Another month, another beauty box unboxing! It’s the little things in life that keep you going! If you are not a subscriber to a beauty box I highly recommend treating yourself to one. There are subscriptions as cheap as £10 a month which will suit most budgets and it’s a great way to treat yourself while also discovering new loves and hates!
This month’s Glossybox theme was about brigning the holiday vibe at home which sort of worked! The box design itself was absolutely gorgeous and the products contained did indeed have a holiday vibe. So far so good!
This month’s box contained 5 products as always, of which all were full size!
Let’s have a look at the products in more detail. These are short reviews that cover first impressions and experiences from using the products. For full reviews, including ingredient analysis and if I would recommend a product or not, check out: Beauty In-depth Reviews & Ingredient Analysis (all articles here). 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
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Jecca Blac Glow Drop Primer
I have oily skin so I’m not the target audience for this primer, glowy is not my go to look as it is hard to distinguish between oily and glowy. However, this primer does this well. It gives the skin a different type of glow which looks very summery and beautiful. I didn’t test it for long wear but it looked beautiful for 3 hours under the Estée Lauder Double Wear Nude Water Fresh. A nice summer combo!
It looked nice even under a foundation but it will look even more gorgeous when applied on the body to highlight bone structure.
The ingredients are very basic but that’s ok, it’s a glow primer not skincare. It retails for £16 for the 20mL tube which I would say is expensive given the ingredient list but the fact that it looks beautiful might make it worth it.
This product is vegan friendly and cruelty free, it comes with a seal on the tube and lasts for 12M. SCORE = 8/10
Naobay Orange Juice Hand Cream
This hand cream is marketed around the orange juice ingredient which is a little strange as orange juice is not exactly known for it’s skincare benefits. I guess it’s one of those products that sound healthy and therefore people will think it’s good for you. This is all branding and it’s clear that this product is targeting the “natural=better” market segment (probably also why it has a wooden lid). Doesn’t work like this I’m afraid!
It also has an ECOCERT organic cosmetic label and some of the ingredients it contains are labelled as organic. As a chemist there is so much I could say here but I will keep it short in this post. Firstly, there is no concrete evidence that organic food itself is better so organic cosmetics are a stretch. Secondly, there is no universal certification for what organic is (and chemists will give you a different definition) so just because something is labelled as organic it doesn’t mean it’s adhering to what you think the definition is. Each certifying organisation has different rules. Thirdly, there are certain ethical implications around organic farming in general, for more info on all this check out: Organic food and farming – Scientific evidence, problems and ethical dilemmas
In general this hand cream is ok, it contains some moisturising ingredients and it works well to give you temporary moisturisation but not deep long term effects.
This 100mL tube is full size, lasts for 12M, comes sealed and is cruelty free. It retails for £11.50. SCORE = 7/10
Give them Lala Beauty Aloha Bronzer in colour Ibiza
A bronzer is a nice all-year round product so it’s great to find in a beauty box. Unfortunately, this bronzer was just annoying.
It comes in a pull to open the lid type of packaging but the space provided to open it is so small that your nail will get wedged and scratched. I ruined my nails every single time I tried to open this!
Then, when I dipped my brush in once there was a lot of powder kicking off and although it applied easily the colour was more on the orange side.
All and all it’s just not worth it for me. This product is badly put together and is absolutely not worth the £19.80 it retails for! It lasts for 12M and contains 7.5g of product. The ingredients are also very basic and the whole #name and ibiza colour etc definetely targets a different market segment than mine, it reminds me of teenager makeup.
I threw away this cosmetic, I hate to waste but sometimes it’s not worth the hassle! SCORE = 4/10
The Beauty Crop Palm Balm in colour Mauve Wave
This lip balm/cheek pot comes in beautiful packaging. It gives lips a slight pink colour (depending on how much product you use) and it moisturises them lightly. It’s not the type of product that will give you long term effects but it could be a nice one to use when you just want a tiny bit of colour for a no-makeup makeup look.
The ingredients are very basic and it lasts for 12M. It is cruelty free, contains 4g of product and retails for £18. Quite expensive and not really worth it in my opinion. Might as well buy a high-end natural coloured lipstick for that price or a high-end more ingredient rich lip balm. SCORE = 6/10
Kocostar Fruit Slice Mask Sheet
Masks sheets are over rated in terms of skincare benefits but under rated in terms of personal relaxation and me-time benefits!
This mask contains some good ingredients but at the same time is not more special than others in the market. It will give you a nice experience and make your skin soft but don’t compare it to your skincare regime, it’s a one-off product!
This mask doesn’t come as a big sheet but rather as 12 slices that you can put on your face. I couldn’t really fit all of them in one go which meant that this product is wasteful unless you apply the remaining ones on your neck and décolletage which can be nice. Otherwise, perhaps this might be a better product to use with company!
On one hand it might be annoying to apply pieces because you might not be able to cover your entire face with them but on the other hand it doesn’t matter, the sheet doesn’t do anything. It’s the liquid that will do a bit of something and that you can just spread around.
The experience was pleasant but as I mentioned don’t expect long-term skincare benefits from sheet masks in general.
This 12 piece, 20mL mask retails for £4. SCORE = 6/10
Overall, this month’s box design was beautiful and the products contained were interesting to try but the wow factor wasn’t there. This box didn’t blow me away.
Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 6/10
Overall box score after product testing (average of product scores) = 6.2/10
Box value = £69.30
Star product = Jecca Blac Glow Drop Primer
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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 all the details on how Cohorted, Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Birchbox performed in 2019 and which one is worth your money, check out “Battle of the Beauty Boxes – Conclusions from the 2019 Unboxing and Reviews on Glossybox, Look Fantastic and Cohorted”.
For general subscription box reviews see the: 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?”. You can also see pictures from all beauty boxes (2017-current) on my Pinterest beauty box board.
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