Summer is right around the corner, and here in the UK we’re (just about) starting to experience some decent weather. With the warmer month comes brighter, more dewy makeup, and the inevitable anxiety of getting your legs out (but only if you really want to, of course). Both of these factor into this month’s Glossybox, which includes five different items under the skincare, makeup, and bodycare categories – all intended to get you geared up for summer…
Scrub Love Active Charcoal Scrub in Aloe & Avocado
These more natural body scrubs, packaged in coffee-like sachets are super-popular right now (no surprise as they’re totally Instagram-worthy). This scrub (from unknown-to-me brand Scrub Love) is activated charcoal-based, an ingredient known for its cleansing and clarifying properties. This variety of scrub contains both aloe vera and avocado to soothe and soften the skin. This is definitely one for more conscious beauty-lovers, as a vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and contains no microbeads (yay!).
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t have a great experience with this. Firstly, it was a pain to use, as you can’t really reseal the packet and the loose scrub product gets everywhere – as recipe for a huge mess. The scrub apparently works best if buffed into damp skin with the hands, and then rinsed off. I was surprised by how rough this was, and it left my legs a bit scratched and raw. Also, the smell was horrible – I couldn’t keep using it because it made me gag, it was that gross. I’m so mad about this, because I’d really love a natural scrub for the summer – I might try a sweeter-smelling one, perhaps coffee/chocolate scented.
The full-size sachet (this one is 100g – half of the usual sachet) of this scrub is available here for £13.95 – a moderate price for probably about 15-20 uses.
Dr PawPaw Original Balm
Me upon opening this: wtf is a pawpaw?
I’ve heard of this product a fair bit on social media, as it’s marketed as a do-it-all beauty product and solution. Paw Paw, as it turns out, is a fruit similar to papaya, which is supposedly rich in vitamins and antioxidants, with soothing, healing properties. The balm itself is also made with olive oil and aloe vera for nourishment.
The balm is quite a thick, stiff texture that softens a little once warmed in the hands. It has a clear, matte appearance – the brand states that it can be used for taming brows and smoothing hair, since it has no particular scent and is fragrance-free, I imagine this would work quite well on the hair (though my greasy mop does not need it).
I used this balm on my lips, hands, elbows and on a random dry patch behind my ear (AKA the bane of my life at the moment). It worked really well, feeling smooth and hydrating without an oily texture. It doesn’t absorb as fully as a hand cream might, but does help to protect your skin against the elements.
As well as being cruelty-free and vegan, this balm only costs £6.95 for a full-size tube (25ml), and a little goes a very long way – available here from Superdrug.
RUBY Powder Blush in Coral
I love blusher – I have a lot of redness in my skin, so when applying a base I try to make my skin tone as flat and neutral as possible with foundation. Of course, this also has the added effect of making you look lifeless/corpse-like, so a pop of colour on the cheeks is essential for adding dimension and breathing life into my makeup.
I’m so into bright shades for spring, so this pinky-coral from RUBY is right up my street. I’ve been addicted to my £1 blushers from MUA (see – April Favourites), so I’m using those as a benchmark for quality and value. The only other item I’ve tried from this brand is a fluffy blending brush for the eyes, included in a previous Glossybox – so the cosmetics themselves aren’t familiar to me.
Dipping into this blush, I found the texture to be a little on the stiff side, with not much product kicked up in the pan. That being said, the pigmentation on this is insanely strong, coming off as an intense, vivid orange-pink tone, and I inadvertently went overboard on the application (cue panic-blending). Unfortunately for me, this was tough to blend out, and ended up patchy and uneven.
This does last on the cheeks, however, so if you really struggle with blush longevity, or your cheek colour simply vanishing after an hour, this might be a good one to try out. I also think the shade would be way more suitable for darker skin tones, and the bright colour would look more subtle and less slapped-round-the-face than it does on me. This blusher is available for EUR 14.99, which I’d probably class as a high-drugstore price point.
Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet
I’ve definitely tried this product before, maybe in a Birchbox early last year…
Caudalie’s Vinosource range is all about lightweight and gentle skincare, incorporating grape water and chamomile, and this “sorbet” is a moisturiser for those seeking hydration without anything too heavy. With a fluffy, mousse-gel texture and distinctive scent, it feels hydrating and soft without any greasiness.
It’s still not perfect for my oily skin and acne, as I’m still loving the actively anti-blemish moisturisers from Simple and Clean & Clear. Additionally, the price tag on the full size one is a little steep – £23 for 40ml, although investing in skincare has become increasingly important to me. So, if this product really works for you, the cost may be totally worth it.
Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber
Another scrub product to get your legs/arms/butt/whatever summer-ready, this exfoliating sponge is designed to be used in-shower either with a body wash or a scrubbing lotion/powder (e.g. the aforementioned one from Scrub Love).
The sponge is double-sided, with one softer side and one more coarse side for tougher buffing. I liked having the choice, as some more senstive skin areas might not take kindly to being scrubbed – see: bikini line. I used this in the shower with some Lush shower gel, and it was a lovely pampering moment, helping to get the circulation on my arms going (it’s really poor, and they’ve always a little bit purple).
Another cool feature included in this sponge is the label – once the text (which reads “It’s Me Time) fades, it’s time to replace it, letting you know when it’s probably too gross to use. Available from the Daily Concepts website here for £4, this is a perfect in-shower tool for those wanting to get a deeper body cleanse, or slough off any dead skin as prep for fake tanning.
So, a hit-and-miss month for May, but the Paw Paw balm and scrubbing sponge are definitely keepers. As hinted on the product card this month, June’s box will include an eye gel from 111Skin, so that’ll keep me subscribed for sure. As always, Glossybox (UK) is available here for £10 per month + P&P.