Glossybox – February 2016

Back in September last year I subscribed to six months of Glossybox beauty boxes.  This edition is my final box, so I was filled with mixed emotions when opening it.  I wanted it to be amazing, because it was my last, but I also kind of wanted it to be rubbish.  Because if I loved it then I would feel sad that I couldn’t continue the subscription.


The February Glossybox is another special box, the theme is ‘Beauty Soulmates’, because of Valentine’s day.  Now, I am not going to go off on one about Valentine’s day, and the way it brings out the Grinch in me, because that is best saved for another time.  Let’s just dive straight in to the contents of February’s box.


Nicka K New York 24hr Waterproof Eyeliner – Full Size – £3.99.  This brown eyeliner is of the twist up variety, and comes complete with a little smudger on one end.  It is waterproof, which can be a plus and a minus in my experience.  I have to say, I’m not overly excited by it; eyeliners are not something that I use regularly (other than black on my upper waterline).  Maybe it is time for me to experiment with a liner, and finally master a straight line….


The Vintage Cosmetic Company Slanted Tweezers – Full Size – £8.  I have been loyal to good old Tweezerman tweezers for as long as I can remember, they are perfect for even the finest eyebrow hair.  These pretty tweezers will be a useful backup for when mine go missing though, which happens at least once a week (bl**dy kids).  I haven’t had much experience with The Vintage Cosmetic Company, but when looking for a link for these tweezers I had a little look around.  If you like reasonably priced, pretty, vintage-looking cosmetic accessories and tools, then this is the website for you.


MUA Power Pout Glaze Low Voltage Gloss – Full Size – £3.50.  This shiny sheer lip colour is a gorgeous dusky pink.  This month there was a choice of six shades, and subscribers were given the chance in December to select one.  Despite picking the colour, I’m not sure how I will get on with this lip gloss; it is very sticky and the applicator is just plain annoying.  We will see though.


NAOBAY Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner – Full Size – £10.64.  Of the six boxes that I’ve had, this is the second that has contained a deep conditioning treatment.  Unfortunately, I just can’t get excited about conditioners.  I honestly have never found one that actually lives up to its claims, so I will reserve judgement until I have tried this.  I am prepared to be surprised though, and I will let you know if I have to eat my words.


Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor – Full Size – £6.99.  A razor.  I suppose this makes sense, with the theme being Valentine’s Day related.  If you’re getting ready for a hot date, you do want to shave your legs, right? A razor is very useful, I suppose, but is it really something that should be featured in a beauty subscription box? I think not, but maybe that’s just me.


I really tried to be positive with this blog post.  Honestly, I really did.  Sadly, the contents are simply not exciting to me.  I think Glossybox could have done so much more with the theme of soulmates.  The products could have been those that worked together perhaps? Eyeshadow and eyeliner in complimentary colours; even a lip liner and lipstick would have been more appropriate.  Perhaps pampering treats; a face mask, body scrub and nail polish?

Am I the only one that is disappointed with this month’s box? I would be interested to know what others think, so please let me know! Tweet me, or maybe comment below.



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Glossybox – January 2016



This month’s Glossybox took me by surprise.  The arrival of it I mean.  If you don’t already know (I mention it in pretty much every blog post) I have four children.  Three of which – and the husband – were autumn/winter babies. So October to January is a bit of a blur of presents; parties; more presents; Christmas; and more presents. Oh, and presents. January is number two’s birthday. (Child number two that is – I don’t celebrate the other number two).  So as much as I would like to lie in a darkened room for all of January, I have to start planning another birthday.  So, the point of this little digression? I was so focused on all the other stuff happening, that my little brain released some bits of information (like how to actually get to the point).  Suffice to say, I was pleased when my Glossybox arrived a couple of days ago.





So, what is in January’s box?

Unani Dermo Defense Face Mask. This mask is for sensitive skin, and promises to keep skin ‘nourished and hydrated’ and will make a ‘profound improvement in cell renewal and skin regeneration’.  This sounds like music to my ears, what with the colder weather causing my already dry skin to be even dryer.  While I prefer the convenience of a sheet mask, I do just love face masks in general, so this is exciting for me.  I will be trying it out as soon as possible.  This is a full-size tube, so I should get a few uses out of it.

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Teez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick.  Look at the packaging of this lipstick! Look at it. It is so gorgeous, I love it for that reason alone.  When I swatched this pretty coral colour, I found it to be quite dry, which concerns me.  I have really dry sensitive lips and have to be really careful about what I put on them.  I will give it a go though, and hopefully can add it to my small collection of suitable lip products.



Madara Cellular Repair Serum.  This serum is clinically proven to plump up skin, boost radiance and increase hydration.  All thanks to birch juice.  Birch juice (or sap) is harvested from Silver Birch trees and is apparently a wonder ingredient.  It contains all sorts of fantastic vitamins and minerals; fruit acids, and amino acids.  Applying serums is currently my favourite skincare step, so I am really looking forward to trying this luxury-size sample.  Amazing skin here I come!


Angele Paris Red Nail Lacquer Red nail polish is classic and enduring, and this one is gorgeous.  Hopefully it will be as bright and glossy on the nails as it looks in the bottle. I love red polish, and cannot wait to slap this one on.

Glossybox Eyeshadow in Glossy Mauve This muted grey/brown/mauve looks promising.  Upon first swatching, it would seem that there is great colour payoff.  The texture is soft – almost creamy – and it contains a little bit of sparkle; just enough to make it interesting.   I don’t think you can ever have too many eyeshadows, and this is a welcome addition to my collection.


This month’s Glossybox has provided me with five brands that I have never tried before, and I am really excited to try everything, but in particular the skincare.  On first glance I honestly wasn’t that impressed with the contents of January’s box, but on closer inspection the products look ace (I haven’t used the word ‘ace’ for about two decades.  Welcome back into my vocabulary little man).  If anything proves to be particularly amazing I will report back with a full review.



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Glossybox – December 2015

This is my fourth Glossybox, and definitely the most exciting so far.  It has six products, instead of the usual five, and the box is so beautiful!  Created in collaboration with blogger ReallyRee, the Rose Gold Edit is designed with the party season in mind.  I have had this box for a few days (I am seriously behind with my blog posts this month…oops) so I have had a chance to try a couple of things.  So, let’s dive straight in!


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So Susan Statement Skin Highlighter Pencil.  A lovely soft glimmering highlighter, this offering from So Susan looks lovely.  I absolutely love highlighters, and don’t feel complete unless I have made myself look like a glitter ball, so I am looking forward to giving this a go.

Essence Liquid Lipstick in Show Off.  I have a love/hate relationship with liquid lipsticks.  In that I want to love them, but always hate them.  This particular lipstick is very glossy and the colour is fab.  It didn’t really dry on me, so I would liken it more to a gloss than a lipstick.  I will persevere though, because I love the colour so much.




Collection Long Lasting Nail Effects in 32 Strawberry GoldI am so excited to try this gorgeous nail polish, it is such an unusual colour.  A purpley base with gold flecks, it would be perfect to add a pop of glittery colour for a Christmas party.  Now, if only I had a party to go to…..

Etre Belle Golden Skin Caviar Eye Roll On.  This clear gel is supposed to soothe and hydrate the delicate skin around the eyes.  I have used it a few times, and in all honesty didn’t notice any spectacular results, but it won’t hurt to keep using it.  Maybe it will need a little more time to wow me.



Darphin 8-Flower Nectar Oil CreamThis luxurious cream-oil hybrid claims to soothe and hydrate the skin, with its infusion of essences from 280 petals.  It all sounds very fancy and expensive (at £65 for 30ml it is way out of my league) and it does feel glorious on the skin.  The smell for me is really not nice initially. fortunately it does fade though.  I will enjoy it while it lasts; I can’t see me being able to part with £65 for a face cream any time soon.




Starskin Hydrating Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Mask.  I know sheet masks are not for everyone, but I happen to love them.  I am already planning when I can relax with this hydrating mask.  I may well save it for after Christmas when I will be fat and tired, and I will wallow in the bath for an hour with a good book and do my best Michael Myers impression.

All in all this is an excellent box, and with a value of over £50 (by my – terrible – calculations) for only £10 plus P&P it is most definitely great value! See the Glossybox website for more details.

Do you subscribe to Glossybox? What did you think of the December box?


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Glossybox – November 2015

It seems like only 5 minutes ago I was opening my October Glossybox, and now here I am again.  October really flew by, and with two family birthdays and Christmas to prepare for I am pretty sure November will go even quicker. Anyhoo, enough about my surprise at time passing, on to this month’s Glossybox contents!


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – 720 Fire and Ice – £7.99

Let’s start with my least favourite item in the box, this Revlon lipstick.  Firstly, the colour is really not for me.  However, this is totally my fault.  This month, subscribers had the choice of four colours to choose from, and I decided that I would wait and have a surprise.  Secondly, the formula is a bit odd,  I tested it and immediately took it off because I needed to go out.  I could feel it on my lips even after I removed it though.  I would imagine this is because of the vitamin E and avocado oil that have been squeezed into the lipstick. It also made my teeth look way more yellow than I can cope with.

MUA Eyeshadow Palette  – Undressed – £4

I love MUA eyeshadows; they are very affordable and are decent quality.  This palette has some great smoky dark and neutral colours, in mostly shimmery metallic shades.  The only downside is that it doesn’t seem to contain any matte shades, so if you were only ever going to buy ONE palette (madness!) then don’t make it this one.

Royal Apothic Body Lotion – £14.50

This travel size lotion contains Lactic Acid, which is great for smoothing and hydrating the skin.  I tried a little bit of this on my arm earlier and continued about my day.  I will say one thing: the smell is super strong.  I genuinely cannot decide if I really like it, but I definitely don’t hate it.  I think when I use it properly, I’ll start with it just on my legs, and will see how it goes.


Emite Diamond Heart Primer – £25.90

I am a very loyal fan of Too Faced Hangover Primer, so this one will have to be verrrry special to replace it.  My first impressions are that it is more of a hydrating primer than a slippery silicone one.  It is peach coloured, so should offer some colour correcting magic.  I noticed – when I tried a little on the back of my hand – that it has a slight sheen to it, so will potentially be illuminating too.



Eylure Natural Lashes – £5

I have never used false eyelashes *hides in shame* so I have no idea what to even do with these.  I am very keen to give them a go though, and who knows maybe I will become that person in Sainsbury’s with wonderful fluttery lashes.  These particular lashes are a more natural style, so are probably great for a beginner to practice with.


So what do you think of November’s Glossybox? Do you subscribe, do you want to?


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Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara


I was very intrigued by the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara, when it came in my October Glossybox .  I will confess to having a little tiny obsession with finding the perfect mascara. I’ve mentioned it before, but I would really like to find a black mascara that thickens my lashes without giving me deadly spikes.  I also like them to stay curled, and ‘upright’. I have tried more than I should admit to (here and here are a couple, but I mention one in nearly every blog post; sorry, not sorry), and have multiple tubes on the go at all times.

So.  This Jelly Pong Pong mascara is supposed to continually curl lashes throughout the day.  Now this is not the time to get into a discussion about whether they mean continually or continuously, because I can’t say with certainty that it does either.

I have used this mascara a few times, and while being lovely, it certainly didn’t spontaneously curl my eyelashes.  However, ignoring my interpretation of Jelly Pong Pong’s claims, this is actually a really nice mascara.  It isn’t overly wet, but isn’t dry and clumpy either.  When I used eyelash curlers prior to applying, my eyelashes didn’t droop and straighten, which is a massive plus.  Despite being large and poky, the brush is fantastic for separating the lashes and giving lift.

If you want fairy lashes and don’t mind the high price (£17.95 here), then I would definitely recommend the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara.  Although it isn’t exactly what I have been looking for, it is pretty darned close, and I will definitely continue to use it.  Whether or not I will repurchase, I am not sure as £18 is a little more than I would like to pay.


Have you tried the Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara? What is your holy grail mascara?

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Glossybox – October 2015

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)


So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil – £15

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.


Talika Photo-Hydra Day – 30ml – £24.85

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.



Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Curl Mascara – £17.95

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.


Nicka K Airbrush Blending Sponge – £6.50

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.


Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream – 50ml – £8.99

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.

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