Lordy, sometimes keeping up with these boxes is very difficult! Ah well, here is a late Valentine's Day gift from me to you!

As always, originally published on www.fiftyshadesofcoral.com.

Mes petites choux! I am sorry this is so late! Think of it as an extra-special gift from me to you on the Day of KissyFace and Cupid!

My GlossyBox took FOREVER to get to me this time around, and I think it's because there was some sort of Groupon or something for it. They got overwhelmed, and so it only arrived like a week or so ago. Sad. But at least I got it! Let's hope February's box comes a bit faster! Shall we dive in? We shall. Onwards and upwards, my friends!


Balance Me Super Toning Body Wash ($14 full size) - This... is an interesting concept. It has apparently been designed to improve skin tone, soften, smooth, and encourage good circulation. How a body wash can encourage circulation I do not know. But I'm willing to try it out, I think. It smells super nice, thanks to all the delicious herbal ingredients, but I'd stay away if you're not a fan of smelling like a kitchen herb garden. I like that scent, personally, so it'll be a good pick me up sort of product for me. We shall see how well it 'tones', if it's just a fancy smelling body wash I will not be purchasing. Apparently you can also use it as a bath time soak, and I am not afraid to admit that I do dearly love a good bath time soak. Stay tuned on this one, friends!

VichyAqualia Thermal Rich Cream ($31 original size) - Oh boy, friends, does this moisturize. Super, super, SUPER rich formula. Good for those cold nights when you just don't think your skin is every going to be fully hydrated ever again, probably not good for every day. I'm looking forward to using it the next time I start getting Plague Spots* on my face - I have an inkling that this will be really great at keeping those under control finally. It does contain glycerin, synthetic wax, and ammonium, so those of you who are sensitive to the weird chemicals in a lot of these more heavy-duty products might want to give this one a wide berth.


Beauty Blender Beauty Blender Pure ($19.95) - A cult product, and a minor obsession amongst some of my fellow beauty bloggers, the beauty blender is basically an egg-shaped sponge that you use to apply your liquid foundations or bases or tinted moisturizers. I couldn't tell you why this one is 'pure', maybe because it's white? I don't even know. I've used it once, and was decidedly not impressed. The cleanser it came with really does clean it up well, but I just didn't think it applied any better than my airbrush foundation brush. Maybe I did it wrong, and I'm willing to give it a second shot, but you can get a months worth of latex-free sponges at CVS for like, $3, and then you don't have to worry about cleaning them. I just don't get the hype, guys. I really don't. So confused.

Bellápierre Cosmetics Mineral Blush in Desert Rose ($20 original size) - Not sure I've ever been happier with a blush, to be honest with you friends.I've used this multiple times since I got it, and just adore the color, the consistency, the pigmentation, everything. It's not too strong of a color, and goes on just beautifully with a mineral powder brush. The color really is a very natural rose color, that I find compliments my skin tone exceptionally well. I'm not sure it'd be as complimentary on someone with skin that is not as pale as mine, but it also is extremely build able, so I suspect you could get it to give you a delicious flush no matter your skin tone. Highly recommend. Love this product.


TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray ($14.99 original size) - Sea salt sprays might be one of my favorite silly beauty trends. Mostly because about two summers ago, I was home and was on the boat one day with my father. It was a windy, spray-y day, with just the right amount of sun, so we were sitting up top - him driving, me as Crew. My hair was getting whipped around like crazy, and by the end of the day I definitely had that 'salty texture' going on. So I told dad that people pay lots of money to get that look, and after grilling me to make sure I was serious, we laughed for a LONG time. Because... why? Why would you do that to yourself? It's impossible to de-tangle, and only looks good if your hair is impeccably styled to begin with, which is not sustainable either at the beach or on a boat. It basically announces to the world that you put a lot of effort into looking like you put no effort into your look. Don't get me wrong, I will absolutely be using this product all the time once my hair grows out again, I love salt sprays, I also have the Bumble and Bumble version, but I'll be the first to admit that it's a silly trend based completely in inane vanity.

That's all for January's box, y'all! I hope you enjoyed it - it very much seemed like they were trying to yank us out of the winter blues and put some Spring back into our step!


Whoever comes up with the best seasonal pun might win a prize.

Ciao for now!