My excitement over the Summer and everything that comes with it meant that I was extra excited by this month’s glossy box, which had a beautiful, bright blue, sea themed box.
Heeeeeeart it. The contents inside excited me too at first glance- a motley crew of skincare, haircare, nails, makeup and even a little extra. Lush.
So let’s dive straight in then, starting with the little extra.
Green and Blacks 70% dark chocolate.
G&B are obviously top of the chocolate game, and I’m always hearing about how dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and a ‘superfood.’ I’m obsessive about superfoods, and as a result I like the idea of having this mini bar of goodness in my handbag, just in case I need a boost. Plus, you know, chocolate!! Win!!!
Anatomicals Spray Misty for Me Facial Spray
Amusing name aside, this product caused me great excitement simply because it was a case of ‘exactly what I wanted at the time.’ A few days before I had been whining about wanting a facial spray to take around for the hot weather, and boom- glossy delivered. It’s purple too, lavender scented, and does exactly what it says on the tin- gives you a nice cool face. Awesome.
Essie Nail Wraps
I keep meaning to do some nail wrap reviews- I have so many stored up, I’m just waiting for my nails to get to a length where I feel like it’s worth it! But even though I haven’t used many yet, I do love them, and I ADORE Essie, so this was a good start. The only thing I’m not too sure about here is the pattern- brown tiger stripes aren’t very me. I’ll give them a go, though, and like I said- nail wraps are awesome, and I expect Essie ones to be especially fab.
Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist.
As with the face spray, this was another case of the universe (and glossy) delivering exactly what I wanted at the right time. Literally days before this got delivered I had spent a day at the beach, and had loved the beach waves the sea salt had left in my hair. I had even been researching salt spray- and then this arrived. Maximum levels of win. I haven’t tried it yet, but if it’s anything like the real thing then I’m expecting lush, textured waves.
Coola mineral sunscreen
Another great one for me- gingers of course need sunscreen by the bucketload, and a mini tube is great for keeping in my bag in case of unforeseen sun bursts. SPF20 too, which is a decent level of protection, and the cream seems pleasant enough. A great handbag addition!
Sleek Pout Paint
Now we come to the controversial item in the box- sleek pout paint. I’ve used sleek before and liked it, and a quick Google tells me that these pout paints have a fond following online, so all signs were looking good. Then I saw the colours I had been given.
Yep. Blue and coral. Blue. And coral. What?? I stared at the blue for a good long while before deciding that it was too much for my brain to handle and turning to the coral. That at least is a shade that lips can believably be. Couldn’t be so bad, right?
Hmmmm. Not so bad… but not so good either. The pink is just too bright, too pastelly, to be anything that would ever make it’s way into my regular makeup set. And as for the blue
….its….blue!!! Blue!! Do people ever really paint their lips blue?? There’s nothing more to say about this, except that it did a winning job at making me look like the aliens from the argos advert.
So there I was, confused by the mental colours, when a colleague helpfully pointed out that the point of these sleek pout tubes is to mix them and make a whole new shade. She also pointed out that pink and blue would likely create a shade I’m not un-fond of- purple. My hopes were raised once more as I mixed up some of each on the back of my hand, and created what looked like a soft lavender. Joy surged through my veins as I applied it to my lips…
Yes, you’re right. It doesn’t look purple. It looks grey. And as confused as I was why anyone would ever want blue lips, grey is a whole different matter. It’s unflattering and weird. So all I’ve really done is given myself a whole new list of ways to look like a corpse. Putting aside the issue of the shades for a second, I feel compelled to add that the products themselves were winners- they did indeed blend beautifully, the colour on your lips was 100% true to the packaging, and the staying power was intense- once this stuff goes on, it aint coming off. But don’t buy the blue. Just don’t.
Generally I liked this month’s box, I just think I suffered from a few bad colour selections. A beige or red lip stain and a nail wrap more too my taste and I’d have loved it. so basically, if you are lucky enough to get nicer designs than me, the July box is nothing but win!