Wednesday, 4 April 2012

march 2012 glossybox

The payment for the April Glossybox was taken yesterday so that post should be coming in the near future but for now I give you the March Glossybox! I'm not going to lie, this was one of the most exciting boxes I've received yet! There was a lot of mystery surrounding it, with Glossybox being very secretive and the ambassadors allowed to attend an event to check it out earlier than everyone else. As a result, pictures were released on Twitter and Tumblr so of course, I checked them out and the mystery was spoiled. I was not disappointed, however, and was still excited when it arrived at my house! Like the December Glossybox (which was red) and the January Glossybox (which was hot pink), the March Glossybox was white and themed. Last month we got treated to the wonderful Harrods edition.

Now, I don't think I have heard of Narciso Rodriguez before so it was nice to get a product from a new brand in this box (as i've heard of all the others). The sample is tiny but I'm quite glad as I'm really uncertain on the scent. It's extremely (this could be an understatement) strong upon a first spray so I have to waft my hand (and blow on it) to bring the smell down. I can still smell it now and whilst it's not unpleasant, I don't think it's the typical perfume I would usually go for. I can't put my finger on what it smells like and the box doesn't say what it contains which is annoying. It reminds me of my mum and/or grandma which is interesting and I'm going to ask my mum tomorrow morning what she thinks of it.

One of my oldest friends bought me a big gift bag of Molton Brown products a few years ago and they still have to be used (assuming they are still in my wardrobe...) so seeing this bath and shower gel in my box has reminded me that they are, in fact, still there. Having this product last month will now hopefully encourage me to use up all the other ones my friend gave me. The smell, 'heavenly gingerlily' is not something I would usually go for but I like it. It's very... fresh? It reminds me of 'cleanness' and fresh clothes and things... Gosh, I really need to work on my describing skills. Overall, I'd say I'm happy with this and I'm looking forward to using it! I shall also keep you updated on whether or not I do finally use my other Molton Brown products.

Now who hasn't heard of YSL? And who doesn't long for one of their products? Luckily, I got the chance to try one out. I have yet to work out how to open the bottle and therefore test it out but when I do I'm sure I'll love it. YSL are always praised for their products and not wanting to be a sheep, I'm quite excited to try out the much loved beauty brand. The only problem is that I got the Forever Youth Liberator Serum and as I'm only 17 so it's not really something I'm looking for but ah well, it's never too early to start worrying about wrinkles!

Now, for the most exciting thing I got in last month's box! A Burberry lipstick! I'm not a big fan of the typical Burberry clothing (i think it's got quite 'chavvy' over the years...) but I'm loving their make up! I got the colour 'Copper No202' and it's wonderful! I've not got a colour like it and by doing a small swatch on my hand I know I'm going to want a full size lipstick soon. It's very glossy and moisturising and looks like a lipgloss. I like the packaging as well as I think it's very simple. Damn you Glossybox for making me lust after expensive beauty products!

And finally, something from Clarins. This is another well acclaimed product in the beauty industry and I remember years ago reading in a magazine about firming creams and lotions but never thinking of trying them out. As I'm going on holiday in less than two months, I don't think this product could have come at a better time! I'm willing to try anything that says it will tone my horrible parts!

Just an end note, I sprayed the Narciso Rodriguez perfume on my hand at the start of the post and now it's left a horrible, stale sort of smell that makes me want to wash it off my hand immediately. I'm not sure whether I'm going to like it now...

So I hope you liked my two Glossybox posts theses past two days, even if they have been really late! I'm off  to bed now as I am absolutely shattered but I shall be back tomorrow with another post! I think I'm going to do it on some Leighton Denny nail polish I got in a past Glossybox or on my latest Latest In Beauty box! And, finally, if anybody was wondering, I passed my Theory Test this morning which I am extremely happy about! I think I've just got to book a driving lesson with my instructor now and then hopefully he'll book my practical!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

february 2012 glossybox

I know it's April, I know February was two months ago and I know everybody has already posted about the February Glossybox but I really do like giving my thoughts on what I got. Also, not everybody got the same products as I did so obviously, more posts means more insight into the products. February's Glossybox was the London Fashion Week(end) edition and I really wish I'd got my act together sooner as the little leaflet they included about London Fashion Weekend made me really want to go but by the time I had opened my Glossybox and really sorted through it, it was too late. I doubt I'll ever get to go to a London Fashion Week event so the Weekend sounds like a nice compromise, I think.

I'd never heard of Becca cosmetics before I got the February Glossybox and I'm really happy that this was the first product I got to try from the company. I've only ever had one lip tint before and it was one from The Body Shop that I got free in a magazine and I both liked it and disliked it. The colour was brilliant and I could use it on my cheeks too. It was also really light and I used it mostly whilst away on holiday. But compared to this product, it was extremely watery and it didn't last very long at all. However, this one is thick (pretty much like a lipgloss), pigmented and a really lovely colour. It blends easily as well and seems much lighter than a lipgloss or lipstick so I definitely think I'll be taking this on holiday with me this year. The fact it's water-resistant is a bonus as well!
Unlike a lot of people at the moment, I am not a hand sanitizing 'obsessive'. I wash my hands when necessary, I touch door handles and other public objects but that's about it. I don't particularly like the smell anyway (most smell like cucumbers which i really don't like) and they come out in gel globules (if that makes sense) so slide all over my hand which is really annoying when I'm trying to rub it in. But when I saw this, I thought it was a really good concept. A spray is so much easier and it means you can get just the right amount instead of too much which always leaves your hands sticky. The only problem is the smell. I'm not keen on lavender to begin with but this one has such a strong smell that when I first sprayed it, I had to hold my hand away from me. The smell's died down now but I'm not sure if I want to keep it. I've looked on the website and there doesn't seem to be any other scents which is a real shame because I'd be willing to buy one in another smell. Ah well, I'll just have to give it to one of my germ-phobic friends or something.
I've never used any Paul Mitchell hair care products but they do seem very high end so I'm feeling very happy that I'm getting to try out one of their products in my Glossybox. This one is an oil which is another thing I'm very pleased about. I've read a lot of posts about Moroccan Oil and how brilliant that is but because I don't do much to my hair (i don't use a hair dryer and straighten/curl it about once every 5 years!) so I don't really need the products (or need to spend that amount on them). However, I do have split ends (come on girls, don't we all?) which is not so brilliant but I'm hoping that this oil will hopefully work in reducing the amount I have. I also want it to give my hair some 'oomph' so it's not so flat and lifeless (aha, sounds like a tv advert) but we'll have to see. I'll keep you all posted on the results!
Who doesn't need more eyeshadows? Not me! My eyeshadow collection is fast growing and even though I rarely use all of the ones I've got, I'm always on the look out for more. The funny thing is, is that I don't actually own a black (loose) powder. Yes, a black eyeshadow (in my Naked Palette and a Benefit palette) but not a black powder. I also don't have anything from BM beauty, haven't actually heard of it to be honest so I'm looking forward to trying this out and experimenting with a loose powder (i already struggle with loose powder falling down my face with eyeshadows so i'm going to have to get some practice in before using this!).

What girl doesn't love a foreign spa product? This shower gel sounds so lovely and I don't even use a shower gel when I have a shower but I think I could start a new routine for this one. However, I hope I don't really like it because it has a hefty price tag on it. I love that it has the word 'INVIGORATE' on it as well as it always makes me think of bright, early, fresh mornings which is what we all want during the week. When searching for the website I also saw that the company have hotels in London and around the world which sounds really interesting. I've never been to a spa before and definitely hope I have the chance to visit one soon!

So, again, I'm sorry this is a couple of months late but like I've mentioned in my past few posts, I'm trying to get on top of my list of posts that I want to blog about (which is actually very long!). Tomorrow's post is going to be on the March Glossybox, I think, so take a look at that when I post it, if you want.

I watched My Week With Marilyn earlier which I really enjoyed and I think Michelle Williams was absolutely stunning in it. I've never really been that interest in Miss Monroe apart from the fact that she is, of course, a female icon but the film has made me really interested in her life. Eddie Redmayne was brilliant in it, also. It was a film I really recommend. And finally, I have my Theory Test tomorrow morning so I'll be needing all the luck I can get if you could send some my way!