I love a good beauty box. I love the whole experience - the packaging, unwrapping it all from the tissue paper and seeing which products you've been treated to this month... plus learning more about the brands involved. I'd previously subscribed to BirchBox and GlossyBox, but found them to be very hit and miss. And mostly miss, let's be honest. Though [ironically] they look to have improved since I cancelled my subscriptions last year, I was always left disappointed with them when I was a customer [especially with GlossyBox.]
I definitely prefer smaller, more independent beauty boxes [such as the Blogger Beauty Box I tried last month] as I think so much more effort and thought is put into them, rather than with the pure massive corporations beasting these boxes out. And I've found the perfect beauty box for EVERY BEAUTY BLOGGER OUT THERE which is just that. The Little Known Box.
Little Known Box is the UK’s newest luxurious beauty subscription box. Each box contains 5-6 products; to discover, try and enjoy at home. In addition to monthly subscriptions, they also offer gift subscriptions and one-off boxes, providing you with a truly flexible beauty subscription experience! Little Known Box pride themselves on featuring and introducing you to breakthrough products from upcoming, niche and independent brands. Their aim is to show you something different and change how we discover new beauty; whilst supporting upcoming brands, who offer some of the best premium, effective and innovative products on the market.
Little Known Box noticed that emerging and small luxury brands were being under-represented in beauty subscription boxes, which is why they launched theirs! They aim to fix that and introduce you to some fantastic little-known brands, such as those specialising in niche beauty fields including; natural/organic, vegan friendly, cruelty free and free-from brands. Each brand they feature is carefully selected and their boxes include full and sample size luxury products from skincare, makeup, hair, body and grooming products to nail care, nail art, lifestyle and beauty accessories (with the occasional surprise thrown in!) Although you might see some well known brands featured, the products from these brands will be little-known or new launches!
I honestly think this is the perfect box for bloggers. Why?
- As bloggers, we love to sniff out the next big thing; the next brand that's about to make it big, the product we can definitively class as the best thing we've ever tried, the innovative new beauty tool we tried out on a whim & now couldn't cope without. The absolute beauty behind the Little Known Box is that it gives you a chance to do exactly that. With this box, you get to try stuff that you perhaps would never have heard of otherwise; keeping you on trend and able to publish breaking news on something others will probably have never tried too
- I can only speak for myself, but as a blogger and human EXTREMELY bad at budgeting, I AM POOR. You can subscribe to this service monthly, OR you can buy yourself a box as a one-off; which is fab for me as you're not legally bound to purchase every month and there's no pesky direct debit scheme to remember. It's a reasonably priced service and a great gift idea
- The packaging is stunning and so, so Instagrammable. The black and gold theme is so classy - it's pretty much impossible to take a bad photo of it
- It introduces you to new and upcoming brands who you can connect with on social media - which again, as bloggers, may well lead you to further opportunities.
Little Known Box very kindly sent me their September box - which I instantly fell in full on love with and which you can pick up as a one-off here. Their October box is out now - and is a special six-month anniversary edition which promises lux products & surprises galore! I won't lie, as soon as I'm finished writing up this post I am heading off to their website to check it out. Anyway, here's a rundown of the products inside September's Little Known Box.
Peeks Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Quick Sand, Full Size
Peeks Cosmetics are an American beauty brand, who I'd never heard of before. I love the look of this lipstick - it's very Kylie Jenner! One definite plus point about this product is that it contains Vitamin E; to moisturise your lips and keep them smooth. This stuff is essential in Autumn / Winter [chapped lips city] and also, in ensuring your matte lip looks classy and not.. well crusty.
Retail price - $12.00 [approx £9.20]
Follow - @peekscosmetics
Shop - www.peekscosmetics.com
LashUnlimited Strip Lashes, #8 Style, Full Size
So, you may be thinking 'Where have I heard of LashUnlimited before?' I ONLY BLOODY HARP ON ABOUT THESE GUYS AAAAALL THE TIME [such as here.] LashUnlimited are my fav brand of false lashes and I'm so so excited to see them featured. I cannot recommend them enough. I love their #9 and #7 lashes - and these #8s look incredible, too. I've actually never tried this style before, so I was made up to get these in my Little Known Box. They look right up my street
Retail price - £2.50
Follow - @lashunlimiteduk on Twitter / @LashUnlimited on Insta
Shop - www.lashunlimited.com
Nanshy 4-in-1 Marvel Blender, Full Size
I've heard of Nanshy before [and perved on their brush sets online] but I've never actually tried anything from their range before. I didn't even know they did Beauty Blenders, to be honest. I was only thinking the other day, as I sat and watched about 2323 YouTube videos back to back, that I wanted to try out a Beauty Blender properly; so this has come at the right time. I've dabbled with them before, but never really known what I was doing. This particular one feels lovely and has four different shaped sides, for various purposes.
Retail Price - £5.95
Follow - @NanshyOfficial
Shop - www.nanshy.com
Siskyn Skincare Oils, Frankincense & Jasmine Night Facial Oil, Travel Size 10ml
Although I know a lot of beauty bloggers swear by facial oils, I've never used one before - so I'm excited to try this bad boy out. I love this product's packaging; it looks super lux. Siskyn's Frankincense & Jasmine facial oil is suitable for all skin types and when applied at night, replenishes, repairs and rejuvenates your skin. It also smells a bit Christmassy, I reckon. #Festive
Retail price - £32.00 [30ml]
Follow = @siskyn_oils on Twitter / @siskyn_skincare_oils on Insta
Shop - www.siskyn.co.uk [use code LKB20 for 20% off, valid until 31/10/16]
Epic Blend Vegan Lip Balm, Wild Berry, Full Size
This stuff smells UNREAL. You can also feel the benefit as soon as you apply it, which is nice [and something not all chapsticks seem to do for me!] It's a lovely rich, thick formula which instantly soothes chapped lips and is ideal to pop in your handbag this Autumn / Winter. It also makes a great base for your lippy. And it's 100% cruelty free, made with premium hydrating organic ingredients, rather than all that artificial stuff. Love.
Retail price - $3.49
Follow - @epicblend
Shop - www.epicblend.com
I've really enjoyed my first ever experience with Little Known Box; they're a sub box that I'll definitely order from in the future. There's a great variety of products [full size, at that!] in this box; all of which I'll use - and the packaging / lux feel of the whole experience is like, another level.
Have you heard of any of these brands before, or tried anything from their ranges? What's your favourite pick from this month's box? If you want to find out more about Little Known Box, visit their website, Twitter, Instagram or Facebook page.
*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. As ever though, all opinions are very much my own.