Glossybox (UK) April 2016

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Hello, lovely people ❤

It’s Friday and I might be a little bit tipsy.

I am still waiting for my My Little Box (whaaaat, still?) so in the meantime I should probably review my yet another subscription – Glossybox. When I actually go through these products I realise it was a really good box, however I have one item that was the most disappointing item I have ever received in the mail, and I did go paperless but I did use to receive bills in the post. Just saying. Let’s get into it.

(None of this is sponsored and I always offer my most boldest opinion on the products.

My boxes are rated with my kitten faces, because they are my stars. Also to make them feel involved, they are so overly dramatic about these things. Item that I like will receive a number of Curiously Supportive Zeuses , my 10 month old Bengal. Items that did not impress me that much will receive a number of Give me my Cash-monies back Momo’s , my 8 month old Snow Bengal. This is not because I don’t like Momo, I don’t think anyone can dislike Momo, he’s a softy. I just think it’s very hard to make Momo bored, and so if a product bores me…well. Momo is Zeus’ little brother from another mother

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I am sure I will post about my cats at some point, in the mean time you can follow me on instagram (@saturdayonwednesday), which is pretty much an excuse for a place to post my cat pictures.)


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Monthly  price (including P&P) £12.75 on the 3 month rolling subscription                              This box comes to £58.94

Brow Lift Perfecting Liner

Studio 10

This deserves 3 Curiously Supportive Zeuses

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Full product, price is ridiculous. I don’t even believe it. £22. What? WHAT?

What

A two sided pencil for filling in your eyebrows and also for highlighting the brow bone. So this is claiming to be a colour that is complimenting any  brow. Why would you say that? Take it back, don’t be stupid. Ugh, it annoys me. Just say ‘this is a great product’, don’t start with something everyone knows is not true, you’re not even leaving that nice shadow of a doubt when you do that.

How

My mom says I cannot grow anything. I would like to disagree, my eyebrows are very luxuriant, thank you very much, and believe it or not I grew those all by myself. But if you’re not as ‘talented’ at growing these, you might want to draw pretend ones.

Pros

  • The colour is close to universal. No such thing as actually universal but this is kind of close, I suppose (rolls the eyes)
  • It’s not crazy hard, it’s not too creamy either
  • Fills in the gaps nicely, looks quite natural

Cons

  • The highlight is way too orange for me so here we go, half the product is not going to be used
  • It’s not magical or life changing
  • It’s not the twisty kind (???), which I hate, because my cats will drop this at some point and then I will have some flashbacks to kindergarten when you try to sharpen the pencil but it just keeps snapping. Problems were so real back then, man.

Could alternatively be used as a wee expensive scratching stick

Would I buy it & should you?

It’s nice and everything, but not £22 nice! What the heck? I didn’t even know it before I started writing this, I just assumed it would be reasonably priced. Silly me. That’s why it didn’t receive 4 Zeuses. Bloody hell, £22. No. Unless it would give me some sort of magical anti-procrastination eyebrows I would invest in it, but as I spent last two nights binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, I don’t think this is working. It might as well claim it though, would be a nice addition to the ‘oh hey, totally a universal colour here, try it. Try it. Pay £22 and then try it!’.


Oils of Life

The Body Shop

This gets 4 Curiously Supportive Zeuses  (and a half in the background, I suppose. I just kind of gave up of trying to get them out of the frame)

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Full size is £28, this sample would be £6.44

What

A lightweight face oil

How

Avoid the eyes and do not garnish your salad with it, you should be fine.

Pros

  • It’s a very rich oil that gives you that nice glow after the application
  • I like the smell, however might not be for everyone. It’s one of those fancy herbally scents
  • Has a nice pipette applicator, unlike the Nuxe oil that I have mentioned in the Birchbox review, which just gets wherever it wants
  • Makes the skin nice and soft

Cons

  • For people who hate that oily feeling and the products that don’t get absorbed quickly – do not buy this. What are your feelings, do you also hate it when the product takes ages to disappear?
  • Not the cheapest of the oils (not the most expensive though either)

Could alternatively be used as a massage oil. I am actually being serious here, it should be quite nice for that, especially because it lingers on the skin for quite a while.

Would I buy it again & should you?

Possibly. As someone with a dry skin I do love the oils. I need to use this for a bit longer, see which one I prefer but if it wouldn’t end up blocking my pores – might buy it at some point.


Cleansing balm

H&O Skincare Skindulgence

Full on 5 Absolutely Supportive Zeuses – full marks!

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Full size goes for £42.5. This tiny teeny sample is worth £8.5. Crazy.

What

This is identical to what my friend’s genius mother used to make. It looks the same, it smells the same, it works the same, and it costs 200% more – but it’s still amazing.

How

Apply EVERYWHERE, this is so lovely. It moisturises like crazy and on top of that it cleanses any leftover make up away? Whaaat? What else does a girl need? (Love, career, happiness..plenty of things, really).

Pros

  • So good
  • Really good
  • Seriously, so so good

Cons

  • If you don’t like that oily finish, this is, again, not for you. Sorry, must be a rough month for you.
  • Smells a bit like minty medicine. (I quite like it. Makes me feel as if I am doing something healthy)

Could alternatively be used as a lip balm? Really, I tried. Just don’t eat it, as I am not sure that you should. I just apply it sometimes as a conditioner and wipe it off after a while if there is still some that wasn’t absorbed. Works wonders.

Would I buy it & should you?

If you have money – absolutely. I cannot quite justify this at the moment but I hope someday in the future I can treat myself. There is so much love in this cream/oil/whatever this is, I can’t even.


Nail Mist

Leighton Denny – Expert Nails Miracle Mist

4 Very Curiously Supportive Zeuses

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Full size, costs £12

What

I own 2 types of nail drops for drying the varnish faster, but a spray? I have never heard of it before.

How

You just allow the nails to rest for a minute after applying a fresh coat of polish and then spray this on them to make it dry faster.

Pros

  • Are you kidding me? We all know there are suddenly about a hundred different tasks to be completed, including scratching all the apperently itchy body parts just straight after you have done your nails. It’s the law. It’s just how it is. So if there is anything to make me stop ruining the nails, I am all for it
  • You would think (at least I did) that this would smell like acetone, but it doesn’t. It actually has a pleasant scent.
  • It really does work. It’s not a miracle and it’s not the white light for the gel nails, so you still need to be careful, but it does speed up the process!
  • You also avoid the oiliness that occurs if you use the drops

Cons

  • It’s not a magical fix-it spray 😦

Would I buy it again & should you?

Hell yes, I don’t see why not. The price is not awfully ridiculous, I am hoping it will last a while. Anything that would make the nail process faster, just do it.


Now to the dishonourable mention of the worst item I have ever received and a wonder on why does it exist

A ‘palette’

Next – Make Me Beautiful Eye Shadow Palette Multi

4 Give me my Cash-monies back Momo’s (I leave the 5 for something that exceeds everything else)

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This sums up to a waste of £10.

So you know, when I opened the box I thought ‘wow, cool, a palette!’. Boy was I wrong. So maybe I am a tad dramatic, but c’mon. I mean… c’mon. 

What

Not a palette.

How

Maybe if you soak it with a spray primer, maybe then some colouration would appear. I am not hopeful though.

Pros

  • In theory, the colours are pretty
  • That’s it.

Cons

  • did really try to get some colour out of these. Believe it or not, the swatches are visible just because I kept rubbing my finger on those colours for way too long compared to what I usually do (as a rule I just move my finger 3 ways so I could compare all the palettes at the same intensity)
  • How was there fallout when there was no colour, I do not know.
  • Packaging is beyond disappointing, cheap plastic, you can see your fingerprints even if you didn’t touch it yet that’s how sensitive it is. I wouldn’t care though if the eyeshadows were pretty, or you know – working.

Could alternatively be used as something to throw at people. You know, just like chimps use their equivalents to throw at each other.

Would I buy it and should you?

… I want my £10 back.


VERDICT

Let’s agree to ignore the last item and pretend it never arrived. I was honestly let down by it so much that I would have rather not received it at all, somehow it drags the whole box down. Just feels like they had a bunch of these in the storage laying around, as that’s what these ‘palettes’ would be good at, and decided to get rid of them so they tossed some in the boxes, pretended it’s a thing. Well it’s not a thing and I am deciding to deny its’ existence.

Now to the rest of the box – I actually really loved it. The sample sizes were really small but I understand that seeing as the full size products were on an expensive side of the spectrum. I am happy I got to try The Body Shop oil, got really excited by the prospect and promise of a setting spray for the nails, loved loved loved  the H&O cream even though I will not be able to afford that unless I decide I do not need food for a while. The brow pen was all right, except that this one is just purely overpriced for what it is. But hey, maybe that’s somebody’s  exciting H&O’s equivalent.

April’s Glossybox was great and I am looking forward to the next one.

I believe the box was:

WHY, NO, STAPH!

REALLY POOR

MEH

SETTLING ON PASSABLE

ABOVE AVERAGE

REALLY ENJOYABLE

AWESOME

PERFECTION IN A BOX

And as always, let me know what you think about this box, or the version you’ve received. Did it suck, was it awesome, did it smell nice? What’s your favourite item reviewed? Do you subscribe to any boxes you would like me to consider, do you want me to review a specific item? Let me know anything and everything, I love reading your comments. You can probably tell that I like things to smell nice. I also like smelling things, just in case they do smell nice. Even if it’s a nail polish. I am yet to find one that smells good though.

Saturday on wednesday

 

 

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Hey there! Welcome to my Everything Blog. You know those lovely organised people who have a niche? Well that's not me, my blog is just like my mind, jumping from one thought to another. Sorry (but not too sorry). I have a degree in Psychology and am a proud owner of two amazing kittens Zeus and Momo, although thoroughly a dog person! I love cooking, I surely love eating, reading and exploring. I have created this blog with hope that I can lighten up the mid-week Wednesday with some Saturday chill vibes. Hopefully you enjoy your Saturdays On Wednesdays as much as I enjoy mine. With Love, G xoxo

6 thoughts on “Glossybox (UK) April 2016

  1. Seems like a really good month for that box! (Excluding the failure of a palette obviously)
    As always, that was one of the most entertaining reviews I have ever read, you have a marvellous way with words xx

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    1. I know the feeling! So far I feel like They are in a very safe-zone. They deliver just enough to keep me going. Which is fair enough, there will always be some misses, but from time to time they will deliver something amazing. I think it’s worth a try 🙂 x you might want to check My Little box. It’s a bit different but so far it’s my favourite. Although I haven’t received it yet for April 😦 but if you like that kind of thing (not 100% make up) then I cannot recommend it highly enough. But for make up based boxes, glossybox is a safe bet. It’s better than Birchbox in a sense as it is more likely to send full or deluxe size products.

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