Subscription Box Insanity: Little Lace Box (Oct. ’14)

Little Lace Box

Little Lace Box

I’m very excited about a new(ish) subscription called Little Lace Box. Their motto is a box that is “for women who know they’re worth it”. A very tall order!

I missed out on LLB’s September box, which included some beautiful home items that I totally lusted after. I couldn’t purchase the box after the fact but was able to sign up for October’s box which promised to get a girl party ready. With the holidays coming up, this is a perfect theme to focus on. Can’t wait to see what this month’s box holds in store for me!

THE DETAILS: The Little Lace Box promises to deliver “hand-curated, nearly impossible-to-find designer products directly to your doorstep every month”. In fact, according to their site, it will be “brimming with high-end, brand name beauty, lifestyle, and home product samples to treat yourself to and dazzle your friends during your next night out”. It just sounds better and better. They do not currently deliver internationally, only to the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The cost of a box is $39.99 which includes shipping. I had a coupon and was able to get my first box for $29.99. This box is non-refundable. LLB also has a loyalty program so you earn points for purchasing and reviewing products on their site.

Paper materials

Paper materials

Like many subscription boxes, this box includes some paper materials, one with a hand-written note (no joke) and an item list. I contacted LLB customer service prior to ordering my box, to see if I could get the September box. They got back to me right away and let me know that it wasn’t to be. Based on that experience, looking at this note, the styling of their site, etc. I get the sense that this is a very home-grown enterprise where the owners/founders are still very hands on. I actually like that. I think I’ve mentioned previously that I happen to be a big fan of entrepreneurship and this makes me even more excited that I’m hopefully supporting some really great small business owners.

First Look

First Look

Here’s the first look. It’s difficult to tell in this picture, but there are a couple of items wrapped in tissue paper. So while this picture doesn’t inspire a lot of excitement over the contents of this box, that’s due more to my poor photography skills. Although…it also might be something to consider for this company to utilize colored tissue paper to wrap items. Just to add some additional visual “zing”.

Face mask

Face mask

The first item I pull out is this full size container of Splendid Dirt Nutrient Rich Mud Mask in Pumpkin Puree. What a great treat! I LOVE masks and really like pumpkin, so I’m super excited to get this item. I’m especially tickled that its name includes the words “splendid dirt”. Haha, way to stay down-to-earth. (I’m punny!) This item retails for $20.

Deluxe sample lip gloss

Lip Gloss

Next up is what looks like a deluxe sample but what is actually a full size version of Painted Earth’s Baby Hint of Mint lip gloss. I got this in Mint Pink Extravaganza which looks to be a sheer, hot pink color. I’m not much of a lip gloss person unless it’s clear. (My favorite is by Fresh.) But this has a nice scent and it came in this cute organza bag so I think I’ll save it for a gift. It retails for $6.50.

Go-comb

Go-comb

This Go-Comb has apparently been featured in New York, Real Simple, and Better Homes magazines. I have enjoyed at least two of three of those, so I already feel a bit impressed. This one has a pretty, trendy design and is in a nice gold color. However, I have long, wavy/curly hair and unless it’s wet, my hair and combs do not agree. I.e.-there will be no combing on the go sans disaster. I found this one being listed by the owner on her Etsy site (another entrepreneur!) for $7.99. There are some other really nice stainless steel ones, etc. on there so for those with less unruly hair, I urge you to check it out!

Purse

Purse

This item is listed as a Nancy Cross-Body Clutch by Shiraleah Chicago. The LLB card notes that it was an item they found at an accessories show in New York City. I couldn’t find it listed on their site, but Shiraleah’s other bags start at no less than $60 so I can believe this one retails for $47.99. Plus, it is very well-made with jewels/beading that are well-sewn/secured, and a simple but nice inner lining that is also well-sewn. And while not to my taste per se (I don’t dig the tribal look) it’s still a great, on-trend item. Well done, LLB!

Modern earrings

Modern earrings

These are not broken paper clips. When I opened my box, one of these had slipped out of it’s tissue paper packaging (I urge earring cards next time LLB!) and I thought that perhaps a broken paper clip had landed in my box. I just so happened to open the small tissue paper packet and see the other one, then realizing that there was a set of these. Thankfully, I had refrained from tossing the first one into the recycling bin. They are in fact Sterling Silver Modern Earrings designed by Ali Reznikoff, an artist who enjoys creating wearable art. She too has a shop on Etsy, so I’m stoked about another item from a small business owner being featured in this box. However, I have to be honest…though I now know they aren’t broken paper clips, the first impression remains. And frankly, looking at some of the other items she has designed, they don’t do her work justice. These retail for $14.

Bonus item: Scented sponge

Bonus item: Scented sponge

Last but not least is a bonus item! This sponge smells heavenly and promises 14 plus washes worth of that divinity. I’m a huge lover of bergamot…how did you know, LLB? Made by Spongelle, it retails for $16.

Okay, so while I’m still very sad about having missed the September box with all the home items, I’m overall pretty pleased with the level of curation, which truly does feel very thoughtful. And the total retail value for these items is $112.48. That’s almost triple the normal monthly price of $39.99, and certainly is way more than the $29.99 I paid this month with the discount. So while yes, it’s true, there are some items in there that aren’t to my taste. Still, I feel good about the overall experience I got from this box, there are items I can add to the holiday gift and/or swap pile, and I am left very much looking forward to next month!

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