Glossybox Beauty Box July 2017 – Unboxing and Product Reviews and…some comments on translucent powders and flash photography

Glossybox July 2017 was dedicated to summer with a specific “summer getaway” theme. The box was not the usual pink Glossybox, it actually had a design this month which was a lovely surprise. The box was still the same size and type but it was a lot more intensely/hot pink coloured than the usual baby pink and it has “hello summer” written on the top lid with golden letters. Such a lovely box! So simple yet so nice. I’m so glad Glossybox is doing special edition design boxes even if they are just simple variations of the standard box.

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This month there were 5 products included as expected, no extras. From left to right as shown in the picture these were: an after sun lotion, a lip balm, a setting powder, hair ties and a fan brush. So let’s go in a little more detail as to how each product performed.

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Bear in mind that these are my personal opinions and that beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa, please leave your comments below!

 

MONUspa Soothing After Sun Lotion

MONUspa Soothing After Sun LotionWe are well into the summer and so whether you are going on a nice hot holiday or it is hot already where you are (lucky you), an after sun lotion is not going to go to waste. I was very excited to get this product in this month’s box even though my holidays already passed and it’s mostly raining here…sadness. But the lotion came sealed and lasts 12 months upon opening so I can save it for my next holiday. Points to Glossybox for including a sealed product that you can keep safely for a while.

Since it is not really sunny here, I haven’t been able to give this a good test drive so I can’t honestly say too much about this.

The outer packaging and branding looks nice, simple and sophisticated and even though it is a standard tube it doesn’t feel cheap. It contains Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E all of which are ingredients that will help with moisturising and restoring sun damaged skin. It definitely is a promising product and I can’t wait to try it on my next holiday.

The tube holds 100mL of product which is not just easy to carry around but also a fair amount to take with for a holiday of two or more. The brand is apparently against animal testing and commits to using the best ingredients out of nature. SCORE = 8/10

If you are going on a holiday check out: “Everything you need to know about sunscreens and SPF”

 

Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry

This is a lip balm with a pink tint that smells almost like bubble gum, but not quite, but it is a nicely sweet scent. It is not a box, not a tube, it is a macaroon! Initially I thought it was a burger…maybe I was hungry.

The pink macaroon box is plastic but of a fairly good quality for a lip balm and it opens by twisting it around. The balm is nicely moisturising but not sticky at all and the pink tint gives lips a very natural looking colour. It almost looks like you just bit your lips and gave them a little more blood flow (this of course depends on what colour your lips are naturally). This is the perfect lip balm for when you want to create a natural look but still give yourself that little extra sexy lip while still looking natural.

The only “issue” with this is that because it is tinted you can’t use it blindly like other balms and just place it on your lips, you will need a mirror to make sure you are not going over your lips. Otherwise the slight pink tint outside the lip lines is weird enough to make you look like a 6 year old just did your lips. Use a mirror with this one!

This balm will definitely hold a place in my daily makeup bag. I love how natural it looks and that it is not sticky like a lot of other balms. I also like the fact that it is a macaroon shape, not specifically for the macaroon but because it is not just a round box. It gives it that extra little more interest and excitement to use.

This is a full size product that retails for £5.99 and surprisingly I would pay for it. The natural, blood filled, sexy lip look without the stickiness is worth it for me. SCORE = 9/10

 

Bellapierre Banana Setting Powder

Bellapierre Banana Setting PowderI admit…I am starting to really like Bella Pierre. I’ve now tried a few different products from them and they don’t disappoint. I’m very happy that Glossybox included a more “posh” brand in this month’s box, who doesn’t like a bit of branded make up? It also makes the box feel more like value for money, even though they are always worth more than you payed for.

This setting powder is excellent for summer when your skin will sweat more and produce more oils. I used this powder on my oily T-jone and it worked well. It is very silky smooth and even though it has a banana colour, pale yellow, it comes off almost colourless when you work it into your skin. I must say though, the banana colour and writing on the box sort of made me expect that it would also smell like banana which it doesn’t. It is completely odour free which is not a bad thing I just…I was expecting a banana smell!

The packaging is plastic and it can feel slightly cheap especially the fact that the powder is loose and there is no open/close compartment inside. As soon as you open the lid the powder can fall out through the holes. But…does it need to be super fancy packaging? Not really but be careful with this one, you can easily pick up more powder than needed or make a mess when you open it.

A lot of setting powders even though they are translucent, they tend to reflect light when you take a picture especially if you use flash. This doesn’t really reflect on the quality of the setting powders it’s just something that perhaps some companies didn’t think through all the way. I’ve rejected translucent setting powders even from big brands like Estée Lauder and Bare Minerals because they make you look like a fluorescent alien when you take a picture and you can see on the picture taken exactly where you put the powder and how much…it’s a huge no no mess that even celebrities have been shamed for.

This one however, was much better that I expected and it almost passed (but not quite) the flash photography test! You could still see it glow a little but nowhere near as bad as other translucent powders. See pictures.

I’ve also uploaded a comparison picture of the Bella Pierre powder next to the Estée Lauder. You can see that in normal light the Bella Pierre is slightly white/yellow where the Estée Lauder is slightly pink as with a lot of translucent powders (including the Bare Minerals) so it kinda disappears into the skin easier. But after flash the Estée Lauder is so much more fluorescent than the Bella Pierre and I promise you it’s the same case with the Bare Minerals one and a lot of other translucent powders. You wouldn’t want anyone taking a picture of you looking like you have white glowing powder all over your face!

PS. I took pictures from all angles and the results are the same, so it is not due to the flash light angle hitting the Estée Lauder more. Also these pictures were taken with only one swipe/swatch of powder…imagine what your face would look like after 2-3 layered applications!

The least glowing translucent powder I’ve found so far in my experience is actually the Urban Decay compact translucent powder (actually called de-slick mattifying powder: http://www.urbandecay.co.uk/en_GB/face/face-powder/de-slick/371.html) which doesn’t glow at all and is actually pure white coloured so you also have the benefit of not adding any colour to your make up. Why do brands make most of their translucent powders slightly pink?!

Anyhow, Bella Pierre did well with this setting powder, even better than some big brands like Estée Lauder and Bare Minerals. Good job!

This is a full size product that retails for £25 but I’m afraid I would always go for the Urban Decay one which is not only better but also cheaper at £18 from beauty shops or £20 from online Urban Decay. Sorry Bella Pierre. SCORE = 9/10

 

Papanga Spiral Hairbands

These hair bands/ties, or hair bubbles as they call them in the UK, came in a nice posh looking packaging with each tie being wrapped around a round carboard. Definitely much nicer looking packaging than other brands that sell these hair bands.

The hair bands are of good quality and they definitely work in terms of not creasing your hair. And if you are wandering why spiral hair bands don’t crease hair it comes down to simple physical laws. Because these bands are spiral, the force that they apply to you hair and your hair applies back is distributed over a larger surface area and not in one direction (aka spiral) so it is more “evened out” if you like and easier on your hair leading to reduced creasing. So these type of hair bands do work including these ones.

However, because of the way the force is distributed, spiral hairbands in general and including these ones are not good for holding a lot of weight (thick or long hair) very high. So if you want a nice sleek, sexy, tall pony tail these will not work for you but if you are looking for a casual, lower pony tail or maybe you just want to quickly tie your hair back while cooking or exercising without creasing them, then this is the right product. These are now my go to hair ties when I’ve straightened my hair and don’t want it to crease but want it out of the way for some reason like exercising for example.

I love the branding, I love how posh they feel and look even though they are just hair bands and I love that the box came with two of them in different colours. I also like that they colours are natural brown variations and not something that would stand out too much like intense pastel colours. Very nice product but for a specific purpose.

These spiral hair ties were full size and retail for £4.99 which is not too bad. They are made from elastic plastic so they can’t be too expensive but they are also a specific use item so they are allowed to be a little more pricey than normal hair ties.  SCORE = 9/10

 

Spectrum Fan Brush A10

Spectrum Fan Brush A10I’ve now collected and bought (I admit) quite a few of the Spectrum brushes and I have to be honest I am a huge fan. They are pretty, they are cheap and they are good quality. For the same amount of money that you would spend to buy just one brush from a brand, let’s say MAC, you can buy a 5 piece set from Spectrum and the quality is good.

I have noticed that the Beauty boxes I subscribe to, specifically Birchbox and Glossybox tend to include, quite often, brushes from Spectrum (I guess because they are so cheap usually £4.99 for one) but I am very happy about that because…I want them all! And I want them double too…just in case you know?

In all honesty, although they might appear cheap from their price tag, they are good brushes and that includes this fan brush.

I used it for my highlighter and it applies it so effortlessly and naturally looking. Although Spectrum has a lot of brush designs, I love this specific pink and blue-purple coloured range. This brush is now part of my daily highlighter application and I love it. It is soft, washable, works well and doesn’t feel as cheap as it actually is.

I know from a sneak peak that next month’s Birchbox will have a Spectrum brush from this pink range and I cannot wait!

This brush is a full size and retails for £4.99 (most of them, no matter what type of brush, retail for this price). SCORE = 10/10

 

Overall, I loved the contents of this box. The special box design was a nice surprise and the summer theme definitely fit the products contained. Love, love, love.

Initial box score, in terms of products and first feelings = 9/10

Overall box score after product testing (a sum of product scores) = 9/10

Star product = Spectrum Fan Brush A10 

 

Did you get this month’s Glossybox? What did your box contain? What did you think of the products? Have you tried any of the products listed? Let me know your experiences!

For general Subscription Box reviews see my: BirchboxGlossyboxLook Fantastic and Cohorted general review posts. For help on how to choose the right subscription box for you check out “Which Subscription Beauty Box is right for you?”.

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.

 

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