Saturday, 9 September 2017

August Favourites!

Hey everyone,

It’s August Favourites time! I know it’s a teensy bit late but I’ve been caught up in the whole excitement of getting the kids back to school and getting some shred of normality back in my life.

I’m not surprised to see that my list of favourite things is pretty short for August.  I think this is a combination of it being the summer (beauty and cosmetics products always seem less for me in the heat) and it also being the school holidays and just not having the time that I usually do.  I also want to put a disclaimer out there about the photo quality.  I have no idea what has happened to my camera, but I had to run an update and since then my camera has been all over the place in terms of focusing and it's driving me mad.  I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my blog photos so it's killing me that these aren't quite up to the standard I would like!  
First up is the strangest product I think I have ever used....ever! I’m talking about the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun with Coconut & Papaya fragrance.  We took this (along with the Sun Lotion) on holiday and I loved the Sun Lotion.  I should have actually included it in this blog as it was so good, but I used it all up and threw away the bottle, but it sank straight into my skin, wasn’t sticky at all and smelt delicious! The after sun though, oh my word, it burned my skin as soon as I applied it on holiday.  My legs and arms felt like they were on fire so I abandoned it after the first use.  My husband used it and he did say it tingled but I hated the feeling of it on me.  I will say, I wasn’t sunburnt in any way as I don’t tend to spend too much time just laying in the sun so I don't think it could be the effects of too much sun on my skin or anything like that.  When we got home however, I tried it again and it is the loveliest moisturiser and really leaves my skin feeling silky and hydrated.  I can even feel it on my skin the next day when I get in the shower.  I have been using this every day since I got back from holiday but every time I look at it I just find it so strange that it was unusable on holiday! If anyone has used this I’d love to know your thoughts on it?
Next up is the Rimmel Insta Fix & Go Setting Primer.  I bought this the day before I went away and threw it in my make up bag and it was one of the only things I used all holiday (check out my blog post “What’s In My Make Up Bag” which I will link here).  It has a really refreshing cucumber scent and so I kept spritzing this all over my face after I’d had a shower on holiday as it was just so hot.  Now I’m home I spray it onto my face before and after I’ve done my make up to give it a bit of staying power.  Definitely one of the best make up sprays I’ve tried I would definitely repurchase this.
Another fave this month is another Rimmel product and that’s the Professional Eye Brow pencil (in the shade Brown/Black).  I bought this ages ago and forgot about it but it was only when I ran out of my NYX Micro Pencil and was hunting around for something to use in desperation and found this.  It’s fab and a bargain at £3.99.  It’s really creamy and easy to apply and I find I can get quite a dramatic brow if that’s the look I want or I can apply it a bit more sparingly just to cover my scars.  I’m not sure I will repurchase the NYX one now that I have this.
Lastly, products wise (and this will be no surprise to anyone who follows my Facebook and Instagram page) are the Perfectly Perfecting Wonderbalm and the Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray from Percy & Reed.  I have wasted many minutes of my life just popping into Marks to just look at these and try and decide whether I needed to part with £30 for two hair care products.  I’d pick them up, read them, stare at them and then I decided to do it and I so wish I had done it years ago.  I will point out that  Marks and Spencer are running a promotion where you buy two full sized products and you receive a full sized Dry Shampoo which is a great offer (I haven’t tried the Dry Shampoo yet as I wash my hair every day).  I cannot stress how much I love these products, this brand, just everything.... basically they are all the adjectives and so many more.  I apply the Wonderbalm to my towel dried hair and style as normal, but I swear this has cut the drying time by half.  My hair dries with a glossy sheen and that’s just the first step in my routine.  I then straighten (always a must for me even when I’m doing a wave which is my current style favourite) and to finish I spray a super-light mist of hairspray.  Both products smell amazing and the hairspray just seems to reduce any of those funny baby hairs that immediately stand up the minute I step out into any kind of dampness or the dreaded word “drizzle”!!  It also holds my wave in which is unheard of for my hair and all this whilst still leaving your hair all swishy and not at all sticky.  I can’t imagine being without these two products and I can’t wait to be able to try out some more – I have my eyes firmly on the Totally TLC Hydrating Mask, the Wonder Overnight Recovery, the Bountifully Bouncy Volume Shampoo & Conditioner... actually, who am I kidding... I want to try every single one of their products!
I can't finish an August Favourites blog without a nod to what I think August and the summer holidays are all about for me, and that's family and friends time.  We've had one of the best summers ever, having been lucky enough to spend time with friends who are incredibly special to us (a quick shout out to the friends who we didn't get to catch up with (you know who you are) I know we'll get a date in the diary soon and you're still special to us😊)and also our family too.  We enjoyed a fantastic ten days away in Spain just the four of us which was just bliss and absolutely what we needed and now the whole fun of the autumn/winter season can fully begin.
Have you tried any of the products I’ve mentioned above? I’d love to know if you have and what you thought.

Love Katherine xxx


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Friday, 25 August 2017

Love Me Beauty Review - July & August 2017

Hey everyone,

It's monthly subscription box review time! If you've followed my blogs for a while you will know that my love affair with My Little Box came to a sad end in July.  I just wasn't happy with the products I was receiving and after a year, I had felt that it was getting very repetitive so I cancelled and began looking at the different options out there.

Subscription boxes have really taken off in the last few years and now you can pretty much find one for most things, which is really exciting, but it also makes it difficult to narrow down.  I knew I didn't want to try Glossybox or Birchbox as I was never inspired by their social media posts but it was only when a good Insta-friend of mine (@highstreet_beauty I thank you very much) mentioned Love Me Beauty that I took a look into it and was pleasantly surprised.

The concept behind it is very different to the My Little Box.  That is a subscription where the contents are a complete surprise each month, whereas with this you get to choose what you want to be included.

The sign up choices are still there - 1 month, 6 months or a year and you can also choose to Gift A Friend with a one-off box.  I will put a link here to their website.  It's worth noting that the 1 month option isn't just one box but a rolling subscription which renews automatically but you can cancel at any time.  I chose the 6 months subscription and pay £8.00 (+£3.95 postage) a month which is cheaper than my previous subscription.

For that £8.00 you get 60 credits into your account on the first of every month.  These act almost like money and all the products featured have a "credit value" and you can choose whatever you like for your 60 credits.  There's also an option to add on extra credits and 20 extra credits will cost you £5.  I must admit I was very tempted to do this for my August bag but I held off as I thought it would be a slippery slope for a shopaholic like me.  I will also point out that the products are not full size but sample or mini sizes.  Personally this doesn't bother me as I think it's a great way to try out brands I wouldn't normally buy as they were too expensive or that I hadn't heard of and with cosmetics, I've never finished a lip gloss or lipstick in my life so a smaller size is perfect with me.  It's worth just checking the sizes on the description of the product so you won't be disappointed. 
July 2017
The products came in a lovely little bag and for July I chose:-

Caudalie Energising and Smoothing Eye Cream
Caudalie was the very first "high-end" skincare brand I used and I bought the Instant Foaming Cleanser when I got married and I loved it.  It fell off my radar a good few years back now though so I was really pleased to see this brand included and had never used any of their other products.  This is only a 5ml tube so pretty small but you only need the tiniest amount of this under your eyes so it will last ages.  It has a lovely tingly feel to it but not in an uncomfortable way.  Overall, I'm really pleased I tried this out.
Kat Von D Lip Tattoo - shade "Outlaw" 
I've never used anything from the Kat Von D cosmetic range but I picked up a few of her Tattoo Liners when I was in New York for my friends and they raved about them so much I wished I'd picked one up for myself.  This shade is as bright as can be and I can't wait to try it out.
Rodial Dragon's Blood Eye Mask 
Another brand I've heard of but never tried, I can't wait to give this a go.  Claiming to reduce under-eye puffiness and hydrate and moisturise the delicate eye area, I was all over this as soon as I saw it.
Nip + Fab Exfoliate Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
I had heard really good things about these pads and they really don't disappoint.  They are the perfect size for travel and there are enough pads inside to get a good idea of whether I like them. Once inside the pads are soaked with product.  As these are exfoliating it recommends you apply a sunscreen if you are using these twice daily but I choose to just use them at night on a cleansed face.  The scent is really refreshing and zesty and my face is so clear in the morning.  This is something I will definitely purchase as a full size product when I run out.
Eco-Tools Blending Sponges 
This was a free purchase with a gift code I had and I have to say, I'm so impressed with these, I've made a note to purchase some more of their brushes.  The larger sponge blended my foundation, concealer and bronzer with ease and I also used the smaller sponge to apply my eyeshadow primer.

August 2017
Caudalie Concentrated Brightening Essence 
I feel I want to try every Caudalie product that there is so I picked this up.  It says to apply on to cleansed skin and before your serum.  I have so many skincare products at the moment, I'm not sure what goes where, but I've been using this just before moisturiser and I love how it leaves my skin feeling.  Another product that has made it to the re-purchase list.
Caudalie 3 in 1 Moisturiser 
As above! This is a handy 15ml size so bigger than a sample size, but as with the eye cream, a little goes a long way.  I've tried this out for the last few days and it's a great moisturiser.  I'm not sure what the 3 in 1 benefits are (it may have said on the description when I added it to my basket) but I really, really like it..... a lot!
Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment   
I'm going to hold my hands up here and say the only reason I picked this was because of the blue and that's my favourite colour.  I know, totally superficial but actually, on arrival, the bottle is really expensive looking and glass.  This is a good sized product to be able to form a suitable opinion on it.  I was surprised at the consistency of the liquid which is actually thicker than you would think and you only need a tiny amount to wipe over your whole face.  Aiming to exfoliate, cleanse and tone, it's a real "do it all" product and I'm absolutely loving how this leaves my skin feeling.

I'm sorry this has been a long post, but I thought I would combine the two month's into one blog, but I will be back to monthly reviewing next month.  I was really worried I would regret changing my subscription but I'm so glad I did.  Although this is completely different, I am really enjoying getting to choose what products I'd like to try out and being in control of when I choose to order it too.

What are your favourite subscription boxes? I'd love to know.

Love Katherine xxx

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag vs What I Actually Used

Hey everyone,

I hope you're all enjoying the summer holidays! I know the weather has been awful here which is just typical when the kids are off school but we've been lucky enough to spend ten days away at my mum and dad's apartment in Spain which has been bliss.

If you've followed my blogs from the beginning you'll know I have a bit of an issue when it comes to packing my make up and beauty products and I put a blog post up last year (I will link it here) where I tried desperately to stream-line the things I take.  I think I was successful in that my make up bag didn't weigh 2kgs but I still took far too much stuff with me.

This year I tried even harder and did really well with all the products until I got to the lipsticks and glosses.  I start off being really good and only putting a few in and then the night before I panic and grab loads "just in case". 

I thought I would do a "What's In My Holiday Make Up Bag" vs "What I Actually Used" as I wanted it to be a true representation and not just a blog about the make up I take and maybe don't actually use.  So keep reading to find out what I took with me and what I actually used.
What's In My Make Up Bag
I always start in a methodical way when working out what I need and start with my bases etc and then follow the routine of how I would apply my make up in that order.

Rimmel Good To Glow Highlight & Illuminator
Maybelline BB Dream Bronze
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
L'Oreal Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Liquid Bronzer
Rimmel Insta Fix & Go 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray
Essence 2 in 1 Highlight & Contouring stick
Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer
Essence Maximum Definition Black Mascara
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in Brown
Model's Own Eyeshadows in "Old Gold" and "Copper Pot"
Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in the shade "Soft Candy"
So far so good right! I didn't think that was too bad and was pretty pleased with myself.  Now on to the lip products!

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Pencils in the shades "Call Me Crazy", "Addiction" and "Red Diva"

From left to right - "Call Me Crazy", "Addiction" and "Red Diva" 
Tanya Burr Lipsticks in the shades "Central Park" and "Wild Safari"
From left to right - "Central Park" and "Wild Safari"
Clarins Instant Light Comfort Lip Oil in the shade "Red Berry"
My Little Beauty Summer Lips
Dr Organic Rose Otto Lip Balm Serum
Victorias Secrets Color Gloss in the shade "Red Hot"
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in the shades "Rosewood Shimmer" and "Plum Shimmer"
Essence Colour & Care Lipstick in the shade "Lookin' Good"
L'Oreal Infallible Matte Lip Paint in the shade "002 Virgin"
From the top clockwise: L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paint in "Virgin", Tanya Burr Lipsticks (as before), Essence Colour & Care Lipstick in "Lookin' Good", Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors in "Plum Shimmer" and "Rosewood Shimmer" and Victorias Secret Color Gloss in "Red Hot"
As you can see, it all goes a bit wrong when I get to lip products and I end up taking a whole load with me, which isn't too bad I suppose, if you use them all..............................

What I Actually Used

Rimmel Insta Fix 2 in 1 Primer & Setting Spray
I'm so glad I took this as it was a last minute purchase before I went away and I threw it in the make up bag the night before we went.  It has a really fresh scent (almost like cucumbers) and it helps to matte my face and cool it down at the same time.

My Little Beauty Summer Lips
This is really pigmented for a lip balm and also contains SPF15 which is essential for me on holiday.  It has a lovely feeling on the lips and leaves them feeling hydrated but also gives my lips a nice pop of colour.  I received this in my July 2016 My Little Box.

Dr Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum
I wouldn't be without this lip balm at any time of the year but especially during the summer months.  I love the serum feel to this and how it leaves my lips feeling really conditioned and moisturised.

And that is everything I used!! Yep, out of that whole heap of stuff I used only three things!! I felt so bad and my make up bag was just staring at me the whole time but it was just so very hot and we were either at the beach all day or then back at the pool until late so the opportunity really wasn't there.  I have learned a lesson in this though and you may be thinking that lesson is "I'll take less stuff away with me next time", but you'd be wrong.  I think I've suddenly realised that even though I don't use all or any of the things I take, I love having them there with me "just in case I do".  They are almost like a security blanket and always there if I need them, but on this occasion I just didn't have the requirement for them.

How much make up do you take on holiday with you? I'd love to know.

Love Katherine xxx


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Friday, 4 August 2017

July Favourites!

Hey everyone,

As I'm writing this, I'm looking out of the window and it's grey and tipping it down and not looking very summery at all, so it feels a bit strange to be posting about "July" favourites!  We have had some nice weather though so I guess we can't complain too much.

This is a very, very short post this month as nothing much has changed in my beauty/skincare routine over the last few months at all. 

For my make up I am still absolutely in love with the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream which I posted about last month (I will link that here if you want to take a more in-depth read about it) and as my skin is behaving quite well lately, I haven't felt the need to use lots of products or buy lots of new things. 

I did however make a couple of little purchases last week (so cheating the "July favourite" a bit) but I did want to share them with you as I instantly loved them.

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shades "Flamingo" and "Aloha"

I picked up the shade "Flamingo" first and then was so impressed with the durability of this that I went back and picked up another shade (I could have honestly put every single one in my basket - it was so hard to choose) but I settled on a very summery and bright pink called "Aloha".

These are so reasonable at £4.99 and there are always offers whether it's 3 for 2 or Buy One Get One Half Price making them even better value for money.

There is a good range of colours ranging from the summery brights to more natural shades like "Tikki Hut" and more unusual shades like "Lemonade" which is an incredibly bright yellow.


The shade "Flamingo" looks like a very pale peach in the bottle but actually seemed to be a brighter orange shade on my nails.  I applied a base coat, two coats of polish and a top coat and found the polish easy to apply and the brush easy to control.  Durability on this nail paint is absolutely outstanding and this was still on and looking not too shabby after 7 days which is unheard for me.  Even some of my favourite polishes I can maybe get three to four days wear at a push but with this shade, it only came off because I took it off to try out the second shade I'd bought.
Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shade "Flamingo"
 
"Flamingo"

The second shade "Aloha" is, to me, the perfect holiday pink.  Really bright and fun, I applied this the same way as I did Flamingo, using a base and top coat.  Again, it was easy to apply but I didn't quite get the wear out of this shade as it did chip after about 3 days.  I'm not sure why that would be so I'm going to try that shade out again as I'm so hard-wearing on my hands so it may be unfair to say it's the polish and not my own fault.  I applied this shade to my toes at the same time and that's still going strong a week later though. 

Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Paint - shade "Aloha"
"Aloha"
Radox Limited Edition Watermelon and Lychee Shower Gel

I had been looking for this in every shop that sold toiletries since I saw it pop up on my Instagram feed.  I found this one in Superdrug and was surprised to see it was a very reasonable 96p which is a total bargain.

(Obviously) I love the packaging!! I'm not going to lie, that's why I was hunting it down! But the scent is gorgeous - not to sweet or overpowering, but really refreshing and summery.
It also lathers up really well and you don't need to use too much of this on your sponge.  I've already stock-piled these as I have a feeling they won't be around for too long as they are a Limited Edition but please Radox, keep making it as not only is the packaging super cute, it's actually a fab shower gel too!


So that's everything for my July favourites.  A very short and sweet version this month.  I will link my May and June Favourites here and here so you can have a look at the make up and beauty products I am still loving as nothing has really changed since then.

What things have you been reaching for this month?

Love Katherine xxx



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Friday, 28 July 2017

Influenster: Max Factor Voxbox Review

Hey everyone,

I'm so excited to be writing this blog post as it's a review of my very first VoxBox.  Firstly, let me just quickly explain what a "VoxBox" is.  A VoxBox is a box full of full-size products that you are sent, completely free of charge, which in turn you review and keep.  I received mine from Influenster which I have been a member of since I started my blog last year.  It's an app that allows you to post reviews on products and likewise, read reviews that people have posted.  The more you post to the app the higher your chances are of being selected for free products.  I was actually tagged via an Instagram friend for this particular campaign (thank you @bekahscrazyworld) and I have to be honest, when I signed up I completely forgot about it and didn't think I would be in with a chance at all. 

As the title says, this box is in collaboration with Max Factor.  I love Max Factor make up and rate their Crème Puff Blushes amongst some of my favourites and a great dupe for the more expensive Hourglass powders.
 
Inside the box are three products to test and review and below I give you my honest opinions. 
Colour Elixir Universal Lip Liner

I've only recently started using lip liners (I think I scared myself off them with my habit of applying a brick coloured lip liner to a much paler beige lipstick way back in the day!) and after trying out a few different brands, it's clear to see that they can vary in quality dramatically. 

This is a clear lip liner with the claim that whatever lip colour you are wearing, you can re-shape, re-size and nourish your lips, together with holding your lip colour in place for longer. 

I have a similar liner from Barry M and I find it quite scratchy to apply but the Max Factor one does apply really smoothly.  It has a wax-like texture which didn't drag on my lips at all.  I find it quite strange applying a clear lip liner because you can't see where you are going (obviously) but, as I don't re-shape or re-size my lips in any way, I applied it to my whole lip to test out the claims of holding your lip colour in place.  And yes, it really does that.  In a strange kind of way you can feel your lip colour sticking to it.  The Universal Lip Liner is priced at a very reasonable £4.99 and is available in Superdrug and Boots.
Colour Elixir Lipstick - Shade "Pearl Maron"

Believe it or not, I have never used a Max Factor lipstick so I was really happy to try this out.  The packaging is sleek and I love the gold-effect casing and the colour at the bottom so you can see what shade you have.  My first impression on the shade in the bullet was that it looked a little too browny-red for me but when I applied it to my lips, it actually transfers to a more golden orange colour which I really like.  It has a slight sheen to it but I think that's perfect for the summer and overall, considering this was sent out randomly, I think it's a nice colour match for me.  I didn't pick up on a strong scent to these lipsticks but I do think there is very subtle sweet smell to them.  There are no bold claims here regarding how long this lasts on your lips and I have to say it didn't last a long time on me.  It had pretty much all but gone after my lunch but if you're happy to re-apply then this wouldn't be a problem and I feel as a lipstick that's not matte or a stain, that's to be expected.  It does claim however to actively moisturise for smoother, fuller lips and it definitely felt very comfortable on and nice and moisturising.  The Colour Elixir lipstick is available in a wide range of colours and is priced at £7.99 from Superdrug and Boots.

Wearing the Colour Elixir Lipstick in Pearl Maron
Honey Lacquer - Shade "Honey Rose"

I have used Max Factor lip glosses before and really liked them so I had high hopes for this product.  The packaging is sleek and looks quite stylish.  Although the brand name runs down the front of the tube, you can still see the colour which I always think is handy so you're not rummaging around trying to see what shade you are trying to find.

This claims to be a 3-in-1 lip lacquer giving the smoothness of a lip balm, the shine of a gloss and the colour of a lipstick and I honestly think it delivers on all three of these claims!

It applies so smoothly and easily and you can build the colour up with more than one application.  It felt really moisturising and comfortable and most importantly for me, not too sticky.  I hate it when my hair gets stuck in my lip gloss (not a good look!).  It is scented and smells like cupcake icing to me - personally, I love a scented lip gloss so this is a bonus.  The colour pay-off is great too so all-in-all I think this is a great lip product.  The only negative to this was the shade sent is just a bit too pale for me.  As I said earlier though, as these are sent out randomly, of course it's to be expected that it might not be a complete match.  I wore this on it's own and felt it was just a little draining on my complexion.  I then tried it the next day with a matte, bright pink stain underneath and it did change the colour to a more warmer tone.  I really, really love this product though so will be investigating the other shades in the range.  They are priced at £9.99 from Superdrug (currently on offer at £7.99) and Boots.

Wearing Honey Lacquer in the shade "Honey Rose" (on it's own)


Wearing Honey Lacquer in the shade "Honey Rose" with a brighter, matte pink lipstick underneath
I've really enjoyed testing out these three products.  Max Factor is such an iconic make up brand and the products I've used from them in the past have always have been a high quality and these didn't disappoint at all.  I will definitely be purchasing the Honey Lacquer and will probably pop a Colour Elixir into my basket too!


Do you have a favourite Max Factor product you love?

Love Katherine xxx

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

(Final?) Review: My Little Box July 2017

Hey everyone,

It's that time again when I review my monthly My Little Box and let you know my thoughts on what's inside. 

If you have followed my blog for a while you will know that, for the best part, I've had a great relationship with this subscription box, but there have been a few up's and down's along the way.  None more so than in 2017.  I feel that they started off on such a good note with the January box (my review of this can be found here), but fell short of the mark in February and since then I've not really known what to expect from month to month.

Last month's Los Angeles box (review linked here) was ok but I felt the box was let down with the lack of thought put into the theme and therefore giving me the impression that, at some point, whoever creates these boxes had got a bit bored and started chucking anything in.  I made no secret that I would wait for the July box to see whether I would keep my subscription running with them or give another company a go, so here goes... the review...(could it be my final one)?!!

The box starts with great promise as the artwork (even when the products have been disappointing, the artwork has always been on point) is stunning, and has the word "Seashells" across the lid in bold black lettering, with pictures of shells behind it.  It's a really striking, pretty box and my heart leapt when I saw it.  This got me thinking that it must be a "beach" theme which is just what you want when your summer holidays aren't too far away.
Once inside, there was a print, but I've definitely seen better ones in previous boxes.  There's not much printed on it other than the words "Let's go see the sea" and some sea artwork and nothing on the back.  When the prints have been really good I've framed them but I don't think I'll be doing that with this one unfortunately.

The first lifestyle item I picked out was a little set of two postcard-sized prints with envelopes.  One has a phrase in French and the other has the phrase "Offline is the new luxury".  I've come to expect little touches like this from My Little Box but my immediate thought was what these had to do with a "Seashell" themed box...or maybe it's a beach themed box?
Anyways, on I went and found a cute little box containing two paper candle holders and two tealights.  The box is a gorgeous midnight blue colour with the words "Summer Night Candle Holder", and so are the tealights.  The paper holders have a two-tone effect in dark blue and cream.  I like these and think they are super cute, but they look and feel quite flimsy so I'm not sure how well they'll survive outside.  There is also a warning to make sure you place a glass jar inside first to stop the paper from burning.  I have to say, at this point, I was a little confused about the theme and maybe I'd misinterpreted it and there's more of a summery, chilled- out evenings kind of vibe going on.
 
There was also a little shell in a plastic covering which on closer inspection is actually a sweet I think.  To be honest, I'm not entirely sure but if it is, it's incredibly hard (like a boiled sweet) and as the shell isn't edible I have no idea how you'd eat it.  There's no way I'll be putting a shell in my mouth, but I'm now back to thinking we are working with a shell/beach theme (again). 

The next (and last) lifestyle item threw me 100% right back to the beach theme though as it's an inflatable Travel Pouch/Pillow.  I absolutely love this and think it's a great inclusion into a beach-themed box and by far one of my favourite lifestyle items I've received since I started my subscription.  I hardly use a sunbed at the beach, preferring to just lay on a towel on the sand but I hate propping my head up on my beach bag so this is brilliant and I can't wait to use it. 

This one product really lifted my spirits up and for an instant I had high, high hopes for what came next.  The beauty products.  Arguably for me, the one thing that has let many previous boxes down in the past.  The little canvas tote bag has a cute little seashell print in dark blue which I like, and it ties in perfectly with the box so things are looking good.....
Once inside we have a.....body scrub!! Ok, not a disaster but it doesn't get me dancing around the room either.  I have to say I like the My Little Beauty products and as a body scrub I can kind of see why this was included and I will more than likely use it at some point, but it's just a bit...well....meh! 


With my hopes slightly dashed I delved in to find another hand cream!! As I'm writing this, the words are literally screaming in my head!!! Why, oh why do I have another hand cream and what on earth does a rose-scented (the scent is lovely I'll give it that) hand cream have to do with a Seashell/Beach/Summer Night themed box????I am so cross with the inclusion of this item - I'm fed up with seeing hand creams, face creams, perfume samples or duplicate items in my subscription.  There must be 100's of products out there but I've lost count of the hand creams I've had.  But not only that, if anyone could help me out and let me know what I've missed with the connection between Seashells and rose-scented hand cream I'd really love to know as I can't stop scratching my head.
Things don't really get any better with the final product which is a radiant eye contour mask.  Again, great, I'll give them a go.  I've never heard of the brand Qiriness before but to me the problem with the inclusion of this item is that they look almost like a sample product and they've just been thrown in as an after thought.  I am so confused by the box I have no idea what eye pads have to do with shells or beaches.
And that was that.  I'd got to the end of the box and if I'm honest when I opened up that little pouch I just lost interest.  My mind had been made up - I cancelled my subscription immediately.
As with the LA box I have absolutely no idea what the theme is supposed to be.  If you are going to theme a box then that theme has to run all the way through it.  When I look back to this time last year and the Coconut box (review linked here if you want to check out a happier review) My Little Box couldn't have put a foot wrong.  It was fantastic and well thought out but now it all seems like too much trouble and just leaves me really confused. 

I've decided to give another subscription box a go so hopefully soon I'll be able to share my thoughts on that with you all but for now, it's with sadness my once good relationship with My Little Box has come to an end.  Who knows whether in the future I'll dip back in - I'd really like to think so and I'll continue keeping an eye on what the boxes are like each month, but until then, it's au revoir My Little Box.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this subscription box if you tried it.

Love Katherine xxx


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