This post is SUPER late and I am so happy that I’m finally getting it up! I received my April Glossybox over two weeks ago and I have been soooo busy with schoolwork and regular work that I just decided to take a mini-hiatus for the last couple of weeks. I hate making sporadic blog posts, so I am just glad that now I can give my blog the 100% I have been meaning to give it since I re-launched it months and months ago.
I gotta start with these subscription box reviews first; I know that a wave of boxes for May is about to hit my doorstep and I just want to get the two that I have left over for April up before I start posting everything else. But after these are done, I have so many product reviews, shopping, outfits, DIY projects, and a bunch of other ideas to blog about. So I’m excited to finally get this going.
Right now I am also in the process of updating both of my Facebook and Twitter pages for my blog so that they look a lot nicer and less empty, and I’m just excited to start really blogging about everything I love (all the pretty material stuff) that I see and am influenced by every single day.
So enough of my babbling and onto the review. I’m sure that anyone who is into subscription box reviews has already seen the Glossybox for April, but I like going a little in-depth to do mini-reviews of each of the products. As usual, I really enjoyed my Glossybox this month. I always say that Glossybox is one of the more “luxurious” beauty subscriptions, and that goes right down to the pretty pink box that all of the products arrive in each month.
I’ve been saving every single Glossybox I receive for at least a year now, and I literally have three huge piles of them quickly stacking up on my floor. I’m also in the process of doing a re-organization of my room, so I figured I would set the boxes aside for storage and I hate to even think of throwing them out because they’re so cute (and way more durable than the other beauty subscription boxes), so it’s a win-win for me.
I’ve been seeing Caldrea products pop up here and there in recent subscription boxes that I’ve been receiving (the hand soap in last month’s Pop Sugar Must Have box smelled absolutely amazing), and I really have no complaints. In fact, I would like to see even more Caldrea products. I only used this body wash once so far, but, like all of Caldrea’s products, it has a delightful aromatherapeutic scent and I definitely enjoyed it.
Caldrea Body Wash ($18 for 11.5 oz.; caldrea.com) is described as a body wash that is infused with brightening, free-radical fighting Angelica Root and Linden Flower extracts to reveal smooth, radiant and renewed skin.
The next product was another one with an amazing aromatherapeutic scent. I know that a lot of people aren’t too crazy about the scent of lavender, but I love it and I’m loving this body cream — although I’ve mostly been using it as a hand cream since the tube is the perfect size to throw in my handbag for the day, and it moisturizes my hands perfectly.
Aqua Spa Relax Body Creme Lavender + Chamomile ($10 for 9 oz.; aquaspabath.com) is described as an “ultra-rich conditioning body lotion that banishes dry skin while diminishing the signs of aging.” This body cream, along with all other Aqua Spa products, contains Marine Youth Complex, which is made up of anti-aging, skin-restoring sea minerals, and an “aromatic blend” of lavender and chamomile for “calming relief.” This product is paraben-free.
I haven’t used this lipgloss on my lips just yet, but when I quickly swatched it on my hand to test it out I realized that the color, which is beautiful and totally awesome, definitely differs a little bit from what it looks like in the tube (which is fine with me). I’m excited to try this one out because it sounds very promising.
Bellapierre Cosmetics Super Gloss in Vanilla Pink ($24.50 for .32 oz.; bellapierre.com) is made with natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin E, jojoba, avocado and sunflower waxes. This gloss is also infused with a natural plumper, which helps minimize fine lines on and around the lips to make lips appear “smoother and more healthy-looking.”
Okay so this next product was the first product I used as soon as I received my Glossybox and I just grabbed it out of the box without reading the description or directions and assumed that it was a regular eyeshadow base, maybe one that would work similarly to my favorite liquid sealer/base from Make Up For Ever. I was wrong, and this product is actually specifically for glitter and shimmer shadows. Of course I used it with my regular matte shadow that day and it made the shadow absolutely impossible to blend. Oops.
LASplash Cosmetics Eyeshadow Sealer/Base ($9 for 0.3 oz.; lasplashcosmetics.com) is described as a product that “intensifies color and provides extra protection against smears and smudges for flawless 12-hour wear.” To use, apply a very light coat across the entire eyelid and up to the brow bone (or wherever you plan on applying the shadow). Also, another thing that I should have read before trying this one out, is that you’re supposed to use a very, very thin layer of this stuff, only what is on the wand (don’t dip back into the tube to get more), otherwise your eyeshadow will become a creasey mess.
A bunch of different nail polishes from Ciate were one of the spoiler items for April that Glossybox gave a sneak peek for a few weeks before the boxes were shipped out. Glossybox subscribers received one of 13 warm-toned nail polish shades. I love Ciate polishes (especially the cute bottles), but I’m not exactly loving this color. It’s okay — I feel like it would have fared a lot better as an autumn shade instead of an April spring color. It seems a bit Halloween-y to me.
Ciate London Paint Pots ($15 for 0.46 oz.; ciatelondon.com) come in a wonderful range of 88 different hues and the formula itself is great. Like I said before, I really wasn’t crazy about the color I received, but I have used Ciate polishes in the past and they apply very well and the formula is definitely durable. Ciate’s “beautiful and sophisticated packaging encourages an incredibly artistic and effortless nail painting experience” thanks to the long-handled, dense, 250 bristle flat brush and the “amazingly pigmented”, long-lasting polish formula, which work together to give you a flawless finish.
Overall, I definitely enjoyed my April Glossybox … I always enjoy the Glossyboxes I receive and I love the fact that I get to try out and sample a lot more British and other European beauty brands (Glossybox originated in the UK). I am subscribed to so many beauty boxes, and I find that Glossybox is really the only one that constantly sends out new and exciting “luxurious” products, plus products that I find work VERY well.
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