Glossybox June 2017 was dedicated to a laid-back summer look with a specific “picnicking” theme. The box was as always the standard pink Glossybox and other than the expected products there was also a small booklet with an extract from “Wilde Like Me”, a book coming soon by blogger Louise Pentland. It’s a very nice little addition, something small to have when you are out in the sun to read and see if you like this book or author enough to purchase the book!
This month there were 6 products included as opposed to the usual 5. From left to right as shown in the picture, a hair spray, a peel off mask, a lip balm, an eye cream, a lip pencil and a highlighter. So let’s go in a little more detail as to how each product performed.
Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!
Batiste Stylist Texture Me Texturizing Spray
I was just saying how good Batiste products are in my last Beauty Box review, (see Birchbox June) so this is a very nice surprise. I love the Batiste dry shampoos and I didn’t even know that they also have a Stylist range. This is a very good example of why I love these Beauty Boxes, you get to find out about products and brands you didn’t know about or would have picked yourself.
This is a volumizer hair spray, it adds texture to your hair in a subtle way. Not too much and not too little, just about enough volume to still look natural. It doesn’t leave any residues behind and the hair feels nice, natural and soft. It contains keratin and Inca Inchi and is supposed to be used on dry hair, all over, from roots to ends.
I love the design of the bottle and in general the artistic design of the Batiste bottles so I have to say I am a little sad they are changing the design to a more simple green one (see pictures). If they are only changing the stylist range but not the dry shampoo then that’s great, it will make the two ranges stand out separately. The new green bottle design does indeed make them look more like hair sprays and more tidy so it will work as long as they keep the artistic design on the dry shampoo bottles.
Love that Glossybox included a big 200mL bottle, they could have easily included a much smaller one. The smell is very pleasant and refreshing and it suits a hair product well. This spray does what is intended to do without overdoing it and creating a “fake” look, one more good product from Batiste. It retails for £4.99, cheap as chips! SCORE = 8/10
Beauty Pro Black Diamond Peel Off Mask
This is a peel off mask that is supposed to unplug blackheads, cleanse and balance facial oils. The packaging was very standard but nice, it does the job, and although it doesn’t look like there’s much product in it, it was more than enough to create a very thick layer all over my face and have some left over too which I ended up extending on the neck a little. Why not?
I applied this with a brush and went over it twice to create a thick layer as it tends to settle in pores after the first layer or if you apply it thin. It is pitch black coloured and applies very smoothly and easily.
After 20min it was all set and dry, bracing myself for that pleasurable pain of blackhead and hair removal. However, it wasn’t actually than painful at all and it all came off in ONE PIECE. Most of these kind of peel offs tend to break into 2-3 pieces for me and the cheap ones in 100 pieces, but this one was very easy to take off all in one go. After a pleasurable inspection, there were hairs and blackheads stuck on it and my face was smooth and clean. No redness, no residues, just nice and clean!
I must say I wasn’t expecting much from this one but it works! It retails for £4.95 for 3 of them which is very affordable and good value. SCORE = 8/10
Lypsyl Revitalising Cherry and Almond
I’ve never tried this brand before so it was exciting to give this a go. I love that it came in it’s original packaging. This lip balm contains Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, avocado oil and SPF 15. Love love love. What else do you need really?
The scent, Cherry and Almond, is very pleasant but also subtle enough. It is a colourless balm which unfortunately, broke into small pieces when I first applied it (it’s currently 22oC here). After a few hours in the fridge the stick was much more solid and easy to use, applied perfectly with no extra pieces of balm breaking off. This is a very sensitive to heat product that you might want to keep in the fridge. There is something quite soothing as well when applying it cold.
The packaging is very simple and standard but it is expected for a lip balm. You don’t exactly want this to be “prettier” than your lipsticks. I love that it has SPF, personally I think all lipsticks and balms should have that.
It soothes and manages dry lips very well, lasts a while and doesn’t feel too sticky. The only negative I’ve noticed is that it doesn’t go back in if you try to screw it back down so don’t release too much of it when using. I’m not sure if mine is just broken or if it is designed that way. If you’ve tried this let me know!
If it wasn’t “broken?”, so heat sensitive and if the design was a little prettier I would have given it a 10. It does everything a balm should do. This is a standard, must have item in your handbag. It retails for £1.89 which is an amazing price, there are much more expensive ones that don’t even have SPF. SCORE = 9/10
If you are wondering why SPF is so important see my “Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF” post.
111 Skin Space Defence Bright Eye Lift Gel
So many of us complain about our skin under our eyes so this is a very useful product. It is supposed to reduce the appearance of black circles, minimise puffiness and soften the appearance of fine lines while hydrating your skin.
The smell is amazing. It smells very luxurious and it is the kind of fresh smell that makes you feel pretty and feminine. I was actually looking forward to using this product just for the smell.
I can’t say that I noticed any difference under my eyes though. With that being said, this does not necessarily mean that this product doesn’t work. Skin care products, especially for sensitive areas like eyes, can take weeks to months to show results, it is just the nature of the process and it doesn’t always reflect how good or bad the product is. I’ve only been using it for a week now and while it feels amazing I can’t say that it works.
The sample included was 5mL which is more than enough to try and see if you like it and the full size product which is 15mL retails for £115. I have to say that’s a little too expensive even if it lasts a while because you only need to use a little. There are other eye creams with cheaper price tags that have given, me at least, more immediate and obvious results.
The packaging is a shiny purple with glitter colour, very pretty bottle with a pump applicator. The cream is white with a silky texture and it applies very easily, gets absorbed quickly and doesn’t leave a residue behind.
At the front of the bottle it says “Space defence, bright eye and lift gel”. I’m not sure what “space defence” is supposed to mean here but it made me laugh. If you are a Star Wars fan this might be the product for you. SCORE = 7/10
Sleek Makeup Power Plump Lip Crayon 1047 Colossal Coral
I love Sleek makeup, they are affordable but of good quality as well and their packaging is always so…Sleek! This lip pencil was not an exception.
The pencil is very nice looking and…sleek. It smells like orange which kind of works for the colour and the type of product this is. I was initially thrown back by the “coral” colour but after I tried it, I fell in love with it. I would have never picked up this colour, once again a good reason why these Beauty Boxes are lovely to get. It is a definite coral/orangy colour but is not so bright that it makes you look too unnatural. It is actually very close to what I would imagine a “nude coral” colour to be. I’d say it is one shade more intense than a nude. It has some colour but is not too much.
To give you an example here’s a picture of, on the left the coral Sleek pencil and on the right the Urban Decay nude lip pencil. They are very similar in colour with just a little bit more coral pigmentation in the Sleek case.
I initially tried it as a lip liner and then ended up forgetting that this is a “tingling lip liner” that encourages blood to the surface of the lips, supposedly giving you a plumper look. I liked the colour so much that I ended up filling the entire lip and after about 5 minutes of being pleased with the colour my lips where on fire! Kid you not it was so intense I had to actually take it off. Such a shame because I would have actually liked this as a full lip colour. It still tingles when you apply it as a lip liner but obviously nowhere near as much.
My partner found this hilarious as you can imagine so I made him try this out. I don’t know if he was playing it macho man but he said it didn’t give him the “on fire” feeling at all but his lips are much smaller than mine. If you tried this let me know I’m very curious!
Overall, I loved the Sleek lip pencil, the colour, the packing and even the smell. I’m not sure I would use it much because it tingled a little too much for my liking and it didn’t really make my lips look bigger. But overall a nice product.
It is a full size pencil that retails for £5.50. Very affordable, good price. SCORE = 8/10
Manna Kadar Cosmetics Sheer Glo Illuminator
This was a little bit of a disappointing product for me. It is supposed to be a highlighter fluid or illuminator fluid and is apparently part of a step process, this being step 3? Whatever that means!
When applied on the hand it looks very pretty indeed. It is a pink liquid that glows if you layer it up and apply quite a lot of it. It does disappear into nothing though if you work it well into the skin which was disappointing. It gives a very natural look, not like a blinding highlighter at all, when you apply it to naked skin. However, it didn’t work for me on top of make up. It ended up messing with my make up and pushing it around and disappearing into nothing when I tried to work it in. Also, layering in on top of make up made it feel a little heavy and sticky.
The packaging is nice though and the product looks nice. I even love the pink colour of the liquid however, despite the potential this product somehow didn’t work for me. SCORE = 6/10
Overall I liked the contents of this box, it seems that Glossybox went for quite cheap products with the eye cream being an exception. Funnily enough, the cheaper products were much better than the expensive one! It’s lovely when cheap, quality and function go together!
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 7/10
Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 7.7/10
Star product = Lypsyl Revitalising Cherry and Almond.
Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!
For general Subscription Box reviews see my: Birchbox, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.
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