Getting Ready for my OPI Rainbow Voxbox

Hey guys!

So it’s been almost three weeks since I posted about looking forward to September, usually I would have had my OPI Rainbow Voxbox at least two days after receiving the You’re In! email but….Covid.

The days were passing without a box and everyone was getting worried because Influenster doesn’t provide International tracking so the tracker never moved past this:

This campaign is active in the US, UK, and France and it seems the US got their boxes but the UK and French boxes were no where to be seen. I sent a message asking if the boxes had been shipped yet since no one in the UK or France received their boxes and afterwards I received this email:

Basically the email is saying they just learned that I hadn’t received my box yet and they were experiencing shipping delays and I should expect my Voxbox in one to two weeks.

My nails are jacked and I said I would look for some falsies to do the campaign. I honestly didn’t know what brand to get so I searched Amazon France for one with the best reviews. I found these by a brand called Vixi.

https://www.amazon.fr/gp/aw/d/B0774VSTYD/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8

This set includes 600 nails with 10 different sizes. My hands are small, size 2.5 ring! With all these different sizes I know I will find a good match (I hope so anyway).

The set comes with a little tube of glue but I’m not overly fond of the glues that come with false nails, they have a habit of being very weak. My nails will pop off the very next day if I don’t continuously reapply glue.

I decided to buy a pack of glue made especially for false nails.

https://www.amazon.fr/gp/aw/d/B07H3Q9CS4/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_track_package_o0_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The pack includes 5 bottles of glue and a nail file. The set of nails also comes with a nail file and I have a few of my own already. You can never have enough nail files.

It’s been about 5 days since the email about the delays so now it’s just a waiting game. I’m guessing I’ll get it sounds the same time as the package from Le Lab.

Maybe I should say “What’s up October?” or maybe not. I might jinx it again.

What’s up September?

September is looking like it will be a very interesting month for me. I have a lot of new products coming my way to test out and I am excited!

On August 6, I received a survey about a Voxbox from Influenster, I’ve spoken about them before, it’s a review site where you have the chance of getting a box of products to review. There’s a wide range of things you might be choosen for, food, clothing, beauty products, I haven’t seen any for books, video games, or toys but you never know. I’ve been with the site since 2014 and to my knowledge they never sent boxes to the Virgin Islands but when I moved here to France I forgot about the site. They didn’t ship here and I had other things on my mind but I decided to go back to it and review stuff just because. In 2018 they sent their first VoxBox to France and I got it!

The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara Volume Spectaculaire VoxBox was my very first Voxbox and I really enjoyed the product. You can read my review about it here It’s the little things. When you complete the campaign you earn a neat little badge that you can display on your profile.

In 2019 I got into another VoxBox, I got into the OPI Tokyo Collection VoxBox, I spoke about it here New Voxbox! and here Influenster OPI Tokyo Collection. I wasn’t really expecting to get this box because France seem to get two surveys a year and I hadn’t gotten into the last one for 2018 or the first one for 2019. I really loved this box because I almost always seem to pick up purple nail polish and this allowed me to venture out a bit.

If the trend stays the same the survey I got from Influenster on August 6 is either the first or last survey of the year. I’m unsure because I received a survey on April 14 about Rexona deodorant but nobody even mentioned receiving it on Instagram or online anywhere. Usually you can see what everyone has received if you follow the right hashtag on Instagram but there has been no real activity on the French Influenster hashtag since last year.

This survey that I received was about a product from OPI, I’m going to be really honest even though I opted in I kind of hoped I wouldn’t get it because my nails are really terrible right now. I picked and peeled them until there is nothing. I’m going to have to get some falsies to do this campaign. While I was hoping not to and hoping to get the VoxBox, it showed up on my profile but I haven’t received a You’re In! email yet. I’ve heard of this happening to people before but this was the first time it has happened to me. With my first campaign I got the email and it took a while for it to show up on my profile and I was worried it had been a mistake.

The other products I’m waiting for are from Le Lab by Doctissimo. On August 5, I received an invite to apply for their Garnier Bio à l’huile de Chanvre Bio (Hemp Oil) campaign. I’ve never been accepted to any of the previous campaigns I applied to so I wasn’t really hopeful but on August 14, I was accepted!

I will be receiving the Hemp Multi-Restore Gel Cream and the Hemp Multi-Restore Facial Sleeping Oil. I was supposed to receive the package very soon but there were unforseen delays and I won’t get it until late September. I’m not really a fan of the Hemp smell but Garnier makes really good products so I’ll just have to wait and see about it.

There’s one other thing I’m hoping to hear about but I can’t say wether or not I’ll be reveiwing it yet. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t so I’ll wait until I hear if I’m actually getting it before I say “I’m going to be reviewing this!”

So, yeah, I’m really looking forward to September.

I’ll obviously be reviewing these products so keep an eye out for those posts next month. Since I’m supposed to receive the Garnier one late September it will probably end up being posted in October.

Summer Skin

Last week I received two samples in the mail and today I finally got to try them out.

I’ll be giving my thoughts on erborian’s Ginseng BB Cream and both the Minéral 89 Daily Booster and Minéral 89 Eyes from Vichy.

I want to state that I’ve never used a BB Cream before but I have heard of them and I’ve heard that some of them can be drying so it’s best to use a moisturiser before applying your BB Cream, I decided to use the Daily Booster first so here is what I thought of it.

Daily Booster by Vichy

I applied little drops on my face and spread it from the center outward, the product felt a little thicker than water and I had no problem spreading it on my face or throat. It absorbed quickly and left no residue behind. The scent is very agreeable, it’s not cloying and once applied it doesn’t linger.

You can purchase the Daily Booster for 21,20€

I have terrible dark circles around my eyes and having a 4 month old who doesn’t sleep hasn’t helped so I used the Eyes serum next.

Eyes by Vichy

I took less than a pea sized amount and applied it under both my eyes, the product felt creamy and thicker than the Booster but quickly absorbed into the skin, like the Booster the scent is not overly present and doesn’t linger.

You can purchase Eyes for 13,50€

And finally I applied the BB Cream.

Ginseng BB Cream by erborian

The BB Cream I received was in the shade Caramel, it has a very pleasing odour, it smells lightly floral, you really don’t need that much product so I applied some pea sized drops and spread it from the center outward. I wasn’t sure if Caramel would match my skin tone but it’s hard to tell that I have anything on my face.

You can purchase the BB Cream for 16,90€

As you can see both Vichy and erborian has helped me achieve Summer Ready Skin.

Slowly – Connect to the World! (Review)

Five days ago I was scrolling through the Play Store, it’s something I do when I’m bored, sometimes I find something interesting and others I just leave without downloading anything.

That day I came across an app called Slowly – Connect to the World!

Its About this app has the following to say:

🏆 WINNER – Google Play Awards 2019: Best Breakthrough App

🏆 WINNER – Google Play Best of 2018: Best Hidden Gem

✍️ Write letters. Make friends. Exchange Languages.

SLOWLY lets you meet pen friends from your smartphone! Match with someone that shares your passion, write a letter and collect stamps from around the world. Speak your mind – one letter at a time!

SLOWLY is not your typical networking or dating app – we’re bringing the traditional pen friend experience to your smartphone.

The app is created for those who yearns for meaningful conversations with people in the era of instant messaging. We hope to connect people around the world at a slower but better pace – one letter at a time.

Meet a new pen friend, seal your letter & place a stamp – start connecting with the world on SLOWLY!

Features
– Mailing time depends on where you & your pen friend live.
– A nickname & an avatar is all you need. Speak your mind & connect freely to the world.
– Matches based on common interests & languages.
– Collect & unlock hidden stamps!

Slowly app

I made my profile and selected my topics of interest.

I’ve been using the app these past five days and have received 12 letters and made nine penpals. The letters depending on where they are coming from can take anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days.

You can also collect Stamps, some of them are location based while others are linked to achievements you complete within the app.

My penpals so far are from France, Czech Republic, Turkey, US Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Australia, United States, and the Philippines.

I’m enjoying the app so far and look forward to receiving more interesting letters and talking to more people.

If you’re interested in sending me a letter through the app my id is J0RP9W.

Nuxe: Huile Prodigieuse Florale

Hey guys!

I forgot all about this beauty they was coming my way, since I’ve been sick I haven’t reviewed much of anything but this will come in pretty handy since my skin is so dry now.

This is a new scent for their Florale Huile Prodigieuse line.

It is 96.9% Natural ingredients.

If you’ve never heard of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse it is a Multi-purpose dry oil for the face, body, and hair.

I’ve spoken a bit about them on this post.

It nourishes, repairs, and beautifies with 7 precious oils.

It is labeled as All Skin Types.

Touted as the new floral, fresh, and delicate perfume I think I am really intrigued to try out this dry oil.

What I like about this product:

🌸 The scent is light and not at all over powering

🌸 The oil seems to seep right into my skin and doesn’t leave that oily surface feel.

🌸 The sample was provided in a very unique and cute way. I really enjoyed it.

What I don’t like:

🥀 Samples always seem so small!

Other than that I can’t think of a negative.

I’d definitely get the full size version of this Prodigieuse oil.

Gel Micellaire Nettoyant

Hey guys!Today I’m going to sidestep the emotional lol I got a lot of response from it and frankly I felt overwhelmed and needed to process. I never really meant for it to cast blame on anyone, I just needed to release something that’s been with me for many years. I’m happy to finally let it all out and now I’m going to talk to you about the new Gel Micellaire Nettoyant I bought recently from Le Petit Marseillais.

On this post I spoke about how much the scent is similar to the 1 Minute Masque that I recently tested and that this was the first Gel Micellaire that I’ve used. It is pretty different from Eau Micellaire but kind of similar to Milk Make up removers I’ve used before only in the fact that it’s not a tiny liquid. It was pretty sticky and left my skin feeling a bit heavy almost like I didn’t remove everything.It did work really well and got rid of all the everyday yuck but it’s a bit too heavy for me to use on a daily basis. I think I will leave this for those occasions when I have a full face of makeup on. I haven’t noticed any new breakouts since using this which is always a plus but I’ll be keeping a close eye on my face for the rest of the week.

Carrefour Haul!

Coucou !

Today we went shopping at Carrefour, I really wanted to get some of those press on nails that they had and see what hair supplies were available but I only accomplished one of those goals.

There were no press on nails to be found anywhere! But I did manage to get the entire line of Garnier Ultra Doux Richesse D’Argan as well as some other things.

Since my move here this line has been my holy staple and it is very hard to get my hands on all the products when I need them. They fly off the shelves so fast!

I also picked up Garnier Ultra Doux L’huile Merveilleuse aux huiles d’argan et de camélia which is also another one of my favorites, if I’m not using abierto one of Garnier’s oils. You can probably tell I adore Garnier’s products. What can I say? They work really well for my hair and they are inexpensive.

My last purchase was a Gel Micellaire Nettoyant from Le Petit Marseillais.

Gel Micellaire Nettoyant Fraîcheur de Rose

I’ve used Eau Micellaire from Cien which I’ve spoken about here and Eau Micellaire from U which I’ve also briefly spoken about here. This is my first time using a Gel Micellaire and I’m really interested in seeing what the difference is. The scent is the same as the 1 Minute Masque of theirs that I recently used and spoke about here.

All in all it was a pretty good haul and didn’t cost that much money.

If you’re lucky you can find all these products at your local Carrefour and you don’t have a Carrefour in your location then you might be able to find one of two item at a Super U, Lidl, Netto, or other supermarché. You can also try looking on Amazon, I can’t guarantee that the price will be pocket friendly though.

And now I leave you to do some reading.

Talk to you later!

Le Petit Marseillais 1 Minute Masque

Recently I was given the opportunity to test out the new 1 Minute Masque from Le Petit Marseillais, If you don’t know this brand it is can’t say that I blame you, I never heard of it either until I moved here but it has become a steady staple in our lives wether it’s leave in conditioner (I see you Karité et Argan) or lotion, Le Petit Marseillais has something for all you skin and hair needs.

Needles to say I was excited to have the chance to try out their 1 Minute Masque, I don’t normally have skin issues but lately I’ve been getting a couple pimples and this Masque is just what I needed to keep my face moisturized.

In my package I received:

2 Masque 1 Minute Sous La Douche

Fraîcheur de Rose Aux Roses bio de Méditerranée and Délice de Miel Au miel de Haute-Provence.

1 campaign packet

10 coupons for 1€ off any 1 Minute Masque.

You can find more information and stores near you (in France) that sell the masques at Le Petit Marseillais.

I used the Fraîcheur de Rose first and spoke about my experience on my personal Insta account.

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Wash day is the perfect time to try out my 1 minute mask from @lepetitmarseillais I tried the Fraîcheur de Rose and let me tell you the smell is divine. I love roses and this smells exactly like the rose in my mother's garden. There are little beads in here and I'm very particular about these because they tend be pretty harsh on my face but these are really gentle and I didn't really feel them at all. After washing off the masque my face is very soft and I'm beyond happy with the results. Seriously the scent is amazing, I can't stop opening the bottle to smell it 😅 I'm definitely going to buy more when I finish this bottle. #lpamasque #lepetitambassadeur #lepetitmarseillais #masque1minutesousladouche #france #expatlife #lifeofmom

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I used the Délice de Miel this morning and while the scent isn’t my absolute favorite I must say that it left my face feeling very soft and refreshed.

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I will probably buy the Apricot and Lemon just to try them out and of course you already read that I will buy a new tube of the Rose when this one if finished. I’m still on the fence about the Honey, I mean I do like how soft my face is now but the smell? I guess only time will tell.

Now I’m off to finialize my thoughts on my camping experiecne, so look for that the next time I post!