Unboxed: Petit Vour June 2015

 

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I think I’m in love.  I just discovered a new subscription box called Petit Vour.  I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I love all things beauty-related. This is particularly true when I get a suprise assortment delivered to my door, so I love the subscription box concept. And Petit Vour is my new favorite. (note: I am not being paid for this article….I just really wanted to share.) The thing that differentiates this company is that they only care cruelty-free items. This also means that most of their products are vegan and free of nasty chemicals. Score!

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The first item in the June box was a full-size Fior d’FINEd LINEs eyeliner in brown sugar.  It seems like a decent quality eyeliner that is vegan and free of gluten, petro-chemicals, parabens, etc. And it just so happens that bronze-y brown is one of my top choices in eyeliner colors.

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Next up is a 1oz sample of Jacq’s Organics Green Smoothie Scrub & Masque. I’m super excited to give this one a try. It’s actually a powder that you mix with water to form the masque. I love the herbal scent; it smells almost good enough to eat.

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This month’s box also contained a vegan facial brush from 100% Pure. It’s a small brush that would be great for travel. It seems like a good quality brush, but if I’m being honest, I probably won’t use it. I’m sure that this will find a loving home with one of my friends.

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The final item in this month’s box is a 1oz sample of face cleanser from Meow Meow Tweet. I may have to break my “consistency is key” skincare rule to try this one because I’ve always wanted to try out this brand. I can’t make up my mind about the scent of this cleanser though. It reminds me of tobacco….it isn’t completely unpleasant, but I’m not totally sure that I want this particular fragrance on my face.

I’ve gotten this box twice now, and I’ve been really impressed with the sample sizes and variety. Each month there have been at least a couple of items that I’d use regularly. I’ll start posting an unboxing each month here at the blog so check back!

Spicy Jicama “Fries”

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We all have those days that really need to be about relaxation and self care. Today has been one of those days. My oldest friend from high school who I hadn’t seen in years came to dinner last night. I was up way past my bedtime, and I knew from the moment I woke up that today would not be a productive day. But like I said…..we all need to indulge in a lazy day once in awhile.

One thing that I don’t want to do on a lazy day is spend all day in the kitchen. So I whipped up this easy recipe in approximately five minutes so that I could go catch up on the new season of “Orphan Black.” Despite the name of this post, I actually don’t think of this recipe as a replacement for fries. I think of it more as a great side for a light meal or a fun addition to a veggie tray.

Cut up the jicama into a french fry shape or any shape you feel like really. Then, sprinkle them with lime juice, chili powder, and cumin. That’s it! I personally think that the spices pair really well with guac, and this crunchy root vegetable is a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Can you say the same about those boring tortilla chips?

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