September’s box was packed with delights, but October’s? It’s a real cracker! With a chill in the air, we’re all ready for Autumn, and what better time to curl up on the sofa with a book? Here’s what you’ll find in this month’s box…
THIS MONTH’S RECOMMENDED READ
‘One of the smartest and truest novels I’ve read about being a single woman’. We’re huge fans of The Guardian‘s quick-witted columnist, Hadley Freeman, so we were already intrigued by Jamie Attenberg’s latest novel, All Grown Up. And if you’ve read Attenberg’s bold, brilliant Saint Mazie, you’ll definitely have added this to your #TBR. Funny and frank, this is writing that draws you in instantly – no trawling through the painful opening pages. You’ll laugh, you might cry – All Grown Up will make you think.
‘Think BBC’s Fleabag set in Brooklyn’ – Stylist
‘Super smart, often extremely funny’’ – Observer
BEAUTY PIE ONE POWDER WONDER
Since launching in 2016, Beauty Pie has proved to be the first real disruptor to the beauty industry since… well, we can’t remember when! Members can purchase luxury beauty products at factory prices, meaning that a £30 foundation will set you back just £4.88. The brainchild of serial entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore, Beauty Pie products are also completely cruelty-free. The One Powder Wonder you’ll find in your box is typical of the brand’s innovative approach to beauty. The fine-textured powder is a consummate multi-tasker, fixing makeup, smoothing fine lines, blurring flaws and banishing pores, all while boosting radiance and keeping shine at bay. All this in one powder? Try it and you’ll see.
Ah, we’re such big fans of Doisy & Dam. Chocolate that’s delicious, good for you AND packed with superfoods. AND in this pretty packaging? Even if you’re not into the whole healthy, vegan thing, you’re going to love these. The goji berries add a pleasing chewiness to the bars, while cacao nibs give a moreish crunch. We’re sure you don’t need to be reminded of the myriad health benefits of dark chocolate. Best savoured on the sofa with a cup of tea and a few pages of a good book – and at this size, no one’s going to ask you to share, right?
OMOROVICZA MIDNIGHT RADIANCE MASK
A magical product that works while you sleep? Oh yes, we LOVE a multi-tasker! From multi-award-winning luxury skincare brand Omorovicza, the Midnight Radiance Mask is an indulgent treat for skin that gets to work overnight, with benefits to suit every complexion. Gentle exfoliation, cell renewal, plus a boost for hydration – you can expect brighter, more radiant skin, with a smooth, even-toned texture. The light gel texture melts instantly into skin so it feels cooling and comfortable, and you can expect to awake to plumped, radiant skin with a healthy glow.
TAYLORS OF HARROGATE ROSE LEMONADE TEA
From Yorkshire’s finest purveyors of tea, Taylors, Rose Lemonade Tea has been created in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. What could be lovelier? Yep, the sunshiny months may be far behind us, but this is a wonderfully summery blend which is delicious savoured hot or cold. Close your eyes, and you could almost be listening to the hum of summer in Kew, with the scent of flowers on the air. Lemongrass and lemon add a fresh zing, while organic rose petals plus blackberry leaves, apple, hibiscus and rosehip give this beautiful blend a sweet, aromatic finish.
IN OUR SEPTEMBER BOX…
After completely selling out of our August box – and some amazing feedback from you all – we’re delighted to launch our September box. Packed full of me-time treats, here’s what was in September’s beautiful box…
THIS MONTH’S RECOMMENDED READ
When Zadie Smith calls a book “As good a debut as I’ve ever read,” you know you’re onto a good thing. Alexandra Kleeman’s brilliant, disturbing first novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is not only beautifully-written, it’s also a book guaranteed to make you think. Consumer culture, clean-eating, obsesssive behaviour, porn and contemporary life in suburbia, it’s an disturbing read – there are hints of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – tapping into our collective unease about the modern world.
‘The next voice of a generation’ – Elle
‘You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is a story about realizing you’re hungry and trying to find out what for’’ – Slate
PRISMOLOGIE LUXURY HANDCARE DUO
Luxury bodycare brand Prismologie uses the power of colour combined with precious gemstones to boost your mood. Launched in 2013 by a mother-daughter team, Prismologie’s products not only look good (oh hi, Instagram) and smell good, they actually feel good too. The award-winning Jade & Vetiver Hand Exfoliant uses a blend of moisturising oils to cleanse, restore and deeply hydrate, while the Rose Quartz & Rose Comforting Hand And Cuticle Cream nourishes, brightens and soothes. Pop them in your handbag for a little me-time moment anytime, anywhere.
PRESTAT DARK CHOCOLATE WITH RASPBERRY
If they’re good enough for Liz, they’re good enough for us! Queen Elizabeth, that is. Not only ate Prestat are Purveyors of Chocolates to Her Majesty The Queen, the iconic British company has been making the finest chocolate for nobility and stars of the stage and screen for more than 100 years. The fairly-traded chocolate also benefits farmers in West Africa – and Prestat’s 60% Dark Chocolate With Raspberry with knock your socks off with its deliciousness. You won’t want to share this one…
ELLIS FAAS LIPSTICK / LIPGLOSS
“One of the most influential make-up artists of her time” says Vogue Paris of Ellis Faas. The legendary MUA launched her own brand back in 2007, based on “human colours” – the tones that the body produces naturally. The result? Flattering, very wearable colours, designed to suit all skintones and ages – plus they’re only tested on supermodels. Not cute animals. You’ll find either an Ellis Faas lipgloss or lipstick in your box this time around – they’re highly-pigmented, moisturising and long-lasting, they’ve been created by a makeup pro after all!
Enjoy a little mindful moment with these lovely seeds to sow from Wildflower Favours. All British wildflower species, grown in the UK, these seeds are designed to boost native butterfly and bee populations. You’ll find Poppy, Cornflower, Corn Chamomile and Corn Marigold seeds enclosed, which can be simply sprinkled onto soil to plant – no advanced gardening skills required! If you’ve got a patio or balcony, a pot and some compost will suffice. Glorious!
IN OUR AUGUST BOX…
August 2017 saw the launch of the first ever Reading in Heels box. How exciting to embark on a new adventure together! So here’s what was in our fantastic August boxes… Don’t miss out on next month’s – we completely sold out of August’s box!
THIS MONTH’S RECOMMENDED READ
‘A whirlwind of a book’, says the Times Literary Supplement of Nell Zink’s Nicotine – and we’re inclined to agree. When we talk about books, we tend to compare them to other novels we’ve read, but this one? Nothing comes to mind. Tackling themes including race, gender, sexuality, politics and relationships – all with a quirky sense of humour – Nicotine is a real page-turner, a brilliantly-written read that will sweep you along. #NellZink
‘Dizzying, very funny… before you know it, you’re hooked.’ – Telegraph
Created by legendary beauty journo Kate Shapland, Legology is dedicated to ‘the science of great legs’. Designed to reduce fluid retention, while contouring, toning, firming and banishing cellulite, Air-Lite leaves your legs feeling light, energised and ‘lifted’. With a cooling effect and a refreshing Capri-inspired lemon scent, Air-Lite is perfect for the summer months. ‘Sheer lingerie for legs’, Sun-Lite is Air-Lite’s tinted counterpart, giving your pins a touch of sunshine.
Chocolate that’s GOOD FOR YOU? What amazingness is this? Raw Halo specialises in delicious raw chocolate made with the finest organic ingredients, and the mylk, cinnamon and raisin flavour is one of our faves. The sweet, creamy taste? Unrefined coconut sugar and cashnew nut butter. And it’s gluten-free, dairy-free – but 100% yummy. Tip: Raw Halo’s salted caramel bar is every bit as dreamy as this one.
Oh hello at-home facial! Packed with skin-enhancing ingredients, Su-Man’s sheet mask is a ten minute treatment to brighten, hydrate and bring a glow to dull, tired skin. Advanced peptides, orchid extract and sea water mineral concentrate combine to leave skin looking radiant and rejuvenated, deeply moisturised and – dare we say it: more youthful. Leave on for ten minutes, relax – and let the magic happen! Great before special occasions.
Created by Pukka’s master herbsmith Sebastian Pole, Womankind tea is designed to ‘help women balance and bloom’. A sweet, nourishing blend of calming rose, cranberry and vanilla, this is lovely before bed. Womankind also contains relaxing chamomile, plus licorice to aid digestion, and marigold for an extra skin-loving boost. Why not pop the kettle on and curl up with a good book? Oh hang on…