Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September GlossyBox - Harper's Bazaar Box

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. 

This month the box was a collaboration with Harper's Bazaar. 

September GlossyBox

Contents of box w/approximate retail value. 

FULL SIZE Essie Madison Ave-Hue nail polish. Value = $8.50

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara. Value = $7.67

Bvlgari Eua Parfumée Au Thé Blanc Conditioner. Value = $16.67

.51 oz. Vichy Liftactiv Night Moisturizer. Value = $15.15

FULL SIZE Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: Metallic in Authentic. Value = $18.00

The total value of my Glossybox is $65.99. I have to say I had no idea that Bvlgari made a conditioner but I'm sure the reason I didn't know is that it's $45 a bottle. I spend a lot of excessive money but I'm not sure I can justify that. Needless to say I was thrilled to get this in a box so I can try it. The Essie perfume is a nice pink color. I've tried the Benefit mascara before but I wasn't super impressed even though I've seen it on other people and it looked great. Turns out I was doing it wrong. The directions say to put the wand horizontally and move it back and forth as opposed to brushing up for maximum effectiveness. The lip stuff is also interesting. You use it over lipstick to give it a metallic effect. Totally new to me but I'm willing to try it. 

Verdict: Glossybox is pricier than other beauty boxes but it has great brands and value. I can't wait to try the conditioner. 

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

September Urth Box

The Urth box tagline is "Discover a Healthier You". Well who doesn't want to do that? I recently found a deal on on Gilt for a 6 month subscription for $69. I thought for $12 a month, heck why not. Each month Urth box sends a box of healthy full size snacks for you to try. They have different types and sizes of boxes the choose from. You can choose a gluten free, diet, classic or vegan box. From that point you choose which size box you want. They have a small box (7-10 items) for $29 a month, medium box (12-15 items) for $39 a month, large box (20-24 items) for $59 a month. Shipping to US is included. If you choose a 3 or 6 month plan you can save up to $10 a month. So as you can see I got a really great deal on the small box plan.

Price: $19-$59 a month depending on size of box and plan. 

This box is available to US and Canada but extra shipping fees apple to Canada. 

The Good:

Variety: They have a variety of boxes to choose from depending on your dietary needs.

Products: They send full size products which is awesome!

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high for a monthly box.

Skip: It doesn't appear there any way to skip.

August Urth Box

Contents of the Urth Box:

The Organic Candy Factory Gummy Worms. Value = $6.95 - These are gummy but they aren't chewy like a regular gummy worm. 

.6 oz. Goldbaum's Pop Potato. Value = $0.64

.8 oz. Goldbaum's Multigrain Kale Chips in Piedmont BBQ. Value = $1.06 - I was shocked at how good these are, be forewarned though they have a little spice that sneaks up on you. 

.8 oz. Simply Quinoa Chips in Sea Salt. Value = $0.73

Lenny and Larry's The Complete Cookie in Peanut Butter.  Value = $2.08 - At first I didn't like it but after a couple more bites it grew on me. What I don't like though is that's it's 2 servings in one cookie. Who eats half a cookie?

Dang Toasted Coconut Chips. Value = $2.50 - I can eat this whole bag, these are so good. 

WaterWipes Sample. Value = $??

Skout Organic Trailpak Black Pepper BBQ Raw Pumpkin Seeds. Value = $4.49

Epic Xylitol Peppermint Gum. Value = $1.30

Oloves Tasty Mediterranean. Value = $1.50

Veggie-Go's Sweet fruit snack. Value = $1.49

The total value of this box is $22.74. For me this was a great deal because of the deal I was able to score on Gilt. If you are paying full price ($29) for this box then it's not such a great deal. I liked a lot of the products in this months box. I can't below how tasty the kale chips were. I was expecting them to be green but they were light in color and delicious! I ended up liking the cookie but hated that it was listed as two servings. Either make the cookie smaller and put two in the package or call it one serving. I cannot be trusted to eat only half a cookie! 

Verdict: The value is disappointing but the products were good. I have 3 more months of these so we will see if the value increases. 

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 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.

                                                    September Spice Up Your Life Box

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

(2) 1.25 oz. Way Better Snacks Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips. Value = $1.10

Fogg City Spice Co. Lemon Rosemary Seasoning. Value = $1.80

1.1 oz. Ziggy Marley Organics Sea Salt & Pepper Roasted Hempseeds.  Value = $1.67

1.1 oz. Ziggy Marley Organics Caribbean Crunch Roasted Hempseeds. Value = $1.67

Amazing Grass Green Superfood. Value = $1.47

(2) Shotwell Candy Co. 5 Spice Caramels. Value = $0.76/ea.

(2) Maruso Ghost Soy Sauce. Value = $0.55/ea.

(2) .53 oz. Mandy's Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins. Value = $0.72/ea. - These are super delicious and were nice with my coffee. 

1 oz. Love with Food Churro Kettle Corn  Value = $1.87 - This didn't really taste like churros to me but it had a nice cinnamon flavor. 

(2) 1 oz. Gourmet Basics Original Pop Rings. Value = $1.60 - It's like funyuns only way better for you. 

1 oz. Field Trip All Natural Beef Jerky in Original #3.  Value = $3.00 - Always a favorite with the boyfriend. 

The total approximate value of this box is $20.94. This is always a fun box to dive into. The only thing I didn't really care for were the hemp seeds. I've tried them and I don't like them. I can't wait to try the lemon seasoning. I might just buy a chicken and roast it with this. I hope the sweet chili tortilla chips really are sweet and not hot. I'm also really curious about the soy sauce. It's advertised as all the flavor without the sauce and made from black beans.

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

Verdict:  This Love with Food box was fantastic!

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