GlossyBox May 2015 Review

glossyunboxSo we’re finally at May 2015 – this is my 12th GlossyBox, and I’ve now had the service for a full year. It’s been really fun, both getting and trying the stuff, having something new and interesting to write about, and actually recording and producing my own videos for YouTube. It’s all been going surprisingly well! I’m looking forward to getting my year long review of GlossyBox done, but first we’re doing the full written review, and more indepth impressions of the May box. In case you missed it, here’s the original video un-boxing of this GlossyBox done a few weeks ago now. The other cool thing to mention this month is that since I’m now a year long subscriber I received a nice little ‘Thank You’ note and a cute pink note book, which is pretty neat.

contentsMay’s box is a regular pink GlossyBox design, and has a getting ready for warmer weather theme in the contents. There are five products in the box this month, three are full size and two are deluxe samples.

First in the box is the full size MeMeMe Enchanted Eyes Dual Ended Eye Wand, and this is in the shade ‘Midnight Storm’.  This is a pretty chunky (thicker than an eye liner, certainly) eye pencil. I really like this format, as they’re pretty easy to apply as either a more eye liner like finish or as a full on eye shadow look. They are pretty creamy, so they can get blended out pretty easily. Using primer, and layering the product helps with this. There are two shades to choose from in the pencil, the lighter end is a lovely simmer-y silver blue, and the darker end is a lovely purple-ly toned blue. There’s no weight measurement on the product, but it seems pretty big and chunky, and it’s a traditional pencil that you just sharpen. It’s £6.95 for this pencil, and you can get it and more MeMeMe products direct from their website.


Next up is the Etre Belle Aloe Vera Moisturising Gel. This is the second time we’ve had Etre Belle, last time was the Lip Lift Peel in the October 2014 Pop Art GlossyBox. It’s a lovely green, clear gel that’s actually pretty thick, and it has a light Aloe Vera like smell. It’s very cooling and moisturising thanks to the ingredients, and GlossyBox suggests using it as a post sun soother. I’ve used it a few times after being out on my bicycle which gives me pink wind swept cheeks and it seems to work pretty well. I think I’ll keep it on hand (since it’s a small ‘hang bag’ size) when it gets warmer and sunnier here – I think it’ll be really useful. Full size this is 40ml, and the price is actually £15.93, which I would definitely say is the only downside to this little tube, it’s a bit pricey for the size and for what it is.


We have our first deluxe sample now, and it’s Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam (apparently it’s pronounced zero). This is described as the next generation of dry shampoo, and it’s very interesting, but not a lot like using a dry shampoo. The deluxe size we got is 70 ml, just slightly less than half of the full sized version which is 180 ml. It’s a slim black bottle with a little pump dispenser on top. The contents inside are just a watery liquid, it’s the pump that does the work – creating a light foam that smells nice and apple like (well, like an apple shampoo sort of scent). The directions state to be very generous with the foam, and to be fair as the pump turns the liquid into foam it actually only uses up a little, so use lots. You then lather your hair a lot like washing it, rather than like working the powder of a dry shampoo through the roots, and then you towel off the left over moisture rather than brush it out. It’s very interesting, you can use a little to give slightly less fresh roots a clean or a lot for a full on cleaner head experience – I’m not sure if I really prefer it over dry shampoo, especially since I can get a great dry shampoo (I really like the Wilkinsons own brand one) for so cheap. Breaking down the price of the full 180 ml bottle that we’re given on the GlossyBox card, the value of the 70 ml deluxe sample is £2.72, however, you can actually buy these 70 ml versions direct from Zerreau, and there they cost £3.99.


Our second deluxe sample product is another new and weird type of product, and it’s the SASS Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate. This is a post shave balm which is really designed to be used after shaving your privates, but since I don’t shave there, I’ve actually been using it on my underarms. It’s got a lot of different functions listed on the packaging; exfoliating with Salicylic Acid, preventing ingrown hairs with fruit enzymes, soothing and hydrating with Aloe Vera, and minimising hair growth with Kelisoft. This is a lot of claims to make, but most of them are easily verifiable. Salicylic Acid is used in a lot of skincare things now because it can help with skin as a sort of anti-inflammatory, as well as thinning old skin and encouraging new healthy skin growth since it’s also good against bacteria. Fruit enzymes is a bit vauge, but Aloe Vera we know is good for the skin, and the Kelisoft is an interesting product that you can apparently get in deodorants to minimise hair regrowth – though I’m not sure this is something I’ve ever seen in the UK. From my own use, it does soothe the skin a lot, and it does make it feel smooth and clean afterwards, I think the only thing for me is that it’s not really properly moisturising enough post shave because my skin is a little sensitive and can dry out. It’s also nice that the Salicylic acid doesn’t seem too strong, as my skin didn’t react to it like it has with other Salicylic products (the Rimmel BB cream, and the Boots Skin Clear line). This deluxe sample is 30 ml, so while the full size 100 ml version is £12, I’ve valued this sample at £3.60 – unlike the Foam Shampoo you can’t buy this size as far as I can tell. It doesn’t seem terrible value, especially if the hair growth promise is true, I’ll have to see how it works more long term.

sassFinally, we have our last full size item, and it’s the second make up item in the box as well. It’s the Collection Cosmetics Field Day Lipstick, and mine is in the shade ‘Pink Rose’ – this is a very bright, baby pink type colour, and I’m really not sure it’s for me – maybe I could use it with some other lipsticks I already have. Collection Cosmetics isn’t really a brand I particularly use, but there’s nothing wrong with it – like MUA and Makeup Revolution it’s a very affordable line of  nice enough make up, with most things costing just a few pounds. This lipstick is listed as costing £2.99, and while there’s no listed weight I can see it’s a pretty typical lipstick format and size. It’s a very matte, creamy lipstick that would probably be nice enough for everyday wear, but as I’ve said, I just don’t fancy the colour much.

pinkSo, that’s the final item, and with three full size items – two make up and one skin care, and then the two very interesting non-typical products, the box value this month comes to £35.19, which is a pretty typical box value, giving really good value for money from the actual subscription price. So as I’ve stated before I’m going to soon be releasing my year long review of the GlossyBox service, covering stuff like overall what I got, what I used, what it was all worth etc – and that should be up within a week or so. For the June 2015 GlossyBox, as the first month of summer in the UK we’ll be getting some temporary tattoo’s, the more grown up, fashionable version that I’ve been seeing here and there, and I think they look really fun.

Until Next Time.

Let’s Play Sam & Max – Night of the Raving Dead

I’ve finally finished a new Sam & Max episode and it’s now fully released on YouTube (as our release schedule has been focusing on Call of Cthulhu and Life is Strange for a while) from Beyond Space and Time. This time it’s Night of the Raving Dead – which was very fun, like all Sam & Max games.

That’s all for now, until next time, which will be Chariots of the Dogs from Sam & Max. XXX

GlossyBox April 2015 Review – Iconic Hollywood Edition

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So April’s GlossyBox was the ‘Iconic Hollywood’ Edition, with some make up items to create an iconic Hollywood look, and some beauty items that come highly recommended. This box contains three full sized items, and two deluxe sample/smaller sized items, alongside the usual product card and editors letter. Lastly there’s a discount code for FineryLondon – which I’m less fussed about. You can see my original un-boxing here. The box also has a pretty design, with everyone’s box having a lovely picture of Marilyn Monroe on the top, and then a different colour scheme (either green, blue, yellow, or pink), and a chance to get one of four different quotes printed inside.

The first listed product is the Lord & Berry Lipstick Pencil (their 20100 crayon line) in the shade ‘Kiss’. It’s a small pencil format, thick but not as chunky as the plastic case ‘chubby’ style lipsticks you can buy, with a clear plastic lid. You get 1.8 grams for £10 in this full sized product, which so far hasn’t seemed terrible value due to the pigmentation. It’s a nice, strong, vivid colour, and a little goes a fairly long way. It’s a very vibrant matte red, a pillar box style hue as the card states. Since it has a fairly creamy consistency, it can be worn on its own and not feel too dry, or layered over a smidgen of lip balm – though wearing it this way makes it more shiny than matte. I actually really like the pencil, it’s super easy to use, and a very nice colour – bold, but it still seems pretty wearable, and I think I’d be tempted to buy more for sure.


Next up is our first deluxe size/smaller size product, and it’s the Astral Original Face & Body Moisturiser. I say ‘/smaller size product’ because you can actually buy it this size, as it’s just the smallest size you can buy, but it feels very deluxe sample size. This is a very rich, emollient (think E45 cream) style moisturiser with a reasonably strong sort of medicinal smell, it sits on top of your skin and skins in very slowly – meaning it is very residue heavy, but it works well as a moisturiser. Converting the listed price on the card (£3.89 for 200 ml) our 50 ml tub is priced at £0.97, but you can also buy the 50 ml on it’s own, with a price that varies from £1 to a lot less. After my first initial use I was a little sceptical of this moisturiser, but over time it’s grown on me – part of it’s appeal seems to be in using it in whatever way is best way for you. I don’t think personally I could stand to use this as a facial moisturiser, as it’s too slow absorbing and residue-y and this really bugs me – the cream has a lot of other things you can use it for however: it works very well as an intense face mask (putting on a ‘thicker than just moisturising my face’ layer for about 10 minutes) which you can then clean off giving you absorbed moisture without the residue, it’s very nice as an intense body moisturiser for little dry patches, it’s nice enough for moisturising nails and hands, and finally you can use it to remove make up, which I’ve tried out and works pretty good actually. So it definitely has it’s uses, and it’s nice enough. Value wise I can see how this doesn’t feel very ‘Glossy’ – since it seems pretty basic – but that doesn’t mean it’s bad for what it is. I think a larger size might have felt better value. I’m also not sure I’d re-purchase this, because while it is good to have rich moisturisers that are body and face safe, I already have one that I really like that works well, and isn’t residue heavy (my go to Nivea Soft) that is a very similar value.


The second full sized item is the POP Beauty Kajal Eye liner Pen – this is a double ended eye liner pencil, with one end being the product, and the other a nub of sponge to use as a blending tool, and both ends have clear lids. The shade is listed as ‘Sooty Black’ and this eye liner is 0.9 g costing £6.50 – making it a fairly affordable but not dirt cheap eye liner. I have mixed feelings about this eye liner – it has a nice rich black colour when it goes on, but on it’s initial application this can blends out to nothing, and rub away. The nub of sponge on the end is nice enough, though using the pencil heavily and the sponge sparingly seems to work best. I also found the wood of the pencil shaft to be very brittle, which can make it pretty hard to sharpen without breaking it – which makes me worry about how long this pencil will last. It’s not terrible, but I don’t think I’d re-buy this eye liner personally.


The last full size product is the Color Club Nail Polish, a reasonably well known American brand that is more on the ‘budget’ side at £4.10 for 15 ml, which is a pretty big size for a nail polish, and is the same typical size of more premium polish brands we’ve had before. The colour I received is ‘Barely There’ and is a neutral light nude colour. It has a pretty strong scent as nail polishes go, and is definitely less pigmented than the premium polishes – I find four coats to be enough to really build up the colour and not be able to see the white nail tip of my own nail underneath. And as you can imagine four coats of polish takes a fair while to do. I would say you could be satisfied with less, depending on the look you were going for – I think one coat gives a shiny, slightly nicer than natural nails look and is wearable, and three coats is something you could live with. The polish is very easy to use, actually pretty quick drying, and fairly sturdy once on – these are all really good points in its favour. I think the thing I’m actually least into is the colour – I’m not really into nude nails, they look a little strange. So I do think Color Club is worth buying for a good price, but I don’t think I want another nude polish.


And finally the last item in this box, which isn’t listed as being full size is the IDC Scented Garden Country Rose Luxury Body Lotion. One of the things I did try with this product is track down who made it – it’s made by Aquarius Cosmetics, a Spanish company that seems to specialise in cosmetics and beauty items – from what I could gleam from their website they sell sets of bath stuff, and sets of make up to buy for people as gifts. This item does pretty much still feel like something you’d get in a set for Christmas from a discount store. It’s a watery, strong smelling lotion, and is listed as being worth £3.59 for 100 ml. There isn’t really much else I can say – I wouldn’t buy this for myself but then I think this might be a pretty moot point since I’m not sure I’d be able to buy one in the UK anyway.


So that’s all the items in the box now that I’ve had some time to really try them out – I do think I’d use all of the items in this box, but the lip pencil, the astral and the nail polish are the ones I’ve actually been using enthusiastically – the other two items seem a little disappointing in comparison still. The final value for the box is £25.16 – making this the lowest value box I’ve ever had (the second lowest now being August 2014 box, at £29.33 – though that felt like a better box) which still makes this box better value than what you pay for it – £10 plus the postage of £3.25 for me – but this box feels a little underwhelming this month more than other cheap boxes. I’m hoping I’ll be more wow-ed by next months box, especially since it’ll be my 12 box, otherwise it’s also possible that the appeal of these is wearing off for me or something and it might be time to try something new.

box contentsUntil Next Time.


Let’s Play Life is Strange – Out of Time Complete

I thought I’d just do a master post for ‘Out of Time’ since there are less parts overall. We’ve moved to a new 30 minute format (as opposed to 15 minutes or so) to try out something new, and to make sure we’re able to get through Life is Strange in a timely manner. Though by the looks of things there might be a bit of a wait before ‘Chaos Theory’ anyway – we’ll see. Until then, here’s the complete episode, and all the extras we recorded for ‘Out of Time’

And the Extras!

Until next time.