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Petit Vour February Box Reveal




With tomorrow being March already and each passing day getting brighter for longer, I feel a little extra pep in my step. I'm look forward to long walks on a sunny day, my best friends wedding in Bordeaux (I'm the maid of honour!) and playing in the waterpark with my little fam. I'm going to do my best to stay optimistic as the seasons change because it's so easy for me to get bogged down with responsibilities and anxieties that before I know it, summer is over and I didn't do shhh...t 👎

Another thing I look forward to is my monthly subscription to Petit Vour. My latest box had 4 amazing goodies that are certified cruelty free.

I was excited to finally be able to try a product from Derma E as I've heard great things about the brand and their products. I received the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub with Activated Charcoal which aims to remove impurities and pollutants. It's formulated with Kimarine Wakame (mmm... wakame salad...) which fights against pollution, Bladderwrack which is another type of seaweed that hydrates the skin, Activated Charcoal which is very well known to be able to pull impurities out of your skin and apricot seed powder to exfoliate. Apricot seed power? I'm getting flashbacks of high school and my St Ives Apricot Scrub. Ouch!

I was surprised to find that the apricot particles were a bit sharp however there weren't a lot of them so it wasn't aggressive. The scrub comes out as a silvery cream and a dime sized amount can do your whole face. It has a really nice cooling effect (there's menthol in the ingredients) and it washed off easily.

From Zabana Essentials I received the Tamanu Calendula Face Balm which is an antioxidant rich balm with ingredients to combat acne, redness, scars, wrinkles and dryness. The Tamanu tree originates in Southest Asia and the Polynesian Islands and was once considered sacred by the Polynesians and has both beauty and health benefits.

I'm not sure what Tamanu oil smells like but the balm smells like citronella. It's really earthy and lovely as a scent and I didn't find it overwhelming. I used a dime sized amount on my face which was far too much. I would cut that down to less than a half dime if I wanted to cover my whole face. I applied this on bare skin to see how it felt and it's very much like a face oil. I would like this more layered on top of a moisturizer instead because I find face oils sit on top of my skin so I'm still left with the "tight skin" feeling underneath. I would use this after doing a clay mask to soothe redness and calm my skin.

The Creme Revealer concealer by Elate Cosmetics reminds me of a sheerer version of RCMA foundations. When removing the cover, I noticed some oil bubbles (as I did with my RCMA palette) and that's because it's formulated with a blend of oils. I used my fingertip to dab this on under my eyes and it worked great at keeping the area looking bright and hydrated. And damn son, look how pretty their highlighters and packaging are!

Finally the prettiest lip liner from Red Apple Lipsticks in the colour "Natural". This liner is waterproof and gluten-free (I didn't know people suffering from celiac disease can be intolerant to products with gluten applied topically!). Unsurprising to anyone who knows me personally, I don't own lip liner because I rarely wear colour on my lips and when I do, I typically wear long-lasting formulas. But, it doesn't hurt to have one liner in your arsenal and this is a really nice one to have.

I found it to be slightly creamy and pretty pigmented. I applied it all over my lips and wanted to wear a red lipstick on top to test but when I went to look in my stash, I was shocked to see all I own are about a dozen nude lipsticks and a few burgundy toned ones. Nothing else. Nada. Zip. Where'd they all go?

Oh yeah, I have a tendency to give away my lipstick to my mom and friends when they're over.

So, I just kept the lip liner on my lips because it looked pretty damn good. I have sightly darker lips and it looked like a dusky pink a bit on the warmer side and it pretty much covered my natural lip colour.

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Shubana Alam
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