I’ve got this month’s Glossybox subscription box to share with you as my last post of the year. I got it done before the end of the month, even. Well, barely, but still! Well, let’s get to the goods!
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream
Well, that’s a mouthful! This cleanser is creamy and very gentle. It’s got a thick, rich foam that I like. I’ve used it with my hands, as well as with my little motorized brush doohickey. It gets my face “squeaky” clean, which isn’t so good for my dry areas. I find it especially drying when I use the brush, but slightly less when I use my hands, as I normally do. I stopped using it for my morning cleanse, and started using it just for my evening wash. It works wonders to get my makeup off, and seems to solve the dryness issue. I gave my daughter the other tube, and it works very well on her oily skin. So, this cleanser, it seems, is best for oily skin. Dry skin only seems to be worsened by it, despite the deceptively creamy formula.
My rating: 8/10
MeMeMe Beat the Blues Skin Illuminator in Oyster Gold
I’m just learning to use highlighters, and I’m always a little apprehensive about using them. Visually, I’m most attracted to pink and silvery shades, but I’m finally getting the hang of this undertone thing, and know my warmth looks best in gold. I applied it lightly, because it doesn’t take much. It can be easily built up for more intensity and drama, though. It’s actually not bad, and I like the glowy effect. This illuminator is really versatile, and can be added to foundation, too, and I like it both ways. It dries quickly, so I have to work fast when I use it alone, but the glow is so worth it.
My rating: 10/10
Kristals Cosmetics Diamond Select Anti-Gravity Spark Eye Mask
I use sheet masks regularly, but this was my first time using an eye mask. This box contains two sets. I’m not generally that worried about wrinkles, but I’m at the age where I probably should be. I haven’t noticed any wrinkles, but I don’t pay much attention, either; my biggest concern has always been dark circles. I’ve always had lots of folds that cause creasing when I get oily, but never any fine lines that makeup settles in except my smile lines. Since using the first mask, I have noticed that my foundation and concealer go on more smoothly. I also see a definite change in wear. Besides easier blending, I’ve noticed a slight plumping effect and a lot less creasing. I threw on some BB cream for a quick face, and even without baking, it stayed crease-free for hours. Usually, I have to bake immediately, or I have creases in, literally, a matter of minutes. This mask is pretty awesome, and its effectiveness is a pleasant surprise.
My rating: 10/10
MDMflow Semi-Matte Lipstick in Bossy
So, anyone who knows me knows that I saw the name of this lipstick and immediately started singing Kelis in my head. That gave me the motivation to try this shade. I have this irrational fear of nudes because I have such a hard time finding a good fit. I’ll wear thirty shades of blue or green lipstick before I pick up a nude. It’s not purely logical, but that’s just the way it is. This lipstick is, surprisingly, not horrible on me. I wore it without liner, as I always do to get an accurate first impression. I actually like the color, even though it sort of takes me off-guard if I catch a glimpse of myself in passing. It’s lighter than I’m used to, but I like it, even without liner, though I’m more likely to wear a lip liner with a color this light. I tried it with a smoky eye (my first!), and I like the combination. Bossy is matte and somewhat thick, but has more of a satin feel; it doesn’t dry down hard. It took layering to get the full opacity I wanted, but wear is very comfortable. There is some product transfer, but the formula lasts for hours. I used oil to remove it, otherwise, it takes some scrubbing. Overall, I like it enough that I’ll use it again, but the tube won’t be emptied anytime soon.
My rating: 8/10
Luxie Beauty Onyx Noir Small Tapered Blending Brush 231
I’ve only tried one Luxie brush before, the one in November’s Glossybox. I love that one and use it regularly. This one is just as great, as far as performance. It blends like a champ. I only use it, though, for special looks that require a lot of blending. I have more use for tools that multitask, and this brush is strictly for blending; it doesn’t work so well for application. The quality is excellent, though. I haven’t lost any bristles when cleaning, and when drying, it holds its shape perfectly.
My rating: 9/10
Overall, this is another great box full of useful products. Like last month, I feel the value is excellent for the price. I got products I otherwise would definitely not have been able to try (those eye masks are sold in a box of 12 that costs $400!), and since I’m able to splurge once in a while, it’s great be able to test things before biting the bullet. This month’s standouts, for me, are the masks and the illuminator. Another job well done by Glossybox, in my opinion. You can find out more about Glossybox here.
Well, here’s to ringing in 2017! Be safe and enjoy yourselves. I wish you happiness, prosperity, and all the blessings your heart can hold. As always, thanks so much for reading!