Friday, January 9, 2015

Birchbox "Relax + Recharge" January 2015 Review

I was pretty excited to receive my first Birchbox of the new year! This month there were multiple sample choices. The individual items to choose from were: Tocca Hand Cream, Naobay Body Radiance Lotion, or an Essential Elements Body Lotion.  You could also go for one of the two curated boxes, the "Gym Bag Beauty Essentials" guest editor box with Tone It Up or the "Relax + Recharge" featured box. The latter had a few items I had already tried or was eager to try (and who doesn't want to relax??), so I went for that one.

My box contained: Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream (Full-size, $38), Briogeo Don't Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (Full-size, $26), Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All of Me (Full-size, $24), Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender (Full-size, $28.45), When Travelmate Sheet Mask (Set of 4 Masks, $28), Teapigs Tea Temples in Chamomile Flowers and Licorice & Peppermint (Full-size, $10)

Briogeo Don't Despair! Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

I've heard of this product before and was actually very excited to receive it in my box. It was definitely one of the deciding factors in my selecting the "Relax + Recharge" box. I've been trying out a lot of new products on my hair lately because the harsh winter weather has been making it extra dry and tangled. This hydrating mask could be just the thing I'm looking for! You apply it right after shampooing, leave it in for 3-5 minutes (or up to 20), and then rinse it out of your hair. It's got some great natural ingredients like avocado, sweet almond, argan oils, and rosehip oil - all of which make it smell delightful! It's safe for chemically-treated hair and works to enhance hair elasticity and shine.

Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream

I was pretty excited about this sample. I feel like my under eye area usually looks a little haggard by the end of the week. Getting more sleep is absolutely a new year's resolution of mine, but unfortunately sometimes I just can't fit in as many winks as I'd like into my schedule. Most other products I've used under my eyes have had a cooling effect. However, this one's got more of a room-temperature aromatherapy muscle soothing effect. I think it smells like Chamomile tea with a slice of lemon. I hadn't heard of the Balance Me brand before, but it's actually from the UK! I always love trying new products from other countries.

Manna Kadar Lip Locked in All of Me

This itty bitty sample is so cute! It's got a really cute, girly gem on the cap. Admittedly, I had my doubts about this product because there are so many other great lip color brands out there. However, this one was a fairly pleasant surprise. The color is very vibrant but not unnatural looking. You could definitely wear it day or night. It also has a nice matte finish with just a touch of shine. It's definitely long lasting too. I tried to take it off before bed and it actually wasn't all that easy. After a little while it did sink into my lips a bit more and make them feel dry again, so I would definitely still combine it with a lip moisturizer.

Perlier Intensive Nurturing Body Balm in Shea Lavender

Perlier is another brand that's new to me. This one's from Italy. It contains 25% shea butter (that is 100% certified organic) and lavender extract. I'm so excited I got the lavender scent because I think that's just about the most relaxing smell there is! The balm penetrates deep into your skin and provides long-lasting moisture. I'll definitely be using this one a lot in the winter!

Teapigs Tea Temples in Chamomile Flowers and Liquorice & Peppermint

I was pretty over the moon to see Teapigs included in this box! I've bought their products several times when I've been in the UK and recently got their Spiced Winter Red Tea for Christmas which was absolutely outstanding. I'm not quite sure where they're sold yet in the US besides some specialty shops, and am excited to learn that there are a few varieties available through I've had the Chamomile Flowers tea before and really loved it. I can't wait to try the Liquorice and Peppermint one too! I hadn't gotten a lifestyle item in a Birchbox in a very long time, so it was nice to be able to select a box that definitely had one it.

I haven't opened this mask yet because there's just one included and I want to save it for a special time when I want to relax. It's made by a Korean company, which is pretty cool. I haven't tried many products from Korea yet, but I know that it produces some of the best skincare products in the world. You apply this mask for 30 minutes and the advanced bio-cellulose sheet helps deliver nutrients to your skin. It's made from coconuts, Swiss Alpine Herb extracts, and Sodium Hyaluronate and "boasts a high fluid retention capacity". Since my skin's constantly dry, I'm excited to see how it will fight the effects of winter's harsh elements - especially dry air and wind. Overall, I think this is a pretty fabulous box! I love all the variety and am excited to try so many new-to-me brands.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year, New Skin with evian!

Improving the condition of my skin is very high on my New Year's resolution list. I first tried evian® facial spray way back in high school, long before I knew much about it except that it could keep my skin hydrated on a hot summer day. This winter I was really pleased to get a chance to revisit the product and learn some more about it. It really is something that can be used to improve skin all year round!

evian® Brumisateur® (Brew-meez-ah-tour) Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray is bottled at the source in Evian-Les-Bains, France, which eliminates any chance of getting nasties in there like bacteria or contaminants that can cause irritation. No other water has the same mineral content as evian® and it has been a trusted name by retailers and health professionals alike since 1962. The product hydrates, tones, and soothes skin of all types. It's easy to incorporate as the final step in your skincare routine because it helps wash away residue from tap water and cleansers while also toning and hydrating. It's great to use before you apply your usual moisturizer.

The thing I didn't know before was that the spray also enhances any cosmetic products you already use. After you apply your desired make-up, just hold the canister 9-12 inches from your face and apply a light mist in a circular motion over your makeup. This helps your make-up blend with your skin and generally look more natural. Ta-da! No more foundation lines and no more powder getting stuck on flaky skin! This refreshes your makeup throughout the day but doesn't mess up your original look. Make-up artists also use this product to lightly moisten brushes for easier blending and precise application. It can also be used to dilute make-up.

The product is available in 4 leak-proof spray bottle sizes: 1.7 oz travel size (MSRP $7.00), trio of travel sizes (MSRP $19.50), 5 oz size perfect for a purse or gym bag and pictured in this post (MSRP $12.00), and a 10 oz economy/professional size perfect to keep at home (MSRP $17.50). You can learn more about this product at:

Add this French tradition to your routine in 2015!

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This is a sponsored post. evian® provided me with a 5 oz spray for review purposes via Brandbacker.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Glossybox December 2014 Review

It had been quite some time since I ordered a Glossybox - May 2014's Bergdorf Goodman collaboration I believe. At $21/month, it's definitely a subscription I pick and choose based on the preview items rather than one that I just let run for months on end. If you use Ebates then you can get $2.75 cash back for each box every time you place a new order, so it does pay to cancel and re-subscribe based on which boxes you want! This time, the preview items were a Nuxe product worth $32 alone, a Ciate mini nail polish, and a Toni & Guy conditioner. I was pretty sold on those and planned to get the box anyway. Then, I saw an amazing offer on RueLaLa to get the box for just $15, so I hit the bid!

The packaging for December was another major selling point. It made the box the absolute perfect Christmas gift! I loved the hunter green motif with the bright red bows both inside and outside of the box. 

Now, let's get on with the month's awesome selection of products!

Ciate Mini Paint Pot in All Aglow (Full-size, $10)

This polish was part of the holiday tree trinket collection of limited edition colors for 2014. This is the full sized product from that collection (they are all mini paint pots). This color has both gold and rose gold glitter flecks in it. 

I tried it above with two coats and it is still translucent.  It's a tricky one to photograph but you can definitely still see through my nail in most places. So, I think it would likely look best when used over another polish in a solid color like gold or red rather than just on its own. I love the Ciate brand and recently even tried one of its "Caviar" manicures. It's long lasting and good quality. I wasn't wild about this particular color on its own but do think it would look nice combined with another.

Bellapierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque (Full-size, $19.99)

This product also appears to be the full size. This product is only sold online via Bellapierre's website. Admittedly this was the product I was most skeptical about because I hadn't heard much about it and it isn't available in a major retailer to get check out in-person. I admit the the ultra-bold Burlesque color is really attractive. I like bright pinky reds.

However, I did find that this lipstick is one of those that gets all over your teeth for the first several minutes you're wearing it and that the pigment didn't distribute evenly on my lips, so some parts appeared to be a much more intense pink than others. It was very silky and moisturizing but overall I was not a fan of the look. I think I'll be gifting or swapping this one. I have too many other nice lip colors that don't have these problems. The packaging is also made of a really flimsy plastic which is nice because it's lightweight but does make the product feel a bit cheap (and $19.99 isn't all that cheap!).

Nuxe Paris Masque Creme Fraiche de Beaute (Full-size, $32)

Again, this is another full size product! I recently read an article that said this brand will soon be available at Target stores nationwide and it does appear that many of the products are already sold on Target's website. I think that's absolutely fantastic because it is one of my favorite French brands! It's sold in all the major beauty stores over there. There was a particularly large selection at the Monoprix I went to in La Defense in October. I'm so excited to see that the brand is becoming more readily available in America.

All Nuxe products smell so nice, and this one's no exception! It reminds me of wild flowers and herbs you'd find in a country kitchen. It's got some great natural ingredients (composed of 90% to be exact) like 8 plant milks, aloe vera sap, almond, and orange white flowers. I have some of the driest skin there is and the mask left it feeling refreshed and not greasy at all. My skin also has a lot of redness in it and the natural ingredients noticeably help calm that down and balance out my skin tone. I love that the product keeps working for 24 hours and that it's a mask you leave on / absorb into the skin rather than one you wash off. I already use the Nuxe Hand & Nail Cream and the Lip Moisturizing Stick, and I'll definitely be adding this mask to my routine too!

Rituals Cosmetics Miracle Scrub in Ginseng & Ginko Biloba (Full-size, $17)

Another full size product! Rituals is a very zen inspired Dutch company with one stand-alone US store in Soho NYC. I recently shopped in their Amsterdam store at Schiphol Airport during a flight layover and got some great bargains (photo below!). I first heard about the brand when I got a sample with a magazine when I was in the UK and again in the US when Birchbox hosted a blogger breakfast with them and then started to feature them in some sample boxes. This is a very popular brand and the product is currently Out of Stock on Birchbox's website, but will hopefully soon return.

I currently have a pretty good hand exfoliator from Mary Kay that comes in a liquid hand soap type dispenser. Hand exfoliators are generally not that easy to find and I'm not a big fan of the Mary Kay beauty rep purchase model, so I like that Rituals offers a similar product that can be purchased either independently from a store or on their website without the sales pitch or pressure from a brand rep.  This scrub is extremely thick. At first I thought there might be a foil seal, but nope, the cap doesn't come off. You just have to push the white product through. You don't need much at all to get the desired impact. Afterwards my hands felt absolutely divine! They were so silky you'd think I remembered to moisturize them every single day. They also had the nice elasticity that usually only essential oils can provide. The scent was very pleasant but extremely subtle. So, you can use it whenever you'd like around people with fragrance sensitivity and it shouldn't be a concern. I am so pleased this particular product was included because I only have Rituals body oils and cleansers but had never even seen that they have a hand scrub, something that is such a fantastic fit for my dry skin!

Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner (Full-size, $16.99)

This last produce was also full size! Despite the pricing above that Glossybox quoted, this product is sold at Target for just $9.19 and Walmart for $10.93 without any discounts applied. It's also on sale at for $11.06. Just a little bit of this product will go a long way. I think that using too much would make your hair look a little greasy. It's got an absolutely lovely scent - a lush floral with a  touch of spice. It left my hair completely tangle-free (which is quite a feat when wet), silky, and maybe even a bit sun-kissed - the lighter blonde tones in my hair definitely appeared to be more noticeable.

This is quite honestly the most stellar beauty box I have ever received! The value and the quality of the brands is just spot-on what I'm looking for at all times. It was also composed entirely of full size products - when does that ever happen? I loved it so much that I ordered a dupe box - something I've never done before with any subscription box! I opened a new account and used a special code on the second one so that I could get a free full-sized Tarte LipSurgence Power Pigment in Flush too (worth $24) - what a steal! It arrived inside my second box with the same samples as the first box. In case you didn't catch it, that means I got 2 of these boxes for just $36 plus a $24 bonus product and not counting the Ebates cash back. The value of these boxes was approximately $88 each!!! All I have to say is Glossybox, you gave this blogger a very Merry Christmas!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Walmart Beauty Box - Winter 2014 Review

You may remember my review of the Fall Beauty Box in September.  Well, this was my second Walmart Beauty Box and as a recap: it's basically free (just $5 for shipping) and it comes out 4 times/year. From what I've seen, it looks like subscribers typically get 1 of 2 variations, one focused on a younger demographic and one on an older. It looks like both times I got the box for the younger demographic, since I'm under 30. However, having looked at both I have to say there are things that would make a lot of sense for me out of each. I think the major difference is that the younger one might experiment with bolder colors of makeup and the older one mixes in a few more anti-aging skincare products. Either one is really a win-win.

Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in 925 Maple Kiss (Full-size, $4.97)

This was the only full size item in the box. The value almost pays entirely for the cost of the box itself. The lipstick glides on very smoothly for a lipstick at this price range and is ultra-moisturizing. It's also got a sweet smell that reminds me of white cake - yum! Maple Kiss is definitely not a color I would have picked out myself. It's a lot darker and has more of a brown tint than any other lipsticks I've tried before. However, after the first try I was sold. It's very mature and elegant. With my fair complexion, the brown undertones definitely make the rest of my face look more tan - which is always great news for us pasty people! Generally, I think this would be a universally flattering color.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream in All Light Skin Tones (Full-size, $11.97)

Of course I've heard of BB cream for you face, but I love the idea of a BB cream for your body! Why shouldn't the rest of your skin get some love too? I was excited to see that Walmart sent me the correct color for my skin tone. The product also comes in "Medium/Deep Skin Tones". This cream gives your skin some instant shimmer and a quick shot of deep moisture. It's got a very subtle scent that is similar to a couple pressed foundation powders I've used before. I know this one's been in several different subscription boxes lately so I'd love to hear more from other subscribers about what the long term result have been after using this product for a week or two.

Olay Fresh Effects Make-up Removal Wet Cloths (Full-size, $3.97)

I was really excited to receive this product because I've actually already bought it before and love it! A full size is 25 cloths and will last you several months of weekend make-up removal. I've also used the Ponds wipes that are pretty similar, a bit thicker. Both really effectively remove the heaviest duty make-up. Trust me, I regularly use them to remove my Benefit They're Real Mascara and Benefit Push-up Liner which is no easy ordeal! I think these are a fantastic value for the money and much more gentle on the skin than a lot of liquid make-up removers I've used in the past.

L'Oreal OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner (Full-size, $5.97)

Admittedly, I haven't used these yet because I always save sample size shampoos & conditioners for work travel. I really appreciate that both are sulfate-free and look like they would be safe to use on my dry color-treated hair. I looked online and it looks like Walmart is not currently selling the Conditioner on their website, just the Shampoo. I'm excited about the "silky feel" the oil infusion is supposed to create on damaged hair. 

Nivea Cocoa Butter Body Lotion (Full-size, $4.97)

I haven't tried this one yet either, since it's in a one time use foil packet. The full size version is 16.9 fl oz which sounds like massive value for the money. I've only used the original Nivea Creme before, which is one of the few reasonably priced products out there that deeply moisturizes my severely dry skin. That ones safe to use on your face and body and it doesn't leave my skin greasy or make my face break out. So, I'm already a big fan of the brand and look forward to seeing what their other products are like! There was also a manufacturer's coupon for $1.00 off any Nivea body lotion or creme included.

Maybelline Dream Wonder Powder (Full-size, $6.94)

Again, I haven't tried this one yet. It's a single use cardboard sample. I'm not sure it's really enough to apply on your whole face. Walmart sells this product in 16 different shades and it doesn't say on this package which shade I was given so I'm not quite sure if I'll really be able to judge the product by this sample. This one also included a $1.00 off manufacturer's coupon good for any Dream Wonder powder or Maybelline face product.

Again, I was pretty pleased with the Walmart Beauty Box! This one didn't have as high of a value as the last one and had fewer full-size products,  but definitely still had a good assortment of product.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

You've Still Got Time - Last Minute Holiday Gifts!

I was pretty amazed with the barrage of emails I received this morning from some of my fave retailers saying that they could still offer guaranteed Christmas delivery.  Many were even offering FREE expedited delivery!  Pile of presents under the tree looking pretty sparse at the moment? Never fear, there are still lots of great gifts to be found!

Here are a few of my personal faves (in order of expiry): FREE same-day hand delivery in NYC on "Last Minute Gifts" collection. Orders must be placed by 3pm EST today and will be delivered by 8pm EST tonight. This is an offer in partnership with Uber.

Jo Malone: FREE second day delivery on all orders placed by 3pm EST today. You will also receive a Nectarine Blossom & Honey Cologne deluxe sample spray.

Bloomingdales: FREE shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas on all orders placed by 5pm EST today (Monday, December 22nd).  If you pay for express delivery you have until 12pm EST on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Saks Fifth Avenue: FREE shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas on all orders placed by 6pm EST today (Monday, December 22nd). Use code HOLIDAY. FREE shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas on all orders of $75 or more.  Orders must be placed by 7pm EST today (Monday, December 22nd).

Kate Spade New York: FREE shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve on all orders. Orders must be placed by 11pm EST tonight (Monday, December 22nd). Plus, extra 25% OFF all sale items with code JINGLE25.

Smashbox Cosmetics: FREE 2-Day Shipping on all orders of $40 or more. Orders must be placed by 2:59am EST on Tuesday, December 23rd. Use code INTWO. FREE delivery guaranteed by Christmas on all orders of $49 or more placed by 2:59am EST on Tuesday, December 23rd.  Orders may be combined with partner sites,,,,, etc. Plus, $10 OFF your first order of $50 with code BIGBEAUTY10.

Joe Fresh: FREE next-day shipping on all orders of $50 or more. Offer expires 4am EST on Tuesday, December 23rd.

Vineyard Vines: FREE next day air shipping on all purchases of $200 or more. Orders must be placed by noon EST on Tuesday, December 23rd to guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve. 

Need Supply Co: $10 next day shipping on all purchases. Orders must be placed by noon EST on Tuesday, December 23rd to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

Tibi: FREE overnight shipping on all orders placed by 2pm EST on Tuesday, December 23rd.  Plus, there's a sale going on right now offering up to 60% OFF!

J.Crew: $10 overnight shipping on all orders placed by 2pm EST on Tuesday, December 23rd. Plus, 30% OFF full-price styles and an extra 40% OFF sales styles with code HOLIDAYTIME.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Birchbox "The Lodown" December 2014 Review

This month Birchbox again gave subscribers the option of selecting 1 of several individual samples to be included in their boxes or to go with an edited box. I went with the edited box, which is curated by Lo Bosworth of The Lodown (though you probably know her best from MTV's "Laguna Beach" back in the day). I was pretty sold on her box when I saw it included some of my fave brands like Davines, Joie, and Cynthia Rowley. I'd also been interested in trying out a Ruffian nail polish for a while since Birchbox features them so frequently.

So far Davines has been one of my all time favorite Birchbox brands. I've previously received samples from their LOVE and OI collections and really couldn't get enough of all of them. They left my hair ultra-silky, super smooth, and took any tangles out of my hair almost immediately. The Replumping Hair Filler Superactive came in a really generous sample size this time around. I look forward to getting multiple uses out of it. The bonus shampoo & conditioner samples will be great for my next trip. It sounds like all three products in the Replumping range leave hair looking thick, shiny, and healthy. Who wouldn't want that?

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Lip Stain in Heartthrob
I've actually tried most of the Cynthia Rowley Beauty line by now because I attended a special Birchbloggers event at the Cynthia Rowley store where I was gifted most of they eyeliners, eyeshadows, and lip stains. I simply adore all of the lip stains! They are long lasting and come in such a flattering range of matte colors. I have to say I haven't used the Heartthrob one much yet, since I usually go for colors with more pink or purple tones. However, I think this vibrant red will be great for the holidays. My only gripe about the lip stains is that it never feels like there's all that much product in the tubes - even in the full size ones. I haven't completely used up any of mine yet, but at $20 each, I would hope they would last a long while.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre
I had a sample of this a long time ago and ended up swapping it with another user on because I didn't know that much about the product and the tube felt like it didn't contain much. I'm actually pretty happy to have received another sample so that I can really give it a chance. I've read nothing but good reviews. I love that this product is multi-purpose - it serves as a moisturizer, primer, and makeup remover! That sounds like the perfect on-the-go beauty item so you don't have to pack three different products.

Joie "Folle de Joie" Eau de Parfum
I don't think I need to go into too much detail about this perfume. I've received it at least two times before and you can read my previous reviews here and here. I have nothing but positive things to say about this scent. It's a little pricey at $98, so I've been saving up and waiting for some of my other perfumes to run out.  In sum, it's a pretty strong scent so you don't need to use too much at once and it has a really vibrant floral scent that makes me think of a classic "English garden". It's described as combining notes of sandalwood, mandarin, and rose. It's definitely a very mature and full scent - perfect for winter!

This is a full-size product worth $10! That makes up for the price of the entire box - and there were so many other amazing products in this one. The color is really vibrant, shiny, and streak-free. I'm also really impressed with how long-lasting and chip-free it's been so far. I've only worn it for a couple days, so I will have to see how it last throughout the week. Regardless, I'm pretty impressed already.

This was one of the best Birchboxes I've received in months!! Admittedly, few of the products were new to me, but that's part of the reason I selected it. I felt like there was very little risk and tons of reward in selecting the box that had several of my all-time faves. All of the sample sizes are great too, so I really felt like I got well over my $10 worth on this one.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

L'Occitane L'OcciBox December 2014 Review

The "L'Occi Box" is L'Occitane's latest take on a beauty subscription box. It's not a subscription model per-say, it's just a nicely curated box of samples and travel size items. The inaugural box was created in collaboration with Elle Magazine. It retails for $59.40 on the website but you can get yours for just $15 + Shipping & Tax by using the promo code "DISCOVER". [Update: Unfortunately it now appears to be out of stock, but there should be another edition coming our way soon!]

Set of 4 Limited Edition ELLE Hand Creams (o.35 oz each)
Scents (L-R): Cherry BlossomShea ButterAlmond, and VerbenaAll of these hand creams come in their regular edition packaging in full size 1 oz versions for $12 each. I love L'Occitane's signature hand creams and these are just the perfect size to slip into your purse or pocket. The special edition ELLE designs are so adorable. They reflect all four seasons with a little French flair. The Verbena has an energizing citrus scent, the Almond is sweet with some floral notes, the Shea Butter is luxuriously thick, and the Cherry Blossom is very feminine but demure.

Divine Cream Foil Sample Packets x 2 (0.05 oz each)
The full size version is 1.7oz and costs a hefty $106. I recently got a much larger .27 oz jar sample from Beauty Bar on Cyber Monday as part of a special gift with any purchase offer. Really any sample size of this product is great considering how expensive the full size is. The cream is not overly thick but it is effective. It has a very relaxing scent which smells to me like herbs from Provence with a touch of eucalyptus.

Almond Supple Skin Oil (0.5 oz)
The full size almond oil is 3.4 oz and costs $42. This product is supposed to be excellent for people with dry skin concerns - like me! The full size version comes in a spray bottle which I think would be a bit easier to apply on arms, legs, etc. I love the subtle sweet smell of this oil and it instantly made my skin look moisturized with a healthy glow.

Arl├ęsienne Hand Cream (.35 oz)
The full size hand cream is 1 oz and costs $12. This hand cream is inspired by the women of Arles and combines rose, violet, and saffron extracts. It's a really pleasant airy scent. I think this could easily become my favorite from the L'Occitane Hand Cream Bar.

Shea Butter Ultra Rich Lotion (1.7 oz)
The full size lotion is 8.4 oz for $32 or 16.9 oz and costs $64. There's also a 2.5 oz travel size for $11. This lotion is 15% shea butter and is deeply moisturizing. I love the subtle notes of honey and apricot too.

Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam (1.7 oz)
The full size cleansing foam is 5.1 oz and costs $28. This 1.7 oz travel size is also available for $11.50. This product has great reviews from a lot of women who have very sensitive skin and haven't had success with any cleansers before. It brightens and evens out skin tone on all types of skin. I look forward to trying it out and am so excited to have a travel size facial cleanser. Those aren't easy to come by!

Elle Pouch by SOLEDAD
I just love how French the design is! It's a great size too (about 4" x 6") with a nice sort of waxy feel to the fabric. It seems like pretty good quality that will last a while. I definitely plan to use this little pouch to keep my travel size makeup inside my work bag. The little word bubble on the front says "elles sont trop mignonnes" which translates to "they are too cute" for those of us that aren't exactly fluent in French.

ELLE Nail File & FREE Shea Butter Soap offer
Last but not least were these two add-ons!  The nail file is so cute! It has pictures of L'Occitane's signature hand creams all over it. L'Occitane also included an exclusive offer for a free Shea Butter Soap ($7 value) with any $25 purchase.

Overall I think this box was an excellent value and a great way to try out some new L'Occitane products before committing to the full sizes. The samples are great sizes to stash in your purse or take on a flight. With the $15 discount, I'd say the value is nearly 3 times what I paid (if not more)!

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