Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August 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:

1.25 oz. 180 Nutty Rice Bites. Value = $1.49

1.1 oz. Popcorners White Cheddar. Value = $0.79

Bai Antioxidant Infusions in Tanzania Lemonade Tea. Value = $2.27 - This was ok, nothing spectacular. 

2 oz. Emmy's Dark Cacao Macaroons. Value = $3.29 - you know I love some dark chocolate. 

.05 oz. Weleda Skin Food. Value = $0.42

2 oz. EBoost Energy Shot. Value = $3.25

Powbab Taste Pomegranate Acai Berry 6 Chews. Value = $4.66

Wild Garden Hummus. Value = $2.19

The total value of this box is $18.36. This was about the same value as last month. 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 a terrible deal. Like last month I did like the contents of the box. I really liked the dark chocolate macaroons. The weren't too sweet but just enough to fix the chocolate craving. The nutty rice bites look tasty and since the boyfriend doesn't like nuts I'll get to try this one out. 

Verdict: The value is disappointing but the products were good. I have 4 more months of these so we will see if the value increases. 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August ipsy bag - Beauty Schooled

Ipsy bag sends out 4-5 samples and a makeup bag for $10 a month with shipping included. If you sign up yearly it's $110 which brings the price down the $9.16 a month with shipping included.  I've been with them for almost two years and this is one subscription I am for sure keeping. They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

This subscription is available to the US and Canada and ships from Harrisburg, NC.

The good:

The samples: Usually you get at least one full size product in each bag.

The packaging: Each month the products come in a cute makeup bag for all your goodies.

Discounts: The almost always offer a discount on any additional purchases you want to make.

Semi-customized: You take a little quiz and your bag is semi-customized with products you will enjoy.

Points: You can earn points for reviews and referrals. You can redeem points for extra goodies in your bag. 

The not so good:

Skip a month? There is no option to skip a month.  You have to cancel.

Renewal. If your a yearly subscriber they automatically charge your credit card for another year when the paid for year is up. I think they should sent out an email prior reminding you that your year is almost up and it will automatically renew.

August ipsy Beauty Schooled bag
Ooops, this was missing from the first picture. 

Contents of bag with value and approximate retail price:

.1 oz. Urban Decay Perversion mascara. Value = $5.50

Absolute You're the Balm Green Apple Lip Balm. Value = $3.00

.27 oz. Manna Sheer Glo shimmer lotion. Value = $7.84

.5 oz. Glam Glo Youthmud Tingleexfoliate Treatment. Value = $20.35

.02 oz. Lord & Berry black silk kajal eyeliner. Value = $8.00?? I think this is about half the size of the full size

orange polka dot barrel makeup bag.

The approximate value of this months bag is $36.69. This was actually a pretty good bag for me, although I have 3 of the 5 items already. Normally I'm not a face shimmer lotion type of girl but since this is a small sample I think I will give it a try. I already have the mascara, glam goo and eyeliner but they are items I will use and they are travel size which I love.

Verdict: ipsy is one of my favorite subscriptions for their great products and terrific pricing.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Quarterly Co. Food52 #F5209

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but it's quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from anywhere from $50-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc.  Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs are the creators of Food 52.  I very much enjoy cooking and experimenting with new ingredients and flavors.  The description of this service read: "The best home cooking is a blend of the practical and the inventive. Which may be why, as avid home cooks, we love objects with utility as much as those with great beauty. We’ll be sending you packages filled with nifty items for your kitchen and table—no superfluous gadgets or gewgaws but things you’ll want to use and display for decades, until your children attempt to snag them for their first kitchens."  Sounded perfect for me. The cost of this box is $50.00 per quarter with shipping included.

Price $50 every 3 months. 

This is available in the US only and ships from El Dorado Hills, Ca - although the box says it's packed in Los Angeles. 

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure. 

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you. 

Quarterly Food52 Box #9

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

TurnCo Wood Goods 1/2 Gallon/64 oz. Jar w/walnut wood lid. Value = $44.00

Grady's Cold Brew Bean Bags. Value = $12.00

Floral Straws. Value = $4.00

The value of this box is $60.00. When I first opened this box I wasn't too excited. I like coffee and drink it a few times a week but I'm not a coffee connoisseur. However, I do prefer iced or cold coffee to hot coffee. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for letting my coffee sit for at 10-15 min before drinking it. With that thought I decided not to be too down on this box I mean after all it contains everything you need to enjoy cold coffee. How this works is you put the cold brew bean bag in the jar with 1 3/4c water, let it sit for 12 hours then take the bag out. What you have left is a concentrated coffee you can add more water or milk to. If you like your coffee hot then you can put the coffee bag in your coffee maker. The jar fro TurnCo Woods is a very nice jar. Honestly I probably won't use this for coffee brewing but I've been looking for a jar for sun tea and I think this will work nicely. I've been using the large pampered chef measuring bowl but this will look much nicer. 

Verdict: At first glance I wasn't excited about this box, but now I'm seeing the possibilities. 

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