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My little box december

So my december box came in janaury as is usual a month later.
My little box is  beauty and lifestyle subscription box based in Paris and founded by two friends.
They offer a subscription box monthly of three beauty products and one lifestyle product.
In the past I have gotten a laptop case, a scarf, a heating pillow and most recently in this december box


Cowshed body cream – all organic line I have always wanted to try.
They have quirky lines for their products like the grumpy cow, the happy cow etc.


L’occitane immortelle face cream – you know this is another faboulous french brand. I previously got immortelle from debenhams in a beauty bag but I gave it out.
Im hence excited to try this one.
Immortelle is a precious essential oil which retails for about £15-2mls
It has amazing regenerating properites for skin.

My little beauty red lipstick-this is actually a cross between red, pink and coral.
It applies like a balm but they funny thing was someone actually noticed the colour on my lips.
It isnt really my thing because im a lip gloss girl.
This is going out to someone. ….

A knitted hair band in black with gold threads running through it- already missing. Im not careless but hey, theres so much of these little bits of cream and hair things everywhere I know I will find it soon again.

Bits and ends for packaging Christmas gifts- gift tags, wire, tape fpr packaging gifts.
Will come in handy when packing online orders. Expect a few of these when you place an order.

All in all, the box is fair. I didn’t particularly like it.
The l’occitane cream however makes up for everything.

Their site is here and you can order your box in three monthly,  six or twelve monthly subscriptions.
Use your card gtb or other, visa, Mastercard.  Verve wont work.
You need a uk shipping address for which I have provided d and k freight.

Unfortunately had an issue with my card going missing so it had to be blocked and I missed januarys box.
Catch a soon.

love and shopping-skinpluscalabar


Efik native and bridal gowns/ dress Afifimma couture

Efik onyonyo
Efik bridal gown

I get a number of search hits looking for efik bridal gowns.
This is my aunt and my mum is below wearing  the efik traditional  dress.
Dress is usually  beaded and worked up more than this for brides.
Made by  Afifimma Couture
Dolphin estate , Lagos 
Call afi on 08092337727 to set up an appointment for bridal and occasion wear.
She is amazing!afi instagram


Love and shopping


My little uk box october and November review

Love the little boxes which aren’t so little actually.
On instagram I had said I would never cancel my subscription.
Well hello, I won’t.
I love everything that goes into the box.
So thoughtfully procured

October box was the dvf box.
In collaboration with diane von frustsenberg that european designer who invented the wrap dress.
Box came with a magazine to tell all the stories that inspired and a dvf scarf  which came in very handy on a stowaway trip but is large enough to be used for anything.
The iconic red lip brooch which I have since misplaced. Awwks.
I know it is somewhere in my property.
It also had hand cream from one of my favourite french brands l’occitane
Shea hand cream which is utterly amazing and small enough for those of us who need handcream in every nook and cranny of our purses, bags and car.

Miscellar water
from my little beauty the brand for my little uk box.
I didnt like the smell of this.
I used a bit of it and I have pencilled it down for a giveaway.
It has aloe vera and it did work excellently well but I cant stand the smell.
Love that it has a little hole for dispensing but thats about it.

November box came with a cute little expresso mug
Inscribed how’s your day gonna be?
Inside reads ‘happy’
An aranacil eye kohl pencil
My little beauty mascara which despite the lovely ingredients left my eyes stinging when taking it off.
Essie ‘as cute as a button’ nail polish
This is my first time using essie polish

It left a lot to be desired except the marvellous colour payoff.
It dried fast but didn’t look good on natural nails that had a few ridges.
Its also a bit too light.
I prefer my staple rimmel polish and the oriflame the one polish.
I pretty much got the two boxes mixed up by now so forgive me.
I don’t mind the two products which werent all that.
For me, I got value for the money spent.
Looking forward to my december box.
I get my boxes late because of consolidated shipping.
My subscription is done with my gtb mastercard.
here you need a uk shipping address.


2015-resolutions and other things.

Hello everyone,
Happy new year.

Happy new year

The plan this year is to bring more structured posts on the blog.
Broad spectrum protocols for different skincare and hair issues and of course product reviews will continue.
I will however not be posting very much in this first quarter so that’s a bit of some sad news to start the year off for which I am extremely sorry.
Last year,  I lost my cousin in November and that completely took the wind out of my sale.
Yes, im stronger now.. we all are but still a little bit of time away is required for other purposes.
I will still post snippets of information from time to time and the popup remains open for those in calabar and whoever needs something shipped out to them.

All in all, we made it to 2015.
What are your plans for the new year?
Is there anything you want to do differently ?
Perhaps start paying more attention to your health ?
Skin and hair ?
Now is a good time to make those decisions.
I would love to hear in the comments.

I think I want to get rid of my muffin top once and for all and become more disciplined with keeping fizzy sodas away.
Plus I want my hair to get to an extra six inches in six months.