Glossy box and I go way back. It’s safe to say that our relationship has had it’s highs and lows. I’ve thrown strops and left when I’ve opened my beautiful parcels to find not much more than cheap perfume samples, but I’ve come crawling back time and time again full of envy at the latest must have product that those who have stayed loyal have gotten their perfectly manicured hands on.
Lately I’ve been contemplating heading for the door again as a few too many non cruelty free products have been creeping their way in to my beloved pink parcels which means that they are instantly gifted to someone else that will make use of them, or sent to that dusty cosmetic graveyard that we all have lurking in a drawer somewhere. They really pulled it out of the bag (or box?!) this month though with an entirely cruelty free box of treats aimed at relaxation and pampering. I’ve been trying out them out for the last couple of weeks to give them a fair test run, so keep on reading to find out whether they were a hit or a miss for me.
But first, let’s just take a moment to appreciate the gorgeously pastel coloured cloudy vision that is this month’s packaging…
Isn’t it just the most heavenly design?
Maria Nila True Soft shampoo & conditioner.
I was super happy to find these this month as I have been keeping an eye out for a new shampoo and conditioner that will be kind to my colour treated locks. Anyone with pastel coloured hair will know the pain of the ‘three washes and your colour is gone’ nightmare caused by overly cleansing or stripping shampoos. This vegan, sulphate free and paraben free duo promise to moisturise and strengthen while also gently cleansing the hair.
I was not disappointed. The nourishing Argan Oil combined with the ‘colour guard complex’ left my hair baby soft, and almost as if it had never been traumatized by years of bleachy torture, and after multiple uses my colour is still going strong, a massive plus point for me. The only negative is the price point; at £12.99 for the 350ml shampoo and £13.99 for a 300ml conditioner, it’s a little out of my current budget, but with a nice payday bonus I would be sorely tempted.
Overall rating: 4/5.
This would 100% have been a 5/5 if they were just a tiny bit more budget friendly!
You can find the products here.
Trifle cosmetics Praline Palette.
A quick look created with the palette. Top tip: use the colours wet to intensify like I did with the purple on the lower lash line here!
As a former make-up artist, I’m always pretty hesitant to get on board with palettes that come with sponge applicators (is that just make-up snobbery? Probably, but I’m sure I can’t be the only one..). This handbag palette however was so totally adoreable on the outside that I decided not to be too quick to judge what was on the inside. I gave it a try with mixed results, the copper is a stunning, hyper pigmented metallic, so I was more than pleasantly surprised! The rest of the shades however didn’t quite match up in terms of quality. The verdict: really cute for a gift for a make up lover with a basic skill set, but for those of us who love a full beat this might not be for you.
Overall rating: 2.5/5
Check it out for yourself here.
Kueshi double effect make up remover.
Although Glossy Box described this as a facial make up remover (whoopsy Glossy Box!), this little dual phased beauty is actually intended for eyes and sensitive areas. Give it a good shake and apply to a cotton pad and even waterproof makeup glides off in seconds, leaving skin feeling calm and refreshed. I often battle with stubborn mascaras, leaving my poor eyes as red and sore as when I’ve had a night on the red wine, but this product does exactly what it says on the tin. Well done Kueshi.
Overall rating: 4/5
The sole reason for the one point mark down here is that for £10.20 per 100ml, I would expect the packaging to feel a little more luxury (it’s a very thin and malleable plastic), but hey, it’s what’s inside that counts so give it a try!
Pick yours up here.
Gel spa, Just for feet, Luxury jelly foot soak.
This is a classic case of saving the best until last. I LOVE this product. It’s like getting a foot massage from Harry Potter. This two phase, powder to jelly foot soak is about the most fun you can have while getting your tootsies summer sandal ready. As I poured the first powder sachet in to the warm water and watched it transform into a magical purple jelly, while the scent of lavender and lemongrass filled the air, I knew I was in for a treat! Don’t get me wrong, as you sink your feet in to the warm squishy bath, it’s a very bizarre feeling, but once you get over the initial weirdness it’s pretty darn fabulous!
Fifteen minutes later, my feet felt baby soft and smelled divine. In case you were wondering what on earth you do with your big bowl of purple jelly once you’re done, it comes with a second powder sachet which turns it back to liquid so that you can easily dispose of it down the sink – magic or what!
This is definitely one to enjoy on a girls night in over a glass of wine and a few giggles.
Overall rating: 5/5
Go and stock up here!
Well done Glossy Box, this was one of my favourite boxes to date. More like this please!