Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

What a Fantastic June

Helloooooo. I’ve had a bit of a down day and it’s really warm so I’m about to go to bed, but I wanted to share my Lookfantastic June box with you first. Writing sometimes works as an odd pick-me-up for me and I hope this is one of those times. Plus this month’s box is so beautiful it’s difficult not to feel like there are better things waiting ahead just around the corner!

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Hailey Baldwin For ModelCo, Super Lips Lipgloss in Beige. This is a hydrating lip gloss as you may have guessed from the name. Well, the lip gloss part anyway. I absolutely love the smell of it, it smells like some kind of sweets – I have no idea what sweets exactly but I like it. I also like how it applies and even the texture and finish. It’s weird because it feels like it should be sticky but it’s not. The only issue I have with it and why it doesn’t get full marks from me is that I don’t think I suit nude colours much – they seem to wash me out a little and I was unfortunate enough to get my sample in beige. It looks alright when I only put on a tiny bit of it, but any more and I look a bit scary haha. I’d love to check out what other colours they’ve got though.

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Bellapierre, Shimmer Highlighter in Exite. It’s very shimmery. Also I’ve only just read the product description for the first time and found out that it’s a highlighter for cheekbones, Cupid’s Bow, inner corners of the eyes and other features. I thought it was an eye shadow. Teaches me to actually read what I’ve got, I guess! In any case it’s sure to highlight what ever it is you need highlighting as it’s sooooooo shimmery. Not too overpowering though. I mean, it’s buildable but … I’ll just shut up now. It’s nice.

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Balance Me, Balancing Face Moisturiser. It’s a hydrating face cream enriched with neroli oil, spruce knit and bergamot oil. It’s supposed to give a naturally beautiful glow to skin. I haven’t actually used it on my face yet, just sampled it on the back of my hand, but it absorbed nicely and didn’t feel greasy which is great especially in the summer when you usually need something a bit lighter for the day.

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Monu, Rosewood Reviving Mist. I can DEFINITELY get behind this hydrating facial mist at the moment. With it being so warm outside, it’s brilliant to cool down a little with a nice refreshing spritz in the face. It contains a blend of lemon, rosewood and sandalwood. I approve!

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First Aid Beauty, Facial Radiance Pads. From what I can gather these are like wet wipes but in cotton pad form. Quite cool actually. They contain a blend of lactic and glycolic acids to ‘refresh and revitalise tired complexions’. I haven’t tried them on my face yet, but I’ve poked them with my finger and they look like they’d do it promises on the box. I mean, they’re wet cotton pads so I think we can all agree that we’re not setting them expectations that they couldn’t fulfil.

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Kerastase, Shampoo. I got the ‘exceptional nutrition shampoo for normal to slightly dry hair’. I haven’t tried it yet but it’s a cute little travel size bottle so perfect to pop in your suitcase for a long weekend away!

That’s it my dears. I’ve covered everything in my box and even though what wowed me most about this box was the actual box itself (it’s sooooo preeeeetty!), it was still full of great additions to my makeup and skin care collection 🙂

I’ll spritz some of that face mist now to hopefully cool down enough to get to sleep!

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

May Glossy be your day!

Uhmmm… yeah, that was a bit lame. I’d apologise but it’s my blog so hahaaa! Aaaaanyway. Let’s get to it. This’ll be a short overview of what I received in my May Glossybox and what I think of (most of) the items.

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Ruby, Powder Blush in Coral, RRP €14.99. I liked it a lot. I recently realised I had quite a few blushes, but only one powder blush and I don’t really know how to use the cream ones so this is a great addition to my makeup bag. http://shopruby.ie/

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Lavera Naturkosmetik, Hand and Cuticle Cream, RRP £4.95 for full size. Good little hand cream. Doesn’t really smell too strongly, but what little scent it’s got is pleasant. Doesn’t leave my hands greasy either which is good. I also like the test size of 20ml. Means I won’t get bored of it before I use it up. Oh, and it’s vegan. https://www.pravera.co.uk/

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Dr. Pawpaw, Dr. Pawpaw Original Balm, RRP £6.95. I haven’t opened it yet so I don’t know if it’s as good as it claims to be. But it can apparently be used almost everywhere on your body (on lips, skin, hair). I’m not sure where else you’d want to use a cream, so I think this covers pretty much everything. It’s also vegan-friendly. https://www.drpawpaw.com/

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Scrub Love, Active Charcoal Body Scrub, RRP £13.95 for full size. Well, it is an excellent scrub – it’s very bitty and you can really feel it working. However, the smell of it isn’t for me. I couldn’t smell it much once it was on my skin, but when I first took a sniff as I opened the bag, I almost didn’t want to use it at all. Like I said, when I got over the scent it was very good, leaving my skin sooooo soft. It’s also 100% natural and vegan/vegetarian-friendly. https://www.drpawpaw.com/

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ModelLauncher, Brow Duo Pencil, RRP £10.50. Well, for starters it didn’t look totally horrendous on me which is great. Even though the colour isn’t quite what I’d usually go with, it didn’t look unnatural. Not sure how it managed it, but go me! It’s also quite easy to apply. Will keep using it, I think. https://modellaunchercosmetics.com/

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Overall another good box from Glossybox. Thank you! 🙂

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

A Fantastic beginning to April

My goodness, the weather has been absolutely amazing! So sunny and warm and mmmmm. And I think that my April Lookfantastic beauty box design sums it up pretty well with a gorgeous sunny flower on it.

As usual, my Lookfantastic beauty box came accompanied with a travel sized issue of Elle magazine and Lookfantastic’s own little booklet about this box. The booklet also has a lot of beauty and skin care tips so if you usually don’t read the literature that comes with the boxes, I’d definitely recommend you read this one (it’s even got some healthy food recipes!)

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Vitamasques, Pomegranate Sheet Mask. I’m pretty sure I’ve gotten this mask in most of my beauty boxes now, but as it’s a one time use thing I’m not really complaining. I love it that I don’t have to really venture to the world of face masks on my own anymore as I have my trusty suppliers who do the choosing for me.

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Omorovicza, Cleansing Foam. I haven’t opened this yet as it’s sealed with a little foil bit, but I love the packaging and it’s supposed to be extremely gentle on the skin whilst thoroughly removing all impurities, ‘so your complexion looks just as good without having to wear an ounce of makeup’. Well, that sounds pretty amazing, doesn’t it? Let me know if you’ve tried it and if it works like promised.

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This Works, Perfect Legs Skin Miracle. As the weather has been absolutely gooooooorgeous this weekend I thought it’d be the perfect time to try out this leg perfector (so I wouldn’t blind everyone with my blue/white legs). Well, I tried it out but I don’t think it actually did much for me. Maybe I need to already have a bit of a tan for this little guy to be able to do its job? At the moment however I didn’t notice any miracle wow effect.

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Alterna, Caviar CC Cream. As I’m used to see CC face creams, I was a bit surprised to see they also do them for hair. I was a bit worried it may make my hair crunchy or greasy, but it did neither of these things. It left my hair soft and shiny and smelling* nice.

*About the smell though, I think it is nice, BUT it smells exactly the same as something else that I can’t put my finger on. And unfortunately that something else is something that I didn’t really like, I think, as it makes me feel rather unpleasant. So I’m just trying to tell my nose that this hair cream is a completely different thing and that I shouldn’t associate it with that other thing from years ago that I didn’t like, but we’ll see how that goes. Silly scent memory.

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Merci Handy, Hand Cleansing Gel. I absolutely love these hand gels. They don’t smell as ‘alcoholic’ as some other hand gels and leave my hands feeling really nice and clean. They’re also a really convenient size for flying when you’re trying to bring as few and small liquid bottles as possible. Love it!

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Madara, Mini Smart Day Cream. I’m really running out of ways to describe the subtlest differences between face creams. I’ve tried this one once and it was nice. Absorbed quickly and without leaving my skin greasy. It also only had the faintest of scents, so if you don’t like strongly smelling face creams, that could be a definite bonus.

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Laura Geller, Balance And Brighten Fair. Looks like I left the best for last. But going through all of these products again, I do realise this one is my favourite product from this box. I used this instead of my usual foundation this morning and it’s got surprisingly good coverage. All things considered (it’s only a light finish foundation), it did a fantastic job on my dark under eye area as well. Very impressed. Also, it’s sooooooo pretty! It looks like a planet.

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That’s it and I have to say I absolutely loved it. The box itself is gorgeous and the products inside are absolutely amazing. Definitely worth getting! I’ll go out in the sun now to read my Elle 😉

G.

Beauty, Unboxing

Looking fantastic in March!

There, I changed it! This is actually an unboxing post in disguise. I shall be unboxing the March Lookfantastic beauty box for you here and I have to say it’s looking gooooooooood.

Without further ado – in this month’s Lookfantastic box I got A Very Shimmery Body Glow, A Nice Compact Concealer, A Whole New Class Of Luxury Serum, A Lovable Face Cream, An Amazing Hair Mask and Some Eye Masks. I tried them all out yesterday and am quite excited to tell you what I thought.

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St. Tropez, Instant Tan Gloss. It made me really shimmery. And the smell of it reminded me of something from my childhood which I can’t place but it makes me feel nice. Anyway, it’s easy to apply (even though at first it was SO scary as the product was really dark when it came out) and I loved the glossy finish. As I’m not tanned at all at the moment, it didn’t really do much to enhance anything as such, just make my skin all glowy, but I think it’ll be absolutely gooooooooorgeous once I’ve had a bit of sun in the summer. Quite pleased with this 🙂

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Pür, Minerals Disappearing Act Concealer. I tried this out on the permanent dark circles under my eyes (genetics…) and it worked. As simple as that. It was very easy to blend and even though I haven’t tried it for a full day yet, I have a feeling it’d stay put. Great stuff!

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SkinChemists, 24H Aqua Repair Facial Serum. Ladies and gents, this little thing is amazing. I honestly didn’t want to use any cream afterwards. I loved the smell of it and it left my face feeling like the smoooooothest thing ever. It contains rose water which ‘aims to maintain the skin’s balance whilst nourishing and firming the skin’ and aloe vera which ‘works to heal and rejuvenate the skin, providing hydration and improving skin texture’. My favourite item from this month’s box.

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Caudalie, Vine Active 3 in 1 Moisturiser. As far as face creams go, it does what it’s supposed to do. It had no downsides for me, and coming from Caudalie it’s everything you’d expect it to be. As an added extra it ‘contains unique anti-pollution technology that helps to keep the skin clean and clear, blocking pollution particles that cause potentially cause damage.’ Only a bonus if you ask me.

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Redken, Heatcure Treatment. Ok, I know a couple of products ago I said that a facial serum was my favourite item in this box. But here’s another one. This hair mask is … you know, I have no words. You may think that I’m just saying it, as most of my unboxings are singing praises to different products. However, if you look carefully, you’ll see there have been some items that I haven’t enjoyed quite as much, so I hope I haven’t lost my credibility and you guys will understand that I genuinely like most of the stuff I get in my boxes. ANYWAY, back to the topic. You may know I’ve recently had some issues with my hair being super dry and frizzy and just not pleasant to be around (which is a lot of unpleasantness as I can’t really walk away from it). Well, I think this could be the answer that I’ve been looking for. My hair is sooooooooooo soft and silky and amazing after using this hair mask. 10/10 would buy again!

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Starskin Eye Catcher, Smoothing Coconut Bio-Cellulose Second Skin Eye Mask. I’ve tried this eye mask before and I can’t remember being too wowed by it back then and my opinion hasn’t changed much the second time round. I just didn’t see/feel that much of a difference to be honest. Maybe it’s just me or perhaps it’s because there were just so many great products in this box that this one had a hard time standing out. I guess I’ll never know.

That’s my March Lookfantastic box revealed and reviewed. Overall I feel like it was another good one and again definitely excellent value for money and a great way to try out new products and find new favourites (I’m looking at you Redken Heatcure!).

I never know how to end these posts. So… See you next time!

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Unboxing #14

Hi all! It’s been a few days since my last post and I thought it’s about time for another beauty box unboxing. I’m going to call them something else soon as I’m not so much unboxing – it’s more of a reviewing. However I do have a whole little series thing going on here with the title. I don’t know what to do? Also, I’m sure I’ll somehow lose track one day and that’s when I’ll regret not naming these something else. Like, mentioning what I’m unboxing in the title. Or just naming them something more suitable. I’ll consider changing it in the future. All recommendation are welcome. For now however – I shall be unboxing February’s absolutely beautiful looking Lookfantastic box.

First things to pop out of the parcel were the usual monthly Elle magazine and Lookfantastic’s own beauty box magazine. I have to say I love the feeling that a lot of thought and effort has gone into this box and the little magazine. It just feels like it all works so well together. Great job. When diving further into the Runway Ready box, I found A Really Great Face Cream, Something To Help Me Get To Sleep, A Muddy Mask, Icy Magic, Metallic Magic and Something I’m Not Too Sure About And I’ll Tell You Why In A Bit.

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The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. I like it. It smells nice, it leaves my face super soft and I love the design of the bottle/tube/thing. I’d buy it again and that’s saying something, considering I’ve somehow accrued a small heap of face creams which will take me a while to get through. It’s infused with Hyaluronic Acid (I’m still having some trouble saying), Ceramides and Glycerin. Oh, I forgot to say that it doesn’t leave my face oily or feeling like I’ve got a ton of stuff on. Just nice and soft.

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This Works Deep Sleep Stress Less. I love This Works products. I do find that they actually work – I mean, duh, it says so in the name. This little guy (I don’t know why so many of my beauty products are ‘little guys’, they just are, ok?) smells gorgeously of Eucalyptus and Lavender to help you ‘feel at ease and without stress’. It reminds of koala bears. And what’s better to put you at ease than thinking about koala bears? Definitely recommend.

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Borghese Fango Mud Mask. I’m not going to lie, I actually forgot this came in the box, so I haven’t tried it yet. I’ve had a super busy month and haven’t had too much time to think about thorough skincare. Or pampering sessions. I feel like one of those is in order very soon. I also think I’ll need to invite my sister-in-law-to-be over and do a little girls spa day in. So if you’re reading this, let me know when you’re up for it. Clearly I’ll be providing the face masks.

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Polaar Icy Magic Roll On. It’s definitely icy. And perhaps there’s a little bit of magic in there too? To be honest, as I have super dark circles under my eyes, I’ve not seen a huge difference compared to my usual eye cream. HOWEVER, as it’s got a metal roll on applicator that’s really cold, it does actually wake me up a little. And I love the application process. It also sinks in super quick so I don’t feel like I’ve ever used too much of it.  Overall I like it.

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Model Co Eye Lites Metallic Shadow. Now, I don’t think I used it correctly haha. It says ‘use over your normal eye shadow for an iridescent diamond effect’, but I used it on its own and then grumbled because it didn’t blend. That’s a true ‘head – meet desk’ moment. Should’ve read the instructions first! It was still beautiful, just a little awkward to get to look ‘right’.  I’ll try it over some eye shadow next time.

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Myvitamins Catwalk Queen. That’s the one thing I’m not sure about in this box. As much as it pains me, I realise that not every box can be perfect and I’ve been super lucky so far as I’ve loved almost everything I’ve gotten. These vitamins are supposed to be the perfect blend of vitamins, minerals and extracts which boost the natural appearance of your hair, skin and nails. That all sounds great. There’s a big BUT however (as I’d written this sentence I realised that my fiance will probably start singing the big butt song when he reads it). They smell and taste like paint. I do just swallow them whole with water, but I can’t get over the smell of them. It’s like wet wall paint. Not sure if that’s how they’re supposed to smell or not, but I haven’t really been taking them and I don’t think I’ll be getting any more.

This concludes my unboxing/review of the February Lookfantastic box. Some really great products and my overall verdict is that I loved it and that it’s oh so worth it. Brilliant way to try out new products and brands. As I’m still fairly new to the whole beauty and makeup thing, I haven’t heard of most of these brands and I’m finding new favourites with every box I get. Can’t wait to see what March brings!

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Unboxing #13

What’s this? It’s only half way through a month and I’m already posting an unboxing/review of a beauty box from this month? The world must be ending or going mad or maybe it’s just me. Crazy stuff. Anyway, here I am with my Valentine’s Day themed Glossybox. And boy am I LOVING it. Rather accurate feeling, considering the design of their gorgeous box this month.

Drum roll, please – … anticipation grows … excitement is definitely there … and then – in my beautiful February Glossybox I got: My New Favourite Perfume, A Beautiful Illuminator, A Really Nice Face Scrub, A Hair Mask I’m Going To Try Very Soon and A Nailpolish.

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Jeanne Arthes L’Eau de Rose RRP £20. Oh. My. Goodness. This is seriously my new favourite perfume. It’s rose combined with ‘dreamy, elegant and crisp notes’. It’s just absolutely perfect for the way I feel at the moment, which is all spring/summery and so excited about my wedding in July. I will most likely be buying another bottle once I run out of this one and I’d like to thank Glossybox oh so much for including a perfume in this box. Amazing. Love it. https://www.facebook.com/jeannearthesgermany

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La Theorie Des Volcans Noir Eternae Youth Potion Face Scrub RRP £26. I really like this mask/scrub. ‘Using mineral-rich volcanic paste, this mask cleanses and purifies.’ I admit I’ve only used it once, but I can confirm that’s what it does. I definitely felt cleansed and purified afterwards without any unwanted breakouts or skin issues. Very face friendly. It’s paraben and silicone-free and 90% natural. http://latheoriedesvolcans.com/

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Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures Strength Restorer Balm RRP £4.49 (for full size). This is the only sample-sized item in my box this month. I haven’t tried it yet, but I love everything else from the Garnier Ultimate Blends series so I can’t see myself not loving this hair mask. Again it’s paraben free (this seems to be VERY important nowadays and I’m not going to argue with it) and the hydrating properties of honey should leave your hair nourished and glossy. As I have really thick and wild hair (pretty sure it’s got a life of its own most of the time, I’m just along for the ride), I love products that help me gloss it up a little and make it more manageable. I have a feeling that’s exactly what this thing is going to do for me. http://www.boots.com/

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Ciate London Paint Pot in Iced Frappe RRP £9. As far as nail polishes go, I really like Ciate products. However, as I usually do my nails with gel polish, I feel like this little beauty is a bit wasted on me. I promise to do my absolute best to use it as much as I can, but I have a box full of ones already waiting to be used. Other than that it’s a beautiful nude colour which is perfect for me, as darker tones don’t usually suit me too well and it’s easier to apply as well as the mistakes won’t be quite so noticeable (I hope). https://www.ciatelondon.com/

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MeMeMe Beat the Blues in Oyster Gold RRP £7.25. A beautiful little ‘iridescent skin illuminator’. I’ve tried it as a highlighter and it left me with a nice subtle golden glow along my cheek bones. I haven’t tried to mix it with my foundation yet for ‘all over radiance’ that it promises, but it sounds great so I’ll probably give it a go sometime soon. I love the packaging, although the fact that it’s got a nail polish type of brush confused my little head a bit and I had to re-read the description of it to make sure I knew what it was for. That’s just me being a bit slow though. https://www.mememecosmetics.com/

Overall I have to say that I think this is one of my most favourite boxes so far. A large portion of the credit for that must go to the perfume that I got as it’s just sooooooooooo nice and I love it so much. I’d love to get more perfumes to try out actually. Although I understand that scents are quite individual and it’s impossible to cater to everyone’s taste. Still, a girl can hope.

G.

Beauty, Reviews, Unboxing

Unboxing #11

Helloooooooo again! It’s been a while since I’ve done an unboxing and I’m not going to lie – I think I have an issue with posting these on time. I mean, it’s clearly not January anymore and I still haven’t shown you what I got from my monthly beauty boxes in the beginning of the year. I think it’s just something I’m going to have to accept and live with.

Without any further delays – here’s what I got in my January Glossybox!

A veggyful moisturiser, a funky eyeshadow, an oh so yummily smelling cleanser, a face-mask-I-haven’t-used-yet-but-will-do-really-soon and a face brush to get your face squeaky clean.

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Nip + Fab Kale Fix Moisturiser RRP £19.95. This is technically the only sample sized products in this box and even so it’s going to last me a while. In fact, I’ve realised I have enough moisturisers to last me for quite a while now, I think. This one smells fresh and reminds of summer when all you want to eat is fresh salads with cucumber in it. That’s a thing, right? Anyway, I honestly haven’t used it enough yet to say whether I’m going to buy a full bottle of it, but thumbs up for making me feel all summery. Oh, I forgot to say that its ingredients include kale, watercress and almond oil. Pretty yummy. You can buy it from http://www.nipandfab.com/

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The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Single Eyeshadow RRP £34 for palette. I don’t think this aubergine colour is really for me. It feels very autumnal. To be honest, it’ll probably be my favourite eyeshadow come September and I won’t be able to stop going on about it. For now however I don’t think I’ll be using it much. It is a nicely pigmented colour, don’t get me wrong. It’s just…I’m feeling all springy and summery at the moment. Hmm, yeah… Will see about it later in the year. You can buy it from https://thebalm.com/

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Unani Illuminate Milk Cleanser RRP £14. This little (big) beauty is amazing. I looooooooove the smell of it and it cleanses well, leaving my face fresh and pampered. What more could you want? It’s also quite a big bottle so you get a generous amount of use out of it. I don’t know what else to say about it. Go get it from http://comprarcosmetica.es/

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Vitamasques Manuka Honey Face Mask RRP £3.99. Ok, so that’s the one thing I haven’t tried from this box yet and that’s why I don’t really have much to say about it. I mean, the packaging looks VERY yummy and I can’t wait to have it on my face. It is made with extracts of manuka honey (duh) and apparently it’s got a triple layer sheet technology which ‘makes for unbeatable absorption’. If that’s what you’re looking for, go no further than http://vitamasques.com/

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Spa To You Deep Pore Cleansing Facial Brush RRP £6.99. A facial brush is one thing that’s been missing from my skin care routine and it’s something I’ve been meaning to sort out for a while now but haven’t gotten round to yet. Which is why I was ever so pleased to receive this little guy in my box. Thank you Glossybox for having (a somewhat eerie) insight of the shortcomings of my skin care equipment. The brush isn’t too scratchy but I can definitely feel it working away when I use it so it’s not too soft either. Just right for me. You can get yours from http://www.shopspatoyou.com/

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Overall, I’d give this box 4/5. Thank you Glossybox!

If you’ve tried any of these products, I’d love to hear how you got on with them, so let me know in the comments 🙂

How do I usually end my unboxing posts? I can’t remember anymore and everything just feels awkward. Oh well, I’ll just leave it here.

See you sooooon!

G.