As some of you may know, I am a BIG fan of great subscription boxes filled with beautiful surprise items. There is something extra special about that thrill of receiving a package with wonderful possibilities, all a mystery to you until you
tear through gently open the box . My love of accessories, and beauty products is also no secret.
Naturally, when I had the chance to experience, & review Sunset 45’s new “The Little Luxuries Box”, interview the creator/owner Dede, and collobrate with them to offer my lovely reader’s a chance to win their brand new August box, I was just delighted. Take a look below to see how this sub works, have a peak inside the June box, and make sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the review. Between you and me, there is an easy entry for all current theboxqueen friends. 🙂
Sunset 45 The Little Box delivers accessories, and beauty products monthly. Each month follows a new runway trend, and you can expect to receive 3-6 items depending on the cost. ( I received 6 )
There are two main boxes; Classics, or Lavish. Classics Box is for the girl who likes understated luxury, and the Lavish Box ( which I got) is more for the fashion forward ladies. You can subscribe to either for $30 + $5 shipping monthly which promises up to $100 value each month. There is also the option of trying out a one time box for $35.
The June box was inspired by the New Tribal patterns seen on the runways. In my Lavish box I got six items. The fashion pieces were the stunning colorful statement necklace, and the beautiful earrings seen above, both influenced by the chosen tribal trend of the month. I also received really useful, and pretty beauty products including a blush, lip color, nail polish, and a natural mask.
Before I delve into the details of each piece here is the mini interview with the founder.
Interview with the Founder of The Little Luxuries Box, Dede
BQ. What is your background/education, and how did you decide on starting a subscription company?
Dede. I’ve been actively involved in the fashion/jewelry industry since I was a teenager. My parents owned an imports company, and I was lucky enough to develop relationships with various companies, and designers from a young age. As a matter of fact, my first real job was designing jewelry for a manufacturer when I was 16.
I attended Parsons School for Design as an undergraduate but never intended to go into business–I was more interested in the editorial side of fashion. It wasn’t until I received a disappointing jewelry subscription box that I was inspired to develop my own program. I’m very familiar with the market, and the wholesale costs, and also with my educational background it just made sense to go in this direction.
BQ. Tell us a little bit more about what Little Luxuries Box is all about? What is your vision and goal for this box?
Dede. The Little Luxuries Box is all about exploration. I think a lot of us tend to fall into these ‘sartorial ruts’ where we end up grabbing the same outfits over and over again; by coupling runway trends with wearable content we hope to deliver a “magazine” experience for our customers. Each item we include in the boxes are selected to work with a simple base outfit, like jeans and a white tee or an LBD, so any woman can incorporate the Little Luxuries Box into their closet.
Right now, the Little Luxuries Box is priced so that we don’t make any profit. We leave a margin of $3-4 per box to cover minimal web maintenance fees so our customers are always guaranteed to receive more than their money’s worth. Because of my long-standing relationship with manufacturers (who also supply for major department stores, national retailers, and boutiques), I’m able to deliver many items at below wholesale price. The reason we’re doing this is because my goal is to use the Little Luxuries Box as a launching pad for a unique shopping experience. We’re planning on launching a series of online pop-up shops on our website in late fall, which will expand on our “wearable magazine” concept!
BQ. How do you see Little Luxuries Box evolve as the subscription reaches more people?
Dede. We are continually tweaking the program so we can wow our customers. There are some things I’d love to do but can’t at this point because of our size. For example, I’d like to make the subscription a little more customizable, I am very wary of tackling that project without being 110% prepared.
BQ. Can you tell us smt. personal about yourself?
Dede. I’m on my feet a lot at work so I’m always wearing these big clunky orthopedic shoes! It makes me feel a little awkward to be talking about fashion while rocking grandma clogs (but don’t worry, I always keep a pair of emergency heels in my car).
Here is a closer look to the contents of my June box:
First up is the gorgeous “Ama” statement necklace (Suggested Retail Price $52), and the “Sunburst earrings. (SRP $12) These pieces seriously demand attention, and they look, and feel very substantial & high quality in person. I am not sure whether Sunset 45 meant to send these as a matching set, but they are pretty on their own, and together.
These are the beauty product in my June The Little Luxuries Box. I have already used the color and make-up products and love them all. I can’t wait to try out the 7th Heaven Naturals Mask ( SRP $3) when I have time for a at home spa relaxation day. 🙂
OPI in ” Dating a Royal ( SRP $9) is a beautiful blue/navy color nail polish. I thought it went great with my tanned skin. Since I got the box, I’ve used this polish three times. Really adore the blues with the summer white’s I wear so much. OPI is a long time favorite of mine and the quality of this polish was in par with what I am used to from this brand.
NYX Butter Gloss in ” Peach Cobbler” (SRP $5) is a lovely peach color that looks peachy pink on my lips. It is the perfect summer shade, and I thought I had to show you how pretty it looks with the navy blue OPI polish.
Hello Waffle Blush in ” But at Least I’ll Look Pretty” (SRP $7.50) is a specifically customized color for Sunset 45 – a cool almost mauve pink color I found to be quite flattering – by the indie cosmetics brand. I’ve never tried this brand before and was happy to add it to my make-up collection.
Closer look to the “Ama” Statement Necklace. For a dinner out, I paired it with my satin wrap top, and I think it livened up the classic piece immediately.
Loving my new “Sunburst” Earrings. This is a great all seasons accessory. It goes wonderfully with my summer dresses, and will cheer up the darker fall knits & cardigans in the upcoming season.
Overall Impressions: I am very impressed with everything I received in my June Sunset 45 The Little Luxuries Box. The accessories are gorgeous, and just like Dede mentioned in our interview, they are perfect for brightening up any basic clothing piece. I also really liked all four of the beauty products, and started using majority of them immediately. I think for the $35 you’ll spend for the box the value is great. ( My box had a value of $88.50) I can’t wait to see more of this sub.
SUNSET 45 AUGUST BOX GIVEAWAY
We’ve collaborated with Sunset 45 to give theboxqueen readers a chance to win an upcoming The Little Luxuries August Box. I can’t wait to share with one of you this new, exciting box full of pretty surprises. You can try your chance via the rafflecopter widget below. You can find the rules of the giveaway below as well.
Have the best of the luck lovelies!! XOXO,
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here are the rules of the giveaway:
- This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS only. ( The company doesn’t ship internationally at this point)
- You need to be at least 18 years old.
- All entries will be verified and the requirements completed will be checked.
- If you are a current friend of theboxqueen you have an easy entry option. Thx! 🙂
- If you choose the subscribe to theboxqueen option, please make sure to confirm after you receive an email message of subscription.
- A winner will be chosen randomly, and announced on the rafflecopter widget after the giveaway ends.
- We’ll e-mail the winner and will wait for 48 hrs for a response. In case we don’t hear from the winner in 48 hrs, a new winner will be selected randomly.
The August Little Luxuries Box will be directly sent from Sunset 45.
PS: I am linking up with a great party at Friday’s Fab Favorites.