SEPTEMBER 2016 GLOSSYBOX REVIEW

Yes, I hear your cries! I am doing a beauty post again! My blog hasn’t reverted to a jumbled mishmash of cakes and clothes and random posts… well, perhaps it has… but I still do beauty stuff too, from time to time.

Before we get into all of this, I’m going to do something that every blog you’ve ever read about blogging tells you not to do, and that’s apologise for my absence in the blogosphere. I only started doing this in April, and it was something I tried to do at least weekly, and sometimes I was doing it daily. As every blogger [probably] does, I had visions of life not getting in the way of my blog, and me happily churning out two posts a day.

I have had a blog before, actually, and that lasted less than a year before it fizzled out, when I was disappointed in myself at not being able to keep on keeping on at an alarming rate. This time around, this is something I’m looking to sustain, and sustainability is about balance. So sometimes there will be things happening in my life which puts me in a place where I don’t have opportunity or will to write, and sometimes it will put me somewhere else where I’m spamming you on the daily.
I don’t have any plan to my posts. I don’t schedule them. I don’t have them timed out for when people around the world are looking at my blog and stuff, I simply write when I feel like it, edit it quickly, and post it.

So anyway, sometimes I’m here and sometimes I’m not. I haven’t been gone for any long period of time – I know that – but my anxiety makes me feel like a week is a month in some cases, particularly with this.

And on another note, I just want to say THANK YOU to my nearly 100 followers! I try to check all of you out, and it’s really cool that even though I know it only takes a sec to click that follow button, that you’ve liked what you’ve seen enough to do that. You’re some cool cats.

So, do you want to hear about the GlossyBox now? Of course you do.

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This month’s GlossyBox is in collaboration with Red magazine, and thus is sporting this gorgeous colour. There’s an offer on with this box which allows you to subscribe to Red for 6 months for £9.99, and the little card thing has been written by their editor.

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I’m really preferring the red and white box over the usual pink and black. I know that is obviously just personal preference, but I think it looks really classy and fresh at the same time. It’s also got me thinking a lot about Christmas, which is just 12 weeks away, people!

I digress.

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This month’s box felt like it was absolutely packed with stuff… excuse the pun.

I looked through my posts on my previous boxes, and there’s usually 5 products, and on a couple of occasions you might get a little sample which brings it up to 6, so this is one of those months where the sample has given you a little bit extra.
I’m not even mad that it’s two face masks, because damn, my skin is bad and I love face masks.

So, the product run down, as per usual:

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Vitamasques Hydro Face Mask (RRP £7.99)

A heads up: I haven’t used this yet. My good bits and bad bits are going to be speculative.

The good: The things this mask promises make me hopeful for its use.
The bad: I haven’t gotten on with sheet masks yet.

You might remember from this post back in June that I had never tried sheet masks until I bought the Tony Moly ones when I was in Barcelona. I hadn’t tried them when I wrote that post, however I have had the opportunity to try them now, and let me tell you, I don’t like them. I had such high hopes, however having it on my face made it feel really, really weird, and they were sliding about because they were so wet, and I just couldn’t really get to grips with them.

I do realise however, that this is not the same brand, and maybe I will love this. I do still hold out hope for sheet masks. I’ll keep you posted.

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philosophy amazing grace firming body emulsion (full size RRP £29; this size approx. £1.81)

The good: nice smell, dries quickly, non-sticky.
The bad: tiny sample!

Last month I had a similar product in my GlossyBox, which was the Cowshed body lotion, and I loved it. It was a small sample and I tried to limit my use to after every other shower so I could keep it longer, but it still only lasted a couple of weeks.
This month we have another body lotion in the same size, this time by philosophy. It’s just, put simply, too small of a sample for a body lotion.

It smells nice. I’m nowhere near as enchanted by it as the Cowshed one, personally, but this one has a lovely smell for people who are more into that subtle, musky, baby-powdery kind of smell. It also feels amazing on my skin. It’s meant to be firming, but really who could use a sample this small for long enough to be able to tell?
It’s a really nice product, I’d just like when receiving body lotions, to receive a bit more of them 🙂

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat (RRP £7.99)

Another one I’ve not had enough time with to get use out of.

The good: full size product, nice packaging, dries quickly.
The bad: black bottle for clear polish; how will I see how much is left?

Okay, so that bad one is a bit picky. The nice packaging thing probably negates that, however I do like to be able to see how much I have left of a product. It helps you analyse when you need to buy new stuff. Surely?

Anyway. It would have been nice to receive a colour, as nail polish is something that I actually don’t end up buying myself that much, however a top coat is also appreciated as I have some rubbish nail polishes I can try it out with. It does say on the boots website that it is “specifically designed to activate” their corresponding gel colours, but it’s going to work with other surely just as a top coat?

I don’t want to sound like I’m being negative. This is a great item to receive.

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Rodial Smokey Eye Pen Black (RRP £17)

The good: seems to be a decent kohl black eyeliner.
The bad: I don’t need another kohl eyeliner, but that’s not Glossy’s fault.

I have never heard of this brand, but clearly I need to get myself acquainted if they’re endorsed by Wayne Goss and have these kinda prices.

Got to be honest though: I don’t use many kohl eyeliners. You will see from my looks that I mainly use eyeliner on my upper lash line and use felt tip eyeliners. I do occasionally wear kohl ones to tightline, but because this is so rare I think I have about 4 sat in my drawer right now. As I said above though, this isn’t GlossyBox’s fault, and it does seem to be a good kohl liner.

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Face Mask (Full size RRP £15; this size approx. £1)

This was the sample product for this month… apparently. I’m being cheeky when I say this simply because she sample of this product is 1/15th of the full size, whereas that philosophy body lotion is 1/16th of the full size. See what I mean?

The good: it’s an absolute dupe for Mudmasky at 1/4 of the price!
The bad: nothing I found in this small sample.

If you cast your minds back to last month, GlossyBox sent me a face mask sample I fell in love with. My sample of Mudmasky is nearly finished now, and I was disappointed because it was the best face mask I’d used but there was no way I was going to pay £59 for the full size… then this little sample came along.

It is honestly an absolute dupe. The only thing that is different is the tightening sensation: this one doesn’t tighten as much and feels a lot drier. However, consistency-wise, looks-wise, colour-wise, hell, even smell-wise, they are very similar. Why on earth would you pay £59 when you could have it for £15. Sorry, Mudmasky.

A great sample.

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And now what you’ve all been waiting for: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara (Full size RRP £19; this size approx. £11.40)

The good: It does volumise and thicken lashes, great brush, beautiful packaging.
The bad: It’s not better than sex.

This was a product I had been wanting to try for a long time. It has rave reviews with a lot of people, and is by all-round admired and cute-as-shit-packaging people, Too Faced. It’s always interesting to me to see how high-end products rate compared to budget or drugstore ones, and one of the reasons why I love GlossyBox so much is because it allows for that comparison.

First off I’ll talk about the packaging. The tube is soooooo cute. It’s a metallic duck egg blue colour (which is my favourite colour), and it looks like it’s covered with realistic-looking water droplets, which makes the tube feel braille-like. The tube is small, but there’s more than half the amount of the full size, so it’s a decent sample.
There’s no way it needs to come in that big cardboard thing, though.

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Now product.
This is a good mascara. The brush is an hourglass shape and thick-bristled, which is something I personally like, because I have difficulty using those spiky plastic mascara brushes which are usually to separate the lashes. I will say however, that I would need at least two coats of this, and when applying my second coat my lashes started to feel “spidery”. The formula seems to have that same problem I’ve talked about numerous times before where, as a waterproof formula, it feels a bit thick and harder to apply.

Basically, I would say, it is a good mascara, but I can get as good for way less money. In fact, I did a little test for you. Please note that I’m wearing no other makeup so fair warning in case you fall back aghast:

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Here is my mascara-free eye. As you can see, I have pretty diddy blonde eyelashes which are also very fine.

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Here are my lashes with one coat of Better than Sex on.

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Now in this picture, I have Better than Sex on my left eye [so right eye for you looking at this picture], and my go-to No7 Intense Volume on my right.

The difference in the picture in minimal, but my right eyelashes -wearing the No7 – were actually thicker and longer than the left, and that difference was much more noticeable in person. That mascara is only £9.95, and a tenner is a big difference for something which actually seems to be performing even better.

So all in, good mascara, not a great one, and definitely not “better than sex”.

 

Kirsten xo

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