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Published October 18, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

UPDATE: The November French Box is shipping out Monday. If you’d like to grab one “hot off the presses,” so to speak AND get a discount, enter this promo code when ordering: RRAMY8A4D8

I am beyond excited to see what French treasures the November box will hold but, for your oooh-la-la enjoyment, here’s a recap of the October box and all of its awesome jewels!

Today, IT arrived. My first French Box. A new subscription box that launched a month ago (which I unfortunately missed out on as I wasn’t aware of the existence of The French Box until it had already sold out). Below is the October subscription box, The Warmth of Provence. It is very French, very classy, and very tres chic.

Here is the package the mail carrier greeted me with this morning:


THE FRENCH BOX. In all of its pink splendor, holding all things French. I admit, I stared in awe and wonder at it for a few minutes before actually tearing into it. It’s French. It could have been filled with frozen Ore Ida French fries and I’d have probably still be all atwitter over it.

Let’s get it out of the official shipping box and see what lies within, shall we?


And there it is, in all of its French glory, too tempting to gaze upon any longer and begging to be ripped into. Let’s go…

Oooo la la, it’s contents are wrapped quite nicely! I feel almost guilty as I gently tug on the ends of the ribbon to untie it.


And on top of the package are the following French lovelies:


A lovely French postcard, suitable for framing. Which is exactly what I intend to do…collect these little objets d’art and frame them to hang on my office wall. This one, which features a casually chic French woman states, “In Provence, the sun rises twice a day: Once in the morning and after the afternoon nap.” Le sigh.


Merci beaucoup! A descriptor leaflet explaining all of the products in English (which is a great idea since it appears all of the product labels are in French and I do not parlez-vu Francais well – if at all).

Now let’s look at the contents one exquisite item at a time. Unlike my usual gusto with which I tear into subscription boxes, this one is eliciting reverence from me and I’m more subdued. Ahhh, France…

And we’re off with a homerun right out of the box…With a cover illustration by the renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix, this is a lovely journal, filled with blank pages on which to jot down one’s thoughts. I’d have paid the cost of the box for just this single beautiful item.


Next up is this sweet (literally) little packet of gems. From Couleur Calisson, it is a small package containing what is apparently a French treat, a mini “calisson.” Here is where I need to use a lifeline and call my friend Google to translate. “Calissons are a traditional French candy consisting of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing.” Okay, so they not only LOOK delectable, they sound delectable as well.


Gently putting aside my newly-discovered French candied treasure, the next item I pick up is by Atelier Cologne Colognes Absolues (pure perfume) in Santal Carmin. Turning back to my friend Google, I discovered the following about this company: “Atelier Cologne is the first Maison de Parfum dedicated entirely to Cologne, the legendary fragrance classic.” Smells divine and Mr. Beholding Eye will be delighted to use this fine French fragrance. Oooh la la indeed!


Okay, now that the gentleman’s selection from the box is out of the way, let’s dive into what the French Box has included for the madam of the house.

First up is this beautiful Matis powder brush, made of goat hair and amazingly soft against the skin. The descriptor card indicates it applies pressed and loose powder, bronzer, and mineral makeup effortlessly. I’ve no doubt that it does, but it’s almost too pretty to use. LOVE IT!!!


Also for the lady of the house is this amazing Sothy’s Volume Care Mascara. I haven’t used this yet, but it appears quite glossy on its thick applicator brush. It’s Sothy’s and it’s French…Who am I kidding? I’m going to love it more than any mascara I’ve ever used, even if it leaves me with a set of eyes a raccoon would envy at the end of the night.



Next up is a set of 4 Oshibori 100% cotton hand made tea towels infused with a lovely green tea scent. AMAZING. These will be tres chic the next time we have a couple of guests over for dinner for a touch of class.

And what is that lovely smell coming from the box? Could it be this gorgeous pink-and-white swirled Durance Marseille soap sending up the delicate scent of fresh-cut roses? Oh my my…my heart is now almost officially stolen by French Box. Durance USA was also kind enough to give a 15% off coupon, no minimum, for purchases from its website. J’aime cela!!!



The last item in this seemingly never-ending box of French finery is Le Panier Francais Provence French Herbs Mix, along with a recipe card containing 3 tres French recipes in which one might make use of these herbs.

And with this goes the last little bit of my French-loving heart. Beauty, elegance, scents, and now cooking? Yeah, I’m officially head over heels with The French Box!

In case you couldn’t tell, I’m over-the-moon delighted with my first French Box. It’s such a lovely assortment of products for everyone to enjoy, each packaged and presented amazingly well. I scored my first box for $14 with a promotional code (retail value of the box is approximately $65), and I believe the box will be $24/month from here on out…which is fine by me. Hey, I’ll gladly work overtime to squeeze this box of awesomeness into the monthly budget…and to get those adorably charming and quirky postcards that are suitable for framing.

If you’d like to check out the French Box, here are some links to help you get started.

Twitter: @GetFrenchBox
Instagram: FrenchBox_Official
Pinterest: FrenchBox_Official



And back to my American apartment in central California, don’t forget to follow me on the following social media. Another sneak peek at the Big October Beauty Giveaway is coming up later tonight, and I know no one will want to miss that little reveal!


And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet but want to, here’s the Rafflecopter link to get you started:

ENTER DRAWING HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Until next time, stay beautiful…and go check out French Box!!!


Published September 25, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

I knew my FabFitFun Fall Edition had shipped 2 days ago…but I wasn’t expecting to see my mail carrier walking by my window with it today. As I scurried from my office to the door, probably looking a fright (but who cares when it comes to delivery of a new subscription box???), I looked at it awe and amazement. Now, all things being equal and me keeping it real for my readers, I found the Summer Edition box a total snoozefest, with a couple of exceptions (the Sonya Dakar Flash Facial being my primary reason for purchasing that box). Grabbing a knife from the kitchen with the dexterity of a potential horror movie victim, I hurried back into my bedroom to see what possible wonders the Fall Edition held.

Here it is, in all of its wonder and glory. It’s packaged quite lovely, as usual…and I can’t wait to get beyond that pristine white tissue paper to see what lies beneath!

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Now let’s get that pesky tissue paper out of the way and see those much-anticipated contents:

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And there it is, just begging to be dug into…

Okay, first let’s get to the 2 items we had spoilers for. First is that A-MAZING Jessica Steele Apron. While I didn’t get the pink and gold I had hoped for, this adorable cream and black polka dot number works for me…Love it! I didn’t unwrap it as I’m saving it to wear for the upcoming holiday meal preparation.

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(Retail Value $32)
Now moving on to the “spoiler” item #2, the full-sized Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. I love all things Dermalogica. Great brand and this alone has a retail value higher than the cost of this box of awesomeness.

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(Retail Value $56)

Okay, now for the goodies we haven’t had spoilers for. Diving on in…

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Here we have LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter. This is a generous-sized travel sample (however, FFF has been advertising for over a month now about how they’ve done away with all sample sizes, so I find this size included in the box to be interesting). That being said, it sounds amazing, and I love body butters so I’m sure I’ll be using this very soon now that Fall has officially dropped the temperatures substantially.
(Retail Value $18)

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I’m really excited about having this Honest Co. (Jessica Alba’s company) Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar in this box. I’ve been hearing really positive reviews about Honest Co.’s products so I really appreciate the chance to try one of them before buying. So far you’re knocking it out of the park, FFF!
(Retail Value $4.95)

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ADORBS!!!!!! Okay, now I’m starting to do a little happy dance. Here we have a pair of Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Ped workout socks. CUTEST. BOOTIES. EVER. Woohoo…Oh, but these are almost too cute to wear. ALMOST.
(Retail Value $12)

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Well, here’s a lovely colored lip gloss just in time for Fall. This is the Beauty for Real True Color Lip Cream in “Always There.” It also comes with an LED light and a mirror…Nice touches! This will definitely be put to good use and, being a lip gloss addict, this is definitely a hit with me.
(Retail Value $22)

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A must-have for every season, next is a full-sized CHI 44 Iron Guard thermal protection spray. This will go lovely with my ridiculously cute pink zebra print CHI straightening iron. Great product to include, FFF!
(Retail Value $14.50)

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Wow, this is total awesomeness. By Gramr Gratitude Co., it’s a lovely and classy thank you card set, complete with sealing wax and wax press. This is a gorgeous set and absolutely perfect with the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.
(Retail Value $43)

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And a couple of food-related items, which FFF always throws in. This time it’s a Numi Organic Tea and a Mary’s Gone Crackers organic chipotle tomato pretzels. Yeah, let’s be honest…these 2 goodies won’t make it through the day. My stomach is already rumbling just looking at those pretzel sticks.
(Retail Value 0 – sponsored items)

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Also included is a 25% off coupon for the first purchase with The Honest Co. If you’d like to use this, it looks like it’s meant for sharing. Just proceed to checkout and enter HONESTLYFAB to save 25% on your purchase.

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And they’ve also included a free 3-month trial to FitFusion Digital Subscription. Eh, here at Casa Beholding Eye, this probably will be of no use but if you, my lovely reader, would like to take advantage of it, enter code ffftrial to give it a try for 3 months.

And there we have it. The FabFitFun Fall 2014 Edition, all unboxed. First of all, I’m really pleased with this box and the variety of contents. I’m also delighted with the superfast shipping. To my estimation, the retail value of this box is in the area of $233 for which I paid about $54, including tax and shipping. All in all, a great deal with products I absolutely love (well, except maybe that 3-month subscription to FitFusion but, hey, I’m sure a lot of subscribers will love it!).

If you’d like to order this box for yourself, they are still available. Here’s my referral link: ENTER SPLURGE10 TO SAVE $15 OFF OF THIS BOX

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Still awaiting Glossy Box and Allure Sample Society (I finally slipped off of the fence onto the YES side!)…Stay tuned for those unboxings!


“Beauty is in t…

Published January 28, 2013 by thebeholdingeye

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

“Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.”
-Plato, Symposium

Welcome to my blog, fellow beauty/makeup/cooking/baking mavens!

As an enthusiast of all things beauty- and cuisine-related, the purpose of my little blog is to explore new beauty products, review those same products, share subscription boxes with all of the lovelies who are reading my blog, and post up a few tried-and-true recipes of appetizers, entrees, side dishes, and scrumptious desserts and baked delicacies.

There are innumerable blogs on the world wide internet already covering these same topics, so you might be wondering what my blog will have to offer that those others do not.  Well, I’m not sponsored by anyone so any of my opinions on any product will be just that, my unadulterated opinion, which isn’t influenced in any way except by my own personal preference.  Bigger isn’t always better.  More expensive doesn’t always equate to a superior product.  Sometimes those dollar store finds are like striking gold.  And sometimes that big-name product just doesn’t always live up to the hype, no matter how much you want to love it.

I also intend to have the occasional giveaway, which could be anything from a small home decor item (i.e., candles, wax tarts, etc.), a beauty item which I love and wish to share with a reader, or a small cooking- or baking-related item.  The possibilities are endless…Since I haven’t really planned that far ahead, anything is possible.

So, welcome to my blog.  I hope you decide to subscribe and hang around for awhile.  We can talk all the dirt about the latest products and compare notes.  And if there’s a product you love that you’d like to tell me about, feel free to do so.  I love trying new products!

And remember, the wonderful thing about beauty…It’s always in the eye of the beholder.