I am so excited to be doing a reveal and review of my Petit Vour January Beauty Box! Unfortunately, we had a huge snow storm the week it was supposed to arrive so it got pushed back a few days and I received it this past Monday. But, it was so worth the wait! I was so excited I already tried everything!
As you can read in the photo above, this month's box was jammed with an array of awesome goodies. You pretty much got something for every part of your body, which is my favorite kind of box. This box month's box is retailed at $48! Wow!
First up, let's discuss the Kaia Natural's Bamboo Tapioca Beads..
-According to the package, you can use it as a daily cleanser or a face mask. I chose face mask. I used my regular Pacifica face wash to wash my makeup off first. I wanted to use this on a freshly cleaned face.
-After I washed my face, I didn't dry it since you're supposed to apply this to wet skin. I added about a quarter size amount of powder in my wet palm, and I wet my fingers on my other hand, and mixed it up a little in my palm to create a paste and applied that in small circles to my face. I needed to use a little more than what I originally poured into my hand, probably about the size of a nickel. I was all completely guessing on how much and how to apply it, I had no clue. This seemed to work pretty well. I only applied a thin layer to my face.
-I really love the smell. It smells like a giant bowl of citrus fruits; oranges, limes, and a hint of lemon! It's really a refreshing and vitalizing smell. I could still get a faint hint of the smell while it was on my face and it really made the whole experience pleasant.
-It dried relatively quickly on my face. I kept it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off with warm water. I had no itching, burning, or otherwise uncomfortable sensation while applying it or while it dried. I love that there's none of those fake plastic beads in it. It's all natural exfoliation from real ingredients. It's kind of gritty like sand, but it's really gentle.
-Because of its gritty texture, it's a little harder to get all of it off because there's so many tiny little pieces to get off.
-After I rinsed it off, my face felt clean and smooth. There was no residue or anything like that left behind. My face did feel a little tight, which I had expected because of the kaolin clay and tapioca absorbing the oil. Once I put my usual moisturizer on, my skin felt normal.
-I can see this being really helpful when you're traveling and with all those TSA rules, having a powder instead of a liquid face wash can really come in handy.
-If you are interested in buying the full size of this product, it retails for $38!
Next up, French Girl Organic's Rose Lip Polish..
-The texture of this scrub is like mousse with sugar crystals mixed in. It was much softer than I thought it would be. It's surprisingly moisturizing too. You can really feel the oils mixed in with the sugar.
-The scent is really pleasant. You can smell the peppermint which is soothing, and you can smell the rose and geranium oils as well. They all blend together nicely.
-I used a lip scrub from Lush before and it made my lips like break out. I've been so afraid to use another lip scrub ever since. I used a small amount and gently using small circles massaged it into my lips. A little does go a long way, you don't need much at all! I think I may have exfoliated a little much because my lips felt just slightly scratchy afterwards, but nothing major. I gently wiped it off using warm water and patted my lips dry. I could feel the oils left over on my lips afterwards, which was nice, but I still felt the need to use my Hurraw lip balm afterwards.
-My lips feel softer and my lip balm lasted longer on my lips than it usually does, so I know that it did exfoliate the dead skin off my lips.
-The full size of this retails for $16. I was checking out their other products on their Etsy page, and they have a lot of other great looking products I want to look into trying!
Next up, my favorite from the whole box, S.W Basics Mini Cream..
-This is the full size item in this box. This cream comes in a 1 oz glass jar, and retails for $12. I couldn't understand how some tiny little bottle of cream could cost that much, until I tried it.
-This stuff has only 3 ingredients: fair trade shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. That's it! Because there's no water, this won't just evaporate in ten minutes causing you to reapply. It's real moisture. The scent is very natural. It's oddly soothing. Apparently a lot of people complained about the scent of this product from their boxes. There was some issues that the smell was really offer. Petit Vour sent an email stating that this batch for the beauty boxes smelled stronger than usual because the olive oil scent didn't mix too well with the shea butter and coconut oil scent. For me, even though it's a weird smell, I like it,and wouldn't have complained or questioned otherwise. I'm curious to know how it smells regularly.
-The texture is unlike anything else I've ever used. It's velvety smooth and soft. It's thick and creamy. It's pretty awesome. I wanted to keep applying it because of how smooth it was! A little goes a long way. I really got in there and rubbed it in my knuckles and in between my fingers which is where I'm the driest and where my hands crack. It didn't burn my hands at all. It absorbed faster than I thought that it would considering it's so thick. I don't think it made my hands feel greasy, but if you're not used to thick products like this, you'll probably find your hands feel greasy. I'm just used to this kind of texture because it's what I have to use because of my eczema.
-I feel like with regular use I could see an improvement in my hands. I already feel an improvement in my hands from using it at night before bed. When I woke up after using it before bed, my hands still felt soft. The only problem with having it in a jar with my job I can't use it. I'm not gonna touch cash all day then put my hand in the jar. I know with the ingredients it's hard to put it in a squeeze bottle because of the consistency of coconut oil and temperature. But I'll definitely use this at home and hopefully with repeated use it will help my hands. I've also been using it on my feet and they feel softer too. I would love to use it all over my whole body but I don't want to use it all so fast so I'm only using it where I feel like it will do the most good.
-I know it's irrelevant but I love the cute little glass jar it comes in and already cant wait to reuse it after it's empty. I keep coming up with different ideas on what to use it for!
-I am excited to tell you that you can find this and other S.W Basics products at Target!
Last up, Evelyn Iona's gel liner and brush set..
-I would love to have a photo to show you of me wearing this eyeliner. However, it's been a long time since I've applied eyeliner from a pot, and I'm a little rusty, and it was a disaster when I tried it today lol. I didn't have time to reapply it again so I removed it and just called it a day.
-I can tell you that this eyeliner DOES NOT remove easily. When I screwed it up today, I literally tried to take it off almost immediately after applying it to both eyes, and I just grabbed a wet napkin to try and whip it off, and it wouldn't budge. I had to literally get a makeup remover pad and almost scrub to get it off. It does say on the Petit Vour card to use coconut oil to remove. I just ran out, so when I buy another jar, I'll fill up a small container to use just on my eyes to remove it. I don't think I'll be using it again until I get that.
-The eyeliner dries to a matte finish. It doesn't have that wet look once it dries.
-I think this tiny little pot thing is a bit difficult to use, but since it's a sample, it's not a big deal.
-The brush is really nice, but I wish it was a little stiffer to make the application easier. On the Evelyn Iona website, they have a liner brush and it doesn't look like this. So, I guess I'm a little confused as to why it was this brush, when this brush I don't even see on their website.
-The bonus to this product is that you can use it as an eyebrow filler as well, which is FANTASTIC for me because I have black eyebrows and I can't even find anything for black eyebrows. I always see dark brown but it's still too light! I think I may try using this for that next.
-You can actually get the full size pot and eyeliner brush on sale right now for $28 on the website!
Overall, this is one of my favorite boxes I've received in awhile. Another home run for Petit Vour!