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Monday, 17 October 2016

Glowwbox | October 2016


It's been a minute since I reviewed a box from beauty subscription service Glowwbox so I thought I'd share what's inside October's 'Dark and Mysterious' edition (£15+P&P)*.

Inside this box are two new launches to the UK - the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner (£14.99) and the Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation (£16.99). Also inside is Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire (£15), Lucy Annabella Date Night Organic Bath Milk (full size £43) and Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson (£3.50) and there's one of three products - Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes (£6.95), PHB Ethical Brightening Moisturiser and Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula (£18.95). In my box was the Benecos eyeshadow palette.


The star of this box for me is the Andre Walker Hair TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner which launches officially in the UK next month. Creator Andre Walker was Oprah's personal stylist for over 25 years, styled Michelle Obama and created Halle Berry's signature pixie cut. I received the TKO Conditioner from Glowwbox a few weeks ago and I just love it. Deep conditioners are my favourite hair products to use and this is up there with my all time favourites. It has a really thick texture, actually the consistency is probably the thickest I've come across and it's quite hard to spread at first but once it's applied it melts into the hair and makes it feel so hydrated. It's made with Mongongo, Argan and Avocado oils as well as Aloe Vera and keratin. I've been using this product both as a deep conditioner and a styler. I usually apply to damp strands after shampooing, leave in for 20-30 minutes and then lightly rinse it out so there's still a little left in my hair. My hair feels gorgeous when I use this and seems to stay moisturised for longer. I can't wait for this to launch officially but it's available exclusively from Glowwbox until the end of the month.


I was also sent a few of the Mixed Chicks In the Mix Quick Sticks to try. It's a dual ended product with a cream foundation on one end and a bronzer on the other. There's 5 shades altogether and one shade is included in this month's box. Since I last reviewed Glowwbox they've introduced a way of tailoring the box to you as you can now fill in a profile which takes a few details about your skintone, skin type, hair type and the kind of products you like. Glowwbox will try to select the best shade for you based on your profile details. There are only 5 shades however which is pretty limited but Mixed Chicks state that you can mix and match between the shades to get your perfect tone. For years I've had to mix foundations together to try and get them to work for my skintone and I think the brand has missed a trick by creating such a small range of shades, especially as the lightest shade Sultry Sand (which has been created for fair to light complexions) is too dark and quite orange for me. Perhaps they'll add more shades a later stage but as they didn't work for me I gave the shades I had to my mum (who is much darker than me) and she absolutely loves the dual function of the sticks. The shade Timeless Tawny (created for fair to light complexions with a golden undertone) is pictured as I didn't have the other shades available when taking these photos but hopefully the swatch can give you an idea on whether this shade would work for you.

I've not yet tested out the other products included in this month's box but have included swatches here of the cosmetic products. I very rarely take the time to indulge with a nice bath but I'll reach for the included sample of Lucy Ananabella Bath Milk when I do. It seems quite luxurious and you can really smell the essential oils in this product.

(swatches top to bottom) Saturated Colour Multitasker in Seductive Damson, Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil in Scarab Sapphire, Benecos Natural Quattro Eyeshadow in Beautiful Eyes and Mixed Chicks in the Mix Dual Quick Stick Foundation in Timeless Tawny (bronzer and foundation)

You can join Glowwbox  and if you're interested code 'FRESHL' gets you the October edition and 2 lace chokers like the one below (whilst stocks last) 


*sample - read my disclaimer .

Have you tried a beauty box subscription?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Review | Glowwbox April 2015



As a chocolate obsessive I was pretty excited about April's Glowwbox* aptly named the 'Cocoa Affair Edition'. Glowwbox is a beauty subscription service (£15 + P&P per month) aimed at women with darker skin. As it's the month of Easter and Spring, many of the products in this edition are rich in cocoa or are perfectly suited to the season. 


Inside my box was Mocha Orange Hand Cream (£7),  Nail polish in Sharp Rose (£6.95),  Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub (£4.99),  Cosmetics Glam Shadow Stick in Divine Amber (£4.50), Chocolate Face Mask (full size £45) and  Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye (£12.50). Most of the products were full size apart from the Inlight face mask.

Out of the Glowwboxes I've had so far this is probably my second favourite, mostly as the makeup products are similar to items would buy for myself. I don't wear much eyeshadow, but when I do I'm always drawn to neutral or gold tones. The NYX Glam Shadow Stick is a gorgeous gold shade but it's not overpowering on the skin. It's a creamy texture so it glides on and is easy to blend. I haven't tried the IMAN Eyeshadow yet but swatched the colour to get an idea of pigmentation and it's a really pretty metallic brown. I sense I'll be relying on this shadow to create a subtle smoky eye looks. The Benecos nail polish in Sharp Rose is a pale shimmery pink. It's exactly the kind of colour I reserve for my toes and I've already given myself a pedicure with this shade.


My skin has been so dry even with the (slightly) warmer weather so the Figs & Rouge Mocha Orange Hand Cream is now taking up residence in my handbag. It has a light fruity scent and smells more like orange than chocolate. It keeps my hands moisturised without leaving my hands too oily. My feet have been hidden in heeled boots for months and with sandal season around the corner I was definitely in need of a treatment like Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Magic Foot Scrub. Though a self-confessed chocolate fanatic, I'm not a huge fan of Palmers products as I don't really like the scent. As this is a scrub the scent doesn't linger too much and I love that it makes my feet so smooth.


Last month's Glowwbox reminded me to take out some time to pamper myself, so once a week I've been applying a face mask. I love the INLIGHT Chocolate Face Mask, mostly as the ingredients are totally natural. The mask itself smells so delicious it was a shame I could only put it on my face! Only two samples of the Chocolate Face Mask were included and this product is pretty pricey to buy. Luckily one sample is enough for 3 uses as a little goes a long way. I haven't seen a huge change in my skin after use, though it does feel very soft and looks slightly less dull.


The Cocoa Affair is available on the  website until 1st May 2015 
You can read my other posts on Glowwbox editions by clicking the below links:




*sample - All of the products in this box were provided courtesy of Glowwbox. See my disclaimer .

Have you tried Glowwbox or another Beauty Box Subscription service?

Christine Stewart x

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