Monday, 13 March 2017

Glossybox March 2017.

It's that time of the month again! No, not that time (cause fun fact, I don't actually get periods... what on earth am I going on about!?) but time to talk all things Glossybox! What treats lie in store for me this time?

So despite praising them for exactly that last month, this month's Glossybox doesn't seem to have too much of a theme to it. The card does mention that with beauty, preparation is key and the products do seem to be more on the skincare side than usual. That's fine by me, though; my skin is turning out to be much more of a priority to me than makeup is. But did the products actually measure up?

oOlution Eye Love, RRP £30, full size sample.

I have pretty deep-set hooded eyes so I do like a nice eye cream. I like that little tiny glimmer of hope that I'll manage to avoid too much drooping or too many lines. That's not really an aesthetic thing - I could care less about being wrinkled - it's more just the worry that one day I'll be unable to see out of my eyes due to my own skin. Anyway, this cream is 100% natural which is always a good thing and is supposed to reduce puffiness and reduce dark circles. I can't say that it's done the latter, but it does feel nice to use. It's a little thicker than the Lush eye cream I usually use, so I was at first a bit hesitant about its slightly tacky texture, but it feels cooling, sinks in quickly and does leave the delicate skin around my eyes feeling much softer and less puffy. I probably wouldn't ever pay so much for such a small amount of product though, as my current choice is half the price and three times the weight.

Sleek Makeup Eye & Cheek Palette in All Day Soiree, RRP £10, full size sample.

When I saw that there was going to be a Sleek palette in this month's box, I was over the moon. This month subscribers got to choose their preferred palette from four options, and I went for this lil baby. Each palette has four eyeshadows (two mattes, two shimmers) and two cheek colours. I have quite a few Sleek palettes (although thankfully not this one) and I am always really impressed by the quality in comparison to the price. The products have really good pigmentation, and they last a really long time too. I picked the most neutral of the palettes (so the colours look a little pale on camera but they're actually beautiful in real life) and I'm looking forward to trying the shades, particularly that pretty pink blush which will look lovely throughout Spring.

This Works in transit camera close-up, RRP £30, sample size worth £15 (20ml).

Honestly, I was pretty underwhelmed when I first saw this. This product claims to be a primer, a mask and a moisturiser all in one. Pretty bold claims to be making, and I usually hate stuff that makes big promises. However, I actually really liked this product - well, for two out of the three uses anyway. I don't understand in what world this would be classed as a face mask? But as a moisturiser-primer hybrid, this is impressive. It's somehow nourishing and soothing, while also plumping up the skin and smoothing out any fine lines. One of the things I really struggle with, having really dry skin, is finding a moisturiser that is actually hydrating enough to actually do anything without making me look shiny and greasy. This works well; it sinks into the skin quickly, reduces all the dry patches, and leaves just a very slight dewy sheen. It's a really good base for makeup, making the application much easier, made it look smoother and helped it last longer.

Figs & Rouge Hydra-Activ Smart Nutrient Vital Moisture Day Cream, RRP £28, sample size worth £11.20 (20ml).

Another moisturiser. Hmm. Again, I wasn't blown away to find this within my box, but I gave it a shot anyway. This claims to be a lightweight formula that provides long-lasting hydration and again, reduces fine lines (are you trying to tell me something Glossybox?!) It also says that it boosts collagen production and skin elasticity, combating signs of ageing. Honestly, all that kind of shit bores me rigid. Let's be realistic: a £28 cream is not going to stop you getting wrinkles. This, unfortunately, didn't even hold up to any of it's other promises. This is not what I'd call lightweight; compared to the This Works cream, it took a lot longer to sink into the skin. I also don't really get on with products that think leaving a greasy film on my face is the same as hydrating it, and that's what this did. Trying to put makeup on over this was an absolute shit-show. The smell, however, was really nice - that's the one thing I preferred about this product! Not worth the money!

Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Brazilnut Oil Pulp Treatment, RRP varies, sample size worth £3.95 (30ml) 

This smells heavenly, I love it so much. This little jar only gave me one use though as my hair is very curly and very thick. I've said this before and it's still true - I've never found a really good hair product. This is alright, it's supposed to be really hydrating and nourishing - but aren't all hair masks? As usual, this was nice straight after I'd used it but the next day it was as if I hadn't done anything differently. It did make my hair a lot shinier, but there was no improvement in overall manageability. Just not that big a deal to me really.

Total Box Worth: £70.15
Total Box Price: £13.25 (£10 + £3.25 p&p)

Personally, this is the most 'mixed bag' I've had from Glossybox in a long time. I could really have done without two moisturising products; I know one is meant to also be a primer but being real there's only so many face creams one girl needs. The hair product isn't for me at all, and although I like the Sleek palette, I already own a lot of their stuff. I'm not exactly mad at this box, but it's not grabbed my attention like the previous few.

What did you think of this month's Glossybox? Did you get anything different in yours?

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