Wednesday, October 08, 2014

GLOSSYBOX - September 2014

I thought I would start my voyage into beauty blogging by talking about one of my favourite little beauty indulgences. Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription, and upon signing up you will receive 5 deluxe samples right to your door - can’t argue with that!
The box I received this month was one of my favourites. In light of London Fashion Week, the top of the box had been specially designed by Karen Millen. I’m loving the funky watercolour drawings of London’s best loved landmarks.
So far, three of my samples have made it onto my beauty shelf as favourite new products;
L’Oreal Mythic Oil - This retails at £15.95 for 125ml.
 I was slightly apprehensive about trying this, as I’ve used other oils before and found they didn’t work for me. I’m pleased to say that this one stood out from the rest, as it didn’t have the greasiness I’d come to expect from other brands. At face value, the oil is a little pricey, but a little does seem to go a long way - as you only need to use this sparingly. It is best applied to damp hair before blow drying, so I work a little through the ends of my hair before styling. The formula leaves my hair feeling more nourished and shiny, and I feel like I am leaving it slightly better protected when using heated appliances. I probably use this a few times a week rather than every wash, but I am really impressed. It’s definitely worth a try if you want to give your locks a little lift!
Nails Inc Westminster Bridge Matte Top Coat - This retails at £12 for 10ml.
You will see from my future posts that I am a big lover of nail varnish! My polish collection is into the hundreds, and I still have NO willpower when I see a new one I like. I have a couple of matte polishes, but I love that with this top coat I can easily transform all of colours I already have. As we move into Autumn, I’m definitely going to be putting the sunny glossies away and experimenting with matte. Nails Inc make such great quality polishes, so it was a lovely surprise to find this one in my box this month – bargain!
Skin PEP Brightening Enzyme and Acid Peel – This retails at £89.99 for 180ml.
Skin PEP Dark Circle Eraser – This retails at £44.99 for 15ml.
I also received a couple of sachets of this, as well as their Dark Circle Eraser. I’ve never tried any sort of acid peel before, and my immediate impression was that this would be some sort stinging face cream. I am pleased to say I was VERY wrong! This was a perfect little pick me up for my skin, as it removes the dead skin and leaves it looking brighter. I left mine on for about 5 mins, and if it starts to harden you can add a little water to reactivate it. I followed this with moisturiser, and my skin felt loads better. I also saw a noticeable difference with the Dark Circle Eraser eye cream. You only need to use a small amount of this, so I imagine a 15ml bottle would last a while! You massage in until you see eye bags and puffiness has reduced. Witch Hazel and Cucumber are a couple of the 35 active ingredients, which is so soothing for such a sensitive area.
Ordinarily, I don’t think I would pay for either of these in the full size version – it’s really quite expensive and for me it would be a treat product to use every now and again, rather than part of my everyday routine. 
Bring on the box next month - Pop Art style!

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