Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Friday, 17 October 2014

My October 'Pop Art' Glossybox


This month's Glossybox is here, and for October the boxes are a special 'Pop Art' design, which suits me because I keep the boxes for storage and so the easier to tell apart they are, the less time I'll spend feeling like a contestant on Deal or no Deal while hunting for a mascara.

I want to start out by saying that I think objectively speaking, this might be the best beauty box I've ever had, or at least one of the best, but I am cancelling my subscription after this box - I'm aware that might sound entirely contradictory, but I'll explain as I go.


So number one reason why this box was awesome; six products, four were full size and the other two were good sized samples - not a foil sachet in sight. Reason number two, for me at least, is that there's a great variety of products; makeup, skincare, nails and perfume.


First up we have a full size (50ml) Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute - which retails for £19.50 normally, so there's your box more than paid for already. This was included in every box and while I've heard lots of chatter and excitement about Nuxe as a brand, I've actually never tried anything from them myself. Skincare does make me nervous because I'm allergic to so much of it, but being a moisturising mask, rather than say, an exfoliating scrub, I think I stand more chance of it being friendly to my skin. It is one of the reasons I'm giving up on beauty boxes for the time being though; my skin is just to sensitive to trial new skincare every month. Sometimes it's great, but more often than not, it's painful and it takes time for the irritation to heal - it's not the beauty boxes at fault here, it's me.


Next up we have a full size (15ml) Etre Belle Cosmetics Liplift Peel - which retails for 12.95Euros. A 'liplift peel' sounds terrifying to me, but, after quickly referring to the beauty card (which was sent as an email instead this month - what did you/do you think of that?), I discovered it's a lip exfoliant. I think this is a great product to include for this time of year. So often in Autumn we're given lip balms, and we find them in every hand bag, every jacket pocket - they get everywhere - so how nice instead to include some lip care that everyone doesn't already own 300 of?


Next up, and again full size (4ml) we have the So Susan Cosmetics Flutter Mascara - which retails for £14.95. I've never heard of this brand before, but at that price I'm expecting seriously good things from this mascara! Not a whole lot to say about this, and apologies for no wand photos - I have a 'queue' of mascaras building up, and want to keep this new until it's time to use it. I love the inclusion of a mascara in a beauty box though; they're great fun to try out and ultimately, even if you don't love it, it's rare to find one that's completely unusable.


And the last full size (13.5ml) product, which is also totally my favourite, is a Ciate London Paint Pot - and these have an RRP of £9. I got the shade Talent Scout - which is the most beautiful, almost primary purple. (and yes, after years of studying art I am aware that purple is in fact not a primary colour, but what I'm saying is that if purple suddenly went through some kind of identity crisis and became a primary colour, this is the shade it would be). I'm relatively new to Ciate polishes, but very impressed with what I've seen so far, but, that being said, I need nail polishes like I need a hole in the head - another reason to probably end the beauty box subscriptions!


Of the two sample size products, up first we have an 8ml tube of the Rimmel London Matte BB Cream - the full size is 30ml and sells for £6.99. I was excited to see this, matte = good for winter and BB creams are something I'm wanting to get more into (I know, I know, could I be any more behind?). But, as you can probably tell from the above photo, it's not meant to be with me and this cream. It isn't Glossybox's fault; they sent me the lightest shade, it's just another reason beauty boxes aren't for me - I'm kind of outwith the 'main' skintone spectrum for the majority of face products, I am uber pale. I had another BB cream recently in a Birchbox and it was exactly the same shade issue. This tube is a good size sample though, and the product felt really nice on my skin (and the swatch lasted for ages on my arm, I forgot to wipe it off at the time and it was still there when I showered about 8 hours later), so if it had worked for me, I would have been very happy with getting this.


And the last product is a 5ml sample of the Yves Rocher France Quelques Notes d'Amour perfume - full size is 30ml and sells for £33. Like a lot of you, I'm sure, I kind of sigh when I see a perfume listed, but, when I saw this in the box and saw it was a proper little bottle rater than a two-spritz vial thing, I was actually pretty pleased with it. The bottle is super cute and I can totally see me sitting it on my desk once it's done. Now, in terms of smell I am choked with the cold at the minute, but the site describes it as; "This scent encapsulates the feeling of falling in love through fusing notes of damascus rose, guaiac wood and patchouli." That's probably more than I could have said about it anyway!


And that's that. I think Glossybox really outdid themselves; I think the box was adorable, the mix of products, the size of the products and the value was outstanding, truly a great box. But really, it's time to break up; it's not you beauty boxes, it's me. I've been using beauty box subscriptions for just over a year now and I really have come to realise that I am a) too sensitive skinned b) too pale and c) have too big a makeup collection already, to really benefit from them. It's very frustrating to receive products you can't use, especially if it's 2 or 3 in a box, but I know that, like I said, it's down to me and my own needs and tastes, rather than any fault on the beauty boxes part (well, mostly...). I think for now I'll take a break, but I might keep an eye on You Beauty Discovery as you can choose your two monthly products there, so at least I know I can use what I get.

For anyone unsure; Glossybox costs £10 a month (plus £2.95 P&P) and is available from their website, here.

Did you get the October Glossybox? What was in yours? Did you love it? Do you share any of my feelings on beauty boxes in general?

6 comments:

  1. This is such a great box and I love the design of it this month around! The NUXE masque just makes this box even though I've tried anything from the brand I have read so many raving reviews x

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    1. I know, I keep forgetting to put it on at night as well, d'oh - I'm not used to using face masks!! But yeah, heard so many good things about Nuxe!

      Thanks for reading,
      Kitty
      xx

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  2. Primary purple: let's make it a thing. Great post =) I tend to have a similar issue with BB creams etc but I just can't give up on the boxes. I think the perfume was my favourite bit this month - just the CUTEST packaging in the world! N x

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    1. Lol, wonder if we can start some kind of 'make primary purple a thing' petition haha!

      Yeah, how cute and tiny and just perfect is the perfume bottle?! And now I can smell again, I've discovered I really like the smell too!

      Thanks for reading (I followed your blog on Bloglovin'),
      Kitty
      xx

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  3. Wow, I've never really read too much about Glossybox before, but it looks fab. I love that they include full-size products too. Such good value! Danielle x

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    1. Yup, I think I prefer Glossybox to Birchbox to be honest. Birchbox has often much smaller samples because they use higher end products, whereas I feel Glossybox has a good mix of high end and then full size, maybe less expensive products!

      Thanks for reading,
      Kitty
      xx

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