Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Indie Box - Bakery Delights, February 2014

I've been buying What's Indie Box on and off since the inception of this rather nifty idea - a rotating roster of five indie labels each contribute an exclusive polish to a special themed box once a month, and once a month a surprise package of delightful mystery arrives on your doorstep! Unlike a lot of other surprise boxes, What's Indie Box doesn't require any minimum subscription - all you have to do is trundle over to Peita's Polish, lay your cashes down when you decide you want in, and if you can't afford it next month, there's no drama. I've found it's a really great way to sample a bunch of different indie labels at once, and would particularly recommend it to anyone who's still hovering around the edges of the indie pool, dipping in a tentative toe.

(Just to be a TOTAL enabler, I'd also point out that you can chuck in a couple of things from Peita's Polish while you're ordering the Indie Box for no extra postage charge - her Quick, Gloss Me Up fast dry topcoat is a particular favourite of mine)

Enough spruiking, on to the swatches! The February box as themed around cake, and as someone who's allergic to just about every kind of cake, I was already pretty tempted. However, this box also featured a bunch of my favourite up and coming indie labels all in the one place, and just like that I was sold. My only mistake was opening this beautiful box at work when I could neither play with any of the polishes, OR have any cake, which became pretty equal compulsions as I sorted through these delicious treats.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Time To Shake Some Dust!

If you're one of the three people who watch my blog as closely as I do, you might have noticed I've been gradually making some changes around here, and as of now I'm ready to go ahead and announce them.

Firstly, Reluctant Femme isn't going anywhere - I've just got the layout how I like it, apart from anything else. However, in the future I will only be posting polish, beauty, and fashion posts here. It's gonna be all pretty things, all the time, which I know will make some of you very happy.

For those of you who preferred my rants about feminism and other such meaty matters, or who just want to continue to keep up with them, I will still be posting those over at my new (sub)blog, Brainy Femme. If you missed my last column for Already Pretty, I've stuck it up on Brainy Femme by way of an introductory post.

Finally, my little accessory enterprise Femmecraft has kind of taken on a life of it's own; so much so that I decided to start another (sub)blog to home my rantings about resin and glitter, and how important wearing a dust mask really is. If you're interested in that sort of thing, or just want to oggle all the pretty things I'm making, you will be able to see them over at Femmecraft.

I'll be spamming links to all three of these blogs on my Twitter, and probably off the Reluctant Femme facebook page too, so if you just want to keep getting links to everything without making any changes yourself, those are the two easiest avenues.

Reluctant Femme will still remain my main focus, but I wanted to make it as easy as possible for everyone to find the things they love best, and avoid the things that don't interest them, without restricting my freewheeling attention span.

I hope I don't lose too many of you in the confusion, and we can stick together like adorable otters in a stream.
You and me, we like dis! Gorgeous print available here