Glossybox – August 2013
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My August Glossybox arrived a couple of days ago. I’m sorry to say that the jury is still out on this one for me – the theme is ‘High Flyers’, and it’s a collection of products for the ‘girl on the go’ all sized at under 100ml so they can be stored in your hand luggage. I’m not too impressed at first glance, but my opinions may change once I have actually started testing out the products.
The first item is a full-sized 15ml Tresemme Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot which retails at £1.49. I have read good things about this treatment and while Tresemme isn’t a brand I would normally choose I am looking forward to trying this out. This Treatment Shot aims to smooth and hydrate the hair so in terms of the ‘High Flyers’ theme I would suggest this is probably a product that you would use BEFORE going on holiday, rather than taking it with you, although you may decide to use it whilst on holiday if you are a victim of the dreaded ‘humidity frizz’.
The second product is a Professional Eye Lash Curler from Emite, which retails at around £20. The curler has been designed so that it doesn’t touch your make-up base whilst you are using it. I haven’t tried it yet but the red pad does feel quite nice and spongy so I am expecting great results from it. It also comes with 3 replacement pads which is really great, so this tool should last me a very long time. I would generally prefer to receive make-up and skincare products in my Glossybox rather than tools like this but I am pleasantly pleased with it – the proof will be in the results though… watch this space as I will be reviewing this Emite Professional Eye Lash Curler soon. My only negative comment on this item relates to the ‘High Flyers’ theme… if you took this Professional Eye Lash Curler in your hand luggage on a plane I suspect it would be confiscated as a potential weapon!
The next product is 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow pencil from Jelly Pong Pong, in black. I’m a bit unsure about this product… firstly, I received a Jelly Pong Pong Fairy Lashes Mascara in a recent Glossybox and wasn’t too impressed with it (read my review here) and I would prefer to receive items from lots of different brands rather than receiving the same brands over and over again in my Glossybox. I also feel that most people will already have a black eyeliner in their make-up kit and would have preferred if this pencil had come in a different colour. Lastly, despite being wrapped in a protective cellophane cover my 2-in-1 Eyeliner & Shadow pencil appears quite dull and scratched and not in the condition that I would expect to receive a brand new make-up item. Anyway, rant over… this is a full size pencil and retails at £10.50. It is a multi-tasking product, it can be used as an eyeliner or blended to use as an eyeshadow.
The fourth product is the only skincare product within the August 2013 Glossybox, it is a 10ml sample tube of Purifying Day Cream from natural skincare brand Urban Veda. I am a bit disappointed with the size of this sample but I have read great things about Urban Veda so I am looking forward to trying this. The full size 50ml pot retails at £14.99. I do only wear day moisturisers that contain SPF though so I think the chances of me repurchasing this product are slim.
The final product is a Make-Up Remover pen from Brazilian brand Oceane. I feel this product is a bit of a gimmick and I suspect it won’t do anything that a cotton bud and a dab of make-up remover can do, plus the packaging looks a bit cheap. In addition, this product can’t currently be purchased in the UK, so I don’t see the point of offering products in the Glossybox that customers are unable to then purchase at a later date if they love it. It does come with 3 spare ‘tips’ though, so hopefully it will last quite a while.
I am looking forward to trying the Emite Professional Eye Lash Curler and the Tresemme Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment Shot. I will be reviewing all of the products in full over the coming weeks, so keep an eye on Beauty Best Friend for those.
For those of you who don’t know about Glossybox it is a monthly subscription-based make-up and skincare box. Each box costs £10 plus P&P and contains around 5 goodies (some full-size products and some sample sizes), the retail prices of which add up to way more than the £10 you pay for it. It is a way for consumers to try out new products and for brands to get their products known, and there is usually a good mix of well-known brands and some less-well-known or new brands in each box. I did feel a little disappointed with the contents in this month’s box but generally you get a good range of new products. If you are interested in signing up to Glossybox visit their website.
Want to know what I got in last month’s July Glossybox? Read all about it here.
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