Glossybox February 2016 (Beauty Soulmates)

Glossybox // February 2016 [Beauty Soulmates] // Review and Unboxing!

Hey guys

I hope you’re all well this love filled month- Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’m definitely feeling love in the air after opening my February Glossybox – it’s so pretty, pink and covered in love hearts 🙂

Glossybox February 2016 (Beauty Soulmates)

Glossybox February 2016

I have only been re-subscribed to Glossybox for two months, after getting a six month sub as a Christmas present (lucky me!), and I have to say I’ve been super impressed so far.  If you didn’t catch my other posts, you can catch my Starter Kit unboxing here and my January 2016 unboxing here.  Glossybox were one of the first beauty box providers on the market.  They were initially UK only but now send boxes worldwide (good news for any of my non-UK readers out there!)

If you’re not a regular reader, I’ll quickly go over how Glossybox works.  It’s a monthly beauty subscription box, so you sign up for 3, 6 or 12 months to get one box per month.  The box will include five samples/products – they are always a surprise, as you don’t choose what you receive.  The box costs £13.25 per month for the month-to-month plan, but can be as little as £11.75 if you are willing to commit for a whole year.  If you decide to sign up, you can use this link which will help me collect points but there is absolutely no pressure to use it.  If you would prefer not to, simply google Glossybox and sign up there!

Glossybox February 2016

Glossybox February 2016

But anyway, over to the bit you all want to see – what came in the box??  Well to start with, the box itself is so cute!  It reminds me of a romantic, girly version of Banksy’s ‘Girl With a Balloon’.  The theme continues inside, with hot pink tissue paper and a baby pink ribbon.  I always look in the box first before I read the card, so I don’t ruin the surprise.  The first thing that hit me is how full the box was!  It was stuffed with lots of full sized products.  After reading the card, 4 out of 5 products are full sized (and the one that isn’t is still huge – 200ml!)  Glossybox have used the theme ‘beauty soulmates’ for this box, obviously referring to Valentines.  They’re hoping to help us find beauty products we adore!

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Floral Slanted Tweezers

I actually already have a pair of The Vintage Cosmetic Company tweezers, which came in my You Beauty Discovery advent calendar, but those are red polka dot ones.  They are so pretty, I really like the vintage floral pattern.  These are pretty good tweezers, although not quite as sharp and effective as my beloved Tweezermans!

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor (Sensitive)

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Razor

I was really surprised to see a razor in the box!  I’ve never had anything like that before in any of my beauty boxes, but I think it’s a great idea.  It’s something almost everyone uses and they’re not cheap, so I was pleased to get it.  I’ve used Wilkinson Sword re-usable razors loads of times over the years, although never this specific one.  It’s for sensitive skin, which is a good idea as it means any subscribers can use it.  It includes the actual razor plus a 4-blade razor head with a moisturising strip around it.  This means no need for separate shaving cream, as the strip is infused with natural aloe vera and it lathers and moisturises as  you use it.

I really like razors like this, as they are no fuss and do leave your legs feeling lovely and smooth, with no irritation.  Refill blades are around £6.50, which is cheaper than when I last bought them a few years ago.  It also comes with a holder which suctions onto your shower wall, which is really useful!

MUA PowerPout Glaze in Serenity MUA PowerPout Glaze in Serenity Swatches

MUA PowerPout Glaze Low Voltage Gloss in Serenity

I really like MUA – they are a super-affordable brand who do pretty good quality makeup (some of their lipsticks cost just £1 but are lovely)!  You can see my MUA haul from last year here.  Initially I was a bit disappointed as I have very rarely worn lipgloss in the last 9 months or so – I’ve been much more into matte liquid lipstick (along with most of the makeup lovers I know).  However I figured I will probably use this on no makeup days where I have a hospital appointment etc, as it looks polished but requires zero effort to use!

I got the shade Serenity, which as you can see above is a bright coraly-pink.  The gloss is not too sticky and has a pleasant vanilla scent.  It is pretty sheer – the swatch above is quite heavy but on the lips it’s more of a very light tint of colour.  It isn’t that long-lasting but that’s normal for a gloss.

Nicka K New York - 24H Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown

Nicka K New York – 24H Waterproof Eyeliner in Dark Brown

This is my second Nicka K product of 2016 (I got this in my Glossybox starter kit), after not having heard of them until this year.  So sorry the photo is blurry, I didn’t realise until it was too late to re-take it!

This is a mechanical brown eyeliner pen, with a blending sponge on the other end.  The liner is very firm, which is great for getting precise winged liner.  I know a lot of people don’t use brown eyeliner, but I actually do so I’ll definitely get use from this.  The blending sponge is a good idea in theory, to smoke the liner out… but it pretty much just wipes it away!  I have found this with every eyeliner featuring a smudger, even if I use a light hand.  I usually smoke out my under-eye liner with shadow anyway so that’s absolutely fine for me.

Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner

Naobay Protective Hair Mask Volume Conditioner

I’ve never heard of this brand before but a little research tells me they are Spanish.  Apparently they began as a small family company, taken over by the children from their father.  They use mostly natural and organic ingredients and their products are free from all the common nasties such as petrochemicals, parabens, silicones and SLS etc.

This product is marked as ‘luxury size’ as it’s smaller than the usual 250ml they do, but it’s a full 200ml so it’s huge!  I would never have actually known it wasn’t full sized if it didn’t say in the leaflet.  This volume-enhancing conditioner contains shea butter and argan oil, to leave hair soft, silky and easy to manage.  It’s a cross between a mask and a regular conditioner, but probably a bit heavy for daily use unless you have very dry hair.  You apply it to washed, wet hair, leave for 3 minutes to absorb and then rinse hair as normal.  I will probably use this once a week, and my BELOVED No4 Lumiere d’Hiver masque the other times.


 

This has been a great box – I love the actual box design and will definitely be keeping it to store things in.  I will use every single product and feel like it was quite a practical box.  It was nice to have some functional things (like tweezers and a razor) as a change from mini moisturiser samples etc (which can get a bit old if you subscribe to lots of beauty boxes)!


 

Did you get this box?  What do you think of the contents of mine?  Let me know in the comments!

 

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0 thoughts on “Glossybox // February 2016 [Beauty Soulmates] // Review and Unboxing!

  1. Kathy Cakebread says:

    I haven’t had glossy box for months. I just got bored of the same old stuff, especially all the body products! A very practical box would have expected more makeup for Valentine’s Day!

    • Katie Cupcake - Life with ME says:

      Yeah I see a lot of people say they get bored of the boxes. I swap around between different ones so I still always enjoy them but same as you, body products are probably my least favourite!

      I actually really liked that this box was practical. I’ve already used quite a bit of it 😊 xx

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