Sunday, September 17, 2017

September ispy bag - Like.A.Boss

ipsy sends out a glam bag with 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 since 2011 and this is one subscription I am for sure keeping. They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

Price: $10 a month with no option to skip. Discount offered for a yearly subscription. 

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

**I have 5 invites for a free ipsy bag. This is for new subscribers only**

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.

September ipsy bag

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.16oz. Pixi by Petra Fresh Face Blush in BeachRose. Value = $8.00?

.5oz. LXMI Créme Du Nil moisturizer. Value = $24.00

.25oz. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer in Radiance. Value = $9.75

.18oz. Ciaté Wonderland mascara. Value = $12.43

.02oz. Elizabeth Mott Pop! Goes the Shadow in Toasted  Value = $3.94

Textured spike makeup bag in black. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $58.12. The LXMI must be some fancy moisturizer because it's pretty expensive. I'm looking forward to trying everything in this bag except the blush because I don't use blush. I like the color of the eyeshadow. The smashbox primer in this color is also new to me and I'm been experimenting with foundation primers lately.  

Verdict: I'm very happy with this bag.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Quarterly Co. - Mixed Up

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  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. This subscription is for the Culinary box. Each shipment is curated by a different person in the food field.

This months box featured editors of the book "Mixed Up", Nick Mamatas and Molly Tanzer. 

Price $75 every 3 months.

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 Co. Culinary Box

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Mixed Up exclusive annotated edition. Value = $14.97

Liber & Co. Real Grenadine. Value = $10.00

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Vermouth Brined Olives. Value = $14.00

Royal Rose Natural Cocktail Syrup. Value = $8.00

Fabbri's Amarena Wild Cherries in Syrup. Value = $6.95

Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Aromatic Bitters. Value = $12.00

The approximate value of this box is $65.92. I was pretty excited about this box. One of my goals this year was to try as many different cocktails as possible. When we travel we always bring back alcohol that is specific to that area of the world or something we can get in USA. Now we have quite the alcohol collection and I need some inspiration for drinks. The Mixed Up book isn't even out yet so that's pretty exciting AND it has sticky notes throughout that won't be in the store version. Everything in this box is great except the olives. I'm not a fan of olives and especially not green olives. The boyfriend likes them though so they won't go to waste. 

Verdict: This box has great bar theme. I can't wait to start mixing! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fall FabFitFun box

FabFitFun is not a monthly subscription but quarterly. Each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $200+. The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 3 months. 

Price: $49.99 every 3 months. Discount of $20 for yearly subscription.  

This subscription in available in the US only and ships from Los Angeles, Ca. 

The good:

The Products: You will receive mostly full size and premium products in each box and not just beauty items.

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

Quarterly: This is nice because monthly boxes can cause overload.

Info: They send newspaper of sorts with all the product information, interviews and other fun things to read. 

The not so good:

Price: The price is a sticker shock, but it's only 4 times a year as opposed to monthly.

FabFitFun Box

Contents of the FabFitFun box with approximate retail price/value:

Mer-Sea & Co. Scarf. Value = $98.00

Private Party Gym bag. Value = $59.00

IMM Living Wire Heart Ceramic Jewelry holderValue = $33.00

Deco Miami Lavender Cuticle Oil. Value = $12.50

Whish Beauty Renewing Mud Mask. Value = $48.00

My TagAlongs Hot & Cold Gel Pack. Value = $15.00

Trestique Matte coco & Shiny Lip Crayon in Tuscan wine. Value = $28.00

Molr Dental Club Organic Carbon + Coconut teeth whitening powder and toothbrush. Value = $43.95

The Jetset Diaries Cable Knit Beanie. Value $49.00

FreshCare Flushable Cleaning Cloths. Value = $1.00

The total value of the summer FabFitFun box is $387.45. I love the scarf in this seasons box! I read somewhere they suggest washing it before using it because it sheds. My other favorite item is the hot/cold gel pack. I know most people probably won't like it but we use these packs all the time in my house. I think I'm going to see if I can trade for a couple of more so we can keep one in the freezer. I got to pick the color beanie I wanted but I don't wear beanies so I'll probably trade it. I'm very curious about the carbon toothpaste. I like the idea of it being natural but I hope it doesn't taste icky. I'm a big fan of cuticle oil. I can't stand any dry parts around my nail beds so I try and use cuticle oil a few times a week, usually before bed. The gym bag is cute but I have so many gym bags I won't use this one. It would make a great gift though. I love the shade of lip crayon I received and the magnetic top is so cool!  

Verdict: Overall this quarters box was great and well worth the money!