Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit 2015 Preview

I received the Sephora Favorites Sun Safety Kit in the post last week, and I wanted to share my initial thoughts on it just in case there’s anyone out there who’s still on the fence about whether to get one. They’re currently sold out online, although they might come back into stock, and some physical stores still have them.

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The products come in a very large bag; much larger than necessary. I guess it’s nice that the bag is so large, but unfortunately I don’t need any bags this size. It’s too large to carry cosmetics around in, but too small to use as a beach bag.

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Nura Rosehip Oil Review

Disclaimer: I received this product for free as part of a promotion on Tomoson.com. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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The product I’m reviewing today is the Nura Natural 100% Cold Pressed Rosehip Seed Oil, sold by Nura Natural Skincare via Amazon.com. I received a promotional code to order a free bottle, and used my Amazon Prime account to receive free 2-day shipping.

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“The Knockoff” Review #BirchboxBookClub

I somehow missed my notification that I had been picked for the April Birchbox Book Club, and so I was quite surprised when a heavy package arrived at my door! I still haven’t started reading the March Book Club selection yet, and so I decided that I needed to start reading The Knockoff immediately to have the best chance of starting it at all.’

It arrived on a Monday, I first cracked it open that afternoon, and I finished reading it very late on that same day. It was interesting in a way that I just couldn’t put down!

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The Knockoff, by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza, tells the story of fashion magazine Editor in Chief Imogen Tate, who returns from a break from work to find her former assistant making some big changes to her magazine. Namely, she is turning Imogen’s beloved Glossy into Glossy.com, an online-only app.

I thought the premise was really great, and also original. While this book could be compared to The Devil Wears Prada at first glance, it’s actually the opposite — a younger woman usurping an older one to revolutionize the fashion industry. This leads to a lot of interesting questions and conflicts. As a young woman myself, it was thought-provoking to be in Imogen’s point of view and start to understand her struggles and see her perspective on my generation. It also made me think about the integration of technology into the fashion industry, and consider the vast possibilities that exist when technology enters any new sector.

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Yves Rocher 12H Foot Deodorant Cream Review

Although I haven’t talked about it before on this blog, last spring I studied abroad in Paris. I was directly enrolled in La Sorbonne, taking history and poetry classes with Parisian students. I also took classical dance lessons in the Marais, going to class 2-4 times a week to have my inflexible body pummeled into proper dance form.

I’d never done ballet before, and so I acquired a pair of demi-pointes at the famed Repetto store. However, I soon encountered a problem: my shoes smelled. Gradually, I realized it wasn’t a problem with my shoes, but in fact with my feet. Never before had I encountered problems with my feet smelling, but here they were, ruining my lovely new shoes.

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I bought this foot deodorant in desperation. On my way home from class, I stopped by the Yves Rocher shop on Rue de Rivoli to browse and spotted this product in the foot care section. It was on sale, so I decided “why not?” And I have certainly not regretted that decision.

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Perfume Review: Chloé Love Story

Storytime: Back in December my uncle wanted to buy me some perfume, but since smell is such a particular thing, he took me with him to pick it out. The trip was unexpected, and so I hadn’t given any thought to what I might want. We ended up going to Macy’s, which has a lovely perfume counter. An employee took us in and gave us the complete tour, taking the time to figure out what I might like and letting me smell pretty much every perfume they have. I ended up indecisive between two perfumes, one by Chloé and Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs. It was only after I had selected the Chloé fragrance that I learned it was brand new, just released last September. Another perk of shopping at Macy’s: since I had loved Daisy Dream so much, our tour guide threw in a rollerball of it for free with our purchase! Along with a mini of the new Bottega Veneta perfume and a sample of J’Adore by Dior. 

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I fell in love with Chloé Love Story because it somehow manages to smell both lightly floral and deeply sexy. The main note is orange blossom, with jasmine at the heart and cedar as the grounding note. I think orange blossom is a pretty unique choice to focus on — I certainly own nothing else like this. The smell isn’t quite as long-lived as I would like, and I find that I have to refresh it about halfway through the day. However, it’s so amazing of a fragrance that I don’t mind at all. I can imagine myself wearing this throughout the year, this single scent carrying me through both night and day of every single season.

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The Body Shop Seaweed Skincare Line Review

I bought this kit over the summer because it looked promising (and was on sale), and after 3 months of using it I think I can finally give an opinion.

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The Seaweed skincare line has lots of products, and this tester kit contains 4 of them: the Deep Cleansing Facial Wash, the Clarifying Toner, the Mattifying Day Cream, and the Clarifying Night Treatment. The mini products come in a blue mesh bag.

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