Sunday, 24 November 2013

GlossyBox - November Edition



It's getting closer to that time of year again.....!! November's box is all about that Christmas Wishlist and the Glossy Magazine features some handy little hints to add to that list for Father Christmas... (I want that Marc Jacobs gold foil iphone case in my life!) So did anything from the box tempt its way onto my wishlist? Let's see what I got this month:

Vichy Idéalia Life Serum - 2x 3ml sample sizes - full size 30ml £29.50 at Boots.com
Vichy Idéalia cream for normal to combination skin - 3ml sample size - full size 50ml £22.00 Boots.com
Now this little wonder has created a little bit of hype amongst GlossyBox subscribers this month. Not only have they treated us to a sample of the raved about Idéalia serum, but they've given us two of the serum plus one of the moisturiser in a pretty pink organza drawstring bag. This was definitely hailed to be the star of the box, so what is all the hype about? Well Idéalia is Vichy's first skin idealiser - a serum that helps to transform your skin's appearance and protect it from pollutants, stress and other factors. It is easily absorbed into the skin, gives a subtle glow and is suitable for even sensitive skins as it is allergy tested. The moisturiser cream I have already tried in a previous GlossyBox (Maggie Li edition) so wasn't as bothered with testing this one out. So far I like what I see with the serum though and will continue to trial it before considering purchasing the bigger size.

Emite Make Up Micronized Eyeshadow in Nect - full size 1.48g approximately £16.80
We were first introduced to Emite Make Up by GlossyBox in the August box with their eyelash curlers. I am pleased to see that this month though we get to try some of their make up. Although my product cards says I got the black shadow, I actually received the shade Nect which I would describe as a pale 'biscuit' colour. It has a soft shimmer to it that isn't too glittery and it glides on like a dream. These eyeshadows are oil, nickel, parabens and perfume free making them suitable for sensitive eyes, and the colour pigment is micronized (what ever that means) which helps with application and a smooth finish. There's nothing negative I can say about this really, I just wish there was a UK stockist, I'd love to get my hands on their foundations and blushers...

Yves Rocher France Hand Cream in Cocoa & Raspberry - full size 75ml £1.95
Wow this smells gooooood! Chocolate. Raspberry. Delicious.
This doesn't just smell amazing, it actually does the job too. It's quite lightweight so spreads really well and sinks in nicely without residue. I just put some on and 30 seconds later I'm typing away again with no fear of leaving greasy fingerprints all over the computer. I loathe hand creams that still feel sticky after application and this doesn't do that at all. I have heard great things about the Cocoa & Orange one as well but if I go down that line I might actually be at risk of absent-mindedly nibbling on my hands! Excellent value for money, I highly recommend purchasing.

Elegant Touch Nail Polish Remover Pads - full size 20 pads £2.00 at Boots, Superdrug or Missguided.
Um, these are nail polish remover pads, acetone-free, but they just remove nail polish. That's it. After the pleasing contents of the rest of the box these are a bit of a downer to be honest. It's not that I don't like them or they don't work because they do, but I'm just not sure how or why these even relate to a Christmas wishlist. Surely these are a staple beauty item in most people's dressing tables? Most people have used nail polish remover at some point in their life haven't they?...

Connock London Kukui Eau de Parfum - 1.5ml sample size - full size 100ml £75.00
Now this is a better perfume trial than previous boxes. It's nice to see a non-mainstream brand for a change. Kukui is Connock London's signature scent and has been blended to reflect the beauty and soul of Hawaii. It is a floriental fragrance (floral-oriental) which essentially means fresh floral notes with a woody base - Gardenia, Calla Lily, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vetiver to name but a few. It wasn't my cup of tea on first spritz but as it's settled it's grown on me a little. I will have a couple more wears before I decide for sure though as this only comes in one size - 100ml - and that's a lot to pay if I'm not sure.

Overall I really liked this month's Glossybox, I'm still a little confused over the nail polish remover pads but meh, never mind. I can't complain really, as there were some really nice items that I've discovered in this box. Fancy getting yourself a little beauty indulgence every month too? Then check out my link below:

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Disclaimer - I have subscribed to GlossyBox out of my own choice and money (damn the fanciful idea of mystery beauty products delivered every month). It was my choice to review the products above and I have done so in a 100% honest manner. I am not compensated for my reviews but if you use my referral link to start a subscription then I can get points towards a free box next time... well who doesn't want free beauty stuff?!!

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