Happy Thursday, you guys! I know the work week is almost over for most of you—-you’re almost there. For those of you who have wonky work schedules and don’t necessarily get the traditional weekend off, I’ve got a little something from the not-so-distant past to help get you through the rest of your work week. You might already be wondering why I’m going to be talking about a Glossybox from last year. Don’t worry, I’m not late posting and you aren’t suffering from work week fatigue. 😛
Back around Mother’s Day, Glossybox gave current subscribers the opportunity to purchase boxes they may have missed in prior months. I took a look at what they had before I renewed my subscription and picked one up. For my first “Throw Back Thursday” post on the site, we’re going to be seeing what interesting things were tucked away inside of the December 2016 Glossybox. Even though there were a few different boxes available for me to choose from, I selected December’s because it was a perfect mix of brands I’ve wanted to try, items I needed in my collection and things that had packaging so cute that I couldn’t resist.
By the time I got the package in the mail I had actually forgotten I’d ordered it. However, I was really pleased once I opened it up and saw the super cute packaging they’d chosen. This is my first time getting a box that isn’t their standard pink and black (which is darling too), so it was a nice change. The rainbow-reminiscent box and silver crinkle paper totally made my day—-I love all things holographic. I wish every month’s box looked like this. Enough about the packaging though…let’s take a peek inside!
Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream Cleanser – $24
This is one item that I really wanted to try out because I’ve been curious about La Roche-Posay for years. I’ve never had the chance to sample any of their products before, so I thought this would be a good opportunity. Even though I’m really happy with my normal face cleanser, I still love a good cream cleanser. Cream cleansers usually do a great job removing makeup and helping to keep your face soft and moisturized, so they can be a welcome addition to someone’s beauty arsenal. The only thing about cream cleansers is that they can sometimes be a little harsh and full of additives, which isn’t the best if you have sensitive skin.
Toleriane is supposed to be a holy grail foaming cleanser for those with sensitive skin. Complete with glycerin (to help retain moisture) and thermal spring water (to calm the skin), this foaming cleanser will gently cleanse without stripping your face of its moisture. I just washed my face with this before sitting down to write this and I quite like it. It’s completely fragrance-free, a little of it goes a long way and it foams up really well. The cream is thick, but smooth and it feels great to massage it around the face. Unlike other cream cleansers I’ve tried, it wasn’t hard to wash off and my skin isn’t the least bit dry. My face feels clean and refreshed, without a hint of stiffness. I can’t wait to see how well this product removes makeup.
La Roche-Posay carries many other products in their Toleriane line, so if you’re someone with sensitive or problematic skin, it’s definitely worth checking out. Dermatologist and allergy tested, these cleansers are non comedogenic, paraben-free, oil-free, sulfate-free and soap-free.
Onyx Noir Small Tapered Blending Brush 231 – $16
Even though I own quite a few makeup brushes, I honestly don’t have enough blending brushes. Out of the few I do have, I haven’t been entirely happy with their application or precision. I have been wanting to try my hand at a gorgeous halo eye, but I knew that without a steady hand and some great blending brushes, things would probably end up in a disaster—-and I would end up looking like a raccoon! This is why I wanted to snatch up and try this cute little blending brush by Luxie Beauty.
Cruelty-free, vegan and hypoallergenic, this brush blends eyeshadow like a dream. You can kiss harsh lines goodbye with this because it does a beautiful job diffusing color and ensuring a gentle fade from one color into the next. It’s soft, picks up shadows really well and fits perfectly into the crease of the eye. I even gave the handle and bristles several hard tugs to check the quality of the product—-it didn’t fall apart! I have some designer brushes that I can’t say the same thing about, so this is already a good omen. If you catch me running around town with a sickening cut crease, chances are that this brush helped me to achieve it.
Beat The Blues Skin Illuminator (in Gold Oyster) – $9
When I first got into highlighting and strobing, I started off with liquid illuminators. However, I didn’t really enjoy any of the ones I tried, so I quickly switched to powder highlighters. Some time has gone by and I’ve been wanting to find a liquid illuminator to wear alone on my more “basic” makeup days or underneath my tried and true powder highlighter…you know, for when I’d like a little more drama. When I saw that December’s box had this golden illuminator, I was hoping that it would be exactly what I was looking for. It was!
Although I am not the biggest fan of the packaging (I wish it were a bit more glam), the product itself is really nice. The warm champagne hue goes on and blends out into a very natural glow. Wherever the light naturally hits your face, you are going to enjoy an amplified effect, which is going to help you look more vibrant. When I put it on I look as though the light is coming from within opposed to being from something I placed on top of my skin. It’s a great way to create a youthful, dewy look. Perfect for strobing, this illuminator is actually ideal for your face and body (especially the collarbone region) thanks to its handy brush applicator. Just brush some on, blend with a beauty blender and glow! I think this is an excellent product for the price point.
Semi-Matte Lipstick (in Bossy) – $18
Okay, just call me a squirrel—-I love shiny things. When I saw that this beautiful golden tube of lipstick was in December’s box, I just had to have it. Of course, it never hurts to add yet another gorgeous nude matte lipstick to my collection. As you may be able to tell from the photo above, this poor lipstick had a bit of an accident during shipping, resulting in the tip being chipped off. It’s been rather warm around these parts lately, so the entire lipstick had somewhat melted, broken off and gotten stuck inside of the lid during transit. After a little bit of “cosmetic surgery” I was able to fix the mangled stick and now we’re back in business!
I still can’t get enough of the packaging. This sleek, high-shine tube looks just like a golden bullet. The lipstick inside is guaranteed to leave you looking like quite the dangerous woman with a mauve-undertoned, greige nude (what a mouthful). This particular shade can effortlessly take you from day to night. I’m kind of obsessed with how perfect a nude it is for me. It’s not too dark, not too ashen and not too pink, but just right. I think it will go great with the Rodial XXL lip liner I got in May’s Glossybox. Although “Bossy” would surely look amazing on all complexions, I think the most natural looking nude would be achieved on those with medium to golden dark skin tones.
As we all know, matte lipsticks have quite the reputation for being ultra drying. It can sometimes be difficult to achieve the sultry lip look we love without sucking the moisture out of our pout. What I love about this lipstick is that it is a semi-matte. It has the flat finish that I crave, but it goes on smooth and silky. While wearing it, there’s no flaking or cracking and my lips don’t feel stiff as a board. And what they say is true—-it’s non-drying! Every time I wear this and take it off, my lips feel soft and supple as always. This is definitely not the case with some of my other matte lipsticks (though I still love them). I don’t need to practically rub my entire mouth off to remove it either, so that’s a major plus!
Pop Electric Eau De Parfum Spray By Gwen Stefani (in Baby) – $25
I absolutely love trying out new fragrances, so this was one December pick I was seriously curious about. I had never smelled any of the perfumes in this collection before, so I had no idea what to expect. It was possible to get one out of the five available scents, but I ended up getting “Baby”, which is just as cute as the others. This pink chrome bottle contains a scent described as “sweet powdered musk”, and I have to say that it is a good way to describe it. It’s powdery and sweet, but not nauseatingly so. There’s just a hint of something else that keeps it soft and feminine, yet assertive (it’s gotta be that musk).
With top notes of bergamot and white rose; mid-notes of tiare flower and jasmine petals; and base notes of white musk, I think this perfume is good if you like cutesy, flirtatious scents. I’ve never been the biggest fan of sweet perfumes or scents that smell like food, so I was a little nervous when I first sniffed this. When you first put it on, there is a hint of alcohol, but it quickly fades away to leave the sweet aroma of vanilla behind on your skin. It took me a little while to get used to it and it isn’t my favorite perfume ever, but I do like it.
Something that I appreciate about this scent is that it is not overbearing. It’s powdery, light and girly. There’s also a surprisingly long wear time to it. I’ve worn it around the house a few days now and I was shocked to see that it doesn’t fade away after only an hour. One thing that I will say is that the white musk tends to wear off as you wear it, leaving more of the sweeter notes behind. If the musk stuck around a little longer I would probably be a bigger fan of this scent because it really adds something special to the overall fragrance.
I’m not sure that “Baby” was the best pick for me (I quite wish I’d been able to try one of the other scents), but I will say that this is one of the best sweet-smelling perfumes I’ve tried. I probably wouldn’t purchase this particular variety myself, but I can definitely tolerate wearing it and would recommend it to those who typically gravitate toward sugary or vanilla scented perfumes.
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Overall, I really enjoyed December 2016’s picks and am so glad that Glossybox gave us a chance to snatch up some of the past boxes. I can already tell that I’m going to get a lot of use out of the majority of these items.
Moving forward, I believe there are only two months left of my Glossybox subscription. Time has gone by so fast! I am still contemplating whether or not I should extend it for another six months or move on to check out another subscription box. If there are any subscription boxes (beauty related or otherwise) that you’d like to see me feature, feel free to pass along some suggestions. I have a few ideas in mind that I’m interested in exploring, but we’ll see what happens next. ’Til next time…stay golden ❤