Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Sample Society Box

Sample Society by Beauty Bar is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month with shipping included.

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase. The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel.

Subscription discounts: They don't offer discounts for multiple months unless you gift a 12 month subscription. Then you get 12 months for the price of 11.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

Tatcha Aburatorigami sheets. Value = $12.00

(2) Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes. Value = $0.90/ea.

2 oz. Illume Candle Anemone. Value = $5.63

.34 oz. H2O+ Aquafirm Micro-Collagen Moisturizer. Value = $10.00

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Holland. Value = $18.00

The total value of this box is $47.43. When I log onto my account it says I have the pink colored eye pencil. I sure am glad there was a mistake because I love this holland aka blue color. Also the pencil is super soft and glides on (see below for color swatch). I always like to think I will use the face blotters but I never do. I'm not a fan of any facial cleaners where you have to clean before the clean. I have some facial wipes that I'm using now that don't do a great job of removing all my mascara. So I'm thinking I will use these since I have them and see if that helps. These little illume candles make great travel and bathroom candles. I was surprised that this little sample of the H2O product was about $10. I'm willing to give it a try but it will have to be at night because I like to use moisturizer with SPF in the daytime.

Verdict: I'm excited about the eyeliner and that alone is worth the price of the box.  

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love this blue eyeliner color!

Monday, April 14, 2014

April PopSugar Must Have Bag

The PopSugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription box that is geared toward many aspects of your lifestyle.  It includes, food, beauty, fashion, tech, and all kinds of other treasures. The price of the box is $39.95 a month w/shipping included.  They also have 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions and each one saves you a little bit of money.

This subscription is available in the US only and ships from Gilroy, Ca.  

The good: 

Products: Full size products as promised and a nice variety of beauty, home etc.  

Booklet: The include an info booklet in each box about the products. 

Pricing structure: They have monthly, 3, 6 and yearly subscriptions.  Each one (except monthly) saves you a little bit of money.  

Referrals: The offer a generous referral program.  Refer 2 people get a month free. 5 people 3 months free and 10 people is 6 months free.  I've was super lucky and 10 people used my referral link so I got 6 months free way back when I first started subscribing.

The not so good:

The price: $40 is a little high for a monthly box but you do get some really cool stuff with a value of way more than $40

Skip a month: There is no option to skip, only cancel.

Max Referrals: They only reward you for the first 10 referrals. I think they're referral program is very generous but I would like to see something beyond 10 referrals. Maybe some type of point system or discount.

PopSugar goodies!

This is the eco-shopped bag. It's self contained and the zipper pouch is also the bottom of the bag. 

This is what the bag looks like open. It was easy to put back together. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Must Have Fashion:
Blueavocado (Eco) Shopper designed by Lauren Conrad. Value = $25.00 - This says it folds up into a wallet sized pouch. I don't know what size wallet they carry but the pouch it folds into is about the size of an iPad mini. I still like it but it's bigger than a wallet.

Must Have Beauty:
Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow kit. Value = $36.00

Must Have Home:
Graphic Image Pocket Notes. Value = $12.00

Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap. Value = $10.50

Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set. Value = $18.00

Must Have Food:
Naturebox PopSugar Must Have Mix with almonds, soybeans, corn & cranberries. Value = $5.00

The value of this box is $106.50. I love the Too Face kit. It has neutral colors a mirror and instructions for different looks using the colors. This will be perfect for traveling. The shopping bag is really cute and I'm always using reusable shopping bags. I will probably keep this in my car and use it at farmers markets. The tea towel set would be cute except I don't like that they say the words "Totally" and "Awesome". I used to subscribe to Nature Box and liked almost all of their snacks. I'm sure this will be tasty. The hand soap will go in the bathroom and the notebook will probably go in my purse.

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some really great things in it.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Fancy - food box

The Fancy Food Box includes 5 or more gourmet artisan food products. The Fancy Food box is priced at $39.00 plus $7.95 shipping. This is a little high but if you are into food products they send out some really cool stuff and so far the value has been over the $48 price of the box. I also think this would make a great holiday gift for the food lover in your life.

This subscription is available worldwide, shipping prices vary on location.

The good:

Sizes: You get full size food items!

Information: They include a nice card with the product information and picture.     

Products: They really do sent gourmet and artisan foods and products. 

The not so good:

Skip: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel but the cancel process is online and super simple. 

Price: The price is a little high - unless of course it has great products and a high value.

All the products in this months box. I accidentally left the pinch pots out of the pic. 

The information cards that are included in every box. 

Contents of The Fancy Food Box with approximate retail price listed: 

Roots & Branches Olive Oil Crackers. Value = $7.00

Fine & Raw Cacao & Coconut Chunky bar. Value = $7.00 - I wasn't expecting this to be soft but it was. It had hard chocolate on the outside and soft chocolate on the inside. 

Ovi Pinch Pots by Joseph Joseph. Value = $12.00

Bjorn Qorn Popcorn. Value = $3.00 - I'm not sure what the flavoring is on this but I wasn't a fan. The boyfriend liked it though, he ate the whole bag. 

Queen City Cookies Pure Shortbread Pachyderm Cookies. Value = $7.00 - fantastic shortbread cookies!

Dragon's Blood Elixir Hot Sauce. Value = $7.50

Herb n Zest Spoonable Curry Ketchup. Value = $8.00

The total value of this months box is $51.50. This box was sort of all over the place and had no theme but I'm ok with that. The only thing I'm not super excited about is the hot sauce. We use hot sauce but not a lot so bottles tend to last us a very long time. Out of all the gadgets I have in my kitchen I'm shocked that I don't have a pinch pot. Well now I do. I will have to find a nice place next to the stove for this. I thought the shortbread cookies were absolutely delicious. I still haven't used the curry ketchup I received from the Taste Trunk box. I'm hoping with summer coming there will be more bbq's and more opportunities to use the ketchup. 

Verdict: The fancy food boxes rarely disappoint in value and products. I always look forward to this box. 

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