Thursday, May 18, 2017

April Robb Vices Box

Robb Vices is a monthly subscription box focused on exceptional products, food, accessories, etc. Each box is curated and comes with a booklet that tells the story of the items in the box. This box is for those who enjoy the finer things and appreciate the history or story behind it. I only say that because this box is not inexpensive. The price is $89.95 per month plus shipping. I subscribe to the Robb Report magazine and very much enjoy reading it. If you subscribe to the magazine they offer a discount on the box. I researched previous boxes and liked what I saw so I subscribed.

Price: $74.95 per month plus shipping w/discounts for 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.

The Good:

Products: The products are high end, artisan and great quality. 

Information: The include booklet is a wealth of information on the products. 

Referral Program: Refer 3 friends and get a free box. 

Alcohol: Sometimes they include alcohol which I'm a big fan of. 

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is high for a monthly box of surprise items.

Auto-Renew. I don't care much for auto-renew especially on a box with a high price tag. 

May Robb Vices Box

Contents of the Robb Vices Box:

Macari Vineyards Rosé. Value = $24.99

Real Oyster Cult code for 20 oysters. Value = $39.00-$75.00

Soireehome Tempour. Value = $49.99

Dana Confections Nougat. Value = $6.00

Vacavaliente Leather Wine Bag. Value = $40.00?

Vacavaliente Leather Wine Rack. Value = $55.00

(2) The Drop Rosé canned wine. Value = $5.00/ea.

The total value of this box is about $185.98 not including the code for the oysters. I know there are many people out there that don't like oysters and won't use this card. I happen to love oysters and checking out their website I'm totally excited about ordering! This box was a perfect match for me. I love wine, I love food and I've been thinking about redoing my bar area and was looking for a wine rack. I love this simple leather rack. I think I'm going to see if I can trade for a couple more. I'm very curious about the canned wine. Everything in my soul tells me no, no, no but if Robb Vices gives it a thumbs up it's worth a try. I love the design of the tempour, specifically that the chiller is removable. I can't wait to use it with that bottle of rosé. 

Verdict: This Robb Vices box was a big hit for me! 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

April BeautyFIX by Dermstore

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.

May BeautyFIX box.

Contents of BeautyFIX w/approximate retail price from Dermstore listed:

NuFace Prep-N-Glow Cloth. Value = $1.00

.18oz. Cotz Face Natural Tint SPF40. Value = $2.40

SmartFX Smartlash Advanced. Value = $49.95

.68oz. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan. Value = $5.27

.27oz. Manna Kadar Runway Ready Primer. Value = $16.80

1.3oz. Ahava Mineral Hand Cream Sea-Kissed. Value = $9.23

Daily Concepts Your Stretch Wash Cloth. Value = $14.00

.5oz. Tula Skincare Hydrating Day & Night Cream. Value = $15.29

The total approximate value of of this BeautyFIX box is $113.94. This months box wasn't as exciting as last month. The hero item is the smartlash and I've tried it before. I was hoping for results but I didn't see any. I will use the Cotz, NuFace, Ahava, and the wash cloth which those items pay for the box itself. I might try the tan lotion. I've been wanting to try something on my face and this says it's good for your face. 

Verdict: Ok box this month but a couple of useful items. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May Love with Food snack box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They offer a tasting size box and a deluxe size box. I had been a subscriber to the deluxe size box but the values were consistently low so I canceled that subscription. The tasting box is $9.99 a month and contains about 8 snacks in the box. 

Price: $9.99 a month with a discount for 6 and 12 month plans. No option to skip. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

I really can't think of anything I don't like about this box.

May Love with Food snack box

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

Sensible Foods Apple Harvest Crunch Dried Fruit. 

Route 11 Dill Pickle Kettle Potato Chips.

Made Good Chocolate Banana Granola Bar. 

Lance Gluten Free Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers. 

Mandy's Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins. 

Dolcetto Cookies & Cream Wafer Bites. 

La Panzanella Multigrain Croccantini Crackers. 

Bakery on Main Maple Multigrain Muffin Oatmeal. 

Wowbutter Toasted Soy Butter Spread.

I didn't do a breakdown of this box. If you look at my previous reviews they usually come in at the $8-$10 range. This box is just a great box if you like snacks and trying new snacks. I've discovered quite a few things that we now purchase because of these boxes. Also LWF makes it easy because you can order direct from their website. 

Verdict:  This Love with Food box had some yummy items in it.