Mapleblume Luxury Organic Beauty Box – Review

I am very excited to tell you about this lovely new Canadian subscription box! Mapleblume is a high-end luxury box containing only the highest-quality skincare and cosmetics. I love subscription boxes! There are so many products out there, it can be very confusing and difficult to choose what to try.

Mapleblume boxes contain at least 5 premium products, either full-size or deluxe sample-size. Boxes are delivered every 2 months. The products inside have been researched and thoroughly tested and are worth considerably more than the cost of the box. Maplebloom curates the boxes very well, so that they contain products that work well together. The packaging is top-notch and this box would make a great gift – I would love it if my family thought of this for Valentine’s day or Mother’s day, (individual boxes can be purchased as well).

Repair Face Oil from Linne

This oil is so luxurious! I have tried it on my hands, my face, and on dry patches of skin on my elbows and ankles. My skin is now as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Linne is an oil, but it’s very light and moisturizing, not greasy. The ingredient list is remarkable, containing things like Rose Hip Seed Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Argan Oils, Sacha Inchi Seed Oil, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil and Sandalwood Essential Oil, just to name a few. I adore it and will replace when I run out (which won’t be for quite awhile, as this was a full-sized bottle). My hands look 5 years younger! I’ve had compliments on my glowing skin, and have experienced no breakouts. My skin is like silk, this after just one week of use!

Herbivore Botanicals Pink Clay Exfoliating Mask

This beautifying and skin-softening mask is lovely. It’s a botanical clay mask that you mix with water and apply, let dry and then remove. My skin feels amazingly soft after using this! This would be great to use before a special event or even just to keep your skin looking and feeling nice during these long winter months.

Organic Nation’s Hydrating Day Cream

This product is a deluxe sample size, perhaps enough to last a couple of weeks. I love the way it smells; it has a delicate herbal scent and it has a great texture. The main ingredient is Indian Gentian leaves. It also contains precious plant-based oils such as Camellia, Jojoba and Argan oil.

Trust Fund Beauty Nail Polish (I Love My #Selfie)

Trust fund is a green nail polish brand that is “7-free”, cruelty-free and vegan. It’s a nice red shade – I love reds – and it lasted about 4 days without chipping. Four days is a crazy long time for a nail polish to last on me! I always seem to have my hands in soapy water whether it’s dishes, laundry or bathing a child. Thumbs up!

Fitglow Beauty Mineral Blush (In Cheeky)

This is a long-lasting blush and blends beautifully. It is suitable for any skin type and I love this soft and pretty shade. I have very pale skin and have to be careful what shades I use on my face but I needn’t have worried – this blush is very natural-looking.

Pure Anada Petal Perfect Lipstick (Sugar Plum)

This is probably the most moisturizing lipstick I’ve tried yet! It’s made with plant oils, rich butters and waxes and contains Rosehip Seed Oil which is amazing for dry chapped skin. Rosehip is also known to promote cellular repair/regeneration. The shade is quite pretty and wearable in any season. It has a bit of a pearly sheen to it.


December’s box is valued at $223 in total, and the cost is $120 bi-monthly or $140 for a singular box. Shipping is free in Canada! It’s great to see a quality box like this that is Canadian made and features some Canadian products. The price point is a little high for some budgets, but I don’t think $60 per month is too costly when you look at the value of the luxurious treasures inside. Check it out for yourself here. I’m looking forward to seeing more from Maplebloom – have you tried it? If so – what do you think of it?


Kind regards and much love!

Julie Black xx

Natural skin care

Review of Oz Naturals Skin Care Products

I ordered these Oz Naturals products a few weeks ago because they were all-natural skin care and they seemed to have good anti-aging ingredients in them. Finding the right skin care can be very  difficult – there are so many companies claiming that they have the very best on the market!

Oz products are made in the U.S.A. in an FDA registered facility. They are:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Alcohol Free (ethyl alcohol)
  • Paraben Free
  • Sulfate Free

I really liked that they are budget-friendly as well. I ordered the Vitamin C Cleanser, the Super-Youth Retinol Moisturizer, The Vitamin C facial serum and the Ocean Mineral Tonic from  All items together were $100 with shipping.

After using this regimen for a few weeks, I must say that my skin looks and feels firmer, my pores look smaller, and that my skin is much brighter looking. I’m absolutely glowing! I’ve  had no issues with the retinol or breakouts (I have with other products). I plan to continue with this line and perhaps add one of the masks down the road!

You can find more information on these items at

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Hope you enjoy!

Julie Black