Turning the tables on stock photography

Whenever I start a session of web browsing that resembles Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole, I usually end up with a crash-inducing number of tabs open in my browser and a wealth of new sights and sounds that are bookmarked but (inevitably) never visited again.

Recently, I came across two websites that won’t be resigned to the same fate. I will be returning to them again and again because their offering is just so awesome, and so, so generous.

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Blackberry Passport. OH YEAAAAAH!

I’ve been a Crackberry addict for most of the last decade.

When I got my first Blackberry (thanks Dad!) I actually hated it for a good 2-3 weeks. The learning curve was steep but once I “got” it, there was no way in the world I was going to switch to anything else. People complain about lack of apps and “who even uses Blackberry anymore?” and blah blah blah. Whatever. Once you learn the BB OS, you realise that it’s the best and most intuitive phone OS out there. Especially BB10.

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Marie Claire ‘The Parcel’ Summer Edit 2014

I’ve been hoping that all of the parcels I’m waiting on will arrive before my OH and I leave for Vanuatu next week, and luckily they’re trickling in slowly. Today I received the second Marie Claire ‘The Parcel’ beauty subscription box and I was very excited to get it open! It was quite heavy – you might even say bursting at the seams!

So, what’s in the box?

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Marie Claire ‘The Parcel’ Spring Edit 2014

Marie Claire’s new beauty box – The Parcel – has now been shipped and I was very excited to receive mine in the mail on Friday!

Overall, they have put together an impressive launch. Marie Claire obviously has the brand recognition, the cash and the clout to be able to hit their first box out of the ballpark, and its good to see that all of the promotion wasn’t just talk. I was impressed by the communication (letting everyone know when the boxes were being shipped, etc), the quality of the contents (valued at well over the $25 price tag) and the customer service (I queried a charge on my CC and they were quick and clear with their response).

So, what’s in the box?

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