It’s February already! Pretty scared about how fast this year is going, but at least another month brings another box full of treats from Glossybox. Since Valentine’s Day is one of February’s biggest exports, it seems fitting that Glossybox have themed this month around Love – with a stripy emblazoned box and products in the vein of delicate and pretty. While I’m not a massive pink fan, I’m starting to shift away from the deep berry-toned clutches of Winter, so trying out some lighter tones could be quite exciting…
Jeanne Arthes L’Eau de Rose
A full bottle of perfume is not something I’ve had in a subscription box before – this bottle has a really classy look to it, too. The rectangular glass bottle and black metal cap give it a chic, expensive look. I’ve not heard of this brand/line before, so I didn’t know what to expect from the scent. The fragrance is essentially straight-up roses and I love it – I’m a sucker for rose scents and flavours, from Turkish Delight to Lush Rose Jam. I’m also aware that it can be quite a divisive smell, and lots of people find it too flowery or granny-ish. On it’s own, I think this is nice but layering with other fragrances is where it’s at, to get a more complex fragrance – as for the formula, it’s super long-lasting and I could still smell it on my wrists and neck long after finishing work. £20 for 30ml is an excellent price for Eau de Parfum, so I’d recommend picking this up if you’re a lover of all things rosy.
La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a skincare product with a longer and more ridiculous name. This little tube has a cool design, with black and bright colours mixed for an almost galactic feel. The front of the packaging states that this face mask-scrub hybrid contains volcanic rock, amethyst extract, Mullein flower (idk) and lingonberry extract – yes, like the jam from IKEA. While all these “magic” ingredients seem a bit pointless to me, the scrub itself is really nice – the texture is light and thin, with lots of gritty scrubbing particles for maximum exfoliation. You need to squeeze quite a lot out, as it doesn’t spread very far, so I’d probably go through this pretty fast. It also has a gentle scent, and is clay-based so that it dries down on your face (the pale pink colour turns grey). While it wasn’t miracle working, my skin felt really smooth and not too dried out after leaving it on for five minutes and scrubbing it off – I also really like that it’s mostly natural and free of micro-beads.
I’ve waxed lyrical about face masks multiple times on here, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that I’ll be sticking to Lush in the future (I’ll never be over Mask of Magnaminty), but this is a lovely – albeit extravagant – alternative for scrub-lovers. This 30ml tube retails for £26 – a higher price point, but not crazy unaffordable.
Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm
Can I just say, I hate samples in sachets. I never use the whole thing in one go, and always end up with some gross open packet hanging out in my bathroom. This sample hair product from Garnier is no exception – it looks exactly like one of those freeze-at-home Jubbly ice lollies you get in the summer. The premise of this “balm” is essentially a leave-in treatment to strengthen and condition the hair. I tried it out in the shower, first washing and rinsing, and then applying the balm – I squeezed about ¼ of the tube out and ran it through the ends and top layer of my locks, being careful not to rub it too close to the roots (I get greasy easily). After a few minutes, I rinsed thoroughly and could instantly feel a difference – my still-damp hair felt softer already, and smelled like honey. After letting it dry and brushing it the next day, I saw the subtle change, and my hair definitely felt silkier and smoother – although throughout the day my roots started to feel a little product-y and congested. I wouldn’t use this more than twice a week, but I think it makes a really nice addition to a haircare routine, and while it’s not an all-natural product, the price isn’t anything to sniff at either – a 30ml tub retails for £4.49.
Ciate London Paint Pot in Iced Frappe
Ciate is really growing on me as a brand. The makeup I’ve tried from (eyeshadow, liner, mascara & liquid lip) them has surprised me, and I’d really love to try more. Their original forte, however, is nail polish – something of theirs which I don’t have much experience with. I’ve used a glitter-strand Ciate polish before – which was cute – but never their OG formula.
This colour (Iced Frappe) is not really up my street, as I don’t go for sickly/girly shades in general and this colour washes my pale skin out – however, it is on trend and fitting for the upcoming spring season. The brush is a good size and shape, if a little clumsy, and the formula went on evenly – two coats are required, as the texture is thin and not particularly opaque. It didn’t stay on for ages, chipping after a few days (and the shade definitely didn’t suit me), but for a medium-priced full-size polish, I thought this was pretty good. These polishes, with their cute little bows and all, retail for £9 each in a vast array of colours.
MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Oyster Gold
Another unknown brand! Another mystery product! At first, I thought this little glass bottle was another nail polish, but it’s actually a liquid highlighter in a rather spangly gold shade. Akin to High Beam from Benefit, this is an illuminator in a thin formula that comes with a built in brush for dabbing straight onto the skin. This is less pearlescent than Benefit’s offering, with not as much pigment and more shimmer – it’s also a lot more subtle, so is nice if you don’t want an all-out blinging look. I;m not a huge fan of liquid or cream highlighters, but I can see myself using this in the summer to mix with a BB cream and bring some more dimension to my face. The price is also really appealing – £7.25 for a full-size glass bottle – and way more affordable than the pinky and pricey High Beam.
I’ve really loved this month’s box – all the makeup bits are lovely, and I’m definitely repurchasing the perfume once it runs out. Next month will be back to the usual box design, although subscribers will be able to choose from a selection of Sleek’s Eye and Cheek palettes. As always, Glossybox UK is available here for £10 + P&P per month,