This month’s Glossy Box is very aptly themed around the Olympics – or ‘International Superstars’, with the box featuring five products from around the world and representing a certain country! I think this is a fantastic idea from the Glossy Box team as not only are they celebrating London 2012 (although sadly, it has now finished) but they are also introducing subscribers to brand new products from around the globe that before now, they would have never had the opportunity to try out. The cleanser from Japan was surprisingly amazing (and as Japan is known for its skincare, its great to be introduced to it), as was the Lipstick Sealer from the UK!
There were five mini products featured in this month’s box, with a six mini being a sample of Glossy Box’s own branded ‘Glossy Pink’ lipstick. I won’t bore you will hundreds of pointless, minuscule details about the products, as I’m sure you are all subscribers as well, but here is a brief overview of what I thought!
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (Japan)
I was a little cynical when the Glossy Box described this oil as ‘better than any other cleanser you’ve tried’, as it was a bit of a sweeping statement – however, I take it back – as this product for once, really does live up to its mighty claim. Japan is well known for its amazing skincare products, having recently introduced the world to the ‘BB’ cream, however this brand is relatively unknown in the UK. I used this product after taking off my make-up to remove any debries and cleanse my skin. Whilst I didn’t notice an immediate improvement (apart from my skin being a little softer), within a few days my skin had really cleared up, felt far cleaner and fresher – and was more hydrated for longer periods of time. You can use it to take off all your make-up, however if you are wearing quite heavy make-up, I would say to use it after a make-up wipe – as otherwise, you don’t get the same effects.
Lipcote Lipstick Sealer (UK)
I have never used a lipstick sealer before, which is strange – as I always have problems with my lipstick feathering, fading and bleeding – yet have never really looked into getting a sealer! With regards to its effectiveness, it certainly prolongs the vibrancy of a lipstick (especially red and pink ones), however it does eventually wear off after awhile, so it won’t seal the lipstick for an entire day (which I suppose is good if you like to change your lipstick from a day shade to a more evening suitable shade!).
Vera Valenti (Spain)
Despite the amazing brand name (it sounds so pretty!), this was my least favourite product – simply because the colours don’t really suit my skin-tone. The wax based colours around the centre are good for highlighting your brows or filling in your brows, however the greens make my skin look a bit sickly – so I haven’t really used them.
GlossyBox Lipstick in Glossy Pink (UK)
I think it’s really lovely of Glossy Box to include their own branded products in each month’s box, in addition to five other mini samples (as originally, you are only supposed to have five mini samples) and this month, we had six! I absolutely adore the colour of this lipstick, as it’s not too sickeningly pink – more of a peachy pink, that suits my skin-tone and is quite versatile. It’s a really smooth, hydrating lipstick (I’m sure most of you think this should be a given in every lipstick, but trust me – I’ve tried a fair few that actually dry out your lips rather than hydrate them) and the colour sits really well on your lips. I used this with the Lipcote Lipstick Sealer that was also included – and they worked well together, lasting for over 6 hours at a time.
Valentina Assoluto, Eau De Parfum (Italy)
I’m usually not keen on the fragrance samples that Glossy Box give out, however this time – it wasn’t all that bad. It is a little overpowering when you first spritz it, however after a few minutes (when the perfume has had time to mellow on your skin) it gives off a really light, vanilla and peach like scent, which is gorgeous for summer wear. It sounds like it might be quite musky when you read the description, but I personally think it is really feminine, light and girlie!
There was actually a sixth product in the box, the Alessandro Pro White Nail Polish, which claims to make your nails more radiant and gleaming, rather than yellow and dull. I did have a quick try of it, however as I don’t really have yellow nails (and I consider them ‘gleaming’ anyway) I didn’t see a difference at all. Despite this, I can see how this product would be useful, as often when you wear nail polish for a week at a time (Barry M is the worst for this!), after you take it off – you are left with yellow looking nails.
Overall, I thought that this month’s Glossy Box was great – especially as it tied in with the Olympics. It was great to be introduced to some new products from around the world, and I really love the DHC Cleanser! If you would like to subscribe to Glossy Box or find out about the full-size versions of the products about, visit their website for further details.