June glossybox and other birthday treats

On Tuesday I turned 23, and despite having to go into work I had an absolutely lovely day. Any day with baked camembert is good in my opinion, but getting lots of lovely notes and phonecalls made it even better. Friends and relatives had definitely caught onto the fact that I was angling for a standing mixer, as I received THREE separate electric/manual/standing mixers that it all got a bit awkward!

Part of Mr. A’s gift for me was a Glossybox subscription, something I’d been coveting for quite a while. For those of you who might not be familiar with the concept, Glossybox is a monthy subscription service where you are sent a box full of sample and full sized beauty products. Everything in the box is a surprise, but can be tailored to suit your tastes on the website. I’d already heard so much about it that I was really excited when this arrived the next day!2014-07-03 03.58.09-2June Glossybox

Mr. A didn’t get round to filling out my ‘profile’ (probably so he wouldn’t go insane  – I can just imagine him trying to figure out where the T-zone is!) so my first box isn’t as ‘tailored’ to my specific tastes as the next few will be. June Glossybox

I can already tell I am a sucker for this. Cute presentation and the samples are adorable! This month, I received:

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Top: Nailgirls 3-in-1 base/topcoat and nail strengthener 

I’m really intrigued by this, as I have heard a lot about this brand, and its a full size sample! Unfortunately I’m a very lazy person and I usually give myself a gel manicure at the beginning of the month which lasts me a few weeks so I’ll have to wait to give my opinion on this later in July.

Got2b rise ‘n shine souffle

I might have the most uncooperative hair in the entire world. It’s unbelievably thick, and it can never successfully hold a style. While I was a student at university I spent countless hours and a lot of money getting my hair done for a ball (‘Blair Waldorf hair’ as the hairdresser had said at the time), only for it to retake its natural shape and style an hour later so it looked like I had missed the appointment I’d been going on about for ages. So while this product smells lovely I’m afraid it too, has not been able to conquer or style the amazon that lies on my scalp.

So Susan Universal Blush

I am seriously skeptical about the whole ‘one size fits all’ approach that seems to be happening in makeup recently. I still haven’t found a BB cream I absolutely love, and I highly doubt any product can truly suit all complexions. This blush is slightly darker than I’m used to, and I’m looking forward to using this for contouring. It’s got a slight shimmer so it would be great to liven up a matte look.

TeeezTrend Cosmetics Flat Stiff Brush

Despite having a brush for everything possible I seem to only own the eyeshadow brush that came with my Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes set. Not only is this brush one of the prettiest I now own, its bristles are stiffer making it perfect for blending – the application is a lot smoother. Definite fan!

Roger&Gallet Fleur de Figuer discovery ritual

I do love Roger and Gallet but this sample seems to be a bit flimsy! While the perfume sample smells divine, I’ll be saving the shower and body cream for a holiday.

All in all I’ve absolutely loved my glossybox this month, and I’ve really enjoyed taking the photos with my new 50mm lens and lightbox courtesy of some very lovely people!