Glossybox September 2015

Glossybox September 2015
Glossybox September 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Glossybox post. The last few boxes haven’t been all that exciting but this one is looking more intriguing. Three color cosmetic items! Let’s take a closer look at what’s in this month’s box.

Emité Make Up Artist Colour Powder Blush in 108

This blush is highly pigmented and the color actually works well with my skin tone because of the reddish undertones. It was really powdery though both when I swatched it and even more so when I tried to use a brush. There was so much powder kick up. I needed to tap the excess off and dab the brush on the back of my hand before applying to get the right amount of color.

Emité Make Up Artist Colour Powder Blush in 108
Emité Make Up Artist Colour Powder Blush in 108
Emité Make Up Artist Colour Powder Blush Swatch in 108
Emité Make Up Artist Colour Powder Blush Swatch in 108

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown

This color is beautiful and the nail polish was almost opaque in one coat. Applying a second coat was difficult because the formula is kind of thick and it seemed to get goopy as I tried to spread the color over my nail. The dry down was a bit slow for my lack of patience. Because the first time I tried to apply this, it came out really messy, I found out it was a breeze to remove with nail polish remover.

Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown
Nails Inc Nail Polish in Uptown
Nails Inc Nail Polish Swatch in Uptown
Nails Inc Nail Polish Swatch in Uptown

Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Red

This is an interesting concept. This lipstick is supposed to be something you can apply one-handed very quickly when you are on the go. The lid is a little tricky to get used to and if you don’t have the lipstick retracted all the way, it’s easy to open the lid and accidentally nick the lipstick. I’m not convinced on this one – it was awkward to apply because of the shape of the lipstick and the lid kind of got in the way when trying to maneuver around the edges of my lips. However, the formula is very comfortable and long-wearing and color is gorgeous – a rich, cool red which is perfect for fall. While I’m not sold on the packaging and design, I really like the product inside.

Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Red
Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik in Red
Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik Swatch in Red
Stiks Cosmetiks Lipstik Swatch in Red

Biossance The Revitalizer

So far, I think this may be my favorite item in the box. The only ingredient is squalane. I didn’t know what squalane was, so I did a bit of Googling. It is a molecule that occurs naturally in plants and animals, including our bodies. There is some controversy surrounding this ingredient because of animal cruelty concerns and sustainability. This company claims that the squalane in this product is plant-derived. It felt a lot like a beauty oil and left my skin feeling super comfortable.

Biossance The Revitalizer 100% Neossance Squalane Drops
Biossance The Revitalizer 100% Neossance Squalane Drops

12 Benefits Love At First Lather Moisture Balancing Foam Shampoo

This shampoo is supposed to be gentle and protective. The directions say to use 10-12 pumps. I have thin hair and I don’t use a lot of styling products so I was able to get away with 7-8 pumps. It doesn’t lather any more than what comes out of the pump but I felt that it did a good job of cleaning my hair. It left an oily residue behind which clung slightly to my hair but more to my scalp. That can be a tricky thing. I like that quality for a nighttime treatment and it’s something I’d follow up with a hair mask or a deep conditioner. I’ve just washed my hair and it’s now dry. So far it has a nice shine, doesn’t feel weighed down, and has an airy softness to it.

12 Benefits Love At First Lather Moisture Balancing Foam Shampoo
12 Benefits Love At First Lather Moisture Balancing Foam Shampoo

The final thing they added in was a coupon for Baublebar. After giving everything a whirl, I’m happy with this box and will use everything in it. Even though the blush is powdery, the lipstick shape is awkward, and the nail polish isn’t the easiest formula to work with, I love the color of all of them. I love the smell of the shampoo and the facial oil feels really great on my skin.

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