Saturday, 29 July 2017

Edie & Rona Stationery Box*- August 2017 Review

* I received this box free for the purpose of my honest, unbiased review.

Edie & Rona Monthly Stationery Box August 2017

About the box
Edie & Rona is one of my favourite small businesses for all things stationery and organisation. Each month you can choose whether to sign up, so no need to set up a recurring payment if that's not your sort of thing. Expect a selection of things like notebooks, greetings cards, stickers and other stationery bits. You can see the contents of July's box here.

Price
£15.00/month

What I got


Edie & Rona Monthly Stationery box August 2017

Edie & Rona Monthly Stationery Box August 2017

This little parcel arrived in a white box with plenty of packaging to protect the contents inside. It was all wrapped up in white tissue paper, so it was like unwrapping a present. I think that may be part of the reason I love subscription boxes so much- monthly present unwrapping!

Rifle Paper Co Notebook Lively Floral

The first item I unpacked was this absolutely gorgeous Rifle Paper Co Notebook. This is a 6 x 8.5 inches size notebook with 64 lined pages and a lovely little floral motif on the top of each page. The inside covers are printed with a gold inked pattern. It really is an incredibly luxurious feeling notebook and I'll have to think hard about what I want to use it for as I don't want to mess it up with mere shopping lists! I couldn't find it sold individually on the Edie & Rona website, which is probably because it's quite new and you can only find it in this box at the moment, but I believe this is from the 'Lively Floral Range'.

Rifle Paper Co Notebook Lively Floral

Rifle Paper Co Notebook Lively Floral

I think the print inside looks like double ended pineapples, but it's probably actually flowers! I think I have pineapples on the brain at the moment!

Katie Loxton Thank You Card

Katie Loxton Thank You Card

Next up is this Katie Loxton Thank You Card. Those of you who follow my Instagram might have noticed I'm a fan of Katie Loxton pouches, so I am really thrilled to have unpacked this lovely card. It actually comes with a little gold Katie Loxton sticker, which I would use to seal the envelope- I don't know if that's what you're meant to do with it, but I imagine so. Inside is plain except for another 'thank you' written in gold ink.

Rifle Paper Co Lively Floral Pencils

Rifle Paper Co Lively Floral Pencils

Rifle Paper Co Lively Floral Pencils

More floral fun, these are the Rifle Paper Co Writing Pencils. I love that these were sent too, as they go perfectly with the notebook- they're actually from the same 'Lively Floral' range and the patterns on them are beautiful. They come ready sharpened, so you can start using them straight away. I'm thinking I need to use them in the pretty notebook, but like I said first I need to think of something good to write about! The pencils also have erasers on the end which is handy.

Katie Leamon Decorative Stickers

Katie Leamon Decorative Stickers

These are the Katie Leamon 12 Decorative Stickers. These are fairly luxurious as stickers go- printed on ivory laid paper, they feel quite premium and weighty. There are four of each design- an envelope, 'hello you', and a geometric design. These are another good choice for sealing envelopes on pen pal mail.

ArtBene Metal Clips

ArtBene Metal Clips

ArtBene Metal Clips

Finally, I unwrapped these sweet, dinky ArtBene Metal Clips. Essentially paperclips but way more fun, you can use these to clip documents together, save your page in a book or notebook, or for organisation when studying. I also think these would look really pretty in my flatlays when taking blog photos!

Final thoughts
I haven't tried many different stationery boxes but the Edie & Rona box pleasantly surprised me as it contained a proper variation of stationery rather than just paper/cardstock which is the downfall of some I feel. If you're a fan of beautiful stationery, love to write with pen and paper, sending snail mail and pretty notebooks, I think you will love this box.

*Update*

The August box is available now on the Edie & Rona website. The price is £15.00, and purchased separately the products would cost £26.50, so you save £11.50!
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Monday, 24 July 2017

So Susan Lip Love- July 2017 Review


So Susan Lip Love July 2017

About the bag
Every month you will receive a bag filled with beauty items from the brand So Susan (typically 3-5 items). Sometimes these items will be So Susan's other brands, Jelly Pong Pong and Trifle Cosmetics. This bag is sent from the U.S.A. Everything So Susan and it's other brands sell is cruelty free!

Price
$20.95 per month (approx £16.20) with free shipping worldwide. You can buy a one off bag for $45.00 (approx £34.79).

What I got

So Susan Lip Love Makeup Bag

Okay, so first things first, let's talk about this makeup bag. I like the blue and white theme and the art, but that quote. Oh I do not like that. 'Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Boss'? This implies that acting like a 'lady' and thinking like a 'boss' are two things that cannot normally exist together. News flash- there are lots of lady bosses out there, and they are brilliant. Also, I've never taken kindly to being told to 'act like a lady' as normally it's code for 'be quiet, sit down, be meek'. Anyway, rant over, let's look at the contents of the bag!

Nomad Cosmetics Havana Intense Eyeshadow Cachorros

Nomad Cosmetics Havana Intense Eyeshadow Cachorros Swatch

First thing I pulled out of the bag was this curious little eyeshadow compact. The Nomad Cosmetics Havana Intense Eyeshadow in 'Cachorros' (full size, $12.00/approx. £9.21). So Susan have started adding in a product most months by a different brand to their usual in house ones, and I'm really enjoying it as they always choose unique, cruelty free products that I love. This time is no different- Nomad Cosmetics was started by a husband and wife team two years ago and is certified cruelty free and free from chemical nasties. This beautiful soft green eyeshadow comes in a solid, chunky black compact with a little inset mirror. I absolutely love it and can't wait to try it on my human guinea pigs!

Trifle Cosmetics Cream Bar Cake Island

Trifle Cosmetics Cream Bar Cake Island Swatch

Next is the Trifle Cosmetics Cream Bar in 'Cake Island' (full size, $21.00/approx. £16.12). This is a lipstick crayon which goes on as a smooth and fairly creamy formulation but dries down to a matte finish. I found it non-drying, despite the fact that it's a matte lipstick.The swatch does look very pink and bright, but on my lips it actually suited my complexion quite well and I would go as far as to say this is almost a universal pink (almost).

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee and Coconut Lip Scrub

Jelly Pong Pong Coffee and Coconut Lip Scrub

I was kind of sad about this product, as only a couple of months ago did So Susan send another lip scrub out. This is the Jelly Pong Pong Coffee + Coconut Lip Scrub (full size, $19.00/approx. £14.59). It smells yummy and it works well- my lips felt much smoother after trying it out. You only need a little bit, and you don't need to scrub too hard.

So Susan Concealer Brush

Finally there was a brush, the So Susan Concealer Brush (full size, $21.95/approx. £16.85). I must say I've never seen a concealer brush this big before, but I often don't use brushes for their stated purpose anyway. I love these green and gold So Susan brushes, so I was so happy to receive another one- they are always gratefully received! They're just the right weight, well balanced and the fibres are synthetic and cruelty free.

Final thoughts
Besides the questionable quote on the makeup bag and the appearance of another lip scrub, I actually thought this months offering was pretty awesome. I hope they keep finding amazing brands like Nomad Cosmetics to send as that eyeshadow is so beautiful.

If you want to sign up for So Susan Lip Love, their link is here.
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Little Known Box- July 2017 Review

Little Known Box July 2017

About the box
Little Known Box sends you around 5-6 products every month from brands that may be niche, independent or less known. This includes categories of items such as nails, hair, makeup, skincare, and more.

Price
£14.95/month, plus £3.75 P&P

What I got


Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam Coconut

This first item I was a bit like 'awww' because I've had this before in a previous box this year, but at least it's a different scent (last one was apple)- this si the Zerreau Towel Off Shampoo Foam in Coconut (travel size, 70ml, £3.99). The scent is very light, as is the foam itself. I like the idea of this but I wouldn't want it to get my hair too wet as I might as well just wash it then.

Merci Handy Face Mist

Unfortunately I just received this in this months You Beauty Discovery Box, this is the Merci Handy Face Mist (full size, 30ml, £4.00). It is a lovely scent and very refreshing on your face, although it's a pain to get it after another box featured it in the same month. Merci Handy seems to be a favourite in subscription box curator circles.

Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser

This is the Merumaya Youth Preservation Moisturiser (travel size, 10ml, £14.50). I'm only 27 so I'd like to think my youth is fairly well preserved for a few years yet, and to be honest with my oily acne prone skin this probably isn't a product suited for me. This will no doubt be well received by my mum or sister though. This moisturiser contains SPF 20.

Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick Cocoa

Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick Cocoa Swatch

There are two lip products in the box this month, the first being this Cougar Beauty 24 Hour Liquid Lipstick (full size, £6.99). Everyone received the shade Cocoa, as shown in my swatch above. It dries down to a matte finish, and is a pinky brown nude sort of shade. I'm kind of disappointed that the lipliner which they also sent (below) doesn't match as that would have been like a lip kit in a box! Opportunity kind of missed there. Still, this shade and formulation is right up my street and I think the price is excellent.

Odylique Pink Lip Liner

Odylique Pink Lip Liner Swatch

As I said above, there is another lip product- the Odylique Pink Lip Liner (full size, £12.50). I would have loved if this matched the liquid lipstick, but unfortunately this is a very deep pink and wouldn't really go with it. It's quite a creamy, smooth formula and has the added bonus of being free from chemicals and cruelty free. The price leaves a little to be desired but I would still be interested in checking out their other makeup products.

Final thoughts
This box wasn't a favourite of mine (I think July may not be my month!) but I think that's more personal preference and because I get a lot of different subscription boxes. If this is the only subscription you get, this was actually a pretty good all rounder. Little Known consistently sends full size and larger travel sized items which I think is brilliant value for money and keeps me coming back for more every month.

If you would like to sign up for Little Known Box their link is here, and if you're a new subscriber you can us the code NEW10 for a 10% discount.
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Sunday, 23 July 2017

The Blogger Crowd Blogger Pack* Review

The Blogger Crowd Blogger Pack

Today I'm reviewing something a little bit different to my usual thing. The helpful guys over at The Blogger Crowd were really kind to send me their new Blogger Pack*, which is a set of handy printables to help bloggers get organised.

This includes two pretty blogger themed prints, a full set of monthly overview sheets, a blog post planner sheet and a daily planner sheet.

I'm A Blogger Whats Your Superpower

The prints were my favourite, they really surprised me with how cute they are- the pink and black theme works well and doesn't put too much strain on the poor printer, so they are actually quite good value for those wanting to save printer ink. I can think of several ideas off the top of my head to do with them- I will either peg them onto my photo line, or frame them in a pretty frame for one of my bookcases. They would also look lovely taped on a white wall with washi tape!

Coffee Laptop Messy Bun Get Shit Done

Blog Post Planner Sheet

The blog post planner has plenty of room for listing post title, websites to link, products to photograph, extra notes and the date the post is going live. These would be especially helpful for those long winded, complicated posts that just make you think 'argh' at the idea of even starting them.

Daily Planner Sheet

Daily Planner Sheet

The 'What Am I Doing Today' daily planner sheets can be printed out as many times as you want really, and you can use them to plan blog related things but also day to day life things as well. It has handy tick boxes and space for notes, and again the colour theme is pretty but not so bold that you'll use up all your ink printing them. I really appreciate this, it shows the thought that has been put into the design.

Monthly Planner Sheet

Monthly Planner Sheet

These are the monthly view sheets. There is plenty of room for copious notes, birthday and event reminders, and also a tick box list for your goals. I think I would really like to start setting more monthly goals, both related to my blog and regular life.

Final thoughts
I really enjoyed testing this pack, and I will definitely be using them to plan my blog posts and blog in general now. As I understand it, The Blogger Crowd will soon be selling a Blogger Pack for everyone to be able to use! I will make sure to update this page when it becomes available.

So what about you? Do you use planner sheets or printables in your day to day life? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you.




*This item was sent to me by The Blogger Crowd for the purposes of a review.
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Saturday, 22 July 2017

The Pip Box- July 2017 Review

The Pip Box July 2017

About the box
The Pip Box is a beauty subscription that sends out only cruelty free products. You can choose from the regular box or vegan box, but both will be cruelty free. For every box they sell, The Pip Box donates 50p to an animal charity.

Price
£14.99/month, plus £3.95 P&P

What I got


Balm Balm Rose Floral Water

First item this box was yet another variation on the rose face mist theme which I have seen so many times in subscription boxes recently- I'm starting to think this is a trend or something haha! This is the Balm Balm Rose Floral Water (travel size, 30ml, £7.50). The floral rose smell isn't too strong so I could see myself using this but as I have about a thousand rose sprays in my stash this may go to a friend or family member. Balm Balm products are 100% natural, leaping bunny certified (cruelty free!), and most (not all) are organic.

Balm Balm Organic Muslin Face Cloth

The second product, and the second Balm Balm product, was this Balm Balm Organic Muslin Face Cloth (full size, £3). These are fantastic for cleansing, especially the soothing and relaxing joy that is a hot cloth cleanse. These are designed to be lightweight and dry quickly between uses.

Glisten Cosmetics Primer and Glitter

Glistens Cosmetics Primer and Glitter

Glisten Cosmetics Glitter Swatch

This was my least favourite product in the box, by far- the Glisten Cosmetics Primer & Glitter Pot (full size, £8.50). What you get is a soft gel like substance which you use to prime the skin where you want the glitter to stick, then you pop the glitter on top. I got rose gold but you could also receive silver. This stuff sticks to you really hard, and when I tried to wipe it off with cleanser it just sort of...spread. Everywhere. All over my hand, arm, clothes, everything. I definitely wouldn't put it on my face, not least because I'm not into glitter and don't go to festivals, but also because it would stick to me for the rest of my life!

PHB Ethical Beauty Organic Lip Crayon Pink

PHB Ethical Beauty Organic Lip Crayon Pink

This is another brand I'm seeing in lots of boxes lately- the PHB Ethical Beauty Organic Lip Crayon in Pink (full size, £8.95). Now I think about it, I may have received this exact item in another cruelty free box. I do wish these subscription boxes would look at other subscriptions and see what they're doing so they don't just repeat each other over and over ad infinitum. This is a soft, creamy crayon which will suit most medium pink lipsticks quite well, as well as being cruelty free and vegan friendly.

Chirp Pure Oil Blend Hair Mask

The final item is a larger version of an item I got in a previous box, the Chirp Body 100% Natural Hair Mask and my suspicions have been corrected- the one I got previously was completely liquid, and I thought that couldn't be right. This is much more solid, like a proper mask. It is a 100% natural oil blend, packed with nourishing fruit, seed and leaf oils, as well as being vegan, cruelty free and 'artisan crafted'. I'm hoping this will give me better results than the last one, which was basically juice!

Final thoughts
I have to admit, this wasn't as impressive as their June curation- quite a few repeats of both brands and actual items from previous boxes that I've received. While I get that they aren't responsible for other subscription's contents, I think brands should probably not saturate the subscription market with their products so much that box lovers like me end up receiving loads of the same thing.
I'm currently looking to diversify into other types of boxes other than beauty, so for now I'll be cancelling The Pip Box, but I'll be keeping a close eye on their unboxings as I still love what they stand for and think that their subscription is great value for money.

If you would like to subscribe to The Pip Box, you can find them here.
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