Sunday, 9 September 2012

JolieBox August.

I'm going to have to apologise for doing an army-roll get-in-get-out kind of review here, and for the fashionably late nature of it, because I've spent my week in the not-as-musty-as-you'd-think British Library, chained to a desk next to that one person who accidentally left their mobile on loud/sniffs continuously/has a bothersome cough.  I'm exhausted, and behind on my little blogging schedule.

This month's JolieBox* was the prettiest one to date, and I think perhaps a few people that received it might agree with me that the box was a little more exciting than the contents.  I love that JolieBox make an extra effort to make gorgeous little boxes to package their samples in, but with a box this pretty, I was a bit underwhelmed with this month's offering.

Sorry about the sucky lighting of this photo - one of my lights cacked out on me and I'm yet to order another!

The contents this month, then:

Phil Smith Dry Clean Revitalising Dry Shampoo

I actually never, ever use dry shampoo, and my current stash in my drawer is actually because of beauty boxes. I did test this out before I went to some morning sessions for my induction at the gym (don't laugh), because my hair is super-fine and I didn't want my hair to look so flat that I looked like an egg - because I can still have my pride, even when at the gym. This worked pretty well and has an inoffensive scent. My hair was soft and it brushed out easily. Even so, I just don't like dry shampoo.

So Susan Cosmetics Lip Cushion

I'd never heard of this brand before it arrived in this month's installment. The creator is the same who created Jelly Pong Pong, Susan Chyi. Honestly? This feels like something I'd pick up in Claire's Accessories. It's a thick, Calpol-scented (that's not a bad thing, it smells great!) glittery lip balm, which looks like it's pink but offers no pigmentation. The best things I can say about this are that it smells like Calpol, and it's not sticky at all.

So Susan Cosmetics Wide Awake Face Palette

I perked up when seeing this palette, but again I feel a bit let down by this. It contains a highlighting cream and an illuminating cream (I actually had to read the back to figure out what the difference between the two was and what their purposes were), and then 3 brow colours, some tweezers and a brush. Two of 3 of the eyebrow colours contain shimmer, which leaves me completely baffled, seeing as I didn't realise glittery eyebrows were on trend (barf, I hate using that phrase!). I like that there were tweezers involved in this kit, and it seems like a good idea but my initial excitement faded quite quickly, unfortunately.

Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap

I was actually excited to receive these and am really looking forward to trying them out, believe it or not! I'm really pleased to have received these, but I would have preferred a small bottle of one scent (like I think I remember Glossybox doing once), than some sachets which will leak and dribble everywhere! I've been toying with buying a small bottle of this for a while, so of all the things to please me from this box... It was unexpectedly some soap.

JolieBox Leather Hair Styling Lace

This is apparently a bonus product. Um. I really can't say much about this, because I just don't get it. I keep seeing the beauty box brands trying to branch out into their own product lines, but I feel like it kind of comes off a little cheap. In any event, I'd never use this for myself because this is so far from my style.


Well, I have to say it. I'm disappointed. The makeup items left me a little sad, because there were 2 of them and both weren't anything I'd be able to use, plus I prefer a mix of brands. I am excited about the Dr. Bronner soap, and the dry shampoo wasn't too bad at all - but suffice to say this box was a real mixed bag for me and I did feel a stab of disappointment.

What are your thoughts on this month's box?

* PR Sample.


  1. I'm of the same opinion as you about this box. Hopefully the next one will be better.

    Interestingly, Ive seen the exact same So Susan palette in Jelly Pong Pong packaging. Everything about it (design, name, colours etc) are the same except for the brand name. I did have a google to see if they were re-branding, but didn't get very far.

    1. I heard something about that! I'm very curious to know - is this old stock? Are they merging? Who knows. I do know that I really am not a fan of what I have seen so far though - such a shame :(

  2. The So Susan stuff looks exactly like Jelly Pong Pong - I'm not really sure what the point is of having two lines by the same person that look exactly the same?? Hmmm. Maybe she no longer owns Jelly Pong Pong... Maybe I should go and google kit instead of having the typing equivalent of verbal diarrhoea on here...

    1. I know - a lot of other people are saying that! I don't know whether it's old stock or... Very confusing!


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