GLAMBOX Unboxing [ July ]

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one that was over the moon about July’s Glambox. I don’t know what I liked more – the quantity of items, or the variety. Either way, this box was awesome! I’m not sure if I’m the only one who thinks this way, but when I first open any subscription box , I quickly scan and analyze the contents to see what I can use and what I’d have to distribute away to friends & family. This month’s box surprised me, for the first time in my history with subscription boxes, I actually see myself using each and every product! YAAAAY!! * insert awkward happy dance *

What I really appreciated in this box was the fact that it contained everything that any girl would need / want during a pamper session. Skincare, haircare, body care, dental care, to cosmetics, you name it, and this box probably had it. The sizes they came in is just perfect for traveling – ain’t no body got time / energy to carry full sized products 😛 So I will be taking all the items I got in this month’s box with me to my upcoming family trip to Indonesia 😀 With that said, let’s have a look at what came in this month’s box:

1.HIMALAYA NOURISHING HAND CREAM

Finding a moisturizing lotion / cream that moisturizes my skin without leaving behind the infamous greasy feeling, has honestly been mission impossible. A common trend with creams and lotions is you can never get the full package of moisture, scent, and non-greasy residue. That cream you just got is most likely going to only deliver 1 or 2 of the things it claims, and you will probably get tired of it coz you just don’t love it. The hand cream I got was in lavender and kokum butter. No kidding but this is my new HG hand cream! I’ve never smelt something so relaxing before – the touch of lavender is just perfect. The cream itself is very lightweight and moisturizing. leaving absolutely no residue behind, my skin felt very soft, smooth and hydrated.

Photo 7-28-16, 04 18 12To put this hand cream to the test, I will be using my digital skin moisture monitor to compare my hand’s moisture levels before and after application.

Right after I washed and towel dried my hands, my hand’s moisture level was 30.7% which is well below the normal moisture levels. A few minutes after I applied the Himalaya Herbals Nourishing Hand Cream, the percentage shot up to 78.7% Surprised? I was! That’s almost 50% increase! I now know what my next moisturizer will be 😀

Verdict: Totally love this, will 100%, without a doubt get this again!

Retail price: AED 12.75 . Size: 100ml. Found at: All major retail outlets and hypers such as Carrefour, Lulu and Geant.

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2. MAXON Deo7 Cream

Prior to July’s Glambox, I’ve never heard of Maxon before. This product in particular got me scratching my head as I’ve never really heard of anything like it before. So naturally, I did some reading on their website. The Deo 7 Cream is part of their anti perspirant range and promises to give Ultimate underarm freshness. As a natural and gentle alternative to normal deodorants (which may cause blocked pores and irritated skin) the cream makes use of the antibacterial properties of Australian tea tree to prevent unpleasant body odor for up to 7 days. That’s right people! You just have to apply it once a week and not worry about it applying deodorant any more. Sounds interesting, but will have to test this one out to find out for sure.

[ How to use: Apply the cream on clean and dry skin every week or when needed ]

Retail price: AED 32. Size: 30ml. Found at: All pharmacies across the UAE.

3. MAXON MAX100 Cream

I love miniature sun creams, they make it so easy to protect your skin on the go! This cream in particular is a new generation of high-level sun protection with an SPF of 50+. it makes use of chrono protection technology – an innovative sun protection system with filters that are activated progressively by the sun’s rays.  What I like most about it is that it doesn’t leave behind any white /greyish residue once it dries off, it is very light on the skin and is waterproof! 

Price: AED105 Size: 50ml 

4. MAXON Hail Oil

The Maxon hair oil aims to provide care and repair your hair. Enriched with Jojoba oil, it combats hair loss, dandruff, itchy scalp, and brittle hair, leaving your hair soft and nourished without greasing it down. Ps- it has a scent similar to that of lavender, very soothing and relaxing!

When I first saw this, I thought ” hey! I can take this on my trip and pamper my hair on the go”. Definitely see myself applying this overnight and treating my hair even when I’m abroad. Also, thank you Glambox & Maxon for including a generous amount, I can easily get 5 uses out of it 😀

[ How to use:Massage oil into hair and scalp, leave overnight or rinse off after minimum of 4-8 hours daily]

Retail price: AED150. Size: 220ml 

5. HASK KERATIN PROTEIN SMOOTHING DEEP CONDITIONER

Yet another brand that is completely new to me. This ultra-restorative, nourishing and moisturizing hair conditioner will leave all hair types smooth, shiny and frizz free. This special ingredient blend repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps reduce static and drying time. Perfect for over processed hair and color treated hair. Treat your hair with this nourishing conditioner, formulated to bring life back in to your luscious looking locks!  I’m sold, and look forward to trying it out while on vacation. Btw, I’m sure you could easily get 2 uses out of a single packet, unless you have really long / thick hair. Either way, be sure to carefully cut the packaging so that you can store whatever is left.

Retail price: AED 10. Size: 50g. Found at: Carrefour & Spinneys

6. JERGENS BB BODY PERFECTING SKIN CREAM 

A BB cream, but for your body! Aims at delivering flawless-looking skin with 5 visible benefits in just 5 days. This revolutionary body lotion goes on sheer, dries quickly, and works like a moisturizer to visibly improve your skin with every use. It comes in 2 shades: fair to medium & medium to tan skin tones. I’d have to admit, this was the product that I really I was least interested in, don’t get me wrong, a Body BB cream is great, but I’m not into replacing my current moisturizer with this one. I will give this a try though and see if it works well and manages to changes my mind

[ How to use: For best results, use daily as your body lotion. Massage the sheer formula all over your body, allowing time for it to dry prior to dressing ]

Price: AED 30.  Size: 200ml. Found at: All major hypermarkets including Carrefour and Lulu Hypermarket.

7. LOVAGE COSMETICSPhoto 7-26-16, 05 41 58

The packaging is super adorable, I don’t want to throw the boxes away and would keep them forever if I could 😀 We got 3 perfume samples from their collection [ Jabuti Caba, Macaron Box and Florist], all of which smell divine. However, if I had to select one, it would have to be the Jabuti Caba.

Price: AED 450 Size: 100ml. Found at: Dubai- Dubai Festival City Mall, Etihad Mall – Abu Dhabi- Dalma Mall, Yas Mall. 

8. MINI MAGIC STICK 

Photo 7-26-16, 05 42 42I squealed in excitement when I saw this. I call it the “beauty blender on a stick” 😀 I love the size, it’s so convenient and can easily double up as a foundation and concealer applicator. I also find the stick helps in the application, and makes it so much easier to roll the product over your skin so you could also use this for “baking”. Will definitely take this with me, as it will save me the hassle of carrying both a foundation and concealer beauty blender.

Retail price: AED 47.53. Found at Magicosmetix website

9. ESSENCE FORBIDDEN VOLUME MASCARA

Won’t lie, I’m not a fan of this mascara’s packaging. The colors just don’t go well together and is just a major turn off in general. However, Essence is a well known affordable brand, and although not all its products are of high quality, you will always want to keep a look out. Some of their products are amazing and have become a staple in my makeup routine. If this wasn’t a volumizing mascara I would’ve given it away. I’m all about having great lashes, and a great mascara can really boost up my mood and confidence. I don’t have high hopes for this, but it may surprise me and become a must have mascara. 😛

Retail price: AED 13. Size: 12ml. Found at: Bazaar, Day to Day Deira, R&B Fashion, Temptations, IBN & YAS, V Perfumes, Lulu.

10. SKIN79 SUPER PLUS BEBLESH BALM

Skin79 – the Korean brand that I’ve been seeing in a lot of stores lately, it feels like it has taken the middle eastern market by storm, and I’m LOVIN’ it. Hopefully more and more Korean beauty brands open up soon 😀 The Super Plus Beblesh Balm is a smart BB Cream, with it’s unique Triple Function formula – whitening; wrinkle improvement & UV Interception SPF, it works on brightening your complexion, correcting your skin tone, and naturally covers blemishes. It leaves your skin with a unique, fresh glow and sheer coverage. 

Retail Price: AED 140. Size: 40g. Found at: Online: SKIN79’s website and Matjarey website – Offline: Sahara Mall, Etihad Mall

11. BRILLIANT SMILE SWEDEN WHITENING STRIPS & CLEANSERS

Every one wants those pearly white teeth, and would do anything to get them. Brilliant Smile Sweden professional teeth whitening strips are the more affordable alternative to the 2,000+ AED zoom whitening treatments. Plus you can use the whitening strips from the comfort of your own home. Awesome right!

Retail price: AED 599 (Pack of 14 strips), AED 19 (Pack of 10 cleansers). Found at Brilliant Smile Website.

We also got a couple of vouchers to use which is always very nice and exciting. Plenty of things to try out this upcoming month, but this month’s Glambox get a 4.5/5 from me! 😀

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