Monday, 15 December 2014

December's My Little Box, with Fleur De Force!

When I initially heard that the December My Little Box was going to be a collaboration with Fleur deForce, I really wasn't sure what to think. On the one hand, I much prefer the regular themed boxes rather than collaborations. On the other hand, if I had to choose a big blogger to create a box with, I think Fleur is probably the best choice.

On receiving My Little Box my feelings very quickly changed to optimism. Such a pretty box! I love the little polka dot pattern and the little illustration of Fleur.

First up, the monthly photocard. I do like the illustration on this, and I think it's a cute little message. However, this card obviously doesn't have much year round standing! I will be putting this on my downstairs mantelpiece along with the Christmas cards because I think it'll fit really nicely there, but this isn't going to be one that lasts much after that.

The My Little World magazine! I like the picture of Fleur, though the amount of feature on her is actually pretty low. I was really surprised by this - when it was the DVF collaboration the magazine was filled with pretty much nothing but her and it was easily one of the most dull magazines I've ever flicked through - yet with Fleur there was very little about her, which struck me as odd when I thought there was actually much more you could do with her. Alongside Fleur there's a guide to wrapping presents, a hairstyle guide, etc. As usual, this isn't the sort of magazine that you can really take a lot of time with, but it's a nice little addition and I do feel like the quality goes up each time. There is a little DIY guide to making your own body scrub which I think I'll try though!

Next up is this little packet of masking tape. Yes, masking tape. I have... almost no use for this. Don't get me wrong, the little tape is cute, but it's also exactly that - it's tiny, and therefore has very limited practical use! It's in cute designs though so I will keep this and add it to my craft pile, but I'm not entirely sure I see myself ever actually using it!

Then we have...thread. Uh. I have nothing to say on this. I have literally no use for it. I suppose I will see if my housemate wants it!

Continuing the packaging theme, we've got some gift tags next. These are a nice little design but it's too late for me, all my packages are done and labelled already! If you're a last minute sort of person maybe these would be for you. I have about a zillion gift tags already but these are a nice addition and seem good quality.

Next up is this little crochet headband. I think it's pretty nice actually - I don't know if I'd ever wear it myself, but it's really pretty. The colour is nice and seasonal and a really pretty shade, and it's really well made. I don't think this would suit me at all but I will give it a good try!

On to the beauty products!

First up we have Cowshed's Wild Cow invigorating body lotion, which at first glance didn't look all that great to me. It contains essential oils of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary which again wasn't the best sounding to me but of course I was going to give it a try anyway. It's a bit of an odd smell - I wouldn't say it suits your normal body creams at all - but that doesn't mean it's a bad one! I do feel like I'm smelling someone's kitchen cupboard instead of a beauty product, but actually I do really like the scent. It sinks in pretty easily, leaves your skin smelling decidedly odd but feeling very moisturised. I actually like it, but think I'll be keeping it as more of a night time product so it doesn't just make me feel hungry all the time.

Next up we have L'Occitane's Precieuse Immortelle. This is a pretty pricey product I think at £45 for 50ml, and claims to be revolutionary in skincare due to being packed with active molecules (what does that mean? Who knows!) and will make your skin appear younger, firmer and smoother. The shape of this bottle means it'll be quite hard to get the product out properly I think, which is a shame as it's almost certainly going to be a great quality product. It's got a nice smell and texture to it.

Finally, we have this lipstick. I'll be honest with you - I took the swatch below on my hand and it really doesn't do it justice. It actually took quite a few layers to get that swatch on my skin, and even then I was pretty disappointed with it and assumed it to be a more subtle colour - it's actually much stronger on the lips and is really nice, it's a red shade but with pink to it and it's actually a really strong, interesting colour. Unfortunately I won't be showing it to you on my lips this time because surgery is still doing very odd things to my face, but it's a really nice colour and hopefully I'll be able to use it soon.

Overall, I'm mixed about this box, but I think on the whole I'm pretty happy with it. There's quite a bit I won't use very much, but at the same time I'll get at least a teeny bit of use out of it and enjoy the novelty of it, if that makes any sense at all! What did you think about this months box?

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