My next Glossybox has shipped and I’m just now getting this post out!!! Ugh. This box as a whole didn’t really pique my interest that much and a couple of the items seem like they might be difficult to track down or purchase, at least if you are in the United States. I was excited to try the mask, though, and it didn’t disappoint.
BioRepublic Skincare Aloe Rescue Revitalizing Fiber Mask – This is only my second time using a sheet mask. The first one I used was the Hada Labo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask, which was nice but too expensive to use regularly. This one costs considerably less at $4.99 per mask and I felt like it had a very similar result. When I opened it, the sheet inside was very saturated but not so much that it was dripping. It fit fairly well over my face with a bit of maneuvering. Within the first minute I could feel a very slight tingling but it wasn’t stingy or uncomfortable. It felt very cool and moisturizing on my skin. It has an aloe-ish scent which isn’t very strong but it is noticeable. The packaging describes this mask as being infused with aloe and vitamin e and being good for after-sun use. The directions say to leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes and then you can remove it without having to rinse. I didn’t rinse but I did use a tissue to soak up some of what was left on my skin because it was quite a lot. It dried down to a sticky/tacky feel which I thought might interfere with makeup but it didn’t. My skin felt very hydrated and it seemed to help the makeup look better.
Etre Belle Cosmetics Golden Skin Roll-On Caviar Eye Gel – This product did not come in a box so there wasn’t a whole lot of information about this, and no ingredients listed. According to the website, it “instantly smoothes, relaxes, and refreshes tired skin around the eyes” and is supposed to make “eyes look visibly firmer.” It is fragranced and when I roll it on the back of my hand it has some fine sparkles in it. When I applied this, the roller ball felt cool and soothing and I didn’t experience any negative reactions to it. The product dried down but left a sticky feel on the skin. I’m skeptical about this but I’ll continue to use it and see how it goes. This is a full size product and it contains 10 mL / 0.34 fl oz. It is available on Etre Belle’s website for 19.95 euros but I’m not sure if they ship worldwide or how much it would cost in U.S. dollars.
Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Face Primer – This is a product I have tried before but it’s not something that I feel the need to buy. It does a nice job of filling in pores so that when you apply foundation over it, the effect is smoother looking skin. It doesn’t work all the time for me though because I have combination skin and it is one of those primers that gives the skin a slip which makes my face feel oilier than it is as the day goes on. It works better if I use it with more matte-finish foundations or if my skin is feeling on the drier side. The full size product contains 22 mL / 0.75 fl oz and retails for $31.
Teeez Cosmetics Oasis Gem Lipstick in Heat Wave Ruby – The color of this lipstick is pretty intense. It’s a deep matte red, almost vampy. It has a floral fragrance that I can both taste and smell. It felt pretty comfortable but was tricky to apply over bare lips because it was dry and dragged a bit. Applying it over some lip balm was much easier and left it with a soft sheen. The shape of the lipstick isn’t my favorite. I prefer lipticks with a pointed end because it’s easier to apply around the cupid’s bow. I feel like I need a lip liner with this one. This is a full sized product but I’m not sure you can even purchase it anymore. I don’t see it on the Teeez Cosmetics website.
GlamGlow ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser – I have used the GlamGlow ThirstyMud mask before and this smells a lot like it. It is a little thicker in consistency and has some teeny tiny exfoliating granules. I wouldn’t say there’s really enough of it in there to give you a true exfoliation but you can feel it. It has a thick consistency when you sqeeze it out and after wetting the remainder of what was left on my hand it lathered up a little bit. I had to keep adding a little water to my face to get it to lather and spread around on my skin. It didn’t feel particularly hydrating or leave my skin feeling any more moisturized than a regular cleanser. The added step of applying it to dry skin and then lathering it in hands, feels gimicky, like I could do that with just about any cleanser. I like it but I’m not really convinced there’s anything that different about it. The one I got in the box was a deluxe sample. The full size contains 5 fl oz and retails for $39.