Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 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.

August Love with Food Tasting Box

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

Pure Growth Organic White Cheddar Popcorn.

Dang Coconut Chips.

Tree Top Apple Sauce Pouch. 

Prince of Peace Ginger Honey Crystals. 

Glee Gum

Barney Butter Smooth Almond Butter. 

Westminster Cracker Whole Wheat Hearty Crackers.

Belgian Boys Mini Dutch Stroopwafel.

(2) Prince of Peace Ginger Candies

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. 

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Allure Beauty Thrills Box Fall 2017

The Allure Beauty Boxes are PACKED with tons of stuff for a low price. The products range from drug store to salon products and are a great deal. 

The Allure boxes are seasonal and this fall box was priced at $59.95 plus $10 shipping for a total of $69.95. The also tell you what's in the box before you buy so you know what you're getting. Basically if there is $70 worth of products you will use it's totally worth it. This box said it was valued at over $250!

You could also buy a year subscription upfront for $199.00 plus $10 shipping per box. The total was $240 for 4 boxes which is $10 less per box if bought separately. 

Contents of the Allure Summer Beauty Box:

FULL SIZE Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 second in-shower facial. Value = $7.99

FULL SIZE Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo. Value = $5.99

FULL SIZE Aveeno Pure Renewal Conditioner. Value = $5.99

Caboodles Soulmate purse kit in classic black diamond. Value = $3.94

FULL SIZE Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover. Value = $7.79

Chapstick Moisture + Tint in Pink Nude. Value = $4.99

FULL SIZE Degree Ultraclear Black + White Dry Spray. Value = $4.99

Coconut Nail Art by Incoco. Value = $4.97

FULL SIZE Lierac Sunific After-Sun Silky Serum. Value = $42.00

FULL SIZE Lumene Lähde Purity Dew Drops Hydrating Eye Gel. Value = $14.99

FULL SIZE Madam CJ Walker Curl Whip Styling Soufflé. Value = $26.00

FULL SIZE Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Soft Waves Sea Salt Spray. Value = $5.99

FULL SIZE Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Facial Cleansing Bar Soap. Value = $4.99

FULL SIZE Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Lip Polish. Value = $24.00

30 pack OGEE Daily Facial Cleansing Cloths. Value = $20.00

FULL SIZE OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Color Protect Oil. Value = $7.99

FULL SIZE One 'n Only Argan Oil 12-in-1 Daily Treatment. Value = $9.99

FULL SIZE Paula's Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repai Retinol Serum. Value = $42.00

FULL SIZE Rusk Thermal Shine Spray. Value = $16.50

FULL SIZE Sheamoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Leave-in Treatment. Value = $11.49

FULL SIZE Sheamoisture 100% Virgin Coconut Oil Daily Hydration Face Lotion. Value = $10.99

Sheamoisture Shea Butter-Lip Crayon in Sarah. Value = $9.99

FULL SIZE Simple Skincare Water Boost Hydrating Booster. Value = $9.99

Spa Life Soothing Spa Cooling Eye Pads. Value = $8.00

The total value of the Allure Fall 2017 Beauty Box is $311.56. Not a bad value for a $60 investment. The first thing I noticed was all the new items. The last box was a little disappointed because of all the repeat items in the box. This box on the other hand is full of new items to try. There are lots of brands in this box that are totally new to me which will be fun to try. The fun item in the box was the caboodles bag. I remember when Caboodles came out in the 80's, and I'm dating myself here because this year is Caboodles 30th anniversary! When they first came out they were so fun because the cases came in tons of colors and different shapes and you could customize them with your own nameplate. My name is not common so anytime I can customize I get excited. I opened the makeup bag and was super excited to see you can still get a customized nameplate for your caboodles by sending in a couple of bucks. I think I gave away all but one of my caboodles cases which makes me sad now but you can't hold on to everything forever I guess. 

Verdict: Overall I'm still happy with this box. It's breaks down to about $2.50 per item and that's a bargain!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August BeautyFIX box

The BeautyFIX by Dermstore is a monthly subscription box for beauty items. Each month Dermstore will send out a BeautyFIX box filled with skin care, makeup and hair care with a value of at least $100. The price on the website shows $34.95 but if you sign up for a monthly subscription the price is $24.95. Both prices include shipping. 

Price: $24.95-$34.95 a month with no option to skip.

Ships to US only, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico additional shipping charges apply.

The good:

Price: They send great products with a value of at least $100 that's 3-4 times the price of the box.

Want more: Since they have a retail website reordering is easy and all these products were easily found.

Referrals: If you refer someone that person gets $10 off a purchase of $30 or more and you get $10. 

Discount: They offer a discount if you want to purchase an item from your box.

The not so good:

Price: This is one of the higher priced subscriptions but the products are usually high end.

Skip: Their website is not user friendly.  I couldn't find an option to skip or cancel.

Products: You are likely to end up with products you won't use. The good news is the value is so high it's usually still a good value. 

Referrals: It's not a clickable link for referrals. You have to send an invite via email.

August BeautyFIX Box

Contents of BeautyFIX w/approximate retail price from Dermstore listed:

7 pack Keranique Daily Essential Supplements . Value = $11.43

Perricone MD Superberry Powder w/Acai. Value = $2.50

Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Cleanser. Value = $22.00

Foreo Luna Play. Value = $39.00

.18oz. Dermablend Loose Setting Powder. Value = $5.00

DCL Power Kit. Value = $40.67

The total approximate value of of this BeautyFIX box is $120.60. The value of this box is great but I'm not too excited by the products. I was so excited to try the Luna Play when I received it in a previous box but was quite disappointed by it. I preferred my konjac sponge and thought it did a better job, plus the battery on the luna doesn't last too long. I like juice beauty products but I already have a bottle of the blemish clearing cleanser that I don't use. I was pretty excited by the dermablend powder but that's only a $5.00 item. The other items are just extras for me to try, not exciting but new to me. 

Verdict: This was not a great box for me.