What’s better than a winter's night in with your BFFs, True Blood on DVD, and drooling over Eric and/or Alcide (I just can’t make up my mind which one is hotter) while drinking wine and painting your nails? Why, a night out with your besties of course! Vanessa, Natalie and I racked our brains this month for necessary prods to cover both bases.
What girls night in would be complete without a mask to relax in whilst sipping a pinot? Enter Montagne Jeunesse Passion Peel Mask, infused with lots of delicious goodies, it'll leave your skin refreshed and purified. Or apply your EmergenC Retinol Mask and Hypervitaliser Cream afterwards for glowing skin. If your BFF happens to be a GBFF (gay best friend forever), then they can join you in this step too. Many a bellabox/bellobox product has been road tested by my GBFFs on a night in with me. I even have photographic evidence, but have been instructed by said GBFFs not to post them on pain of death!
Paint your nails with Natio nail polish in Valentine, and don’t forget to take a pic and Instagram it to win one of 3 Canix Black Diamond rings. I have tried this ring on and I can say it was very hard to give back!
If you’re heading out for the night prep in the shower with Brazilian Butterfly products, or gorgeous smelling Circa Home soaps. And don’t forget to moisturise your body after the shower to lock in hydration. Bioderma Atoderm Crème and Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse will sort out any dry spots such as knees and elbows (though you can also use the Atoderm crème on your face - even on sensitive sin - and the Nuxe oil on the tips of your hair for shiny locks).
Cleansed skin is a must before applying your makeup, so prep with Simple Cleansing Wipes or Avene Micellar Cleanser. Once it's time for your party paint, think dark, lined eyes - perfect for winter! Apply with a cult Sigma makeup brush (the E25 blending brush is great for achieving a smokey effect, whilst the E10 liner brush is perfectly precise for applying your gel liner).
In the course of finding great products for our subscribers, I sometimes come across some amazing brands that we have to have in our store. Our online store is fast becoming a beauty destination filled with cult products from around the globe. New to the store this month is Absolution, a beautiful organic skincare brand from France (and you know how much I love French skincare!) My pick is Addiction Night and Day Face Oil, perfect for the cold winter months ahead to keep your skin moisturised and soft.
Then, there's MBeze; they have the cutest little deodorants you have ever seen! I road tested them on a weekend away to the snow - so cute and gorgeous smelling! The list of my other must-have snow products include other buys from the bb store, like mySranrom Body Wash in Youthful Zest (wake me up before you go-go snowboarding!), OP Therapy (a rich body moisturiser, perfect after a hot shower), B by Bloom Col.lecta Cheek Tint in Barossa Valley (I am so in love with this colour) and my old favourite, Erborian BB Cream (I don’t leave home without it!).
Also soon to hit the store, keep an eye out for Egyptian Magic, Bite Beauty(check out their amazing tints, like the deep berry one below) and one of my personal faves, Yu-Be Moisturising Cream. Created by Japanese mountain climbers, it has become a winter staple for me... and you might just find this product in your next box! Keep checking out our store for new cult brands landing each month. We have some exciting ones ahead!
What did you think of your box this month? Do you have a favourite product? What about our online store - have you ever shopped with us? What has your best bb purchase been so far? Let us know - Sam