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Jo Malone London Gift Set Review

A Special Gift From My Husband

I am so excited to share my review of The Jo Malone London Gift Set that my husband gave me for Christmas! Last December, he took me and the kids on a shopping trip in Florence, Italy.  I really like the Jo Malone London brand because of its clean, minimalist appeal… and their store smells amazing!

Jo Malone London in Florence, Italy

I was ecstatic to see a Jo Malone London store in the city center of Florence, Italy!  The English-speaking sales associate was super helpful and very patient.  She helped me choose my favorite scents.  There were a plethora of scents and it can be overwhelming. For me, most of the scents smell wonderful. So…which one should I choose?

The Perfect Set

Next thing I knew, my problem was solved right away! Luckily I saw the gift sets displayed on the holiday display table! For 99 Euros, you can get a box of five 9 ml bottles. (On Amazon, it’s $149.99 plus shipping.)

I walked out of the store proudly holding my Jo Malone London paper bag:

Jo Malone London Florence, Italy
Jo Malone Store (Florence, Italy) (c) 2017

The Packaging

Next, let’s talk about the packaging.

1. It comes with this beautiful light blue pentagon box.

2. The spray bottles are light and travel-sized. Just be careful when you press the spray so you don’t get too much of the product. One spray is enough to last me the whole day. I prefer colognes over heavy perfumes because I am very sensitive to strong scents. 

Jo Malone London Gift Set
English Pear & Freesia | Lime, Basil & Mandarin| Pomegranate Noir| English Oak & Red Currant | Nectarine Blossom & Honey
Jo Malone London Gift Set
Jo Malone London Gift Set

 Description of the Scents

Finally, I’ll try to describe each scent as best as I can.

1. Nectarine Blossom and Honey: This is my personal favorite. It is a sweet, flirty scent that reminds me of springtime in Virginia. Honeybees. Flowers. Sunshine.

2. Lime, Basil and Mandarin: It is a clean, crisp scent that reminds me of a kitchen in a Tuscan villa. Fresh ingredients on the table. A glass of cold spremuta l’arancia.

3. English Pear & Freesia: It’s a “tita” (auntie) scent for me. It’s something a rich socialite would wear to British tea parties.

4. Pomegranate Noir: I love the name of this scent because it’s a combination of my husband’s last name (if it were in Spanish) and my maiden name (if it were in Italian)! It smells very exotic. Arabian nights. Princess Jasmine meets Aladdin.

5. English Oak & Red Currant: This scent would smell amazing on my husband. It reminds me of a tower in the medieval town of San Gimignano.

Final Thoughts

I definitely recommend Jo Malone London. I would buy a full bottle of Nectarine Blossom & Honey, my signature scent!

 

The Jo Malone London Limited Edition gift set is still available (as of 25 January 2018) on Amazon:

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A Busy Mom’s Guide To Makeup and Skin Care

Makeup and Skin Care Tips

Are you a busy mom who needs advice on makeup and skincare? Do you want to commit to a simple makeup and skincare routine that actually work?

Today, Professional Makeup Artist Anna Vanessa Carvajal- Lo will share some makeup and skin care tips for busy women. She will also tell us her recommended makeup products that she uses on herself and on her clients! The products she uses are high quality and quite expensive, but if you have a budget for yourself, then I think it’s okay to treat yourself!

Self-care and mental health

We spend so much time taking care of the needs of our family that we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Self-care and mental health are very important, but they are often neglected because of our daily responsibilities. Even a little makeup can go a long way!

Let’s get to know our mommy makeup artist.

Anna Vanessa Lo

Anna Vanessa C. Lo

Mother and Professional Makeup Artist

How would you describe yourself as a mom?

I try to be hands-on as much as possible. I try my best to do everything right. Perhaps I fail most of the time. But at the end of the day, I rest in the grace of God that sustains me and my family.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?

My husband is very kind and supportive, and very busy. He works as a journalist and most of the time he’s working. So I try to manage my schedule and run the household. We have a 5-year-old daughter. She is relatively a good kid, polite, smart and very funny even without trying. We are expecting another baby girl in three weeks!

 

Anna Vanessa Lo
(c) Rheia Ramos Yeo

 

Anna Vanessa Lo

What’s your daily schedule like?

Usually, I take my daughter to school and fetch her from school. Then I schedule my work around that. But on days when I cannot schedule my work within my daughter’s school schedule, it’s either my husband, my brother, my father or mother-in-law who picks my daughter up from school or the nanny and the driver.

What skill have you mastered lately?

Managing the household, I think.

When you’re not in “mommy mode”, what do you do for fun?

My husband and I like to watch movies. I also like to spend time with my parents and my brother if their schedule allows it. I like going to karaoke with my friends too.

Anna Vanessa Lo

Can you tell us about your work?

I am a free-lance professional makeup artist in Manila so I am usually booked ahead of time. I do makeup for weddings, events, and photo shoots. My job is my passion! I see beauty unfolding right before my eyes. It keeps me in a sense of wonder and amazement. I love it when I make my clients more beautiful and if they are happy with my work, it makes me happy too. I consider myself very lucky because not every makeup artist is given this opportunity. But of course, it was very difficult when I started out. So I’m so thankful. I think I never want to retire.

 

Makeup Tips For Busy Moms:

Makeup Tips for Busy Moms

 

A Simple Skin Care and Makeup Routine:

  1. Remove your makeup before going to bed.
  2. Cleanse, tone and moisturize!
  3. Wear sunscreen.
  4. Do your brows, curl lashes, put on some mascara, and put on lipstick!
  5. Put on your best smile and be happy. 🙂

 


Be the best you!

Just remember, YOU are BEAUTIFUL! Take care of your body, your skin, and your health so you can be the best you for yourself and for your loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

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