Glossybox is back to the traditional pink box this month, after a couple of (super-gorgeous) limited edition summer boxes, and I have to admit that I missed it! I care more about the contents of the box anyway – especially this month, since GB has dropped in a Kinder Bueno (that I inhaled in about five seconds) and a little thank you card and notebook for my first Glossybox anniversary. Chocolate aside, there’s a total mixed bag of stuff this month (including a toothpaste), so keep reading for a full unboxing and review of September.
STYLondon Siligel Blender in Clear
Here’s a trend that I managed to deftly swerve: silicone foundation “sponges”. I did buy the original version from Molly Cosmetics, but it was for my sister and I couldn’t bring myself to try it. This time around, I don’t have a choice – Glossybox included a similar product this month, from the brand STYLondon, and as far as I can tell, it’s exactly the same as the original.
The idea behind these applicators is that they don’t soak up product like a traditional sponge does, so you end up using less foundation/concealer – saving you money in the long run. I religiously use my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for foundation, so you could understand why I was apprehensive about trying the Siligel Blender.
Long story short: I didn’t get on with this. I tried it with my faithful Estee Lauder Double Wear, which isn’t the lightest of foundations, but the silicone sponge made it look like a total cake-face situation. For some reason, all the product skipped my pores completely, so I looked like my skin had tiny holes all over. These blenders really aren’t for me – they’re just not foolproof enough, and I need to have confidence that I can just slap the foundation on and blend away. If you’re interested in trying out a more affordable silicone sponge, then you can pick this one up here for £5.99 (about the same price as the RT sponge!).
Pixi by Petra Brow Tamer in Clear
I’m a total brow gel fiend – not many things are more satisfying than brushing a loaded spoolie through your brows and taming those bad boys. Mine aren’t particularly bushy, but have a prominent arch and need to be kept in place to maintain the shape. I’ve used several different gels with either a tint to them or with added fibres, and while they work well alone, you don’t always want to add tons of volume. Clear gels are a great alternative.
This one is a definite winner for me – there’s none of the crispiness that some gels can give, and it didn’t leave any weird-looking white clumps in my brow hairs either. The spoolie is perhaps too big, but since there’s no pigment to the product, you don’t need to worry about being too precise. Honestly, the only bugbear that I have is something you just can’t escape with clear gels – they get dirty very easily if you already have powder/pencil/pomade in your brows. It’s kinda gross, but unavoidable.
Pixi isn’t really a drugstore brand, so this full-size tube retails for £12 – not the most affordable, but you don’t need to use much product to get sharp and locked-in brows. Buy it here from M&S if you’re in the UK.
MONU Skincare Firming Fiji Facial Oil
I’ve had a couple of products from MONU out of various Glossyboxes, and they’ve all been lovely – luxurious feeling with strong but natural scents. This one is no exception – a facial oil blend containing Bois de Rose and Patchouli that smells very heady.
I love how extra face oils are – after getting over the initial weirdness of putting oil on my already oily skin, I’ve used both the Rosehip Seed Oil and Squalane from The Ordinary, and I always feel like one of those Instagram gurus dripping oil onto my face (and all over my lap…).
The little bottle this came in is a pain to deal with, since the oil is quite thin and runny (I think the full size comes in a pump). This does however make it easy to apply and spread on the skin and massage in, which is such a lovely experience – I find the scent to be really relaxing as well, so it’s a good pre-bedtime product to use.
It’s supposed to be a firming oil, which I’m not fussed about, but I did find it to be non-greasy and super nourishing for my skin. After using this every night for nearly a week, I can see a noticeable difference in my acne scarring and pigmentation! Definitely going to repurchase this once I’ve been through my other oils. The pricing varies online for this product – Lookfantastic stock the 100ml bottle here for £29.95 – it’s certainly not drugstore (more of an investment), but there are way more expensive oils on the market.
Taylor’s 32 Flavored Natural Whitening Toothpaste in Grapefruit & Peppermint
Yes, Glossybox went there, This month’s box contains what might be the most ~aesthetic~ toothpaste I’ve ever seen, a “natural” alternative to most toothpastes in a Grapefruit and Peppermint flavour (the other one is fennel and mint – so thankful I didn’t have to try that one). All I’ve known my whole life is Colgate – it’s what my mum has always bought, and what I used throughout uni, so trying something else is mildly thrilling (I live an exciting life!)
One thing to note with more natural toothpastes – they aren’t going to behave like generic ones. The lack of SLS means that you won’t get as much froth, with a slightly chalky texture instead from the calcium carbonate – it takes some getting used to. The Taylor’s 32 also doesn’t have any added sweetener so the flavour isn’t particularly pleasant. That being said, it does a fine job of cleaning the teeth, although I don’t know about the whitening effect.
I think it’ll be back to Colgate for me, as I just didn’t get along with the chalkiness, but I’m totally keeping this in my travel bag as a backup. If you’re die-hard into your natural toiletries, this might be worth trying out – it’s only £5 for a full-size tube and the packaging is very cute/Insta-worthy. Pick it up from their website here, or in your local Waitrose.
Skinfix Hand Repair Cream
Hand cream season is definitely upon us – winter is here yet, but I can definitely feel the tops of my hands starting to dry up. This one from Skinfix is intense – it’s intended to help treat conditions such as eczema and dermatitis (I have neither, but a soothing hydration boost never goes amiss). Ingredients include notorious moisturisers such as shea butter, sweet almond oil and good old Vitamin E – all of which are going to help repair and protect the skin.
The cream itself is unscented, although it does have a slight smell – not dissimilar to the Neutrogena hand cream. The texture is very thick and balmy without being too greasy, and it takes a few minutes to work into the hands. The cream is never fully absorbed into the skin – honestly, I didn’t enjoy this quality, but for those with severely damaged skin this will provide a barrier to prevent any further drying or damage to the hands. The full-sized tube is 90ml (so pretty hefty), and retails for a moderate £12.99 – Boots online currently have 25% off here, so if you think this is up your street, act fast.
That’s a wrap on my first year of Glossyboxes! I’m getting really itchy feet about my whole subscription box situation, but haven’t yet made my mind up (still considering a Beauty Pie membership). If you’re interested in trying out Glossybox for yourself, you can sign up here – the monthly subscription is £10 + P&P per month.