July takes a step away from the trademark pink box, to bring a special coral and gold ‘Hello Summer’ edition – the first of the summer collector’s edition boxes. With 4 full sized products (yes, 4!) and the 5th being a seriously decent sized sample, you really are getting your money’s worth and some extra special treats this month.
Spectrum Collections Small Fan Brush (A10) – RRP £4.99
Let’s start with the ever anticipated fan brush from Spectrum. We’ve had glimpses for weeks now that this would be included in the box, but despite the tip off, I was still super excited to see that beautiful pink handled piece of magic lying in the box. A fantastic little multitasker, this fan brush is a must for any makeup enthusiasts collection – and at £4.99 you can’t go wrong! The brand is also vegan and cruelty-free.
I found the brush itself light and easy to use, had minimal fall out (not that that matters when highlighting or applying powder products, but it helps identify the quality) and so far no bristle breakages or loss.
If you are unfamiliar with that brand, I really recommend you go check their other products out, you will not be disappointed!
BellePierre Banana Setting Powder – RRP £25
A perfect match for the Spectrum brush, this setting powder is the second full sized product in this months box. Unlike your usual translucent setters, this product has a yellow hue that helps to cover redness, dark circles or discolouration on the skin.
While I love this product, I would recommend you beware if you’re pale like me and use an equally pale foundation, a little of this really is a lot. I mostly used this product to help set under my eyes, and found it to sit well on my face and wasn’t as messy as others I have used. I’m not all that into this baking trend, but i’ve heard it’s fantastic for that too! Another really pleasing product from BellePierre.
Papanga Spiral Hairbands – RRP £4.99
Let’s admit it, we all have those hair bands sitting around that somehow have half our head wrapped completely unmovable around it. I made the transition to spiral hairbands a while ago – but just with some cheapo ones from Primark. Papanga is not a brand I’ve heard of before, but I’m really impressed at the strength and sturdiness of these bands. They feel like top quality.
It’s unusual to get accessories in these boxes, but a nice little surprise none the less.
Monu Soothing After Sun Lotion – RRP £19.95
As if by magic, this product has come into my possession at just the right time. The recent heatwave in England has had me totally unprepared, and as a typical Brit I moan to high heaven about the heat and getting sunburn – even though the latter is entirely my fault. After sun generally is something you pop into Superdrug before a holiday and find the cheapest thing or the best offer and then forget it’s existence for the rest of the year – because let’s face it, the sun is a rarity in my home country.
This product is the only sample size in the box, but at 100ml it’s definitely not small. In fact, a full sized version of this is not much larger at 180ml. Made with ingredients like aloe vera, shea butter and cocoa butter, this product is created to de-stress, calm and moisturise the skin after even the harshest UV exposure. The product has a lovely fragrance and soaks in beautifully in comparison with other after suns that can make you feel sticky for a while.
I’ve been looking for a good aloe vera based after sun for a while now – and I think this is definitely a contender.
CuteBalms Macaroon Tint Lipbalm – RRP £5.99
The packaging on this is high up there on the scale of cute – it’s a macaroon!
A quick google search and there’s not much information on this brand – so I’m assuming they’re pretty new. I’m actually really impressed with this item, not just because it’s utterly cute but because it’s a really usable lip balm. Chapped and dry lips are the bane of my life, even in summer, so I’m a bit of a hoarder for these kinds of things. With a wonderful berry fragrance and the smoothest texture, I’m actually really excited this has fallen into my possession! It’s got only a very subtle pinky-red glow to it, but it gives your lips the stand out factor without making it look unnatural.
£5.99 might seem a little pricey for a lip balm, but I feel this is going to last me a long long time, even with daily use.
I will admit that I’ve been finding Glossy hit and miss recently. I cancel my subscription every other month at the moment, only to see the contents of the following month, fall in love, and resubscribe. Sometimes, it’s nice to have a change to the usual pink box too. I hope they keep up their good streak, at least until Summer is over!
Glossy is offering 50% off your first box when you sign up in July – use code SUMMER at checkout via glossybox.co.uk.