Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers

Hello folks!

Sabreen Cosmetics is a cruelty free and vegan brand started by three sisters to honor their aunt who lost her battle with cancer. Read more about their brand story in the interview I posted a few days back! Today I’d like to share with you 2 shades from their liquid matte enhancer lipstick line.

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Sabreen Cosmetics Liquid Matte Enhancers in Najiyyah (top) and Laila (bottom)

I love the packaging of these! The black box with flowers and gold detailing is a nice touch 🙂 The actual tube also looks pretty with the pink and gold top.

They offer 12 shades on their website, all of them look intense, pigmentation wise and they are some unique colors. The 2 shades they kindly sent me are Najiyyah and Laila. Both these shades are totally out of my usual comfort zone but it was so much fun testing these out! The shade Najiyyah is a dark red brown which looks awesome for a night out and is my favorite out of the two. Laila is bright neon pink on my lips and I think I might wear this on its own in the summer! I also enjoyed mixing the 2 shades.

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Laila and Najiyyah swatched

From the swatches above you can see they mean business when it comes to pigmentation! On the lips, a single swipe is all you need for rich color. They dry down to a perfect matte budge proof layer within a minute after application.

I have dry lips and these don’t flake off or make my lips look like a dried prune 😀 I use a lip balm prior to using any lip product and this does not alter the formula of these guys. I am also impressed with the longevity of the matte enhancers. They stayed on quite well even after a meal..no weird flaking or bleeding.

Overall, these are quite comfortable to use and the pigmentation is amazing! Check out their website to see their other shade offerings!

Until next time,ciao!!

 

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Lucy B’s Beauty: Brand Review

Hello everyone!

If you did not get a chance to catch up on my previous post HERE, do check it out! I had the opportunity to interview the co founder and CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty! Today I want to share with you some of the lovely products the brand has to offer. Let’s talk about my favorite product first, the Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil!

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Lucy B’s Hydra Bloom Rose Bath and Body oil

This is what I’d call Spring in a bottle! It was really nice to receive this in the mail a day before a snowstorm hit us. It reminded me of spring which is my favorite time of the year. Not only does this look beautiful on your bath room counter this guy provides some serious moisture to the skin.

This oil can be used in a variety of ways, a face oil, adding a few drops to your bath water or using it right after your bath. I personally like to use this when I step out of the shower and just rub it on my damp skin. The result is supple hydrated skin!

The oil is a bend of Argan oil, Sunflower seed oil, Vitamin E, Rose Geranium Essential oil, Organic Rose buds and Lucy B’s signature Australian Flower essences (Boab, Five Corners, Dog Rose, Sturt Desert Rose and Southern Cross). The ingredients sound great don’t they?!

The smell of the rose body oil is not strong, in fact it is extremely subtle that even someone who generally doesn’t like rose scented products (I’m looking at you mom..if you’re reading this :D) can use this. In case you don’t like anything with rose in it they do offer a lavender bath and body oil too!

The other product Lucy kindly sent me, is a lip gloss from their Apothecary collection. I always have a lip gloss hanging around in my bag (or diaper bag these days!) especially during the colder months. I always like to use a lip gloss to provide some instant hydration when on the go and this one does the job nicely.

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Lucy B’s tinted lip gloss in Cocoa berry

The gloss also has a nice vanilla scent to it. It is a bit sticky but in the winter months I do not mind it so much. I really like the shade cocoa berry. They offer their tinted glosses in 3 other shades in addition to this. Do check out their website .

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Cocoa berry swatched

Overall, I really enjoyed both the products I received from Lucy B’s Beauty. The Hydra Bloom Rose oil makes an amazing gift and the gloss is a nice staple for on the go touch ups. I am looking forward to trying out Lucy B’s shimmer oils once it’s summer!

Have you tried anything from Lucy B’s Beauty? If not what would you like to try?

Until next time, ciao!!

 

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An interview with Lucy Baldock- Sacchi, CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty

Hello everyone!

I recently started interviewing the founders of Indie beauty brands, which has been a lot of fun! Each brand has a unique story and it is fun to get to know the creative minds behind unique products. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Lucy Baldock – Sacchi, the CEO and co founder of Lucy B’s Beauty. She is a celebrity make up artist who has worked extensively with celebrities like Claudia Schiffer, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kylie Minogue, Johnny Depp to name a few.

Lucy B’s Beauty is a natural, cruelty free beauty brand based out of California but they bring to you products infused with botanical ingredients used by the Aborigines in Australia. Read on to find out more about Lucy B’s Beauty and Lucy’s journey as co founder so far!

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Lucy Baldock- Sacchi, CEO of Lucy B’s Beauty

Being a successful makeup artist who worked with top models and some of Hollywood’s big names, I thought I would start the interview by asking how did you get into the field of makeup artistry?

My parents were in show business (music side in London) so I was always surrounded by Art and Film and the people that produced Art and Music during the 1970’s.. it was a great inspiration to me. I loved all things beauty, fashion and Art so was always doing photo shoots. I partnered with a friend who was breaking into photography… then was approached by a great make up artist agency in USA to work with them..

What inspired you to start Lucy B’s Beauty? 

After two decades of working on photo shoots, for top magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire, traveling the globe with models, actors and many celebrities doing hair& makeup, I was always given gratis every brand to test on my clients and I foresaw a trend in natural and organic beauty. I then set about with my photographer and artist husband Marco Sacchi to design a range to launch initially with my celebrity clientele as gifts.. I was working in Australia for 3 weeks with super model Elle McPherson, we went on a day off to the Uluru Cultural center and learnt all about the powerful plants that the Aboriginal people have used for healing emotional and physical ailments for many thousands of years.. I started learning more about them and worked on a range to launch. The iconic Fred Segal store in LA heard about our range and the rest is (her-story!)~ history

The bath oils and shimmer oils are beautiful! I love the hydra bloom Rose bath and body oil you kindly sent me! It smells divine and is very calming and relaxing. I would love to hear the story behind these products.

HYDRA BLOOM Organics are the holy grail of high grade organic ingredients pared with recycled packaging..  the beautiful glass can be used as flower vases and refilled. I think a product should not only be the highest quality organic but also look stunning.. the addition of organic rose buds, lavender flowers and our signature flower essences raise the vibration of the product.

I personally love Australian natural skincare brands. Australia has some amazing indigenous plants and I was thrilled to see that you use a unique blend of 5 Australian flower essences (Southern Cross, Sturt Desert Rose, Five Corners, Boab and Dog Rose) in many of your products. What is the significance of these 5 flowers

As a combination essence it has a vibrational effect of boosting ones confidence! Each flower has amazingly powerful properties used for thousands of years to heal them on many levels. Southern Cross~ helps one take responsibility for their own joy; Sturt Desert Rose~ helps you access your courage; Five Corners~helps one celebrate their own beauty; Boab~ helps one to release negative ancestral patterns and Dog Rose~ helps one embrace life more fully.

Lucy B’s also has an impressive range of perfumes.Where do you seek inspiration for the perfumes you create?  

As a child in London I was always into my mothers perfumes, layering them and admiring their gorgeous bottles..  I truly created them from amazing memories of England and Australia.. two incredible places of magnificent beauty I was fortunate to live in. The scents range from Amber Honey Suckle, Peony Rose and Mandarin Musk, Water Lotus and Vanilla, Green Fig & Vanilla, Gardenia, (all inspired by my home town London) and the plethora of gorgeous English gardens my family and Grandmother would take us to..such as Kew Gardens, The Chelsea flower show and while on a trip to Australia I fell in LOVE with Frangipani (aka Plumeria) a waxy fragrant beachy flower that is grows abundantly all over Australia. I lived there  for a while with a huge Frangipani tree in our garden. Other tropical scents were also growing wild over there.. Tiare Coconut & Jasmine.

Which of Lucy B’s Beauty products would you pick as your personal favorites?

I LOVE for Summer our Bronze Shimmer Body Glow (frangipani scent) and our roll-on and eau de parfum in Frangipani and Jasmine. Our HYDRA BLOOM Rose face, body bath oil and Rose LOVE face mist are magnificent to boost the skin’s pH balance and provide generous antioxidants to protect and hydrate.
For Autumn/ Winter or summer nights~ I LOVE our Amber Honeysuckle eau de parfum and roll-on oil along with our Lavender Face body bath oil to soothe the skin and relax the mind.. I love our Pearl shimmer oil to add a highlight to my skintone.

What are some of the challenges you have faced as a beauty brand entrepreneur and how did you overcome them?

This journey is not for the feint of heart! , one gets challenged often on many levels, having great ideas and staying truly focused on your brands core beliefs is key, I sort of compare it to having a hit song and singing it for a long time, refreshing the way to sing it and present it is key to staying fresh.
Listening to your intuition is so important. Growing slowly is key to see what works for your customer base. Listening to your stores and customers is always important. Stores are important but online selling and social has become equally important for sales.

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start a beauty brand?

Its like building a house you’ll always need treble the funds what you think you’ll need! This can be over time though, always create a business plan and update every two years as you reach certain goals. Keep your day job to supplement income until it takes off and has a steady flow. Estimate 2-4 years. Get a mentor or 3 already in the business or with a business, ask questions as much as possible, attend seminars. Learn how to create spreadsheets then you know at a glance what everything actually costs, creating a COG (cost of goods) spreadsheet include shipping components to your company, the actual final items, its also great for making lists and having a focus on whats priority to do next. Use companies like legal zoom to help create your company & trademarks and for good inexpensive advice.

Lastly, could you give us a sneak peak of what products to expect from Lucy B’s this year 🙂

I’m working on a great kit for winter, can’t say what it is until we launch.. we’ll let you know.

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this interview and getting to know Lucy and her brand Lucy B’ s Beauty! Stay tuned for a review of some products from Lucy B’s beauty coming up this Friday!!

Until next time,ciao!!

Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a chance to read my interview post (HERE) featuring the founder of Skinzi Cosmetics, Barby Espiritu. She describes her journey from being a quality engineer to starting her own liquid lipstick brand. They have beautiful matte liquid lipsticks which are specifically for those of us who suffer from dry lips. I typically do not wear liquid matte lipsticks (you can see that I have barely mentioned any on my blog) because of my dry lips. I was therefore really interested in trying out Skinzi’s liquid lipsticks. They currently offer 4 shades on their website and plan to expand their shade range soon!

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Skinzi Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks

I really like the packaging of these lipsticks! They are unique and stand out in the sea of liquid lipsticks on the market 🙂 I also think the initial colors they are offering are well thought out. They have a neutral shade : Morning Love, a mauve berry shade: Just Jazzy, a pink : Full Bloom and finally a party red: Paint the Town.

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From left to right: Morning Love, Just Jazzy, Full Bloom and Paint the town

The formula which claims to be non drying lives up to this expectation! It glides on like velvet and dries down to a nice comfortable matte finish. They feel very light and comfortable on the lips. It does not highlight the fine lines on your lips nor flake off during the course of the day.

The first time I used one of the liquid lipsticks, I had slathered on a nice thick layer of lip balm..since I didn’t know what to expect with the formula..plus old habits die hard! This made the liquid lip feel a bit gooey on my lips. So wipe off your lip balm before applying these 🙂 and you’ll see how beautiful the finish is 🙂

I like the faint scent these liquid lips have! I could smell some coffee and butterscotch when I first apply it to my lips but after it dries there is no scent.

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Swatches of the Skinzi liquid lipsticks

Look at those colors! Aren’t they pretty!! I enjoyed using all the 4 shades but if I had to pick one shade it will probably be Full Bloom..it reminds me of spring and is such a lovely shade on the lips.

If you plan to eat greasy food, you might need to reapply. I personally do not mind this since most comfortable lipsticks do that and I rather reapply than have a bullet proof moisture sucking lipstick 😀 Plus, these guys do not flake off but wear away in a uniform fashion leaving a nice stain..so you could go on without reapplying too.

Overall, I really enjoyed these lipsticks and I am excited to see the new shades coming soon from Skinzi!! Have you tried Skinzi Cosmetics?

Until next time, ciao!!!

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An Interview with Barby Espiritu, founder of Skinzi Cosmetics

Hello folks!

I have been wanting to do a series of interviews with inspiring indie brand founders for a while now. I enjoy reading the stories behind brands and also about the people who are responsible for bringing a brand to life. Many a time, the unique stories behind a brand makes you appreciate the brand a bit more 🙂

I am happy to kick start this series with Skinzi Cosmetics! Have you been on the hunt for a liquid matte lipstick which does not flake or dry your lips out? Well you’re in luck because the founder of Skinzi Cosmetics, Barby Espiritu decided to solve that problem. A quest to find a solution to a problem most dry lip gals like myself face, resulted in a fun and cool brand! Read on to find out more about Skinzi cosmetics and Barby’s entrepreneurial journey.

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Barby Espiritu, Founder of Skinzi Cosmetics

Tell us a bit about your background and your entrepreneurial journey that resulted in the founding of Skinzi Cosmetics

I’ve always loved makeup since I was a child. I started using bullet matte lipsticks in high school and was introduced years ago to my first liquid matte. I loved that most formulas were long lasting, but I disliked the flaking and drying effect, as well as the bare, feathery patches on my lips after eating greasy food. I immediately had to reapply to cover the weird rim that formed on my lips. I wanted a long-lasting formula that evenly faded like a traditional lipstick instead of flaking.

This lingering frustration, combined with an announcement of possible layoffs in a career that I love (and have been doing for almost a decade) made me rethink the skills that I could offer others.I had worked as a Quality Engineer for years when my company announced a possible layoff. After soul searching to explore my passions, cosmetics was the obvious answer. I started looking for chemists here in the United States to help me formulate a better matte lipstick than what I was used to. That’s how Skinzi got started.

 Is there a story behind the name Skinzi?

I was thinking of calling the company ‘Reach Cosmetics’ but my partner said it sounded more like a grooming product for men. My partner then suggested ‘Skinzi.’ We felt it sounded hip and fun, and those two traits embody our brand.

What was the biggest obstacle you faced while bringing your brand to the market?

The biggest obstacle was finding the right team of chemists to formulate the product. I researched custom lipstick formulation. The easier path, called private labeling, would be to use an existing formula and attach my brand to it. However, I felt my customers deserved more from me, so I chose the more challenging path and decided to formulate my own matte liquid lipstick.

I cold-called and interviewed one lab after another until I found one that was FDA approved, ISO/GMP certified and licensed by the California Department of Public Health for cosmetic manufacturing. I met with them to discuss my long list of requirements for what I thought an ideal liquid matte lipstick should be. After obsessive testing and retesting, they were able to deliver on every single requirement on my list.

Favorite part of your current job as the founder of Skinzi

I enjoy engaging with our customers and hearing valuable feedback about our formula. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback so far. I’m also a firm believer in continuous improvement. Even if we tested the heck out of our lipstick formula, if there would be any more suggestions to improve it, I would be all ears. I’m always looking for opportunities to make a better product.

What was the best and worst advice you received when you were working on bringing Skinzi Cosmetics to the market?

The best advice was to make sure we can clearly articulate the problem we’re trying to solve (flaking matte lipsticks) and communicate to our customers how our product solves that problem.
The worst advice was to look for an existing lipstick formula and just slap the Skinzi brand on it. I wanted my own custom made, proprietary formula and while it took some time to get there, it was totally worth it.

Tell us a bit more about the Beyond Beauty Project on your website

Women are multi-faceted. While our outward beauty is visible to the eye, we are not limited to physical aspects. Women in this day and age have a unique set of personal and cultural attributes.
The Beyond Beauty Project gives us a way to delve into these, as well as celebrating our strengths and understanding our challenges. We explore what it is to be modern day women. We celebrate our womanhood in ways to learn from and support each other.

Which is your favorite shade from Skinzi Cosmetics current range of lipsticks?

My favorites happen to be our best sellers. Just Jazzy is a neutral medium berry shade and Morning Love, a terracotta nude. Funny enough, our customers who purchase Just Jazzy are likely to buy Morning Love. It’s as if they were somehow meant to be paired up! 🙂

 How did you go about deciding which type of shades to release first? (I love the fact that they are all everyday wearable shades with a special red thrown in!)

I was looking for a versatile range of everyday colors that would complement any skin tone. I also put myself in the shoes of my customers, recognizing their diverse lifestyles and picking shades that would be suitable, based on their typical daily activities.
I then researched the various shades, utilizing the Pantone color guide, before deciding on our final four.

What beauty trends do you think will be big this year?

Most fashion and cosmetic trends are cyclical in nature. I’m definitely seeing a lot of corals early this year and I think they’ll continue to grow in popularity.
I’m continuing to see an increased focus on vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, products that are free of parabens, phthalates and sulfates. I think this trend will continue. Consumers don’t just want to look good; they also want to know that what they’re putting on their skin is safe, responsibly manufactured and a good value.

Will there be more product launches coming up this year from Skinzi? 

Absolutely. I have already hand-picked and swatched the next set of beautiful shades of our liquid matte formulas, so watch out for those!

I hope you guys enjoyed getting to know the story behind Skinzi cosmetics and the lovely founder Barby! Stay tuned for a review and swatches of the Skinzi Cosmetics matte liquid lipsticks coming soon! Meanwhile check out Skinzi on Instagram and on their website.

Dirty Mind Cosmetics Lipsticks

Hello folks!!

Today I want to introduce you guys to a brand that delivers great products, is inspired by pop culture but has a bit of naughtiness sprinkled all over 😉 I like that the brand celebrates and encourages you to be your true self and oh their lipstick formula is the bomb!

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Dirty Mind Cosmetics Lipsticks

Let us start with the packing. The lipsticks are housed in an elegant matte black square tube and have a magnetic closure. That click sound is always music to my ears :). The packaging reminds me of Kosas lipsticks and feels high end.

Dirty mind cosmetics very kindly sent me 4 of their shades and I love the variety they offer! These lipsticks are vegan, cruelty free, paraben free and the formula is described as semi matte.

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The 4 shades from Dirty Mind Cosmetics

I fell in love with the formula of these lipsticks 🙂 They glide on so smoothly, and deliver full pigment on your lips with a singe swipe. The semi matte formula is very comfortable on the lips too. I did not experience any drying of my lips from using these lipsticks for a full week continuously (It is really cold and dry where I live and so I am even more impressed by this!).  They also wear away in a uniform fashion so it looks okay even if you do not reapply after a meal. The formula is comparable to many high end lipsticks I have tried.

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Swatches of the Dirty Mind Cosmetics lipsticks

The darkest shade of the lot is carpet matches the drapes and surprisingly this turned out to be a favorite! This is definitely not an every day shade for me but I love the rich color and it looks great for a girls night out! I get compliments every time I wear this shade.

The swatches above are all single swipe swatches and you can see how pigmented these lipsticks are! Heart on and Just the tip are probably the shades everyone will gravitate towards for everyday wear. The shade Red Rocket is a beautiful warm red shade. The formula is consistent across all these shades and I really appreciate that. Many a times I have come across lipsticks where the lighter or darker shades are more patchy or uneven compared to the rest of the shades in the collection.

They have 2 more shades in their collection, a real dark shade called BJ and a purple mauve shade called Wanna Scissor. I would love to see them release more shades since their formula is excellent!!

Overall, I really enjoy these lipsticks and highly recommend them. Do check out their website HERE to see the other shades they offer!

 

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Jeanne En Provence Brand Review : Soaps, shower oils and hand creams

Hello folks!!

Merry Christmas! I was unable to post this earlier on, since I was under the weather the week before Christmas. Then came the weekend where we got super busy prepping and hosting a huge lunch for our friends. After all the Christmas madness here I am back to blogging 😀 Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I am now looking forward to the next round of parties and luncheons coming up this weekend 😉

Jeanne En Provence is a family owned business that has been around since 1978 and their products are from you guessed it..the Provence area in France 🙂 They work with the local farmers there and most of their products are made in the region. I was curious about the brand since they are reasonably priced and they had a good range of scents to try out too.

I was most excited to try out their bar soaps because I have been a soap junkie since I was 4 years old. My grandmother used to get gifts from her acquaintances when they returned from trips abroad, and many a times it was fancy soap. She would keep them aside for me since I was, according to her, the only 4 year old who appreciated the smell of fine soap. Jeanne En Provence very kindly send me their soap gift set which has 4 different soaps and also the soap in the scent Peony.

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Jeanne En Provence Soaps

The soaps in the gift  set come in 4 scents: Fleur d’Oranger, Verveine, Rose and Lavender. I think my favorite scents are Verviene and Rose. I really liked the Peony scented Soap too which is sold separately. I might try the other products in the Peony range since I am into floral scents and the soap smells divine. All the soaps have a pleasant smell which is not overpowering. They give a nice creamy lather too. Overall, I think these soaps are great for the price and are comparable to artisan french soaps which I have tried in the past.

I was also sent 2 products from their Divine Olive collection, namely, the Divine Olive Multipurpose dry oil and also the Divine Olive shower oil. The scent of these products don’t immediately strike me as Olive probably since I have never really smelt fresh Olive leaves or fresh olive flowers. There is a slight floral smell mixed in with a bit of cut grass smell I think. I don’t think I can describe the scent..you jut have to smell it for yourself 🙂

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The Multipurpose dry oil and Shower oil from the Jeanne En Provence Divine Olive collection

I like the multi purpose dry oil as a post shower moisturizer for my skin. It sinks in and doesn’t leave a greasy after feel. This is a multi purpose oil which can be used on the face and hair as well. I am usually very careful about what I put on my face since my facial skin is super sensitive. I might try this out on my hair sometime! Have you tried the Jeanne En Provence multipurpose oil on your face or hair?

The shower oil is not what I expected. I thought it would be more like the almond shower oil from L’occitaine or the shower oils from Rituals. Those shower oils are very thin in consistency. This one however is thick like a shower gel. In addition to Olive oil, this also contains another interesting ingredient called Soapwort which is used in the French country side to wash skin and hair due to its gentle cleansing properties. I found the shower oil to be a very gentle version of a traditional shower gel. It leaves a nice scent on your skin and does not strip your skin off of moisture. I think its perfect for the winter months!

Jeanne En Provence also sent me 2 of their hand creams. They leave a nice velvet layer on your hands. They are perfect to use just before you stuff your hands in winter gloves and dash out the door for some outdoor fun in the winter.

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Jeanne En Provence Handcreams

Again scent wise if you are a lover of floral scents the Rose and the Jasmine hand creams will smell like heaven to you. I am usually not a fan of Jasmine scents since I find the scent too over powering. This hand cream however is lightly scented and is more crisp and clean smelling than most Jasmine heavy scents I have tried in the past.

Overall, I am really impressed with the brand and I think more people should be talking about Jeanne En Provence! Have you tried anything from the brand? If not, why not treat yourself to something from the brand to ring in the new year 😀 They currently have a sale on their gift boxes!! (HERE)

Until next time, ciao!!!

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