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Fairy Loot ‘Elementalists’ June Unboxing

I keep saying to myself, “this’ll be my last Fairy Loot box, I promise”,  but the themes have continued to be really strong every month, and the items inside always such good quality.  I just can’t stop (send help!).

For those who aren’t familiar with the subscription box, Fairy Loot release a new box every month for bookworms, with a different literary theme.  What I’ve always liked about them is that you can buy a one-off box with no rolling subscription – it is a real pet peeve of mine when an auto-renewal starts on a product without you signing up for it (I’m having flashbacks to My Geek Box now – I’m not impressed).

June’s theme was ‘elementalists’, which I was particularly excited about.  It is always interesting to see how the different themes are interpreted, and how the different items reflect it.

Let the unboxing begin…

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Witchwood Remedies sure know how to create a scent with a kick!  Though it wasn’t to my tastes, the label design is so nice that I’ll be gifting this to a friend for Christmas.  I did have a slight niggle with this one – I was a bit concerned about having flammable decoration around the wick, so I’d recommend clearing it out before lighting the candle (safety first, kids!).

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The ‘Clairvoyance’ soap was one of my favourite items.  I love how it is wrapped, and it smells incredible too!

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I felt slightly underwhelmed by the ‘Air Bender’ lip balm – it must be difficult to jazz up something so small, but at least it has a function, and I’ll be able to actually use it.

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I finally got a cushion cover, which (sad, I know) has been my Fairy Loot dream since my friend received one in her first box last year.  I just need to source an actual cushion now to go inside…

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This is also the first time that the book really interested me.  I’ll definitely be making time to read it over the summer, if I ever get The Rachel Papers finished!

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Of the three I’ve had so far, June wasn’t a favourite in the end, but I still felt it was good value for money.

I’m going to try to behave and not order another Fairy Loot for a while, but August’s theme has already been announced: Otherworlds.  It is for fans of A Court of Mist and Fury, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones and Peter Pan – in other words, it was pretty much designed specifically for my tastes, and it would be disrespectful if I were to not order one… right?

Emma

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July 6, 2017
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Papergang April Unboxing

I simply had to share what arrived in April’s Papergang box – they have more than redeemed themselves after mediocre March.

April’s content was a collaboration between Ohh Deer and lifestyle vlogger, Arden Rose.  Admittedly, I’d never heard of her before my Papergang delivery, but a little dig around has revealed that she has also written a book: Almost Adulting: All You Need to Know to Get It Together (Sort Of).  I’ve promptly added it to my TBR, figuring I should probably be reading books like this now I’m an Old Person (though there are some startlingly harsh reviews on Goodreads about it!)

So, so happy to find stickers inside!

Two gorgeous greetings cards – my favourite items!

Even though I unsubscribed after March’s box, I am so addicted to Ohh Deer’s products.  If you liked any of the items in April’s box, then you can usually get hold of them from the Ohh Deer online shop: https://ohhdeer.com/.

Emma

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May 17, 2017
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Fairy Loot ‘Dreams & Wishes’ April Unboxing

I had almost forgotten that I had ordered April’s Fairy Loot box! I’d been really impressed with June’s ‘Classic Twist’ box last year, and when I saw that ‘Dreams & Wishes’ was the theme for April, I knew I had to get my hands on one!  April’s box was much bigger than June’s, and I was really, really impressed with everything inside too.

So, here’s a little look at the items that came in April’s box:

I’ll start with the best!  My favourite item was this gorgeous tote bag – the material and print are of such a good quality.

It can’t be captured easily in a photograph, but the holographic shimmer of this notebook is just beautiful! I’ve never seen anything like it in a notebook design before.

Obviously thrilled to receive A Court of Mist and Fury goodies!

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis was April’s book.  I really am not that clued up on YA releases at the moment, so I’d never actually heard of the book, but I’m happy to give it a read!  I don’t know how long they’ve been sending the books in little Fairy Loot bags for, but it was a really nice touch.

So there we have it: April’s Fairy Loot box!  They’ve really outdone themselves, and I’ve already put my order in for June’s ‘Elementalists’ box.

Happy reading!

Emma

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May 8, 2017
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Papergang March Unboxing

I appreciate the April box is looming, but I thought I would quickly share my first experience of Papergang by showing what arrived last month (and hey, at least there’s no spoilers).

The Papergang box is a monthly stationery subscription box full of goodies by Ohh Deer.  As a bit of a stationery addict, it really appealed to me, but also it is U.K. based, which means I don’t have to pay £5000 for delivery.  The cost of the box is £9.95, plus £1.95 for delivery.

I was really excited when the box arrived – top marks for creative packaging!  The items were wrapped up in an abundance of blue tissue paper (which I’ll certainly be reusing for gift wrap) and everything had seemingly survived the journey unscathed.

The box contained half a dozen items, including a pencil, a card, calendar postcards for May and April (see photo below) and three notebooks.  Three.  They’re three very lovely notebooks, but I do think it would have made more sense to swap out one for a different kind of item, like stickers (everybody loves stickers).

So, despite the pretty colour scheme and packaging, I was a little underwhelmed by my first Papergang experience.  When you compare it to previous boxes, like January’s box, I feel the items on offer were quite weak, but they do go nicely together as a collection, and I’ve found a purpose for everything that I received.

January’s Papergang Box – arguably much, much better! (Photo Source: https://papergang.ohhdeer.com/)

Annoyingly, I got caught out again by the auto-renewal system (will I never learn?!) but actually I’m quite happy to have another box on the way.  I can’t say I’d want a delivery every month, as I physically don’t have room for any more notebooks, but I think I will treat myself to one every now and again.

You can see what I got in April’s Papergang box here.

Emma

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April 20, 2017
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Fairy Loot ‘Classic Twist’ June Unboxing

Fairy LootThis post contains spoilers about June’s Fairy Loot box.

The bookish community has been buzzing with talk about Fairy Loot, and I’ve read more unboxing blog posts than I can count.  Living in the UK, I was finding it a struggle to find a box that didn’t cost more than the actual subscription to post, and thought I would give Fairy Loot a try.  I bought a one-off box for £26, and shipping was £4.30.  As I bought the box back in May, it felt like such a long time before it arrived, but it was definitely worth it!

The theme of June’s box was ‘Classic Twist’.  Here’s what was inside:

Fairy Loot ArtThe first thing I pulled out the box were these pieces of watercolour art.  The picture on the left had information about the contents of the box on the other side, while the other was just a really nice Pride and Prejudice poster.

Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously.  A person may be proud without being vain.  Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves.  Vanity to what we would have others think of us.

Fairy Loot FunkoThe next thing out of the box was a Funko Pop Vinyl figure.  It is Mr. Darcy (if you can’t tell) – from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – hence, the ‘Classic Twist’ theme.  I’m a bit addicted to these things at the moment, so I’m thrilled to have another figure for my collection!

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I was so happy to receive a William & Joseph candle, as I had been gifted a Mr. Darcy candle from their range for my birthday and thought they were good.  It was exciting to see it was made exclusively for Fairy Loot, and the smell is really nice and floral (reminiscent of English country gardens, apparently – I can agree with that!).

Fairy Loot BookmarkNext up: these three literary bookmarks from Fable and Black.  They’re good quality and just so photogenic, I love them!  I think they are possibly my favourite item from the box.

Fairy Loot EarringsI also received these cute swallow earrings from House of Wonderland (shame my ears aren’t pierced anymore!).  They’re nice enough to gift to someone else though!

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The extra item in the box was this Chapter 5 ‘Proud to be bookish’ bracelet.  I don’t wear bracelets but I might actually wear this one!

Ivory & Bone

Lastly, this month’s book was Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh.  I have to admit I haven’t heard anything about this book previously, so I was a bit skeptical of it.  I’m also not overly convinced it fits all that well into the ‘Classic Twist’ (it is meant to have similarities to Pride and Prejudice, maybe I’ll have to read it to see them), but I read the first page and the blurb, and it sounds good regardless.

Here’s the blurb (from Goodreads):

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

The box also includes a signed letter from the author talking about the book, and a few Ivory & Bone themed goodies.

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Overall, I was really impressed by Fairy Loot, and will definitely be signing up for the next available box!  After my disappointing experience with My Geek Box, Fairy Loot has far exceeded my expectations!  Check out Fairy Loot’s website here – July’s boxes are already sold out, but you can view past boxes, all of which look equally as awesome.

Box Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

Emma

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June 21, 2016
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