Saturday, 15 February 2014

GlossyBox - February - Valentine's Edition

It's Valentine's!!!!! So of course that means a suitably special edition box from GlossyBox this month. The packaging has gone all glossy black with a lip prints pattern - mwah! - and a bright pink ribbon to tie it all together. The theme of 'Be Mine' this month embraces all things LOVE (and I'm guessing lots of pink and red...) so let's see what this month beholds.

Nougat London Sparkling Body Shimmer in Cherry Blossom - 100ml sample size - full size 250ml £14.00 
Hmmm, I thought Nougat was a clothing brand? Turns out they do toiletries too. Body Shimmer though isn't really something I use much these days, so I'm a bit disappointed. When I was 12 and glittering myself up for a disco (oh, those were the days...) maybe I would have used something like this, but not much now I'm a (sensible) adult. I guess this will work nicely on my legs in the summer though but it is quite shimmery so I might need to dilute it a little with moisturiser. It smells lovely but I really don't think it's worth the £14 price tag! And I'm not going to lie, it could do with a packaging update - it's a little 'Granny's bathroom cabinet' don't you think?

Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Stick It Up Gum - full size 90ml £7.19
also available at Boots.
Now these paste/gum/clay hairstyling products never really appeal to me. I'm have quite long hair and I always think these are aimed for short styles. But on reading the packaging it talks a lot about gravity defying style and a textured hold... so I'm thinking I might give this a little trial to see how it helps to give my limp locks a bit of a volume boost. I am sceptical though and worried that my hair might turn into a heavy, sticky mop. I guess I can only try it and find out. Wish me luck!

Ciaté London Paint Pot in Red Hot Chili - full size 13.5ml £9.00
also available at Selfridges, ASOS or Beauty Bay.
Ooh I'm a sucker for the cute as hell Ciaté packaging - that little bow! After July's box brought me my first ever paint pot - I know, how had I resisted for so long?! - I was seriously chuffed to get another this month. The only gripe I have is that this shade is so close to the one I received last year - Mistress from memory - that I really would have liked to try one of their pink shades. Red Hot Chili is a gorgeous fiery red-orange creme that will look amazing on both fingers or toes, especially with a bit of a tan. As I've mentioned before, I love Ciaté's polishes - they are easy to hold, the brush applies the polish really smoothly, they give great coverage and dry well too. If you've not tried them yet, you need to!

Maybelline New York Master Kajal Liner in Pitch Black - full size 13g £5.99
also available at Boots or Superdrug.
Another Maybelline item this month, after their appearance in the December box, but in the form of their Master Kajal liner. Damn it I still need to get my hands on that BROWdrama! I have actually never tried a kajal liner before so I am curious to give this a whirl. I'm not really a black liner sort of person, I tend to lean more towards the navy, khaki or dark brown side of the scale but if this blends well I could be converted. I'll let you know how I get on.

Miners Cosmetics Cocktail Kiss Lipgloss in Manhattan - full size 12ml £2.99
Another flashback to being a child... wasn't Miners big in the 90s? I'm not a big fan of the 'teenager' packaging appeal I'm afraid. A nice pink, shimmery lip gloss, that smells and tastes good - hence the cocktail kiss theme. I like the swirl of different colours mixed together - two light pinks and a coral - but I don't really have much else to add. Nice, but not amazing.

Lindt Lindor Treat Bar - full size 38g £0.79
also available at Tesco.
Nom nom nom... I'm afraid this is gone already, eaten about 3 seconds into writing this post! If you haven't tried Lindor by Lindt then where have you been??! Delicious, creamy, chocolate-y goodness. If I could have my way I'd have preferred their dark chocolate version but I'm not sure they do that in a treat bar? It was nice to see an edible treat in my box for once - more please GlossyBox :)

Not bad this month, a couple of new things to trial and a couple of teenage flashbacks... apart from the chocolate and red/pink colours I'm not really sure that any of this fits with Valentine's though....??!
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