickly into the skin.  Once it is absorbed fully, like 30 seconds probably but feels like maybe a minute, your skin feels silky smooth and soft.  And best of all, there’s no greasy residue or feeling left on your skin.  This hand cream is made with shea butter which is really great at hydrating and nourishing your skin, without greasiness and without using a large amount.  I like that it feels so nice and lasts really well too, not like some hand lotions that absorb and then totally vanish leaving your hands feeling just as dry.  The shea butter in this will also help keep your cuticles in good shape and looking pretty.  All of which is great for this time of year when the weather is transitioning and your skin is often left paying the price.

I really love L’Occitane’s shea butter hand cream, but this little tube is making me think about trying a big tube of this when I run out.  And I will definitely be buying the small tubes of Figs & Rouge hand cream to keep in my handbag, travel kit, and anywhere else I want a small sized tube of hand cream.  The 20ml sized tubes are just £3.95 at FeelUnique (they claim that is a FeelUnique exclusive), which is a rather good deal for something that works so well with just a little amount.  If you want the full sized 80ml tube instead, those are £6.95 at FeelUnique, unfortunately they don’t have the same Rose Berry in the big tube, but do have lots of other nice sounding scent options.

Yves Rocher Nail Polish
Yves Rocher Nail Polish

Yves Rocher Pink Mini Nail Polish in Rose, full sized 3 ml bottle.  To look at this little, itty bitty bottle you would not, even for a second, entertain the thought that this was a full sized product.  It is petite.  Minute, really.  But it is full sized.  I kind of like the small bottles because it lets you try lots of different colours without feeling like you’ll need to use it for the next three years before the bottle is even near finished.  The colour that I received was “Rose” and it is a nice neutral pink colour that would work for day or night or with any colour of clothing.  If you were justing wanting a quick polish, not something to last for several days, you could probably get by with just a single coat because it covers really well.  Plus, you can apply it quickly right before you go out because it dries super quick, like within a minute my single coat was dry enough that I could touch things without any fear of it smudging or getting ruined.  However, if you want it to be durable and look its best, you need two coats for sure.  The quick drying, single coat ability of this polish teamed with the baby bottle make it perfect for your bag.  The only problem I have with this little bottle of polish is that it is a bit more difficult to hold the brush because there’s just not that much handle on the applicator, also it is a really slippery plastic so can slip around a bit while you are trying to apply polish.

You can buy your teeny bottles of nail polish on the Yves Rocher site.  Currently, the little 3ml bottles run from £1.95 to £3.60 because they are having some sales.  If you buy from the selection of polishes that are £3.60, you get a free one, so they really end up being £1.80 per bottle then.  They have a pretty wide selection of colours too with everything from clear to bright to neutral to dark choices.

Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere
Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere

Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere, 4.5 gram full sized pot.  I believe this is the same formulation as Kryolan’s Illusion highlighter, which has a similar looking colour called “Cashmere”.  It’s a bit hard to tell though because the Glossybox card says this is “Kryolan for Glossybox” but I think that is just because the little pot has the Glossybox logo on the lid.  In any case, the highlighter is terrific.  The creamy texture is light which means that you can put it on just where you want it.  The creaminess also makes it very effortless to blend in to your skin to give you a very subtle highlighting.  I’m used to either powder or liquid highlighters that can be tricky to blend or go on to heavily and then look too obvious.  I like the colour of this too which is a kind of a pinkish champagne colour with a subtle hint of shimmer.  All of that means that if you are really pale, like me, this blends and looks natural, giving you that lit from within appearance.  The little pot is really nicely compact too which makes it easy to take with you on a trip or on a night out.

The full sized 4.5 gram pot is £12.95 at the Kryolan website.  You might think that’s a bit dear but since you’re not using that much of this at a time, it will take you a while to work through even this small amount.  I find a little smidge of highlighter on my cheekbones and across my brow bone make for a fresh look that doesn’t look shiny, just healthy.  I also occasionally put a dab at the inner corner of my eye to brighten the whole area up a bit.  That’s a trick that works especially well if I haven’t slept so well or I’m feeling less than chipper.  I think you could probably also use this to add a bit of shimmer to a matt eye shadow since the colour of the highlighter is so light.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, 40ml tube.  Elasticizer makes me think of a styling product, though I can’t put my finger on exactly what I think it would be doing.  But in reality, Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment to make your hair more bouncy by improving its elasticity while leaving it shiny, all without weighing it down.  I didn’t know my hair was elastic, honestly.  Basically, this is a hair mask that you use before you shampoo to help your hair be stronger and look better, which of course is even more important if your hair is colour treated or damaged from styling or whatever.  I colour my hair so I try to use a few different products to keep my hair looking healthy and I’m certainly looking forward to trying this out.  However, the Elasticizer gets fabulous reviews everywhere I look, plus it is an InStyle Best Beauty Buys winner for 2013 for Best Deep Conditioning Mask.  Here’s what they say about it at FeelUnique, where incidentally it has a 5 star rating from 163 reviews:

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was originally created by Philip Kingsley specifically for Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets. This is a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. Also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair.

To apply this you just dampen your hair and then get a bit of this and work it through your hair from roots to tips and then let it do its magic for about 20 minutes.  If you’ve got fine hair that is coloured, like I do, the suggestion is to only use this once per week and to go light on the middle and end sections of your hair.  If you’ve got a coarse texture or heavier hair, you can use it twice per week.  And you shouldn’t use this for a few days before or after chemical processing.

This isn’t a full sized product, however, the sample size is big enough that you’ll be able to use it a number of times probably (depending on how much hair you have) and get a feel for how well the product works for you.  There are a number of different sizes available at FeelUnique, a 75ml tube for £15.00, a 150ml tub for £27.50, and even a giant 1000ml bottle for £74.00.  I have generally had very good luck with the Philip Kingsley products that I’ve used, and have several of them in my bathroom right now, so I’m sure I will like this too.

SkinPep Super C15 Serum
SkinPep Super C15 Serum

SkinPep Cosmeceuticals Super C15 Serum, full sized 7ml bottle.  This is a Vitamin C based serum, along with a few other things, that will work to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark spots. So, it sounds like a bit of magic in a little tiny bottle.  This is a really hard working serum though because it has a lot of science behind it and isn’t just sitting there doing nothing much.  The serum is made up of (15%) L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Hyaluronic Acid, Ferulic Acid (0.5%), Alpha-Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (1%), and Matrixyl (Palmitoyl-Pentapepde-3); you’ll need a chemistry degree to get through some of those words.  But all of these have a proven benefit to your skin and can help to improve how it looks.  To get the full story on what all this serum can do for you, you’ll have to check out the SkinPep website.  This has a lot of good stuff in it and doesn’t have any of the stuff we all try to avoid: alcohol, artificial dyes, paraben, and perfume.

I haven’t had a chance to give this a big try, just tried it enough to know that it has a nice lightweight texture that feels nice on and doesn’t make my skin feel greasy or like I’ve got something heavy on.  You only need about 3 drops of this to cover your face and neck, which means even a seemingly small 7ml bottle will last a while.  Also, once absorbed, Super C15 can’t be washed or rubbed off and will remain effective for a minimum of 72 hours.  At the SkinPep website you can get two different sizes of the Super C15 serum, either the 7ml bottle for £13.99 or a big 30ml bottle for £49.99.  That big size seems like it would last you a long time since you don’t need to use very much of it.  After reading about this, I’m really looking forward to giving it a good try because who wouldn’t want their skin to look this improved.

Lalique L'Amour Perfume
Lalique L’Amour Perfume

Lalique L’Amour Perfume, 2ml vial.  This perfume has a big floral scent with a bit of a musky note too.  I definitely cannot put it into words as fancily as the description the Boots website:

The fragrance offers an olfactory declaration of love. It targets a woman with a radiant personality, eager to discover the world and enchanting people around her.The citrus freshness of bergamot, the elegant tenderness of a rosebud and the softness of neroli deliciously burst forth at the top. The heart, crucial in a love story, enriches the fragrance with a bouquet of sumptuous white flowers: tuberose, gardenia and jasmine petals. The base highlights dry, warm cedar. The creamy softness of luscious sandalwood rests on a bed of addictive musks.

It’s not my kind of fragrance.  It’s got a lot of floral that makes it have a kind of overwhelming scent that I don’t really enjoy.  I like a very light scent and this is definitely not fitting into that at all.  I do like the little sample vial that the perfume came in though.  Instead of it just having a spray or being open on the end, there’s a little series of holes that allows you to dab it on quite precisely.  I think that’s great for any perfume, but especially with something so potent.  You can buy the 50ml size of this for £67.00 at Boots, but clearly, I won’t be rushing out to buy it.

August Glossybox Value:

  • Figs & Rouge Mini Rose Berry Hand Cream, 20ml tube: £3.95 value.
  • Yves Rocher Pink Mini Nail Polish in Rose, full sized 3 ml bottle: £1.95 value.
  • Kryolan Highlighter Cashmere, 4.5 gram full sized pot: £12.95 value.
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, 40ml tube: £7.33 value.
  • SkinPep Cosmeceuticals Super C15 Serum, full sized 7ml bottle: £13.99 value.
  • Lalique L’Amour Perfume, 2ml vial: £2.68 value.
  • Total Value: £42.85

That is a whole lot of value in one little box and definitely is way more than the monthly subscription fee.  I feel like I got a lot of great products this month that I’m really going to enjoy using, aside from the perfume which is going in the bin.  I would definitely say that Glossybox sent out a great box to celebrate their third birthday.  So, happy birthday, Glossybox and thanks for all the goodies!

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.

Connock London’s Kukui Perfume & Candle

Perfect anniversary gift, a reminder of our Maui honeymoon
Perfect anniversary gift, a reminder of our Maui honeymoon

It’s our anniversary this weekend, so with only slight nudging and persuasion my husband, Dave,  bought me a bottle of the gorgeous Connock London Kukui perfume.  I had gotten a sample of this in my November 2013 Glossybox and totally fell in love with the scent.  It’s like a Hawaiian holiday in a bottle. Truly.  It has all of the beautiful floral scents that I remember from our trips there, including our honeymoon, so it is the perfect anniversary gift.  Plus, he decided to get the Kukui oil candle as well, so even if I’m not wearing the perfume we can still have the scent of a Maui holiday.

Connock London wanted to create something that captured the spirit of the Hawaiian islands when blending this scent.  From my first little sniff of this, that is exactly what it reminded me of, so I would say they were spot on with their blending.  Here’s what they say about the blend of fragrance notes on their website:

This elegant floriental fragrance is built around the Gardenia flower and is complimented by a full bouquet of fresh flowers including Italian Bergamot, Moroccan Rose, White Jasmine and Calla Lily.  The scent is further enriched with Sandalwood, Vetiver, White Amber and layers of cashmere and sheer musks, completed with the rich bitter chocolate sweetness of Vanilla Absolute and Tonka Bean.

I’m definitely not an expert on perfume but I do know what I like.  And I love love this perfume.  This perfume has a gorgeous subtle floral scent that makes me think of nighttime walks on the beach in Maui when you can really smell the subtle floral scents.  That scent always takes me instantly back there.  The power of smell to evoke memories and feelings is remarkable and Connock London have certainly played on that beautifully with this perfume.  For me, it is one of those scents that can make me instantly relax just a bit too.  I can’t wait to light the candle, with the included matches (very thoughtful), because I’m sure it will be as lovely and relaxing as the perfume.  The candle actually smells really wonderful just sitting on the table next to me right now.  

I must admit I have been wanting this since I received my November 2013 Glossybox, but I have been reluctant to indulge myself for the £75.00 price.  Of course, the less frugal part of me totally thinks that anything that smells this beautiful is certainly worth that price.  I don’t really wear perfume ever, but now that I’ve gotten this, I will have to turn over a new leaf and spritz a bit on everyday.  This scent is perfect for summer too because it is so light and has beautiful floral notes but isn’t at all heavy or cloying.  I also noticed yesterday when I put some on that it was still fragrant a number of hours later and fades into a whisper of jasmine and gardenia that is just as lovely.

The nice people at Connock London also included another sample of the perfume in the box, as well as a sample of the matching hand cream.  Since I’ve almost used up the sample I received in November, this is perfect timing so that now I can take it with me on my summer holidays too.  The ordering process was quick and painless through the Connock website and we received the order in just a couple of days.  They have a whole collection of products made with the Kukui Oil, which is apparently really good for the skin so it works great in bath and body oils or lotions too.

I haven’t bought perfume in years and years, so long that I don’t even remember the last time I did it.  So this is a real treat for me.  It also says a lot about how much I love the scent of this too.  Even Dave has remarked on how beautiful it smells and how it reminds him of being in Hawaii.  So, really, it’s an anniversary gift for both of us since it makes us remember our holidays to Hawaii, right?

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.