Friday, December 1, 2017

OuiPlease Vol. 3.2 Fall Edition

The OuiPlease is a box full of Parisian treasures that ships 6 times a year. The price of the box is quite high at $150 per shipment. You can also subscribe yearly for $650 bringing the price of the box down to $108. Per the OuiPlease website your special delivery will feature a surprise selection of products, including the very best France has to offer in beauty, jewelry, accessories, apparel, home and epicure and have a value of at least $300. 

Every now and then they have a 20%-30% off code that can be used on yearly subscriptions and brings the price down to $520 or $455. I was lucky enough to find one for 30% off so this box was only $75. The bad part is it's an overlap box with my previous subscription. 

Price: $108-$150 every two months depending on subscription commitment. 

The Good:

Luxury products: The boxes are filled with name brands that would be considered luxurious.

Variety: This box isn't just beauty products. It will have jewelry, apparel, home goods, etc.

Information: They include their own magazine that talks about the products in the box as well as other products.

Pricing Structure: They offer one-time, monthly or yearly subscriptions. It would be nice to see a 6 month (3 box) subscription tier.

The Not So Good

Price: The price is way high but at the same time you will hopefully get what you pay for.

Referrals: I would like to see a referral program. If you can convince someone to spend this much money on a box you should get a little thank you treasure.

Close up of the earrings.

Contents of the Volume 3.1 OuiPlease Box:

Iles Formula Haircare set w/shampoo, conditioner and comb. Value = $25.00

Lull Paris Regenerating Hand Cream. Value = 62.00

Les Nereides Diamantine Earrings in opal. Value = $66.00

Red Beret. Value = $59.00

PopUp Candle in Desert. Value = $40.00

Les Cocotte Paris pochette in Luxembourg print. Value = $50.00

Oui Love It Les Boudoirs. Value = $30.00

The value of this box is $332.00. I've been contemplating canceling this box at the end of my year because I haven't been too excited with the items. This month was a whole different story. Besides the beret, which I can't pull off at all, I loved everything in the box. I think the earrings, while not real opal are really pretty. I love, love, love the les cocotte pouches. I think the prints are super cute and they are great for traveling. I've burned a few of the PopUp candles and still haven't found a diamond but at least I got a nice candle out of it. The booklet included a recipe for tiramisu using the lady fingers in the box. They had better be delicious for $30 a box! 

Verdict: I'm not sure how many months left I have on my subscription but I'm leaning towards not renewing. The last 2 boxes have left me unexcited. 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

November ipsy bag

ipsy sends out a glam bag with 4-5 samples and a makeup bag for $10 a month with shipping included. If you sign up yearly it's $110 which brings the price down the $9.16 a month with shipping included.  I've been with them since 2011 and this is one subscription I am for sure keeping. They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

Price: $10 a month with no option to skip. Discount offered for a yearly subscription. 

This subscription is available to the US and Canada and ships from Harrisburg, NC.

**I have 5 invites for a free ipsy bag. This is for new subscribers only**

The good:

The samples: Usually you get at least one full size product in each bag.

The packaging: Each month the products come in a cute makeup bag for all your goodies.

Discounts: The almost always offer a discount on any additional purchases you want to make.

Semi-customized: You take a little quiz and your bag is semi-customized with products you will enjoy.

Points: You can earn points for reviews and referrals. You can redeem points for extra goodies in your bag. 

The not so good:

Skip a month? There is no option to skip a month.  You have to cancel.

Renewal. If your a yearly subscriber they automatically charge your credit card for another year when the paid for year is up. I think they should sent out an email prior reminding you that your year is almost up and it will automatically renew.

November ipsy bag. 

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.05 oz. Tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. Value = $7.77

15 ml. Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask. Value = $21.68

.05 oz. Colour Pop Pressed Shadow in Paper Tiger. Value = $5.00

.09 oz. Manna Kadar HD Perfecting Powder. Value = $5.27

Crown Brush C141 Small Chisel Brush. Value = $5.69

golden yellow makeup bag. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $45.41.  This bag was just ok for me.  I liked the perfecting powder and the moisture mask. The good thing for me is the moisture mask was the big ticket item. 

Verdict: Although I wasn't super excited about all the items it was totally worth the $10 price. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November Love with Food - tasting box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They offer a tasting size box and a deluxe size box. I had been a subscriber to the deluxe size box but the values were consistently low so I canceled that subscription. The tasting box is $9.99 a month and contains about 8 snacks in the box. 

Price: $9.99 a month with a discount for 6 and 12 month plans. No option to skip. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

I really can't think of anything I don't like about this box.

November Love with Food tasting box.

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

MadeGood Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar.

One Potato Two Potato Sweet Potato Chips.

Dilettante Chocolates Blood Orange Truffle Cremes.

Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee. 

Emmy's Organics Vanilla Bean Coconut Cookie. 

Gratify Everything Thins Pretzel.

Smashmallow Cinnamon Churro marshmallows.

Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant.

I didn't do a breakdown of this box. If you look at my previous reviews they usually come in at the $8-$10 range. This box is just a great box if you like snacks and trying new snacks. I've discovered quite a few things that we now purchase because of these boxes. Also LWF makes it easy because you can order direct from their website. The Purell was a little something different this month, meaning not a food item. I didn't mind it though since I travel a lot of take disinfectant with me. 

Verdict:  This Love with Food box had some yummy items in it.