It’s been a couple of months since I’ve been a subscriber to Glossybox, but I’ve always been a fan of their Collector Edition boxes, and the contents of this one were too enticing not too to give a whirl. With three makeup items this month, it’s a perfect box for anyone gearing up for Christmas and New Year parties. Oh, and 4 of the 5 treats in this box are full sized too!
NAOBAY Equilibria Gel to Milk Cleanser – RRP £15.99
I’ve been paying a lot of attention to my skincare recently, as the cold winter wind really does take it’s toll on my face, particularly around my cheeks and nose. NAOBAY is not a brand I’ve heard of before, but a little research tells me it stands for Natural And Organic Beauty And You – a Spanish company formed by two brothers with a commitment to creating environmentally friendly cosmetics.
Starting off with a gel-based consistency, this product is initially massaged into dry skin and once mixed with water is turned into a soft milky consistency which really gets into the pores for a deep clean. Containing almond, olive and apricot oils as well as marigold, the cleanser is packed with natural goodies to give your skin the best glow. It’s formulated for normal to combination skin types, but my oily skin has had some rather positive results too, even with a few of the ingredients being natural oils. The first of the 5 full sized products in the box this month, NAOBAY and their perfectly designed packaging get a 10/10 from me!
Model Co 3D Lash Primer – RRP £7
I can’t say that a lash primer is something I’ve ever researched, let alone considered buying, so this is an entirely new product to me. Opening the box and seeing this product I will admit that a small sigh left my mouth – this was bound to be my least favourite product in Decembers Glossybox.
Claiming to condition lashes and give them a thicker appearance pre-mascara, the formula of this aims to smooth out your lashes to maximize the results of your mascara application.
I’ve used this primer with a variety of different mascaras, including Benefits Roller Lash, Nip + Fab, Beauty Pie Flash False Lash, and even Model Co’s own megalash mascara – and the results definitely depend on the mascara itself. I’d even go as far as saying it depends on the type of wand you use. On some applications, my lashes looked incredible and I could definitely see the benefit of using a lash primer, while others had an undesirable result and ended up clumped together and looking dried out.
It’s not something I’ll be putting in the bin, but likewise not something I’ll be reaching for daily. I think if you do some experimenting with different mascaras you can really benefit from this product, but overall I think I’ll continue to apply mascara without a primer.
LAQA & CO Cloud Lips – RRP £12.70
LAQA & Co are another brand I haven’t come across before, but this month Glossy have brought us a gorgeous matte lipstick wrapped up in an equally gorgeous copper tube. The shade I received this month was called Daydream.
I’m usually much more attuned to nude shades, but this one is actually a colour I could get along with – it’s a really beautiful subtle pink shade, which is really pigmented and applies like a dream. The lipstick has quite a light fluffy texture to it, which I think helps it to set relatively quickly.
The only downside I could find that it did smudge a little easier than I would have hoped, and due to the high pigmentation I found it difficult to get out of my t-shirt sleeve when I accidentally got a little too close. I’m not sure it’s a shade I’d use for everyday use, but it’s definitely a party showpiece.
Soaper Duper Rich and Creamy Shea Butter Body Wash – RRP £6.50
This is a product that has been on my wishlist to try for a while, and Soaper Duper is another incredible idea from Marcia Kilgore – the genius behind Soap & Glory, Beauty Pie and Bliss Spa, to name a few.
Not only does is this body wash is made with 97% natural ingredients, including its natural scent which comes from pressed vanilla pods, but they also make the packaging from recycled plastic and support the charities Water Aid and Clean the World to bring clean soap and water to communities who really need it.
And boy does it smell amazing! It works almost like a 2-in-1 body wash and moisturizer – with the likes of shea butter and coconut oil to keep your skin really smooth and hydrated. Being 97% natural, it also doesn’t have all those parabens and other nasties – so you shouldn’t have to worry about irritations if you have sensitive skin.
Steve Laurant Precision Tip Eyeliner – RRP £18
I’m really not confident when it comes to applying eyeliner, but on the occasions, I get it right – it’s usually with a tip liner – so this one is perfect for me to give liner another go.
I’m actually so pleased that I’ve managed to do nice eyeliner for once, and it’s thanks to this product! The pen was really easy to hold and applied a lovely and precise bold line along my lid on the first attempt. Luckily, the line was also only thin – so it allowed you to build up the desired thickness easily. It dried unbelievably quickly and was completely smudge proof once set.
If you’re an eyeliner enthusiast, this one is for you!
Overall, I’m pretty happy with this months Glossybox, and it’s definitely been a favourite against Look Fantastic and Birchbox.
You can also receive a FREE extra box with another 5 treats using the code SANTA this month. Here is the one I received, which I believe is from December 2016 and crammed with makeup goodies for a lovely natural look!
If you receive Glossybox, let me know what you thought of this months box!