GlossyBox September 2012 (Germany)

I received this month’s GlossyBox yesterday and I’d heard heard that it was Oktoberfest themed so I was pretty excited!

I had said that if this month’s box isn’t good, I’ll cancel my subscription. Here is what the box contained -

C:EHKO High Shine Shampoo

Deja vu… We had this 2 boxes ago! See my review here.  It’s a good shampoo… but I’ve already had it!

Ducray Gentle Cleansing Cream

This is a pretty nice sized sample. It’s probably the only item that I’m actually looking forward to using.

Glossybox Lipstick in Glossy Pink

This is a pretty nice shade, actually. Not like the super dark stuff they usually send me.

Kryolan Contour Pencil

For lips, apparently. I don’t use lip pencils. I rarely wear lipstick. Let’s see how it is as an eye pencil ;)

OPI Nail Polish – Germany Range

Again, we had this a few boxes ago! And again it’s a dark colour – navy blue. Maybe I can get it to work some how.

Overall -

I just went on the GlossyBox website and unsubscribed to their service. There’s another box I’ve got my eye on but I think I’ll just try to use up all my current things first and then subscribe to that. In my eyes, this is a sample box – I get it to try new things. So having a box with not one but TWO repeats – that’s not good enough. Also, their judge of what makes a good product is often way off the mark (factor 6 sun oil, anyone?)

So… that was that! I wonder how long it’ll take me to use up all my current products…

Figs & Rouge Balm Review

 

I was given this in my July GlossyBox - it’s a Figs & Rouge peppermint & tea tree balm.

Out of a pretty terrible beauty box (if the next one is also crap, I’m unsubscribing), this was the product that caught my eye the most. I threw it into my handbag and took it on the road.

Around the time I started using it, it was still pretty hot here. Putting my finger to the product, my finger just sank into the greasy mess of balm. The texture is a little like light cream with chunks of sugar in – when spread onto lips/skin the ‘sugar’ melts away to nothing, though.

When applied, it is pretty thin, unlike balms that last on your lips for hours. I do actually prefer lip products that you can still feel on your lips an hour or so afterwards, so I find myself reapplying this every 30 minutes or so.

But this is so much more than a lip balm. It says it can be used on dry skin too. I used some on my hands and it did feel pretty moisturised afterwards. However, with the minty scent, I’d rather keep it to my lips than use it on my body.

As a product, I like it. I think it’s a nice thing to put on my lips – not like the greasy stuff that I prefer, but suspect is bad for my skin. Figs & Rouge products are made from all natural ingredients so there are no nasty things in this at all, which is also awesome. One major drawback to this, though, is that it is so damned hard to get into the tin! You really have to wiggle it a lot before the lid will come off. It’s such a pain…

Would I buy this? Probably not. I think I should… but I probably wouldn’t. I do enjoy using it now I have it, though.

If you’ve used any Figs & Rouge products, let me know!

Hair Raising Reviews!

I’m getting quite behind on my review type posts so expect a some more in the next few days!

I’ve been using these two products, both from beauty boxes – Wen Sweet Almond and Mint Cleaning Conditioner from the July JulyBox, and C:EHKO Intensive Care Shampoo from my July GlossyBox.

Let’s start with the Wen conditioner.

Now, I must say that I took it literally when it says that it’s conditioner – meaning that I used shampoo before using this. I guess I’m not so good at reading instructions… You’re meant to use a small amount, add a splash of water and massage it into your hair, then comb through and leave for up to 5 minutes.

Now it could be because I used shampoo before this, but it really made my hair dry. It made my hair dry and frizzy and it’s not been in such a bad state in years and years. The smell was ok… Kind of fresh.

Because I wasn’t having much luck with it, I decided to give it to my friend Candy, who has gorgeous hair (which deserves its own blog) and he looks like a boy from a manga he’s so pretty. Candy used it correctly, because he’s not doof like me, but he also said that it didn’t work so well in his hair and wasn’t any better than the normal stuff he uses. He said he liked the smell, but it didn’t last so long.

Considering that this product is pretty expensive, neither of us would buy it.

Now onto the shampoo!

C:EHKO seems to be a German brand. On the English part of their website, they say of this shampoo -

Intensive Care Shampoo with a deep-penetrating formula provides care even while shampooing. High-quality active agents and the AMICONE®-COMPLEX give new vitality and freshness. The hair is left smoothed and reconstructed. Adds a marvelous shine.

The first thing I noticed about this was that it’s pretty thin. I know a lot of haircare products are trying to cut down on the crap in them right now so I assume that’s the reason behind it. It doesn’t lather up very well either. The second thing I noticed was that it smells like Tutti Fruity sweets! SCORE! It does kinda make me happy to smell that in the shower.

As for making my hair shiny… when used (incorrectly) with the Wen conditioner it didn’t do so well. But paired with a hair mask (to undo the Wen mess), someone asked me if I’d had a hair cut because my hair looked so good. I reckon if used with a decent conditioner, it would be really good.

According to the website, it’s a good 14 euros, so I don’t know if I’d repurchase it – but the shampoo I’m using right now was 20 euros so I guess it’s not out of the question to spend that much! If I did, I’d buy the whole set, though.

Have you used either of these products? Let me know if you have!

 

GlossyBox July (Germany)

 

My GlossyBox came super early this month! Yay go team!

However, when I opened it… I wondered if half the contents had fallen out along the way somewhere… Here is what my box contained -

Figs & Rouge Lip Balm

This is the only thing I’ve really used from this box so far. I love the packaging (though it’s hard to open) but the product is pretty nice. I’ll do a full review hopefully some time this week.

Kenzo MadlyKenzo perfume

A tiny sample. I tried it and it’s very strong… I’d say it’s more of a winter smell than a summer one. Maybe that’s just me, though.

Lancaster After Tan Maximizer

After using their SPF 50 cream from last month I don’t really have any tan to maximise… Like I said before I don’t like tanning so much. I guess I’ll get round to using it some time…

OPI Nail Polish

This was hiding in all the paper in the box, and it’s barely visible in the box since it’s a dark colour. This is a sample of one of the shades in OPI’s new Germany Collection. It’s a dark grey. I’m not sure how or when I’ll use this, either…

Sans Soucis Brilliant Every Day Lip Gloss

GlossyBox keep giving me colours that are very dark… I wonder if I told them I prefer dark colours by accident… This is a dark red, which would be awesome normally but I have a very small mouth and thin lips so this is not the thing for me at all. I did try it though, and it smells nice, and has a nice quality to it. Maybe I’ll use it for one of my Mutiger Montags!

Overall

Apart from the lipbalm, there was nothing from this box that I wanted to use right away. There’s nothing to get excited about. I’m going to give GlossyBox one more month and if it’s another disappointing box next month, I’ll switch over to Pink Box. Glossy just don’t seem to be thinking along the same lines as me when it comes to beauty. It may be a cultural difference, but it’s still not what I want to be spending out on each month.

Michael O’Rourke 3-Way Hairspray

Ahh my lovely messy dressing table. I’ve written about this hairspray before, but since it’s coming to the end of its life and I’ve used it for quite a while, I’ll review it in more detail now.

I got this Michael O’Rourke 3-Way hairspray with a GlossyBox a couple of months ago. I seldom use hairspray so I wasn’t excited to have it in the box, but as it turns out, I’ve used it up pretty quickly.

A little info on the product (from Amazon…)-

3 Way hairspray is the flagship product in the “Michael ORourke” Styling Line. This luxury hairspray incorporates breakthrough technology by utilizing an adjustable nozzle to deliver 3 spray strengths for three types of styling, a never before seen invention in the beauty industry. This amazing spray is humidity resistant and contains: 1. Vitamin A and E for free radical protection. 2. Wheat amino acids for nourishment. 3. Sunscreen to protect color treated hair.

So, as it says, there’s a little nozzle that you can use to change how strong you want the spray to be. I’m going to be completely honest here – I didn’t see any difference. Maybe I don’t use it right. Maybe I’m crap at doing my hair. But when I get my fringe just right, spraying a light spray on it had exactly the same effect as spraying the firm spray.

That’s not to say that it’s a bad product – on my fringe, it didn’t hold the style very well. But on curls and stuff it did make the shape last a little longer than normal. The scent is also pretty nice, and my hair never felt stiff. It’s also really good for killing bugs in your room. WIN!

So would I buy this again? Probably not. There are better hairsprays out there. The nozzle thing is a good idea in theory but in practice if it’s making no difference then it’s not worth the money.

Has anyone else out there tried this product?

Kryolan Eyeshadow

 

I got this little pot of Kryolan satin powder sparkling eye dust (eyeshadow to the rest of us) in my GlossyBox last month. It was probably the only item I actually liked and continue to use. The colour is SP333. I hate it when companies use numbers instead of words to name colours. Be creative, guys!

 

And now you see my horrible pink skin colour is the same as my horrible pink floor…

As you can see, it doesn’t go on very strongly, it’s not very pigmented. But it’s great as a base, or a highlighter on your lids. I really like using it on my lids then putting darker shadow in the creases. It’s got a really nice sparkly sheen to it that I really like, as well.

The colour lasts all day, though it is subtle. It’s nice and easy to apply as well. I hadn’t heard of this brand before, so I’d look out fot it again and get some different colours for sure. This is a repurchase item for me!

It’s a bit of a short review, but I don’t know what else to say, really! It’s pretty good and the colour is sweet. What more could you want?!

GlossyBox July (Germany)

 

So I’m a little late with this. To be absolutely honest, with last month’s German GlossyBox being a complete fail, I opened this one expecting to be wowed but I wasn’t. So my motivation to post about this also went out the window…

This is what my GlossyBox contained-

Alessandro Pedix Feet Heel Rescue Balm

Wow, Alessandro two months in a row? They much be paying big money. While I wasn’t impressed with the nail varnish last month, this cream is pretty decent. I really dislike my feet so anything that claims to make them better is very appealing to me. I’ve been using this every day for about 3 days now. After I put it on, my heel looks a lot less yucky but overall I’ve not noticed much difference.

Acene Suncream SPF 50+

Huh, from one extreme to the next… After having a SPF 6 sun oil in the last box, they’ve gone to the other end of the scale here. I’ve not used it outside yet, though I did put it on my arms the other day just to see how it was. Apparently it’s meant to leave a nice matt finish. I thought it was just the same as normal sun lotion. When the weather gets better I’ll try it out some more and report my findings.

C:EHKO Intensive Care Shampoo

I have a lot of shampoo to use up… I’m still really enjoying the L’Oreal one I got in my very first GlossyBox. So don’t hold your breath for the review for this – it may be a while!

Dermasel Spa Sea Mask

A small sachet of this… looks interesting! I might try this out after my Chinese class tonight.

Secret Brand Lipstick – Full Size

The brand for this is meant to be secret, but someone should warn them that there’s a massive MaxFactor X on the side of it… This is a dark brown lipstick. A strange choice for summer… I’ll swatch it and write about it later, maybe. I don’t think I’ll be using it though.

I also got a sleeping mask. I’ve never really used one before… I guess now is the time to try!

Overall, I’m not excited about this box. Aside from the heel cream there’s nothing I would have bought myself. Maybe the shampoo is super duper amazing. I think I’ll judge GlossyBox on their next box and if it’s not slightly better I’ll move onto another company. I read about a different German based one the other day so I might give that a go.

I’m still waiting patiently for a fashion subscription service, like Little Black Bag in the US. Come on guys, there’s money to be made here!!

Battle of the Yellow Nail Polishes!

When I was back home I bought the Barry M (who I often call “Boney M”…) yellow nail varnish but then received another yellow varnish from Alessandro in my June GlossyBox!

I’m afraid I’ve not got a picture of the Barry M one in action, but as soon as I used it, I really loved it. It’s pretty thick so you only need two coats and then the colour is pretty solid. The quality is pretty good and it lasts for a good 4-5 days before starting to chip – but the only thing I would say against it is that it takes ages to dry. I hate waiting for it to dry as I can’t sit still long enough…

The Alessandro one was a lot more smooth to put on but is a lot thinner. It took me about 3 or 4 coats to get the colour shown above. Each coat didn’t take as long to dry but overall I spent a lot more time on my nails. It doesn’t show up in the picture but there was a slight greeny tinge to the colour which I really didn’t like. I’d happily wear the Barry M varnish on its own because it looks cute and summery but this one I felt the need to cover it a bit with pink as it wasn’t such a nice colour.

I think if you’re using yellow as a light base on which to do designs or gradient nails like I did, the Alessandro varnish is really good. It’s quick drying and very smooth. But if you just want happy summer nails, the Barry M one is probably your best bet – the colour is much nicer and brighter.

Have you tried either of these? If so, let me know!

GlossyBox June 2012 (Germany)

I know I’m supposed to at least try the products out a little bit before I blog about them but I picked up my GlossyBox today and am pretty outraged so would like to post about it right away.

My box contained -

Alessandro yellow nail varnish

A small pot but it looks fairly decent. I have a Barry M yellow varnish so it’d be nice to compare the two.

Cartier Baiser Vole perfume

Initial tests show that it smells fairly decent. I might wear this to work tomorrow – it’s a very ‘me’ smell… florally and girly.

Iobella face cloth

A very small, soft face cloth. I couldn’t understand the German in the instructions but luckily someone else had blogged about it and so Chrome translated their post! You just add water and wash your face with it, apparently. I’ll give it a go tomorrow night.

Kryolan Satin Powder eye dust

Looks to be a pretty colour. I’ve never heard of the brand before – sounds like a mad scientist’s name…

… And finally, the offending product…

Tiroler Nut Oil sunblock

In SPF6. 6!!! Who in the halibut uses SPF 6 these days?! I am almost certain that I filled in a questionnaire when I joined this – they should know that I have very fair skin. Even if I didn’t have very fair skin, using SPF 6 in an oil is just asking for skin cancer!! They should be ashamed of themselves – they ought to be promoting safer, healthier beauty. Not making us fry to a crisp. Am I missing something? Is this a German thing?

Overall

I opened this tonight in the cinema before Sneak Preview to show my friends how great GlossyBox is. I wish I hadn’t as it was embarrassing. I can’t even tell which is the full sized item here. And that nut oil…

Last month’s GlossyBox was really great – I loved the shampoo and conditioner in it. But this month’s makes me question whether I want to spend out money on this. I really hope this isn’t the way they do things round here…

 

GlossyBox (Germany) May 2012

I really love beauty blogs right now. Especially ones who are using the same JolieBox and GlossyBox subscriptions as me. But the thing is that  people always review the stuff and blog about them as soon as they get them! I can’t make up my mind about whether I like something or not until I’ve been trying it out for at least 2 weeks!

Anyway, here are my thoughts about May’s German GlossyBox.

I was quite excited to read the magazine but then I realised that it’s all in German… oh well, makes for good practice!

L’Oreal Ever Pure Shampoo

I use special shampoo from Douglas, so I was not so keen to try this. But I gave it a go. It’s specially for coloured hair, it says. And apparently has “A sulfate-free formula that won’t strip colour and leaves hair hydrated and manageable”.

I have hair that is ruined (bleached to death) from a certain Japanese hairdresser, and I cover the yellow from this with red/brown dye. So my hair is very dyed. When I use this shampoo, it makes my hair very squeaky, and has a pleasant scent. But it’s not really doing backflips for me. I use it in conjunction with the other hair product in the pack and it’s doing wonders for my hair but I feel that that is down to the other product rather than this. At the end of the day, shampoo is shampoo. I’d rather either spend less (It’s about 5 euros, according to the internet) for a similar product, or pay more for a slightly fancier product.

The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter

This also is for coloured hair (I vaguely remember filling in a survey when I joined) and is probably my favourite product from this box. I bought a fancy-pants hair mask (wow, I should have shopped online… I paid way more for it…) a few days before this arrived and while this hair butter is not exactly its equal, it gives it a very good fight!

You have to comb this through your damp, shampooed hair and then leave it for 5 minutes. This is the hardest part for me, because I hate waiting around for things. I make an effort and find all the things I can do in that time – I was even cleaning the shower the other morning!

It leaves my hair so soft and silky, I’d buy it again for sure. Even when I skip a wash, my hair stays silky and not greasy in the slightest. Highly recommended - it gets the Charlotte stamp of approval!

Michael O’Rourke 3 Way Hairspray

I rarely use hairspray so I’ve only used this once. On its spray nozzle it has 3 settings; 1 for light hold and styling, 2 for shaping and setting and 3 for finishing and serious hold. I used it on my fringe a few times to keep it in place and it has a really nice smell to it, but the hold wasn’t so strong. I only used 2 on my fringe, but maybe I should try number 3 next time. Since I don’t really use it, I guess this sample will last me a while but I don’t think I’d bother to buy the full version.

Jil Sander Eve perfume

I seem to be getting a lot of tiny perfume samples right now. This one is pretty fresh and fruity. I don’t really do fresh and fruity, but if I did, this would be very nice. The scent is really refreshing, though it didn’t last so long on the skin. I sprayed it liberally on my wrists and neck and after walking around town for a bit, I could no longer smell it. I won’t be buying this, but maybe keep it in my handbag for times when I want to feel … fruity.

L’Oreal Nude Maguque (Out of shot)

This was a sample attached to a card so I took it away without realising for the photo. I’ve been using Maybelline’s BB cream (which was my first one ever) so I was looking forward to trying this.

I tore open the sachet to do my make up while watching the latest Jenna Marbles video. I wasn’t really paying attention and squirted it onto my hand. I looked down to see a while, grainy cream on my hand. Thinking this can’t possibly be BB cream, I checked the packaging. It seems that the cream blends in with your own tone to make the perfect shade! I put it on my face and sure enough, it started turning pinky beige! The slight grainy-ness to it melted away to a smooth texture on my skin.

I know I said that the hair butter was my favourite but this was a very, very close second. It felt lovely on my skin, the colour was perfect and it lasted all day without making me greasy. Not only will I be buying this but I will be actively seeking this out to buy – and I don’t normally say that! It seems to be about 10 pounds in the UK and 13 Euros here in Germany. I think that’s fairly reasonable. I can’t wait to be wearing it every day!

I’m really glad I found all these make up subscription services. I really enjoy getting all these products, and it means that I don’t need to buy very many things since there’s always something new to try in my boxes!

I’d love to hear from you if you have tried any of the products in this post!