After the disappointment that was September’s Glossybox, I was not overly excited about the contents of this month’s pink box. Fortunately I was at home when it was delivered this time – unlike last month, when I had to face the horror of the never-ending queue at my local Royal Mail Delivery Office.
I am not afraid to admit that I was a little anxious about opening it. I know this sounds dramatic, but the fact is funds are pretty limited in our house at the moment, and when my lovely parents gave me some money for my birthday I put a lot of thought into which subscription box to choose. Knowing that I possibly won’t be able to renew when this subscription ends, I was obviously hoping for fantastic contents each month. Unfortunately Glossybox weren’t aware of this, otherwise I am sure they would have put more effort into my first box.
Anyway *spoiler alert* I am more than happy with October’s box. Yay. So before I get on with what’s inside, let me mention that the contents this month are ALL full size, and the total value is just over £70! Not bad for around £10 (the amount you pay varies depending on the length of the subscription, and P&P is added to that amount – more info here)
A pinky ivory crayon, designed for highlighting and bringing radiance. So Susan claim that this pencil can also be used on dark circles to brighten. I’m not sure about that, because it has the typical feel of a pencil product – waxy yet dry at the same time. Personally, I would stick to using it to line the waterline, to make eyes look more awake.
Described as a deeply hydrating moisturiser, apparently this is the ‘first cream to use energy from natural light to delve deep into skin and moisturise it’. I have no idea what that even means, but it sounds exciting! I have skincare coming out of my ears at the moment, so I have left this generous tube sealed for the time being. As soon as I get an opportunity though, I will use it and will report back.
I have never used anything by Jelly Pong Pong, although their packaging is gorgeous, and their products are 100% cruelty free. This mascara contains Moringa Seed resin, that ‘dries down and holds the curl of lashes for long-lasting results’. I have used it a few times, and I do like it. I am planning a more detailed review of it; this will follow in a few days.
Blending sponges are a very handy tool for applying all sorts of liquid products. Used damp they can give a really natural finish to the skin, when used to apply foundation. Of the four that I have used (read more about those here) the Nicka K Airbrush FX Blending Sponge is most like the Lottie London Blend and Snap sponge in texture. It is quite heavy, and dense, which can make it feel a little hard and uncomfortable when pressing it on the face.
A hand cream that also kills germs?! Not something I have ever seen before, but when I saw the Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream, I wondered why on earth not. I do tend to carry around a hand sanitiser since having children (it’s a mum thing – I always have tissues and baby wipes too). I don’t spend a huge amount of time thinking about germs, but I do like to clean my hands before eating and after touching any of my children (I jest!). I do find hand sanitisers to be quite drying, and they sometimes sting a bit too, so the idea of a hand cream/sanitiser hybrid is genius. In reality, however, putting hand cream on just before eating, or when hands are grubby, just feels a bit yuck. The actual hand cream itself is lovely; it is very moisturising, and it soaks in quickly. The scent is quite strong, which could be off putting to some sensitive skin types.
So that is the contents of the October Glossybox all unwrapped. All in all, an excellent value box, with some really excellent products. I am already looking forward to next month, hoping it will be just as exciting.*This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of Joyful Things!*