Friday, 21 July 2017

Midsummer Secrets | Little Known Box, June 2017*


I'll admit - hands up - that I do tend to announce that several inanimate objects are my baes and boyfriends on a daily basis. And I'll also admit that I can sometimes be just a smidge over dramatic. But when I say Little Known Box is bae - something I proclaim every month - I mean it. The day this little beaut plops through my letterbox [via Paul the Postman, another bae] is always a triumphant one. Full of overexcited swearing. And here's June 2017's curation: Midsummer Secrets*

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

This month's box is packed full-to-bursting with six fantastic items - including three newly launched products from Amie, Manna Kadar and Native Unearthed; and as always, it was a pleasure to unwrap. Little Known Box don't just spoil us with lesser known brands, they also feature newly released products from a wide variety of companies; meaning you're always in-the-know about the latest and greatest about to hit down in blogging town.


Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

The Midsummer Secrets edit is all about products we use as part of our daily Summer routine[s], to keep us glowing and feeling our best during the looong Summer days and nights. It's a perfect theme and a perfect curation of products with which to achieve this with. So without further ado, let's get unwrapping! Literally, I could talk about my love for these guys all day haha and I'm insanely boring, so I definitely need to reign it in sometimes. A naked troll on Twitter told me so. Also, I always feel like Shakespeare when I write 'further ado' - anyone else?


Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Manna Kadar Cosmetics Trifecta Shadow, Full Size

I love the packaging of this versatile little powder - it's gorgeous and such a great size for popping in your makeup bag for touch-ups on the go. It's also cruelty and paraben free - two other massive plus points in my book. The Trifecta Shadow has a gorgeous, soft powder formula; which applies and blends like a dream.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

It's the perfect multi-tasker - great for working some warm earthy tones into your smokey eye, for contouring, bronzing and filling in your brows [it's a little too warm / light for my cold-ass excuse for brows, but if you're naturally fair, this will make a fab brow powder.] Making it great value for money and a staple for any makeup bag this Summer.

Retail Price : £14.95
Follow : @mannakcosmetics and #mannababe

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Balm Balm Lip Balm, Full Size

Although I love a good matte liquid lipstick as much as the next person, sometimes in Summer, it's a case of cba. When you're roasting hot and potentially prone to a sweaty top lip situation, full lipstick can be a smeary gamble. So a subtle, glossy balm on the lips is a great alternative - especially when it's packed with as much natural goodness as this one is!

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

This way cute balm is 100% natural & organic and has a cute, feminine fragrance; perfect for making memories over the Summer months. It works to smooth, moisturise and nourish lips - and not only that, it can also be used as an all over moisturiser or balm; should you need it! Another perfect multi-tasker, ideal and compact enough to fit into even the smallest of bags this Summer

Retail Price : £5.50
Follow : @balmbalm and #balmbalm

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

SAMOL Herbal Hair & Scalp Oil, Travel Size, 10ml

I love this gorgeous little glass bottle - I'm a sucker for packaging. Especially when it comes to luxurious looking products, like this hair oil. As I have long, dead and rarely cut hair, I feel like this bottle may only really cover me for one treatment; but from the sounds of it, one treatment alone should do my locks the world of good.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

This 100% natural oil is formulated with powerful, luxurious herbs and cold pressed oils; leaving your hair glossy, glorious and on-point. No matter what type of tresses you have, it's suitable for all; simply massage it into the scalp, leave overnight and wash it out the following morning. Boom. SAMOL's products are 100% natural, cruelty free and free from parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, phthalates, fragrance and dyes; half of which I never knew existed! 

Retail Price : £7.19 for 10ml [£24.00 for 50ml]
Follow : @samolherbal
Offer - Use code LKB2017 for 20% off, valid until 15/07/17 on SAMOL's website

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Amie Exfoliating Polish, 25ml

I can't wait to scrub my face with this - it looks divine and I love the other products I've tried from this brand in the past. Once again, I have Little Known Box to thank for this! This fab little exfoliator is a new release for Amie; suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

This award winning brand was created specially for those with sensitive skin; meaning their collection is perfect for use on all skin types. Their products all boast gentle yet effective organic formulas, harvesting the power of natural plant and botanical extracts to keep your skin beautifully clear.

This New Leaf Pore Exfoliating Polish is a rich, deep cleansing exfoliator that'll leave your skin glowing and refreshed. It lifts away dead skin cells, unclogs pores and encourages the skin to renew itself; for a youthful radiance.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

This exfoliating polish contains natural extracts of orange blossom to tone the skin and keep it oil free - making it perfect to use on my oil slick excuse for a face! And as if this gorgeous new release couldn't get any better, it's also free from parabens, mineral oils and sulphates. Amie, you are one of my new found faves!

Retail Price : £5.95 / 100ml
Follow : @amie_skincare [Twitter] @Amie_Natural_Skincare [Instagram]
Offer : Use code LKB25 on Amie's website for 25% off, valid until 21/08/17

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Africology Cleanser, 25ml

Okay, so you know that packaging obsession I always allude to? This cleanser right here pretty much encapsulates all my branding goals in one. Just look at its luxurious little bottle and the antique style font. LOVE! Africology aren't a brand I've heard much about so far in my adult life; but judging by this cleanser, they're one that I totes need to get better acquainted with.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Africology create natural, ethical skincare products; fragranced with luxurious, 100%-pure essential oils. Their no animal testing policy sits very well with me and their ethical stance and brand ethos are things I admire a lot. This cleanser, as well as becoming a new bae of mine [see, I'm at it again] clears the skin without dehydrating it; leaving skin soothed and feeling refreshed.

Retail Price : £5.00 - £6.00
Follow : @ukAfricology [Twitter] @africology_uk [Instagram]

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Native Unearthed Natural Deodorant, 30ml

When I first saw 'Activated Charcoal' on the side of this lux glass pot, I instantly thought [thanks to pretty much every reality TV star to walk the earth] of teeth whitening products. Which I was happy about, don't get me wrong. But when I realised that this was actually deodorant I was like whhhhaaaaaat? and had to crack it open to try straight away. It's so intriguing and it actually works; drying into the old 'pits much faster than roll-ons or sprays, for a clean feeling. Plus, I love the smell.

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

I'm terrified of smelling like BO, so I can be quite picky with deodorants. I tend to opt for the dry sticks from Dove; so the balmy texture of this natural BO deterrent instantly appealed to me. I like being able to control how much product I apply at a time - and applying it with your fingers means you can feel exactly where you've applied it; to ensure even coverage. Don't want no rogue BO popping out throughout the day, do we?!

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

Natural deodorant allows your body to perspire whilst controlling odour causing bacteria [aka BO bandits]; unlike mainstream alternatives which use aluminium compounds [which defo aren't natural] to plug the sweat ducts and stop your body from perspiring. It is a little different to get used to, if you're used to grabbing BO spray off the shelf in Boots; but it's effective, smells great, is easy to pop in your handbag for BO-on-the-go prevention and doesn't stain. Definitely worth a try, and the product I've used most from this month's offerings!

Retail Price : £6.99 / 60ml
Follow : @nativeunearthed
Shop : www.nativeunearthed.com

Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review
Little Known Box June 2017 Midsummer Secrets Edition Review

And that's a wrap! Another month, another fantastic curation and another six reasons to get yourself involved in the Little Known Box hype! If you fancy signing up, it's legit such great value and using code NEW10 at the checkout will knock 10% off the cost for you. I can't recommend these guys enough tbh. What are your thoughts on June's curation?

Have you tried Little Known Box or any of these brands before? What's your secret beauty product / tip for Summer?

*This post contains items I was gifted for the purpose of review, but as always; everything you read here has come straight from my heart. My heart, yeah, oh my heart [bonus points if you can guess which lyrics I'm quoting here]
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