Glossybox Review – April 2016

Hey everyone! It’s Glossybox review time; I received my April box this week, so let’s take a look inside…


Box Break Down:

Next Make Me Beautiful Lipstick
– Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist
– Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner
– The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
– H&O Skincare Skindulgence

Next Make Me Beautiful Lipstick (Full Size) –  £8 RRP

I’ve never tried any of Next’s make-up range as I tend to steer clear of cheaper, retail branded make-up. When I saw this colour in my box (Simply Peach) I thought it was lovely, but on applying it I find that it’s definitely too pale for me, which is a shame. I also didn’t like how it looked after applying. It’s quite matte, but it looks a bit patchy in places. It also doesn’t have very good staying power! Overall, not a fan of this lipstick. Sorry, Next!

Leighton Denny Expert Nails Miracle Mist (Full Size) – £12 RRP // Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner (Full Size) – £22 RRP

The Miracle Mist is what grabbed my attention as soon as I opened my box! Lovely full-sized product! I don’t wear nail polish very often as I hate waiting for it to dry, so this is kind of perfect for me. I’ve tested it on only one nail so far, and it did speed up the drying time a little. I’ll have to try it on a full set of nails sometime to see how well it fares properly.

I saw a lot of negative responses to the Studio 10 Brow Lift on social media so I immediately went to try it out for myself. I’m not sure why there’s so much negativity as I found it very creamy and lovely to apply, and it gave me the best brows I’ve ever had!  I don’t think it’s suitable for all hair colours like Glossybox claim (what about red-heads?) but I really love it as it’s perfect for my own hair colour.

The Body Shop Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil (Sample Size) – £28 RRP // H&O Skincare Skindulgence (Sample Size) – £42.50 RRP

I was most looking forward to The Body Shop sample when I read about it last month! Unfortunately I haven’t actually tried it yet! I’m not sure how many uses you would get out of this little sample to see if it works either, BUT, Glossybox and The Body Shop have also teamed up to give Glossys £10 off a £25 spend online or in store and the chance to get a deluxe sample of The Body Shop’s new Sleeping Cream, so I can’t complain too much.

I’ve seen these balm-type make-up removers like Skindulgence before but have never tried them. I think I’m a little bit too lazy to ever use it (I prefer to just wipe a cleansing wipe over my face and be done with it!) but I will try it out sometime and see what I think.

Thanks for reading everyone! If you’re a Glossy, what did you all think of your Glossybox? I know there’s a mascara (which I picked myself) in next month’s Glossybox so I’m looking forward to that!

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Birchbox Review – April 2016

April has come around SO quickly! My Birchbox for this month arrived a couple of days ago, and I actually got the chance to sit down and try the products today! This month’s box design is a collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. and I have to say, it’s beautiful! I’m glad I chose the pink version as it’s much more happy and colourful than the green one, IMO. Also included with this month’s goodies is a 25% off voucher to spend at Rifle Paper Co. They have some lovely things on their website, but I was sad to see that they are an American company and so the shipping and possible customs charges might negate the voucher’s use a little. But still! It’s a nice gesture.


Box Break Down

– Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola
– LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Empress Me
– NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
– PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Touchable Curl Cream
– Kueshu Foot Care Cream

Benefit Dew The Hoola (Sample Size) – £22.50 RRP // LOC One and Done Shadow Stick in Empress Me (Full Size) – £8 RRP

I was excited to see a sample of Benefit’s Dew The Hoola in my box as I’ve been seeing Benefit advertise their new Hoola range for a while now! I’m not really one for bronzers or self tanning, but I was curious about this range. This is a little sample size, and you could probably get a few uses out of it depending on where you apply it! I tried it on my face, and it blends in well – maybe TOO well – as I was disappointed that it barely made any difference at all, and I have pretty pale skin. It has a tropical, pineapple-y scent, that reminds me of something from my childhood but I can’t remember what!
I wouldn’t go out and buy the full size of this, so at least that’s helped my decision!

LOC is Birchbox’s in-house make-up brand. I’ve always wanted to try a pencil-type eyeshadow so I was happy to get this in my box! It’s a lovely shimmery brown colour, which will go lovely with darker shades to create a smokey eye, or just as a light smokey eye on its own! It applies smoothly and wears well.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse (Sample Size) – £17 RRP // PARLOR by Jeff Chastain Touchable Curl Cream (Sample Size) – £17 RRP

I’m a bit wary of this oil as I have oily skin to begin with, so putting oil on it seems a bit strange to me! This NUXE oil is a blend of six essential oils, plant oils and vitamin E, to give your skin hydration and a velvety sheen. You can use it on your face and body, or in the ends of your hair if it’s particularly dry. I have tried it on the back of my hand, and it does make my skin feel silky and gives a healthy glow! It also smells amazing. I’ll have to try it on my face at some point and see if it makes it even more oily or not, but if it does, I’ll use it on my body instead because the scent is gorgeous.

I was pleased to see that Birchbox obviously read the profile for my hair – I have very thick, curly hair (though it’s very short at the moment!) and I never know what to do with it. I’ve never heard of this hairdresser, but I’m always willing to give curl creams a go! Not sure how well it will work on my short hair, but I’ll have to find out!

Kueshi Foot Care Cream (Travel Size) – £12 RRP

This made me laugh when I opened up the bag and saw it. Why? Well, I walk home from work for lunch, and on the way home that day I had complained to my friend that walking hurt, and felt like the heels of my feet were burning! So to find this in my Birchbox when I got home for lunch was like a miracle! Haha! I instantly applied it to my poor, dry heels (not sure why they were, I usually have very good feet) and it certainly made a difference! I had much less pain the rest of the day, and my heels don’t hurt at all a few days later. I’d say that’s a win! I’m definitely going to keep using this, even though I never use foot cream usually.

Thanks for reading everyone!

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