It’s that time again! I’m fairly confident I started June’s Glossybox post with that exact sentence, but it’s too hot for originality. The Glossybox July 2013 has a bit of a sea themed, dubbed “Seaside Splash”, and it contains products that are seasonal, summery and designed to help us with the heat.
As usual there are a couple of variants of the box and both are pretty fab this month; plus a special shout-out is necessary for the gorgeous design! I absolutely love the aquamarine/turquoise background colour with the sea themed design. So pretty! The usual approach means the products below are listed in order of my favourites:
Ciate London Paint Pot in Mistress
The inclusion of Ciate in any beauty box is going to go down a storm, and the fact that they seem to be really lovely shades – like this beautiful bright red that’s screaming to go on my toe nails – makes it even better. I believe there are three shades circulating in this month’s box, and all three are very pretty shades. Full-sized included, £9.
Since giving up on the fringe and deciding to grow it, my new hair thing has been texture…and lots of it! There are surprisingly few products on the market designed for texture that aren’t sea-salt sprays, which I’m not a fan of as I find they leave hair horridly crunchy, but this offering from Alterna apparently leaves hair soft and shiny, yet with some texture. I can’t wait to give it a try! 25ml was included, full-sized is 125ml for £23.
Anatomicals Spray Misty for Me Facial Spritz
When I saw this in the box I was a bit uninspired, although I understood why it was included in a box aimed at beating the heat. However, having tried it a few moments ago I actually think it seems to be quite a decent product, as it clearly isn’t just a glorified bottle-of-water spray, and instead includes ingredients such as lavender and peppermint which not only cool and refresh the skin, but also feel like they might work well as an astringent too, which oily skin types desperately need in this weather. There is no way this would work as a make-up setter as the mist isn’t fine enough by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s certainly a product that I’m keeping nearby for regular top-ups. Full-sized included, £6.
Coola Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint
I like the idea of this tinted, mineral SPF, but the sample included is so teeny tiny that I’m thinking you’d struggle to get one full use out of this, based on the assumption that you’re applying the correct amount of SPF. I’ve only tried this on my hand and I would say that it appears to soak in quickly and leaves quite a shiny (not greasy) finish. It’s designed as a tinted moisturiser with added mineral SPF and I think if the sample size had been a bit larger, say enough for 2-3 uses, it probably would’ve proved quite popular. 7ml included, full-sized is 50ml for £29.99.
Pukka Ayurveda Radiance Serum
No real reason for this being last on my list other than the fact that it just isn’t something I’ll be trying, as I’m being surprisingly strict with my skincare routine at the mo! This is also a very dinky-sized sample, but it’s a serum which you only need a small amount of, so realistically you could definitely get about a week’s worth of use from this. It’s nice and natural, and designed to lift, brighten and tone complexion with a very light texture and a bit of a questionable smell (!!), so I think it’s something that other box receivers might quite like, but for my spotty, hormonal skin it is not going to get any use. 1oml was included, full-sized 50ml is £32.
Really not a bad box at all this month, in my opinion. I got the slightly more skincare heavy one, whereas the other one included Sleek Pout Paints which I think will go down a storm. I like the theme, I like that all products do seem to be on theme and I think this is a seriously good offering from Glossybox this month.