Monday, 20 May 2013

May Glossybox!

From the get go I am going to let you know that this months Glossybox was fricking amazing!! It's Glossybox's 2 year anniversary/birthday so the theme of this months Glossybox was Glossybox turns 2. The box was the normal baby pink box but the paper as you can see was birthday themed with a neon pink ribbon (although it isn't showing up quite so bright in the photo)

I was absolutely amazed when I saw the amount of products in the box and especially seeing 4 (Say whaaa?) full size products!!! How awesome is that?! Along with this there was a bonus item instead of the usual 5 items.

The first little bonus item was a Glossybox pack of mini nail filers. I am a sucker for anything mini-sized as I think they are so cute. Not only that but this will come in super handy for when I go away on holiday in summer because I can't stand having unpainted or uneven nails. This will be easy to store and won't take up much room in my case.

The first product that caught my eye is the Awapuhi Wild Ginger shine spray. Supposedly the Awapuhi leaves are used by Hawaiian natives to nourish and moisturise skin and hair. This spray is meant to add shine and also protect your hair. This is the full size of 125ml and costs £18.95. I loved how it looked when applied as it does give a really natural shine without looking greasy and also adds volume. Although I really like this product and a small amount goes a long way so it would last a long time, I don't know if I would regularly fork out near to £20 for it. 

The next product is a full size Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara. I had my first Jelly pong pong product a few boxes ago and really enjoyed the product. This product doesn't disappoint either and I love how it lengthens and separates my lashes so they have a fanned out effect. I found this is perfect for my eyelash type as I have a problem sometimes with my eyelashes clumping because my lashes are quite close together. This mascara separates them and I really like how it looks on. It boats to be waterproof but I didn't find that it stayed very well when in contact with water. Despite this I really like this mascara, not to mention the cute packaging of the box and at £15 I do think the quality of it makes the price worth it.

The next product although a pretty small sample size had me super excited! I have wanted a good primer for ages so I was pumped to give this a go. This is the Beautiful Movement Cosmetics (which was formally BM Beauty) Prime and create mixing medium. You can use this in various ways, alone as a primer, mix it with foundation to get a more airbrushed effect, mix with powder blush or bronzer to create a cream blusher/bronzer so the colour is softer and more subtle, as an eye-shadow primer or mixed with eye shadow to create a liquid liner. Talk about being versatile!! I personally love using this as an eye shadow primer or mixing it with my blusher as I love the soft effect it gives. The full size of this is 20g and costs £20. 

A clear thick liquid so its perfect as a base for anything.

I was superrrr super superrrr excited to see this full sized product in the box. I watch Kassia on YouTube (check her out here) and she swears by this eyeliner. It's Collections fast stroke eyeliner and is an amazingly affordable eyeliner at only £2.99. The brush is really precise and the pigmentation of the liquid is awesome! I'm not a massive user of liquid eyeliner as I prefer the gel based eyeliners but this is an exception. It's easy to apply and it stays put throughout the whole day. One issue I have with it is that sometimes the liquid can roll to the end of the brush if you aren't careful and can run into a blob on your lid but apart from that I love this and I'm so glad it popped up in my box.

I was really curious by this next product as I have never heard of Headline Colors nail polish. This is a super pigmented polish and it claims it has great staying power meaning less chipping and flaking. Although many polishes claim to have good staying power this polish really does raise the bench mark. My nails tend to chip easily as my job means I am constantly using my hands and along with amount of essays I write for college my nails are always getting messed up. This polish is the only one I have found that stays without chipping for days on end. The cost of this polish is £9 which is on the expensive side for nail polishes. Although I won't be buying these as regular as I would with brands such as BarryM, I can definitely see myself getting some more. I believe this colour is Poolside Party but I'm not 100% sure, never the less it's a super summery bright baby blue shade.

I can't say enough about how impressed I was with this months box! With 4 FULL SIZE products, it is the best box I have received yet. I am yet to be really disappointed with Glossybox and I can't wait for my June box!!!

If you are subscribed to Glossybox what did you get in your May box and what did you think of the products?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

April Glossybox!

So I know this Glossybox post is crazy late (how the hell is it May already?!) but as the same excuse goes, college work and life in general has been so busy! I should be getting my May Glossybox soon so hopefully I will get that one up a bit quicker ha ha ha!
The theme of this months box was Spring Fever and I have got to say this is probably my favourite theme so far. First of all I am in love with the box pattern, I think it is so pretty and girly and fits right in with the spring theme. This months Glossy box teamed up with Pearl Lowe who is an English singer/song writer turned fashion and textiles designer. 
I loved the box pattern this month so much that I have put it on show in my room for me to admire!! Ha ha so sad I know.

Anyway, on to the box...

Even the little sticker had the floral design on! Soooo cute.

So the first product is the Richard Ward Couture Hair, Optimizer Style Reviver (wow that's a mouthful) which retails for £19.00 for a 150ml bottle. This product basically counteracts frizz but adds volume, a bit like hair spray, and increases shine. It is described as not leaving a residue or stickiness that you can sometimes get with hair spray. I have used this a few times and it actually works really well and I love how it doesn't leave your hair feeling brittle and stiff like hairspray can. One thing I don't like about it is that if you spray it near your roots it can end up making your hair feel slightly greasy which I guess is due to the 'increase shine' aspect of the product. Despite this, as long as you avoid spraying it right near your roots it works really well.

The next product is the Balance Me Radiance Face Mask. I have tried a few of the Balance Me products and I absolutely love their lip care/salve, it is suuuuper moisturising. When I first saw this product in the box I thought it was the Rose Otto Intensive Lip Salve that I absolutely love, so I was a bit disappointed when I saw it was a face mask. Personally I am not a big user of face masks as I have to be pretty careful with what I use because my skin breaks out in a reaction really easily. I'm not going to lie but I haven't actually tried this out yet due to the reasons I explained above. If anyone has tried this I would love to know how you found it and if anyone knows what it is with sensitive skin? I'm pretty reluctant to try it in case I do have a reaction as I'd rather not have a lovely red rash all over my face ;) The 75ml size costs £18.

This next product is the Yves Rocher France, Nutivite Vegetal, 24 hour Comfort Nourishing Cream. Okay so the first thing I noticed about this product was the smells like sun cream which is one of my favourite scents as weird as that sounds! The smell of sun cream immediately makes me think of going on holiday and summer so I have found myself lathering myself up with this recently because the scent makes me so happy. Not only do I love the scent but this cream is ultra moisturising and at £13.50 for a 50ml tub it is a pretty reasonable price. 

I have heard a tonne of people raving about the Nip + Fab Body Butters so I was super excited to see it my box. I got mine in Mango Smoothie and ohhhh my goshhh this is the most AMAZING smelling thing I think I have ever smelt. It smells so fresh and sweet, I just can't's just wow. It feels great once applied and it leaves your skin feels so smooth. A full size of 200ml is £9.95 which is really reasonable so I can see myself picking up a large supply after I run out of this sample. A few other scents I have seen that are available are Coconut Latte, Pistachio Sundae (I HAVE to have this one, I am obsessed with Pistachios!!) and Cherry Tarte. I think this is going to be my new favourite body butter, I really recommend it!

And last but not least is a full size Essie nail polish, yayyyy! The colour I got is Geranium and I love how vibrant it is. Although I am more of a fan of the more pastel/neutral colours I am still really happy with this red as I think it's very summery and fun! This costs £7.99 a bottle.

 Overall I was really happy with this months box and I think all the products fitted the theme of Spring perfectly. Although I would have preferred a different product to the face mask, that is purely a personal opinion and I think that the other products definitely made up for that! I still stand with the view that Glossybox is worth the money and I'm excited to see what I get in Mays box!!!