Glossybox Monthly Review – July 2014

Slight change round this month with everything that has been going on the Vlog will be up next week and then fortnightly from there on so today make up…

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In honour of Independence day the them was USA and the products were those that originated from there…

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My initial response was rather excited, every thing looked really interesting would that continue through trying them though…

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Carmex Lip Balm

I decided to start off with the thing that was most disappointing…

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It looked unappealing, smelled terrible and when I put it on my lips did more than tingle they actually felt like they were on fire. I passed it on to my daughter and both she and her fiancé tried it neither of them liked it. This is a celebrity favourite apparently and in theory would work well at healing chapped lips as it contains menthol, camphor and beeswax, personally I would rather be stung by the bees than try it again, I did receive the full size version worth £2.69 but can safely say I will not be buying this again.

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Broadway Nails imPress Press On Manicure

I got really excited when I saw these, I loved the colour and could not wait for my week off so I could try them and try their claim they lasted a week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever I should have known better as I do not have a good track record with false nails and as I feared the largest size was still not big enough for my thumb nails.  Also as they had sent me them in the short length several of my own nails were already longer than the false ones so they were of no use to me. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHowever my daughter was thrilled, this is a brand she has used before and she loves, you can see the tab you pull off for the self adhesive on the picture above but my daughter says that although that would be fine for a night out if you wish to keep them on longer invest in some decent nail glue to stick them. They cost £7.99 per pack so they are not cheap, I will not be buying them again for me as there is no point if the don’t fit but they might end up as stocking fillers for my daughter come Christmas.

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ABSOLUTE New York Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer

I confess for years I never bothered with Primers, I thought it was rather a new fad designed to get extra money out of you but I am now a convert.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis first photo shows my foundation and concealer done plus primer applied all over my eyelids, really if I had been thinking properly I should have only applied the primer to one eye so you can see the real difference it makes to applying eye shadow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABetter lighting for this one but you can see the vibrancy the primer gives to the colours it also helps the blend easier, I am now totally converted and this did work even better than the one I had bought recently it costs £4.99 but I would certainly buy it again and in the long run it saves you money as you need less eye shadow for stronger effects.

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Mary Kay Cosmetics Lash Love Mascara

I confess my heart sunk when I saw this, first it was another mascara not only have I had a few in previous boxes but I had also just got one with a magazine, and I will be honest the name put me off, I had always assumed that Mary Kay Cosmetics were a little bit like Avon, decently quality but basically high street priced standard make up.  Looking at the price which states £16 for the full size product we received I was surprised as I thought it would be cheaper.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor a waterproof mascara it is quite wet but gives good cover and does seem to give a little lash extension…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt did not give amazing results, and I have to confess that something made me tear up while wearing it and though it resisted smudging fairly well it did sting my eye quite a bit.  It is a perfectly good mascara for everyday use I probably would not buy it again as I have one I prefer that costs less, one other thing worth mentioning is that this was terrible to actually get off afterwards.

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Bellapierre Cosmetics Ltd Mineral Lipstick

As you can see I got red, and I have to say I love it, the packaging makes it look really high class and the colour is intense.  No pictures of me wearing it as I have only had chance to try it without the rest of my make up, red is not a colour I would wear on a work day but I might just wear it to film next weeks Vlog.  At £20 for this full size product it is very pricey but a little will go a long way and for the time and quality it is value for money and I might just have to check out if the have a nice purple.

Overall although it was a mixed box I am more pleased by the things I liked than disappointed by those I don’t. The cost of the box is £13.25 and the total value of the products was £51.69 but even taking out the items I was not thrilled with it was still brilliant value.

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3 comments on “Glossybox Monthly Review – July 2014

  1. A fair warning for all your followers and fans that the most expensive is not always the best. I’m surprised there wasn’t a warning on the box for the lip balm as to the possible effect of putting it on. I doubt you’d be the only person to feel that effect.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

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    • I will be honest I did consider the possibility I got a dodgy one because in many respects it is like the Vaseline lip balm I frequently use in winter and have never had any issue with, either that or it was a reaction to the camphor.

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