It’s been ages since I got a Beauty Box. I used to get a couple each month for over a year but started to find the brands and products a bit samey after a while so cancelled my subscriptions.
I decided to give them a try again this month and the Glossybox arrived today so I thought I’d do a quick first impressions post.
When I opened the box up the immediate stand out product for me was the Nails Inc polish in Uptown (RRP £11). It’s the most beautiful pinky nude shade. The polish applies really easily – it’s highly pigmented and super smooth with a lovely shine to the finish. I popped on one coat to get a feel for the shade and it was pretty much totally opaque after just that one coat, so I imagine you could get away with one coat if you were in a rush.
Next up was the MONUspa Rosewood Reviving Mist (RRP £11.95 for 100ml). This is the only item that isn’t a full size in the box however it’s a generous 50ml deluxe sample size. If you’re not a fan of strongly scented products then I don’t think this is one for you – it has a very strong floral scent which definitely lingers. Whilst the scent doesn’t bother me, I wouldn’t want to use this if I was wearing perfume as I think it could easily interfere with it. It does say on the bottle that you can use this “alternatively…to refresh and lightly fragrance the body” so I might put this to one side and take on holiday with me to use as a freshing body / foot spray. It’s pleasant enough but essentially it’s just a basic facial mist and I really try to avoid adding products to my skincare routine that don’t actually have any real benefit for my skin.
The Vintage Cosmetics Company slanted tweezers (RRP £8) are cute enough with their floral design (although I’m not really an old school floral kind of girl) but as someone who has their eyebrows waxed, I very rarely use tweezers and, for the odd occasions that I do, I already own three pairs (Tweezerman, HD Brows and Space NK ones) so I think I’ll give these to a friend who may get some use out of them.
Nicka K New York’s 24H Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown (RRP £3.99) is a decent enough product for the price point. I love the shade and it’s buildable and does a pretty decent job of not smudging once applied so if you’re wanting to blend this out then be quick about it! When I did the swatches below (one application, two applications and blended out) I must have left it too long before attempting to blend it out with the built in sponge smudger on the end so had to be quite heavy handed – there’s no way I would be willing to apply that much pressure to the skin around my eyes. As for the waterproof claims, I can’t really comment on that as I haven’t tried it out properly but it did wash off easily with soap and water so I suspect it may not actually be THAT waterproof. Water resistant perhaps, but for me waterproof make up shouldn’t come off just with some hand wash and water. Having said all of that I do really like the colour of this so I think I would gdefinitely get use out of it.
Finally, Naobay’s Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner (RRP £10.64) is something I’m excited to try out. I have long hair and there’s loads of it but each individual stand is quite fine so I often feel like my hair can look a bit flat. I only use conditioner a couple of times a month because of that as I find any additional products just weigh my hair down. The blurb on the back states that “natural triglycerides…add density and volume to hair” – I’ll report back if it matches up to claims. As for first impressions, all I can say so far is that is smells really nice – fresh and slightly lemony – so regardless of it’s performance I should at least have gorgeous smelling hair!
What would you be most interested in trying from April’s Glossybox?