Today I received my December box from My Little Box. While I have started cancelling some of my beauty boxes due to a bulging cosmetics drawer, this box is always a delight to receive with its emphasis on chic and usually French lifestyle items along with a handful of beauty pieces and a small magazine with fashion; beauty tips and other interesting articles. This month is certainly no exception to the chic and delightful trend and the articles include quirky gift-wrapping ideas, a couple of pretty little desert recipes and how to do smoky eyes in three minutes.
The first thing I couldn’t wait to unwrap (with my stationery fetish) was the black and white string on the manila envelope marked “masking tape”. The masking tape was actually a set of ten decorated sticky labels with different shapes cut into them: wide strips; narrow strips and dots around a centimetre across. These go perfectly with the quirky gift tags and wonderful twine.
The other “lifestyle item” was a knitted headband which, considering I’m wearing it right now to keep my hair out of my eyes as I type, is wonderfully comfortable.
Next came the lipstick. I was skeptical of the title “Your One and Only Red”, claiming that this red suits any colouring. I have skin colouring which I describe as Simpson Yellow so “A vibrant red with a hint of pink” didn’t initially inspire me with confidence but, heading to the mirror in the ladies at lunchtime, I found that the colour is very sheer and did make my lips look plump and glossy, so maybe… I have to say, I do love the pink, spotty cardboard tube.
Then we have a 15ml pot of cream from L’Occitaine en Provence. The cream is very thick and rich with a subtle floral scent and claims a triple action to make your skin “appear younger, firmer and smoother, like never seen before”. I waited a long time to acquire my first tube of L’Occitaine cream which I purchased in conjunction with a glossy magazine, followed swiftly by my second tube attached to another copy of the same magazine (in my defense, the magazine cost half as much as the cream would have if bought from the official website). I shall definitely be using this on a regular basis.
Finally we have the wild card. This is a 100ml bottle of Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion from Cowshed which, as the card points out, is British. Not one to hold nationality against people (or body lotions), I’ll happily try this one out too. The scent can really only be described as Invigorating, although Zingy might get a look in too, due to the essential oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary. This definitely looks like one to use on a cold morning when getting out and about requires that little bit more effort.