This months box has a ‘Retreat’ theme with six essentials for the ultimate self care session.
First is a hair wrap from Glov. This is a super soft microfibre wrap with the promise of helping speed up drying your hair which is definitely something I need help with as my hair is really thick and takes ages to dry!
Next is an Overnight foot cream from ECooking. This smells lovely and is perfect for keeping your feet nice during the winter. You just pop it on your feet before you go to sleep and cover with socks to wake up with moisturised and fresh smelling feet! I’ve had products from ECooking before and they’ve always been really good and this one is too.
By Terry’s signature lip balm is a blend of Shea butter, rose flower and vitamin E to wear either under your lip colour or alone for a smooth and subtle gloss finish.
Then we have a Starskin eye catcher mask to brighten, rejuvenate and reduce puffiness. These are quite a common beauty box item and I love getting these to use and help with dark circles.
The next item is a BubbleT Earl Grey bath tea which smells gorgeous and has lavender notes as well as the tea. It’s an unusual combination with the Earl grey tea but one I really liked.
Balance Me Bakuchiol serum is a plant based retinol for anti-aging benefits without irritation. You can use this AM and PM and follow with your usual moisturising routine.
Sneak peek for November is Naobay Detox Oxygen light cream worth £16 which is a light day cream. I got a hand cream from this brand in a Glossybox and really liked it so will be interested to see what the face cream is like.
It’s been a little while since I got one of the limited edition Glossyboxes and for some reason this one with Zoeva caught my eye. Zoeva are famous for their makeup brushes which are hand made and as I’ve been trying to build a good stock of quality brushes this was a no brainer for me. In total there are six products with everything you need for a full makeup look with a value of £85!
First is the Cocoa blend eyeshadow palette this actually looks like a chocolate bar and the shades inside are inspired by chocolate including the names. It’s a beautiful palette that blends so well as the shades are buttery smooth. It’s a fab palette for autumn colours and one I will really enjoy using.
Next is the Voyager Travel Brush set which has four brushes in a travel roll, perfect for popping in your suitcase if we ever get to travel anywhere! There’s a concealer buffer, crease blush for blending eyeshadow, shader for smokey effects and a brow brush. It’s a fab little set and would be ideal for anyone just starting to use proper makeup or to boost your brush collection like mine.
Also included is the eyeshadow fix matte primer to help your eyeshadow stay put and create a canvas for your looks. I really liked this as it helps prevent creasing and it’s so simple to use. You just dab onto your eyelid and wait for it to set before applying your eyeshadow as usual.
The Pure Matte Lips in the shade Dare to Dream is not a shade I’d normally go for. But it’s really nice when it’s applied, a pretty matte pink. It’s a lovely formula for a matte lipstick and reminds me of the Huda Beauty mattes which aren’t drying but are still long lasting. Given that it looks like face masks will be a staple in our lives for quite some time yet long lasting lipsticks are the way forward!
A highlighter is a must for cheering up your look right now and the strobe gel doesn’t disappoint! The shade is called Nova and it literally looks like a jelly of melted gold shimmer, mesmerising ! It has a pearlescent glow to it and creates a lovely dewy effect on the skin. You only need a tiny bit for a sheer glow but you could easily make it more intense and build it up. As with most highlighters the recommendation is to apply to the cheekbones, brow bones , Cupid’s bow and bridge of the nose.
Graphic eyes+ in the shade Black to Earth is the last product in this box and it’s a eye pencil which is really smooth to apply. It blends out nicely so I think you could also do a nice smokey eye with it as well. It also says it’s waterproof which I haven’t seen before in a pencil like this.
I’m so pleased with the box as it’s great value and I really like that aside from your foundation and mascara you have everything you need to do a full face. My standouts have to be the the eyeshadow palette and the highlighter, I’m a sucker for anything shimmery and pretty!
As always would love to hear your thoughts on this and if you’ve tried any of the products . This is still available via the Glossybox website and is priced at £25 for subscribers and £30 for non subscribers.
Well, this box was an almost immediate sellout! The ASOS face and body boxes are released each month around the 1st of the month and as it’s not a subscription box, you don’t really get any notification. I usually check the website a few times during the day to make sure I grab one when I see it but this time I very nearly missed out! It had actually sold out by the time I got there and amazingly I managed to get one later in the day as someone must have not checked it out.
This month is all about hair and it’s billed as the “Ultimate Haircare Routine” with some fab products included for just £12!
First is the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer treatment which strengthens and adds bounce. This is a good sample size and the full size is usually £19. I really liked this as it didn’t leave my hair greasy afterward like some deep conditioners can.
Next up is a full sized scalp scrub from The Hair Boss with an amazing tea tree scent. I love scalp scrubs to help with my psoriasis on my head and this was really nice, didn’t sting or irritate so it’s a winner for me.
Then there is a duo from Mane ‘n Tail, a shampoo and conditioner for the all important cleanse. Originally formulated for horses, hence the name!, this has achieved cult status and my hair definitely felt softer and silky after using. These were a sample size duo but a decent size to be able to get a few uses out of and see how you like the product.
Then another full size in Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother, a leave-in cream for repairing and strengthening hair. A hairdresser favourite this is an amazing inclusion in the box especially as it’s £26 for the full size!
Last we have another product which receives rave reviews Invisible Hair Oil from Bumble and Bumble ideal for dry hair in need of shine. This reminds me of the VO5 hot oils from when I was younger.
This box was amazing value considering the two full size products alone come to £33.99! I am so pleased I managed to grab one!
Would love to know your thoughts on this one and whether you’ve used any of the products here ?
This month Glossybox are bringing the spa to our homes with a skincare focused box to give the ultimate relaxation.
First is the sneak peek from last month, Avant hyaluronic Moisturiser. Avant has popped up in a few beauty boxes lately and I’m not mad about it! I absolutely love their products especially the moisturisers which are so nourishing and rich. It’s really expensive, £89!and it is definitely a product I really enjoy. It has avocado oils as well for a really hydrating formula.
Next is a Mine Tan exfoliating coffee scrub, this is a sample size. I’ve talked before about how much I love my tea scrub so I was looking forward to trying this out! It was similar to one I received in an ASOS box in the summer from Frank Body and really great for my skin helping my get all the flaky skin from my psoriasis off without scratching or hurting my sore skin. Slight difference with this compared to others is you use the scrub on wet skin in the shower and then leave it for about five minutes to dry before rinsing. As always with these type of scrubs m, prepare for some mess! And make sure you really rinse the shower tray as it can stain if you don’t!
Next is the Yo Glow Enzyme scrub by Wishful which is the skincare line by Huda Kattan, founder of Huda Beauty. This is a mini size and it seems really nice. It’s always interesting when makeup lines expand into skincare as sometimes it doesn’t always work. This is really nice and has made me think I might look into other products from the range. It’s a face scrub with pineapple and papaya enzymes and my skin felt so smooth afterward.
There was a variation in some boxes and I got the eye gels from Generation Skin. I love eye mask/ gels like these as I have really bad dark circles so these are fab to up my hydration and sort out any puffiness. They have an Australian ingredient called Kaduku Plum which has antioxidants and Vitamin C to help brighten the under eye area. Fab for a bit of relaxation!
Finally I got a Imperial Leather Foamburst shower gel, I got a sample of one of these last year and I really like them. They foam up in the shower – similar to shaving gel , and the scent is amazing. This is actually the one I buy ( along with the unicorn scent!) so I’m really pleased! They are also really moisturising so perfect if you have dry or sensitive skin like me.
As an extra treat this month there’s a Lindt Lindor chocolate bar included which will go down well I am sure with the subscribers! Lindt is one of my favourite chocolates and I’ve already bought us a tin of the new Lindor chocolates ready for Christmas! But as I was feeling extra nice I let my hubby have this as he had been feeling under the weather and had hurt his foot so I did a good deed!
I was really pleased with this months box, perfect for a mini pamper at home. My faves from this box have to be the Wishful face scrub, Avant moisturiser and the Generation Skin eyegels. The total value of this months box was £119.69 which is amazing and definitely worth the monthly fee.
I have a yearly subscription with Glossybox and pay £11.75 inc postage and packaging for my box each month. Glossybox has lots of options for subscribing which you can view on their website
This month ASOS has brought together the best selling beauty items from their site for the September Beauty Box. There are 5 items which are all a sample / mini size and a mix of skincare and makeup including a new mascara from Nars. So let’s dive in and unbox!
First up is a Glamglow Supermud Mask which is one of the cult products from the brand. The Supermud mask is aimed at helping damaged, acne prone or pigmented skin areas. I’m hoping this will help me as I’ve been suffering with a bit of the dreaded “maskne” also known as blemishes due to our new normal of wearing masks day to day.
Next is a new product to me, Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm to melt away your makeup and I have to say this smells amazing! It’s got essential oils, orange and rose are listed but I mainly get the orange notes coming through. It’s a really nice texture and melts into the skin. Lovely to use at the end of the day and really enjoy the fragrance.
Also included is a Clinique Moisture Surge 72 hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator. I’ve used this before and I really love this for the winter months as it’s so hydrating. Personally I like to use as a night cream to really soothe and hydrate overnight.
Laura Merciers Translucent setting powder is a cult product and not only keeps your makeup in place and reduces shine it also doesn’t flashback in photos, always a plus!
Finally a sample size of the new NARS Climax Mascara, which is all about creating lashes with volume and fullness. This is really nice and I would definitely be interested to try the full size when it’s released.
This months box was £12 and even though it was a sample size product list I still feel it was great value. It’s a really fab mix of products and I am pleased with the variety this month. As always ASOS always includes brands which are available via their website The NARS Mascara is coming soon!
Would love to hear your views on this box and whether you use any of these products, pop a comment below or head over to my Instagram @vanessakay84 to join in the chat 💜
Lookfantastic are celebrating 6 years in business so this box had a birthday theme to the packaging which is really cute. There are 6 items this month and a little extra item.
First is an Illamasqua mini highlighter, this is a really pretty champagne colour and gives nice buildable shimmer. They gave some application tips including applying with a wet brush for a more dramatic look or just using a regular brush dry for more subtle look.
Next is Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. This was our sneek peek last month and is one of the stand out products from Elemis that everyone raves about. Personally I find this really rich to use as a day cream, I prefer to use it at night. It’s a really nice texture and a little goes a long way. £30 for 15 ml
I love a good lip pencil and this Diego Dalla Palma one is a lovely shade called antique rose. Worth £9.32 and with a matte finish it says it will last for hours to keep your lip colour in place.
There were two potential products you could get from ESPA this month and I was so pleased with the one I got! I got the Pink Hair and Scalp Mud, which is an amazing hair treatment that deep conditions. I’ve been lucky enough to have this treatment quite a while back when I had a massage and it’s a really great product.
Next is a Luxie Large Shader Brush worth £15. I think I’ve mentioned a few times lately I’ve been trying to upgrade and replace some of my existing makeup brushes so this is perfect for me.
Finally another item I’ve wanted to try for a long time, a Brushworks Jade Roller which is £9.99 to purchase. Jade rollers can help relieve the puffiness in your face and massage in serums, moisturisers ect. This will be fab to have a little pretend spa time with so I am looking forward to trying it out.
As a cute little extra there was also a Lookfantastic pop socket for your phone included which is always handy!
I’m really pleased with everything this month some great new beauty tools and products to try out and a nice mix of haircare, skincare and makeup.
Lookfantastic have a range of subscriptions available here . I’m currently subscribed on a monthly basis and pay £15 inc postage and packaging for my box. In each booklet included there is a sneak peek of a product for the following month and this time it’s a Lip balm from BYTerry which will be perfect for the cooler weather to avoid getting dry lips!
Would love to know what you think of this months box or if you’ve tried any of these products before.
As we enter August during these pandemic time’s one thing remains…. and that’s a monthly beauty box update from ASOS! There was much talk that the boxes were going to be taking a break last month but it seems like that’s not the case and they remain one of my fave purchases each month.
This month the box is a collaborative one with the hair, body and fragrance brand Ouai. Ouai is founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, who clients include Khloe Kardashian, Katy Perry and Jessica Alba. There are six items in the box and they are a good mix of all the different items the brand has. This box cost £12 and as I have Premier Delivery with ASOS I don’t pay for shipping.
First up is the scalp and body scrub, this is one I’ve tried before and absolutely love. As many of you know I suffer with psoriasis and one of the places this affects me is my scalp. I don’t profess to know what wonder this does but this helps my scalp massively in improving the feel and making it less itchy. It’s a sugar based scrub and it has probiotics to help boost skins natural defence. It’s a little weird using a scrub on your scalp at first but it has definite benefits for me so I really like it. You can also use this on the body and it’s a fab exfoliator.
To rehydrate your skin they’ve included their body Creme which has ingredients like coconut oil, cupuacu butter and squalene. It’s a lightly scented creme and a very light texture which soaks into your skin. The full size of this is £32 which is quite a lot for a body creme but if you wanted something indulgent I would recommend.
The wave spray is one I’ve had in a beauty box before and something that I really like. It’s perfect for giving a beachy wave to your hair but doesn’t make it feel crunchy like other sprays for waves do. This has rice protein to give the hold.
The texturizing hair spray is designed to add volume and absorb oil to refresh your hair without that flatness that dry shampoo sometimes gives. I really like this and have used it mainly on my roots and mid length just to make my hair feel less flat.
The final two items are samples of their perfumes North Bondi and Melrose Place, I love the names! My favourite of these is North Bondi which is a really light and more floral fragrance. North Bondi, as stated in the description card, has notes of blackberry, amber, patchouli and lily. Melrose Place is a little heavier and would be nice for an evening perfume as it’s more musk based with bergamot and cedar-wood. This is not the type of perfume I usually go for so it’s not for me.
In total the value of the box is £31.12. One of the things I love about collaboration boxes is being able to try a few things from the same range and knowing how much I enjoyed the wave spray and scalp scrub I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed! Everything in this box is a mini size, no full size ones this time but it’s a good chance to try everything out and still great value with the hair care products alone being more than worth the cost of the box at just £12.
Would love to know your thoughts and whether you’ve tried anything from the Ouai range ! Please do check out my Instagram page if you haven’t already by searching for @vanessakay84 for regular content and day to day going’s on!
A late dispatch again from Glossybox but thankfully no exchanged products this time. This box is birthday themed in honour of Glossyboxes 9th birthday and was packaged with this lovely box and bow.
First is the Glossybox Eye Boost Cream which is part of their new skincare range. This feels really nice and absorbs well, it definitely helps with puffiness but I will have to try it a bit longer to see if it can sort dark circles as it claims!
Next is the highlight product of this month a Huda Beauty Demi Matte Cream Lipstick. There were 10 different shades and I got a really nice taupe brown nude. This is a really nice satin finish and it glides on so nicely. It’s really pigmented too and I love the formula. The staying power isn’t too bad and with the lipliner in this box it doesn’t bleed.
A staple of anyone’s makeup bag is a makeup sponge and this one is from HD Wonder. Not a great deal to say on this but it’s a nice tool to get to use everyday. I love these and like to apply my foundation and loose powders with these.
I really love a nicely scented shower gel and this one from Molton Brown is gorgeous. I was worried when it said Rhubarb and Rose as I’m not keen on strong rose scents but I can’t really get the Rose notes in this. It’s a really sweet rhubarb smell and is lovely either in the bath or shower. Molton Brown is a brand I’ve always liked in particular the ginger lily and pink peppercorn scents are my fave but this is a close second.
Last but not least we have a lip liner by Steve Laurant. This is a brand I’ve seen a lot in beauty boxes and I do like their products. The colour is called Vogue and it’s a waterproof liner and stays put for up to 7 hours. This works really well with the Huda lipstick included in the box and it really does have good staying power – although I can’t say I’ve tested it for 7 hours!
This months box value is £58.91 which is great value again and this month is all products I will use. My standouts are the Huda and Steve Laurant for sure and I know I will use them a lot.
The sneek peek for September is an Avant Moisturiser worth £89, I’ve had a few of their products before and they are really good.
Coming up in September is the release of the Advent Calendar. This is £80 for subscribers and released on the 8th September with brands like Huda, iconic and LimeCrime included so I am looking forward to that as last years was amazing and I really enjoyed it.
I’m hoping some of the issues Glossybox have had are going to be ironed out now as although this box was later than usual they did communicate much better about the issues they had and there were no product changes.
So for the first time in my subscription with Glossybox I had issues! I was really disappointed to not get my box until the end of July, almost when the month was out. The late dispatch was caused due to a product change, as the sneek peek from last month was no longer available and had been switched to an Eyeko mascara. Although I was annoyed at the change at first I was actually kind of pleased in the end as so many people were not fans of the Palm Balm product so I didn’t feel I missed out!
Naturally the issues with replacement products and late dispatches made a lot of people really upset, although again it’s the first time this happened to me. It seems the problem lies in the way Glossybox communicates with their customers and not being transparent when there are issues. Particularly it was annoying to see posts from new customers who got their box exactly as advertised and regular long term subscribers got replacement items. Subsequently it then becomes a major issue when really it doesn’t need to be! I’m hoping I don’t have the same issues this month as other subscribers have made mention that they’ve experienced problems for a few months… we shall see what happens with the August box. Anyway here’s my thoughts for the July Aloha box.
I’m a massive Bravo fan and one of my favourite shows is Vanderpump Rules so I knew this was LaLa Kent’s beauty brand. I’d not tried any of her stuff before and I didn’t realise she had branches into bronzers and other products as I thought she had focused mainly on lips. The bronzer came in the shade Ibiza and is described on her website as a milk chocolate shade perfect for a natural contour. It does have a slight shimmer to it which looks really nice when it’s on and it has a really blendable texture so I think it would work nicely for contouring. Its not too pricey for a bronzer but if you were ordering from the US then you do have to take into account shipping and potentially customs charges.
This was a cute addition to the box and something a little different than the usual face mask! Made up of 12 ‘slices’ of strawberry this was a moisturising face mask with the idea being you can place the slices on areas you need to target the most. I thought this was such a fun idea and I really liked it. It smelled really nice and looked really cute!
The stand out product from this box is the Jecca Blac highlighting primer. At first glance this looked so pigmented and I was worried I’d look like I fell in some glitter ! However it blends out really nicely and works just as well under makeup as it does on bare skin. You just apply to the whole face, you don’t need a lot, and then put on your foundation and usual makeup. You can also apply and just blend over bare skin and it gives a nice sheen. There are also suggestions of using it on top of your makeup to give a highlight. I really like products where you can get multiple uses as it just feels like better value.
This is a really lovely handcream with Shea butter and blends Orange Juice, Chamomile and Aloe Vera. I’ve used this everyday since I got it, I’m definitely moisturising my hands more often due to Covid and all the hand washing / antibacterial gels we are now using so this was a great item for me to receive.
This is the replacement item for the Palm Balm which was last months sneek peek. I know lots of people aren’t fans of Eyeko mascara but I really like this waterproof formula. It’s been great for the warmer weather for avoiding that panda eye!
I’m glad in the end that my box arrived and I’m just hoping it’s not going to be an ongoing issue that items are missing or arriving so late. Once again even with the item change it was great value for money and everything was an item I would use so I was pleased with that.
The August edition of Glossybox UK has now sold out so if you sign up now you’d be getting the September box. I’m looking forward to August as it’s a birthday theme and includes an item from the new Glossybox skincare range as well as a Huda Beauty lipstick.
Note: at the time of writing I have received an email stating that my August box will be dispatched late and I should expect it not to arrive before 17th August. Not happy about this but will update you on my August review as to whether the box arrives as described…..
Julys face and body box was a mix of goodies with a theme of all-natural, hydrating and brightening. A perfect theme as we enter the summer!
I also loved the tie dye box, very fitting for these times when it seems like every other social media post is someone attempting to tie dye!
First is an Oh K! Caffeine body mask, with coffee beans and fruit extracts. This is something I’ve not tried before and it was really fun to have a pretend spa day! It’s meant to help with firming your skin obviously I can’t say I saw any difference using it just once but it was fun to try and I really love the product range from Oh K! I used this on my arms and they felt really nice afterward smooth and refreshed.
The Ordinary Niacinamide Formula is a serum with Vitamins like B3 which help reduce blemishes but also moisturising. I have used this for quite a while now , basically whenever I have a breakout I use it for a few days and it helps reduce them so much quicker than other treatments I’ve used. I really love that it doesn’t completely dry my skin out like other spot treatments sometimes do. It’s a really affordable solution as well as being suitable for everyday use if needed.
I’ve wanted to try a Glamglow product for so long and finally there’s a trial size in a box I’ve bought! This is their Thirstymud which is for softening, moisturising and boosting radiance with orange blossom, honey and coconut no less! I used this when I had my mini spa day with my caffeine body mask and it’s amazing. My skin felt so good afterward. Glamglow is pricey but I think I’d definitely consider trying more of their products as this has really impressed me.
First Aid Beauty is a brand I really like having had a cleanser and their moisturiser before. These face pads use lemon peel and liquorice root along with glycolic acid to exfoliate and brighten the skin. There are 10 pads in this pack and they were a nice product to use, I’ve used similar pads in the past and I would definitely repurchase as I do enjoy the First Aid beauty range.
Lanolips face base day cream is a great basic day cream with Vitamin E designed to protect against environmental factors. This is a really rich face cream and actually contains colloidal oatmeal which is fantastic for soothing skin, something I’ve used in other products to help with my psoriasis.
Altogether this months box has a value of £43.30 , taking into account the smaller pack of facial pads. It’s fantastic value for money and I really look forward to these boxes each month! Have you tried the ASOS Face and Beauty boxes yet? Would love to know if you’ve tried any of the products featured too!