Glossy Box September 2017 Review

Its officially September and officially starting to feel like summer is well and truly over! Today I headed into Manchester to visit my modelling agency and have a casting and upon walking back to my car (thankfully not before!) I was literally DRENCHED in rain. So bad that I sent my boyfriend a picture and he literally asked if someone had thrown a bucket of water over me. (He’s getting some better weather in Austria whilst he’s  working there for the day so wasn’t aware quite how bad the rain was!)

So after that experience I was so glad to come home and get into a snuggly jumper and open up my Glossy Box that I get so excited for each month. This is my 4th box now and I’ve never been disappointed! I’ve never posted a blog post on what’s been inside but this time I thought I’d share with everyone. I’ve had some bits that I literally use all of the time which brings me back to today’s rain – last month I got a SportFX setting spray which I used this morning and even through the rain my makeup stayed nice? Miracle. My other fav product so far is the Model.Co contour stick which has become a staple in my makeup bag and my professional makeup kit that I use on clients.

So, onto this months box:

Taylor’s 32 Natural Whitening Toothpaste

Of course I’m going from first impressions here as my Box only arrived today – but I’m liking the idea of this product! It’s a really big box which is always good, instead of a tiny little sample you can only use once or twice. This is full size! The only downside is that it’s Grapefruit and Mint flavour – I’m not sure how I feel about this? I’ve seen some people have just mint which I’m a little jealous of, but I’ve seen some have fennel and mint so I’m just glad I didn’t get that!

PIXI by Petra Brow Tamer

When I opened this up I said ‘mum let me try this on you’ as she had bare eyebrows and honestly it didn’t really do a lot. I think this will be good for top ups during the day and maybe when I’m styling a shoot and want a good bushy Brow but I personally prefer tinted Brow mascaras that leave a coating around the hairs making them appear thicker. I think another issue (well it would annoy me but maybe not others) is that this will be applied over the usual Brow pencil/gel/shadow which means if you dip back in, the gels going to get murky eventually. Maybe that’s just my own little dislike!

MONU SKIN Firming Fiji Facial Oil

For me, this sounds amazing! I love facial oils, espescially as the bad weather is approaching. A lot of girls will be afraid to try oils on their face through fear of getting spots but if you clean your face well and are selective with what oils you put on your face, you might find that your skin is really helped! Essential oils like Rosehip, and the two found in this product – Bois De Rose and Patchouli can work wonders on the skin! This smells beautiful and I can’t wait to try it.

Cetaphil Cleanser, Face and Body Moisturising Cream and Moisturising Lotion. 

I love this cute little trio of Cetaphil products. Great for sensitive skin and the mini bottles mean I can pop them in my handbag to use on the go! I’ve never used Cetaphil products myself but I have heard of them and know people that swear by them for their sensitive skin.

STYLONDON Siligel Blender

This is the ‘Star’ product in this month’s box, but truthfully it’s probably my worst of the lot! I’ve used a silicone blender before and I just don’t really get it. Of course you dont lose your product like you can with sponges but personally it’s not worth it to compromise the blending finish! Of course a smooth base can be achieved with it but when you have back-to-back clients you don’t really have time to dab for hours to get a smooth base! I will definitly be sticking with my BeautyBlender but to be fair this could come in handy for applying skincare products.

I’m really happy with every product this month and i’m happy the iconic pink box is back! The packaging is unreal and for me, no other beauty boxes i’ve tried are near the quality of Glossy Box!

Hels xxx

 

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June/July Edit: My Current Favourite Cosmetic Products. 

Recently I’ve been stocking up on all sorts of new products. Some I’ve purchased through recommendations, some impulse buys, some gifts and some from monthly subscription boxes. 

The first three products I’m going to show you were some of the ones purchased for me by my lovely boyfriend. On a recent holiday to Crete, we shopped in Heraklion city and stumbled upon a Sephora. My face absolutely lit up! After stepping in, he leaned in and whispered to me to ‘choose what I like’ – his treat! Absolute sweetheart. The next two products are from my Glossy Box (which was really good in June!) and the last two are purchases I made myself. 

GlamGlow GlowStarter in ‘Sun Glow’


I loveeeee this product and I haven’t seen anything just like it on the market. It’s a moisturiser and primer in one. Basically, it’s a daily moisturiser with a tint and shimmer which really illuminates the skin and leaves you with a glowing base. It comes in a few colours but I went for the darkest one (it’s still Sheer) so I can get a nice bronzed glow. It smells amazing but very strong so if you’re not into heavy scents then this isn’t for you. I only use it in the morning of course, but it’s hydrating enough for me at the minute so I love it! Highly recommend. 

Inglot Gel Eyeliner in 77


This is the best, blackest gel eyeliner on the market in my opinion. When training in makeup I was told about this but never purchased it for some reason. I couldn’t live without it now! I use it on myself and on my clients and it gives the most amazing black pigment. You can find some images of makeup I’ve done with this product on my Instagram. If you want a really black Liner that’s easy to blend and soft enough to be used on the waterline – this is the one! 

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer in Very Fair


Another Sephora purchase, this concealer is  dreamy. It’s so soft and flawless once applied with a beauty blender. I went for the lightest shade so I could use it to really brighten up the under eye area and it’s the perfect shade for me. The only criticism I have is that it does crease a lot so really does need setting with a loose powder (and still creases a bit under the eye). I’ve read other people’s reviews saying the same. I still love this concealer though and it offers the perfect coverage for me. 

Model Co Contour Stick 

This product came in my June Glossy Box. I’ve used it a few times now already and I really like it! It’s got a very freaky texture so blends instantly with a fluffy brush. It works perfectly with a powder bronzer to set it, or can be left as it is if you’d rather a more dewy look. It’s not actually super dark, despite it looking dark before application so it would be good on quite a lot of skin tones as a small amount can be used or it can be layered up. I’d definitely look at the range now having tried this! I used it on this makeup look on my Instagram.

Manna GLO Illuminator 


Another Glossy Box product – I really like this! It’s not super pigmented so I think it’s nice to add a bit more glow during the day. It can be mixed with foundation or dotted on the high points of the face – or both if you want to really glow! It has a pinky tint but it doesn’t show up on the skin. It allows you to illuminate the skin without making it look or feel greasy. Highly recommend. 

Bioactive Skincare Organic Virgin Olive Oil Day Cream


I picked this up from Holland and Barrat for just a few pounds (I think maybe £8?) after receiving a sample in store. I’ve always used expensive skincare but I really liked how this felt and the fact it’s organic is a bonus! My skins feeling amazing after a couple of months of this and the fact it’s so cheap and lasts so long is amazing! 

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster 


These little miracle drops are a life saver when you need to spruce your complexion up a little! You simply add 1, 2 or 3 drops into your usual face cream depending on how dark you want to tan your skin. I always use 3 drops and it gives a nice natural glow not orange or fake looking. I’ve also added it to my morning facecream under my makeup to gain some colour as the day goes on and it works perfectly for that too. Much better than pore-clogging fake tan on your face! 

There’s many more products I love at the minute and maybe a few more on order… oops. What products are you loving at the moment? Let me know! 

Hels x

NYX goodies 

I am absolutely obsessed with trying new cosmetic products. I do tend to go on recommendations from friends/bloggers/reviewers before I splurge the cash however. I hadn’t experienced NYX products until I attended the Pout Patrol Makeup Masterclass before Christmas and received two amazing lipsticks in my goodie bag. Although the shades of lipstick aren’t really that useable for me (dark brown and bright purple) the pigment and feel are impressive and you never know when you’ll need them in your kit. 

I had my eye on a few goodies but couldn’t find them all online in one place (plus, who likes paying for delivery!?) so I searched boots online to see where I can get the products and found them in Festival Park Boots, about half an hour away from where I live. There’s tones of shops around here so I didn’t mind the journey! I’m so happy NYX is available in Selfidges at the Trafford centre as I go quite frequently! I love each and every one of the products I picked up from NYX this time so will DEFINITELY stock up on a few more products every time I’m in the area! 

First up is Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in shade Pure Gold. My bestie Amy turned up to meet me the other day and looked radiant! I instantly said WHAT HAVE YOU GOT ON YOUR SKIN and she told me about this product she picked up in Selfridges. It can be used a few different ways – mixed with Foundation, applied prior to foundation or used on the high points of the face as highlighter. I personally like to mix with Foundation. It gives a really glowy, dewy look. I don’t think it’s quite pigmented enough to get a good highlight on the cheekbones alone. 

Next up,  the Slide On Eye Pencil in black and in white. My two classic favourites for the water line to complete any look! These are really pigmented and long lasting. I find with black and white they can be quite wishy washy but I really like these! 

The Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in porcelain is probably my favourite of my purchases! It’s perfect for carving out brows with a flat edged brush and also for priming the eyelids prior to eyeshadow application for a more intense colour. I’ve bought one for myself and one for my kit (same with the highlighter fluid!) and day to day I use it on my lids, set with Kiko Smart Eyeshadow in no.10 with a little bronzer in the crease. It really brightens up the eyes! It’s super creamy as well so it doesn’t cause a dry or creasy look underneath the eyes. I really recommend this one! 

Finally, the Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo. I saw this on insta babe @elle.sutton and it looked beaut so I had to purchase! I use it alone with MAC spice Liner, or add a gloss over the top for a perfect nude lip. There’s tones of lovely shades which I’m going to stock up on for my kit and for personal use! 

Do you use NYX products? Or have any staple beauty products you recommend? Let me know in the comments or over on Instagram @heliemac1 
Hels xxx