Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Love with Food - Deluxe Box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They now offer a deluxe size version of the box which contains 16-20 new snack foods. The price of this deluxe version is $19.95 a month with shipping included. You can also sign up for a 6 or 12 month plan each which will save you a couple of dollars a month. Also for each deluxe box purchased 2 meals are donated to hungry children in America. I decided to cancel my regular snack size box and subscribe to just this larger
size box.

Price: $19.95 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:

Bigger is better? I know some people don't like that the regular box is so small but it also comes with a small price tag. This deluxe box would be better suited for those with more than 2 people in their house. No more fighting over the tasty snacks!

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.

November Baby, It's Cold Outside Love with Food Deluxe Box 


Contents of box with approximate retail value from Love with Food:

(2) 1.76 oz. Fruit Bliss Dried Mini Figs. Value = $1.83/ea.

(2) Jers Groupies Chocolate Milk Chocolate Peanut Cluster. Value = $1.25/ea.

(2) 1 oz. Whole Spice All Purpose Seasoning.  Value = $3.49/ea.

(2) Marlo's Midnight Soft Baked Biscotti. Value = $1.83/ea.

(2) Guylian Extra Dark Signature Hazelnut Truffles . Value = $0.68/ea.

(2) Guylian Marbled Signature Hazelnut Truffles. Value = $0.68/ea.

(2) .88 oz. Dick & Jane Baking Company States and Capitals Educational Snacks. Value = $0.90/ea.

(2) .74 oz. Grains of Health Laiki Red Rice Chips. Value = $1.25/ea.

(2) 1.5 oz. Chipz Happen Cinnful Sweet Heat Tortilla Chips. Value = $1.90/ea.

Brix Chocolate for Wine Extra Dark Brix Bite. Value = $0.68

Brix Chocolate for Wine Smooth Dark Brix Bite. Value = $0.68

Cisse Trading Co Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon with Cinnamon Hot Cocoa. Value = $2.17

Everyday with Rachael Ray 30 Fast & Fun Recipes. Value = $3.00??

Le Tote $25 off your first month. Value = $0.00

The total approximate value of this box is $31.15 for the food. I wasn't sure what to value the cookbook at since there is no price listed. The top says it's a supplement to EveryDay with Rachael Ray but I get that magazine and there was no mention of this. I valued it at $3.00 which would make the box value about $34.15. I didn't include the Le Tote gift card because the service is $50 a month and the clothing size doesn't go above a dress size of 12.
Let's talk about the box. I was super excited to see that almost everything in here was new to me. I am very curious about the red rice crackers. Whole Spice is a brand I use often but I've never tried their all purpose seasoning. I can't wait for this weekend. I am going to enjoy a relaxing cup of coffee with my chocolate biscotti.

If you use my referral link you can try the LWF snack box for just $2 shipping!

Verdict:  This Love with Food box had lots of new stuff for us the try and the cookbook was a great bonus!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

November GlossyBox

Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends 5 travel size beauty items a month.  You can sign up monthly for $21/month, 6 months for $115 (breaks down to $19.16/month), or yearly for $220 (breaks down to $18.33/month).  Shipping is included in these prices. The price is higher than a lot of the other beauty companies but they include luxury items in their boxes. The company ships their boxes towards the end of the month so you will receive it at the end of the month or the beginning of the following month.

Price: $21 a month with discounts for 6 and 12 month subscriptions. 

This subscription is available in the US (not including Alaska or Hawaii), Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. 

The good:

The brands: They have well known quality brands like OPI, Zoya, Burberry, C.O. Bigelow, Ahava, Sebastian and other brands specific to other countries. 

The sizes: They send deluxe size samples and usually at least one full  size item. 

The box: I know it's just a box but it's a really nice sturdy box. The regular boxes are pink and the special collaboration boxes vary in design and color. This box is perfect for reusing or for a gift box. I've also used them to store my extra beauty products.  

Information. They provide information on the products you receive and how much the full size is priced at.  I like knowing this info up front and not having to search for it. 

Free stuff: If you provide feedback on your products you earn glossydots which will eventually earn you a free box. You can also earn glossydots from referrals. You have to claim your free box before your subscription ends and becomes inactive. This can be tricky because you don't want to receive duplicate boxes.

The not so good:

The price: This can be a little high for some people but if you want to receive known/quality brands it's worth it.

Skip: There is no option to skip a month. 

November GlossyBox


Contents of box w/approximate retail value. 

.67 oz. Kneipp Herbal Bath: Balancing in Lavender. Value = $4.00


1.5 oz. 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. Value = $5.00

FULL SIZE So Susan Cosmetics Universal Blush Value = $23.29

FULL SIZE OPI Nail Laquer in Pink Outside the Box for GlossyBox. Value = $9.50

.5 oz. Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Moisturizer. Value = $11.25

The total value of my Glossybox is $53.04. Everything in this box was perfect for me except the blush. I don't normally wear blush but this color is really pretty and I think I could make it work with my skin color. The nail polish is a really light pink but it will be good to wear when my nails are short. The lighter the color the less noticeable the shortness is. I'm currently using this Juice Beauty moisturizer twice a day. I go to work when it's dark and I come home before the sun rises so I haven't been using SPF moisturizers. I'm all about hair treatments since my hair is colored and bleached. I try and use a mask once a week or so and I use leave in conditioners, argan oil, moroccan oil and all that good stuff to keep it healthy looking. It seems to work because my stylist says my hair is super healthy. The lavender bath stuff smells just like a lavender field. I had a goal at the beginning of the year to take bath once a week which was working for awhile but then life got in the way. I'm going to have to make an appointment with myself and relax with some lavender. 

Verdict: Glossybox is pricier than other beauty boxes but it has great brands and value. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

November Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for beauty items like makeup, skincare, fragrance, etc.  Each month you will receive 4-5 generously sized samples and sometimes full size beauty products.  The cost of this service is $10 w/shipping included.  They also have a yearly subscription which is $110 for the year bringing the cost down to $9.16 a month. I had canceled this subscription last year because I didn't like what they were sending me. A friend signed up and was getting some pretty cool items so I decided to sign up again.

Price: $10 a month or $110 a year pre-paid. 

This subscription is available in the US only.     

The good:

Name Brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pür, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

Cost.  For $10 you can give yourself a little beauty treat.    

Like surprises?  You don't know what's in your box until you receive it.  When you sign up you take a little quiz and the items in the box are supposed to be customized to you.  I have seen pictures of other peoples boxes and they do receive different items.   

Discounts: They have a system where you earn points for referrals and things you buy.  The points allow you to receive discounts on future full size purchases from their shop.  They offer free shipping on items from the monthly box and a $5 flat shipping rate for items that don't qualify for free shipping.  This is a nice feature because if you want to order several different brands you get free or $5 shipping for everything. 

Need a gift? You can gift a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can purchase a gift card in any amount.  There also have a nice option with the gift subscriptions where you can choose to have the 1st box shipped you for giving and subsequent boxes will be shipped directly to the recipient.  Great birthday/holiday gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month?  Currently there is no option to skip a month only cancel.

November Birchbox


Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.7 oz. Amika Nourishing Hair Mask Value = $4.56

.079 oz. Cynthia Rowley Creamy Lip Stain in Heartthrob. Value = $9.30

1.35 oz. Gilchrist & Soames Spa Therapy Body Lotion. Value = $2.53

.33 oz. Royal Apothic Cuppa Cuppa Firming Tea Treatment Mask. Value = $9.67

theBalm Cosmetics Cindy-Lou Manizer. Value = $1.60

Bonus:

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips. Value = $1.47 - I love getting these in boxes, they are so good!

The total value of this box is $29.13. This box was almost tailor made for me. The coconut chips are so good and calorie wise they are only 115 calories per serving. There is a lot of worse things I could eat that's for sure. I've used the Amika hair mask before and while I didn't notice life changing effects I didn't think it could hurt. Body lotion in a travel size is appreciated. Also the lip stain is perfect pocket size and the color is really nice. I love a good face mask and this cuppa cuppa mask is made with tea which I've heard is really good for the face. At first I thought the Cindy-Lou product was an eyeshadow but my friend pointed out that it's a highlighter. I think it could be used for both but I'll give the highlighter function a try.

The verdict: This box was perfect for me and the value is fantastic!

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