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My Little Dream Box with Giveaway

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Apr 15 MLB ContentsMy favourite monthly box arrived recently; My Little Box.  This month the theme is Dreaming and the artwork on the box is so pretty I am already using the empty box for keepsakes as we tidy the house.

I love the artwork of the My Little boxes along with the style of the My Little Beauty products, from the Geek Box, to the Superhero Box (ok, that’s not a huge leap) to the Dream Box, each one inspires my imagination and leaves me with a smile.

While the box itself is beautiful enough, the contents is also wonderful and all so pretty!

Apr 15 MLB Hand Cream

My Little Beauty – Repairing Mask for Dry Ends

Probably the least exciting product from my point of view.  I have very short hair, practically a pixie-cut, so my ends are not sufficiently far from my roots to ever get dry.  I’ll be happy to offer this one up as a giveaway for anyone (UK) who fancies dropping me a line.

Apr 15 MLB PerfumeSabé Masson – Le Soft Perfume in Copacabana

For many years I didn’t wear perfumes.  My skin is quite sensitive and the alcohol in most perfume sprays makes my skin itch.  Solid perfumes would seem to be the perfect answer to this problem.  A couple of colleagues, on agreeing to sniff me, declared this perfume to be pleasant but it just doesn’t quite tick my boxes.

Apr 15 MLB LipsLou Lesage – Loved By in Baume Rouge Velour

This lovely lip balm is just the right intensity for me to apply without worrying about needing a mirror.  The colour adapts easily to my lips and the texture is smooth and moisturising.  This little pot has taken up residence in my bag.

Apr 15 MLB StampLifestyle extra – Stamp and pad

A cute little scrolling stamp with 12 settings including stars; clouds and a number of English and French phrases.  This would be wonderful for letter writing; card making and (my favourite) organisational procrastination.  With gems such as “Today I”; “To Do”; “Idée géniale” and Oui and Non tick boxes I could spend hours planning what I should have been getting on with!

Apr 15 MLB NecklaceDelphine Pariente – Bonne Etoile pendant

The final item is this charming little pendant on a very long cord.  It’s pretty enough and feels a little like a lucky penny when I wear it.

This is a lovely selection in a box which has led me to have high expectations.  Everything in the April box is really good, even though some of it just isn’t for me.

Apr 15 MLB MagazineI’d love to tell you all about the magazine.  It seems to be a large fold-out sheet of paper, which makes it a little awkward to read at my desk.  I took this home with the intention of reading it in the lounge, maybe getting a couple of shots of the interior but it has vanished in the above mentioned house tidy.  I know things are meant to be found rather than lost when a house gets tidied – welcome to my world!

Speaking of which, if you would like me to pop the hair mask in the post to you, leave a comment telling me what your current dream is.

Keep dreaming,
Jen

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April Glossy Box with Giveaway

GB Apr15 MarilynHi guys,

I know I haven’t written anything for you for ages so here’s a little something to keep you going.

Last week I got my April Glossy Box and it is pretty!  It is the Iconic Hollywood Edition, inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.  I do love Marilyn Monroe but I adore Audrey Hepburn!

So, what’s in the box?

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The staples this month are a Lord and Berry Lipstick Pencil in Kiss, “the perfect Marilyn red” and a POP Beauty Kajal Eyeliner Pen with which to create “Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic cat eye”.  These two set the theme, although I’ve heard Marilyn’s “perfect red” was actually five different lipsticks and glosses with which to achieve her signature pout.

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Lord & Berry – Lipstick Pencil in KissGB Apr15 Lip

This seems like a perfectly good place to start.  I love lipstick pencils.  I have a very defined cupids bow and it’s much easier to line with a pencil than with a normal lipstick, gloss or tint.  I do have a number of “perfect” reds though and, while red does suit me, I seldom seem to have the opportunity to wear it.  Maybe I should take to popping some on before I go out for a run?

POP Beauty – Kajal Eyeliner PenGB Apr15 Eye

It’s a khol pencil.  It’s black.  It has a smudger on the other end, which is nice.  I’ll put it in my drawer with my other khol pencils.  I’d love to give you a more in depth review of this but I’m very aware of the short shelf life of eye makeup once it’s been opened so I’m going to hold off on opening this one until I’ve used up one of my others.

GB Apr15 Face 2Darphin – Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream

This soft and very lightly fragranced cream offers to replenish, enhance firmness and boost luminosity to produce a red carpet glow.  Strengthening probiotics are also there to soften lines and wrinkles.  I like this cream; it leaves my skin feeling softer and looking smoother and the subtle scent doesn’t distract me.  There’s also an offer of free samples when purchasing the full size from their website.

GB Apr15 HandsNougat London – Nurturing Hand Cream

This cream is lovely!  Maybe not quite as lovely as my l’Occitane en Provence Delightfully Rose, but certainly lovely to the point that I’ve moved it between so many bags over the last week that I’ve now lost it!  It’s fairly rich, pleasantly scented and leaves my hands feeling softer and more moisturised.  Perfect.

GB Apr15 NailsColor Club – Barely There Nail Polish

I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s a lovely nail varnish, but I just don’t do this colour.  I’ve tried it a few times, when nude nail varnishes come my way, but I just hate it and end up either removing or painting over it in record time.

Giveaway!

I’m sure you are all keen to know what I’m giving away and how to get your hands on it?  It’s the Color Club Barely There Nail Polish!  Honestly I’m not going to use it so I may as well give it away to a good home.

Drop me a comment please, with your name and why you like nude nail polishes.  That’s all!  One lucky reader (I think that’s all I have) will get this oh-so-beige beauty through the post (smothered in bubble wrap, don’t worry), I’ll even throw in a So Susan Flutter Mascara which is a perfectly good mascara but I already have one, along with so many others.

Thank you for reading.

Jen

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My Little Box, December 2014

My Little Box

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.

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The whole box just looks beautiful as a whole. Flashes of colour lighting up the backdrop of black, white and baby pink.

 

Gift Wrap KitThe 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.

Head Band

 

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.

 

 

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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.

LOccitane Creme Precieuse ImmortelleThen 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.

Wild Cow Invigorating Body LotionFinally 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.

Full Box 2My verdict is that this is a beautiful box, wonderfully curated and presented with some delightfully winter and even Christmas themed contents without any cliches.

Thank you,
Jen