Glossybox June 2014

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As many of you will know, I was severely disappointed in last month’s GlossyBox. There was too much variation between individual boxes, and the quality of the products wasn’t great. I wasn’t alone in feeling letdown, and it looks like GlossyBox has really listened to the feedback, as this month’s box is a marvelous improvement! Great value and good variety have produced a seriously impressive GlossyBox this month!

Nailgirls: 3-in-1 Base/Topcoat & Nail Strengthener ~ £13.50 for 15ml  

This is a sort of all purpose nail polish friend that you can use as base and top coat with the idea tht it particularly strengthens the nail. I couldn’t find this on the nailgirls website, but as this is billed as a new launch, that may be because it is a cheeky wee exclusive! It does its job well, and I think I got an extra day or so out of my manicure. This was perfectly timed, as I was just running out of my regular base coat.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics: Beautiful Flat Stiff Brush

How pretty is this brush?! It’s really lovely looking! To be honest, I’m not so keen on the brush itself. It’s a little too hard for me, and doesn’t seem to work so great with my eye shadows. That may be because all of my eye shadows are pretty cheap, but hey ho… I feel it might be quite good for cream shadows, as you’d have lots of control, but I don’t own any, so that’s a shame. I can’t find the brush for sale online, but I have seen a few on ebay.

Embelleze Novex: Brazilian Keratin

Once again, this is something I couldn’t find online! Am I highly incompetent with Google? Maybe! I saw something that might have been it on amazon, but I’m not confident enough to post a link here. It is a great product. You use it on clean, dry hair, applying it evenly and leaving it in for 15mins before washing it out and styling as normal. In that sense, it’s a bit of a faff, but my hair was easily shinier and smoother.

So Susan Cosmetics: Concealer Quad ~ £16.95

The packaging for this2014-07-02 09.25.02 quad is just so cute! I absolutely adore it. Now, my big secret, I don’t use concealer. Never have. Therefore I was quite interested to give this a go – maybe there was something I was missing out on?

The four shade in this palette blend together well, so should suit most skin tones. I found the formula pretty hard, and struggled to create the look I wanted. I’m not sure whether this is typical of concealer or not, so I can’t really comment on it. To be honest, this palette has not sold me on concealer, but I am glad to have it – just in case. It is available from So Susan’s website.

Roger & Gallet: Fleur de Figuier Eau Fraiche ~ £32.00 for 100ml

Mmmm, this smells lovely! Think fresh, spring days in fields with flowers and long white dresses and loose hair and floral headbands. Hehe, quite an image, huh? This is a generous sample, but if you need more, you can get it at Marks & Spencers.


So, this month’s box was a hit for me. It is actually July now how did that happen? and I’m really looking forward to the stars and stripes American themed box coming out in the next few weeks! You can sign up at GlossyBox if you fancy trying it out!

What did you think of this month’s offering? Leave me a comment and let me know! xx
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GlossyBox May 2014: Fifty Years of Superdrug!

Image  After a shaky few months at GlossyBox, May seemed to be a month to look forward to, with the promise of an exciting collaboration and plenty of full-sized goodies! I’m writing this after reading various other blogs, and I have to say, some of the boxes do look fantastic! Mine wasn’t on the great side of things really, but here goes!

As ever, the GlossyBox packaging is really gorgeous. I love this light, colourful theme, though I did like the teaser illustrations they released on Facebook quite a bit more. How cute would a box with little birds on it be!?? I liked seeing Lucy Mecklenburgh on the cover of the magazine, as I do have a bit of a TOWIE obsession, and think she’s absolutely gorgeous! On to the important stuff!

Superdrug: Large Doughnut Ring ~ £3.99 (Though actually on sale at the moment)

Never used one of these before. Don’t think that sort of style really suits me, thought I will give it a go! It’s my colour, but don’t think I’ll get that much use out of it. I will apologise profusely if I fall in love with it!

I Love Cosmetics: Strawberries and Milkshake Shimmer & Shine ~ £1.29 – 15ml

So that’s my attempt at a swatch. I had to build up a lot of gloop on my arm even before the camera would pick it up! I hate this. Actually hate. There is almost no colour, a tiny bit of shimmer, and it’s super sticky. The worst part? Cheap plasticy smell and taste. It felt like I was literally putting poison onto my body. Ew.

Solait: Illuminating Facial Bronzing Cream ~ £2.99 – 100ml

Now, feel free to call me a snob, but my first reaction was – £2.99!? This can’t possibly work! I’m not really into facial bronzers, and I’m not intending to try it out until I don’t have to be in work the next day… Just in case! I will let you know if it  actually turns out to be a miracle potion.

L’Oreal Paris: Volume Million Lashes Black ~ £10.99

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I have a feeling that this is supposed to be the product that makes up for the kinda poor showing I’ve had so far. I have so many mascaras at the moment it’s going to take me a while to get round to this one. It’s not something I would pick up myself, so I’m interested to see what it’ll be like.

B.: Quick One Coat Professional Finish Nail Polish in ‘Precious’ ~ £4.99 – 8ml

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I was originally skeptical about this polish, but I’ve been wearing it for a few hours now, and it’s really grown on me. The colour is lovely (I’m wearing just one coat, as per instruction!, in the photos above), the coverage is great, one coat dries fairly quickly, and I’ve yet to see how much it can withstand! I can feel this becoming something I’ll use regularly, particularly to add a wee accent to a pastel manicure . I think the colour is supposed to be bronze, but I’m in fairly soft lighting at the moment, and it’s a lovely rose gold.

Sample! Garnier: Oil Beauty Lotion ~ £4.99 – 250ml

Body lotions are something I receive quite a lot of, so initially I wasn’t too excited by this. Then I read that it’s infused with argan, almond, rose and macadamia oil, something with which I’ve become a little bit obsessed with as of late, so this seems perfect! The smell is absolutely gorgeous! I used it a few hours ago, and I can still smell it on me, which is great! I would definitely not wear a perfume over this scent if I were just out and about! It applied beautifully, with a very light, non-greasy feel, and seems to have a slight shimmer? If I ever manage to run out of lotion I would definitely buy this – heck, I might even just go out and get some anyway!

Sample! GHOST Fragrances: Eclipse ~ £33 – 50ml

This perfume has quite a citrusy-fruity head, and a lovely musky amber base. I would say it’s quite a mature scent, and I do quite like it. I think I’d be quite happy to receive this as a present, though I never usually buy perfume for myself.


 

Well, that’s that! To be honest, I was fairly disappointed with this box. I expected a few more exciting products than something I could just wander into a shop and buy off the shelves. I think I might give GlossyBox one more month before I cancel. There were a few good products in here, but I’m really not happy to spend so much money on things I’ll never use. Oh well!

How did you find your GlossyBox? Did you receive anything different? I’d love to know! Leave a comment! xx