Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 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.

Price $47.95 a month with no option to skip. 

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

The good:

Sizes: You get full size food items! Also every now and then they throw in a kitchen gadget.     

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 but the value always surpasses the price paid.

December Fancy Food Box.

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

Red Rocker Candy, Rocking Chair Mix. Value = $8.00 - Can't really go wrong with chocolate covered snacks. 

Original Korean BBQ Marinade We Rub You. Value = $8.00

Hot Cakes Peanut Butter Bites. Value = $15.00 - I was expecting something different from the description but they are basically tasty little balls of peanut butter covered in cocoa. 

Annalisa All Natural Chocolates. Value = $13.95 - Truffles? Yes, please. This are decadent. 

Raley's Holiday Mix Candy. Value = $5.00

Raley's Emoticandy. Value = $5.00

The total value of this months box is $54.95. This is definitely what I would describe as a holiday goody box. It was a good thing we had just finished eating dinner when I opened this box or I may have devoured all the sweet treats. The emoticon candies are really cute and the holiday ones with the stripes are fun looking. I love Korean BBQ and have seen this marinade but haven't tried it yet. 

Verdict: The Fancy boxes are always full of yummy things to try. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

December Julep - Bombshell Box

Julep is a monthly subscription company for nail polishes. When you sign up for Julep you take a little quiz and it will tell you what kind of polish girl you are.  You are not obligated to stay with that that type though.  When I first signed up the website said I was Boho Glam but liked the It Girl colors better so I picked that one and as you can see I went with neither of those options this month. You can join as a Julep maven for $24.99 a month which will get you $40+ worth of polish and products. You can also sign up for a prepaid 3 month subscription for $60 which brings it down to $20 a month. The next level subscription is Julep Maven luxe. This program is priced at $39.99 a month and you will get $60+ worth of prestige products. This also has a 3 month prepaid option for $105.00 which brings it to $34.99 a month. The benefit of these new plans is that each box is completely customizable which, as I understand, means you can pick they nail polish colors you want from any of the style profiles. Since I'm signed up under their old pricing plan ($19.99/month not customizable) I had the option of switching my subscription to one of these new tiers but I haven't switched yet.

The good:

The colors: If you like nail polish then it's a nice way to experiment with multiple colors

Need a gift? If you want to send your box to a friend there is an option to do so.  Just log on to your account and click send to friend.

Ingredients: Julep is 4-free which means it's formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP free.  

Want the polish but not the commitment?  You can buy the polish online at or in Sephora stores.  The cost is $14 so if you like polish then becoming a Maven is a better deal.  If you want to try it out first you can always pick one up at Sephora or online.   

Swatches: I love how every month Julep shows what the color looks like on actual nails and shows it on different skin tones. 

Referral program. You earn "Jules" for referrals, purchases, anniversary, birthday and upgrades.

Skip a month? YES. They recently changed it so ALL mavens have the ability to skip after purchasing their first monthly box. 

The not so good:

Now that they have brought back the skips I couldn't think of anything that wasn't so good. 

December Bombshell Box

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Contents of Modern Beauty box w/retail price:

Paula, Bombshell, Persian Blue with Gold Microshimmer . Value = $14.00/$11.20

Soleil, Bombshell, Lustrous Rose Gold Chrome . Value = $14.00/ $11.20

Orbital Eyeshadow in Supernova, charcoal with electric orchid pearlescence. Value = $18.00/$14.40


Orbital Eyeshadow in Zenith, Cocoa with gold pearlescence. Value = $18.00/$14.40

The approximate value of my Bombshell Maven box is $46.00 or 36.80 using Maven pricing. I can't remember how much the extra eyeshadow was to add-on because I used jules for that. I'm am loving the intense color of the eyeshadows. I read somewhere that Julep was going to branch out and do more makeup products. I wonder if they have out nail polished themselves? You can only create so many colors before they all start looking the same. 

Verdict: Love the colors in this months box!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

December PetBox - Dog Box

I love all the different boxes out there for the fur babies but I stopped subscribing because Maddie had an overload of toys and snacks. I found a deal for a three month subscription to PetBox and I thought what the heck it's been awhile since she's received mail. PetBox is a monthly subscription offering items for your dog and or cat. You can choose to be surprised or you can pick the items out yourself. I'm guessing if you are subscribing for a dog and cat then picking out the items yourself would be beneficial. For this subscription I only signed Maddie up and chose the surprise me option. They offer 4 different size boxes ranging from $9.95-$59.95 a month with discounts offered for 3 months and 12 month plans. Shipping is included in all plans. This review is for the snack box.

Price: $9.95-$59.95 a month depending on size of box. 

The good:

Pets - Lots of people have dogs and it can be hard to figure out what products work.  This is a great way to try stuff out without spending a ton of money.  

Semi-customized - your 10lb. Chihuahua won't be receiving a toy larger than it's whole body.  (Although I know lots of Chihuahua's that like to think they are bigger than they are and would love the challenge)

Need a gift - It's like a shower gift for someone with a new fur baby.  How cool is that.  Congrats on your new bundle of fur, here's 3 months of goodies to get you started.  

Pricing options: I like that they have different pricing structures with one as low at $9.95 a month. 

Dog like surprises? - Dogs usually love surprises. Everything is a surprise to them.  They can join in the surprise fun with you when you open their box cause you won't know what you get until it gets to you. 

Donation - They donate a weeks worth of food to a shelter each week. 

Points: You earn points based on the size of the box you buy. I'm not sure if you get points every month or just once when you subscribe. 

Need more goodies: You can redeem your points for more toys, treats, supplies, etc and add them to your box with no additional shipping fees. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: There doesn't appear to be an option to skip.

This months box had only treats and no toys.

I added this little toy for the kitties, although Maddie likes playing with it also.

Contents of the PetBox:

Old Mother Hubbard Jingle Jangle P-Nuttier Treats. Value = $2.99

Sadie's Sweet Pawtato Chips sample. Value = $1.00??


Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy. Value = $3.50

The total value of this box is $3.99 and I used points I had to add the cat toy. I am disappointed in the value of this box and that it had two treats and no toys. The sample treats had 3 pieces of dried sweet potato in it. Maddie seemed to enjoy them and I've heard sweet potato is good for dogs. 

Verdict: This box had a small value. I liked that I could add the cat toy on and used points.