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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Glossybox Goodies

A while back I reviewed some products that I received from Glossybox, I haven’t had any boxes for months due to moving and budgeting a bit more tightly, but this month they had an offer for the July box + the August box for £15 + p&p (£17.95 total) – normal monthly price is £10 + p&p. So that seemed like really good value – I was sold!

I have yet to try out any of the products (watch this space) but here’s what I got:

Glossybox JulyJuly Box “Seaside Splash”: From left to right: Anatomicals Spray Mist Facial Spritz / Alterna Bamboo Style Boho Waves Tousled Texture Mist / Sleek Pout Paint in Rosette and Cloud 9 / Coola Organic Mineral SPF 20 Face moisturiser / Essie Sleek sticks nail stickers.

Total value of products in box: £34.77

Most excited about: Anatomicals facial spray, Alterna tousled hair mist.

August boxAugust Box “High Flyers”: From left to right: Emite eyelash curler / Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 shadow/liner / Urban Veda Turmeric & Botanic Radiance Day Cream / Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Concentrated Treatment / Oceane Makeup remover pen.

Total value of products in box: £34.98 – not including Oceane product which is pre-launch.

Most looking forward to: Oceane Makeup remover, Urban Veda Day Cream.

So, £17.95 paid, and £70 of product received…. even if I’m not crazy about some of them, it’s massively good value. Ok, month to month it’s a bit of a lottery and there have been some boxes I was disappointed in, but I have been impressed by the fact that often the products are full size, and the range tends to be high end.

Watch this space for the reviews…

 

Product Review: Seche Nail Polish

I thought I would add product review posts to my list of topics, so here’s the first one! In my November Glossybox I got a nail polish, from Seche. At first I didn’t think it had any branding on it, as the design on the bottle is matte black and the polish is such a dark blue, the two merge completely.

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I hadn’t heard of Seche before – so it was good to get to try a brand I’m unfamiliar with. It’s a full sized polish bottle, so I’ll get a lot of wear out of it (does anyone actually finish a nail polish before it goes gloopy?).

The colour was ‘Hypnotic’ dark royal blue, which is a shade I used to wear a lot but recently I’ve tended to go for more neutral shades that are work and multiple-outfit appropriate.

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The polish is quite a runny one, which I suppose is good because it takes longer to go gloopy, but can make application a bit tricky. Also, they’ve gone for the traditional long thin brush, which I find tricky to control when loaded with polish. Some other brands have started to move towards flatter, oval-tipped brushes which I think give a neater and easier finish.

Although it’s runny, you do have to load quite a bit on the brush to get even coverage in one sweep the whole length of the nail (and most of my nails are quite short at the moment). My default tactic with nail polish to avoid over-loading the nail is to go for small repeated applications, but that doesn’t work well with this polish. However, it did dry quite quickly.

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The finish is smooth and the colour is deep. For the sake of fair testing, I didn’t apply a top coat. After 48 hours the finish is still reasonably glossy with minimal fade (certainly not as bad as I’ve seen with other polishes), but there is quite a bit of chipping round the edges of the nail tips – and I haven’t done anything out of the ordinary; typing, cooking, opening packets etc.) However, there’s no cracks or flaking in the majority of the nail so I would stab a guess that a strong sealing top coat would improve the durability of this polish.

48hrs later

acertainstyle Star rating:

Colour : ☆☆☆☆☆

Applicator: ☆☆

Finish: ☆☆☆☆

Durability: ☆☆☆