GLOSSYBOX review – July 2013

It’s been a hot lil’ minute since we’ve tangoed with good ole’ GLOSSYBOX. And yeah, I know I’m like a month behind reviewing it but hey, maybe this review will motivate you enough to finally get that GB subscription that you’ve been lusting over for so long. I got this box for review and I think it’s oh so fitting for a summer beauty subscription box.

Glossybox of July 2013

Like all GLOSSYBOX boxes, this one came with a leaflet of what you’ll uncover after ripping the top off of your box.

Glossybox July 2013

I like to review these beauty subscription boxes by the diversity of their products and if their products reach a value of at least $21. That, to me, is very important. Yeah. I’m kinda nutty about it. Let’s get started…

Nail Inc. Baker Street nail polish

Glossybox Nails Inc

This itty bitty bottle of blue polish is fantastic. Nails Inc. is a pretty high-end brand and so even though this isn’t a full size bottle, seeing the baby version of one appear in a GLOSSYBOX is crazy exciting. Plus, this striking cobalt blue is stunning. I mean, dang…

Dr. Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase

Glossybox

I’ve heard of this brand before but I didn’t know that they had a BB cream. Then again, who doesn’t have one? It’s a moderate sample size but they get a fail because the Light to Medium is far too light for me.

Nicka K New York ABSOLUTE Make-up Cleansing Tissues

Glossybox USA

These babies are a bonus item in this month’s GLOSSYBOX. Pretty rad bonus. 10 towelettes is enough to really test the product. They are heavily fragranced so you know they aren’t exactly up my alley.

Figs & Rogue Cherry Blossom Tinted Lip Balm Tube

Glossybox lip balm

Glossybox lips

This gorgeous tube of lip balm was the first thing eyes landed on when I opened up the box. My, what gorgeous packaging! The lip applicator (or lack of one) isn’t all that comfortable when it comes to applying. But this petroleum-free lip balm isn’t strong on the scents and the subtle pink shade will look flattering on everyone. I dig it!

BVLGARI Eau Pafumeé au thé Blanc Shampoo & Shower Gel

Glossybox Bvlgari

It’s a generous sample size but I don’t do perfumes and so even sniffing this gave me a slight headache.

Brazilian Blowout Açai Deep Conditioning Masque

Glossybox hair

For the gals who love keepin’ their do’s in check, this hair masque has enough product to give you a few tests of how the masque may work on your hair. That is, if you don’t have Rupunzel-length hair. I doubt I’ll give it a whirl. I’m just not really into hair products these days.

OVERALL:  This box was definitely worth at least $21. This is the norm for GLOSSYBOX as I’ve come to discover that they are pretty good with giving you products that at least meet what you’ve spent. And like all subscription boxes, you aren’t going to love everythiiiiing but with this one, there is something for everyone. They cover hair, skincare, nails, cosmetics and fragrances and that’s just no easy task. Another win for GLOSSYBOX .

If you haven’t signed up for  a box yet – head on over here  and do so.

Indie Nail Polish Love: Literary Lacquers

Yay for indie nail polishes. Indie nail polishes are my favorite because these nail polish lovers turned entreprenuers really take a passion for what they do. They aren’t just selling polishes for fun, they are creators who bring amazing polishes to life. I’ve never come across a brand that can impress me the way indie nail polish brands can. Add Literary Lacquers to that list. The gorgeous Amy of LL so kindly sent me a few of the polishes from her most recent collection The Good Parts.

Brace yourself…

Literary Lacquers More Like Fire Than Light

More Like Fire Than Light nail polish

More Like Fire Than Light is a juicy orange linear holographic polish and ohmnigoodness, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an orange holo that is as magnificent as this one. I applied 2 coats here but I’m thinking a third coat would really make it more opaque. It’s just so divine.

Literary Lacquers Zipless

Zipless nail polish

Zipless is a cherry red jelly with gold circular and hexagon glitter submerged within. If you’re a fan of creating jelly sandwiches with your polishes, you’ll love this one because it’s pre-made. Glorious!

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial

Literary Lacquers Raspberry Cordial nail polish

Raspberry Cordial? is a shimmery raspberry with what I think is a subtle red holographic touch. It’s delightful and unexpected.

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure

Literary Lacquers Woman of Pleasure nail polish

Woman of Pleasure is another jelly sandwich and this baby blue jelly has dark blue and magenta hexagon and round glitter specs. I’m too lazy to be all creative with jelly sandwiches so I love this one too.

Literary Lacquers Green Gables

Literary Lacquers Green Gables nail polish

Green Gables is a green holographic. It’s perfect. The end.

I’m missing a few from the collection but I’ve already got my eyes glaring at some of her other polishes. Like Gift of the Magi? I SO need that. Each nail polish retails for $10 which I will gladly pay to support an indie brand that makes awesome polishes. I also love how Literary Lacquers has polishes based on books. That totally appeals to my inner nerd.

Support Literary Lacquers and purchase a shade or two. Or 10.

Makeup Wars: Color Wars

This is probably the funniest (yes, that’s a word….for today) Makeup Wars ever! Each of us gals signed up for a color and we are going to be sharing some of our favorite products featuring that color. I picked purple! For the record, I don’t have a favorite color. And if I did it would be rainbow and since a rainbow has a TON of colors I’m not sure that really counts.

I know. I’m so complicated but picking a favorite color when there are so many beautiful ones out there just ain’t easy. I picked purple because there are just sooooo many gorgeous purple picks when it comes to the beauty world. Here are 3 of my faves.

Purple nail polish

I love love looooove purple nail polish. Especially when it is unexpected and has some kind of funky shimmer or whatnot. It’s hard to pick a favorite (especially since I did so in our last Makeup Wars post) but Zoya’s Aurora is by far the prettiest purple nail polish in the world.

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You can’t deny it. You KNOW you can’t. Sidenote: I sooooo miss my longer nails. Can’t wait until I can do this shape again.

Ah yes…purple lips. You either love ‘em or hate ‘em. I can easily get down with some purple lips and it was MAC’s All of My Purple Life that had me going bananas.

Pay no attention to my beach hurr but to that stunning purple gloss. Yas! Yas!

When it comes to eyes, I think purple eyeshadows look amazing on everyone – especially on brown eyed girls. Make Up For Ever’s #92 is epic. I mean, epic. I think I’ve lost this baby because I haven’t seen it in awhile but years ago (can’t believe it’s been that long since I’ve used it) but it was the bee’s knees back in the day. I took this picture back when I didn’t care much about photography.

That about does it…a few of my favorite purple picks. Of course I’ve got more but I don’t want to make this post insanely lengthy. I’ve always wanted purple hair but my jobs never allowed it. Womp. Check out the colors my other Makeup Wars sisters picked!

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Pretty Polishes from butter LONDON

It’s going to be Nail Polish Week here on Clumps of Mascara because I have a ton of reviews that I need to crank them out before 2014. You don’t mind, do you? I know I’m not the only nail polish fanatic out there so I know a great heap of y’all are going to appreciate these.

And for those that are alike “Who cares about nail polish?” just push through with me, won’t you? Let’s talk about the awesome butter LONDON first. I’ve got a few of their pretties that I just couldn’t wait to show y’all. I received these for review and as I feel about all of my bLs, they are absolute perfection. Just look at Pitter Patter.

Butter London Pitter Patter

Pitter Patter nail polish

Described as a opaque aubergine shimmer Pitter Patter was designed just for the royal baby-to-be! I live under a British rock so I’m not sure what they named him but I think a purple like this is pretty fitting for a boy or a girl. At the time I don’t think they knew the gender of this sweet babelet. It’s a decent looking purple. Nothing super unique from bL but it’s nice enough.

Silly Billy nail polish

Butter London Silly Billy

Silly Billy is my kind of shade. Then again I love me some orange nail polish. Especially an opaque, fire orange crème like this one. It applies beautifully in 2 coats but an extra 3rd coat really makes it come alive.

Lillibet's Jubilee nail polish

Butter London Lillibet's Jubilee

Lillibet’s Jubilee is a pretty lavender metallic foil fit for a queen. No really. This shade was made for the Queen in honor of her holding the throne for 60 years. It’s not terrible but I don’t know, I think I would have picked more of a flashier color for the Queen. After all, she’s pretty colorful and has been seen wearing many different shades. A foil? Well, I don’t know if that does her much justice.

Still, these are butter LONDON polishes which means they are perfect in every way possible. You can grab these from Butter London’s website and they are sold at Ulta and sometimes select department stores. Which one is your fave?

China Glaze Texture nail polish collection

My nails are going through some craziness and right before they all popped off I got the chance to swatch China Glaze’s Texture collection. I am still obsessing over texture nail polishes. China Glaze’s are a little different from the Zoya Pixie Dust nail polishes though. These are TRUE textured polishes. They feel bumpy , matte and eccentric. I received this collection to review and if you are a fan of the textured nail polish look, I’m thinking you’ll love these.

China Glaze Texture collection

See!

China Glaze Unrefined

Unrefined is a baby pink. Y’all know I’m no fan of pink polishes but this one definitely has some personality.

China Glaze Of Coarse!

Of Coarse! is a bright, cobalt-blue and I thought for sure this one would stain the nails but a good base coat prevented that from happening.

China Glaze Itty, Bitty & Gritty

Itty, Bitty & Gritty is a melon that I actually looks nice. I’m always iffy about shades like this one but somehow it works.

China Glaze In The Rough

In The Rough is a light lime green. I had a hard time photographing this but it is definitely as bright as it appears. I’m not sure how flattering it is on me though…

China Glaze Toe-tally Textured

Toe-tally Textured is tangerine-orange but it is really very neon. I mean CRAZY neon. I like it!

China Glaze Bump & Grind

Bump & Grind is a hot pinkish-red. I had tough time photographing this one too but it’s probably the most “regular” of all of the colors.

Must Haves:
Toe-tally Textured: It’s just crazy bright and awesome.
Itty, Bitty & Gritty: It’s perfect and sweet and great for those who aren’t really into textures but want to try something different.

I like these textures. A LOT. I really didn’t think I’d like them this much. I found the formula to be easy to work with. For foolproof application try waiting a good 3-5 minutes before applying the second coat. I’m not sure these last as long as a regular nail polish though. In fact, I found them to chip pretty quickly. But whatever…they are still worth the effort because I just think they are that captivating. Way to go China Glaze! Of course you can get these anywhere China Glaze polishes are sold but if you don’t mind waiting and paying for shipping, you can snag them for $3.25 a pop at Head2ToeBeauty.com.

Yay or nay to these polishes?

Angel Beauty Box – The beauty subscription box for brown girls!

I’ve reviewed a tooooon of beauty subscription boxes. These things are so popular these days and it doesn’t look like the trend is ending any time soon. There are a ton of boxes for EVERY interest. I received the Angel Beauty Box for review and I am pleasantly surprised and for several reasons. For one…it is a box catered to brown girls. And unlike many beauty subscription boxes, it has a nice little system that guarantees you get products that you will actually use. Let’s take a peek…

Angel Box

Yes, I kissed the box. Y’all know I’m silly. :cool: Like most boxes, this one came with a good amount of single-use samples. I got several from Mizani.

Mizani Hair Care

Mizani True Textures

I’m familiar with Mizani but haven’t used their products since I’ve been natural. It’s been forever since they’ve been on my radar but I’m actually looking forward to trying out that hair oil. Especially since it’s silicone-free.

Skincare wise, I got two 8 oz bottles of lotion from a brand named Ziaja.

Ziaja Lotion

I’ve never tried their products before and I found both bottles of lotion to be a bit strong in fragrance but I was still surprised to see such large “samples”. This never happens in beauty subscription boxes!

Also in the skincare department, I got 2 small samples of a Biao creme.

Biao samples

That makes TWO skincare brands that I haven’t heard of. I tend to get excited when I am introduced to brands that I haven’t heard of. At the same time, I like seeing familiar brands in my box too. A nice mix of the two makes me happy.

This unidentified tub of pink stuff landed in my box as well.

Homemade lip balm

I’m not sure what it is as there wasn’t a label or anything on it. I’ve got far too many allergies to play Russian roulette so I left that baby alone. I’m pretty sure it’s a lip balm.

I got a nail polish from the brand RGB!

HIP RBG nail polish

I’m not sure I how I feel about brown polishes on me but I love the concept behind the brand RGB. And I’ve played around a bit with this polish and I love how creamy it is.

And lastly I got 2 custom made all natural goodies!

Angel Beauty Box

Angel Beauty Box scrub

What a nice treat! Unfortunately, I didn’t get an ingredients list with these so I didn’t want to use them. I have to look at the ingredients of products that I put on my skin before I use them. It’s a shame because both the scrub and lavender lotion appeared to be free from synethetic fragrances (that’s just me guessing) but I didn’t want to chance it.

OVERALL: For $20, this appears to be one of the better beauty subscription boxes that I’ve come across. I like how you get so many different products ranging from hair care, skincare and cosmetics. I really enjoyed taking the survey online at that Angel Beauty Box website. The press sample of my box didn’t come with a list of the products (boo…) but subscriptions can expect a magazine listing the featured products.

Have you tried this beauty box? Or are you sick of ‘em?

Zoya Stunning Summer 2013 collection

Zoya does it again! But they always do it, don’t they? This is 1 of 2 of their gorgeous summer collections. This collection is full of vibrant cremes that are nice and wearable and nice additions of their already stellar profile. I got these for review and I’ve been struggling to figure out which one is my fave…

Zoya Stunning nail polish collection

See what I mean?

Zoya Yana

Yana is a geranium pink and for someone who has never been thrilled by pink nail polishes, I just beyond in love with this one. It’s pink, yes, but there’s something special about this one. Who knows. Maybe I love it this much because I have an awesome gal pal named Yana. *shrugs*

Zoya Thandie

Thandie is a citrus orange. I’ll never get sick of orange nail polishes. Especially ones that remind me of orange sherbet. Yumzzzzz.

Zoya Rocky

Rocky is a serene blue. I think Zoya has done quite a bit of these so Rocky is pretty but she isn’t anything spectacular.

Zoya Micky

Micky is a gorgeous coral and I’m finally 100% really into corals these days. So I LOVE Micky. I really think corals like amazing on everyone.

Zoya Josie

Josie is a grassy green cream. She’s a pretty mint green. Not insanely unique but how can you really dislike a dusty green?

Zoya Darcy

Darcy is a sunny yellow and really has more of a richer and butter-y yellow hue to her. If that makes any sense. Like all yellows, she was tough to apply but stunning nonetheless.

 

The Beauty Basics

Price: $8/bottle or $48 for the collection
Availability: At Zoya.com.
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Yana, Thandie, Micky 
 
 

I love this collection. But of course! I’m a lover of creme nail polishes. I found that 3 coats worked for these as 2 coats made them a bit streaky. They are stunning nonetheless and perfect for summer.

China Glaze Hologlam collection

This is a massive nail polish collection. I typically put collections this large in 2 posts but nope, I’m going to go ahead and give you the whole enchilada, baby. I got these for a review awhile back and they were such a pleasure to apply. I’m a holo lover like the next nail polish lover and while these weren’t as blingy as I thought they would be, they were still nice and fun to use.

China Glaze Hologram

Here we goooo…

China Glaze Astro-Hot nail polish

Astro-Hot is a soft baby pink. Softer holographic nail polishes never really seem to do it for me but I surprisingly liked this one. And I loved that the pink still shows well even though it’s pretty…soft.

China Glaze Take A Trek nail polish

Take A Trek is a cool denim blue. Ugh, blue holographic polishes are the best and this one isn’t any exception. This one applied beautifully and really does look like denim.

China Glaze Galatic Gray nail polish

Galatic Gray is a stunning silver metal and I really didn’t expect for the holo bits to be as apparent in this one. But they definitely are!

China Glaze Not In This Galaxy nail polish

Not In This Galaxy is a bright warm coral and it’s the perfect holo for those who want to take baby steps into wearing holographic polishes. And she’s totally work appropriate too!

China Glaze OMG A UFO nail polish

OMG A UFO is a warm moss green. It’s everything I could ever want in a green holo. Well, a light green holo. I much prefer darker ones but this one isn’t too bad.

China Glaze Sci-Fly By nail polish

Sci-Fly By is a silver blue. This one didn’t look so holographic to me. Not too much of a loss because it is a gorgeous blue by itself.

China Glaze Get Outta My Space nail polish

Get Outta My Space is a powdered violet. She’s sweet and dainty.

China Glaze Strap On Your Moonboots nail polish

Strap On Your Moonboots is a midnight sky blue has a subtle holographic effect but it is still so gorgeous.

China Glaze When Stars Collide nail polish

When Stars Collide is a warm maroon. I didn’t think I’d like this one as much but it’s surprisingly interesting.

China Glaze Cosmic Dust nail polish

Cosmic Dust is a silver metal that has a nice amount of holographic shimmer but I’ve seen better silver holographics.

China Glaze Infa-Red nail polish

Infa-Red is my favorite of the bunch. This warm magenta pink has the most holographic shimmer. It is perfect!

China Glaze Don't Be A Luna-tic nail polish

Don’t Be a Luna-tic is a turquoise aqua. She isn’t as gorgeous as the other blues though.

The Beauty Basics

Price: $14/bottle – pricer b/c of the holographic particles.
Availability: At e-tailers and Sally Beauty Supply. Maybe Ulta? 
Limited Edition?: No
Favorites in collection: Galatic Gray, Strap On Your Moonboots, When Stars Collide,  Infa-Red
 
 

I didn’t expect to love this collection as much as I did. I mean, of course I knew I’d love them because they ARE holographic polishes but they really aren’t as holographic as I would have liked. Still… they are super easy to apply (after you make sure to shake the bottle a bit), wear for quite some time and look stunning on the nails. If you have polishes with more of a holographic shimmer these may not excite you too much. But if you are looking to spruce up your holographic nail polish collection, these may work. But are they as awesome at the OMG collection? Not really.

Are you a fan of holographic polishes. What do you think about these?