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My Little Box, March 2015

My Little March Box Contents

My favourite monthly box has arrived! The March edition – My Little Superbox – is here to bring a smile to my face.  With the box itself extolling me to make myself epic, there is a sheet of stickers with illustrations by the in-house artist along with slogans such as “What would Wonder Woman do?”

I Believe I Can Fly

I can’t imagine a world in which I wouldn’t go straight for the intriguing roll marked “Every Girl is a Superhero” which turned out to be this t-shirt! It is marked as one size but I’m not sure it would for anyone over a UK size 14. With a wide neck, short sleeves and thin fabric this is perfect for throwing over a swim suit or bikini in summer to protect your shoulders or to slob about in of an evening if the house is warm enough (as I am now).  Turns out it was perfect for wearing when I went indoor skydiving on Saturday too!

Night Cream

There is a 50ml tub of Miracle Sleeping Cream from Garnier Skin Naturals range. This claims to combat signs of fatigue and aging by diffusing hydrating ingredients as you sleep, leaving your skin looking rehydrated, refreshed and illuminated. I have long been after a good night cream for my face and this pot is plenty large enough to thoroughly road test.

Crystaliste Conditioner

Next is Lait Cristal by Kérastase from l’Oreal Paris. It’s a Luminous Perfecting Conditioner designed to turn hair with dry lengths and ends into Free-Flowing Silky hair. I’m not sure I like the idea of having to towel-dry my hair before I condition then rinse my hair only to have to dry it again but it’s not my problem as dry hair is not something I suffer from. I may have to pass this on to someone else to try.

My Little Lip Balm

I have so many lip balms littered around the house! At some point I need to get them all together and decide which ones I want to keep. Out of my three Burt’s Bees balms, the pomegranate one is going, possibly the beeswax one too (I didn’t notice it was peppermint when I bought it). This is a keeper through! From My Little Beauty comes their Stick Lèvres Nourrissant, the “perfect nourishing balm for your lips”. Sweet almond oil and Shea butter combine into a smooth, mild scent and super-soft lips.

Keep Calm and Call Wonder Woman

The magazine is an engaging blend of eye-catching photos; interviews; articles; problem pages; recipes and makeup tricks. This month there are also super-cute mini bios of all our favourite super-ladies

My Little March Box

Value-wise, the goodies approach £60, giving excellent value for money, if you include the t-shirt and stickers. Without them, the generous night cream, lip balm and sample sized conditioner still top £25 meaning that even if you don’t appreciate the lifestyle extras you so get good value for money.

What is your favourite subscription box? Can you recommend a night cream for me to try?

Love,
Jen

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February Birchbox

I do love getting my new Birch Box.  I tried to resist renewing after a year of receiving them and managed to resist December’s box, but January looked just too tempting and now it’s February!

February Birchbox

Postcards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m kicking myself a little about my photos as I forgot to get my big group shot and now the box is all broken up.  Two bits are in my work bag; two are on my dresser at home and I’ve eaten the other one!

In the interests of ending on a high I’m going to start on a low.

Oats + Chia – Mixed Berry

Oats and ChiaIt’s not a good start that I’m not keen on berries, really.  I ate this two days ago for breakfast.  The oats were ok, the berries were very sharp, I’m still picking chia seeds from between my teeth and there are as many Weight Watchers points in this made with water as there are in a sachet of porridge made with milk.  Sorry, I wasn’t impressed.

TheBalm StainiacThe Balm Stainiac

I just don’t understand lipstains.  They feel dry and unnatural while offering uneven and poor colour.  This could be how I’m using them, I suppose, but I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong.

Liz Earle – Botanical Shine ShampooBotanical Shine Shampoo

I was a slow starter when it came to Liz Earle but I’m getting to love the Hot Cloth Cleanser which I keep in my work locker and use before I go into the shower.  I’m looking forward to seeing what the shampoo does, although I would have preferred to receive the conditioner too so I could test them both together.  This could be one for the work locker.

Bath Salt Scrub

London Butterflies – Bath Salt Scrub

I have yet to try this – with cycling to work and swimming at weekends I’m more of a shower person, although I love the idea of a relaxing bath.  I’ve had a number of exfoliants recently though so I’m not sure how soon I’m going to be able to try this one.

Wild About Beauty – Rose Water Illuminating SerumIlluminating Serum

This one made it into my work bag, which is always a good sign.  I was expecting to have to squeeze the pretty tube but there’s a pump at the end – is this the best of both worlds?  The serum is off-white with an iridescent pink sheen to it which is slightly hypnotic.  The light formula blurs fine lines, almost like a primer, but feels just slightly tacky on my skin; not a problem under makeup but slightly disconcerting when I test it on the back of my hand.

Silver EyelinerCynthia Rowley – Eyeliner in silver

I’ve seen quite a few posts recently about paler eyeliners so was delighted to see this in my box.  A basic application on my upper lid put a twinkle in my eye, so I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can do with this.

It’s a bit of a mixed bag for February.  As I’ve seen other people comment, there doesn’t seem to be any theme running through this box; it’s all a little random.  I’ve also noticed that, where issues raised with Birchbox on Instagram have been answered promptly in previous months, there’s a lack of response to comments this month.

With other subscription services vying for my business (I adore My Little Box and seem to have subscribed to Glossybox – look for their reviews over the next week) I’m not sure how long I’m going to continue with Birchbox.

What do you think of my box this month?  Do you receive Birchbox too?  What did you get?  What did you think of the Oats?

Love,
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.

Full Box 1

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.

 

 

Lipstick ClosedLipstick open
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