Glossybox Österreich November 2013

Glossybox Österreich November 2013

Guess what I received today! Glossybox for the month of November!

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20% off the Body Shop, again a preview of what’s to come. (underneath: the useless Glossy mag)

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First box peek.

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As extra goodie, Roses de Chloé. As the name suggests, a strong rose scent.

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Anny 6 in 1 Nail Polish 950. This is a base and top coat in one. Yes, this one was also in the Douglas box. I guess I’ll gift it to someone, because the polish is not bad at all. This is a mini size of 6 ml.

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This black hole here is Emite Makeup Micronized Eye Shadow in Dams. Full size.

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Swatch. It is coal black, no shimmer at all. Funny, but I only now realized I didn’t have a black eye shadow without shimmer. It’s a powder eye shadow, but with a super creamy and very fine texture. With this swatch there was no fall out at all. I think I’ll try this for eye liner.

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Gliss Kur Marrakesh Oil & Coconut Intensiv-Feuchtigkeits-Kur: Oh dear, here we have the obligatory cheap full size (200 ml) hair product with silicone. Bleh.

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Pic of the ingredients. It wouldn’t even be so bad – without the silicone!

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The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Shower Gel: It looks like winter and holidays! It smells like sweet plastic, but whatever, I’m going to use this in the gym. Small size of 60 ml.

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Vichy Liftactiv Anti-wrinkle and firming cream: Mini size of 15 ml. I usually like Vichy, so this is a win.

 

My overall feelings: What is it with all those hair products? They are usually full sizes of cheap products. If it were at least sample sizes of more expensive brands. Not amused.

My box highlights are the Vichy cream, because Vichy is usually good, and the Emite Eye Shadow. I liked their lash curler and this shadow looks to be of good quality, so I am excited to try it. It’s not Glossyboxes’ fault I already got the Anny polish and I think it’s a good idea to have a base and top coat in the box.

I think the box is okay, except for this annoying ongoing hair product trend. Even if I meant to use them, there would be too many.

Already I am looking forward to December’s box, because last year’s was great. I hope 2013 can live up to it.

Essie For The Twill Of It

Essie For The Twill Of It

Getting ready for Saturday night (aka this is a queued up post). Well, I should be doing my hair but I’m too busy showing you this lovely nail polish:

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It’s For The Twill Of It by Essie. One coat and top coat (Guerlain ultraviolet, gives nice shine). It’s everything I love in Essie – thick brush, thick polish that works in one coat*, fast dry time. The color is wonderful, grey with teal or purple shimmer depending on angle.

*on my other hand the base (Anny 6 in 1) wasn’t completely dry and so the polish dragged and I needed two coats but I don’t feel this is Essie’s fault.

Douglas Box of Beauty (Österreich) Oktober

Douglas Box of Beauty (Österreich) Oktober

For the first time ever I decided to get one of these boxes from Douglas. They are not a subscription in Austria, so it’s a one-time puchase. It was delivered as it should be right the next day, except I had it shipped to my mum on accident so I only got it today.

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Bird view into the box.

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This Lancome Advanced Genifique serum came not as a part of the box, but as one of the two freebies. The other one was a perfume sample.

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This Clarins Be-long Mascara was part of the box. My mum immediately called dibs on it, so I can’t give a review of it. It was a sample size of 3 ml (full size is 7 ml).

I’m sorry I have no good individual pics to show; I had no time (my mum kept on grabbing stuff). hellotanh did a great post on the Douglas box of beauty here.

The whole deal included:

Rodial Glam Balm Lip Tube with SPF 15 (full size, 7 ml)

Anny 6 in 1 Nail Polish (mini size, 6 ml)

Kanebo Sensai Prime Solution (mini size, 10 ml)

Clarins Be-long Mascara (mini size, 3 ml)

Absolute Douglas Lipgloss (full size, 8 ml)

Isadora Single Eye Shadow in Nr 11 Almond (one of a trio set; it is super tiny cute but it doesn’t seem like the full sets are bigger)

 

All this plus the freebies for the cost of 10 € (and no shipping costs!) is great value. I’m tickled silly about the two serums (the Kanebo one seems to be a serum as well as the Lancome Genifique), and Kanebo is such a good brand (but way too expensive). I like the mix of products, a little make up, a little skin care, plus nail polish (and no hair products, thankfully). I’m not a big fan of lip glosses so I’d have prefrerred the full size to be something else, but that’s a minor complaint. I’m glad I threw myself into the fight.

Anny nail polish in Sporty Snowflake and also essence color&go review

Anny nail polish in Sporty Snowflake and also essence color&go review

I got this Anny polish in Sporty Snowflake in my recent glossybox. Like I said in the post I didn’t know about the quality yet, so here’s my follow up post:

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Pictured: Two coats of polish with top coat.

What I like: the color. Even if it isn’t showing properly, this is a light grey base with teal/purple duo chrome. Wonderful. Lasted four days without chipping.

What I don’t like: this reminds me of my pre-OPI days when I thought I was too clumsy to apply nail polish. Then I met Essie and OPI and realized it’s not me, it’s the polish! You can clearly see the coat is streaky and uneven. It might have been repaired with a third coat, but I was running out of time so it stayed like that. The brush is also too small for my tastes.

Now I would like to bring your attention to this:

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Pictured: Anny in Sporty Snowflake, essence color&go in 142 grey-t to be here.

The base color is very slightly different, and the shimmer is red without duo chrome, but who besides dandygal, the grey polish addict, could tell? essence is super cheap, the brush is wider than OPI brushes (I like wide brushes – application is easier with them), the consistency is so good it is a one coater (apply two coats for lasting power, though). essence wins this round. Their color range is very modern, too, and cheap enough to buy whatever color is trending if you so wish. I have a lot of feelings about essence, okay.

Glossybox Österreich Februar 2013

Glossybox Österreich Februar 2013

Here’s what Glossybox Austria sent me for February:

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20% off for Body Shop.

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DKNY pure perfume tester as an extra.

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Anny nail polish in “sporty snowflake“. This is a very pale grey with blue and pink/purple duochrome. Very modern. Can’t wait to wear it. This is my first Anny polish so I have no clue about the quality of it. Full size 15ml. (review)

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Body Shop Body Lotion in Strawberry Puree. Great, I just ran out of my old lotion this week. Mini size of 60ml.

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Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Moisture Kick Spray Conditioner. Sadly, this one is FULL of silicones. I’m only fussy with silicones in my hair and on my scalp, somehow I don’t care when I have them on my face or body, but I really can’t stand them on my hair. Mini size of 50ml.

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Eucerin Hyaluron Filler face cream for combination to oily skin. Excited to try this, sadly I still have so many other face creams to try… Mini size of 20ml.

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Aok Pur Balance Seesand Peeling. This is a full size of 100ml, oh dear! I’ll never use this up! I’m not the biggest fan of peeling per grains and this has no alpha or beta hydroxy acids in. Well, I’ll see if I like this or not.

All in all, the box is pretty ok. I prefer sample sizes to full sizes these days because I just have so many products! And the sample sizes in this box are all pretty big anyway. Glad to see nail polish instead of yet another eye liner.