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. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PupBox - Customized monthly puppy box

PupBox is very helpful monthly subscription box to help you with the new fur pup babies in your life. This is straight from the PupBox website because I couldn't say it better myself "Each month you and your baby will receive a box filled with all of the toys, treats, accessories and training information you need to be the best puppy parent pawsible! Everything is customized, and will grow with your pup, changing based on your baby's changing needs" You will get training guides, treats, toys, chews, and accessories. 

PupBox offered to send me a complementary box to review. The only issue was my pup isn't exactly a puppy anymore, in fact she is about 10 years old. No worries though! They sent me a 2 month old box kit which had plenty of items for Maddie to enjoy. 

Price: $39.00 a month with discounted pricing for 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions

Bonus! Use this code ELAT10 for 10% off any subscription!!!!

The Good:

New pawrents? The first thing I thought is this would make an excellent gift for a new puppy parent or even a new adult pup parent. 

Puppies can be overwhelming: The truth is puppies take a lot of time and energy and they need training. How nice is it to get age specific tools and tips to help raise your pup. 

The Not So Good:

Picky pup: You might end up with something your pup doesn't like. You can always gift it to another lucky pup or a local shelter. 

Maddie is patiently waiting to open her PupBox.

Maddie carefully inspected each item. 

Maddie approved!

ooops left this out of the picture!
This card has a ton of information on it! 

Contents of the PupBox:

Fizzion Stain & Odor Remover. Value = $8.99

Kong Comfort Snuggles-medium size. Value = $9.99

Earthbath All Natural Puppy Wipes. Value = $7.99

JW Teething Butterfly. Value = $2.99

Vital Essentials Chicken Breasts. Value = $8.99

Charming Balloon Latex Lily the Lion - Mini. Value = $4.99

2 month guide. 

The total approximate value of this PupBox is $43.94. I said approximate because the training guides are worth something and it's hard to put a monetary value on them. All said this is what I call a break even box. You get the value of what you paid but the best part is you didn't have to do the shopping. Everything comes conveniently to your house in a nice little package once a month! That's worth something for sure. There were only two items in the box that I won't use. Maddie did not care for the latex lion but I think her cousin Daisy will love it. Next time we go for a visit I'm going to bring Daisy this new toy! The other item is the teething butterfly but only because my pup is well beyond her teething years. She went crazy for the chicken treats and I'm pretty sure she could smell them through the box! I'm a big fan of the doggie wipes, they work great for cleaning off paws and a quick refresher between baths. I'm actually excited to try the Fizzion because I have a cat with a sensitive stomach and doesn't always keep her food down. No need for concern though she gets checked by the vet every year and gets a clean bill of health. 

Verdict: I think this is a great box for new puppy parents. I also think it would make a fantastic gift for the new pawrent in your life. 

This little Kong bear has become one of Maddie's new favorite toys!

Friday, August 11, 2017

OuiPlease Vol. 3.1 Summer Box

The OuiPlease is a box full of Parisian treasures that ships 6 times a year. The price of the box is quite high at $150 per shipment. You can also subscribe yearly for $650 bringing the price of the box down to $108. Per the OuiPlease website your special delivery will feature a surprise selection of products, including the very best France has to offer in beauty, jewelry, accessories, apparel, home and epicure and have a value of at least $300. 

Every now and then they have a 20%-30% off code that can be used on yearly subscriptions and brings the price down to $520 or $455. I was lucky enough to find one for 30% off so this box was only $75. The bad part is it's an overlap box with my previous subscription. 

Price: $108-$150 every two months depending on subscription commitment. 

The Good:

Luxury products: The boxes are filled with name brands that would be considered luxurious.

Variety: This box isn't just beauty products. It will have jewelry, apparel, home goods, etc.

Information: They include their own magazine that talks about the products in the box as well as other products.

Pricing Structure: They offer one-time, monthly or yearly subscriptions. It would be nice to see a 6 month (3 box) subscription tier.

The Not So Good

Price: The price is way high but at the same time you will hopefully get what you pay for.

Referrals: I would like to see a referral program. If you can convince someone to spend this much money on a box you should get a little thank you treasure.

OuiPlease Vol. 3.1 

Up close of the bracelet.

Contents of the Volume 3.1 OuiPlease Box:

Les Néréides Paris Charm Bracelet in Royal Beetle. Value = $60.00

Mille et une Fouta 100% cotton Beach Towel. Value = $50.00

Gold 48K Paris Day Cream. Value = $200.00

Christophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Mask. Value = $30.00

Oui Love It! Langues de Chat cookie. Value = $10.00

Clara en Provence Savon de Marseile & Lavender bag. Value = $15.00

The value of this box is $365.00. The hero item in this box is the $200 day cream. The reason it's $200 is because it has pure gold in it. For $200 it better works miracles! I received an email before this box shipped telling me I could pick which bracelet and beach towel color I wanted. I like it when they do this because some things I would absolutely not use. The problem is, twice now OuiPlease has ignored my requests. I requested the lady bug bracelet and got the beetle. The worst part is the beetle is my least favorite and I will not wear it. I did receive the right color beach towel though. I am excited to try the cookies with my coffee this weekend. I think it's funny that they are named cat tongue cookies. The lavender scented items are ok. I will probably save them for a gift though because I have a 5 foot wide French lavender bush at my house that provides all the lavender I need. 

Verdict: I'm not sure how many months left I have on my subscription but I'm leaning towards not renewing. The last 2 boxes have left me unexcited.