Groupies, friends and lovers, allow me to take you on a tour of the August Glossybox.
It’s a little late this month because I’ve been so busy enjoying the contents (and brunch) that I clean forgot to write about them. But it’ll be a nice change to see how I’ve been enjoying using some of the items, now that they’ve had a little time to sink in, rather than just shoddy, rushed first impressions.
This box was a sort of ‘Highfliers’ theme. I say “sort of” because it’s a very vague theme at best. It’s another box where the products are supposed to have come from far flung places, as opposed to our own high streets. In reality I’m not sure if this just means a box full of unfamiliar things but I suppose that’s the point of these types of subscriptions; to try new products that you otherwise wouldn’t have heard of.
A bit of kit to begin with this month. The Emite Make Up eyelash curlers are a welcome sight because I just broke my Mac ones. I suspect the cat has been playing with them while I’m at work. I actually only discovered the genius of eyelash curlers a couple of years ago. What a noob, hey? But I’ve welcomed them with open arms because they make me look more awake and girly without having to use tonnes of mascara and stick my eyelashes to each other. I like that. This particular specimen is a fine example of Swedish engineering. (I’m not being weird – Emite is a Swedish brand). This curler has a very smooth action, it doesn’t hurt your hand when you hold it, like some of the cheaper brands do, and it comes with replaceable red rubber parts. It generally retails at £20ish so, considering it’s only £10 for the whole Glossybox that’s a bloody steal. Bearing in mind we’ve still got four items as of yet undisclosed…
The biggest and most unusual item in the box is this Óceane make up remover pen from Brazil. An entirely new but very intriguing product for me. I think Simple brought out a similar product in the UK a year or so ago but I never tried it and I don’t know if it took off over here. I can’t see a reason why this wouldn’t be popular for correcting those mistakes when you’ve maybe applied a full face of make up for a night out and then accidently put a massive blob of black eyeliner somewhere inconvenient. Now you can just grab your little face eraser and sort it out. Easy. It’s also marvellously handbag sized and therefore can used anywhere, mess-free. No wipes, no cotton wool, no spillage. I don’t *really* wear enough make up to warrant this at the mo and, as such, haven’t actually used it. Sorry! But I’m looking forward to giving it a whirl.
Next up, for that authentic grungy, last-nights-eyeliner look search no further than this British Jelly Pong Pong 2-In-1 Shadow/Liner (RRP£10.50). This fat little crayon reminds me of a Benefit Bad Gal chunky eyeliner I had years ago. Which I loved for a smudgy eye but which, over a couple of hours, would continue to smudge until it was kind of all over your face. Not a good look for anyone. This is marginally better. It kind of stays put for a little while then smudges and is quite difficult to get off because it then stops smudging, somewhere below your eye liner but above your cheekbones, and sticks like glue. It’s entirely possible that I’m still sussing this out because I’m no professional and, even though it’s been a bit of a fail thus far, I’m sticking with it because I seem to be having some kind of mid-twenties crisis this month and am really enjoying wearing ALL the eyeliner and gothing it up a bit. No apologies.
The above images show:
A. My eye with very restrained amount of the Shadow/Liner applied and a gentle bit of smudging
B. My eye closed and with the Shadow/Liner applied close to the lashline.
C. My nude, no-make-up eye, fresh from the shower and post-cleanser.
The last two products are little tubes of the all-American household favourite, TRESemmé, and an Urban Veda wash. The Urban Veda Daily Radiance Face Wash (RRP £7.99) smells fresh and clean and, despite having an ingredients list that reads like a recipe, it seems to clean well. I’ve been using it in my morning shower and it’s nice. It says it contains Turmeric, Marigold, Papaya and Coriander. I’m not convinced these are actually good things to put on your face but I’ll roll with it in the pursuit of be-yoo-tiful skin. I haven’t heard of Urban Veda but, having read the blurb, I realize that it’s actually a new range of skincare products that reflect “Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system”. Um… what? It also says that the Urban Veda range has been formulated to combat pollution, leaving your skin less vulnerable to the environment. Smashing. Glossybox, how would I find out about these weird and wonderful things without you?
The New TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Concentrated Treatment Shot promises to help restore your hair after sun, sea, salt, and chlorine damage. Perfect for these summer months or for any stints abroad. I’ve already been using the Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner but I’ve yet to try the Concentrated Treatment Shot. I haven’t found the Keratin Smooth stuff to be any nicer than their Platinum Strength products though. But this new Shot here’s exactly the kind of thing I tend to look out for though as I’m always trying to fix the dry ends of my hair now that it’s so much longer than I’ve ever had it before. They retail at a mere £1.49 so if it does the trick I’ll pick up a few more to use at weekly intervals.
So, do YOU subscribe to Glossybox? Getting tiny, posh, gift-wrapped surprise presents from myself every month has still not gotten old and I’ve yet to miss the tiny £10 PCM it costs. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, the idea is that you tell them a little about you, your style, your hair colour, your skin type, whether you prefer baths or showers, vamp or natural, that sort of thing. Then each month they send you 5 travel sized bottles, sachets and pots of things they think you might like to try. An assortment of perfume, make up, nail varnish, hair products etc by new brands and old favourites, all packaged up in tissue paper, ribbons and presented in a signature sturdy pink box. It’s a fairytale with everything but the cushion and bended knee. It’s such a cute idea. Admittedly you win some, you lose some, but there’s generally something in the box you’ll like and who knows, one of those things could be the product you’ve been searching for your whole life. You can also give a Glossybox subscription as a gift so if there’s a lady in your life that you think is a bit stuck in a rut or could simply do with a bit of pampering then why not sign them up too! Then next month you, or she, can check back here and let me know what you thought about the September box. I’ll be right here, waiting for your verdict. Go on, you know you want to.