My Favourite Travel Sized Companions

We take a lot of weekend trips, so over the last few years I’ve tried to get a good selection of travel sized beauty products.  If we’re not going on a super long trip, I only carry hand luggage, which means I have to comply with airline regulations that I have all of my liquids in a clear quart sized bag and none of the items can be over 100ml.  This is pretty annoying and restrictive, but I’ve found some really great multi-purpose products that fit into the small size requirements perfectly.  Sometimes, I even have room left over in my quart sized bag.

Some of my favourite travel companions
Some of my favourite travel companions

1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, 70ml – I’ve written about this before because it is my daily facial cleanser of choice.  It’s an ideal travel companion though because it does the work of two products but isn’t a space hog.  It removes makeup and leaves your skin looking and feeling super clean but since it doesn’t strip it of its natural oils your skin still feels soft and not at all tight.    I always use it to remove my makeup because it works so well on even really stubborn mascara.  Plus, the oil texture means that you don’t have to worry about scrubbing at the delicate skin around your eye area to get your eye makeup off.  You can only find this at the DHC website, but you can get it in two travel sizes now: 70ml for £11.00 or the really tiny 30ml version for £4.50.

2. La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Light, 50ml – This is another great multi-purpose item.  Depending on how heavy you put this on it is equally good as a day or night cream.  It doesn’t have an SPF in it, but I’ve got another product for that, so it can be used to keep you skin hydrated and lovely all day and night.  It has a nice light texture that works well under foundation because it isn’t too heavy feeling, and really, the lack of SPF means that you won’t get any of that shine in your holiday snaps either.  At night I put this on a bit heavier and it works to keep my skin hydrated.  You can get La Roche-Posay products at a number of chemists, but I get mine from FeelUnique for £16.50.  They also have a formula that is thicker called Hydraphase Intense Rich for people with really dry skin, they sell a version of that with SPF too, both for £16.50 as well.

3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, 30ml – I am loving this foundation.  I haven’t had a chance to write my full review of this yet, but the condensed version is that I am a huge fan.  This gives your skin a beautiful smooth, matt finish with an incredibly light texture even with its SPF15.  It goes on as a liquid but dries to a powdery type finish, and that’s how it makes your skin look so great.  It is light enough that you can use it under your eye area too without it settling into all of the fine lines and looking like a hot mess.  This is great for travel because of the packaging, but also because you’ll look gorgeous on holiday.  The packaging is very slim, flat, and compact so it fits in your little bag of liquids really well.  This is the best liquid foundation packaging I think I’ve come across for traveling.  Also, you don’t need to use a lot of it so this little bottle has good longevity.   You can get this at Boots or Harrods for £33.00.

4. Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara, 6.5g –  I’ve used this mascara for years and love it.  It will always have a place in my mascara collection because of how you can use it to either get a very light coating or layer it up for a more dramatic look.  The small brush is the key I think because it is can easily coat all of your lashes, upper and lower, without clumping.  It’s nice for travel because of the slim packaging, which I’m sure they can achieve because of the small brush.  Also, I never have a problem with this flaking after a long day, which is great since I wear contact lenses.  Lately I’ve been getting my Définicils Mascara from FeelUnique for £22.50.  You can use this without an eyelash curler because it will actually give your lashes a bit of curl it seems, or you can pack the very compact Muji Portable Eyelash Curler (£3.95) which takes up way less space in your travel bag than your traditional eyelash curler.

5. Aveda brilliant Retexturing Gel, 25ml – Dave and I have both been using this for years in our travel kit.  It works really well to give your hair body and control without making it look dry or dull.  I like it because I can use it to bring out my curl or to keep my hair sleek and smooth when I blow it out straight.  This has all kinds of reasons for being in my travel bag really, not the least of which is that both Dave and I can use it and it works for curly or straight hair.  It’s quite good for hold too, so sometimes I don’t even need to bother with hairspray, which means I can save that much more room.  I’ve only had luck finding the travel sized version of the brilliant Gel from Aveda for £5.50.

6. L’Oreal Elnett Flexible Extra Hairspray, 75ml – Even though I just got through saying that I don’t always need hairspray with the Aveda gel, sometimes I do, it just depends on where we are traveling too.  I like the L’Oreal Elnett Flexible Extra because it keeps my hair soft to the touch, and to the eye, but still manages to have great holding powers.  I find this to be really useful when it is humid too because it doesn’t ever seem to get sticky like a lot of hairsprays.  I normally get mine when I order from my groceries from Ocado for £2.50 because it seems to be less expensive than other places I’ve found it. It is kind of expensive for this little can, but I haven’t found a good replacement that is less expensive for a travel size.

7. bareMinerals Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, 4g – Okay, this doesn’t need to go into your clear baggie of liquids, but is something you should always take when you’re traveling.  I’ve only been using this for about a month now, but I love it.  The powder sunscreen works so well to protect my skin, but doesn’t feel heavy or make my face feel greasy or sweaty.  I like that this does double duty as a way to protect my skin from the sun, but also as a light finishing powder to set my makeup.  The packaging is nice because it comes with its own retractable brush so you don’t have to worry about bringing one along with you but is still really compact.  This can easily tuck away in your carry on luggage or even your handbag.  I got mine from FeelUnique for  £21.95.

So, that’s not an exhaustive list of what’s in my travel bag, but these are the things that are always going to be in there.  If you are looking for some other travel sized suggestions, Vogue recently had a great article with 20 petite products that they think are tops for travel.

Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart

Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart
Clinique SPF30 Face Cream with SolarSmart

Since I wrote about the bareMinerals sunscreen that I really like for my face earlier this week, I thought I should write about the Clinique facial sun protection that I tried recently too.  I picked up my little one ounce/ 30 ml tube of Clinique’s SPF30 Face Cream when we were in Helsinki because I saw a special deal on it.  Since I’m always looking for good facial sun protection I thought this was the perfect time to try this out.

I saw this small sized tube in Stockmann department store in Helsinki for just €10.00 and it was a low enough price point, and a small enough tube, that I took a chance on it.  Plus, I thought I remembered seeing a post recently on someone’s blog (that of course I can’t recall now) about this being a great Clinique facial sunscreen, so I thought I had a recommendation.  Of course, after trying this one I think that they weren’t talking about this at all but rather about the Clinique Super City Block SPF40.  Whoops!

I had thought this wasn’t going to be so much like sunscreen, but really it is just sunscreen from Clinique.  It is thick and white and has that unappealing sunscreen smell.  All of that is the main reason why I think I really want the Super City Block instead.  The good thing is that this provides a high level of protection against UVA/UVB, which it does quite well.  It uses Clinique’s SolarSmart technology that they describe like this:  “…stabilizes high-level protection against the aging and burning effects of UVA and UVB rays. Triggers a repair that helps prevent signs of aging. With solar-activated antioxidants that help prevent visible damage.”  All of which sounds great, plus they say that it is oil free and gentle enough for sensitive skin, which also sounds like a big plus to me.  Unfortunately, my results didn’t quite live up to that description.

I will say that this kept my skin from burning on a recent day when I was outside for a couple of hours in the sun, so it did that well.  Unfortunately, the thick texture made my face pretty sweaty, even though it wasn’t hot out at all.  And despite the oil-free nature of the cream, it broke me out.  A lot.  My skin is pretty stable and doesn’t usually breakout like this unless I’m having killer PMS.  But after using this, I ended up having a big, unattractive breakout on my chin and even my nose.  That is not the result that I want in my facial sunscreen.

So, needless to say, this isn’t going to be my go-to facial sunscreen cream.  I can’t imagine how much this would make my face sweat and freak out my skin if I wore it in a place where it was actually hot.  I much prefer the equally effective but less annoying to my skin bareMinerals sunscreen.  However, if you’d like to give this a try since I’ve talked it up so much (LOL), you can find it at John Lewis in a 50 ml tube for £17.00.  I think I’ll either have Dave use the rest of this tube or else I’ll use it on my hands to protect them since they are less persnickety than my face.  And at some point in the future I’ll pick up a tube of the Clinique Super City Block SPF40.

bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen

I have two bad traits for summer:  I have super fair skin and I am prone to sweating across my nose and cheeks.  Neither are great for summer and they are even worse when it comes to protecting myself against the summer sun.  With my pale skin, I really need a high level of coverage.  Of course, if I use a sunscreen that is too heavy I will get sweaty across my nose and cheeks and it will just run off and leave them exposed and reddening by the second.  It’s a real problem that I have struggled with for a long time.  Luckily, skin care always seems to be improving with the amount of products with SPF increasing and the texture of everything lightening up quite a bit.  But the ultimate lightness is mineral makeup or powder.

I’ve worn bareMinerals makeup for a number of years and have always really liked it for various reasons, not the least of which is the incredibly light texture that makes it seem like you’re not wearing anything at all.  So, when I found out that they have a sunscreen I was most definitely interested.  I don’t know how I’ve missed this previously, but I’m glad that I’ve found it now.  I’ve worn it a few times now and think the coverage is great and so is the light texture.

bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen
bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen

The bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen protects agains UVA/UVB rays with a pretty high level of protection (it’s right there in the name).  It is able to offer such a good amount of protection due to the physical barrier created by the Micronised Titanium Dioxide.  Plus, it has good antioxidants Vitamins A,C, and E to help nourish your skin, as well as aloe vera extract to provide some skin soothing properties.  All of this while being so light feeling on your face that it is hard to think that you have anything on at all.

No one likes that greasy feeling that you get from so many sunscreen products.  Not to mention, the greasy sheen that it leaves you with doesn’t look ‘lit from within’ just oily and gross.  I prefer to avoid that whenever I can, so the mattifying nature of the bareMinerals sunscreen is perfect for me.  I will also say, you look better in summer photos without the shine from the usual SPF face creams and lotions.  The other thing you won’t have to worry about with this, is the clogged pores from a heavy sunscreen cream.  I’ve tried some things that had good protection but clogged my pores so much that my skin rebelled and got all spotty and horrible looking; also not a top summer look.  However, the bareMinerals sunscreen is light as a feather and won’t clog your pores or cause you to have a breakout.  I have usually found that the bareMinerals makeup helps clear up breakouts too; that could just be me though.

I ordered the light version of the sunscreen, but it also comes in medium and tan.  It is very light in texture and colour, kind of like the bareMinerals Mineral Veil really because when you apply it you can’t really see it on your face.  I did notice that it gave my skin a slightly more even look, but it isn’t like wearing a foundation for sure.  The sunscreen comes with a very cool container with brush applicator all-in-one type of package (as you can see in the image).  So, all you have to do is open it up by twisting the bottom of the container, then you shake a bit of the sunscreen powder into the brush, and use the brush to apply it to your face, neck, chest, or wherever.  When you’re done you just twist it close and pop the lid on the brush and you are good to go.  You can also just twist it open partially to use the brush without getting any powder released.  I applied the sunscreen over my moisturiser (which has an SPF25), but the bareMinerals sunscreen brought down the shine and seemed to make my other sunscreen/moisturiser stay put better too.  So, I ended up not looking shiny at all and the level of protection was great.  I was out in the sun for a few hours and didn’t get even a little pink, nor did I get all sweaty, greasy faced feeling.  The other thing that is nice about the powder sunscreen is that you can put it right up by your eyes without it causing you a problem, or running into your eyes, and causing irritation.  It’s also nice because you can easily apply it wherever you want it, face or body, without a worry of greasiness.

So far I am a big fan and will certainly be using this all through the summer.  With it’s very light texture, this is perfect to use over your regular makeup as a finishing powder.    The all-in-one packaging is also compact enough that you can definitely find space for it in your purse or beach bag without any trouble.  I went to the park over the weekend and threw it in my bag so that I could touch up if necessary.  I didn’t find it necessary to add to it though but it was good to know that I had it available if I would have needed it.  As I learned from experience, you have to make sure that the little cap on the powder end is correctly seated and tight, or the fine powder will shake out and get all over everything.    It’s lightweight, doesn’t clog your pores or make you look greasy, gives great coverage, and is highly portable.  What more could you ask for in a sunscreen?

I got my bareMinerals SPF30 Natural Sunscreen at FeelUnique (see my post on Monday for my great customer service experience with them when the first one they sent spilled in the package).  You get a 4 gram package which comes in the all-in-one package with the brush applicator for £21.95 at FeelUnique, which is the best price that I found.

Birchbox US: August 2013

Birchbox US: August 2013
Birchbox US: August 2013

After I signed up for Glossybox I encouraged my sister to sign up for either that or Birchbox in the US since she is all about the cosmetics.  I figured it would be something she would really like because she enjoys trying all kinds of new products and this is the perfect way to try out new brands, as well.  She decided to give both Glossybox and Birchbox a shot, to see which would be more in tune with her.  Sadly, her Glossybox subscription hasn’t gotten off to a great start because it got lost in the mail or something, so they had to send it out again at the very end of August.  I’m hoping they have some really great products in there to make up for the lateness.  Her first Birchbox though, showed up in a reasonable time, but that’s where the good stuff stopped.

For those of you that aren’t aware, Birchbox and Glossybox are both subscription beauty boxes.  Once per month you get a box full of lovely little samples, or even full sized products, delivered right to your door.  It’s a great way to try new brands, new products, and step out of your beauty rut.  In the US, Birchbox is $10.00 per month and Glossybox is $21.00 per month.

My sister has this knack for getting great samples from all of the cosmetics counters in any department store.  It’s her super power really.  So, she was really hoping that the things in her Birchbox would be better than what she could get from the department store, for free.  Not so much.  She was vastly disappointed in the contents of the box, not just what was in it, but the sizes too.  Seriously, it was so much worse than what I get from Glossybox, I thought she was kidding at first.  But you can see from the photo of the box where she’s holding one of the items up, they’re all beyond small.

Birchbox US: Tiny Samples
Birchbox US: Tiny Samples

So, here’s what was in the box, all of the full sized prices are from the Birchbox shop:

  • Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes, 2 individual wipes.  Full size is 3 packs of 10 wipes for $9.95.
  • uniqONE All In One Hair Treatment, less than 1 ounce I’d guess.  Full size is $17.99.
  • COOLA SPF 45 Sport – Mango, 0.169 fluid ounces.  Full size is 5 ounces for $32.00.
  • Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45+, 0.17 fluid ounces.  Full size is 1.5 fluid ounces for $39.00.
  • Color Club Nail Laquer from the Wanderlust Collection, 0.25 fluid ounces.  Full size is 0.5 fluid ounces for $8.00.

Pretty much the only thing that my sister liked in the whole box was the nail polish. She said it was a nice color and had good coverage too.  However, the rest of the samples were not impressive.  And really, what in the heck is a foot wipe?  Apparently, it is like a Wet-One for your feet.  I guess this is for people that run around a lot without their shoes on, but that seems a limited group.  And it seems like a lame sample to include in a beauty box.  They might have been better off just including one for you to try and throwing in something better, and bigger.  The COOLA people had a teeny little sample in my first Glossybox too, it seemed silly small in comparison to the other samples.  I guess they always just give out these ridiculously small smaples.  You’d think someone that has such expensive products could provide something a bit bigger than a single use sample.

I’ve done some digging around on the Birchbox site to see what the selection of items was for the August box, and was amazed to see that there were some really great things, including whole makeup palettes.  But my sister didn’t get any of those.  And actually, I found out that the nail lacquer that she received was one of a four pack that was in the July box!  So that is very,very uncool and seems a little shady.  So, not only were the sizes ridiculously small, but she didn’t even get a nice selection.  And then to add insult to injury, got leftovers from the July boxes.  I’m sort of shocked that they didn’t stick her with the cheap bobby pins too.

You would think that since this was her first box they would have tried quite hard to make it seem like something she wanted to continue.  Luckily, she has only signed up for the month-to-month subscription so she can easily drop it if the boxes continue to be so lacklustre.  Personally, I think I would cancel after discovering that they sent me leftovers and that the samples were so miniscule.  Actually, I was using her Birchbox as a gauge to see if I would try it here in the UK, but after such an abysmal first showing, I think I’ll just stick to Glossybox.   I’m just really hoping that the Glossybox proves to be much, much better  for her and that they include a couple of full sized items like I usually get here (especially since it is quite a bit more in price).  At this point though, I have to say I think it would be hard for her Glossybox to end up being worse than the sad little Birchbox.

My First Glossybox Arrived Today!

I’ve been hearing so much about the subscription beauty boxes from Glossybox and Birchbox that I decided to give one of them a try.  I read a number of reviews online and read through all of the information for each of the boxes and decided to try out Glossybox first.  It seemed to have really great reviews, as well as getting a lot of good feedback about the types of products that they put in their boxes, both brands and variety, as well as product sizes.  So I signed up and after eagerly awaiting my first delivery for over a week, I finally got my first ever Glossybox today.  Naturally, I can’t wait to try out each of the products but until I get that done, here’s a little bit about what was in the July Glossybox.

First off, I just have to say that the box and wrapping are gorgeous.  I love the coral and starfish motif decorating the box and the tissue paper.  It really makes the box seem even more like a present.  A present I gave myself.   I had already seen the types of items that they had inside the box on the Glossybox website, so I had some idea of what would be included.  I received five different items, none of them that I totally didn’t want.  However, I was kind of bummed that they hadn’t included a tube of the Pout Paint because that sounded kind of cool.  But I still got some nice items, I think, though I haven’t tried any of them yet.  All in all, I think it was a pretty good deal for £10.00, plus £2.95 shipping (I had a promo code to get £2.00 off this month though).

Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo
Inecto Pure Coconut Dry Shampoo

Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo, 150 ml/5 fl oz; full size product.  This is a decent sized can of dry shampoo and it smells lovely.  It has a very nice coconuty smell, which might be a problem if you’re not a fan of that scent, but I love it.  The other thing I like was that it didn’t leave my hair with any kind of chalky or dull look like most dry shampoos that I have tried.  I guess that’s the difference of not using a powdery formula which is what most dry shampoos tend to be like, rather this product is made with coconut oil so it gives you shine and refreshes without dulling your hair (it seems).   I’ve only done a couple of test sprays on my hair to get a basic sense of what it was like, but so far, I’m a fan.  Here’s what they say about it on the Glossybox website:

Inecto Pure Coconut is nature’s answer to revitalising dry hair. Enhance the natural you with our collection of exclusive hair products.
For centuries coconut oil has been used as an effective hair and skincare beauty treatment. It assists in rejuvenating both hair and skin thanks to the rich active properties found in the oil.
Inecto Pure Coconut Haircare products contain 100% pure coconut oil which penetrates the hair to make it grow stronger and thicker; promoting growth whilst locking in moisture, reducing any hair damage.
The Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo instantly refreshes hair between washes while adding body and texture. It has a fantastically absorbent formula which will revitalize dull greasy hair. Hair will be left feeling gorgeously clean, fresh and lightly fragranced with our gorgeous exotic and sweet Pure Coconut fragrance.

I will be interested to see how well this keeps my hair from looking greasy initially and how well it keeps my hair from getting that greasy look back after an hour or so.  I have rather fine textured hair so the dry shampoo is also great for me to use on clean hair because it gives a little body and volume to my hair that I often really need.  So, I’ll have to see how well it works for that too.  If I like this well enough to purchase it again, sells it for £2.54 for the 150ml can that I got with my box today.

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Mist
Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Mist

Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist, 25 ml/0.85 fl oz; 20% of the full sized product.  Since I have naturally curly hair I’m not really sure how well this is going to work for me, but it’ll be interesting to see.  I don’t know that my hair really needs to have that “just back from the beach waves” and I’m worried this might make my hair more bushy than tousled.  But the whole benefit of the Glossybox, or any beauty box subscription, is to try new things.  So, I’ll be trying it.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

Get tousled, “just-back-from-the-beach” waves with this weightless mist. Adds texture, volume and healthy shine to all hair types. Organic Bamboo Extract®: Immediately boosts hair’s strength, flexibility & sustainability for stronger, healthier hair. Blue Yucca Root®: A natural fixative high in starch that creates long-lasting style and hold.

It all sounds like it could be good for helping out even those of us with our own natural waves or curls.  But I’m still a bit skeptical.  In any case, you can purchase the full sized 125 ml/4.2 fl oz product through the Alterna website for $22.00 though they only seem to ship to US addresses or military addresses, so you’ll not be able to get them to send it to you if you live in the UK.  In that case there’s a UK beauty website called LookFantastic (though oddly this isn’t the one linked from the Glossybox website even though it is in the newsletter) that sells the Alterna Boho Waves mist for £23.00 or  you can purchase it for £19.99 from Amazon UK.

Ciaté Paint Pot in Island Hopping
Ciaté Paint Pot in Island Hopping

Ciaté Paint Pots, 13.5 ml/0.46 fl oz; full sized product.  The colour that I received was “island hopping” and it is a bright red-orange that has quite a bit of sparkle and shimmer.  The bottle is cute with the little bow on it and the slight curve of the bottle makes it really comfortable to hold.  I’m not sure that the brush is any better than anyone else’s and I doubt it is as good as the brush in the Dior Nail Glow which gives an almost effortless application (another post I need to do).  I’ve read a couple of reviews though and all indications are that the nail polish doesn’t chip or anything too quickly and has a smooth application and a nice glossy finish.  So, I’ll be interested to put it to the test. Here’s what they to say about it on Glossybox:

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

I’m not usually one for super bright colours like this on my nails and I definitely don’t do this much sparkle normally.  However, that said, there is something rather appealing to me about the colour and I think it will look good with my baby bit of tan or even my normal pale skin.  I’ll certainly be trying this on my toes first though (they’re easier to hide if I don’t like it).  It will probably be a nice change from my normal range of rose colours.  The bottle included in the box was a full sized one, which is great, but if you want to purchase it you can find it through the Ciaté website for £9.00.

Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented
Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented

Coola Mineral Face SPF20 Unscented, 7 ml/.23 fl oz; about 7% of the full sized product.  This is a multi-use product since it is a tinted moisturizer and also has the added benefit of providing sun protection at SPF20.  I have pretty fair skin and it will burn quite easily so I’m always looking for something with decent sun protection for my face, which means this is potentially perfect for me.  I’ve tried various tinted moisturizers though and often find them to not be that great for coverage so that means I still have to put something else over them, which defeats the purpose a bit.  This little tube could be great for travel though.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

Keep the sun and environment at bay with this SPF 20 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen; a clear, Titanium Dioxide based formula (for those who are Zinc sensitive) made with 98% natural ingredients. Organic Acai Oil – high in Omegas-3/6/9, Vitamins B1/2/3, plus antioxidant Vitamins C and E – delivers a powerful defense against aging. Organic Sunflower Seed Extract promotes elasticity while organic Linseed Oil, containing Alpha-Linolenic Acids, reduces redness and irritation. The phyto-protector Plankton Extract rejuvenates, as organic Cucumber Extract calms skin.
• Hypoallergenic • Paraben Free • Ultra Sheer • Anti-Aging • Water Resistant (40 minutes) • No nano-sized particles

I tried a little and it is very runny, which usually translates to a lot of waste, I think.  Since it is unscented it is good that in reality the smell is something between fairly non-existent to kind of weird but isn’t offensive or sunscreeny.  I just looked at the prices and I’m kind of hoping that I don’t fall in love with it because it is not inexpensive.  You can buy it at for £29.99 for a 50 ml/1.7 ounce tube or it is $36.00 on the Coola website in the US.

ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance
ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance

ilā Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, 1.75 ml/0.05 fl oz; about 6% of the full sized product.  I really like face oils because they can really pack a lot of punch for something that feels very light on the skin.  Plus, as is the case with this oil, it is a blend of several different oils that are all known to have very good effects on your skin.  The little vial that came in the Glossybox is minuscule.  Of course, you only use a couple of drops on your face so in reality it will take a bit of time to go through this little bit.  The oil has a great scent that is lightly floral with a little almost cinnamony hint as well.  I can’t wait to try it to see if it lives up to its billing as “a little miracle”.  Here’s what they say about it on Glossybox:

ila Face Oil for Glowing Radiance has become a cult product worldwide and has been named ‘a little miracle’ by celebrity make-up artists. Your skin will rediscover its natural bloom and you will notice a healthy glow to your face. It results in cashmere-soft skin with a visibly improved texture and radiance
Winner of Harper’s Bazaar Hot 100.

• Works beautifully under make-up • Contains argan oil to fight wrinkles• Contains rosehip seed oil to heal scar tissue and reveal skin’s natural ‘bloom’• Contains damascene rose otto to regenerate skin cells and reverse ageing• Contains sandalwood to rejuvenate and nourish at a deep level (from the ila website).

This is another thing that I’m glad I can try out because it isn’t cheap to buy the full sized 30 ml bottle.  At the ilā Spa website the 30 ml bottle is £75.00 and that is the only place I’ve found that you can buy it.  Definitely not on the inexpensive side of things, so it will be interesting to see how it feels on and how it makes my skin look after a few days of using it.

So, I got all of that for £10.95 (normally it’ll be £12.95 with shipping and no promo code)!  The two full sized products alone make up for my monthly subscription since they are normally £11.54 (dry shampoo and nail polish) and that isn’t even taking into account the little sizes of the other items that have a bit of value too.  All in all, I think it was a pretty good deal this month.  I will be interested to see if I feel that way after a couple of more months though.  I almost forgot to mention that the Glossybox team also includes a little newsletter in the box that gives you all the details on the items included in your box, including prices and where to buy them.

I’m looking forward to seeing what surprises my August Glossybox will hold!