GLOSSYBOX (Australia) – March 2012 (the fitness edition)

I haven’t really gotten into March’s GLOSSYBOX. Coupled with the insane amount of work going on of late, this box hasn’t been as inspiring or fun as previous boxes.

 

Review of the Beauty Samples

In this month’s GLOSSYBOX, the extras thrown in included:

  • a pink “power balancing” bracelet
  • PROACTIVE offer slip for $20 off the PROACTIVE Ultimate System
  • $10 gift card from zanui.com.au

The ‘power balancing’ bracelet looks like one of those rubber jelly bands pre-teens wear for kicks. It has two reflective disc stickers, but otherwise, the bracelet just seems gimmicky. The GLOSSYBOX flyer states the ‘power balancing’ bracelet “is often worn by athletes who find that it supports their strength and flexibility”. Erm… really?

 

EAU THERMALE DE AVÈNE – Thermal Spring Water
RRP $9.95 (50ml), $17.95 (150ml), $22.95 (300ml)

This aerasol sample size is 50ml, which makes for a really nifty purse addition. The product says it’s for sensitive skin and comes with a tiny paper product leaflet in French and English. The thermal spring waters near the Sainte-Odile spring in the Languedoc apparently has soothing and softening properties, and have been used to treat skin disease, such as atopic dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and burns.

EAU THERMALE DE AVÈNE‘s Thermal Spring Water is basically a water mist. It is not scented (big tick!) and you’re supposed to use it to soothe skin, such as razor burn, during travel, etc. I actually quite like it – I’ve used it to set my makeup in the morning and in the evening, after makeup removal. While I haven’t noticed any difference in my skin, it definitely feels refreshing.

Perhaps with winter fast approaching, this would be a great product for those with dry sensitive skin. If you do and try this product, let me know what you think!

NOUGAT LONDON – Nurturing Hand Cream in Fig and Pink Cedar
RRP $12.95 (40ml), $14.95 (50ml), $19.95 (75ml), $29.95 (200ml)

I have never heard of NOUGAT LONDON, so did a little bit of internet research. The sample packaging doesn’t quite match the luxury feel its corporate website has, but I suppose a sample is just a sample.

Their hand cream absorbs quickly and smells really lux. I love this scent, but the sample size only has enough product for about 2 days for me – 1 day if it’s winter and I’m washing my hands more often than usual. It hasn’t really helped with the driest parts of my hands – the cuticle, but that’s what cuticle oil is for, right?

 

KLORANE – Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Aerosol
RRP $12.95 (150ml)

I use dry shampoo every now and then, in between washes. But I’ve been using Baste’s range of dry shampoos – except the pink one, whose scent just about kills me with its fakery. Never purchasing that one again. Klorane’s Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, on the other hand has a really pleasant scent. Accidentally breathing in in the midst of a spray also doesn’t immediately result in a coughing fit – kiddies, don’t try that at home. This sample aerosol can is perfect for slipping into one’s handbag if you need a quick spritz on the go, but I’ve found it lasts throughout the day without re-application.

THIN LIZZY – Concealer Créme in Oriental Doll
RRP $29.95 (15ml)

If you try to google ‘Thin Lizzy’, most of the search results would be of the Irish band. While I’ve heard of Thin Lizzy the cosmetics brand, I certainly haven’t heard about Thin Lizzy the music band, so it was certainly surprising and took me on a bit of wild goose chase. But I digress.

THIN LIZZY‘s most well-known product is their 6-in-1 compact, so I was surprised to see they also produce concealers. Funnily enough, I have never been one to purchase or use concealers. I thankfully don’t have eye bags. And while I’ve tried to use them to cover up zits and blemishes, it always looks worse with product on top of a volcano, so I gave up.

This sample size is 7.5ml and came in their Oriental Doll shade, which is miles too light for my skin. It took a lot of blending, but as you can see in the photo above, you can still see where I stopped the blending at my wrist. While the formulation is thin and spreads easily, the Concealer Créme is very opaque.

Unfortunately not a product for me.

 

PROACTIV – Cleansing Bar
RRP $20.95 (150gm)

This bar is huge! It’s the full 150 gm bar, so I think this one is meant for the whole body. This will go a very long while, so I might wait till our regular shower gel runs out before testing this with the SO, seeing as he gets more blemishes on his back than I do.

So in other words, I haven’t tried this one yet, but I’m looking forward to it.