A Glossy September

I know this is a little late coming, but I have been so busy with life and things like that, I just haven’t had time to get round to doing the September review until now.
So here it is, without unnecessary drumrolls and further ado, I give you the September Glossybox review.

A mixed box of highs and lows for me actually. I won’t lie, I’ve not been thrilled with everything in this month, for such is the curse of the beauty box. You will win some and lose some. The idea being that you pay your £10 PCM, answer some questions on your appearance and preferences, and the Glossy Team kindly select 5 things each time that they think you might like to try. Sometimes they get it spot on. Sometimes not so much.

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I think the most notable, and talked about, thing about the September box is the fact that the box itself is another limited edition box. This box was designed by London based illustrator Maggie Li, And although the colours aren’t my particular taste, it’s a very nice box. Kudos to Maggie Li.

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This month I was chuffed to find another tube of my beloved Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. As discussed here I was really impressed with the Glamour sample but have been deliberating as to whether or not it was too expensive to replace. Problem solved. More of the good stuff. The gist is I’m now an eye cream convert. Or something.

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I also got the Body Shop Vitamin E moisture cream, a true cult classic and one of the Body Shop’s best sellers. First impressions are okay, the packaging’s not bad. But I really didn’t like the smell. It smells like cheap moisturiser. Like the vast tubs of Nivea we keep at work. Vile. The smell alone put me right off trying it. Luckily I gave it a go anyway because, having slathered it on my face for a week I can see the appeal. It’s a nice moisturiser that, well, moisturises. It left my skin soft and supple. Nothing fancy but very pleasant. However, because of the greasy smell I won’t be buying a full sized tub anytime soon!

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I also received some Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum and a sample of their Five-Minute Facial. Not a brand I’m currently familiar with so I’ll have to do a bit research for this one. I haven’t even tried these yet, I’m going to be honest with you, I just haven’t got round to it. So not much to say about that yet. I’ll keep you updated though. It does describe itself as “revolutionary” so I’ll look into that for you.

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I also received another perfume sample. Yawn. I thought I’d taken myself off the Glossybox perfume sample list a few months ago because I only ever wear one perfume, Calvin Klein Euphoria for those of you who want to send me gifts or just erm, know how I smell…
I’ve won Euphoria for years and I’m still madly in love with it. So yes, perfume samples are pointless for me. I give them away. Especially this one; The Lady Gaga ‘Fame’ fragrance. The first beauty product from Lady Gaga, it promises to be “an opulent and crushed floral fragrance that’s black like the soul of fame but transparent once airborne.” To be honest it looks and smells cheap. It just reeks of attention-seeking. I don’t like it, I don’t like Lady Gaga, I don’t like the bottle, I don’t like the fact that it’s black…
No thank you.

Finally, I received two new products from the L’Oreal Professional range. The brand at that is apparently used by everyone backstage at London fashion week. According to the blurb.
I was sent a bottle of Techni Art Full Volume Extra Mousse and a bonus sample of Techni Art Liss Control. These products promised to give me “volume and shine without weighing the hair down”. Sounds great in theory. But I’m really not a fan of the Full Volume Extra Mousse. It looks, smells and feels like PVA glue. It glued my head together in much the same way and smelled like glue everytime I moved my head. Not particularly pleasant or pretty. I used this once, haven’t used it again and doubt I will in future. I won’t be buying the full sized bottle, sorry L’Oreal.
However, on the flip side, I don’t know what ‘liss’ is, or if I have any but the bonus example of the Liss Control was lovely. Admittedly not quite up to the standards of my beloved Berber Oil but it did the job, my hair feels nice and clean and soft and shiny, it smelt alright and was quite pleasant to work with. It’s intended to be used as either a finishing product or other pre-styling and heating product, which is how I’ve been using it. You apply two hazelnut sized amounts into the palm of your hand and then work it through your hair before attacking it with the hairdryer/straighteners. I wouldn’t say I prefer it to Berber, and it doesn’t smell anywhere near as delicious, but it’s been a nice alternative and has meant that I haven’t had to shell out for another bottle of Berber Oil just yet.

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So yes, this month box has been a bit of a mixed bag.
I’m still happy with my Glossybox subscription, unlike some of my other subscriptions to which my attention has been waning.
I shall still be looking forward to next month box arriving in the post. Lets hope it’s a good one!

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