Anyone who knows me will know that I am a big fan of subscription boxes. I love the concept of receiving a monthly beauty gift in the post, and getting the opportunity to try new products and brands that I may have never tried or heard of before. Come November, I will have been subscribed to Glossy Box for three whole years, so I can safely say I’ve seen a lot of what this service has to offer, and I’d definitely recommend it. A few months may be a little lacklustre, as with most subscription services, but I think Glossy Box as a whole has really stepped its game up.
The highlight of this month’s box is definitely the Spectrum Brushes A10 Small Fan Brush. This was the sneak peek that Glossy Box teased for the month of July, and I think it’s a great addition to the box. Spectrum Brushes seem to be expanding quickly, with their collections now available on Beauty Bay and Boots online, and I’m glad that this brush allows fans to dip their toes in the brand’s waters without diving into buying a full set.
Spectrum’s entire aesthetic is bright and fun, and their A10 brush is no exception. The teal bristles feel soft and pick up soft highlighters well. For reference, the A10 brush is slightly larger and thinner than the Real Techniques Fan Brush, which is a little denser and packs on a little more product. I’d say the A10 brush is ideal for subtly layering on the glow, as it allows you to build it up to your desired intensity. The insert card suggests pairing this brush with the banana setting powder, though I tend to reserve fan brushes for highlighting my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose.
The Banana Setting Powder from BellaPierre Cosmetics was another fab inclusion in the ‘Hello Summer’ edit. This finely milled powder is designed to set and brighten the under-eyes with its yellow hue. While it doesn’t necessarily work as a brightening powder on my fair skin, it does sit well on my dehydrated under eyes without looking ‘crepey’ or accentuating any fine lines. The tint isn’t so intense to the point that it leaves a bizarre yellow cast, which I highly appreciate, as that’s the main reason I tend to avoid banana toned powders. I’d definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a new setting powder, but particularly those of you with light – medium and tan skin tones, as you’re more likely to see the brightening benefits.
CuteBalms featured in July’s box with their Macaroon Tint Balm, suitably designed to resemble a tiny pink macaroon. I love cutesy, simplistic packaging like this when it comes to beauty products, and the style seems influenced by products in the Korean Beauty market. The shade, Crushed Berry, is a little too pink for my taste, but it created a semi-stain on my lips and wore well. It isn’t particularly emollient or moisturising, so you may want to add a gloss or extra lip balm on top. The insert card suggests using this as a cheek colour, too, which could work well, since it isn’t overly glossy or sticky.
As far as spiral hairbands go, Papanga’s are some of the best I’ve seen on the market. Glossy Box has provided several spiral hairbands in the past, but none of them have been as thick or as durable as the Papanga ones. I like to use spiral hairbands to keep my hair out of my face when I take body showers or apply face masks, as they’re far easier to remove than traditional elastic hair bobbles. I’m always happy to have a restock of these hairbands, since mine break easily and often go missing.
My least favourite product in this month’s box was definitely the MONUspa Soothing Lotion. After sun lotions are useful to have in your collection – God knows I relied on them after a severe sunburn incident a few weeks ago – but they don’t excite me. They tend to sit in my excess skincare drawer for most of the year, gathering dust. The MONUspa offering seems nice – the bottle is generous considering it isn’t a full size product, and the lemon scent is appealing. It glides on the skin and leaves skin feeling cooled, yet a little greasy. The addition of aloe vera and vitamin E make this a soothing treat for your skin, and it certainly isn’t a bad product by any means.
Thank you for reading! I apologise for posting this so late into the month – I’ve had some health issues that I’ve been recovering from, but I’m happy to be back with another post. I plan on posting monthly box reviews/break downs that are concise and to the point. This one got a little out of hand (I’m just so excited to be writing again!) but I hope you still enjoyed my review.
Did you enjoy this month’s Glossy Box? What was your favourite product?