After last months box where every item was used, I was slightly disappointed with the March box that didn’t contain any skincare items. Out of the six items, I had heard of three of them, and only have use for the body scrub and nail items. Little-Known Box is a monthly beauty box that focuses on brands that are up and coming, and costs £14.95 per month plus £3.95 postage. There didn’t seem to be a discernible theme this month, except for the brands being British (not all made in Britain though) and so if you aren’t a huge makeup lover, the offerings this month would have been rather poor.
- Saturated Colour Sheer Stick ~ Full size. This vegan lip tint came in Breezy Coral, which isn’t a shade I use. That is one of the downsides to including makeup items in a beauty box, as they won’t suit everyone. The retail price is £7, however, all the shades are currently on sale for £3 on the website.
- Bloomtown Botanicals Sugar Scrub ~ Mini Jar @ £5.60. Made in England (Cornwall) with a blend of sugar and plant oils, this was my favorite item this month. The story behind the founders is fascinating, plus they donate 10% of their profits to environmental and animal charities. I used the sweet almond and shea scrub, and it moisturizes while gently exfoliating, and leave the skin with a subtle and natural scent. A great product to try.
- Soapsmith ~ Sample size. Handmade soaps never went out of fashion, but are having a revival. Based in London, this company was founded in 2012 and already has won awards and has a cult following. The particular scent ‘Marble Arch’ that was included was not my cup of tea though—too over powering, but it hasn’t put me off the brand.
- Vintage Cosmetics Company Blending Sponge ~ Full size @£5.95. The company has beautifully packaged accessories, and while I do use sponges this tear shaped one isn’t for me. This is probably useful to those who use liquid foundation, but not so much for those who use compact or powder foundations.
- The Edge Nails Top Coat ~ Full size @ £2.34. This is one of my favorite brands for nail polishes (after Chanel) and is used by professionals. A great product, by a British company that sells mainly to the trade and beauty colleges.
- HJ Manicure Nail Polish ~ Full size @ £9.50. Helen, the founder of Little-Known Box, owns HJ Manicure, which produces vegan and cruelty free nail polishes in a number of classic and fashionable shades. I was sent the Lace nude shade, which so far after three days has survived (one coat) with no chipping even though I have been opening boxes with my nails. Amazingly long lasting with even coverage.
Rating and Verdict
The mark of a good beauty box is consistency, and I felt this month it lacked the previous months offerings where the items were useful for all ages and skin types, as this month seemed more limited. There are four makeup items, which were all full sized, and two body products, which were travel sizes, with a perceived retail value of around £30. I’m happy as long as 50% of the products in a beauty box are useable, but felt at least one skincare item should have been included for a more rounded curation.
With each box are discounts for most brands, including a generous 50% off HJ Manicure nail polishes this month.
*Valid on on monthly subscriptions and for the first box. Boxes are sent out on the 21st of each month.