Glossybox August 2016
Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil, we were sent the full size with an approximate retail value of $20.00 USD.
This stuff....is amazing.
Except for a few things.
I've loved many Wella products over many many years, (I'm old, yes), so when I saw this in the box, I instantly had very high expectations of it. It didn't disappoint. I didn't try this on my own hair, however. I tested this out on a set of extremely crappy, was supposed to be remy, but really aren't remy hair extentions.
This smoothing oil turned those near unusable extensions in to beautiful, smooth, now completely usable non-remy hair extensions. I mean, eyes wide, holy moly kind of reaction was this smoothing oil. So, if it can pull that off on those crappy extensions, on your own hair I'm sure it's beautiful.
I would test it out in my own hair, but I'm trying to remain silicone-free in my hair journey at the moment. There's also a fair amount of Denatured Alcohol and perfume in this formula, which I'm not super excited about.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, Alcohol Denat., Fragrance/Parfum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Persea Gratissima (Avacado) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil).
De Bruyere After Sun Lotion, again, we were sent the full size and it has an approximate retail value of $12.00 USD.
I haven't tried this, so I can speak too much about it. I don't go out in the sun, to be quite honest. And I'm most likely vitamin D deficient because of it. I might also be 1/4 vampire.
It's scent is reminiscent of Hawaiian Tropic lotion.
invisi bobble, 3 pcs is the full size, retails for $8.00 USD. I currently have a short, full, undercut so....yeah....I'll have to try these out on a wig or some extensions maybe. Have you used these? How do you like them? Are they actually traceless?
Borghese Fango Body Refining Polish, the full size is 8 oz. and retails for approximately $49.00 USD. We were sent a sample size of 0.5 0z with an approximate value of $3.06 USD.
I did not test this on my body, but I did test it out on my hands. It's a sugar based exfoliant, probably containing a lot more ingredients than necessary, in all honesty. (Ingredients listed below.) Speaking of ingredients, I can't stand when you have to go digging around the dark damp corners of the internet, like your writing your final thesis, to find ingredients. If the sample is too small to print them on, they should be on the company's website. The End.
It's a nice exfoliant. Not too gritty and not...not gritty enough. I did prefer it when applied to dry skin and then rinsed as opposed to applying it to wet skin. I found applying it directly to wet skin, I couldn't get enough exfoliating action going. On dry skin, though, I was good to go.
Borghese Fango Body Refining Polish Ingredients:
SUCROSE • SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE • GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) OIL • SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL • SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE ETHYLENE/PROPYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER • CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL • VITIS VINIFERA (GRAPE) SEED EXTRACT • SOLANUM LYCOPERSICUM (TOMATO) FRUIT EXTRACT • ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF EXTRACT • OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) LEAF EXTRACT • FICUS CARICA (FIG) EXTRACT • SOLANUM MELONGENA (EGGPLANT) FRUIT EXTRACT • ECLIPTA PROSTRATA EXTRACT • MORINGA PTERYGOSPERMA SEED OIL • SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED BUTTER • FRAGRANCE (PARFUM) • TOCOPHERYL ACETATE • RETINYL PALMITATE • ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE • PETROLATUM • POLYETHYLENE • WATER (AQUA) • HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN • LEUCONOSTOC FERMENT FILTRATE • HYALURONIC ACID • PROPYLENE GLYCOL • COLLAGEN AMINO ACIDS • ADENOSINE TRIPHOSPHATE • SODIUM SULFATE • SODIUM CHLORIDE • SODIUM CARBONATE • POTASSIUM CHLORIDE • SEA SALT (MARIS SAL) • BUTYLENE/ETHYLENE/STYRENE COPOLYMER • TALC • PHENOXYETHANOL • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • SORBIC ACID • RED 30 (CI 73360) • IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)
Trifle cosmetics Lip Parfait, this is the full size, approximate retail value $19.00 USD. This is labeled as a lip treatment and lipstick in one. It does feel nice on the lips, creamy and not greasy. The colour can be sheer but can also be built up on the lips for more opacity.
These types of products never look good on me straight out of the tube, the same goes with this one, sadly. I still have to line my lips in order for it to look nice. I just don't have very symmetrical lips to begin with.
Regardless, it is a lovely product and it is labelled as cruelty free as well as vegan, no parabens, no phthalates, no mineral oil.
In the swatch above, on the left is one single swipe of the parfait and on the right it's built up opacity with 3 swipes.
Too Faced Mascara Melt Off Cleansing Oil, the full size is 6.8 ml / 0.23 fl. oz. and has a retail value of $23.46 CAD or $17.00 USD. We were sent a sample size of 1.15 g / 0.04 oz. with an approx. value of $2.88 USD.
To test this out, I applied 3 full coats of varying waterproof mascaras on each eye and then, after awhile, I applied this oil and let it sit for at least 60 seconds before attempting to wipe away with a cleansing cloth.
The application was nice. I do like the whole idea of using the wand to get the oil exactly where you need it. And while it did remove all of the waterproof mascara (with some additional rubbing)...I can't help but feel like I already achieve this with my other cleansing oils ...or just using straight up coconut oil or any other oils you might enjoy. Plus you wouldn't be using all of the other ingredients that are in this particular product.
Another thing that I didn't like, was the idea of all that mascara residue getting put back in to the tube during use and having it mix in with the oil and then it being reapplied to my eye over time. Even during that initial testing, there was mascara coming off of my lashes and adhering to the wand.
If it's the applicator/application that you might like, you could always purchase empty tubes and place your own oil/oil blends in that tube and voila! Your own mascara melt off.
Just my two scents. Particularly for it's cost...I'll stick to my own oil/oil cleanser for waterproof mascara removal.
Straight to the point, my hair isn't blowin' back on this month's box. It might also have something to do with the time in which I receive my subscription. When I was previously subscribed to Glossybox last year, it always arrived on time and within the actual month it was released. So, I don't know if they've changed courier's or what the deal is. Is it because I prepaid for my subscription up front? Regardless, it does put a damper on the box as a whole, especially if you're going to be writing/blogging about it. Every little detail becomes that much more noticeable and obvious when you're writing about a service.
Anyways, in the end, this month's Glossybox had a total approximate retail value of $64.94 USD. The monetary value is there, as usual, with Glossybox. I just wish they didn't strap the box on to the back of a snail before it reaches Canada Post.