Question: Do you take any time out for yourself? If you answered yes, then well done and stay tuned for some products that you may want to add into that 'you time', if you answered no, then we seriously need to change that, starting from now.

One thing I love about living in the South of France is that the lifestyle here is a lot more relaxed. No one is running around chasing after that next big thing like the house was on fire, but instead people are taking time to savour the moment and are living in it. I feel this is a life lesson that a lot of us should take note from. Life is indeed what you make it but making time for yourself shall surely extend it and make it that little less stressful, right? I do feel that sometimes we are all guilty of focusing on the future so much so that we forget to live in the moment. 

Look, I know in realistic terms we don't all have the luxury of time but to just simply sit, read a magazine or book, make a cuppa, check your Instagram, listen to some music, watch a movie, have a bath, phone a friend, have lunch with a friend, cuddle your puppy, say NO to that party you really don't want to go to ... whatever 'pause' is to you then do it, more

So, how about throwing some beauty into the equation? Thanks to this months Mintd Box, this is exactly what their aim is to achieve, with the Pause & Rewind Box. Think of it as a ready made way to take some time out whether that be for 5 minutes or 5 hours, just take that time. Your mind and body shall thank you for it.

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind
As always I shall repeat what I say on each and every one of my Mintd Box reviews for those that may be new to them.

"When you subscribe to Mintd Box, either every month or every other month, you will only ever receive FULL sized or DELUXE sized high end, a-list, beauty products that are themed for that month which shall save you a small fortune. No Samples, no let downs, just the latest must haves in beauty. You can in fact click Mintd Boxes in the Categories section in the header bar (top of page!) where you can see all the previous months boxes and their contents. It mainly features skincare as opposed to make-up but all is only ever 'high end and full size'. It isn't cheap but the products are premium and the savings are huge".

The April 'Pause & Rewind' themed box contains 4 FULL SIZED products all of which are all stocked in high end beauty stores such as Space NK, Harvey Nicols and Net A Porter.

All products featured in this box shall all contribute to making your mind and body less stressed, from a bath oil of dreams to a facial roller made from real rose quartz that shall help you to counteract the effects of stress on your skin. 

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind
Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind
The 'PAUSE & REWIND' Luxury Contents:-
1. Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller (Full Size £55)
2. African Botanics Enzyme Exfoliatior Polish  (Full Size £60)
3. Siskyn Frankincense & Jasmine Night Oil (Full Size £46)
4. Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners Bath Oil Set  (Full Size £21)

Get a free Omorovicza Oxygen Booster when you sign up to a 6 or 12 month plan! 

The contents of this box have a combined value of over £182/€208 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £112/€128 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. A big saving once again which is exactly why Mintd Box is the best when it comes to beauty boxes and the most ideal way to try new high end beauty brands. 

Let me tell you more about the contents that I have been testing out beginning with a product that I know really does work wonders on your skin from brand that I wasn't even aware made one! .....

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller
Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller
Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller
1. Omorovicza Rose Quartz Roller (Full Size £55) (link here!)
Hand carved from Rose Quartz, this is one luxurious facial roller. It can be used from your forehead down to your décolleté to help build younger, firmer, stronger skin. The roller can help in so many ways such as improving elasticity, stimulating collagen production, promoting lymphatic drainage, reducing pore size, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and under eye  dark circles, soothing irritated skin, toning facial muscles and most importantly on a daily basis, it encourages your skincare products to penetrate deeper into your skin cells to work more effectively. The positive effects of using a rose quartz facial roller are endless and all skin types can use it.

How to Use:-
1. Skincare - Apply a serum, oil, moisturiser or mask to clean skin.
2. Start rolling at the forehead applying a gentle pressure and roll up & out down the face. 
3. Carry on to the cheeks & jawline, down to your neck and décolleté. 
4. After 2 mins of rolling, remove any excess product and apply skincare as normal, easy! 

Skincare TIP - remember roll up for firming, down for drainage!

I am a big fan of facial rollers because back in my days of working as a facialist for La Prairie, we used them as part of one of the treatments and I could see visible results on my clients. Facial Rollers are extremely effective and so relaxing to use. I sometimes sit and watch tv whilst 'rolling my face' and it feels very therapeutic and you soon become addicted to using it daily. Trust me if you haven't tried one, you have too as it will really chill you out as well as helping your skin too of course! Being real Rose Quartz, the stone stays naturally cool which is why it works as it does, but for extra coolness if you are suffering from inflammation you could store it in the fridge to get even better results. I had no idea that Omorovicza made a facial roller which is why I was over the moon to receive it as I am a huge fan of their skincare, especially the Elemental Emulsion (here) which works really well with this roller. I know gadgets are not for everyone but this is so much more which you shall eventually see for yourself. In my opinion they are definitely a key investment for your skin.

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, African Botanics Enzyme Polish
2. African Botanics Enzyme Exfoliatior Polish  (Full Size £60) (link here!)
A gentle exfoliator that works to lift off dead skin and purify without irritation as this is suitable for all skin types. It uses a combination of dried Buchu plant, crushed Baobab fruit sourced from Africa, Papaya, Pineapple, Aloe, Essential Oils, Micro-Algae and tiny granules of ancient Volcanic Minerals to help refine texture and soften the appearance of lines and dark spots. What a combination of ingredients! 

The exfoliator itself is a gel texture and smells incredible being infused with all of those lovely fruits. It is like drinking a tropical drink whilst at a spa; the two scent combinations really do come through! Whilst the look of it isn't that inviting, the smell and feel of this are beautiful. The granules are super fine so it doesn't feel harsh and it works instantly to refresh your skin. I have to say my skin looked so much brighter after having used this due to a few late nights and a poor immune system, it really gave my skin life again. African Botanics recommend that you leave the exfoliator on the skin for 2-3 minutes after massage to let the enzymes work which I feel made a huge difference compared to other manual exfoliators. I like that you can use this up to 3x a week because going into summer, we shall all want to keep our skin looking fresh and radiant. This is definitely a luxury buy but as you can see the price of this one nearly pays for the whole box - making this month another great deal. I have to say the African Botanics Botanical Hand Cream (here) is one of my all time favourites now thanks to MB - their signature scent is literally a spa in tube and one to try of you are a hand cream addict as I am. 

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Siskyn Night Facial Oil
3. Siskyn Frankincense & Jasmine Night Oil (Full Size £46) (link here!)
This is an intensive overnight skin boosting treatment with a blend of 17 organic, highly active botanical oils. Blended with vitamin rich organic Rosehip known for it's antioxidant properties to help combat free radical damage and increase collagen production as well as soothing and calming Calendula and Baobab for skin maintenance. This is a great nourishing night oil ideal for all skin types (but not if your pregnantand very beneficial for balancing acne prone skins.

We have indeed had the pleasure of this beautiful oil before from a previous box which is how I became familiar with Siskyn. It is such a lovely brand with a great story behind it and the 'Siskyn Sisters' purely focus on producing 100% natural oils (read here!). The Frankincense and Jasmine Oil is a rich oil so only use a small amount and I suggest that once you start using it, carry on, don't save it because being so natural I find that it can turn quite quickly as you shall be able to tell from the the smell. It is lightly scented which is nice because I think anything too overpowering at night time can actually keep you awake and defeat the object but this one smells beautiful. This oil is a bit like a comfort blanket for your skin whether you have had to much cold or too much sun, it will tuck your skin into bed and kiss it goodnight. It just wants to take care of your skin! Whatever your skin type, this oil shall leave you feeling hydrated and nourished. As you know, I love facial oils and this is a brand that is really made with love and care. 

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Aromatherapy Associates
Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind, Aromatherapy Associates
4. Aromatherapy Associates Perfect Partners Bath Oil Set  (Full Size £21(link here!)
This gorgeous duo consists of Aromatherapy Associates' two most popular 'award winning' bath and shower oils. Bath time doesn't get any better than this! You get Revive for the morning and Deep Relax for the evening and each oil is enough for about 3 shower or bath treatments. You simply add one third of the bottle to your bath or apply directly onto your body before showering for the best bath/shower of your life. 

If you know my taste well by now, then you will know I am an Aromatherapy Associates addict. In my opinion they are the best for aromatherapy because these oils are all 100% natural and more importantly, they work. You could call them 'a little magic in a little bottle' because they do as they say. I have used them for years and try to keep a bottle in stock at all times for times of need plus my husband is a big fan of them too. I am not a bath person at all, I am a shower and go person but these oils make you want to bathe, that is how relaxing and amazing they are. They use such a high concentration of oil which is why you get such powerful results and is what sets them apart from other brands. My favourite oil in my household is the De-stress muscle; the scent of this alone fills my whole apartment and has you all relaxed in an instant. These smaller bottles are a great way to discover the different oils and perfect for taking away anywhere with you. With Aromatherapy Associates in your life, there really is no better way to pause and rewind.

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind

A beautiful line up once again from Mintd Box and for me the star of this month's box is the Omorovicza Rose Quartz Facial Roller because it is so unique and something that was lacking in my own skincare collection, plus it is great value for money in this months box.

So then, the face and body is prepped, firmed, smoothed and relaxed and ready to start another day. Aside from the products, I hope that you take away a lesson on how to make that time to Pause and live every day in the moment, do not wish life away, but make it as best as you can .... and have that glass of wine at lunch ;-)

Mintd Box, April, Pause and Rewind
Mintd Box is premium beauty that doesn't get any better than this and there is still time to get your hands on this box should you feel this could be your way to have some time out.

Just to recap, the contents of this box have a combined value of over £182/€208 for which you only pay £70/€80 per month or bi-monthly giving you an enormous £112/€128 saving as opposed to buying all products individually. Plus you get a free Omorovicza Oxygen Booster when you sign up to a 6 or 12 month plan! 

Sign up to Mintd Box here and get free delivery in the UK and free delivery worldwide at the Gift Store - Ships to UK, W Europe, North America and Australia. 

Pause & Rewind - and enjoy!
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