Sunday, 12 June 2011

May GlossyBox Product Reviews

I know that everyone and her best friend has either written, or read, about the May GlossyBox, but I really wanted to have a chance to actually use the products, before I posted anything. So, here is my mini review of each product for you to enjoy :)

Coco Shambhala Invigorate Lotion

What the Bottle Says: Soften skin with Essential Oils of Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint.

Sample Size: 50ml

Smell: Awful. For me, I think that this lotion is just too strong smelling, and very over-powering. Some people might like that, but it really wasn't for me, and I can imagine it clashing with perfumes, which isn't really a good thing.

Usage: The product wasn't really anything special. I used it on my arms, and it didn't leave them feeling any more (or less) soft than any other product.

Overall: Quite an uninspiring product, that I certainly wouldn't buy, especially not at the price it's on the market for.

Full Size: £20 for 200ml

Bionova (Bioactive Cleanser for Normal/Dry Skin)

Product Description: "The N/D cleanser is for both skin types: Normal and Dry. This product gently removes all traces of impurities without damaging the skin's natural barrier system." (taken from

Sample Size: 0.14 fl oz

Smell: This is going to sound weird, but when applying this, I honestly didn't notice the smell. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because as you might have guessed, I'm really not a fan of strong scented products.

Usage: First of all, I want to say that I don't have normal or dry skin, it's actually combination/oily, but I still thought that it was worth giving the product a go.

To use, you're supposed to apply this cleanser roughly one to three minutes before you go in the shower, now, noting that I was (at the time) in a house full of people, hogging the bathroom, I think that it was probably around ten minutes before I got into the shower, but I don't think it changed the results, in any way. And it left my skin feeling clean, and actually quite soft.

As expected, it left my skin feeling a little bit oily, but that's more my skin type than the cleanser.

Overall: I quite liked it, and I think I'll be saving the rest of this sample for those periods when I have dry skin.

Full Size: £29 for 4.50 oz.

Would I pay £29 for the full size? £29 for a cleanser?? Not on your life! It was nice, but so are the ones that I can pick up for less than a fiver!

All for Eve: Eve Red Lipstick

Product Description: "Providing long lasting coverage, Eve Red is a fabulous blue-toned red lipstick that suits most skin shades.
The perfect shade for a classic red lip or simply to give you a burst of colour and make your tan 'pop'." (taken from

Sample Size: Full Size

Colour: This is a very bold statement red lipstick. I do own a red lipstick, but I never feel confident enough to wear it. More on that in a minute.

Usage: The lipstick applies really nicely, is very soft on the lips and is a really fantastic colour. But, and this isn't anything against the product, but I find that red lipsticks are something that I just can not pull off. I don't know if this is the same for other ladies, but if I want to wear a red lipstick, it has to be applied absolutely immaculately. One tiny bit out of place, and I end up looking silly.

It's not like most colours, where you just apply it, because the red just seems so bold and noticeable. I think you really do need confidence to wear some red lipsticks, and this one I definitely need more confidence to wear. Which is a shame, because the colour is fabulous!

Overall: Love the colour, love the consistency, just need the confidence to wear it.

Full Size: The sample was full size, so this actual product is worth £10.50 in the shops.

Would I pay £10.50 for this? Actually, I could be tempted. I don't buy or wear lipsticks very often, so when I do wear them, it's only for special occassions, and I could be tempted to spend a little bit more for something special, and knowing that this product is high quality for a goodish price, it's very tempting. Although, I think I'd opt for a much more subtle shade ;)

Alterna (Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray)

Product Description: "Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Rapid Repair Spray is a supercharged vitamin packed finishing spray with UV protection that has the strength to immediately transform the look and feel of the hair. The spray is lightweight enough to be used throughout the day, restoring vibrancy, strength, and elasticity to tired, dull, dry hair. Adds instant shine to all hair types." (taken from

Smell: This spray has a very distinct smell, that to me, smells expensive. Ask me to explain that one, and no, I couldn't tell you. But, I guess it just smells like a product that I very much doubt I could ever afford.

Once again, it smells quite strong, but in this case, I kind of like it. It's not overpowering at all to my little nosey.

Usage: I have to confess, that initially, I had no idea what this was for. At first glance, all I read was "anti-aging rapid repair", which tell me if I'm wrong, but implies that it's a product for the skin. Because, well, anti-aging generally is something skin related, isn't it?

But, the smell and the fact that it was a spray, made me strongly suspect, that it wasn't for my skin (luckily, I realised this quick enough to not spray it onto my skin!!). After a little research, I discovered that it was indeed, for my hair, and I couldn't help but feel sceptical about that. I mean, really?? Anti-aging products....for my hair? Maybe, it's the fact that I'm still only 27, and I'm still really young, so I'm not really thinking about anti-aging products just yet, for my skin, let alone, my hair!

But, my hair isn't tired, dull or dry, so perhaps this product isn't designed for me anyway! Which would explain why, although the smell is divine, I couldn't really notice any difference in my hair after using this product.

Overall: I liked the smell, but I don't feel that it's a product that is aimed for someone like me.

Full Size: £27 for 100ml

Would I pay £27 for this? As I said, I don't think it's aimed at me, as such, but I may pass this on to my Mum though, and see what she thinks!

Nars Orgasm Illuminator

Note: For some reason, I don't appear to have taken any photos of the Nars product, so for now, I don't have any...

Product Description: "The Illuminator is a silky, shimmering highlighter which creates instant radiance and luminosity. The translucent, weightless formula makes skin look glowing and refreshed and is universally flattering on all skin types. It can be worn alone or mixed with moisturizer, primer or liquid foundation to provide a subtle glow. Dermatologist tested product. Non-comedogenic." (taken from

Sample Size: Full Size

Usage: I have to say, that this is the product that I was most excited about trying, because of all the brands, this is the only one that I have actually heard of, and it's a brand that I could never afford to buy. I do have to admit, that I was a little disappointed that the Nars product was only a highlighter, but I'm more excited about the fact, that I can now say that I own a Nars product!!

I'm not going to beat-around-the-bush, so to speak, with this product, I'm just going to say that I don't have any real opinion of this highlighter. It does what it says on the tin. It melts into the skin easily, and the teeny little glittery-type particles, or whatever they are, add a little glow to your skin. That's about it really. Nothing more, nothing less.

Overall: I'm not going to say that it made my skin look healthy, or amazing, but despite the little glow, it wasn't anything spectacular or out of the ordinary, and it certainly didn't gain any comments.

Full Size: £21.50 for 30ml

Would I pay £21.50 for full size? Not really. I don't think it's anything special. It has inspired me, nevertheless, to look into other Nars product, out of curiosity.

If this has peaked an interest as to what on earth the Glossybox is, you can find out more details here. A lot of people have been saying that it's a waste of money, but the Lipstick and Highlighter alone tally up to £32. Now, I'm not very good at Maths, but even I can tell, that £10 for 5 items, two of which add up to over £30 is most definitely worth the money. But, I guess the issue is really whether you'd use the products.

I'm intending to give it a good few months, before I really decide whether or not it is worth it. But, at the minute I am in two minds. The items are nice, but would I use most of them? I'd have to say no.

What do you guys think? Do you have a Glossybox? Do you think it's worth it? Or have you ordered one?


1 comment

  1. Thanks for this I was considering signing up as well but not sure ill bother there was nothing in this box that got me excited!


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