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GlossyBox DECEMBER 2013, opening the box and first opinions

Hello All!

It been a busy few months for me, so apologies that the blog has been pushed to one side. I did however receive my christmas GlossyBox through the post today which inspired me to get the camera out and get blogging!

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So here the beauty is, in a very festive red box with a rather typical and boring design on the lid, but that was all to be forgotten once i unwrapped the usual ribbon and tissue paper situation inside the box.

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Hoorah! This months box actually seems like its got a some decent stuff in! I will definitely have use for the majority of the products in the box, which has been a rarity in the last year’s worth of GlossyBox’s and has caused me to cancel my subscription more than once over the last few months as i was sick of being charged £12.95 for being disappointed with stuff that didn’t match my beauty profile, or i would receive every thing BUT the one product that i wanted! So what a relief that GlossyBox decided to end the year on a high, a taste of whats to come i hope.

First up, Seche Nail Lacquer £9.95 full size

This is maybe one of the most exciting products in the box for me, i love nails, nail art, nail varnish and couldn’t live without my Seche Vite top coat (if you have not tried it, then you have not maximised your manicure!) I had never tried one of the colours but had eyed them up in my local Sallys so this is a welcome edition for my baskets and baskets of nail polish!

The colour i was sent is called ‘Chocolat’ which is fitting. It is a very warm, reddish brown tone which initially i wasnt too enthralled with, and still i would of preferred a brighter colour but i suppose this will add some diversity to my collection. It is a very thin polish (which isnt a bad thing!), but the colour pay-off is superb. It is described to give ‘one coat coverage’ and i totally agree.

Given the quality of the Seche product i have tested today, and my previous experience with the brand, £9.95 is more than reasonable for a high quality nail polish, and i wouldn’t think twice about purchasing other colours off this line. Happy Days!

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Beautiful Movements Cosmetics, Nude Lip Gloss (sample size in GB) Full Size £12

So this is a Lip gloss from Kimberly Wyatt’s (from Pussy Cat Dolls) new cosmetics line that is approved by PETA and BUAV. It is described as ‘non-sticky’ which is the most important thing for me when purchasing any lip products. And to be quite honest with you, its so hard to find a lip gloss that truly is ‘non-sticky’ that i only own about three! how awful is that?! So does this one live up to the description? yes.

Its a really flattering Nude, and it glides onto the lips with no stickiness! Woo! There is something about it however, that i cant put my finger on. I couldnt personally justify spending £12 on something that i dont think is amazing? The taste makes the back of my throat feel a bit scratchy. The best thing about the product is the nude colour. i’ll keep it in my handbag as an emergency gloss, but I still prefer my Revlon lip glosses, which give a much better shine!

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Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara £4.99 full size Dark Brown

Well this was a very welcome surprise, i was very close to purchasing this yesterday – so how fabulous to have this in my GlossyBox!My eyebrow routine always has consisted of powder, an angled brush and then clear brow gel. So to make life nice and easy, a coloured brow gel was soon to make an appearance in my makeup bag, but this has just sped it along nicely!

I received this ‘sculpting mascara’ in dark brown, which does match me as a brunette. When i tested it on my arm hair (as you do…) it concerned me it may be a little bit ‘ashy’ for me. But i decided to go ahead anyway and try it on my brows. Now as you will be able to see below, its not a massive difference between my natural brow (R), and the brow with the product on (L). I do have a couple of gaps in my brow which this gel doesn’t handle as it only applies to the actual hairs, so a bit of powder will still be used on a night out. But for everyday use and at the office, this will be a perfect quick fix in the morning. I would definitely repurchase this at £4.99… to define your brows and keep the strays at bay for under a fiver? there not really anything to quabble with! Well done Maybelline!Image

Rituals Miracle Balm Full Size £10.00

Another GlossyBox, another moisturising product. yawn!

Dont get me wrong, its a lovely hand balm, but ive not got any interest in talking about it, its pretty much the same as my SOS hand cream from LIDL, which is about a 5th of the price, and doesnt have an overbearing scent. It is what it is, and it isnt my cuppa tea! Glossybox, please stop sending me creams/balms!

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Wilkinson Sword Intuition Naturals Razor £6.49

I love the thought of this product, but in my heart i know I’m going to hate it. Its huge!

Shaving my legs isn’t something i enjoy at the best of times, let alone trying to navigate it with a chunky soap surrounding the razor. It certainly wont be replacing my Gillette Venus Razor that has been serving me well since i was in my teens!

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SO, my first post in months and it was quite a long one! Hope you enjoyed, i’d love to hear your opinions on your glossyboxes, products you love or hate, or just say hello! 

S xx

GLOSSYBOX: September 2013

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So, I finally received my Glossybox for September much later than anticipated. As previously mentioned, I normally get a knock on the door the day after then dispatch email comes out, so to get it 5 days later than normal was a touch frustrating this month!

I had already taken a couple of sneaky peeks at other blog post for this months box, so had a good idea what I was likely to receive. But here’s my personal Glossybox;

So, lets start big shall we?

Eylure Pre-Glued Lashes, which are described as ‘Ultra lightweight, self-adhesive lashes’

These seem to be the quick-fix alternative to false lashes, saving all the fussing around with waiting for glue to get tacky and hopefully no sticky-ness! I’m undecided. My issue with false lashes is that I so rarely find the opportunity to wear them, and when I do I tend to use individuals to get a more natural look. The adhesive spine on the lash is thick and black, which i feel would hinder the natural look. You would still have to put on a thick line of black eyeliner to conceal it.

Elizabeth Arden ‘Untold’ fragrance 5ml

I’m a bit of a pain in the arse when in comes to scents, I don’t like many. So I cautiously removed the little glass bottle plug(?) and hovered the bottle under my nose.

I don’t hate it. It’s quite plain to me, I really like the undertones but I don’t like that very particular tone that reminds me of the really strong smell of Calvin Klein Euphoria. I think I’ll give it a go, maybe it will mellow out during the day and I can get the true scent.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Excuse me? Nipple balm? This product has been a cult product for mammas who breast feed… So quite an odd choice for a glossy box product you would imagine. But after trying this on my lips, wow. It’s so hydrating and smooths out dry lips really quickly. Its described as ‘an extremely versatile healing and nourishing multipurpose SOS balm’. It came in a small tube which I think was an absolutely ridiculous idea, it’s such a thick balm that it is soooo difficult to squeeze out. It is definitely better suited to a little pot. But I think this may be a cheeky purchase for the upcoming winter month where my lips suffer.

Be A Bombshell Cosmetics Onyx Eye Liner

Short and sweet, a very good felt tip eyeliner. Very well pigmented and drys fast. This will make a very welcome addition to my makeup bag, where my Eyeko skinny liner is running out!

Toni&Guy Classic Shine & Gloss Serum

Love love loooooove! Whacked it on my hair this morning before a quick blow dry, it definitely improved shine and sleekness of my hair. Through colouring I have quite dry hair, so my ends tend to puff out and get frizzy if I don’t add some product of straighten my hair. I suffer with greasy hair aswell so it’s important that products are lightweight for me, which this one is. I’m pretty bad at leaving time to faff around with serums in the morning for work, so I think this will only be used on weekends.

So I think that’s it? Very disappointed that I didn’t get the HD blusher, and this definitely has not been my best box. Think I will only really get good use from the nipple balm, which only has enough for two or three applications.

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