My September 2016 Glossybox! All that glitters

Spending a large percentage of your life feeling like crap requires things to make you feel more human. In my world, this includes my monthly surprise in box form.

Note: I am getting no payment or freebies for this review. This is purely a fun thing for me to do when my box arrives! As part of my account, I am given a code for you to get 20% off a box by following this link (this does earn me points towards more boxes)

This is my third month of receiving a Glossybox. A surprise box of goodies that costs me £13.50 (because I pay each month – it’s cheaper if you buy a subscription). July was brilliant, August’s box was a little dissapointing aside from a brilliant eyeshadow pallette, but September has returned to redeem itself.

The box is usually pink, but this month is red to match it being the Red Magazine choice box.

The items in my box included a full size nail top coat, lip stain pen, & eyeliner pen. There was also a sample mascara, a face mask, & a gel face mask. If you wanted to feel pampered, this is your box.

The first big item was actually gifted to my mum. She’s growing her nails back after having acrylic nails removed and is really conscious that her nails stay attractive. I, on the other hand embrace my eccentric academic role with short, unpainted nails which are usually decorated with ink stains. As a full size item, this will last her ages and she tried it out straight away. 

Would I buy this? Not for me, but mum loves it, so it’s on her list!

RRP: £7.99

Next up was the smokey eye pen from Rodial. As an aging goth, I’ve had a love / love relationship with smokey eyes. In my current state of looking a bit like the corpse bride, they have the added bonus of fooling people into thinking you intended to look like this. Since the 90s (yes, I’m that old), a kohl pencil & eye shadow have been my staple eye kit, but this plays the part of pencil without the stabbed in the eye bit & stays smudged without fading. I’m planning on testing this to destruction during parents evenings as I attempt to pass as a professional human from 8am classes through to 8pm end of parent chatter… 

Would I buy this? Hell yes I would! Even at this price.

RRP: £17.00

The final full size product was the pink tint Lip Marker from GOSH. Yes it is a Lip stain. No it is not a highlighter.

As weird as it felt using what appeared to be a chunky felt tip on my lips, this stuff is lovely! The colour is very pale and just left a hint of pink whilst leaving a nice moisture & gorgeous cherry smell. (It tastes nice too… not to eat, but anything you put on your lips will be tasted). I’m not a huge fan of lipstick, so the tint this created was perfect for me.

Would I buy it again? Yes. I’m already looking for the other shades!

RRP: £5.00

Next came the samples. The first one is a mascara from Too Faced which boldly claims it’s Better Than Sex. It’s a sort of half sized sample, but still with the b rush that helps shape lashes. I’ll admit that mascara is the one thing I can’t go without makeup-wise, but whoever declared this better than night time naughties needs to get laid because they seem to have forgotten where a jolly good screaming orgasm comes in the order of things. (For reference, not below a rather nice mascara that doesn’t run down your face even though it’s the hottest day of the year & you’re in a classroom with 30 shouts kids and no aircon).

Would I buy this? Maybe. I’m still very taken with the mascara from July’s box.

RRP:  £19.00

Finally, two face masks were included in my box this month. The first being a Body shop sample & the second a face covering that made me look vaguely like a serial killer. This claims to moisturise your face for up to 5 days through the power of Korean technology. 

As someone who uses exfoliating washes & masks with salicylic acid in anger (with frankly super results on pores & hormonal breakouts), I was keen to find out what the hype was all about here. I’m saving this one as a Sunday night treat in the bath before going back to work. I’m not in desperate need of deep moisturising as the one perk to EDS and it’s defective collagen is lovely soft skin… that tears, and takes ages to heal. Maybe I do need that mask after all!

Would I buy it? I’m not sure yet. But may even for an occasional treat.

RRP: £7.99 per mask

Overall, that was a rather exciting little package and certainly stuffed with enough to keep the September back to school blues at bay. And if they do raise their ugly head, I shall just hide behind my smokey eyes!

The Glossybox website is here & let’s you order a 1 – 12 months subscription. Or click here to be referred by me & get 20% off of your order.

Note: by clicking any of my Glossybox links, you get 20% off your first order & I will earn glossy dots which I can put towards free boxes. As above, these are my honest & done for fun reviews & I am not paid for them.

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The September Germfest

When kids go home for the summer, I’m convinced that they become little distilleries for mega germs which they store away for September to launch at unsuspecting teachers the minute we return and set them homework.

My personal downfall this year was looking at past social media statements I had made over the past few years about how awful ‘freshers flu’ is and the general germiness of the Autumn. As I read these, I chuckled to myself at how terrible my immune system must have been last year and how I’d escaped scot free because I’m soooo much healthier now. We all know where this is going….

I left school at 5.30pm tonight feeling a bit scratchy, but clutching my box of marking. By the time I got to the kids’ trampolining lesson, I felt sort of heavy, but I’d had a full day with no break (hall & lunch duties made sure that I ate on my feet and just about got a loo break). No biggie. Probably just need to sit down.

Trampolining is a full hour, so out came the marking and I ploughed in with my notaredpen, got the stuff done and actually quite enjoyed the task (mainly because this first programming task was to write a program that tells a joke – wow, they know some REALLY nerdy jokes!). As I got up to collect the kids I sneezed. Oh crap. It’s not hayfever season… Dust? Yes. Dust. Please let it be dust….

7pm, we drive to the station to collect the other adult who’s been in London all day and is on the train back home to us. He’s tired and hungry, but in a good mood and texts me updates on the station as he goes. I sit in the car listening to the kids singing really flipping loudly & wonder why my eyeballs are throbbing.

8pm, kids are in bed. The other adult has been sent out on a mission to fill the car up with fuel & locate soup based food. I change out of the new super smart teacher clothes into slouchy pjs and sit on the bed with the iPad to check emails (nervous parents with homework questions – I have no issue answering them) & put together a bit of a blog post. Then it hits me. Oooh soft bed. Hello bed. Throat sore, head fuzzy, nose itchy. Oh bugger. They got me with their germ warfare.

What they didn’t bank on is me having my own ammunition… I have a bag of pain killers, throat sweets and tissues. I will survive, but will they after I’ve sneezed on their homework?