Every month for the past 18 months I've been getting a lovely little box of goodies from Glossybox. At first I wasn't sure how it was going to go, you know, you read reviews and some people love them and others don't. For me, Glossybox has worked out really well because I'm trying products and brands I probably wouldn't have bought before and what's more I'm actually using them rather than them sitting in a drawer doing nothing. The box usually contains more full size products than not and on the odd occasion where something arrives that doesn't suit my colouring, like a very deep coloured blusher I've been able to give it away to friends or family I think would like it and would be able to use it. You can also subscribe as a gift, so if you've got a family member or a friend who loves make up just as much as you do this could be a good gift (see what I did there, Christmas present idea!)
Today I thought I'd share with you some of my recent Glossybox favourites from the past few months. I haven't done a review on a Glossybox 'box' for ages so I thought I'd mix them all together and pull out a few of the products I've been really impressed with.
Manna Kadar Lash Primer
So here we have the Manna Kadar Lash Primer which came in the August box. Manna Kadar are a US cosmetics company that I'd never heard of before but after a bit of Google research found out that the company had been in production since January 2012 and is going strong, in fact Kim Kardashian champions their Sheer Glo Shimmer Lotion, can't say fairer than that! This lash primer is an odourless white cream, it surprised me as I assumed it would sink in but it doesn't, it colours your lashes white which looks a bit odd! I use it as an eyelash primer prior to applying my mascara. The cream dries on and separates and smoothes the eyelashes and helps make the lashes look longer, it also stopped my mascara from flaking during the day. I'm really into priming everything at the moment so this was great for me. If you want to find out more about Manna Kadar you can go to the website www.mannakadarcosmetics.com
So Susan Haute Light Highlighting Pencil
One from the October box, the girls at Glossy are big fans of So Susan so I've accumulated quite a few of their products over the last 18 months. As a packaging person I usually drool over the packaging, never mind the product, this cute pencil crayon comes in a box and is a highlighter. At first I wasn't sure which part of my face I was supposed to highlight but you can pretty much use it anywhere. I use it mainly on my eyes to give a bit of highlight in the corners and on the brow bone and I have tried it in the inner rim of my eyes too (as suggested by Glossybox). This was a full size product, costing £5.00 and the website is www.sosusan.com/en
Talika Photo-Hydra Day
Talika Photo-Hydra Day arrived in the October box and can best be described as a moisturiser/primer, the consistency is more primer than moisturiser and sinks right in leaving skin really smooth. It's a great pre-make up primer, as I said before I'm all about the priming right now, so I'm using this a lot. It is an extremely lovely product but if I'm being fair it does the same thing as the No7 Lift & Luminate Face Serum, there isn't really a lot of difference in the consistency or the outcome, both leave my skin smooth and prepared for moisturiser and make up.
Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint
The Jelly Pong Pong Play Paint is one of their best selling products and is very versatile, you can use it on your lips and your cheeks but be warned, it's very highly pigmented so use sparingly, a little bit goes a long way! When I tested it on my hand I used too much and it was pink for ages! It does say on the tube that it is supposed to last 10 hours and I can verify that it does last a really long while. I use it alone or as an undercoat for another colour lipstick, it's also really good if you use it and put a gloss over the top. When you put it on your cheeks it gives a healthy glow, a bit like a flush but again, use sparingly and put it on in good light. This little tube costs £8.95 and can be bought from www.jellypongpong.com, their website is worth checking out, it's really cool.