Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Unboxing Pink Parcel UK - May 2019 Edition*

I know it's only Tuesday but I feel like I've had a really busy week already, I've done a whole load of admin, I've filled in some forms, I've taken some blog photos, and the big news is I've actually managed to get on top of my emails for once. I have two email accounts and the amount of emails that I get on a daily basis is bordering on the ridiculous - I try to skim read as many as I can when they first come in but reading them properly sometimes takes more time and energy than I have!

In the depths of my inbox were quite a few emails from Pink Parcel, and at last it seem as through the promised changes are happening. Their new website launched last month, with a slightly different URL, and the promise of lot of new features including shopping, blogs, and a new affiliate programme. The biggest change though has already happened, and Pink Parcel have introduced a whole load of new subscription options.

Their new "All Of It" box is basically Pink Parcel as was, and contains both your needs and your wants, your sanitary products, and some beauty and lifestyle treats. This is the option that I've chosen and again I've gone for the monthly option which is £11 plus £2.50 postage and packing, you can also chose the 3 month option for a one off, up front payment of £30 and a 12 month option for a one off upfront payment of £100

As well as their "All Of It" box, Pink Parcel have also introduced a box called "The Needs" that just contains sanitary protection and no treats for around £5 for 1 month, or £13 for 3 months, and £60 for a full 12 month subscription. If for whatever reason you don't need sanitary protection Pink Parcel have also introduced a box called "The Wants" which just contains beauty and lifestyle treats and no sanitary products. A 1 month subscription of The Wants costs £8, 3 months costs £22, and 12 months costs £90. An additional post and packing charge is also payable on most of the subscription options. I think that this is a really good idea, especially with "The Wants" box, my periods were quite irregular for a time, and I ended up with lots of excess items, so in future I could switch to this option and still get all of the beauty and lifestyle treats.

So more changes are afoot again with Pink Parcel, including the long awaited new box design, I know this box looks quite different from any of the previous Pink Parcels I've shared but this isn't the new design, this is in fact a Betty Box. To avoid any waste Pink Parcel are using up all of their old packaging and boxes before they introduce their new box style later this year, and in May I ended up with a brightly coloured Betty Box, which was a box from their subscription service that was geared more towards teenagers.

Although the packaging may be different, the contents and layout was exactly what I've come to expect from Pink Parcel, a few advertisements, a pouch and a box of Musts, and a box of Wants.

I've had quite a few boxes lately that have contained panty liners and sanitary pads so I decided to switch and in May I got a mixed box that contains tampons, panty liners, daytime pads, and nighttime pads. Compared to my last couple of boxes that have beens pads only I did receive a few more items this time round I received 27 items in total. I've switched back to a pads only box for June, so we'll see what I get this month.

Despite all of the emails that I've had from Pink Parcel over the last month I didn't get one which explained the boxes theme or that gave me any product information so I've had to do my own research. For me this seems to be a general well being box, with lots of skin care, and some self care items. Bar the chocolate I haven't had a chance to try anything in the box yet so no proper reviews I'm afraid x

Daily Concepts Your Facial Mini Scrubber With Smart Technology - Full Size - Est. RRP €6.95

First up, the little sister or brother of one of the items that I received in April's Pink Parcel. April's box contained the Daily Concepts Exfoliating Body Scrubber, and May's box contained the smaller facial version.

With exactly the same technology as the body version, this exfoliator contains a cotton base layer, with a soft cotton towelling texture and a finger pocket on one side, and fine nylon loops on the the other size. Again the inside of the exfoliator is made up of a soy based foam which helps you skincare products to foam, and it also has the same smart technology on the hanging loop, which lets you know when it's time to replace your scrubber. I'm looking forwarding to giving this a try, the exfoliating nylon loops are a lot softer on this product than they are on the body version so fingers crossed it should be gentle enough to use on my face.You can buy this mini scrubber directly from Daily Concepts for around €6.95.

Cougar Rooibos Tea Face Mask - 100ml - Full Size

I've seen this brand floating around online for a few years now but bar a fab lip colour that I got in a previous subscription box, I didn't know too much about the brand, but from what I can gather it's an environmentally friendly, and cruelty free brand and all of the products are both made and packaged in the UK.

This mask contains Rooibos, which is a South African plant that's predominantly used in tea and herbal remedies, containing antioxidants, flavinoids, vitamins and minerals it is anti bacterial and it's particularly effective in preventing skin disorders.

Perfect for all skin types this 5 minute cream mask is designed to balance, detoxify, energise, firm and nourish and to reduce inflammation. It sound like it pretty much does everything and once I've finished testing a few skincare products I'm going to give this a go. If you're interested in trying this one out for yourself beware there are some pretty big price variations online. It retails at £17.99 direct from Cougar, at around £17.49 from Amazon and at £3.50 from Fragrance Direct. That is some variation - seriously though don't pay £17 for this - why spend more when you don't have to!

Vitamasques Egg Sleep In Mask - 1 x 4g Mask - Full Size - RRP £3.99

Another face mask and quite an unusual one - I've tried quite a few masks from Vitamasques now but this one is completely different from anything else that I've tried. Containing egg, Persepolis extract, licorice, ginger root and camellia, this is a sleep mask.

All you do is remove the plastic insert from the cardboard outer and your greeted with a sealed egg and spoon. Using the little spoon you mix the gel and cream textures together (the egg white and the yolk) and then you apply it to face at bedtime. There is no need to rinse or wash it off you just leave it on overnight and let it do its thing. Ideal for dry skin, it claims to tighten pores and give the skin a smooth and plumper appearance. 

I haven't tried this yet but I'm excited to try it, thanks to the Dr Botanicals Po Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask, that I received in April's Glossybox I'm now a sleep mask convert and yes I admit it I'm also pretty excited to open it up and start mixing the formulations together with the little spoon - it doesn't take a lot to excite me these days :) If you want to try this particular mask for yourself then you can get it directly from Vitamasques.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) Night Cap Overnight Perfector - 30ml 

Now I do love a hair mask, and after reading about this one I think it's just what my hair needs at the moment. Created in association with biotech scientists from MIT (Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, don't you know!), this range is crammed full of technology, and scientific, proven formulations. 

I only have one other product from this range which I haven't tried yet so this brand is pretty new to me, and so is this type of product. Like the Vitamasques mask this basically a sleeping mask for your hair. Simply apply it to damp or dry hair before bed and then style or wash it out in the morning, and you're left with manageable, vibrant, shiny hair, that last for up to 5 washes! Containing a patented healthy hair molecule, which releases slowly into the hair, the formulation absorbs quickly and it doesn't leave any marks or staining on your pillows. Suitable for coloured and chemically treated hair, it is cruelty free and it's also free from parabens, silicone's, and phthalates.

Now my hair normally takes too long to dry to wash it in the morning, so I'm either going to have do this on a day where I'm not leaving the house or I'm going to have to leave it on all day, either way I'm looking forward to trying and looking forwards to weeks of shiny hair. I can't seem to find this travel size online which is a shame because I think that this would be an ideal products for holidays, but the full 118ml size retails at around £30 from various retailers including Marks and Spencer ,Look Fantastic, Selfridges and direct from Living Proof.

Macacha Peace Vanilla Plant Protein Shake - 33g Sachet - RRP £2.99

Okay I admit it I'm not really the protein shake type, give me a iced coffee any day, but I like trying new things and I'm always willing to be surprised. Containing holy basil and lavender, this is a sachet of vanilla flavoured plant protein shake mix. Simply mix the sachet with water, or nut milks, or blend into juices or smoothies. It's vegan, caffeine free, raw, and full of amino acids, iron, and iodine, and apparently it will promote feelings of calmness, relaxation and serenity. I could certainly do with that I just need to get past the lavender thing and give it a try. If you fancy a little bit of protein and serenity in your life then you can buy it directly from Macacha at £29 for 10 sachets or in sachets and tubs from various retailers including Holland & Barrett, Amazon and Planet Organic.

Dilmah Chocolate, Tumeric, Ginger And Almond Rooibos - 2 x Tea Bags 

Well this box has pretty much covered all bases, you can put Rooibos on your face and you can also drink it. I've had one of these bags before in a Pink Parcel buy you know the story Mummy Lou got there first. The name says it all really almond, chocolate, and ginger with a base of Rooibos. As you probably know I have an intense hatred of bitter almond, so one of these bags is going straight to Mummy Lou, so she can test for marzipan, and amaretto flavours. Fingers crossed that I can drink because the combination of flavours actually sounds really nice. You can buy this infusion direct from Dilmah for around £2.19 for 20 bags.

Choc On Choc Be Kind To Yourself Mini Milk Chocolate Bar

Although it may look pretty big in my photograph, this was actually a tiny, little square of chocolate from UK based company Choc On Choc who are known for their high quality chocolate gifts and creations. They do a lot of corporate items for companies and organisations so that may be what this little chunky is from. I'm not going to lie I ate this straight away, and although it was teeny tiny, it was a really good quality milk chocolate. I can't find anything like this on their website but I would recommend literally anything from their line - their salted caramel truffles are particularly good - go on treat yourself you know you want to ;)

So changes are again on the horizon but this was actually a pretty decent box, there are quite a few things that I can't to try, mainly the hair mask and the sleeping mask, so no complaints from here, and I can't wait to see what June's Pink Parcel has to offer. Have you tried any products in this box? Let me know your thoughts in the comments x 

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Saturday, 8 June 2019

Trimming My Stash - May 2019 Edition - Empties And Mini Reviews*

I know time seems to be flying by generally, for me at the moment, but May seemed to go particularly quickly, admittedly I had a pretty busy, as well as welcoming our new kitten Max into the family, I also spent a lot of time with my family and friends, and I celebrated my birthday - all I seemed to do was blink and it was all over, and scarily June seems to be heading in the same direction!

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Therapy - 25ml
Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel - 500ml
Vitamasques Tea Tree Face Mask - 1 x Sheet Mask - 20ml
Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - 100g

Total - 4 Items

When it comes to trimming my stash, May wasn't the best of months, it seemed as though it was over before started and every product that I thought that I would finish seemed to miraculously go on and on, a bit like my own personal beauty version of The Magic Porridge Pot. I was a touch disappointed that I only managed to finish four items but I did manage to finish something that I was actually sick to death of seeing in the bathroom, so maybe it isn't all bad.

1. Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Therapy - 25ml

The first product is one of two items in this post that I'm quite sad to see the back of. This hand cream was behind door number 19 of the 2018 Glossybox All I Want Advent Calendar, and it's something that I put into use straight away. You can read a full review here but this hand cream was crammed full of moisturising ingredients including ceramides, Shea butter, glycerin and macadamia seed oil, and whilst it was really rich and creamy it absorbed really easily into the skin and left them feeling silky smooth. It was a really nice hand cream texture wise, and results wise, but for me the big selling point was the scent. Containing rosewater, it had a gentle, real rose scent, combined with warm and spiciness of pepper. 

I really enjoyed using it and even though I can't justify a repurchase at the moment, when I've used up some of the many hand products in my collection I'll definitely buy it again and maybe some of the other products in the Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn range. This 25ml travel size retails at around £8, and the full 100ml size retails at around £18. You can pick it up from various retailers including Crabtree & Evelyn direct, Look Fantastic, Escentual, and Fragrance Direct.

2. Soap & Glory Clean On Me Creamy Moisture Shower Gel - 500ml

I'm going to start talking about this product with an apology, this is probably one of the grossest empties that I will probably ever show you, but this is what happens when a bottle seems to live in your shower caddy for what seems like a life time. An almost constant stream of water had faded the label, and done goodness what else so I apologise!

I don't honestly know why it's been there so long, I actually really like the product, for some reason though I just haven't reached for it in a while. To be honest I got a bit sick of seeing at there so last month I made a concerted effort to try and finish it. 

This is a gorgeous, creamy moisturising shower gel with that familiar Soap & Glory fragrance, you any need a tiny amount so this half litre size lasts for ages. I do like it and it's something that I'll happily use but it's not something that I would actually go out and purchase on it's own. I'm a huge fan of the Boots Soap & Glory Star Gifts at Christmas, and that, bar the odd purchase, tends to be how I get my Soap & Glory fix. If you are interested in giving this a go though then Boots is the place to go,  this 500ml size retails at £6.50, with a handy 75ml travel size retailing at £3.

3. Vitamasques Tea Tree Face Mask - 1 x Sheet Mask - 20ml

Most of the sheet masks that I seemed to have tried over the years have came in beauty subscription boxes, and I think this one may have came in either a Glossybox or a Pink Parcel. I'm normally a fan of Vitamasques face masks but this didn't wow me. Containing antibacterial, pure tea tree oil, this vegan friendly mask is designed to help balance oily, and acne prone skin. I used to have very oily skin, but the older I get the drier my skin gets, so maybe that's why this didn't really do it for me.

The mask itself wasn't the thickest and it tore quite easily, it was very, very wet though, and the liquid had a tendency to run down my face and into my eyes, which was a bit stingy. It had a slight tea tree scent but nothing to harsh or too strong. When it was on my face it felt nice and cooling, after around 20 minutes I removed the mask and there was still a lot of liquid on my face. As per the instructions I massaged the excess in. It felt a bit tacky and sticky but it did eventually absorb into my face and neck. There was no redness on my skin, it just looked a bit fresher, but other than that I didn't notice any real change. If you have more problematic skin then I would give this a try but on my skin at the moment, it didn't really do very much. This mask retails at around £3.99 direct from Vitamasques and Look Fantastic.

4. Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - 100g

Although it doesn't have the most Christmas scent and the colour isn't really very Christmassy (unless your Barbie that is!), this is probably the quintessential festive shower product. Every year its arrival is eagerly awaited by thousands of Lush devotees, and I'm one of them.

Bright pink in colour and crammed full of iridescent sparkles, it basically smells like a sugar overload, think bubblegum, candy floss, and pick 'n' mix, all rolled into one. A small amount produces beautiful creamy bubbles and a bathroom that smells like a sweet shop!

I don't know if it's just me but I am finding Lush's shower gels and shower products a little bit drying at the moment, but to be honest I can live with that because nothing beats the scent of Snow Fairy drifting through the house even in June. I'm hoping that I have another bottle hiding away somewhere but if not, roll on Christmas 2019!

After two good months in March, and April I was a little bit disappointed to only 4 items in May but it was better than nothing, and hopefully June will be a more successful month. Let me know your thoughts on the items that I finished, and I'd love to know you tips for using up beauty products x Let me know in the comments if you have x 

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Thursday, 6 June 2019

Unboxing Glossybox UK - May 2019 Edition - Trending Beauty*

As the saying goes better late then never and in this particular case I hope that you'll agree - I've already an email about June's Glossybox so I thought I'd better get my finger and get this post up before my to do list gets any longer! It may be late but in my opinion it's one of those posts that been well worth waiting for me - You've probably quite a few posts on May's Glossybox already but in my opinion it's one of the best boxes that I've had in a long while, and although it might not seem like it I've been itching to talk about ever since it arrived.

After the jazzy floral design of April's box May saw a return to the traditional pink and black design with a pink box and tissue, and a black ribbon and black shredded paper. I think there is something really classy about the original design but I've got to be honest and say that I'm more inclined to keep and reuse the limited edition boxes, but even if I don't personally use them I can usually find someone to pass my old boxes on to - my Godmother in particular uses them to organise her jewellery and her beauty products - Glossybox the box that keeps on giving!

Anyways the theme of May's box was Trending Beauty, and it's aim was to embrace new beauty trend with a range of high end beauty treats. Some lucky subscribers got an extra treat in their May box, a la Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, some boxes contained golden tickets, and the prize wasn't a tour of a chocolate factory or even a make up factory instead it was a Remington Curl & Straight Confidence 2 In 1 Straightener, unfortunately I wasn't one of the lucky winners but I after exploring the rest of the box I wasn't too disappointed.

Annabelle Minerals Mineral Blush - Rose - 4g - Full Size - RRP £12.50 / €13.90

Now a know a few people were a bit unhappy that they didn't receive the Dr Jaart mask, but personally I was really pleased to the alternative item a gorgeous blusher from Annabelle Minerals.

Now I wasn't that familiar with Annabelle Minerals so I've done a bit of research and I've found out that they are a polish mineral make up brand. All of their products are based on just 4 natural ingredients, and their good for your skin range is 100% organic, and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.

Designed for all skin types including oily, dry and sensitive, the blusher I received was in the shade Rose, which is officially described as a matte finish, highly pigmented mauve, with pastel pink pearl particles, that is designed specifically for paler skin tones.

Like so many mineral based make up products, it's a loose product which comes in a sifter style tub. When you swatch it quite heavily like I have in the photo above it looks quite dark and almost a little bit more peachy , but it actually blends out into a really natural pink colour.

It wasn't the easiest colour to capture on the skin because it actually matches natural flush of my own skin almost perfectly. If I blush this is pretty much the colour that my cheeks go, and that's the reason I love this blusher so much, it looks so natural on my skin, and it's something that I could probably wear every day, and seeing as it's a loose mineral powder you only need a tiny amount so it will last for ages. The only official retailer I can find is the Annabelle Minerals website where it's valued at €13.90.

Nailberry Oxygenated Nail Lacquer - Love Me Tender - 15ml - Full Size - RRP £14.50

I do love a nail polish, and after a long hiatus I've actually got nails, all be it quite short ones, that I can paint again. Now I've heard quite a lot about Nailberry but it was another brand that I hadn't tried. This polish is part of their Oxygene range of healthy breathable nail polish, that protects and cares for the the nail and allows both air and water to pass through the polish. As well as being 12 free, it's also vegan and cruelty free, approved by PETA, and both gluten free and halal. As well as all that they also claim that their polishes are long wearing, and have an amazingly glossy finish.

This shade Love Me Tender is officially described as a creamy rose, mauve and in real life it's a perfect match to the Annabelle Minerals blush so you can coordinate both your cheeks and your nails should you so wish. It's a gorgeous neutral pink shade, and although I haven't managed to try it on my nails yet, you can see how glossy the swatch is on my nail wheel. It only took two coats to achieve this gorgeous full coverage, glossy finish. As soon as I'm finished the re shot nails of the days that I'm doing at the moment, I'll share a nails of the day post, and a full review.

Nailberry nail polished are available from a variety of retailers including Look Fantastic, HQ Hair, Nail Polish Direct, and Feelunique.

Beauty Kitchen Natural 0% Petroleum Lip Treatment - 20g - Full Size - RRP £2.99

When I first picked this up I thought that this was a tub of Vaseline, and to be honest I think that exactly what that manufacturers hope will happen. If you are a fan of Vaseline but you want a more natural product then this could be something to try.

Vaseline is a cult product and with good reason it does exactly what it promises but if you really think about petroleum jelly, maybe you wouldn't be as keen to slather it all over. This product by UK brand Beauty Kitchen gives you a 100% petroleum free alternative. It's made from 100% natural ingredients including beeswax, Castor seed oil, and carnauba wax. It's suitable for the driest and most sensitive lips and it's fragrance free. The tins themselves are made from 100% recycled tin plate, and are themselves recyclable.

Beauty Kitchen claim that this product is less greasy and more affective than petroleum based product and that it is scientifically proven to moisturise and protect the lips for up to five hours.

If you have really dry or sore lips, then this is a pretty fabulous lip balm, not only does it provide a protective layer on the lips, but it also actually absorbs into the skin and softens the lips at the same time, and it has no real taste or scent so there is no incentive to lick it off! It also adds a nice gloss to the lips, so you could use it over lipstick instead of a gloss. You only need a tiny little bit so this little tin will last for ages.  This balm retails at a very affordable £2.99 and is available directly from Beauty Kitchen and from various retailers including Holland & Barrett

Barry M Cosmetics Cosmic Lights Highlighting Palette - Full Size - RRP £7.99

Now the biggie and the sneak peek that we saw in April box. The May edition of Glossybox Uk contained one of two Barry M palettes, a contour palette or the one that I received the Barry M Cosmic Lights Highlighting Palette.

Now if you remember I said that this was the palette that I wanted, and I was really, really pleased to receive it in my box. Both vegan and cruelty free this palette contains 6 good sized shades, 4 cream highlighters and 2 highlighting powders in various colours from champagnes to a copper bronze, and icy blues and whites.

The palette itself is made from a sturdy cardboard with a magnetic fastening, and it contains a nice sized mirror. It's a good size perfect for travel, and perfect for highlighting newbies.  The powders (the middle shades) are nice and smooth but not too buttery so you don't get too much fallout, and the colour payoff is decent. The creams aren't the creamiest or butteriest highlighters I've ever tried but have a nice feel, and they aren't too creamy or oily. The colour payoff is okay, the lighter colours especially are quite sheer so you might need a few dips to build up the colour, but like the powders they are easy to apply and blend and because they aren't too greasy they wear well.

As I say this is a great palette for travel or for adding a few highlighters to your make up collection. Like all Barry M products this is really affordable retailing at just £7.99. It's available from various retailers including Superdrug and ASOS and direct from Barry M.

Mudmasky Aftermask Vitamin Serum - 30ml - Full Size - RRP £34.19 - £51.72

The final item in the box is a product from a brand called Mudmasky. I've had a few of their products from various subscription boxes, but I'm ashamed to say that I haven't actually tried any of them yet, and nor have I tried this product.

Although they are famous for their various face masks this product is something just that little bit different. It's an innovative and original product that is specifically designed to be used after any of their face masks to nourish the complexion and add vitamins and minerals to the skin. Containing a host of vitamin infused natural ingredients including dulse seaweed, sea fennel, brown seaweed, rice starch and rose water, it claims to be smoothing, anti ageing, feeding, protecting and nourishing. It's also cruelty free, and PETA approved. 

This tiny 30ml tube is actually the full size and the retail price online varies between £34.19 and £51.72 direct from Mudmasky. It's one expensive little tube either way so I'm definitely going to hunt out some of my Mudmasky masks and give this a go.

So that was a very late review of May's Glossybox, and I have to say that it was my favourite ever boxes by far. I will use everything in it no exceptions, I love all of the products that I've tried and whatever way you look at it the value is superb, and it looks as though June's box could be just as good as it contains a primer from high end skincare brand Avant. If it's even half as good as the night cream that I received in January's box then it will be well worth trying x Let me know your thoughts on this box in the comments x Was it worth waiting for? Let me know x 

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Unboxing Papergang Box No. 39 - May 2019 Edition - Forever Awkward*

I don't know if you follow me on Instagram, you should by the way if you aren't already, but unlike a lot of people I don't have a perfectly coordinated grid filled with beautiful flat lays and pictures that wouldn't look out of place in a fashion magazine, my grid is a bit more random. 

I predominantly use social media to share the things that I love, and the things that make me happy, my family and my cats make me happy, food is my life, I love beauty and home products, and I love stationery.

Ever since I was a little girl, looking longingly at packets of coloured pencils, and rolls of stickers in Fenwick stationery department I've been obsessed with stationery. I can never resist buying more pretty pens, and paperclips, and my notebook obsession is bordering on dangerous - I literally have a large plastic crate full of unused, and untouched, virgin, pretty notepads, but hey there are way worse addictions in life than pretty post it notes!

A few weeks ago now I was spending my requisite 5-10 minutes a day on Facebook, when something popped up in feed in between the cat pictures, and the over sharing type statuses, it was an advertisement  for a stationery subscription box. Now I already probably buy stationery at least once a month anyway, so I decided to click the link and take advantage of the special offer pricing that it promised.

The box itself is called Papergang, and it's from the brains behind the fabulous stationery, accessories and gifting website Ohh Deer. Like all of the beauty boxes that I already subscribe to it's a monthly subscription service with several different pricing and subscription options, an ongoing 1 month subscription is £10.95, an upfront payment of £27.40 will give you a 3 month subscription, and a one of payment of £54.75 will give you a 6 month subscription. Obviously the longer you subscribe for the cheaper it is, but I like the flexibility of the one month option it's much easier to cancel and you are in control. Thanks to the Facebook offer though I got this box for just £5 which was an nice incentive to try it out without too much to lose.

So what is Papergang, in its simplest terms as I said before it is  a stationery subscription box. Every box is themed and contains exclusive designed accessories and stationery items from artists across the globe. The box contents will never been repeated so every month you're getting something new and exclusive. All of the boxes are designed, packed and shipped from the UK, and for every 4 boxes sold, Papergang in association with Tree Aid will plant one tree.

Your products come in a nice flat box that fits easily through most letterboxes. The plain brown cardboard box, is covered with a removable sleeve, that will alter every month. May's box featured a pale pink and hot pink sleeve, with the cut out word Papergang on one side and two bookmarks for you to cut out on the reverse.

Remove the sleeve, open the cardboard box, and you're greeted with a pink tissue wrapped parcel, and an iron on patch.

Papergang Membership Iron On Woven Patch - No Value Given

Now this isn't part of the official box so it isn't given any sort of value. It's an exclusive non retail, iron on patch featuring Drew, Papergang mascot, and it's just a way of welcoming you to the Papergang family.

I love it when things come wrapped in tissue like this, it really does feel as though you unwrapping a present, and I'm all for self gifting.

First of all the parcel contains a little booklet which tells you a little bit more about the theme of the box and a little bit more about the artist or designer behind the items. The contents of May's box was designed by typographical artist and designer, Catherine Ings aka Twin Pines, who is known for her use of bright block colour, and witty phrases. There are quite a few of her items on Ohh Deer if you fancy a look to see some more of her work

Fabric Tote bag - RRP £14.95

The first and biggest item in the box is a fabric tote bag. It's in a gorgeous fresh, summery, mint green / turquoise shade, and it features the words "Don't worry. No one else knows what they're doing either." in a clear and bold white font. It's a nice quality bag and it won't take up to much room in my handbag. The saying is so true too, it's easy to think that everyone else has their life together, when in reality we all have problems and insecurities, some people are just better at hiding them x

Iron On Woven Patch - RRP £5.95

Next up another woven iron on patch - this one is in shades of purple and lilac, and features the words "FOREVER AWKWARD" on it. Story of my life this one, I'm not that comfortable in social situations so I tend to let my tongue run away with me haha - so yeah forever awkward could be my middle names x The contents of the box is exclusive but patches on the Ohh Deer website retail at a variety of price between £3.50 and £5.95.

A5 Notepad - RRP £5.95

At last something papery - this is a really handy, to do list, desk pad, come organiser. It features a to do list, and a really useful when to get things done section, which is divided into hours. It's a nice thick pad, the quality is really good, and it's really useful - who doesn't need to get organised. Again I can't find anything similar on Ohh Deer but they quote a price of £5.95 for this.

2 x Greetings Cards - RRP £5

Something that Ohh Deer is famous for are their greetings cards. There are no boring Happy Birthday's here everything is exclusive and a bit quirky, and these are no different. You get two sealed cards with envelopes - a blue and white type design that features that words "I'll always think of you as someone older." and a yellow card with black type with the words "Happy Birthday you silly sausage" on the front. 

The cards are a really nice quality and who doesn't need birthday cards. If I'd got this box a month or two earlier then I would have known exactly who to send the blue card too! These specific cards aren't available on Ohh Deer, but there are similar cards for sale including some from Twin Pines for around £2.75 each.

Universal Calendar Card - No Value Given

The final item doesn't have a price attached to it and it seems to be an added extra, and a very useful one at that. It's basically a universal calendar card, just write in the month, and the days in the right places, and you have a really handy calendar, that you can just stick in a notebook or in an organiser.

So that was my first Papergang box - For the £5 that I paid it was definitely worth the money, all of the paper items were excellent quality, and who doesn't need another emergency shopping bag. I'm not really a patch person but I am Forever Awkward so I might stick that somewhere and try a bit of fashion up cycling. I'm not sure whether I'm going to become a long term subscriber at £10.95 a box but I'm definitely going to get a few full prices, to get a better idea of the contents and the value, and to give you a better idea of what the subscription offers x I'd love to know if you've tried Papergang and I'd also love to know what your favourite UK subscription boxes are? x So let me know in the comments and let me know if you have any questions x

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