This morning I was lucky enough to receive three packages. A very cheap (1p!) Maybelline New York lip gloss bargain from Half Price Perfumes, a beautiful Paprika peplum dress from New Look and my beautiful new Glossybox.
Upon opening my box I actually said out loud “Wow, that's big”; referring to the Clean Start 3-step kit by Dermalogica that sat at the top of my box. This set has three parts to it:
A foaming wash that is said to “clean deep and wipe out dirt and breakouts”
A purifying toner in the form of a spray mist that they say “helps control shine and keep breakouts away”
An spf15 moisturizer that is lightweight and shouldn't block pores.
|Foaming wash, Purifying Toner, SPF Moisturizer|
I was pretty excited by this set. The card that came with my box says that it has a value of £12 which is practically the price of my box by itself and I'm always looking for new face products. I don't suffer from breakouts but I do get terrible blackheads on my nose so maybe this set will be good for not clogging my pores.
Although I haven't used this set yet (it arrived too late and I'd already finished my morning routine and put on my make up!) I thought I'd open it to feel the consistency of the products.
For some reason I thought that the foaming wash would have a creamy formula; probably because of all of my moisturising washes that I have to banish my dry skin on my cheeks. It doesn't smell unpleasant, maybe a little medicinal though.
The mist toner feels lovely on my skin. I sprayed it a little on my neck and it felt very cooling on my skin. I'm not sure if it stops breakouts but it did leave a matte finish once it had dried although I'm not sure how it would fare on oily skin. It also feels amazing on hot days like today!
The moisturising lotion is lightweight, as promised. It takes a little bit of rubbing to get it to absorb into the skin but seeing as it's a very thin lotion is seems like a little will go a long way.
I think I'll be trying this whole set out starting from tonight.
Next was a 1g pot of Summer Warmth Bronzer by BM Beauty. This little pot is worth around £2 and for a sample it's very full!
Summer Warmth Bronzer
In the box was also a natural goat hair blush brush with Glossybox written on it (which matches our compact mirrors from their birthday box!) and a mini Yves Rocher France Ultra-volume Sexy Pulp mascara.
The brush is made of natural goat hair and is said to give supersoft make-up application. It had quite a few loose hairs but does feel quite soft. Apparently it retails for £15 but I'm not sure I would have paid that; a very nice addition to the box though. I'll be trying it tomorrow with my blush.
The mascara I haven't been able to test yet because I already have some on. I'm looking forward to trying it though as the brush seems to come out with very little excess product on it. Even if I don't buy the larger version of this I think I'll keep it in my handbag as it's such a useful size. I don't know who thought the word “pulp” sounded sexy though!
Last are a collection of 6 shades of Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation Cream Stick by Vichy. It is said to be good for correcting minor to severe skin flaws. Inside the packet it shows before and after images of models covering their flawed skin -including one male model which I thought was quite nice. I've known quite a few men who were embarrassed by their blemishes, it's nice that Vichy aren't just targeting women with this product- men should feel confident in own skin too!
|Left to right: Porcelain, Opal, Light, Nude, Sand, Bronze|
Here are swatches of all 6 tones. They seem very creamy and I can imagine that they'd be good at covering blemishes. As always they don't really suit my skin, but if there was one that did I'm sure that I'd buy it. The foundation sticks are fragrance free, hypoallergenic and have spf50 as well as being resistant to water and persiration.
This isn't going to be the kind of product that wears off after an hour or so. I've washed my arm twice rather brutally after these swatches and I still have shadows of all 6 shades!
Overall I'm very pleased with this months box. I think it's better than ones that I've received in previous months and I believe that I'll use nearly all of these products.
I was wondering about cancelling Glossybox and sticking just with Joliebox but it seems I'll be sticking with them a while longer.
What do you think about this month's Glossybox? Did you love the products as much as I did? I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else got.