Minty Teapot has moved!

Hey guys, I have some exciting news! After a couple of years of running two separate blogs, I have made the decision to amalgamate the two into one fancy and beautiful new blog! This means that I can concentrate all of my efforts on making this one blog ultra lovely and full of content, rather than trying to run two separate blog and struggling to put in equal amounts of love and energy.

So you can now find posts over at Mel and Jona which will still concentrate mainly on our world travels as before, but I will also be adding some lifestyle posts on there too.

We have redesigned the Mel and Jona site completely to fit with this new idea, and we hope that you love it as much as we do!

So for the last time, with love, The Minty Teapot xx

Birchbox May 2017

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How gorgeous is the packaging for the May Birchbox?! I love this marble and gold effect design, it’s so minimal yet luxurious.

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Unfortunately however, I damaged my box by getting into the external protective packaging! Does anyone else do this often? I slice the packaging open with a sharp knife and manage to cut through to the actual box, right across the Birchbox logo! This is the third time I’ve done this, and must remember next month not to use a knife to get into it!

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My full size product pick this month was the Marsk vanilla frosting mineral eyeshadow. It has a really delicate, subtle silvery sheen, and is great for just brightening up parts of the eye area. I do think it’s a little steep at £14 for the full size product, but I’ll happily use this for now, and I know it’ll last for ages.

birchbox, beauty, bblogger, makeup up, hair care, whish, marsk, kueshi, skin 79, pore cleanser, mascara, eyeshadowThis is a nice sized sample, and as I only need a little at a time, I know it’ll last me a while. It’s a nice treat for those shower days when you have a little more time to indulge in some non-routine products.
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I’m really looking forward to trying this! I haven’t actually ever tried a pore cleansing kit before but I’ve seen and heard the hype! Fingers crossed that this lives up to it!

birchbox, beauty, bblogger, makeup up, hair care, whish, marsk, kueshi, skin 79, pore cleanser, mascara, eyeshadowThis high intensity mascara is fine, and pretty good at not leaving clumps, however I haven’t been swayed enough to leave my trusty Bobbi Brown mascara, or Benefit’s They’re Real mascara for the times that I need a little more oomph!
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This body cream smells nice, and is a good size sample, although I’m not convinced on the firming properties. Again, it’s just not quite good enough to sway me from my current and all time favourite product, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter.

What did you guys think of the May Birchbox?

Xx

5 things that made me happy this week

1 – Walking into work a couple of days this week and winding through a beautiful cemetery with this lovely little church building.Southampton, cemetery, church, nature, beauty2 – Finding Merlin all chilled out under our duvet cover 😻Ragdoll cat, cat, cute, ragdoll3 – Finally having a good hair day where my curls actually behaved!Curls, hair, beauty,

4 – Landing in Vancouver, Canada and getting to walk along this beautiful suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon.

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5 – Discovering quiet, peaceful locations like this one below, and being able to while away some time just relaxing and listening to the sound of running water.

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5 things that made me happy this week

Summer is officially here!! It’s been so warm and lovely this week, and I’ve been soaking up all the sunshine I can get!

1 – This week myself and hubby celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. I can’t believe 3 years have gone by already, it’s gone so fast! In true ‘us’ style, we stayed in and ate dinner and snuggled up with a movie at home rather than go out to a posh restaurant. We did posh it up a little though by having duck a l’orange for dinner, which was delicious!

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2 – We did a whole lot of exploring on Monday around the beautiful buildings and colleges of Oxford. I love this city and don’t know why I don’t spend more time there.

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3 – I discovered ‘me in a shop’, in the form of a fine stationery store called ‘Scriptum’. Honestly, I could have lived in that shop. It is filled with all sorts of goodies, including quills, inkwells, globes, books, magnifying glasses, compasses, venetian masks, and loads more! I will definitely add a full post on this place later, as I’m just so excited to have discovered it!

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4 – Exploring Christ Church College, including the great hall which was inspiration for the hall at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies! It is quite pricey to get in (£8 each), and I do feel that this is playing upon the media ties, but it was still pretty cool!

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5 – Trying a large mochi ball at Wasabi. We have had little ones before at Yo Sushi, and were really surprised by the texture and the taste. They are basically rice balls with sweet flavouring, and are a Japanese dish. The texture reminds me a little of pizza dough before it’s cooked – it’s really soft and smooth. The flavours though are really delicate, so it’s not too heavy on your stomach.

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