Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Kona Kase Box

Kona Kase is a monthly box designed to fuel your active lifestyle by sending nutritional products, inspirational quotes and training tips. The box is priced at $15 a month with shipping included. They also offer a 3 month plan for $41 ($13.66 a month), 6 months for $77 (12.83 a month) or 12 months for $145 ($12.08 a month). The 3,6 and 12 month plans need to be paid for in full.  Kona Kase ships between the 10th and 18th of every month.

This subscription ships to the US and Canada (additional $8 shipping). Ships from Oakland, Ca. 

The good:

Don't know what to buy: This is a great way to try protein bars, food, snacks and healthy stuff without having to go out a buy it.

Variety: They send a nice variety of products.

The not so good:


Skip: There is no option to skip. You can cancel and restart.

Value: The value varies but is usually never above the $15 price.

April Kona Kase Box


Contents of the Kona Kase box with approximate retail value:

Amrita Plant Based Nutrition Bar in Apricot Strawberry. Value = $2.50

Nutryvitta Banana Bar. Value = $1.80 - This is interesting. It's brown and soft and tastes like compact concentrated banana. 

Newman's Own Dark Chocolate Cups with Raspberry Centers. Value = $2.89 - yummy!

Pocket Fuel Pineapple Coconut Almond Butter Blend. Value = $1.49

Clif Kidz Bar in Honey Graham. Value = $0.94

Dr. Will Bar. Value = $2.00

The total value of this months Kona Kase is $11.62. While this is a pretty good box of nutritional products I'm disappointed at the value. I wish they would get closer to the $15 subscription price. A couple of these things I've tried before and a couple are new to me. I really like the raspberry cups but  how can you go wrong with dark chocolate and raspberry centers. The pocket fuel looks good although I wish it had more than 5g of protein. I hope the honey graham bar has a graham cracker crust. I always forget how much I love graham crackers.

Verdict: Overall this was a pretty good box of items although the value didn't meet the price paid. I canceled this box and I believe this was the last one in my subscription.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Bulu - Weight Loss Box

In addition to their regular box Bulu Box also has a box focused on weight loss.  This box contains a variety of 4-5 weight loss targeting items including but not limited to supplements, fitness tools and healthy eating tools for both men and women. The cost of the box is $10 a month or $110 a year ($10 savings) which brings it down to $9.16 a month. The boxes ship around the 15th of the month so this box will arrive towards the end of every month.  This is a great way to try supplements and weight loss items without spending a ton of money. I had a coupon when I ordered this subscription so I got a year for $88 which brings it down to $7.33 a box.

This subscription box ships to the US only and ships from Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The good:

New products: Weight loss products can be overwhelming and expensive to try.  This allows you to try new products for a low price.

Samples sizes: The sizes are really decent.  I received multiples of a few items which will allow me to try it a couple of times.

Information: They include a card with the product information on it.

Access to products: There are links to purchase the products on the Bulu website.

Points: You can earn points by reviewing products on their websites. Points can be used for discounts on full size items. I've used my points to by a protein powder I liked.

Skip a month: No but you can put your account on pause.  It will stay in that status until you reactivate it.

The not so good:

You may get products you won't use or don't want to use.  A lot of people don't like taking supplements which I totally respect but I would say this probably isn't the box for you.


April Bulu Weight Loss Box


Contents of box with approximate retail price listed:

Energy Gummi Bears in citrus blast. Value = $1.42 - These tasted good but hard to say if they worked or not. 

Skinny Girl On-The-Go Dark Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Bar. Value = $1.60

(3) WhiteShield coffee stain preventative. Value = $0.44/ea.

(3) Shredz fat burning supplements. Value = $2.00/ea.

Rainbow Light PMS Relief supplement. Value = $1.20

(2) Nuvia Cafe Instant Healthy Coffee. Value = $1.00/ea.

The total value of my Bulu box is $13.54. I'm not really thrilled with this box.
  
Verdict: The value this month was better than last month but the products didn't fit the weight loss theme in my opinion. Fat burning supplement?, meh. PMS relief?, maybe. Instant coffee? perhaps in a pinch. Coffee stain preventative? Not something I would buy but I'll give it a try. The skinny girl bar looks promising. It feels really substantial, I hope it's good. The energy gummi's tasted good and I guess they worked but I can't say for sure. 

If anyone wants to try a Bulu Box send me an email at pixiepowered@hotmail.com and I'll send you a link via email for a free box.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April PopSugar Must Have - Limited Edition Resort Box

This is the PopSugar Must Have Box Limited Edition Resort Box. This box, like the other limited edition boxes was $100.00. They always have really nice high end products in them with a value way over the $100.

The special edition boxes shop in a sturdy black box. This is totally reusable and will hold up. 

This is what it looks like when you take the lid off. It also comes with the information card. 

Each item in the special edition box comes wrap. It's like opening a bunch of little presents within a present. 

All the treasures inside my Limited Edition Resort Box.


Sisco Bertuli Bracelet Stack, exclusively for PopSugar. Value = $148.00? - I couldn't find this particular bracelet online but I found the individual bracelets and it came out to $148 for all three. 

Cuyana Turkish Towel. Value = $55.00

Epicuren Discovery Tropical Lave. Value = $24.00

R.B. of McD #2 Clutch, exclusively for PopSugar. Value = $175.00 - Since this is made for PopSugar I wasn't able to find a price on this. I looked at similar items on their website and based my value on that. 

Clark's Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist. Value = $13.50 - This smells really good. I'm totally into this. 

Smashbox Cosmetics, The Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Eyeliner. Value = $24.00 - I love the colors of this. I can't wait to experiment with it. 

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy. Value = $6.50 - I've had this before and it's good but not spectacular. 

The total value of this limited edition resort box is around $446.00, depending on the actual price of the purse and bracelets. I was shocked at how expensive the bracelets were. The bracelets are cute and all but I'm not sure they are worth the price. The towel is super soft and I will definitely put it to use this summer. I only wish it weren't white because I see it getting dirty real fast. I was happy to see an all blue clutch in my box. The two tone once is nice but again I see the cream color part getting dirty.  

Verdict: The limited edition boxes are always a big gamble since the price is so high. Overall I was happy with this box.