Summer is in full swing here in the UK, and I am not 100% feeling it! The sweat levels are too real, and trying to keep my foundation in place is starting to become a chore – I’m pretty oily anyway, so the (relatively) high heat isn’t helping. Glossybox UK is feeling the season too – this month’s box is a pretty watermelon pink shade with “…” emblazoned across the front in gold lettering (super cute and insta-friendly!). While the box is very cute, what’s inside is way more interesting, so let’s jump in.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Banana Setting Powder
How sweet is this little pot? Banana powders are not something I’ve tried, as I’ve always been worried that they’ll show up as crazy yellow on my pale undereyes – the banana-like tone is intended to help set concealer while cancelling out dark and purple circles under the eye and around the face.
This particular powder – from the unfamiliar-to-me brand Bellapierre Cosmetics – is a soft yellow tone, nothing too bright or scary. It’s super-finely milled, and really easy to either sweep on with a setting brush or to pack on with a damp sponge for baking (if you’re into that – I’m not). It actually doesn’t show up anywhere near as much as I thought it would, and there’s no luminous canary shade when on the face either. It does lend a soft, not-quite-translucent finish to the undereyes that definitely helps to brighten and keep creasing at bay, without looking too obvious or cakey. The brand also suggests putting this down on the eyelids to provide a neutral eyeshadow base (I can see this working quite well).
Verdict: this is a lovely little powder to use if you want to switch up from translucent or white powders, or if you struggle with tired-looking eyes. It is more on the pricey side, however – the full-size pot (which I have here) only contains 4g of product and retails for £25 in the UK – not mad-expensive as a little really does go a long way, but definitely not drugstore pricing.
Spectrum Collections A10 – Small Fan Brush
I love how pretty these brushes from Spectrum Collections are – the baby pink handle pairs perfectly with the ombre blue and purple bristles. They’re also absolutely fantastic quality, with soft and gentle synthetics hairs. I already have a fan brush, from a £14 Morphe set – it’s not terrible, but is a little dense and scratchy and has shed a few bristles.
I’ve been trying this out with my (new fave) highlighter – Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, which can be on the bold and glittery side. This brush was perfect for laying down a soft and subtle glow without depositing too much product. For anybody looking to up their highlighter game and get a fan brush, I would definitely recommend this as an amazing and highly affordable option – get it from Spectrum Collections here for £4.99.
Monu Professional Skincare MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion
After sun! How relevant – I’ve been careful not to get suburned so far this year, but I’m going to Italy in a few weeks and there’s always the chance that I’ll miss a spot with the SPF (hopefully not). This lotion from Monu Professional is intended to be used on both the face and body for a soothing and moisturising effect – which is probably nice regardless of whether you’re sunburned or not. Infused with cooling aloe, and with shea butter and vitamin E, I found this left my skin really soft and absorbed well without feeling heavy or greasy. It also has an unusual scent that reminded me of earl grey tea, with notes of bergamot and lemon (so so nice).
Conveniently, this lotion is 100ml so is carry-on friendly – good news for me, since I’m not taking any checked luggage on my trip. While it’s definitely more high-end – the full-size 180ml bottle retails for £19.95, you don’t need to use much, and it will last a fairly long time if you concentrate it in the areas that need the most attention. Available here as a full size (with a pump!) from Monu’s website.
CuteBalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry
I have to admit, I found this product a bit tacky and childish – it’s a pink tinted lip balm in the shape of a macaron (not macaroon) biscuit. It is kinda cute though, as the brand name CuteBalms would suggest. This product is intended for multi-purpose use as both a lip and cheek tint, although I haven’t tried it as the latter. It has a pleasant sweet smell, but there is a slightly cheap and plastic undertone it that puts me off using it on my skin. As a lip balm, it feels comfortable but not overly moisturising – more of a barrier product like a lot of lip balms on the market. The tint that it gives however, is really nice and doesn’t cake up on any dry patches or lip creases – it just adds a little something to the lips (I’ve tried tinted lip balms before that look weird and patchy).
I think this would make a nice little gift for someone, particularly a kid or anyone that’s just really into cute stuff and macarons (it does look a lot like a macaron). Their store isn’t fully operational yet, however, Glossybox are listing this particular balm on their website here for £5.99.
Papanga Spiral Hairbands (x2)
Another weird beauty trend I haven’t tried – these plastic hairbands that look a lot like old-fashioned telephone wires. I understand that they’re supposed to be easier on the hair and cause less breakage and kinking, however they’re not exactly subtle, are they? Papanga is a brand that specialises in these funky hairbands (which apparently can also be used as bracelets) and they come in all sorts of colours, sizes and finishes. Glossybox sent me perhaps the most plain of all of them – a double pack with one clear and one brown band (super great for my ginger hair…not).
These are a bit tricky to get used to – you have to get used to putting it on the wrist and then tying your hair up. They are quite tight, and I’m not sure if that will change over time, but it did feel really secure in my hair and I didn’t have any issues with hair being pulled out or snagging.
They’re not completely pointless though, and it is good to have hair ties that aren’t going to disappear after you use them once, or snap in half and ping you. If you have super-long hair (I don’t), then they might be a worthwhile investment since they’re stronger and able to hold more hair. Papanga sell all sorts of different variations on these bands – head over to their site here to have a look – this particular two-pack retails for £4.99.
Next month’s box is gonna be another super-cute limited edition, so I’ll definitely be keeping both this one and that just because they look nice – subscribe to Glossybox UK here for £10 + P&P per month.