Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October PopSugar Must Have Box

The PopSugar Must Have Box is simply awesome!  They had a rocky start with their very first box but every one since then has been awesome!  The price of the box is $35 a month w/shipping included.  They also have 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions and each one saves you a little bit of money.  The products in the last 2 boxes have been just fantastic!  PopSugar advertises that you will receive full size and premium items worth over $100 (based on the manufacturer MSRP at the time acquired by Sugar) - they don't lie!  This box contains a variety of products.  The booklet they has a sections with product information on each item which is super cool. 

I want to say thanks to Liz. B and Anna W. for using my referral link.  I received this months box free because of them.  You guys are awesome!

The good: 

Products: Full size products as promised and a nice variety of beauty, home etc.  

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 2 people get a month free.  5 people 3 months free and 10 people is 6 months free.  

The not so good:

The price: $35 is a little high for a monthly box but you do get some really cool stuff with a value of way more than $35

Skip a month: There is no option to skip, only cancel. 

Contents of box with retail price:

Must Have Home
6 oz. (50 hrs burn time) Red Flower Moroccan Rose Petal topped candle. Value = $38.00

Must Have Entertainment
J.K. Rowling's newest book The Casual Vacancy (hardback). Value = $35.00

Must Have Fitness
pair of Crescent Moon grippy Socks. Value = $9.99

Must Have Beauty
OPI Pink of Hearts Nail Polish Duo. Value = $14.95 - OPI polish is fantastic and I love these colors!

Must Have Food
bag of Dylan's Candy Bar Gummy Bears. Value = $5.00 ? - These was too chewy for me.  I prefer soft gummies. 

Special Extras
1 oz. bag Pirate's Booty aged cheddar popcorn. Value = $1.00 - Luckily I've had this before because the boyfriend got to this before me and ate the whole bag! 

FULL SIZE bottle Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Shampoo. Value = $4.99 - great shampoo

FULL SIZE bottle Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Conditioner. Value = $4.99 - great conditioner

The total value of this month's box is $113.92.  Once again this box is full of great stuff!  I have been wanting a pair of the grippy socks for awhile now so I was super excited to get a pair of these.  The candle is very pretty and smells nice.  I can't decide if I'm going to gift it or keep it.  I absolutely love the sparkly OPI polish.  I almost NEVER buy book sat full price I think they are way over priced so this book is not something I would normally buy but I'm glad I got it.  I always appreciate everyday items like shampoo and conditioner because it's something I would have to buy anyway.  

Verdict: PopSugar is a definite must have!  The last 2 boxes have been great, I sure hope they keep that up!

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for PopSugar.  I purchase these subscriptions myself.  

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October Yumvelope

Yumvelope is a food/snack monthly subscription service.  Each month you receive a large USPS envelope filled with goodies.  The cost for this service is $21 a month with shipping included or you can sign up for their yearly plan at $228 for the year which brings the price down to $19 a month.  With that fee they promise to send a minimum of 6 full size items in each envelope.    

The good:

Variety: There is a good variety of items.  A couple of the products I received I've tried before and like so I was glad I received them.  

Discounts: The try and send a promo code for each product so you can order your favorite products at a discounted price.  

Size: They send full size products which is always nice.  

The not so good:

Value vs. Price: This seems to fluctuate from month to month.  Lately it's been in the higher range. 

Contents of box with retail price listed.  

10 oz. pkg. Cocomo Joe Salty Chocolate Granola. Value = $6.99 - This is ok but nothing spectacular.

1 oz pkg. Cocomo Corn Caramel Corn. Value = $2.00 (12 pkgs. $24.00) - This is sooooo good. I could eat this all day long!

5 oz. pouch Cocomama Banana Cinnamon Quinoa Cereal. Value = $3.50 (6 pk. $21.00) - I really wanted to like this but I just couldn't. It didn't taste good in any way shape or form.  I took 2 bites and tossed the rest.  My co-worker too pity on my and offered me a packet of her oatmeal, lol. 

(4) Madecasse chocolates. Value = $0.36/ea. (80 pieces $29.00) - I'm really liking these little chocolate goodies. 

1 oz (?) bag HannahMax Cookie Chips. Value = $1.00 (4 6oz. bags $23.96) - delicious!

30g Rawxies cranberry walnut bar. Value = $2.50

Bonus item for submitting a survey:

.9 oz. Yum Earth Organics Gummy Bears $0.80 (10 pks. $7.99)

The total value of this Yumvelope is $17.43 (not including the bonus item).  I'm happy with this value since many of these items are not readily available in a regular store.  I was really hoping I would like the quinoa cereal because I'm always looking for a new breakfast ideas.  The cocomo caramel corn was fantastic!  I like the Madecasse chocolates.  I'm thinking about ordering a box just to have a little chocolate around for the chocolate fix.      

Verdict:  I like the items in this box and they value was good.       

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Yumvelope.  I purchase these monthly subscriptions myself.  

Monday, October 29, 2012

October KLUTCHClub Box

KLUTCHClub is a monthly subscription service that focuses on health & fitness.  KLUTCHClub ships their boxes out on the 15th of every month.  They advertise that the boxes contain over $50 worth of products or services such as snacks, new workouts or body care regimens to try.  Currently KLUTCHClub contains products curated for woman but they also have a KLUTCHmen box.  You can view a sample of the men's box on their website.  KLUTCHClub allows you to sign up monthly, quarterly or yearly.  The monthly price is $18 a month, quarterly is $51.00 or $17 a month and the yearly is $192 or $16 a month.  Shipping is included in all of these prices. 

The good:

Healthy: This box is totally dedicated to health and fitness. If you're just starting to get active this is a fun way to try new products or fitness regimens. 

Need a gift: Have a health nut friend or want to encourage someone? Send them a month, 3 month or yearly subscription.

Information: They send a little info card on the products included in the box. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: No skipping a month option. 

KLUTCHClub Women's box.  - Riley was sad that this wasn't her BarkBox : )

Contents of box with retail price listed.  

1 month supply (30 pk.) Coromega  Omega3+D squeeze supplement. Value = $22.99

1 pair of Yurbuds earphones for women. Value = $29.99

(3) Good Greens bars in chocolate coconut, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate raspberry. Value = $2.49/ea (12 ct. $29.88)

2 packets of Pure Matters Chocolate Pea protein powder mix. Value = $1.33/ea (30 servings $39.95)

1lb box King Arthur Flour Whole Flax Meal. Value = $4.95

Devita Natural Eyeliner. Value = $14.95

1 pkt. Hungershield Natural appetite control drink mix. Value = $1.54 (28 pkts. $42.99)

1 pk of 2 chews To Go Brand Acai Natural Energy Boost Chew. Value = $1.00 (30 chews $14.95)

Recipe book and coupon for $100 off YumUniverse plant based menus lifetime membership

The total value of this box is $85.55.  I didn't include the YumUniverse coupon because the membership is $300 so it would require an additional out of pocket expense.  I've tried a few things in this box before like the Coromega and Pure Matters products.  I was happy to get them because I actually like both those products.  Also I looked on the Coromega website and they are having a great sale right now on their supplements. The 30 pk boxes are buy 1 get two free.  So basically you get 3 months supply for $23!  I've used King Arthur products before and like it very much.  I can't wait to try the ear buds.  I'm always looking for ear buds with good sound and that are sweat proof.  

Verdict: This box never fails to disappoint. If you into fitness type stuff or know someone who is I highly recommend this box. - I think this would make a great gift for someone who has expressed interest starting an exercise program or changing to a generally healthier diet. 

I am an affiliate for KLUTCHClub.  This means I earn a 20% cash commission if someone signs up for a subscription using my link. This does not affect my opinions in any way.  I purchases these subscription boxes myself. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

October Special Goop Birchbox

Birchbox is a monthly subscription service for beauty items like makeup, skincare, fragrance, etc.  Each month you will receive 4-5 generously sized samples and sometimes full size beauty products.  The cost of this service is $10 w/shipping included.  They also have a yearly subscription which is $110 for the year bringing the cost down to $9.16 a month.

Each months Birchbox has a theme.  This month we had the option to pick a regular box or a special box that was put together with goopGoop? Yeah I hadn't heard of it either.  Goop is a digital media and e-commerce company founded by Gwenyth Paltrow.  Check it out it has tons of info on it. 
The good:

The brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pur, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

The price.  For $10 you can give yourself a little beauty treat.    

Like surprises?  You don't know what's in your box until you receive it.  When you sign up you take a little quiz and the items in the box are supposed to be customized to you.  I have seen pictures of other peoples boxes and they do receive different items.   

Discounts: They have a system where you earn points for referrals and things you buy.  The points allow you to receive discounts on future full size purchases from their shop.  They offer free shipping on items from the monthly box and a $5 flat shipping rate for items that don't qualify for free shipping.  This is a nice feature because if you want to order several different brands you get free or $5 shipping for everything. 

Need a gift? You can gift a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription or you can purchase a gift card in any amount.  There also have a nice option with the gift subscriptions where you can choose to have the 1st box shipped you for giving and subsequent boxes will be shipped directly to the recipient.  Great birthday/holiday gift!

The not so good:

Skip a month?  Currently there is no option to skip a month only cancel. 

My Birchbox Treasures!

Contents of box with retail price listed.
1 oz. Illume Red Cedar Scented Soy Candle. Value = $4.00 (2.5 oz. $10.00)

.07 Jouer Lip Enhancer. Value = $2.97 (.33 oz. $14.00)

.1 oz. Kiehl's Rosa Artica Eye. Value = $9.20 (.5 oz. $46.00)

(2) .067 oz. Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30+. Value = $1.78/ea. (1.6 oz. $42.00)

Lifestyle Extra

Luna Lemon Zest Bar. Value = $1.25 (15 pk. $18.75)

Total value of this box is $20.98. This box has a good value but I was expecting more from the collaboration with goop.  That's not to say the stuff in the box wasn't enjoyable.  My favorite flavor of Luna bars is lemon.  The lip enhancer felt really nice but I'm not sure it did any "enhancing".  The candle will be nice for the times I can sneak in a bath.  I've used Kiehl's products in the past and I'm looking forward to trying this one.  

The verdict: overall the boxes are a good value but I'm becoming less excited about he contents.

**I pay for these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Birchbox

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

October SpaLuxe GlossyBox

Glossybox is a monthly beauty subscription service that sends 5 travel size beauty items a month.  You can sign up monthly for $21/month, 6 months for $115 (breaks down to $19.16/month), or yearly for $220 (breaks down to $18.33/month).  Shipping is included in all of these prices. The price is a higher than a lot of the other beauty companies but they say they include luxury items.  The company ships their boxes towards the end of the month so you will receive it at the end of the month.  At first I thought everyone received the same box, but that's not the case.  There has been some variation in the boxes but I'm not sure how the company based what to send to who because until recently the little beauty survey you take wasn't working. Since the survey is now working maybe people will start receiving more personalized boxes.   

The good:

The brands: They have well known quality brands like OPI, Zoya, Burberry, C.O. Bigelow, Ahava, Sebastian and other brands specific to other countries. 

The sizes: They send deluxe size samples and a couple of items were full sized.

The box: I know it's just a box but it's a really nice sturdy box in a nice shade of pink.  The only logo is on the top and it's not very big.  That makes this box perfect for reusing for a gift box. 

Information. They provide information on the products you receive and how much the full size is priced at.  I like knowing this info up front and not having to search for it. 

Free stuff: If you provide feedback on your products you earn Glossydots which will eventually earn you a free box. 

The not so good:

The price: This can be a little high for some people but if you want to receive known/quality brands it's worth it. 

Referral: They have a referral system to earn glossydots but it's not a link.  You have to send an invitation via email. 

Contents of box w/retail value listed:

.85 oz. Alterna Bamboo Luminous Shine Mist. Value = $4.68 (4 oz. $22.00)

4 oz. Carol's Daughter Shea Souffle. Value = $10.00 (8 oz. $20.00)

FULL SIZE Heartland Fragrances Exfoliating Loofa Soap. Value = $8.00 - This is a little rough on my skin but feels great on my feet!

FULL SIZE Modelco Lip Duo Dusk Lipstick and Striptease Gloss. Value $39.00

.25 oz. Natassja Skin Enzyme Facial Peel. Value = $5.00 (2 oz. $40.00)

The total value of my Glossybox is $66.68.  I haven't used a loofa soap in years and I used to love them so I was excited to get this in my box.  I've used the bamboo products before and really liked how they made my hair feel so this was pretty cool to get.  I have tons of lipstick and glosses that I haven't used yet so it might be awhile before I get to this one.  With winter coming I'm sure I'll have a need for more lotions and Shea is very good on dry skin. 

Verdict: I'm still very happy with my Glossybox and plan keeping it as long as they keep up the great

** I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Glossybox.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

October Bulu Box

Bulu Box is a monthly sample box that contains 4-5 premium vitamin and supplement nutrition samples.  These samples are for both men and women.  The cost of the service is $10 a month or $110 a year ($10 savings) which brings it down to $9.16 a month. This is a great way to try supplements and health type foods without spending a ton of money.  

The good: 

New products: Nutritional products can be overwhelming and expensive to try.  This allows you to try new products for a low price.  

Samples sizes: The sizes are really decent.  I received multiples of a few items which will allow me to try it a couple of times. 

Information: They include a card with the product information on it. 

Access to products: There are links to purchase the products on the Bulu website

The not so good:

Skip a month: No can do, you will have to cancel. 

Bulu treasures!

Contents of box.  Retail price listed in parenthesis.

5 single pack servings of Natural Calm Anti-Stress drink. Value = $0.48/ea (50 servings $23.95)

single serving About Time Whey Protein Mix. Value = $2.00 (12 servings $23.99)

2 packages/servings ANS Dilate Nitric Oxide Maximizer. Value = $1.84/ea (25 servings $45.99)

30 (15 day supply) Lean 180 supplements. Value = $39.99 (30 day supply $79.97)

2 oz. ONGO Energy shot in berry blast. Value = $2.00 (12 pk. $24.00) - tasted good but I'm not sure it gave me any more energy. 

Lifestyle Bonus

Eco-Dent Tooth powder (2 brushings). Value = $0.08/ea (2 oz. up to 200 brushings $7.79) - This taste a lot like using baking soda but it did make my teeth feel really squeeky clean. 

Eco-Dent Dental Gum 2 pieces. Value = $0.33 (12 pcs. $1.99)

The total value of my Bulu box is $50.56.  The only thing I'm not too excited about is the Lean 180 supplements.  When I looked at their website it seemed like one of those gimmick weight loss pills that never seem to work.  Of course I could be wrong and wouldn't it be nice if I were wrong and it worked and I got to try it for super cheap.  I'm curious about the ant-stress drink because who couldn't use less stress?   

Verdict: I'm really enjoying my Bulu boxes.  They send a nice variety of products to try.     

**I am not any type sponsor paid or unpaid for Bulu Box.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

October Mantry Box

Mantry is a new subscription box geared towards men.  I think the plan is to be monthly but I couldn't find a whole lot of information on that.  This is my second Mantry box.  The way it works is you sign up on their website to be notified when the box goes on sale.  Then they send you an email saying your Mantry is ready with the price.  It's a one time purchase so you're not signing up for a monthly subscription.  Last month the price of the box was $48.00 and the value ended up being $43.60.  There was some cool food stuff in the box so I was totally ok with the price.  This month the price was $75.00 and I just realized that the price is Canadian so I had to pay an exchange rate making it $78.21 for me.  I noticed on their website they have an office in New York and Canada so I'm not sure why it's being billed Canadian but being sent from the U.S.    

The good: 

Packaging: Comes in an awesome little crate.  This can be used to store all kind of stuffs.  

Products: Full size specialty items. Now I don't know if this is always the case because there was no info on what the expect.  There are like the ultimate mysterious man only in the form of a business.  

The not so good: 

Price: The price fluctuates.  September was $48 and this month was $75.00.    

Information: I need more info! 

This is the information booklet that came with this months crate.  The crate is very cool - you can see more pics of it here

Contents of the Mantry crate.  

Contents with retail price listed.  ALL products are full size.  

700 ml bottle of Noble Bourbon Barrel Matured Maple Syrup. - Value= $24.95 - This had a faint smell of bourbon but didn't taste strong.  I actually like it because it wasn't overly sweet. 

8 oz. jar of The Jam Stand Bourbon Blueberry Jam. - Value $8.50

7 oz jar of Skillet Bacon Spread. Value = $9.95 - I tasted this plain and was surprised at how sweet it was.  I can totally see adding this to eggs.  I added this to the pancake mix and it was good but I could've added more.

Satchel of Nora Mills Granary Grandma's biscuit and pancake mix. Value = $6.50 - Light fluffy and delicious!

5 oz jar Bourbon Barrel Aged Worcestershire Sauce. Value = $6.00

The total value of this Mantry box is $55.90.  I paid $78.21 which makes a $22.31 difference.  Needless to say I was not happy about the value.  I did a little investigating.  The package this month was quite heavy (a little of 7 lbs.) but they use a USPS flat rate box which ships for $11.35.  If you include shipping the price would be $67.25 for a difference of $7.75.  That made me feel a little better but I would've like to seen at least one more item in the box.  The concept of these monthly subscriptions is for companies to get exposure for their products and for the consumer to feel as though they are getting a deal, especially if the customer is buying a "mystery box".
The boyfriends birthday is this weekend so this stuff did come in handy.  I'll make him some breakfast using all these goodies.   

Verdict: High priced but this box had some cool food stuff in it.  Undecided on purchasing another box, it will depend on the price.

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Mantry.  I purchase these subscriptions myself.  

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pop-Up Pantry Special Master Chef Meals

Pop-Up Pantry is a monthly subscription club for food lovers.  I love to cook but I also love trying new food, restaurants etc.  I stumbled across this company either through an email or my ventures through the interwebs.  Pop-Up Pantry works like this; you sign up on their website and take a profile quiz.  My profile was "Rustic-Old World" - Whether it's a chic brasserie by the Seine or a charming osteria in Tuscany, you appreciate quality ingredients, classic technique and rich, developed flavors. Your tastes are sophisticated and refined, and you appreciate the good life. But you're just as comfortable eating off a while tablecloth for a special occasion as you are a weathered farm table with family and friends. You appreciate both extravagant delicacies, like truffles, and simple ones, like a perfectly roasted chicken.  Chefs: Julia Child, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Giada DeLaurentis - Destinations: Paris, Buenos Aires, Sicily, New York, Barcelona. Istanbul - Design: a vineyard farmhouse, Alfa Romeo, Bauhaus, Cartier - Drinks: Red Burgandy, San Pellegrino, Chianti, Espresso, Riesling. I would say this is about 95% accurate.  I re-took the test and changed a couple of answers I was torn between and the second time it said I was "Modern Asian" - Bold yet refined. Textured yet delicate. Street food yet fine dining. This is the ying and yang of your eating style. A quick stir fry and a classic dumpling give you as much pleasure as an innovative reinterpretation of the cuisines of Asia. From the sublime, nuanced flavors of seasonal vegetables to the excitement of chiles and curry, you always keep it interesting, while striking balance.  Chefs: Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, Martin Yan, Ming Tsai Destinations: Tokyo, New York, Saigon, San Francisco, Shanghai, Los Angeles Design: spare modernist loft, Infiniti, Cai Guo-Quiang art, Yohji Yamamoto Drinks: ginjo sake, Yunnan puer tea, Hitachino Nest beer, Gewurztraminer.  This is also very accurate.  I love Asian food!

The plan goes like this; each month you will get an email with meals recommended for you based on your profile.  You are not limited to the items recommended for you.  You can choose from their whole list of menus.  The pricing is as follows; Gourmand $90 a month, includes 2 dinners that serve 2 people (makes it $22.50 per person per dinner), Epicure $160 a month, includes 4 dinners that serve 2 people (makes it $20 per person per dinner) or Gastronome $280 a month, includes 8 dinners that serve 2 people (makes it $17.50 per person per dinner). Each meal is created by the chef listed and is shipped frozen.  It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for 3 days or transfer to your freezer.  Each meal has a package to table time of 30 minutes or less, perfect for those long work days.  

The good: 

Gourmet meals: You get a gourmet meal at a non-gourmet price

Shipping: My items were still frozen upon arrival so I just transferred them to the freezer

Information: The information card the provide is great.  It tells you what the menu consists of, what you'll need, directions on cooking and plating.  There is even tips from the chef about drink pairings.  

Complete meal: Each meal consists of an appetizer, main course and dessert.  

Customer Service: Their customer service is terrific.  I emailed them on a Sunday once to ask a question totally not expecting a reply until Monday or Tuesday and I got one back 10 minutes later.  

The not so good:

Risk: You get to pick the food you want sent but there's still a risk of not liking it.  If you're a foodie like me though then risk isn't a factor.  I'll try almost anything once.  I mean how else will I know if I like it or not?

 This is a special Master Chef Box.  It consists of the food made by the two Master Chef Finalists Josh and Christine.

The items are mailed in an insulated box with dry ice.   

This is Josh Marks menu.  On the finale Josh's appetizer was butter poached lobster with grits and sweet potato puree and his entree was rack of rack of lamb with green curry sauce, spring peas and carrots.  As you can see this menu varied quite a bit.  The appetizer is cheese souffle (made in another episode against Frank) and the entree is Indian Curry Hen (mystery box challenge). 

Here are all the makings for Josh's menu.  This meal serves 2.  The boyfriend wanted to make both meals (Josh's and Christine's) because he didn't think this would come close to feeding both of us.  I talked him out of making both and we made Josh's menu - although we used the rice from Christine's menu because the boyfriend could eat one pouch on his own.    

This is the cheese souffle.  The boyfriend was trying to be helpful and thawed everything before I came home from work.  This did not go well for the souffle.  The didn't rise like they should have and I overcooked them.  The flavor was still good in the inside.

This is the Indian Curry Hen.  The only thing I didn't like about this was the skin was soft because you don't cook it in the oven.  The rice is jasmine rice and the curry sauce was nice and fragrant.  I thought it had a very strong lemongrass flavor.  The hen was very moist and delicious.

The bacon pecan pie got a little burnt on the top.  The boyfriend doesn't like pecans but he tried these and since they are caramelized he thought they weren't too bad.  I would like to have seen two of these in the box because it was pretty small.  I could taste the bacon but it wasn't a prominent as I would've liked. 

This is Christine Ha's menu.  The appetizer and entree are the same meal she made in the finale but the dessert is different.  In the finale she made coconut lime sorbet - this obviously couldn't be shipped.  In another episode she made apple pie so they included that instead. 

Here are all the makings for Christine's menu.  This meal serves 2.

This is the Thai crab salad.  I thought it was just ok. I've never had papaya salad before so I don't have anything to compare it to.  It came with pieces of real crab and good size pieces too. 

I made the because I used the rice from this menu to add to Joshua's menu.  I also added some wasabi seaweed seasoning on top.  This is the main entree, caramelized pork belly with kale and mushrooms.  The suggestion on the form said the add a fried egg which I thought sounded delicious so I did it.  Also notice one has pickled shallots (came with the meal) and one does not.  The boyfriend doesn't like onions - great for me because they were yum-e! I thought this was very good but if you don't like fatty meat this wouldn't be for you. 

Last but not least this is Christine's famed apple pie. I just have to say for being a little pie this packed a ton of flavor!  I loved that it wasn't too sweet.  The apples were the perfect texture, the spices were perfect.  This is probably one of the best apple pies I've had in a very long time!

Verdict: I've been very happy with my menu's.  I purchased a subscription that sends 4 meals a month (I always have the option of skipping or downgrading). My thought process is there is at least one day a week where I don't have the time or energy to cook a full meal from scratch, these are done in 30 minutes with minimal work and cheaper than going out to eat.  I think it's a great idea for those who love to cook and those who don't.  Makes a great gift too!

** I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Pop-Up Pantry.  I purchase these subscriptions myself.  

Saturday, October 20, 2012

October NatureBox

Nature Box is a food related monthly subscription that sends 15-20 servings of delicious snacks from 4-6 different items.  Their products contain no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils, no trans fat, no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors.  The cost for this subscription is $19.95 shipping included.  In addition for every Nature Box sent out they donate a meal through Feeding America.  This month the theme of the box is Boost your Immunity
The good:

Good for you: You get snacks for you and your family that are good for you. 

Variety: There is something for everyone, fruit, nuts, rice crackers.

Skip a month: Yes you can skip a month or have your box sent to a friend.  The not so good is you have to call in order to do this.  There is no online option for this feature. 

Need a gift: You can send a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription.  Perfect for college students, frequent travelers, moms, singles, really anyone!

The not so good:

Want more: Love you snack and want to order more?  Currently they don't have an option to purchase more but they are working on making that a possibility. 

Contents of my Nature Box:

(3.5) 1/4c servings Antioxidant Boost mix. 

(4.5) 1/3c servings Cherry Berry Granola

(4.5) 1 oz. servings Sticks 'n Stones mix

4 servings Blueberry Almond Bites 

3 servings Sun-Dried California Apricots

Recipe for Chicken Gone Nuts - using the Sticks 'n Stones mix from

I couldn't really determine a value of the products because there is so much variation in food.  I looked at a couple of organic dried fruit items online and they were about $4.50 a bag.  I know when I've purchased nuts before in a package or bulk it's about $3-$5 depending on the brand, etc.  What I received this month works out to be $4.00 a bag and I think that's pretty average for these type of snacks. I like that that send a variety of items because I enjoy the mixed nuts items but the boyfriend is more of a dried fruit kind guy. 

Verdict: Great variety of items and great healthy snacks.   

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Nature Box.  I purchase these subscriptions myself.   

Friday, October 19, 2012

October Love with Food

Love with Food is a monthly food subscription box.  The price is $10 plus $2 for shipping a month or you can sign up for a 6 month plan and shipping is only $1 or a yearly plan and shipping is free which makes the boxes an even $10.  In addition to yummy treats for every box sold they donate a meal to a hungry child. I've enjoyed all my boxes so I signed up for a yearly membership.   

Each month is a different theme and you will receive 5+ gourmet food items.   You don't get to pick you items so it's a complete surprise.  If you like what you get then you can log onto the Love with Food website and order the products at a special discount.  This months theme is Jump Start the School Year.        

The good:

The price: $10-$12 is a reasonable price to pay for yummy treats AND you're donating a meal. 

Need a gift: You can send a 3 or 6 month subscription to a friend.  Who wouldn't love getting tasty treats in the mail?

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:

Skip a month: Skipping is not an option.  If you don't want a box you will have to cancel. 

Contents of box with full size retail price listed in parenthesis:

7 pack Numi Organic Pu-erh Tea sampler. Value = $3.99

3 Nature's Kick Blackberry Blossom Honey Straws. Value = $0.09 (1000 $87.00) - Sometimes when I want a little something sweet I cut one of these open.  I figure it's better than a candy bar. 

1 Cranberry Orange Cookie from Natasha's Health Nut Cookie. Value = $1.24 (6 pk. $7.45)

.75 oz. bag Mountain Mambo Mix from Enjoy Life Foods. Value = $0.56 (6 oz. $4.19)

1 oz. bag All-Natural Cheddar Cheese Baked Fries from Snikiddy. Value = $0.83 (6 bags $4.99) - These are soooo good.  I hope they sell these on the Love with Food site soon.

3.2 oz. Applesauce from Go-Go Squeez. Value = $0.71 (4 pk. $2.83) - I've had these before and they are really fun to eat.  The top is like a straw and it's a nice little fun midday snack.

1.2 oz. bar Acai Strawberry Sesame Strips from Mrs. May's Naturals. Value = $1.00

The total value of this months box is $8.42.  This is on the low side for this particular company.  The usually are more near the $10 mark.  I'm a yearly subscriber so my cost is $10 so the price difference and the fact that they donate a meal makes the value fine by me.  All the goodies in this months box look delicious!
Verdict: overall I love my Love with Food boxes so it's a keeper    

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Love with Food.  I purchase these subscriptions myself. 

Thursday, October 18, 2012

October Sample Society Box by Beauty Bar

Sample Society by Beauty Bar is a monthly service for beauty products that promises 5 fresh deluxe sized samples from luxury brands designed for multiple uses.  You also receive a coupon each month for $15 off a $50 purchase from Beauty Bar and a 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  The cost for this subscription is $15.00 a month.  They recently changed they way the website works for members.  It's much more user friendly now and they include a link to the full size item should you want to buy it.   

The good:

The samples: You get deluxe sized samples from luxury brands.   

Information: They include a booklet with beauty tips  

Magazine: You get a free 12 month subscription to Allure magazine.  If you already subscribe they will extend your subscription and if you don't want it you can mail in a form for a refund on the value ($12)

Coupon: They send you a coupon with each box for $15 off a $50 purchase.  The catch is your order has to include at least one item from a brand you received that month.  It doesn't have to be the item you received just the same brand.

Referrals: If you refer someone to their site and they make a purchase the company donates up to $30 to charity.  I thought this was a nice gesture.  My referral code is pixiepower. 

The not so good:

Customization: There is no type of customization in the box. 

Skip a month: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel. 


Contents of box.  Full size price and amount listed in parenthesis.

.25 oz. Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner. Value = $2.15 (4.2 oz. $36.00

.25 oz. Kate Somerville exfoliating treatment. Value = $10.63 (2 oz. $85.00)

.10 oz. Aromachology parfume. Value = $2.99 (3.4 oz. $100.00)

1.7 oz. Oscar Blandi Shampoo. Value = $4.86 (8.4 oz. $4.86)

.10 oz. Erno Laszlo 3-9 repair balm. Value = $14.41 (1.7 oz. $245.00)


1 Herban Essentials towelette. Value = $0.08 (20 pk $16.00)

coupon for $15 off a $50.00 purchase from any product of any of these brands

The total value of my Sample Society box is $35.12.  Great value!  The self tanner seemed kind of odd to me.  It's a pretty small sample so probably only enough to use on your face and neck once.  I'm excited to try the repair balm.  It says it helps scars and I have a couple I could use some help with.  I love using exfoliates so the Kate Somerville will be great to try.  Shampoo is always good since I know I will use it.  It seems like Beauty Bar always sends a sample of a very high end item.  I enjoy that since it's unlikely that I would search out sample of these products on my own. 

Verdict: This box had some good stuff in it.    

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Sample Society.  I pay for these subscriptions myself.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Loose Button Fall Luxe Box

A while back I heard about this new subscription service from Loose Button.  Of course I signed up to be notified of the US launch.  They way it worked is you could sign up for one or two seasons.  One season is $26.00 w/shipping included and two seasons is $50 w/shipping included.  The boxes ship every 3 months.  I decided to sign up for two seasons.  This service is currently available in Canada but the U.S. launch was for a limited time.  Currently the U.S. subscriptions are sold out their website says to check their facebook page for updates to U.S. subscriptions.  There is no information as to if my subscription will continue past my second shipment which would be in January. 

The Good:

Products: There were several full size products in this box and some deluxe samples of premium products

Packaging: The packaging is very nice.  The box is white and sturdy and all my items were wrapped in a little white hanky inside. 

Skip a month: Sort of.  You can put your membership on hold or if your feeling generous you can send it to a friend. 

The not so good:

Live in the U.S.: Currently the Luxe Box is only available to our Canadian neighbors, but stayed tuned this may change soon. 

This is the white box the treasures are shipped in. Cute huh? 

Here you can see all my goodies wrapped in the white hanky. Also included is a product list that comes in a little envelope. 

These are all my treasures.  It included 4 full size products. 

Contents of the Luxe Box with retail price listed:

1 oz. Vichy Purete Thermale Refreshing Toner. Value = $2.66 (6.76 oz. $18.00)

FULL SIZE Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. Value = $15.00

1 oz. Principessa Beauty Pretty Piede foot balm. Value = $4.29 (4.2 oz. $18.00)

.1 oz. Orlane Paris Thermo-Active Firming Serum. Value = $30.00 (1 oz. $300.00)

.11 oz. Orlane Paris Super Moisturizing Concentrate. Value = $9.09 (1.7 oz. $140.00)

FULL SIZE Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in Glitz Blitz. Value = $9.99 - I've used these before and really like the way they look.  These are gold glitter so they will look nice and sparkly.

FULL SIZE Schick Hydro Silk Razor. Value = $9.99

FULL SIZE Essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics. Value = $8.00 - I really liked this color.  It's a dark green color.

The total value of this Fall Luxe Box is $89.02.  Incredible!  I'm very excited about the products I've received especially the Orlane products since their regular price is so high.  I love Essie polish and it's a fun dark green color.  I can always use toner and I've heard good things about Vichy.  I'm not too good at using liquid eyeliner but this says it doesn't smudge so we will see about that.  

Verdict: Very exciting box.  I hope they continue the U.S. subscriptions and I can't wait to see what the winter box brings.  

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Loose Button.  I purchase these boxes myself.