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Joliebox November 2012 – Beauty in the City.

Hello everyone.

Since I re-subscribed to Glossybox this month, I figured I’d do the same with Joliebox and see what the two have to offer. Both boxes are £10 + £2.95 p&p a month and offer 4 to 5 deluxe size samples (sometimes full size products too).

My first box was sent but never reached me so I had to wait for a replacement which I only received yesterday, 28th November and the packaging wasn’t even sealed… A little late but the box didn’t disappoint.

The November 2012 Joliebox is called ‘Beauty in the City’, the products come in a black bag inside a black box, I’m glad there isn’t bits of paper to protect the content… My pets go crazy for those, I am still finding bits in the house.

When I saw the content of the box I though there was quite a bit there, seven samples to be precise. I don’t know if it was a gesture of good will as the box arrived late or if most subscribers received as many as me, either way I’m very happy to have gotten so much.

The content :

Yardley Royal English Daisy Eau de Toilette – 1ml. It smells nice but I think it’s a fresh fragrance that would be more suitable for spring and summer. The scent is described as ‘an elegant dewy fresh, green floral fragrance’, I’d say it’s pretty accurate. The more I smell it the more it reminds me of Burberry Women Eau de Parfum.

Dead Sea Spa Magik, Gentle Cleansing Facial Wash – 25ml. I’ll try it but I have to say I am not really fond of the scent…

Vertumne a Venus Manucure Absolue, Moisturizing & Regenerating Cream – 2ml. That’s a French product. Quite curious about this. I hope it  helps with my dry hands but it is a very tiny sample.

Topicrem Body Glitter 3D Effect – 15ml. This is another French product. I’m not too keen on putting any glitter on my skin so I’ll probably never use this.

Galenco SOS Repair Balm – 4.8g, I suspect this is a full size. I’m always happy to try lip balms and creams, especially with the cold weather settling in. This one seems quite nice, good consistency, smells of sweet coconut, tastes of nothing. I’m looking forward to trying this product.

L’Occitane Hydration Cream – 15ml. I love L’Occitane, especially their almond range and I am delighted to have received a sample from this brand. This moisturizer is suitable for my type of skin so I’m looking forward to trying it out. Its scent is very herbal, which isn’t my favourite but I can live with that.

Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream – 2ml. This is the product I really wanted to try from this month’s Joliebox. Not only I received it but it came in the shade BB5 which is the one I probably would have picked. I can’t wait to try it and I will most likely write a review for you.

Overall I have to say I am pretty happy with this month’s Joliebox. I feel like most samples were picked to fit my requirements and skin type. I am looking forward to the December 2012 box now!

What do you think of this month’s Joliebox?




One shade fits all?

Hello everyone.

I’m sure no one here needs an introduction to what BB creams are, they are now makeup bag essentials in Europe. Well, I went out and bought one the other day, I bought it because it’s by Dr Jart+ and it is an Asian BB cream which can be purchased at Boots. Keep reading if you’re curious to find out what I thought about the Dr Jart+ Platinum Beauty Balm Cream SPF30.

Four versions of the Dr Jart+ are available, Water Fuse (forthose aged 20-35) which controls sebum production, Regenerating (for those aged 20-35s) it provides a good coverage for redness and spots and is perfect for problem and sensitive skins, Platinum has a high coverage and is very moisturizing (suitable for those over 30)and Premium (for those over 30) has a SPF40, is packed with antioxidants and has a low coverage.

When I went to buy this BB cream, there was no sample at the Boots store and none of the information I’ve given above about age ranges was available so I went for Platinum based on the informations on the box. I read SPF30 and antioxidants and knew not to go for the Premium one as I knew it was for more mature skins. Looking back, I would have done a bit more research and would have picked up the Regenerating one. But my choice is also suitable for me, although I’m not in my 30s yet.

The BB cream comes in a tube which contains 50ml of product. I’m not fussed about the packaging, it’s not fantastic but then most tinted moisturizers and BB creams come in this form, nothing new or revolutionary there.

The product only comes in one shade and it’s very pale, very grey and quite scary, it looks a lot darker on the following picture than it actually is in real life.

The consistency is very thick quite heavy before it is totally blended, it reminds me of products like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer or the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer.

For reference, I am a M.A.C. NC25-NC30 (which I consider as a light to medium skin tone) and this applied so pale and grey on my skin, I started wondering why I even thought it was a good idea to buy it. I am glad to report that after a few minutes, it does oxidize and get a little darker, but I am sad to say that it still was too light for me.The product was opened and non returnable so I thought I might as well try it out and try to work with it. Because it is very pale I could see streaks as I was applying the cream on my face. I have to say it does feel really heavy on the skin and that’s not what I was expecting from a BB cream. I used my CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base to warm my face up so it would be wearable outside without me looking like a ghost.

Here is a picture of the BB cream completely blended on my wrist, it has a very good coverage, it’s covered my veins very well and has a dewy finish.

It wears okay during the day but as I mentioned earlier I felt it was too rich and felt very heavy on the skin. I have very dry skin and I didn’t feel this BB cream was very moisturizing, I felt like it was just sitting on the skin really.

I also developed an eye infection the day after my first wear, forcing me to wear glasses rather than contact lenses for a few days, this could have been an allergy or just a coincidence. Either way, this BB cream didn’t work for me and it’s a shame because it didn’t come cheap. Though they are sold in Boots, the Dr Jart+ BB Creams cost between £18 and £24.

Now I don’t want to prevent anyone from trying this product, these BB creams do get very good reviews in the blogosphere so I suppose I just didn’t really get along with this specific one so I shall be giving mine to one of my friends.

You can pick all four Dr Jart+ BB creams at Boots, in store and online.