Friday, January 27, 2017

OuiPlease Vol. 2.5: Winter in France

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% off code that can be used on yearly subscriptions and brings the price down to $520 or $87 a box. The catch is you have to pay the full amount upfront which is a lot to shell out for a subscription box. 

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. 2.5: Winter in France

Contents of the Volume 2.5 OuiPlease Box:

Les Néréides Paris Pink Flower Bracelet. Value = $60.00

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask. Value = $25.00

Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub. Value = $25.00

Laboratories Filorga Time-Filler Wrinkle Correction Cream. Value = $89.00

Bastide Figue d' Été soap. Value = $20.00

Nuxe Paris Nuxellence Detox. Value = $75.00

David Jourquin Cir Tabac fragrance. Value = $15.00

Marie Bouvero Dark Chocolate Bar. Value = $10.00

la cocotte French mug Value $15.00

Pop Up Paris Candle. Value - $35.00

The value of this box is $369.00. I really do enjoy the OuiPlease box. It comes with products that I don't see here in the US. I'm sure I can find them but they aren't readily available at my local Ulta. I love the bracelet in this months box and I'm super happy I got the flower one. The mug is really cute but I have so many coffee mugs right now they don't fit in my cupboard. I was excited about the wrinkle cream because of the value but honestly I don't have wrinkles yet. I wonder if wrinkle cream is something you can use as a preventative? The Christophe Robin products seem very high end and luxurious. It immediately makes me want to take a bath and pamper myself. 

Verdict: I was hoping to get the pouch in this box but I'm happy with the bracelet and other goodies to try. 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

January PLAY! by Sephora box

The Play! by Sephora box contains five deluxe samples plus a fragrance bonus handpicked from Sephora. It also includes a little bag, booklet with tips and tricks and a free one-on-one tutorial at your local Sephora.

Price: $10 a month with shipping included. 

The Good:

Products: Sephora is a mecca of beauty products. If you like Sephora you will like this box. 

Booklet: They include a booklet full of information on the products in the box. 

Points: If you buy an item from the box they give you extra points on your Sephora account. 

Price: Can't beat the price. 

The Not So Good:

It's a month to month subscription with no option to skip. 

January Sephora Box

Contents of the Play! by Sephora box: 

.22 oz. tarte FRXXXTION Stick. Value = $4.89

.5 oz. OUAI Hair Treatment Masque. Value = $5.00

.05 oz. Tory Burch Love Relentlessly perfume. Value = $3.40

.32 oz. Farmacy Honey Potion Mask. Value = $4.30

.35 oz. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Value = $??

.1 oz. AmorePacific Color Control Cushion. Value = $??

Waterproof mesh bag, perfect for the beach!

The total value of the of the Play! box is over $18.00. I say over because I couldn't read the size of the clinique product to figure out the price and I didn't look up the amore pacific. I'm actually pretty excited about this box. The bag is different than what they normally send but I have a Caribbean trip coming up and I'm totally packing my sun goodies in this bag. I love the color of clinique almost lipstick. My hair will definately need a treatment after fun in the Caribbean sun. The tarte stick is different. I would never have guessed it was a exfoliating face cleanser. I can't wait to try it. 

Verdict: This months bag was a hit for me. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January PopSugar Must Have Box

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. 

Use Code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box. 

I had canceled this box awhile back but it was expensive considering I wasn't using a lot of the items. I couldn't resist starting it up again when I saw a black Friday deal last month. I ended up getting a 3 month subscription for about $64.

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 3 people get a month free. For each additional referral you get $10 off your next box. 

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.

January PopSugar Must Have

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Goldfaden MD Resurfacing Peel. Value = $85.00

May Designs Desk Calendar & Notecards.  Value = $25.00

Daily Concepts Your Hair Wrap Towel.  Value = $38.00

Manduka eQua Yoga Mat Towel. Value = $14.00

Sourcebooks Inc. Instant Happy Notes. Value = $8.99

Dean & Deluca Peppermint Loose Leaf Tea. Value = $10.75

Glade No3 Coconut and Beach Woods Candle. Value = $4.99

The value of this box is $186.73. The value of this box is excellent. The box contents were ok. The only thing I know I will use for sure is the hair wrap, tea and resurfacing peel. The face product is worth the price of the box alone so I'm cook with that. I'm not a fan of desk calendars. I just don't use them. This one also doubles as printed note cards. I might use those. I like the idea of the sticky notes but I don't know that I will actually use them. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some great face product I'm excited to try.