Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Little Known Box - October 2016, ANNIVERSARY edition*

I've said it once and I'll say it again: I love Little Known Box. If you're a blogger, shopping addict or makeup junkie [or a combo of all three, like me] this subscription service could not be any more perfect for you

Little Known Box work with [as you may have guessed] little known companies and upcoming brands, to bring you a monthly sub box with a difference. This difference being that you get to discover & connect with  new brands & products every month; allowing you to stay one step ahead of the crowd and confidently recommend new lines to your readers, friends or anyone else who'll listen. 

All the products Little Known Box include in their monthly offerings are handpicked, things you'll definitely use and the majority are also full sized; which are three things you defo don't always get with the erm, mainstream beauty boxes on the market. All this shipped to your door in beautiful sleek packaging, tied with a bow.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review

If you want to learn more about Little Known Box, buy a one-off edition / subscription for someone [or yourself!!] as a Christmas gift or just fancy a good old stalk; you can head to their website here [or read this post of mine, all about last month's box and with some further details about the company.] For now, let's get cracking.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review

October's Little Known Box is a special edition, for their six month anniversary. Well done, guys! In celebration, this month's box has two luxury brands, bonus products and a complete nail wrap gift set. It's definitely a double celebration - for Little Known Box and us; as October's box has once again totally SLAYED.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review

Lin&Lo Satin Lipstick, full size

You may have seen on my Snapchat [or later, on my Twitter] that I got very excited about the fact that this beautifully designed product has a magnetic lid, haha. Lin&Lo is a range created by two pro makeup artists; who've developed revolutionary products made with only pure, mineral-rich ingredients. Plus, their packaging is absolute GOALS.

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This satin lipstick includes shea butter and antioxidants, which leave your lips pampered with a veil of colour. The available shades are all on the neutral side, so they're very timeless and suit all skin tones.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review lin&lo mineral makeup

It's a really lovely lipstick this; natural, beautifully packaged and a gorgeous shade. The lipstick itself is shimmery, soft and applies like a dream. I'm keen to explore more of Lin&Lo's range after trying this, much to my credit card's despair.

Retail Price - £19.00
Follow - @linandlomakeup [Insta] & @linandlo [Twitter]

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review lin&lo mineral makeup

SAMAYA Ayurveda Anti Aging Cream, Travel Size Samples [3 x 5ml]

SAMAYA is a new concept in beauty - effective holistic skincare that allows you to incorporate balance and wellness into your beauty regime. Plus, their packaging, design and website are sublime. This skincare brand is based on Ayurvedic principles, which work in harmony with your specific dosha to help you achieve your perfect balance. I won't lie, I had no idea what a dosha was - but by visiting www.samayaayurveda.com and taking the dosha test, I found out a whole lot more. Once you've discovered your dosha, this will determine which of SAMAYA's cream types [Vata, Pitta or Kapha] is right for you.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review samaya

This was a totally new experience for me, and I enjoyed taking the online dosha test and learning more about holistic therapies. Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the three types of energies that govern all of us; and the online tool asked me questions all about my lifestyle, build, sleep patterns and body - to determine what I am. My result was Vata - and when I read the summary about what this meant, it couldn't have been any more true. AND the Vata tub was the one I was immediately drawn to, too - I enjoyed its smell the most. Mind = blown. 

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review samaya

Retail Price - £89 for 50ml [15ml value approx £26.70]
Follow - @Samaya_Ayurveda

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review samaya

Dinkibelle Nail Wrap Gift Set, full size

If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that I've worked with these guys before and LOVED the results of using their nail wraps - so I was super excited to see them featured in October's box. These nail wraps come in a super cute gift set - a PERFECT Christmas gift idea, with a little gift tag on. The little pack was almost too cute to unwrap, really. Almost

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review dinkibelle nail wraps

I'm a massive fan of Dinkibelle products. The last time I wore some of Dinkibelle's nail wraps, they lasted me through two weeks of wear and tear, which I was super impressed with. I also love the fact that they're non-toxic, so they don't pure damage my already brittle-ass nails. 

I applied these wraps the same day this box arrived [I was too excited and couldn't contain myself] and my nails look FAB! I honestly highly recommend checking these guys out - their nail wraps are so easy to apply, last for ages and encourage tons of compliments from people thinking you're a professional nail technician and did them yourself. LOLZ.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review dinkibelle nail wraps

Retail Price - £7.99
Follow - @dinkibelle
OFFER - use code DINKIXMAS for 20% off your first order. Valid until 01/07/17

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review dinkibelle nail wraps

MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm, travel size 25ml + bonus item MERUMAYA Iconic Youth Serum Sachet

This was another one of the items I was itching to try out, from the moment I cracked October's box open. So I did. And it was lovely. This MERUMAYA Melting Cleansing Balm has a very luxurious, sensual [ooh-err] formula; with Sweet Almond oil, Echium oil, anti-oxidants and Omega 3,6 & 9.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review merumaya melting cleansing balm

To use, simply massage the balm onto your face; dry. It melts upon impact and feels really thick & luxurious on the skin; almost like a moisturiser. Next, splash water onto your skin; which turns the balm into a milk - which can be washed off. My skin felt pretty darn good after the first time I used this, I tell ya. I'm looking forward to using it more, to see how this brand works for me. Getting right into skincare, aren't I?! The babywipe days are over!!

Retail Price - Melting Cleansing Balm, £7.50 | Sachet of Iconic Youth Serum, £36.50 [full size]
Follow - @merumaya
Offer - Use code LKB for 10% off your first purchase. Receive 50 points if you register and free shipping on orders over £40. 

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review merumaya melting cleansing balm

The Herb Garden Massage Bar, travel size

As soon as I unwrapped this month's Little Known Box, I could smell something so fit that I could barely cope. And it was this. This product smells literally unreal, I was just sat sniffing it for about half an hour; haha. 

The Herb Garden's products are made with simple raw ingredients and all boast herbal / aromatherapy health benefits. This Massage Bar can be used as a massage oil or a moisturiser - simply rub the bar in your hands to melt the wax into oil. Magic.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review the herb garden massage bar

This nourishing blend of shea butter, soy wax and fragrant essential oils melts on contact with the skin. In cute travel size, this bad boy is perfect for popping in your overnight bag; for a sensual, spa like experience wherever you may be!

Don't use this in the shower [like I immediately thought you would, but thankfully, didn't action on] as it will full on melt and you'll just be left with oily hands and a bitter sense of disappointment. It's also important to note that it contains nuts - so if you're allergic, maybe try something else from The Herb Garden's range instead.

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review the herb garden massage bar

Retail Price - 2 for £8 [full size]
Follow - @theherbgarden2 [Twitter] & @theherbgarden_uk [Insta]
Offer - Use code First10 for 10% off

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review the herb garden massage bar

Bonus item - Fab Little Bag Handbag Pack

I'd heard of these ingenious inventions before, and always wondered how they worked. I love the fact that this product is so well designed and how much thought has gone into it. Fab Little Bags are a green alternative to flushing sanitary products, which come in the form of neat & discrete, oxo-biodegradable packaging. 

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review fab little bag

You can open one of these bags easily with one hand and swiftly seal it shut. Fab Little Bags are aaaaallll about stealth. The bag opens with finger loops so you can pop in a tampon, applicator, wipe or a pad easily and then simply press it to seal it shut. Wham, bam, thank you ma'am.

The bags aren't see through or conspicuous at all, they're made of NON RUSTLE plastic for discretion and no-one would be any the wiser if they saw it in the bin.  What a time to be alive, hey?! #StealthModeActivated

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review fab little bag

Retail Price - £1.99
Follow - @FabLittleBag
Offer - 25% off a Bathroom Pack at fablittlebag.com with code LKB25

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review fab little bag

Little Known Box Surprise Gift! Full size [£4]

This insanely cute, Instagram worthy hand mirror is one of Little Known Box's own brand items - and I'm obsessed with it. I love anything typography / with a cheeky motivational quote on it; and this ticks every single box I ever had - and more. 

Lovelaughslipstick fashion beauty lifestyle blog little known box review october anniversary edition

The day my October Little Known Box arrived was an amazing day indeed - thank you once again, guys!

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What's your favourite item from this month's box? Heard of any of these brands before? Have you subscribed to Little Known Box yet?

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*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review. As always though, all opinions are very much my own.
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