Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Back to School French Box

French Box came out September of 2014 and at first it was great. After a few months they started having issues with their box and unhappy subscribers. Instead of shutting down they stopped shipping, re-grouped, re-vamped and came back improved. One of the big changes is now the box ships every other month instead of monthly. They guarantee at least 5 products in each box but not always beauty items. They charge your card about a week before the box ships and you can cancel anytime. 

I signed up for the box on May 20th. They don't charge your card until the box ships which is good. I wasn't sure when the next box would be but I guessed July since that was two months from May. I didn't hear any in July and then finally on August 10th I received an email saying my card was charged. I received tracking info on August 19th and the box arrived on August 24th. 

Price: $36 every 2 months. 

This is available to the 48 states (sorry Alaska and Hawaii) and ships from Miami Florida.

The good: 

Foreign Beauty: If you are into French items that you might not be able to easily find in the US then this box is fun.

Variety: Not just beauty products, there was also food and home goods in the box.

Packaging: The box everything arrives in is really cute and worth keeping. 

The not so good:

Skip: There is no option to skip, only cancel and re-sign up.

Price: It's on the higher side but they value is definitely there.

Unboxing Part I - Notebook, pen and postcard.

I didn't really know what "French Ruled" meant when it came to notebooks but I guess it looks like this. Seems like it would be hard to read.

Unboxing Part II - Cookies, Dry Body Oil

Unboxing Part III - Kitchen Towel

Unboxing Part IV - Panoramic photo of Notre-Dame at Dusk

Contents of the French Box

Clairefontaine French Ruled Notebook. Value = $5.00

BIC 4-Color ballpoint pen. Value = $4.00

Durance Dry Oil for Body.Value = $33.00

Pierre Biscuiterie Butter Biscuits. Value = $5.00

Torches Bouchons Paris Kitchen Towel. Value = $22.00

Notre-Dame at Dusk Panoramic Photo. Value = $8.00

The total value of this French Box is $77.00. I couple of weeks ago I received an email from French box with a link to choose which Durance product I wanted and which kitchen towel print I wanted. I thought that was super cool, except I didn't get either thing I picked. I understand it's a first come first serve kind of thing but I responded to the email within minutes of getting it. I love butter biscuits and I'm going to save these for Sunday coffee with the boyfriend. Lastly the photo of Notre Dame is nice but I'm not sure where I would put it. I like to decorate with photos I've taken on vacations or art I've purchased.  

The big disappointment in the box is the BIC pen. Don't get me wrong this multi-color pens are color but nothing about it says French to me. Apparently they are very popular in France. Even though I didn't get the kitchen towel I wanted I still like this one very much. Also I had picked the body oil with fig extracts because I love figs but I received poppy instead. The poppy smells nice though so I'm ok with it. 

Verdict: I only paid $14 for this box so it was worth it for me. I don't think I will be subscribing though. 
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Monday, August 24, 2015

August Bestowed Box

Bestowed was created by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer in an effort to answer the question everyone had when it comes to health food.."which one of these is really the best?" Each month, Heather and her team of health and diet experts carefully curate 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages and lifestyle item and send them to you. Bestowed has also partnered with The Food Trust and for each box sold they supply a kid in need with a days worth of snacks. The price of this box is $20.00 a month with shipping included. They also have 3 and 6 month plans that offer a 10-15% discount.

Bestowed offered this box to me for review for a discounted price of $10.00

Price: $20 a month w/no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 6 months prepaid plans. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from New York. 

Bestowed is offering 10% off any subscription using code LOVEHEALTHY. 

The good:

Variety: I liked that there was some variety to this box. It wasn't just limited to food or products, you get both!

Good size samples: The samples are full size or close to it.

Information: They include a sheet with product info and tips on usage.

The not so good:

Skip a month: I didn't see an option to skip a month.

August Bestowed Box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

1 oz. Mediterranean Snack Beanstalks. Value = $0.85

Kashi Cherry Cinnamon & Cardamom Overnight Muesli. Value = $3.99

Organic Slammers Snacks Superfood Snack. Value = $1.07

1.05 oz. Teeccino Dandelion French Roast. Value = $2.50

Teeccino Dandelion Dark Roast. Value = $0.52

Teeccino Dandelion Caramel Nut. Value = $0.52

eBoost Spruce Energizing Whole Greens. Value = $2.67

Follow Your Heart Vegenaise Coupon. Value = $9.00

.8 oz. Honey Stinger Kids' Organic Energy Chews. Value = $1.04

The total value of this months box is $13.16 or $22.16 if you include the coupon for the vegenaise. I've been wanting to try the vegenaise but it's so darn expensive! I'm happy with this box but the value is too low. Last month they included a coupon for free popsicles but I can't find the darn things anywhere which makes the coupon unusable for me. Luckily I know my store carries the vegenaise. All the other snacks I'm looking forward to trying.

Verdict: This box had some good products in it but the value could have been better. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August PopSugar Must Have

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.

Price: $35.78-$39.95 a month depending on plan with no option to skip. 

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 including the value. 

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. ***The referral counts are being reset soon so you will get to refer people again if you've maxed out****

August PopSugar Box

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

American Colors Mediterranean Plaid Scarf. Value = $79.00

Royal Apothem Tea Balm Firming Eye Treatment. Value = $36.00

Pastel Best Day Every Mug. Value = $12.00

Happy Jackson Yay Lunch! Lunch Box. Value = $10.99

Southern Culture Shortstacks Pancake & Waffle Mix in birthday cake. Value = $7.99

Meri Meri Toot Sweet Pink Stripe Napkins. Value = $1.99

MyYogaWorks 3 -Month Trial. Value = $45.00

Special Extra!

Folgers Iced CafĂ© Caramel Macchiato Flavored Coffee Drink Concentrate. Value = $4.99

The value of this box is $197.96. It looks like scarf season is coming. Why are scarfs so expensive. I mean this is cute and all but $80. Really I don't know why they are priced so high. I love the lunch box but I'm disappointed that it's not dishwasher safe. The mug is not that exciting, hopefully I can trade it. I love the shortstack mixes. I've used them before and so far they have not disappointed. The napkins are really cut. I don't want to use them for everyday use so I'll have to put them away for a special occasion. The eye cream isn't all that exciting but I have heard tea works really well for dark circles and eye issues. I love cold coffee so I'm excited to try the coffee concentrate. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar was pretty good. 

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