Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November ipsy bag - Beauty Blast

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 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.

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.

November ipsy beauty blast bag

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.5 oz. Figs & Rouge Emulsion & Pore Refiner. Value = $18.60

FULL SIZE Bdellium tools blending brush. Value = $9.00

travel size 10 sheets Mai Couture Makeup Paper in Montecito. Value = $3.50

.14 oz. Smashbox full exposure mascara. Value = $7.40

FULL SIZE INSPR eyeshadow in carnival. Value = $13.00

Cosmic design Make Up Bag.

The approximate value of this months bag is $51.50. The ipsy bags rarely disappoint and this bag is no exception. I'm happy with everything is the bag, although I have tons of eyeshadow brushes and mascara right now. I really like the color of the eyeshadow, I think it's a great fall color. I like mattifying face products so I'm excited to try this fig & rouge product. Anything to take the shine off!

Verdict: This is the box I've subscribed to the longest and it's still going strong. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Monday, November 23, 2015

November GlossyBox

GlossyBox is a monthly subscription box for beauty items. Each month GlossyBox will send a box of 5 beauty products in a pink reusable box. I mention the box because it's very sturdy with minimal branding on it and can be reused for a multitude of things. I've reused them for packing gifts, storing jewelry and beauty items.

Price: $21 a month with discounts for 6 and 12 month subscriptions. 

When I signed up I used a promo code which brought it down to about $15 a month. 

The Good:

Brands: Well known luxury brands including OPI, Crabtree & Evelyn, Sebastian, Too Faced, etc. 

Sizes: deluxe sample size and usually 1 or 2 full size items. 

The Box: I love the box the items come in!

Information: They provide information on each product with price. 

Free Stuff: You can earn GlossyDots for reviewing items in the box and referrals. One you get enough GlossyDots you can redeem them for a free box. 

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is a little high but they do send higher end products. 

Skip: There is no option to skip. 

November GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox:

(1) Florapy Floral Therapy Facial Sheet. Value = $8.00

25g Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream. Value = $5.50

.17 oz. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Créme. Value = $9.35

.04 oz. Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in You're Toast. Value = $2.40

FULL SIZE Beauty For Real Lip Pencil. Value = $14.00

The total value of the GlossyBox is $39.25. This is actually kind of low for this box. I'm excited about the eyeshadow, the hand cream and the facial mask. The lip pencil is the high dollar item in the box  but I don't ever use lip pencils. I'm sure I'll be able to trade it though. 

Verdict: This box has was a 3 out of 5 for me. I will use 3 of the items but the other 2 not so much. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Sunday, November 22, 2015

November RawSpiceBar - Ethiopian Spice

Do you love cooking with new foods and spices? Then you have to check out RawSpiceBar. Each month you will receive 3-4 whole spices or spice blends along with a recipe to use them. Each recipe will use the include spice and will make 8-10 servings. The price of this subscription is just $6.00 a month with shipping included. You have to sign up for a minimum 3 month subscription.  

Price: $6.00 a month (minimum 3 month subscription) w/ shipping included. Discounts for 6 and 12 month subscriptions. Ships to US and Canada.

The good:

Love to cook: If you love cooking with new foods and spices this a fun way to do it. 

Know someone who loves to cook: This makes a great gift!

Price: $6 is a great low price. 

Reduce waste: It's such a terrible thing to buy a jar of spice and have it go to waste. This allows you to try the spice without buying a whole jar. 

The not so good:

Skip: I don't see an option to skip or pause your subscription. 

Buy: I really want them to have a shop on their website where you can purchase more spices you like. 

November RawSpiceBar - Ethiopian Spice

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.4 oz. packet Berbere 

.4 oz. packet Pumpkin Pie Spice

.4 oz. Ethiopian Mitmita

One of the best parts of this subscription is the included recipes. They include ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store. . 

The recipes are:

Key Wat.
Berbere Roasted Carrots, Fennel & Mint.
Pumpkin Spice Dabo Kolo (Pumpkin Spice Ricotta Donuts).

I can't wait to try this menu. For some reason in the last month Ethiopian food and how good it is has been a topic of conversation. I've never had it but I'm certainly willing to try it. 

Verdict: I think this is a great subscription and I'm really enjoying the new spices.

Everyone Loves A Treasure