As if it's Glossybox time again!
September promised a box full of 'rising stars', and whilst the beautifully illustrated box by Maggie Li ticked all the right boxes, the contents fell slightly short of the mark.
In my box:
Lady Gaga Fame Fragrance 1.2 ml. (30ml-100ml £25-£61)
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum & 5 Minute Facial (£29 for Snake Serum, £10.95 5 Minute Facial)
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (£25/15ml)
Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (£9/ 50ml)
Biosilk Silk Therapy (£15.80/ 50ml)
Whilst I was intregued by Lady Gaga's offering to the celebrity perfume market, It was different to what I expected from her. I'd imagined something more akin to Illamasqua's daring signiture scent, Freak. Something slightly darker, daring and sensual. However, Fame's sweet top notes (honey & apricot) offer little in the way of lasting power and tend to burn away after hardly any time at all. The black colour of the liquid is a gaga-esque quirk but more smoke and mirrors than a memorable scent.
Rodial is a brand I've always regarded with slight trepidation. With many products claiming wonder results, I was excited to try, yet sceptical of the results. The name Snake Serum is a classic example of Rodial branding: Exotic and slightly mystical. As I'm not quite at the splurge on anti-aging at all cost period of my life I'm not the most qualified person to critique the product. Yet it has a nice smell, felt smooth on the skin and didn't do anything untoward. However, I really did like the 5 Minute Facial, having only used it once, I won't be raving just yet, but It's a good start.
Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream is a pleasant addition but isn't blowing me away. I always welcome a natural product in my Glossybox as I've found some really good natural brands this way. I'll get back to you on this one.
Now here is where I'm slightly perplexed. Taking this months theme into account, The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream appears to be a bit of a red herring. The smell of this stuff is wildly nostalgic, yet is being hailed as a rising star. Bizarre.
Finally, Biosilk Silk Therapy left me most confused. The packaging and instructions are in French, yet made in the USA. It was only under closer inspection I realised it was a leave in treatment. I'm yet to give it a go so I'll reserve judgement.
The Round Up.
I'm sorry Glossybox, but this month's box didn't really float my boat. The box itself was the most exciting thing about it, and I'll look forward to using it as pretty storage...There's always next month.