August GlossyBox Unboxing and First Impressions

August: another month, another GlossyBox. This year is going far too quick for my liking; before you know it we’ll be in December and panic buying last minute gifts!

This is where we start to get some interesting products in GlossyBox. The summer months tend to be a little dull; full of sun creams and lip balms, whereas I prefer the makeup and beauty products geared more towards the Autumn and Winter months, where you’re more likely to use them.

I was quite pleased with this months box. There was a mistake with the eyeshadow palette that has since been rectified (You were given an option to choose a palette from a selection of 4, but when the box came I’d received the wrong palette. Very generously, GlossyBox emailed me and said that my requested palette will be in Septembers box, so I get 2 for the price of 1!) There was also some great beauty products that I was dying to try out!

1. Rae Feather mini monogram Pochette (RRP £20.00) – This a great inclusion, and something I’ve never received in a GlossyBox previously. This is a limited edition bag, part of a collaboration with Rae Feather. Little mini makeup bags like this are so handy, and I’ve been meaning to buy one to keep in my car. My husband always complains that I leave makeup in the car (as you do) and they rattle around in the glovebox when he comes to use it, so all those products have gone into this, as it’s the perfect size! It’s made up of a lovely cream canvas fabric, with a pale pink monochrome design. Super handy!

2. MUA Eyeshadow Palette (‘Hall of Fame’ palette, RRP £4) – We received a MUA palette around this time last year, and I really liked it, so was pleased to hear we were getting another. Unfortunately, the palette I received was too similar to last years, but my requested one (Which was mis-packaged) will be with me next month – I originally ordered the Heaven & Earth palette which consisted of some gorgeous brown and gold shades.

I like the MUA eyeshadow palettes. They’re not the most pigmented, but they’re cheap and affordable, and great for day to day use. The packaging is a bit naff, though; although, for the price it’s not worth complaining about! There are a range of matte and metallic shades, but mostly metallic.

One thing I find about these eye shadows is the lighter shadows blend really well and look great on, whereas the darker ones are more difficult to blend and go patchy on me. I have to say I was a little disappointed in this palette, as the shadow quality wasn’t as good as the previous palette I had, and I don’t think I’ll be using this as much. Hopefully my replacement palette will be a better quality…

3. Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask (RRP £53.00) – Obviously, this product is sample sized, so I was interested to see how the quality of this clay mask compared to cheaper high street versions, of which I have tried plenty of mud masks. At first glance it felt the same; a tingly sensation once applied, face goes very tight and a slight redness once removed. It didn’t look like it made any difference, but it certainly felt like it did. The product claims to be ‘pore refining, hydrating, anti-aging, brightening and soothing’, and whilst I didn’t notice any difference to my pores, my skin felt amazing afterwards! I only applied this to my T-zone, where I feel I need the most help, and after my skin felt very soft and clean. With regular use, I have no doubt that I’d notice an improvement in my skin over time. I doubt I’d be able to afford the price tag, but it’s definitely nice to be able to give it a try!

4. Deep Pore Facial Cleansing Brush (RRP £6.99) – This was the product I was most excited about, as I’ve seen these being used but never tried one myself. You’re supposed to wet the bristles and use with your normal cleanser, to buff the skin in small circular motions. When I used this as part of my regular evening routine, I felt an immediate difference. All the dirt and grime from a normal day was removed with the cleanser, but combining it with this felt like a thorough clean.

However, it is quite a cheap product. After only a few uses, the head has already broken off and needed to be glued back on. Did it work? Yes. Would I repurchase? Probably, but if I was serious about using a cleansing brush as part of my regular routine I’d probably invest in something a little more hard wearing.

5. Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion (RRP £20.00) – I love Cowshed products. They just smell so bloody good, I love how soft it makes my skin feel. This is no exception. It smells divine and instantly refreshes you. The lemongrass and ginger undertones make you feel so fresh, you can’t help but like it. This is definitely something I would repurchase, they’re probably one of my favourite body ranges on the market.

Overall, there were some great products available this month, and some disappointments. What did you guys receive in your Box? Is there anything here that caught your eye? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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