My Little Box – Review

I’ve previously posted about Glossybox, a monthly beauty sample box, which I have generally found to be good value and has introduced me to some new products. But, at the end of the day I’m not that much of a beauty product fanatic and I just don’t get through (or use) everything I was being sent via Glossybox.

So, I was pretty excited to hear about a new monthly box concept, My Little Box. Like many cool et chic things, it’s a French import – and in fact when I got my first box I was chuffed to see it was dispatched from the town where I did my year abroad !

Each box has a theme or is guest edited, and contains more of a variety of goodies than the purely beauty based Glossybox.

Box 1 – Diane von Furstenburg

Well, what a first box! Guest edited by designer heavyweight Diane von Furstenburg, the mini-zine was full of features surrounding the brand and the woman, and I was actually quite impressed with the amount of content in such a tiny zine.

The contents of the box didn’t disappoint either – the star of the show for me was a full sized DvF print scarf, but also included were a DvF lips logo brooch, Kerastase Laque Noire hairspray (well used with my new style, more on that soon…), My Little Beauty Eau Micellaire, Occitane hand cream miniature, inspirational postcard – all contained in a useful cloth bag.

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Box 2 – My Little COSY Box

I guess this second box is the usual type – rather than guest edited it’s based on a theme. Lots of cute things here – a ceramic espresso mug, cloth heat pouch, and once again a few beauty essentials – My Little Beauty Mascara ‘Soin et Volume’, Arcancil waterproof eyeliner, Yves Rocher eyeshadow, and another postcard in another little cloth bag.

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At £13.95 per month delivered, these boxes are equivalent cost to Glossybox but I much prefer the concept and feel like the contents are much more interesting and value for money!

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Scarf Season

Has it really been over a month since I last posted? Where does the time go… well part of it was spent in Croatia at least, on a surprisingly amazing holiday.

The Gatsby dress from my last post has not made an enormous amount of progress, it has to be said… but although I was feeling uninspired by my wardrobe a month ago, we’re now well and truly into a new season and with that the favourite boots, tights, winter combinations and SCARVES are back in.

I love my scarves (I think I’ve said this before) and have made a vow to wear my scarves more – minimum 1 a week, as this is the only way I can justify buying more. Normally I keep them piled in a faux-vintage suitcase, but I think this means I just never quite know how many I have….

Scarves on paradeTop row, L-R:

Grey cotton snood | Black & floral cotton scarf | Purple floral cotton scarf | Green cotton pashmina (from Florence) | Turquoise crochet scarf | Grey/blue butterfly snood | Grey, green, red umbrella print scarf | Green/multi ruched scarf.

Middle row, L-R:

Large silk face-print, Desigual | Grey silk geometric, vintage | Blue/Green windowpane pattern, “Hermes” | White/multi Japanese print, vintage | White/pink/brown floral, vintage | Purple/Pink leaf print, vintage | White / Hot pink polka dot, vintage | Grey/black patterned | Turquoise Venice silk, vintage.

Bottom row, L-R:

Purple hearts & roses, vintage | Purple/multi cotton beaded, Desigual | Turquoise/beige geometric (from Croatia) | Green silk, vintage | Yellow/grey polka dots, vintage.

 

22 scarves…that’s not too bad, right? I’m sure I can fit a few more in – and as you can tell, most are picked up from vintage and charity shops and markets!

Today I wore my large Desigual silk scarf, which can be tricky to wear because it’s so big and also slippy. A good time to download the new Hermes app, a beautifully designed (of course!) guide to some classic scarf knots. I’ve fallen in love with most of the scarves being modelled, and would love to try out one or two of the ‘scarf as garment’ styles sometime, but there was one that just seemed ideal for today, ‘Criss-Cross’….

Desigual double knot