When Glossybox revealed their December offering last month, it’s safe to say I got pretty excited – the box design this time around features a white and gold theme, with a mistletoe pattern on the top (extremely festive/chic). Inside the box this month are five different beauty treats, all of which I’m looking forward to trying out and using for this holiday season – keep reading for a full unboxing and review…
Lipcote Original Lipstick Sealer
I wasn’t entirely sure what this was when I opened it – it looks sort of like an oil, in a little gold-capped bottle. The concept of the product is simple, as explained on the packaging – brush this on over your lipstick to prolong its wear time and make it budge-proof, definitely a useful item at this time of year (lipstick vs Christmas dinner). I tried it out with the lipstick that was also in the box, and I must say, it was a very weird experience. The formula has a strong chemical smell, and burns/tingles intensely once applied. This feeling then subsides, and it dries down to mattify your lipstick.
It definitely worked, although it felt quite drying – I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with badly chapped lips or sensitive skin. As for longevity, it kept my lips very matte, but the colour started to flake off once I ate a load of Snack-A-Jacks – I think this would fare much better if you were wearing it to go out for drinks etc. This lipstick sealer retails for a reasonable £3.69 for 7ml.
Collection Define & Perfect Eyebrow Powder
This (fairly novel) product launched from Collection earlier this year, as pretty much every brand rode the wave of eyebrow hype. I really like the idea of this – a pointed felt-tip style brush with loose pigmented brow powder in the lid. This allows you to fill your brows easily and with more precision, and you can aim for any really fiddly gaps.
This shade is definitely a touch too dark for me (I think it’s brunette – the colour selection isn’t amazing), but I really liked the formula and ease of application (It eliminates the need for a pencil, as the tip is very precise, and also gives a more natural and soft look to the brows. Shaken well, and combined with a clear gel to set it, this product is a definite winner – it retails for only £4.19, and is available in three different shades.
Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette
This is my favourite item this month – a palette of three illuminating face powders from the always-awesome and affordable brand Essence (which only seems to be sold in Wilko here in the UK). The first powder is a satin-finish pinky-brown shade, which I’ve been loving as a blush to warm my skin up a bit – it gives a pretty and subtle pearlescent glow to the cheeks. The second is a brighter, shimmery pink shade. There isn’t a lot of coloured pigment to this powder, but the fine light-reflecting glitter makes for a good highlighter or blush topper (I mixed this with the first shade to swipe on my cheeks).
The last powder is a deeper brown with more of an orange tone to it, and a shimmery finish. I imagine this would work well as a warm bronzer glow on the eyelids. This palette would be super handy for travel, and I can see myself using it constantly – especially when the summer months roll around. This palette is available for £3 (absolute steal!!!) on the Essence UK website.
Revlon Nail Enamel in Valentine
My mum stole this off me as soon as she saw it, as she’s obsessed with deep red/wine nail colours like this one. Revlon are one of my go-to brands for nail polish – their brilliant Gel Envy range includes my Holy Grail topcoat, and both my mum and I have been wearing this classic Nail Enamel formula for years. It’s long-wearing and chip-resistant, whilst being easy to paint on in a couple of coats – the finish is smooth and glossy, free of any brush marks or little bubbles.
This shade – Valentine – is a perfect universal and wearable red for the festive season, and I think it would really complement a gold glittery top-coat (which Revlon also do). Available at Boots and Superdrug for £6.49 each.
MDMFlow Semi-Matte Lipstick in Vamp
Subscribers had a little sneak peek of this month’s treats when Glossybox gave us a chance to choose which shade of this lipstick we wanted to receive – I went for the deep berry purple shade Vamp, as the nude option didn’t look pink enough for me (it’s also the perfect colour for Christmas festivities).
Another brand I’d never heard of, MDMFlow is the hip-hop inspired brand created by cosmetic scientist Florence Adepoju (there’s a nice little backstory on their website). They only have a few products available, but they all come in chic gold bullet-like packaging emblazoned with their logo, which feels expensive and weighty. Since the formula is semi-matte, it isn’t too drying and applies fairly easily and with a creamy texture – although you definitely need to use a lip liner with a shade like this to keep the edges sharp and defined. I’ve only tried this out with the Lipcote product, and it lasted well despite feeling very dry – I think that on its own it’ll be more comfortable to wear. The lipstick is available in 8 different shades, including some funky brights and a wacky blue colour – retailing at £18 each.
Over the past 3 months I’ve been incredibly impressed with what I’ve had from Glossybox so far – I really think it’s worth the subscription, and I’m looking forward to unboxing many more as we move into 2017. Glossybox (UK) is available for £10 + £3.25 shipping per month – a subscription would definitely make the perfect gift for any beauty junkie, too!