Friday, 26 July 2013

My First Set of GlossyBox Goodies

After discovering them on Twitter, I have recently signed up to GlossyBox. The concept is pretty simple, for a small monthly subscription you'll receive a box of five beauty treats to test out.


GlossyBoxHalf of them are often full size, & the packaging is beautiful with the boxes themselves making lovely gifts; already making it great value in my opinion! When signing up you'll be asked to complete a beauty profile, helping them choose the right kind of products for you depending on your preferences, skin type & so on.
The brands are quite varied with both new and long-established ones and a large price range. The leaflet that comes with each box explains each product and also the cost for a full size version (if you only received a sample size, which are still fairly generous), as well as where to buy them.

So with no further ado...onto the reviews! After opening my account the July box arrived quite swiftly, which arrived in a gorgeous blue and coral summer theme. Here's what was inside...

July

Two stars1. Alterna Haircare: Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mix (sample size received 25ml, full size is 125ml for £23.00)

Verdict: Smells lovely, really fresh and summery. Tried it a few times but unfortunately it didn't do much for my hair, although to be fair it my hair has been quite resistant in the past to other similar products. I did notice a slight wave to my stubbornly straight hair so I'll give it a 2 for this reason.

2. Inecto Pure Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo (received full size 150ml, normal price £2.49)
Verdict: I'll say straight off that dry shampoo is another of those things that doesn't get on well with my hair! I've tried a few different versions of varying prices and it never seems to end well! However if dry shampoo is a staple of yours I'd say give this stuff a go, it smells divine and much better than the Batiste stuff I think. I'll go for an even 3 for this one as it's such a bargain.

3. Ciaté Paint Pot in The Glossip (received full size 13.5ml, normal price £9.00) 
Four starsVerdict: Already a well known and quality nail brand, it's a great treat to receive a full size paint pot in such a lovely coral shade, one of my favourite colours right now. Application is nice and easy with a good consistency, and the finish is high shine and pretty chip-resistant. Only downside is you will need a good two coats to achieve a solid colour, but other than that it's a winner, 4 stars!

My two favourites from July's box; the Ciaté Paint Pot and Coola Organic Rose Essence Tint
My two favourites from July's box; the Ciaté Paint Pot and Coola Organic Rose Essence Tint

Five stars4. Coola Organic Suncare Collection: Mineral Face SPF 20 Rose Essence Tint (sample size 7ml, full size 50ml for £29.99) 
Verdict: As a member of the permanently pale crew if I find makeup products with SPF it's always a plus. The consistency of this tint is fantastic, it goes on so evenly and would blend to most skintones from Snow White to dark olive. It smells nice and also acts a very effective base for my foundation. The full size is pricey but I would definitely consider buying it, and trying the rest of their range. Love it, fully deserving of 5 stars.

Four stars5. Anatomicals Spray Misty For Me Facial Spritz (received full size 100ml, normal price £6.00) 
Verdict: Another well known brand, I've always liked Anatomicals whenever I've tried them. They have a fun image with cute designs and names, and their stuff always smells nice. This facial spritz claims to rehydrate and calm parched summer skin, and it does feel quite nice and refreshing. Probably more of a beach or travelling choice rather than for daily use unless you don't wear much makeup, else you'll be re-applying after each spray! All in all a nice little mist, if you're looking for a holiday product I'd recommend it, at a good price as well. 4 stars :)

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Brands I Love: Innocent Drinks

We’ve all got our favourite brands when it comes to consumerism, it can be a preferred cereal, a trusted skincare regime, a much-loved perfume, or anything else you can imagine buying. For each of these there might be different reasons behind your favourites, you might like the company’s profile and corporate ‘personality’, you might associate a scent with someone you love, or maybe you like to relive your childhood by having Frosties each morning.

I’m no different, and I thought I would turn the spotlight on some of mine; one of many being Innocent Smoothies.

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I love the little quirky elements of humour they throw in
First things first: their drinks are YUM. Really, really yum! I will admit they are a bit pricey, but if I’m honest with myself this is part of the appeal they hold for me. As my Dad often likes to tell me, I tend to ‘live beyond my means’ and often opt for the more expensive brands in all areas of life!
A typical newsletter from Innocent
A typical newsletter from Innocent


I’m a big fan of their website, facebook page, and generally the online personality they have created for themselves. I signed up to their newsletter a while ago, and in an inbox inundated with newsletters and promos (I love signing up for these things as a marketing geek), theirs is one I actually make a point to open and read.

They are already quite well known for having one of the 'coolest' office spaces in London, and I'll readily admit I'd love to work there (free smoothies - who wouldn't?!). You very quickly get a real sense of the company culture at ‘fruit towers’, and by referring to each employee regularly and on a first-name basis you feel far more engaged with them, and it humanises what would otherwise be just another faceless corporation; an approach I find really refreshing and appealing.

Of course I have to mention that a huge part of their company mission is to promote environmental responsibility and sustainability, and this is something we can all relate to. They are probably one of the most ethical companies that I can think of, and it’s inspiring to think how different the world could be if other companies aspired to be more like them.
Promoting sustainability