Category Archives: Beauty

June My Little Box: My Little Summer Vibe Box

Wow what a week this has been! I’m not sure how it has been for everyone else but here in Liverpool the sun has been shining and I even got burnt (why didn’t I borrow your sun cream Ariane?!) Weather has been maxing at 26 which, for North West England, is really good! So it seemed fitting that My Little Box’s yearly summer box came in nice and early just like the sun.

My boyfriend has just got a new car so decided that his previous ‘job’ of being my ‘taxi driver’ was not something he hated any more but something he was actually begging to do. The box arrived and we decided to go to Sefton Park (a beautiful, renowned park in Liverpool that should definitely be visited). I decided that the greenery and flowers would prove perfect for an unboxing but lo and behold out rolled the grey clouds and down poured the rain! But it’s the thought that counts right?

IMG_4693

Like always I will state that this box is not necessarily vegan or cruelty free. I have a years subscription (before I transitioned from vegetarian to vegan) bought by my boyfriend that will end in August. If anyone knows of any vegan boxes to replace this please let me know! 🙂

Firstly I was happy to see that the quote cards are still alive and kicking. I guess the gyst of this months card is a holiday checklist- when you’re a forgetful as me this is always a plus!

image

Again I like how My Little Box has stuck to the glossy mag as opposed to the foldout poster style magazine they have previously favoured. I just find the glossy magazine easier to read and more user friendly. Every month my little box include a ‘gimmick’ item, except this month it was like an extra treat, especially when you consider the hot weather as of late.

image 

I’ve previously been sent a blend of loose leaf green tea by Kusmi that was delicious. I’m excited to try this ice tea blend and I will be sure to let you know what I think!

What sets My Little Box apart from other boxes is the inclusion of a lifestyle product every month. I always get excited by the lifestyle product because for me personally, they almost never disappoint. Previous months have included things such as tote bags, beads for customisation of ear phones and photo frames. I will admit I did spoil this months for myself by visiting the My Little Spoiler page but I was delighted all the same.

 

Now ignore the bad photos, I placed my boyfriend in charge of the photographs and complimentary with the camera he is not! Basically the tshirt is a white tank top that reads ‘Girls just wanna have sun’. The material is soft but a little on the thin side. I’m not sure if I’d incorporate this into my daily wardrobe but it will definitely be travelling in my suitcase as a coverup on the beach or teemed with shorts for a relaxed holiday outfit.

Next we have the three items that I know you’re all really here to see. Usually My Little Box provide a cotton drawstring bag containing the beauty items, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts these come in super handy for storing toiletries or general organisation. This month however, the items came packed in a strong, sealed plastic bag that serves as a swimwear bag. I think this is such a good idea! Often, when I’ve travelled out of the country on holiday,my flight leaves at a really awkward time. Although I may not be departing until the night time, I feel as though I can’t have one last dip in the pool due to fear of the dreaded wet clothing smell invading my suitcase. This would be a perfect combat to this and I really love the idea!

image

This months bag contained three items which you can see below …

image

The first product I will admit I got a little tooooo excited about. I initially thought this was a glitter eyeshadow but upon reading the product information it is in fact a primer for glitter shadows. Although not as exciting, I fortunately own quite a few glitter based eyeshadows. Next is a nail polish by Ciate. As I’ve previously stated I’m not a big nail vanish girl due to the job I work in. However it is a nice shade and I’ll follow up with a sample of the colour on my Twitter- you can find the link to follow me at the end or in my contact me tab! Finally I received a salt spray which I am super happy with. I love relaxed surfer waves and when you know how to handle salt spray, it is perfect in achieving those laid back curls.

All in all I am super happy with this box, maybe with the exception of the nail varnish but I guess that’s kind of expected with boxes of this nature. My Little Box sends out different products based on a survey that all subscribers  must complete. Maybe your box differed from mine? I’d love to read about what you received and your thoughts on this months box! You can comment below or tweet me at @abbieorbee

– Abbie

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or endorsed by My Little Box to post these reviews (I wish this blog was successful enough for that haha), all boxes are paid for by me my boyfriend and all reviews are my 100% honest opinions.

Follow me on Twitter: @abbieorbee

Instagram: abbienotabby

I’ve also posted a March, April and May My Little Box Review.

May My Little Box: My Little Dolce Vita Box

Hi everyone! Two blog posts in the same week can you believe it? I’m proud of myself, usually this is where I bore everyone with excuses for why I’m such a lazy blogger soooo I’m going to give myself a pat on the back, especially considering I’m currently very hungover 💁🏼 Today’s blog post is going to be different from my last (for any new readers), I finally got the courage to post my blog through my Facebook so I think a lot of people I know would have only read my piece on cognitive enhancement. Judging from my stats though, the My Little Box reviews are my most popular posts and I’m glad that people get as excited about My Little Box as I do. It literally makes me feel like a kid at Christmas again, counting down the days of each month until my new box arrives and this months was SUPER early, which was a nice suprise. For anyone who doesn’t know about My Little Box: they’re a subscription service (based in Paris) in which every month you receive a box that has a different theme. What makes My Little Box different from other subscriptions such as Birchbox is that not only do you receive sample (and full size) beauty and grooming products, you also receive lifestyle products too. Things such as tshirts, tote bags, planters, jewellery and so on. Each box comes with a hand drawn illustration by My Little Box’s resident designer Kanako Kuno, which adds to the overall ‘cute/pretty’ feel of the box.

This months theme is Italy and the phrase ‘Dolce Vita’, Google tells me it means ‘a life of heedless pleasure and luxury’. If that’s wrong and I’ve just butchered the phrase I apologise but blame Google! 

Firstly I just want to point out, as I did in My Little Flower Book review, I’m happy the style has returned to the traditional box rather than the ribboned book. When you open the cardboard box you’re met with your pretty box and usually a sticker that I just stick either on the mirror or in random places in the flat, to which my boyfriend follows me around taking them all down. Men! As you can see this months sticker says ‘Baci baci’, again I had to Google this phrase and I’m told it means ‘Kisses, kisses’, or I guess maybe kiss kiss? I’ll just move on before I potentially falsely quote any more of the Italian language.

I love this months illustration, when I think of Italy I think of chic, sleek fashion (and good food obviously) and I think Kanako captured this perfectly. It’s not very often I’m jealous of illustrations but I want that outfit, real or not!

Another thing I was happy to see is that the quotes on cards have returned. My brain isn’t working well today, I’ll blame the alcohol so I’m sure there is a better term for those. Basically every month each box usually contains a nice little quote on good quality card that you can either frame or give to people or just collect. Everything is tied together neatly with a ribbon. Usually you have what I call the gimmick item here but this months box contained an extra lifestyle product (exciting!) which you can see below

Each month I end up, somehow, spoiling the suprise for myself. Usually by accidentally reading a spoiler on my Facebook newsfeed. This month however, I managed to avoid that so I had no idea what to expect. Looking at the smaller box I had figured it would be a piece of jewellery and I was right! I assumed the bigger box would be a scarf but I prefer what it actually is

It is in fact a hair turban, in the run up to summer and holiday season I’m very thankful for this. I personally love this pattern but I know it won’t be to everyone’s taste. But like it or not it will definitely come in handy whilst sunbathing, there is nothing more annoying than trying to keep hair off a sticky, sun screened face. It will definately be coming along in my suitcase this year but as this fits my general style anyway I’ll probably wear it of a day, here in England, too and work it into my style.

As I said before my guess at jewellery was right! Inside is a beautiful little ring that’s shaped like a leaf curled around your finger. Again this fits into my style really well so I’m very happy with this months lifestyle items. I would have uploaded a picture of myself wearing it but at the time my nail polish was chipped and looked a bit ugly so maybe I’ll post one to Instagram or Twitter at some point (I’ll give the links to follow me at the end!)

Finally we have the beauty/grooming products that always come in a handy drawstring back that is usually illustrated differently each month. I say it in all my reviews but for any new readers, these bags are amazingly handy and worth keeping hold of. I use them for storing toiletries whilst travelling and general organising.

Inside you usually receive three items. Occasionally you may receive an extra item but this month I got three:

Starting from the left we have a product from My Little Box’s own brand My Little Beauty. I personally love this brand as the packaging is always very neat, usually minimalistic and the products always smell amazing. This months is an illuminating moisturiser for legs, I’m guessing the purpose is to highlight a tan but unfortunately I’m like a milk bottle right now so I’ve not actually tried it out. I had a quick smell though and it has a very orange, citrus like scent so perfect for summer. Next is a body oil by the brand Baija. With My Little Box being a Parisian subscription service, the products received are always of a French background. I’d never heard of Baija until a few months ago when I received a floral moisturiser that was literally one of the nicest things I’ve ever smelt. Again I’ve not yet tried the oil but the green tea and jasmine scent is very refreshing and clean. Lastly we have another product from My Little Beauty, which is a decent sized sample of a fragrance called ‘la fille de l’air’ which, once again, trusty Google translates as ‘daughter of the air’. I’m usually sceptical about fragrances I don’t know about but I’m very pleased with the scent. It’s a very clean, subtle floral scent that is sweet yet not overpowering. I wouldn’t trade my other perfumes in for this entirely but it’s nice to carry around in your handbag which is exactly what I did last night.

Overall I’m really pleased with this months box. I’m not sure it’s my favourite ever as I always prefer receiving makeup items as opposed to moisturisers etc but I am still happy with the products I received. The lifestyle items are perfect for me and something I will definitely make use of! My Little Box ships different products so there is no guarantee you will receive the same products that someone else has and I know each country they ship to have slightly different contents. So I like to be nosy and ask what you all received too! Did you receive different products? Do you like them? How would you rate this months box? Drop me a comment below and let me know 🙂 For now I’m going to try and convince my boyfriend to take me to Liverpool’s new Vegan restaurant Give Kitchen to nurse my hangover. If it works maybe I’ll even have two blog posts in one day! As always thanks for reading 🙂

-Abbie

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or endorsed by My Little Box to post these reviews (I wish this blog was successful enough for that haha), all boxes are paid for by me my boyfriend and all reviews are my 100% honest opinions

Connect with me on Instagram here: AbbienotAbby

Follow me on Twitter here: @abbieorbee

You can also read my April review here and my March review here!

April My Little Box: My Little Flower Book

Hey everyone! My Little Box must have read my mind when I was planning to have this uploaded by the weekend because I finally had my box (well book) delivered yesterday! I was originally going to upload this yesterday but I had a looooong day. To begin the day I woke up at 6am to practice my presentation a few times and nearly had a break down when the timing was averaging out at 22.12, considering we lose points if the presentation were to go over 20 minutes. Anyway there was little I could do at a that point and knew I’d just have to use the timer on my phone and wing it. I left for uni at 9:30 and class began at 11, thankfully when it was my turn I came in at 18 minutes so comfortably between the 15-20 minute bracket we were allowed. Straight from there I met up with my dad, had lunch and then had 45 minutes to run home, get showered and changed into my uniform and go straight into work. That was when I realised My Little Box Book had been delivered (yay) but it was kind of bitter sweet as I only had time to do a quic unboxing, take photos and then leave for work. I didn’t get home until 11:30pm and was going to type out a post but figured who’d really want to read my review at that time? Anyway once again I’ve gone on a tangent so how about we just get on with the unboxing/review? Because I know that’s what you’re all here for 😉

  

Now I must say that I absolutely love the illustration of this months box. The book style was a nice change but overall I prefer the traditional box style for storing things as opposed to the ribbon side opening style of this box. For a one off style I love it though and I’m sure it will look pretty sat on my book shelf. As always on opening the box you’re met with what I referred to in my last review as the ‘gimmick’ item and the glossy magazine. 

  

This months I’d already found out what this was (check out my small rant here) due to a disgruntled subscriber on My Little Box’s page. Well I love this months item and the disgruntled customer really didn’t do it justice when she described it as ‘packet of seeds’ when it really is cuter than that. Firstly it’s cress seeds which gives me nostalgia feels to when I was in primary school and it seemed to be a regular activity to plant cress seeds and watch how they grew. The planter is set in a pretty little cardboard box with a pop up, apartment style setting 

   
 

Instructions seem simple enough, I mean if 7 year old Abbie could successfully grow cress I will not be impressed if 24 year old Abbie messes this up! After taking out the magazine I was getting excited, underneath the magazine is one lifestyle product and a cotten drawstring bag filled with 3 (sometimes 4 if you’re lucky!) goodies. I wondered what it could be and I vaguely remember the disgruntled subscriber saying something about a ‘pouch’ and then I saw it. I mean it’s a lot prettier than just the non-description pouch said subscriber moaned about but I will be honest, I wasn’t really that impressed. The ‘pouch’ is actually a travel organiser for lingerie, the design is pretty enough and the idea as a whole is nice but I’m not exactly lacking on the chest area if you know what I’m saying. So I doubt I’d fit more than two of my bras into this packet, maybe bikinis but I’ll test that out and let you know when I’m packing for my holiday.

  

Finally we have the drawstring bag, like I explained in my last review, the design on each months bag is different and I hoarde these like they’re food rations and the world is about to take a swift left to a post apocalyptic, dystopian future. not to self: stop referencing Fallout! But like I said last time they’re handy for organising toiletries and makeup when travelling etc.

 

Now I hate to be a killjoy but again I’m not overly impressed with this months content. Maybe because there was a real hype in the Facebook page for this months box so I did that annoying thing where you overhype something in your head or it could be because my favourite items to receive reside in the makeup category. Who knows, maybe I’m just being picky. What I received this month is: L’Occitane flower scented shower gel, My Little Box face mask and a Nails Inc nail varnish.

 

First of all I used to love L’Occitane’s products and I don’t want to discredit them by saying their products aren’t good because they are and they always smell delicious but if you’ve read my blog you know I’m a massive animal lover. L’Occitane at one point were approved cruelty free and were awarded the leaping bunny logo but this has been revoked because of the regulations in China in which all products are required to be tested on animals before they can be sold to the general public. Although not completley cruelty free, I do want to point out that L’Occitane are actively working with Cruelty-Free International to accelerate the move to acceptance of alternative forms of testing- you can read more about that here and hereThat said this is just my beliefs and I understand My Little Box doesn’t advertise themselves as a cruelty free or vegan box so I can’t really complain. Next we have the face mask which is my favourite product out of the three. There is nothing more relaxing than coming home from a long day, putting on a face mask and sipping on a nice warm Camomile tea. I tried this out last night and I must admit it has left my skin feeling very smooth so A+ for this product. Finally we have the nail varnish, now I do love this colour although I’d have welcomed it more over Winter. I’m not allowed to wear nail polish in work so I usually don’t paint my nails but when I do I prefer bright or pastel shades over the warmer months purely because I think they look prettier with a tan. So again nice product but I’m not overly thrilled with it.

To round up I wouldn’t say this was a bad box, I’ve had others I’ve disliked more, but it is definitely not my favourite box. I think that belongs to last summers My Little Gypset box. However I’ve rambled on for long enough now so if you’ve read this all, thank you as always! Not everyone receives the same products so I’d love to hear what products you received this month- did you love or hate this months box? Let me know in the comments box below and I hope you all have a lovely weekend 🙂

-Abbie  

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or endorsed by My Little Box to post these reviews (I wish this blog was successful enough for that haha), all boxes are paid for by me my boyfriend and all reviews are my 100% honest opinions.

March My Little Box: My Little Bubble Box

I’ve been feeling pretty run down the past few days now so it was a pleasant suprise to find this little box waiting for me when I got home from University. Usually my box doesn’t arrive until around the 20th of each month so to say I was excited was an understatement! For anyone unfamiliar: My Little Box is a box subscription service (based in France) which includes a mixture of beauty and lifestyle products each month, that coordinate with that months theme. It’s pretty similar to Birchbox and other companies but the inclusion of lifestyle products give it a nice, unique selling point. I must stress that I can not guarantee that all of the included products are vegan and/or cruelty free- I received a 12 month subscription from my boyfriend for my birthday last year. So come August I will be saying bye bye to My Little Box which is a little sad but I’ll be in the lookout for a cruelty free makeup subscription box (needs to be available in UK) so if anyone knows any holla at me in the comments below! Anyway back to this months box…

The thing I love about My Little Box is the attention to detail that goes into every box. Each box is styled with a hand drawn picture from the talented Kanako Kuno. Each box also comes with a peelable sticker usually containing some sort of cute quote on the inlay of the cardboard- as you can see this months is in the shape of a bubble with the words ‘make it pop!’.

     

As you can see the presentation of each box is flawless. Ribbon wrapped, glossy magazine and what I like to call their ‘gimmick’ item are the first things you see. This month a balloon was included which I found nice but slightly peculiar. The lifestyle items this month fit more in with the beauty theme but I love them! This month was a foundation sponge that promises to give a flawless finish to any foundation no matter the quality (big promise which I hope it lives up to!) But honestly the quality feels great, super soft and porous. The second item was a basic hairbrush with a cute design which will be handy for my handbag: I have super thick hair that tangles in even the mildest breeze! D: 

   

Next we have the exciting part- the beauty products! I love how each month My Little Box send these in a uniquely designed cotton drawstring bag and they honestly come in so handy. I tend to use mine for storing toiletries for travelling so they’re nicely packed and easy to find. Usually My Little Box only send 3 products, one of which is usually from their own brand which I don’t mind because I like the cute, simplistic packaging. This month I received 4 (yay!) with more of their own brand than usual. This months box contained a sample size Givenchy (who due to selling in China aren’t cruelty free, sad face! ) mascara, a lip/cheek tint and eyeliner pen from the My Little Box range and a Garancia facial spray with an exclusive design by Kanako. I’ve not tried any of the products but I did do a quick swatch test of the tint, I’m not too sure on the colour yet but with my pale complexion it’s safe to say I will only be using this as a lip colour as I can’t see it complimenting my skin tone as a blush.  

     

So in conclusion I’m super happy with this box, I do need to do some research into the testing policies of My Little Box but I’m hoping, as they’re only for sale separately within France, that due to EU laws they are at least cruelty free. However if you’re not too bothered about cruelty free makeup (which I totally won’t judge you for- see my first ever post!) and you’re looking for a subscription box to brighten your month, I strongly recommend My Little Box! The design of each box is always beautiful, the box itself is strong and sturdy and perfect for storage needs. The exclusivity of French based beauty products means you try out products from companies you may never have been aware of. The main selling point for me was the inclusion of lifestyle products. I’ve needed to buy a spare hairbrush and a new foundation applicator for a while so for me this months was perfect although it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Past lifestyle items have included tote bags, hand illustrated diaries, travel organisers, jewellery and small items of clothing. If you want a better idea you can always search My Little Box unboxing on YouTube where there are tons of vlogs of people unwrapping past boxes. All for £11.00 a month (extra £3.95 for p&p!) you really can’t complain, it feels like it’s your birthday every month! 

I’m sorry for the super long post but as I’ve been not too good the past few days I’ve honestly not really done anything exciting that would leave me with anything interesting to write about so I thought I’d do something a bit different. Thanks for reading like always and let me know if you too subscribe to My Little Box, would be great to see if you love them like I do. Also as I said earlier I will unfortunately be unsubscribing come August when my 12 month subscription will be ending so if anyone can recommend any cruelty free beauty subscription boxes I would love it if you could let me know! 🙂

-Abbie