Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes

Kawaii Panda Box Review

Posted on November 13, 2017 by

There are so many kawaii boxes around that it’s always nice to see something different. Kawaii Panda have taken inspiration from their company name – and love of pandas- to create a range of surprise boxes including a panda-themed box!

Kawaii Panda Box review

Look at all that panda cuteness! I received the Kawaii Panda Box which includes 8-10 panda-themed sweets and stationery items. €0,50 from your purchase even goes to Pandas International to help with the preservation of pandas.

Kawaii Panda Box review

The box arrived in a couple of days from Portugal and everything was so prettily packaged. This really felt like a gift from a friend and was really fun to unpack. Let’s see what was inside!

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kawaii Panda Box review

Amuse Puchimaru Panda Plush Charm

Let’s start with my favourite item – a tiny panda plush! It’s so small and yet has lots of cute details and the sweetest expression. It also has an elastic loop so you can hang it on your bag. Since I collect small plushies, this was perfect for me.

Kawaii Panda Box review

Panda Biscuits

Who knew there were so many panda-themed snacks? This box included three different panda biscuits that are as cute as they are tasty.

Kawaii Panda Box review

Sakupan Panda Biscuits are widely available in Japan (and online) but I never tire of them because they’re so cute! Each biscuit has a panda face made of milk and white chocolate layers and every face is different. They got a little bit messy in their travels but that doesn’t affect the taste. They come in a resealable bag so handy for snacking on the go.

Kawaii Panda Box review

I’ve also had Hello Panda biscuits before but not this double chocolate flavour, which was even better than the regular version. These all have different sporty illustrations to make you feel guilty about sitting on the sofa eating biscuits instead of windsurfing with your panda friend.

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kamio Mochi Panda Stickers

Is there anything better than glittery, food-themed panda stickers? This pack of sticker flakes includes 7 different designs and they’re all so shiny and adorable. I love sticker flakes as they’re easy to store and share so I can’t wait to use these.

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kawaii Panda Box review

Mochi Mochi Panda Memo Pad

Mini memo pads are always useful and this one has a cool space theme and two different page designs.

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kawaii Panda Box review

Mochi Mochi Panda Glue Stick

Do you see what I mean about the cute packaging? This cute little glue stick was being hugged by a panda! I’ve never thought to buy kawaii glue but it does make sense for journalling. Why should your glue stick be boring when it can be pink and glittery?

Kawaii Panda Box review

Kawaii Panda Box review

Quit Panda Deco Tape

A couple more stationery items to finish off. The deco tape is especially fun with a panda slowly undressing into a polar bear!

Kawaii Panda Box review

Even the business card came in a little panda bag with a cute badge. Most of the items in the box are available from the Kawaii Panda website if you want to buy more, but there are a few exclusive items too.

Kawaii Panda Box review

This is such a cute box and would make the best gift ever for a panda fan and has lots of appeal for animal and stationery lovers. The support of real pandas is also a unique touch that sets the box apart and means you can do a little bit of good while adding to your stationery stash.

Kawaii Panda surprise box

Pricing & Information

A one-off Kawaii Panda Box costs €19,99 (approximately £18/$23) with free shipping worldwide. Kawaii Panda also sell general kawaii and Japanese snack boxes with prices ranging from a €4,99 lucky bag to a €25,99 Harajuku kawaii box.

(Box was provided by Kawaii Panda for review but all words and photographs are my own.)

Things To Make

Cute Free Thanksgiving Turkey DIYs

Posted on November 10, 2017 by

Thanksgiving is fast approaching for those of us in the USA, so that means time for great company and great food. And crafting of course! If you’re looking for alternative ways to enjoy turkey, look no further than this list of my favorite craft DIYs for the holiday.

Since now is the ideal time to year to curl up with a blanket and do a bit of reading, why not try making Red Ted Art’s turkey bookmark? It’s an easy paper craft, and one can never have too many bookmarks.

If you’re more for baking, KawaiiSweetWorld has an adorable video on how to make turkey cupcakes. They don’t require many supplies, are a good option for baking beginners, and would make a great dessert substitute if you’re not much for traditional pies.

Free Thanksgiving DIYs

A free printable option is Wild Olive’s turkey table favors. These would make a cute addition to any Thanksgiving dinner, I think! They could be used for treats for your guests, and even something like a sweet note about why you’re thankful for that person.

A cute charm made into a bracelet or necklace adds extra flair to celebrate the day with, and aCupofCakeTV’s polymer clay kawaii turkey should fit the bill splendidly.

Too much turkey? DrawSoCute has a tutorial on how to draw a kawaii pumpkin pie slice. It would be a cute doodle to color in, or use in your planner to mark the holiday!

Let us know which of these are your personal favorite! If you decide to celebrate Thanksgiving with any of these projects, do feel free to post a photo and tag us in it; we’d love to see your works!

Super Cute Creators, Things To Eat

Vegan Dollhouse Interview

Posted on November 9, 2017 by

Vegan Dollhouse

Some people have a fear of vegan food – eek tofu! Vegan Dollhouse is making vegan treats that are almost too cute to eat. From cakes to cookies she has vegan sweets covered in cuteness!

Vegan Dollhouse

Introduce yourself! Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Robin / Vegan Dollhouse, and I like to make cute things (vegan food, clothes, etc.)

Where do you live and what’s it like there?

I live in Sunnyvale, CA (halfway between Santa Cruz and San Francisco). It’s quiet, warm, centrally located, and my neighborhood has lots of dogs to pet.

Vegan Dollhouse

What was your first experience with kawaii culture and how does kawaii inspire your work?

I have a terrible memory, so I’m not certain how/when I first discovered kawaii culture. I remember going to see a movie in SF maybe 15 years ago about a girl who worked for Baby the Stars Shine Bright, so I might have been introduced to it through friends around that time. Kawaii is in almost everything I do, from the colors I dye my hair to the tea parties I organize.

What is your favorite thing to cook/bake and why?

Oooohhh this question is so hard!!! It’s like asking someone their favorite song. I have too many! I have an intense sugar addiction, so my favorite thing is probably cake in any form.

Vegan Dollhouse

Any tips for people who want to make their food cute?

Yes, come over and make food with me! Hahaha. My advice is to go Daiso* and go to the kitchen section and buy a couple of things. They have these adorbs rice molds that you can use for soooo many things, not just rice! I use my rice molds to make teddy tater tots, teddy bear shaped quinoa bites, etc. The possibilities are endless.

Vegan Dollhouse

Where can we find you on the internet?

I’m @vegandollhouse everywhere on the internet, but I probably use Instagram the most. My recipes are all at vegandollhouse.com, and occasionally I even post about the parties that my food goes to once it leaves my dollhouse.

*If you don’t have a Daiso near you, similar items can be found at Bento&co and J-List.

(All photos by Vegan Dollhouse)

Subscription Boxes

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box – Fall 2017

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

I recently received my second Sanrio Small Gift Crate. I’m not going to do a full review, since the Summer box review was so recent, but I thought you’d like to see what was inside this one.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

The Fall 2017 theme is Tasty, which means lots of kawaii food items – my favourite!

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

This time, the box turns into an adorable fast food stall! Almost worth it just for the box.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

I couldn’t fit it into the top photo but my favourite item is this burger apron. It’s so kawaii and really well-made and fits perfectly. I’m terrible at remembering to wear an apron but it’s hanging up in my kitchen now.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

There were some other practical items too: a Gudetama bento box and mini cool bag. I used a bento box exactly like this (with a Totoro theme) when I had an office job – you can really fit a lot of different things in it.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

Hello Kitty as a hot dog? Yes please. This is such a cute little plush and I love the cardboard carton.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

This set of vinyl coasters is so colourful. I’m not sure they’re heavy enough to work as coasters, but they’re too cute not to try.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

And the rest: Chococat fries squishy, Gudetama enamel charm and Hello Kitty magnet.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate Subscription Box

Overall, I loved this box and will be keeping the apron, plush, cool bag, squishy and maybe the coasters. My only issue this time is that my box took 24 days to be delivered AFTER arriving in the UK. Loot Crate were very helpful, and would have sent me a replacement box, but who knows where it was all that time.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate

The next box has a Sweet Dreams theme, which looks very pastel and sparkly. I’m stopping my subscription for now but I wouldn’t hesistate to recommend it if you’re a Sanrio fan. It’s a really high quality, affordable box with all-exclusive items.

Check my review of the Summer box for more information and pricing, or compare with other kawaii boxes in our Guide to Subscription Boxes.

Giveaways

nomakenolife Giveaway Winners

Posted on November 8, 2017 by

Let’s find out who wins a nomakenolife Japanese beauty box.

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Congratulations to all the winners! If you see your name above, check your inbox for how to claim your prize, or email us.

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If you weren’t lucky this time, you can still sign up for December’s nomakenolife beauty box which will include a Dolly Wink pink waterproof eyeliner. Get $3 off your first box with the code SUPERCUTEKAWAII.

Check back in a few hours for a new post and then we’ve got a really great run of giveaways starting next week and through to Christmas!