Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: Best Korean cosmetics from Jolse.com

Holiday 2014 Gift Guide: Best Korean cosmetics from Jolse.com

No, this is not another sheet-mask-toner-BB-cream post. Korean cosmetics are a lot more varied than that, as you will find out. What is so great about Korean cosmetics, you ask? For starters, most products really do what they say. Secondly, their multi-step skin care regimen is responsible for their baby-soft, dewy skin - do they even age? And, this I quote from Marie Claire: "The R&D is 12 years ahead the rest of the world" and they know what to do with many ingredients the rest of the world has not even considered for skincare. Having used Korean skincare products for more than a year now, I agree with all three. 
One of my favourite websites to shop for Korean cosmetics is Jolse.com - they ship worldwide for free (just $2.50 extra worldwide if tracked) and will deliver expedited during the Holiday season, so if you are looking for last-minute treats, you are in the right place. There are little extra GWPs with every purchase PLUS there is a discount running on most products right until Christmas Day!
Korean cosmetics. The phrase generally screams BB cream, lip tint, skin essence and sheet mask. Problems with those choices are, shade matching for BB creams, skin type matching for essence and, well, a sheet mask as a Crimbo prezzie? For the beauty bargain/gift-hunter, the Korean cosmetics industry boasts of a dazzling array of nail, hair and foot care products of equally good quality. Which is why this posts focuses on some of them. 

Check out my Holiday 2014 gift guide for Korean cosmetics from Jolse.com for beauty and nail polish fans.


Memebox Special 53 Wine and Cheese Cosmetics review, unboxing

Memebox Special 53 Wine and Cheese Cosmetics review, unboxing

I watched The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on Friday night and it was epic. Quite a few differences from the book, but a grand movie nonetheless. The entire cinema teared up over the two deaths (I bawled through two tissues despite expecting it from the book) and applauded Legolas's agility. I have been spending the better part of the weekend refreshing my memory by returning to Tolkien's books and I haven't managed to do a quarter of the errands I intended to complete, though I have ROTK left to re-read now. All I can talk about are Thorin, Kili, Bard and others from Middle-Earth.
But I can talk about wine anytime. White is my favourite version, though I will go for red when white is not to be had. Anytime, all the time, be it sauvignon blanc, pinot gris or chardonnay. I also have a love for country wines. I went on a trekking holiday in October and returned with 14 bottles - fig, gooseberry, passion fruit, grape, pomegranate, pineapple and so on - and have got through only three bottles so far. Fig wine was particularly nice.
When Memebox released a Wine and Cheese skincare box, I did not wait to look at the price, description, shipping date or even my credit card balance before placing my order. We all know the benefits of wine-based skincare, and I already love the Dear by Enprani Bounce Cheese Cream.

Check out my review and unboxing of the Memebox Special 53 beauty box, Wine and Cheese Cosmetics. 

Lip Factory All-Lips Box review, unboxing

Lip Factory All-Lips Box review, unboxing

Lip Factory sent out my November and December 2014 boxes together, which is why this post is a tad late. Every four months, they do an all-lips box, containing only lip-products. I love these; they are a great way of adding new lippies to your stash.
For those who came in late, Lip Factory is a monthly makeup-only beauty box that ships worldwide. The products are all full-sized, and you can customise what you receive to some extent. It is my favourite makeup subscription and I have discovered some beautiful products, thanks to them. And, because the products are full-sized, the value is great.

Here is the Lip Factory All-Lips beauty box for November 2014.


Tess Giberson for Beauty.com 2014 Winter Forest Bag

Tess Giberson for Beauty.com 2014 Winter Forest Bag

I recently shopped from from Beauty.com and received a gift card, so there was an excuse to make a second haul! My haul post is coming up within a week or so - the fact is that I am receiving an early Christmas present in the form of a new camera, and have pretty much stopped taking photographs until then  - but meanwhile, you can take a look at an amazing GWP I received from Beauty.com.
The gifts at Beauty.com are not the odd perfume vial and foil sachet. Each GWP is a designer bag, exclusively from a recent collection, and the bag contains travel, deluxe and full-sized samples from top brands sold on Beauty.com. Recently, I got the Adam Selman for Beauty.com Baby Backpack as a GWP - check out the contents here.
I am thrilled to receive the Tess Giberson Winter Forest bag, the first Holiday 2014 GWP from Beauty.com - as you can see from the photo above, the functional makeup pouch is a looker, with the lovely tree silhouettes!

Check out the contents of the Tess Giberson for Beauty.com Winter Forest bag below. 


Botanical Splash Body Moisturiser and Revitaliser review, giveaway


Ever since I began all-over moisturising two times a day, I have been careful about the ingredients of body butters and lotions. You don't want to slather all kinds of things all over your skin two times a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. I repeat, all over the skin, everywhere. I have very sensitive skin, and there have been body lotions which haven't been kind to certain tender areas, or lotions that are too gentle for dry weather, making my skin flaky and scaly.
The Botanical Splash Body Moisturiser and Revitaliser is a 100% natural body moisturiser containing just pure botanical oils of almond, orange, lime, lemon, olive and avocado. It is free of preservatives, parabens, synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrance, petroleum-based oils, GMOs, colourings and any other additives.
The best part is, three lucky people - from Europe, Canada, Australia, the US or the UK ONLY - will receive a bottle each as a New Year gift!

Read on for my review of Botanical Splash Body Moisturiser and Revitaliser.


EleVease Shower Step Giveaway Winner

I managed to find a snowman that lights up for the top of the tree. Nothing like the sweet pink and white fairy my grandmother had knitted, but when something has been missing for three years, you know the chances of finding it in the next couple of days are rather dim. The snowman feels plasticky and cheap, but so did the star I used last year. I might look again on Friday, but until then, this goes up.
Before I move on to the next giveaway (yes, there are giveaways on until the New Year), here is the winner of the EleVease Shower Step Giveaway. Please get in touch with me  via email asap, providing your name, shipping address and telephone number.
For those who did not win, there are more giveaways coming up - starting tonight - and if you need a Shower Step (of course you do; everyone does, as you will see from my review here), you can buy one here. Free worldwide shipping until December 15, 2014. Believe me, this is a game-changing product that makes shaving and scrubbing the legs, trimming and polishing the toenails, pedicuring and so on, much easier!
Check out the results in the widget below.

Beauty products emptied in November 2014

Beauty products emptied in November 2014

There are three things to keep in mind when you want to prevent yourself from hoarding beauty products, in order to make yourself use up the products in your stash. The first is, the more you use up, the more you will need to buy - which is a good thing, right? Secondly, expiry dates! And finally, the empties posts you can do every month with all the tubes, jars and sachets waiting to be binned. It is these three factors which help me use up as much as I can, along with all-over moisturising two times a day. You will be surprised at how quickly those pots of body butter empty up, and at how soft your skin becomes. Right, I'm waffling.

On to the beauty products I used up in November 2014 and my thoughts on each.