Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Target Beauty Box

I'm sure all of you have heard of the Target Beauty Box by now. Every so often Target releases a one time purchase beauty box. There is no set schedule of the box but it seems like it happens a few times a year. I usually find out about them through Facebook. The price of this box was $7.00 which includes shipping. This box is still available at Target if you're interested in purchasing.

I'm not going to break down the good and not so good of this box since it's a one time purchase box. Also Target tells you what items and sizes are included so nothing is a surprise. Basically you know what you're getting when you buy the beauty box.

Target Beauty Box

Contents of the Target Beauty Box:

2.2 oz. Elnett Extra Strong Hold Hairspray. Value = $6.99

1.7 oz. Fekkai Professional Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo. Value = $7.99

.21 oz. Laneige BB Cushion Sample of 3 shades. Value = $14.78/ea.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Value = $4.49

L'Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick. Value = $7.99

Coupon for $3 off beauty purchase of $15 or more at Target. 

The total value of this beauty box is $42.24. I have a friend who is a hair stylist in Los Angeles and he swears by the Elnett hairspray. I hadn't tried it so when I saw it was in this box I was super excited.  This alone was worth the price of the box. The other stuff I wasn't too excited about but figured it was all kind of a bonus. I still haven't tried dry shampoo yet but the teenager uses it. The L'Oréal lipstick is a nice nudish color and I like the fuzzy tip applicator on it. I have no idea what I'm going to do with the white eyeshadow. It seems like it would be really bright, also I noticed it kind of smelled like chemicals. Anyone else notice that? I have laneige samples from another box that I still haven't tried. The reviews are really good, it's just that I don't wear foundation very often. 

June Taste Guru Box

Do you live a gluten free lifestyle? Or maybe you know someone who is gluten free? Taste Guru is a whole box of food that is gluten free. Taste Guru came about when the co-founder was diagnosed with celiac disease. Many of the gluten free foods they found tasted like cardboard and generally didn't taste very good. Through trial and error they found foods they love and mealtimes became enjoyable again. Each month Taste Guru sends out a box of gluten free foods that have been tested and reviewed by those who live a gluten free life. The box is shipped monthly and the prices ranges from $25 to $34 a month depending on which plan you sign up for. All plans include shipping.

This box ships to the USA only from Denver, Colorado. 

The good:

Gluten free made easy: This is a great way to try a whole bunch of gluten free foods.

Need a gift: I think this would make a great gift for the gluten free person in your life.

The not so good:

Want more: The products they send can be hard to find but Taste Guru has an online store where you can order some of the products from the box.

June Taste Guru Box

Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

12 oz. bag Delallo Gluten Free Orzo. Value = $4.49

Saffron Road Korma Simmer Sauce. Value = $3.59

Hail Merry Macaroons Chocolate. Value = $1.25 - Only two of these were in the bag so I gave them to the boyfriend and teenager. 

Peeled Snacks Apple Clusters berry crunch. Value = $2.19 - These were pretty good. 

Nogii Paleo Bar. Value = $2.44

Coupon for $1 off Saffron Road products. 

The total value of this box is $13.96. This value is better than last months but still totally unacceptable. If I hadn't received a deal on this box (6 months for $65 = $10.83/month) I would be complaining to them for sure. The regular price of the subscription is $34 a month and you get $14 worth of stuff? No way! Additionally they included an item that was also the in previous months box. luckily I happen to like that item but I still don't think they should duplicated items two months in a row.
I like simmer sauces because they are easy. I've never tried this kind before but it looks pretty good. I was disappointed to see only 2 macaroons in the bag. I was nice and let the boyfriend and teenager have them, they didn't say much so I'm guessing I wasn't missing out. The apple crunch peeled snacks were pretty good, crunchy and fruity. I'm not sure about the paleo bar, those things tend to not taste very good but I'll give it a try.

Verdict: Great products, horrible value. I found a deal on Gilt city for a 6 month subscription for $65 which made it $10.83 a month for me. This is the 2nd month out of 6. We will see what happens next month. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October SwaagBox

Let's talk about a new subscription box to hit the sub box list. Swaag Box sends a box of brand name tampons or pads along with makeup, jewelry and an extra goody to help you through that time of the month. You choose from 25 listed varieties of tampons or pads then choose your skin type and fashion type. The price of the box is $16 a month billed mostly with a discount offered for 6 months pre-paid subscription. You can also sign up to receive a one time box for $24 but the monthly can be canceled anytime so I would say sign up for the monthly box and if you don't like it cancel. They also have an option to a 4 pack of Gillette Venus razors for an additional $12 and an option to double your makeup and jewelry for an extra $6 a month. This month they also donated a portion of the proceeds to the Susan G Komen foundation.

I paid $5 for this box as an intro special and added the double your makeup & jewelry for $6.

Price: $16 a month with discounts offered for 6 month subscription. 

The Good:

Convenient: What's worse than your monthly visitor arriving and not being prepared. This makes that easy.

Brand names: They don't send generic products and they have 3 different name brand tampons/pads with many varieties to choose from.

Referrals: The offer a generous referral program. When 3 people sign up you get a free box!

Skip a month: Sort of. You can contact them and put your subscription on pause.

The Not So Good:

Drugstore brands: Some people aren't a fan of drugstore brand makeup. If you don't like drugstore brands then this box isn't for you.

Limited Makeup Brands: Right now they only have Maybelline, Revlon, L'Oreal & Hard Candy listed as brands they carry. I would like to see this expand as they grow.

Card included in the Swaag Box.

This is the basic box without any add ons

It's hard to see but the colors of the eyeliner are a black sparkle, dark blue and basic black. 

This is the products from the add ons which is an extra $6. 

Contents of Swaag Box

14 pack Always Overnight Ultra Thin. Value = $3.99

Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet. Value = $19.99 - I think this is from NicNic. It looks like the same bracelet that was in the Boodle Box a few months ago.

Maybelline Color Show Audacious Asphalt. Value = $2.97

Maybelline Color Show Chiffon Chic. Value = $2.97

Hard Candy Single and Loving It eyeshadow in Unattached. Value = $2.70

Hard Candy eyeliner in Sailor. Value = $2.33

Hard Candy eyeliner in Submarine. Value = $4.00

Hard Candy eyeliner in Soy. Value = $3.00

Pack of 6 Oreo Cookies. Value = $1.50

Double Your Makeup and Jewelry Items:

Breast Cancer Awareness Stainless Steele Bangle. Value = $19.00

Hard Candy Split Personality eyeshadow in Therapy Green/Therapy Aqua. Value = $7.00

Revlon Diamond Lust Starry Pink. Value = $5.49

The total value of this box with the extra makeup/jewelry add-on is $74.94. The included card has values listed but they don't break it down by each item so it was a little confusing. I had to guess which Hard Candy makeup items were the extras so it could be off just slightly. I thought the inclusion of the Oreo cookies was quite clever. I read a study once that said feeling extra hungry during that time of the month is actually a real thing because we burn extra calories. The downside is we only burn an extra 100-200 calories which is way less than the pack of cookies or big cheeseburger contains. So yes we burn extra calories but only enough to burn off an apple or two. I actually love the eyeshadow and eyeliner colors I received. They are colors I wear quite frequently. The nail polish is ok, not colors I wear frequently but usable and I think they would go together quite well, maybe a chevron type design. The bracelets are really cute and totally appropriate for October, although I think the retail price is a little high.

Verdict: I think this box is very useful if it has brands you enjoy using. For me personally I would like it every other month as opposed to monthly.