GLOSSYBOX (Australia) – April 2012 (The ageing edition)

This is the last GLOSSYBOX (Australia).

If you haven’t already heard, read their emails regarding the merge.

I have been honest in my reviews of the GLOSSYBOX service since November 2011 and the products delivered every month. There were a few wins and quite a number of things I had hoped they would improve on. I held onto my subscription in that hope, as I saw so much potential.

This review has been sitting around for awhile, because I have been procrastinating… I hate goodbyes.


Review of the Beauty Samples

EverEscents Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
RRP $39.90 (100ml)

I have heard a lot about moroccan oil for haircare, in the same way Bio-oil was such a buzz product for skincare. But being a lazy git and losing my hairdresser to her boyfriend in Germany, meant I haven’t done a thing to my hair besides wash and condition since the last attempt to find a suitable replacement – a concept that feels a little like having an extra-marital affair.

The result: my hair has grown long and unruly – a virtual haystack atop my head. This EverEscents Organic Moroccan Argan Oil sample was a beacon of hope! A highly concentrated oil treatment without silicones and blended with sweet almond, jojoba and rosehip, EverEscents Organic Moroccan Argan Oil smooths, shines, protects and enhances the colour of your hair.

I’ve never used oil treatments before, so I wasn’t sure about what to expect nor how much to use for the length of my hair. When shaken out of the bottle, the oil looks clear and feels very lightweight. It also smells amazing – almost like  a bouquet of heady roses.

After applied through my damp hair and allowed to dry naturally, it reduces the frizziness, but certainly does not tame it to that of Lucy Liu’s likes. I might have to use it over a longer period of time to attempt to repair the damage I’ve already caused. Still it smells nice and if used with a flat iron,  leaves my hair feeling soft and  non-greasy.


Jurlique Intense Recovery Mask
RRP $55 (40ml), $95 (125ml)

Jurlique‘s Intense Recovery Mask is “a natural clay revitalising and restorative treatment mask with antioxidant ingredients to remove skin impurities to help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while protecting against environmental damage”.

The mask is a bleh green out of the tube and spreads very thinly, almost like a moisturiser than a mask. The green clay is supposed to absorb impurities and rebalance oiliness, which seems to work in keeping my skin relatively oil-free (but not dehydrated) for a couple of hours.

Lapureté Protective Day Crème wth UVA Defense
RRP $59.90 (30ml), $17.95 (150ml), $22.95 (300ml)

Lapureté‘s products contain extracts from the okuru’s seeds. From the images, the okuru look like like okra/lady finger – something many might find familiar in Asian and African cooking. I suppose Lapurenté’s creators have adopted the name “ọkwurụ” in the Igbo language spoken in Nigeria.

According to its website, Lapureté Protective Day Crème will “protect against ageing UVA radiation” to minimise the appearance of UVA radiation damage, sagging skin, skin roughness, dull complexion and wrinkles. Since I have very few of the above issues (my issues are breakouts and oily T-zone), there is little I can say about the product’s effectiveness.

It comes out as an opaque white thick cream, which smells initially quite nice – sort of reminds me of some Aesop’s products, but on the dry down, Lapureté Protective Day Crème smells very chemical-y.  When applied, it applies smoothly, but  leaves my skin feeling slightly greasy. Not a bad thing if your skin needs hydration, but not for me.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Deluxe Serum
RRP $120 (30ml)

Yves Saint Laurent introduces GLYCANACTIF™, a patented complex which imitates the action of glycans, helping to restore your skin’s youthful beauty. This is their Forever Youth Liberator range

This is one of those products I probably wouldn’t otherwise try. It is priced outside my current comfort zone, so I am not terribly invested in whether it is an effective product.

The sample comes in a metal vial with an eyedropper applicator and a folded pamphlet in several languages. The product itself is quite thick and heavily perfumed – not unpleasantly so, but if you have a sensitive nose, you might wish to double-check at a counter.

It’s easy to blended into the skin and dries out well. It definitely leaves the skin feeling softer and more hydrated, which is probably due to the glycerin content. But did it remove wrinkles and sagging? Not really, but then again, I don’t have facial wrinkles or sagging… yet.


Nivea Body Lotion Express Hydration
RRP : $5.40 (250ml), $7.99 (400ml)

NIVEA Express Hydration Body Lotion features the addition of Hydra IQ an active ingredient technology that is able to stimulate the skin’s moisture network, activating hydration immediately for non-stop 24-hour moisturisation. The formula hydrates from within as well as on the surface. The complementary components of glycerin and glucose in Hydra IQ combine to moisturise and hydrate.

How does this compare to the NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser (from GLOSSYBOX’s January 2012 box)? It has the same perfume and oozy consistency, though it is more translucent – the NIVEA Rich Nourishing Body Moisturiser is a very opaque white. The effects are very similar – it absorbs easily and does not leave a greasy residue on my skin, so it’s not a bad overall moisturiser.