Friday, 19 December 2014

The Test Box | Festive Box

I get really excited when it comes to websites having special edition boxes and secret boxes. The latest website to do a special box is The Test Box. I recently did a post on them so please click here to go read more about them and what they offer.  I ordered a R400 Festive box from them and received my box yesterday. When I pulled the courier plastic sleeve off my box I was SUPER excited to see that my box was beautifully wrapped up in my favourite colour.

The box that my goodies came packaged in was also really nice. What I like about it is that as a beauty blogger I am always testing new goodies so I can use this box to house things I am currently testing and it is nicely labelled for me (I think only other beauty bloggers will appreciate this as much as I do). Anyway, to the important box contained a mix of products I have actually been looking to get so the mix was very fortunate for me.
  • 2 sets of Invisibobbles R75 for a set of 3. Value = R150
    I LOVE that I got a set of the Spring Fling colour. I have been wanting to get this for myself for a while now so I was thrilled with this.
  • TIGI Bed Head Urban Anti-dotes Shampoo for damaged hair. Value = R200
    I have been trying to really treat my hair better and been using products geared towards improving my hair (it is still recovering from my anaemia). I am excited to try this out.
  • ghd Final Fix Hairspray Value = R150
    I need a hairspray so this again is something that I will find useful. I have been using ghd styling products so this will fit in nicely with my other products.
  • 2 Miniature OPI nail polishes. Value = Not known
    I don't know how much these Mini OPI bottles are but they are super cute and in the perfect summer shades. I love little things like this so to me it is a super cute addition to the box. A full size bottle costs around R150 so I am guessing these little bottles are around R50 - R60 each. If you know, please leave a comment below.
  • 2 Combs in Pink and Purple. Value = Not known
    These are the perfect combs for the shower / bath. I don't have combs like this to work my conditioner and hair masks through my hair so I personally find these very useful. I really like the colours and these will also travel well with me on getaways.
  • Moroccanoil Light Hair Oil. Value = SAMPLE
    I have a full sized bottle of this because it is so fantastic. What I like about getting this in the box is that I can take this with me on getaways because the bottle travels easily. It also contains enough oil to make it perfect for longer holidays.  This is a fantastic product.
Overall, I am very pleased with my R400 Festive Box. It contains a good mix of products that I will actually use and enjoy using. The full size products alone value the box at R500 and with the extras you really do get good value for money - especially because the box was couriered to my work at no extra charge.

Today The Test Box is having an up to 40% off sale on EVERYTHING on their website. So pop over there to pick up a few treats for yourself.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Thursday, 18 December 2014

L'Occitane Arlésienne Range

I get some really great press drops every now and then, but nothing makes me as excited as a L'Occitane drop. I was sent a few products from their new holiday collection.  This year their holiday collection is called Arlésienne.
The Arlésienne range is inspired by Arlésienne dancers, women from the south of France. The scent of the products are made with a fusion of saffron, rose and violet - floral perfection. ThArlésienne range is made up 11 new products. I received 4 products from the range to test out.  

Shower Cream
As with all L'Occitane shower creams, this one is creamy and luxurious. A little goes a long way and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth after use.  The Arlésienne scent is very noticeable while using this, but not overpowering at all. After your bath or shower, your skin is left with a light fragrances. (R230 for 250ml)

Hand Cream
I've always carry a L'Occitane Hand Cream in my handbag. It is the only cream that truly nourishes my hands while not leaving a greasy film on them. I truly love the packaging of this range and the hand cream is no exception - it is really beautiful to carry around with you. I use a pea sized amount to cover both my hands so a 30ml tube lasts me well. (R120 for 30ml)

Eau de Toilette
I have been wearing this perfume everyday since I got it. I absolutely love the blended floral fragrance and how easy it is to wear. The top notes are Saffrom and Mandarin with a heart of rose and Lily of the valley. The base is made of Violet and Santal. The beautiful Arlésienne design is imprinted in the glass bottle. (R695 for 75ml)

Body Oil
L'Occitane Body Oils are some of the absolute best! I love how light weight they are, how easy they absorb into my skin and how they leave no greasy or oily feeling on my skin. The Arlésienne scent really makes the oil extra special. The fragrance is really enhanced when warmed up on the skin. I really love the glass bottle with metal lid detail and artwork printed on the label. This is so pretty that I have this on my nightstand. (R470 for 75ml)

Overall the Arlésienne range is really beautiful and unique. Definitely something for those who love feminine, floral fragrances that are soft and sophisticated.

The Arlésienne Star Gift Set is currently available for R950 on the L'Occitane website. It contains a 75ml Perfume, 75ml Shower Cream, 30ml Hand Cream and 250ml Beauty Milk.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Sorbet has a great skincare line!

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I decided to have a long weekend off from work and blogging. It was much needed and just to give you a heads up, the week after Christmas I will be taking some more time off as it's the only break I have before a hectic start of year. Anyway, let me jump into today's post.

I know this is probably not big news to all of you, but Sorbet recently launched their own skin care range.  I attended a launch in Woodstock, Cape Town a few weeks ago.
We were all treated to snacks and drinks then allowed to sample all the products. The big event was a runway show casing all the products in the range. I am really impressed with the offerings. We were really lucky to be treated to an amazing goodie bag with some of the fantastic products to test out. 
As with all skin care, I give products a really good use before doing a review. But I am so impressed with all these products. The moisturiers are rich while being light on the skin. The Daily Skin Polish Powder is fantastic - it is a micro-exfoliating powder that gently removes dead skin cells. I also have the Eye & Lip Serum to test out which has been a life saver in the hot, dry and windy weather we've been experiencing in Cape Town recently.

I am really so excited for the expansion of Sorbet's range - it is not limited to just skin care but they have an extensive range of nail polishes as well and a large line of body tools.  Head over to your local Clicks store to find the products on offer.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow

I shared this Crabtree & Evelyn perfume in my Feel Good Friday post last week and since buying it, I have worn it every day. Somerset Meadow is such a beautiful blend between floral, fruity and green freshness -perfect for people who want it all in a perfume.
First off, I absolutely love the design of the bottle and the box it comes it. The first hint of the perfume immediately transports me to a field full of flowers, tall green grass and the sun overhead. The scent combines, wild flower fields with dewy green notes of water lily and ivy, along with hints of blackberry and bergamot. It is such a beautiful scent that you just have to experience for yourself.

I am so thrilled that I managed to get this on Kalahari for only R295 for a 60ml bottle. It was a complete steal at that price. However, the full price isn't all that bad at R550 (you can buy it online from Crabtree & Evelyn's website).

I can highly recommend this fragrance and look forward to using it a lot more this summer.

Big Hugs,
Charlene XXX

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Wishing Wednesday

This week has been dedicated to perfumes so far so I thought I'd share a perfume that is on my 'Perfume Wish List". I have long loved the sound of this perfume and adore the bottle it comes in. A few weeks ago I actually ventured into a Jo Malone store (for the first time) with my sister in law and she bought herself a bottle. Since smelling it for myself I have wanted it even more.
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The entire Peony & Blush Suede line is beautiful. The scent is described as being the essence of charm. "Peonies in voluptuous bloom, exquisitely fragile.  Flirtatious with the juicy bite of red apple and the opulence of jasmine, rose and gillyflower.  Mingling with the sensuality of soft, blush suede.  Luxurious and seductive."

The perfume comes in a 30ml and 100ml bottle. If I recall correctly, a 100ml bottle costs R1250 which is steep, however when I compare it to other designer perfumes, where you pay around R700 - R1000 for a 50ml bottle, this perfume is actually reasonably priced.

Big hugs,
Charlene XXX