Saturday, 10 December 2016

Little Known Box, the November 2016 Edit*

I full on love Little Known Box. I love the concept, the brands, the packaging and the fact that as a blogger, discovering little known or newly launched products / brands means I'm always able to keep my eye very much on the ball. Or, at least make it look like I do. 

Their packaging and branding is always on point [as well as insanely Instagram worthy] and proper lux; making a one-off purchase or a monthly subscription to Little Known Box a very attractive Christmas gift, too. You can check out my posts on the last few boxes here and here for further proof of that - my obsession for Little Known Box goes waaaaay back. But for now, let's crack open the treasure trove of beauty that is November's 'Party Prep' edition box*.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review


November's box is worth over £65.00 and includes three full size products, two travel size and a bonus item, too. This edition also gives you the option of whether you would prefer to receive a Light or Dark Eyebrow Fibre. As it's fast approaching the Christmas Party Season and New Year [aka excuses to get on the wine every weekend with friends] this Party Prep themed box is packed full of goodies to help us prep and prepare ourselves.

The Little Known Box team have included three skincare items in November's box; to refresh, revive and revitalise skin, so that you're positively glowing in time for the party season. They've also thrown in two luxurious makeup items - a brow fibre and an innovative lip plumper. 

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Here's a run down of this month's little known products and my first impressions of them all.

 Ardere Cosmetics, Brow Fibre in Light, Full Size

We all know I'm obsessed with brows and discovering new products to tame them with. I'm still growing mine out at the moment, but inbetween looking like Hagrid, I do like to make a bit of effort with them; now they're looking more like eyebrows and less like matchsticks. 

This Brow Fibre is an innovative all-in-one, that defines, fills and corrects the brows; whilst its fibres thicken and volumise. And these are actually nice fibres, not like the ones I've ran into with Younique Mascara - these are fibres that look natural and have a purpose. Ardere brow fibre is cruelty free and paraben free too, which is an absolute result.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Just look at that packaging!!#GOALS 

I wasn't too sure on this product at first, as I had no idea what brow fibres would entail [and was still remembering the dead spider graveyard around my eyes from the last time I used that Younique fibre mascara] but it's AWESOME. The packaging is lux and totes Instagrammable and the formula of this stuff is like velvet and glides on so naturally. It's also the perfect shade for my brows - which again, I wasn't sure it would be - but it works really, really well.

It enhances the sparser areas of my brows a treat, which helps even them up and disguise the fact that one of my eyebrows looks like a pure Harvard Graduatate with a high flying career and the other one resembles a mad smackhead who lives under a bridge like a troll. 

Retail Price - £15.00
Follow - @arderecosmetics
Shop - www.arderecosmetics.com

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Balm Balm Rose Floral Water, Travel Size, 30ml

Now, you may have seen this lux little product on my blog recently already - but was I complaining that it's included in this month's Little Known Box too? HECK NO, I love this stuff and if you haven't tried anything from Balm Balm; you're missing out. In it's fab glass bottle, this luxurious Rose Water Spray keeps skin hydrated during these colder months - PLUS it can be used as a refreshing facial spray, toner or natural perfume #ValueForMoney

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Its 100% natural, smells like a dream and calms the skin instantly. If you're jetting off for some winter sun this year a] plz take me with you and b] take this too - it's perfect for a refreshing pick-me-up after a day's relaxing on the beach or by the pool. Rose water has been used for centuries to hydrate and freshen the skin and this organic formula won't disapoint. At all.

Retail Price - £7.50
Follow - Twitter : @BalmBalm / Insta : @balmbalmorganic
Shop - www.balmbalm.com
OFFER - For 15% off Balm Balm, use code LKB at checkout

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash, Travel Size, 50ml

Balance Me are a brand I've seen crop up on numerous bloggers' Insta accounts, but being the bad blogger that I am, I've never tried actually any of their products myself before. After years of babywipes and hoping-for-the-best being my skincare routine, I'm finally embracing proper products to sort my face out with - so I'm very excited to try this cleanser! It washes off to remove makeup and impurities and is said to reduce shine - which is PERFECT for the shiny beacon of hell that is my fod. 

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Like many of the beauty products I've been enjoying recently, this cleanser is free from nasties, cruelty free, paraben free and natural; so it's skin, environmental and animal friendly. I haven't tried it yet, but it's really highly acclaimed in pretty much every review written about it and it sounds like the perfect fit for my skin; so I'll let you know how I get on!

Retail Price - £5.95
Follow - @balancemebeauty
Shop - www.balanceme.co.uk
Offer - Use code LITTLE16 at the checkout for 15% off

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Nugg Beauty Revitalising Face Mask, Full Size, 1 Pod

Again, Nugg are a brand that I've never tried [proper skincare virgin me, like] but I've heard plenty of you guys talk their products on social media / in your Snapchat stories. I love the packaging of this face mask - its little pod is so dinky and transportable. I'll be using this over the weekend, to relax my skin after a tough week [and to start prepping my face for the wedding I'm going to soon] and I have super high hopes for it.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Its natural formula is designed to plumpen and reinvigorate tired, winter skin - without any nasties or skin stripping chemicals. The peppermint oil and flaxseed blended gel plumps and hydrates skin, leaving it feeling fresh, clean and revitalised. I'm very excited to try this out, and if it's as successful an experience as I think it's going to be, I'll be stocking up on these little pods to take as pick-me-ups for inbetween wedding celebrations. Hangover? What hangover?

Retail Price - £3.29 [single-serve pod]
Follow - @nuggbeauty
Shop - www.nuggbeauty.com

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Cougar Products, Perfect Pout Lip Plumper, Full Size

This was one of those products that makes you sack off all blogger rules and try it before you photograph it. Yeno, something you're so excited to try that you just can't not crack it open; at no matter what cost to your photography. If you've ever tried Soap and Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss before, Perfect Pout Lip Plumper is pretty similar to that, in terms of the sensation you feel when wearing it and in what it does. But for me, this gloss seemed to work so much better - and has become the ideal compromise in my life for the lip fillers I want but cant afford.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

Although I don't necessarily think it's a great trend for young girls to feel they have to follow [just search the Kylie Jenner challenge and you'll see what I mean] Kylie has single-handedly made every girl I know want lip fillers, for that fuller pout. Including me. I've considered fillers countless times - and I'm a definite over-liner, trying to fake that coveted look. 

Using products like this Lip Plumper are a lot safer, easier and convenient [as well as not permanent] to use in achieving a fuller pout than either of the above [especially the Kylie Jenner challenge!] I was really impressed with this Cougar one. I'll post about it again, with before and after pics to show you. But it's pretty awesome - you may actually have seen me pouting like a mofo on Snapchat [@love_lippy] wearing this shortly after it arrived!

Retail Price - £29.00
Follow - Twitter : @Cougar_Products, Insta : @CougarBeauty
Shop - cougarbeautyproducts.com

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

BONUS ITEM - Ahalo Butter Shampoo & Hair Mask, 2 x Samples

These little sachets of product are a great way of finding new brands that work for you. This one contains a lux Japanese haircare brand [Ahalo Butter] which has just become available in the UK. The formula of this haircare duo boasts moisturising properties; including five types of butter and collagen.

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

I'm really hoping this intriguing sounding product will help breathe some life into my hair, as it's got a little flat and meh recently. Its formula does sound truly luxurious - and as I haven't had my hair cut for a long time [like seriously, you don't even wanna know. You'd judge me so bad, hahahahaha] it needs all the TLC it can get!

Retail Price - £12.00 each [Full Size]
Follow - @ahalobutteruk
Web - www.ahalobutter.co.uk
Stockist - Available to purchase at AMAZON UK

Lovelaughslipstick blog - Little Known Box November 2016 Edit Review

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Once again, Little Known Box have smashed life, and beasted out another fantastic box. I love how consistent LKB are with their offerings and how well put together each of their themes are. I'm excited to try every single product in this box, and they were a joy to unwrap - there's not a single one I'm disappointed in or won't use.

What's your favourite item in November's box? Do you subscribe to Little Known Box? Or follow them on Instagram & Twitter?

Lovelaughslipstick blog - a fashion beauty health & lifestyle blogger

*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review, but as always - all opinions are legit my own
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