Monday, 20 February 2017

My Little Mountains Box

I eagerly awaited this months My Little Box after hearing from Kim that it was a good one. When it arrived nearly a week after she got hers I ripped open the packaging to see what was inside after avoiding all spoilers. I was greeted with the most amazing design, all ski related. Having been skiing myself 5 years ago now this brought back some nostalgic memories. I really loved the design of the box, and the contents were pretty awesome too.

I love the little extra additions we received this month, especially the fabric bag that we get each month which also followed the ski theme. We also received the standard card print, this one with a nice quote "How you climb a mountain is more important than reaching the top" - Yvon Chouinard. I will be displaying this in my office with some of the other prints I have received. We also received a little booklet titled 'Get Cosy' which contains some nice ski facts and soup recipes in the back.

Next up we received some Cold Feet glitter socks, perfect for keeping warm in the colder months. I love how sparkly these are, they certainly add some glam. The packaging is branded with "Chasse-Neige" which translates to snow plow! Fun fact there!

Next up is another couple of random pieces. Firstly a little post it note pad covered with the ski theme design and representing the shape of a mountain. I will be taking these to work with me to get the best use from them. There was also a chunky ski snood knitting pattern with some discount codes to purchase the materials with. I have no chance of ever knitting this snood as I have no idea what to do but it was a nice touch to include the instructions for those keen to give it a go.

I then opened this adorable little pot and I was unsure what was inside. The pot contained an alpine chic fabric brooch, perfect for wearing on the slopes or jazzing up any bag or outfit. The brooch says 'Coeur de Glace' which translates to 'heart of ice', totally suits me. I am going to add this to an outfit of mine and try and find a use for the little pot because I love it.

A familiar brand popped out to me when I saw the Benefit Porefessional Primer. I have used this many times before and it is a product that I like so it is nice to have a mini version. This 7.5ml sample is apparently worth £10. I will be taking this on holiday as it's a great travel sized piece, perfect for hiding unsightly pores and keeping that foundation in place.

I also received this Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser from the brand Polaar, worth £19.90 for this roll on. This roll on aims to help smooth things out, drain puffy eyes, erase dark circles and even promote eyelash growth. I have been using this product for a few days and really like it but we shall see if there are any real differences after a few more weeks use.

Finally, I received the My Little Beauty item French Kiss Lip Balm. I love that this comes in a spherical shaped package, simply pop the lid off and roll the product on. It is easy to use and has a nice scent to it. It also leaves my lips feeling smooth and hydrated.

Overall I am really impressed with this box, I keep getting some great items month on month and eagerly await the next box!


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

MAHI Leather - Featured Brand

I love shopping and buying new clothes and accessories but continuously find myself battling with the costs of high street and designer brands. The reason for this is because of numerous middlemen along the way contributing to inflated prices in-between production and seeing the product on the shelves. When I heard about the brand MAHI Leather, I thought their concept and mission was something to be admired and I am going to tell you all about them.

MAHI Leather is a brand based in London and named after Mahi River in India, worshipped by many people. What is even more special is that the coordinates on their logo (22° N, 72° E) represent the mouth of the river, where it meets the Arabian Sea. Their mission is connect consumers with craftsmen and offer unmatched value. You can save up to 50% compared to the high street equivalent by buying direct. They have even been featured in the press including in the much loved Vogue.

These bags are amazing value and are shipped directly from their workshop and delivered internationally within 4-5 business days. Each bag is made to order which significantly reduces waste and removes the cost of stockpiling materials. These massive savings for the craftsmen are passed onto you as a customer. Every MAHI is made with soft leather, sturdy brass fittings and robust YKK zippers. The bags are built to last and include backpacks and duffles among other products. The bags can also be customised with your initials so would make the perfect unique gift for someone.

Another great thing about these bags is that you contribute to charity by purchasing one. $1.50 from every MAHI sold is donated to FRANK Water charity, a UK charity that has helped over 300,000 people gain access to clean drinking water since 2005. So far they have raised over $7k which has provided many people with clean water in their homes for life. I think as a brand overall that is fantastic.

If you would like to find out more then please head over to the MAHI Leather website.

*Photos obtained from MAHI Leather.
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