Wednesday, April 30, 2014

April Taste Trunk - Premium Gourmet Trunk

Taste Trunk is a food based subscription box. I love food, especially gourmet food so I didn't hesitate to sign up for this box. Taste Trunk actually has four different themed trunks you can purchase. They are Gourmet, Health, Sweet and BBQ trunk. I love that they have something for everyone. I get lots of health type foods and I don't need any sweets so I decided against these ones. I was torn between the BBQ one and the Gourmet one but ended up choosing the Gourmet one. The nice thing about Taste Trunk allows you to switch your boxes at anytime so I may try the BBQ one at some point. They also have 2 different size trunks. You can get the Gourmet trunk with 4-8 items for $23.99 plus $5.99 shipping each month. They also have the Premium Gourmet trunk with 5-10 items for $28.99 plus $5.99 a month. This is the one I subscribe to. If you want to subscribe for 3-12 months at a time you get a discount ranging from $1.05-$4.65 a month.

This subscription is available to the US only and ships from Discovery Bay, Ca.

The Good:

Products: The items in my box are gourmet and full size.

Info: They send info cards with products information and recipes.

Variety: I love that they have four different themed boxes.

Want more: They have an online store where you can purchase more of the things you love.

Change it up: Want a different trunk next month. You can change your trunks by emailing them

The Not So Good:

Skip: Doesn't look like there is a way to skip, only cancel.

Referral program: They have one but you have to enter the persons full name when you check out and they get 10% off their next box. I like referral programs that use links and have discounts or bonus items for both people.

April Premium Gourmet Trunk


Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

New Canaan Farms, Peach Jezebel, Dripping Springs, TX. Value = $12.00

Terrapin Ridge Farms, mango habanero jam from Clearwater, FL. Value = $8.00

Elki, Sun Dried Tomato & Parmesan Crostini Spread, Everett, WA. Value = $8.50

Saucy Mama, Sweet Heat Marinade, Pendleton, OR. Value = $6.00

WildEats Enterprises, San Francisco Seafood Rub, Boonton, NJ. Value = $4.50

The total value of this box is $39.00. There were a lot of sauces in the box this month. I'm going to have to figure out what to do with all of these. I think the first thing I will use will be there seafood rub or the sweet heat marinade. The sun dried tomato and Parmesan spread looks delicious and I can totally see that on some nice crusty bread. I'm going to have to look into some recipes for the mango jam and peach Jezebel. The included recipe cards recommend fish and shrimp with those items.

Verdict: I'm told the boxes will start more variety including kitchen tools. That's exciting. 


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April Blue Apron Meal Delivery

Blue Apron is a weekly delivery service of fresh ingredients to make meals. I've tried it a couple of times and done price breakdowns to see if it's worth the money or should I just go to the store and buy the stuff myself. What I figured out is you're not getting an incredible deal but you are getting convenience and it doesn't cost much more than if you went and bought all the stuff yourself.

Blue Apron (named after the blue aprons apprentice chefs in France used to wear) sends fresh ingredients to make 3 meals that will serve 2-6 people each week. This is how is works. Once you sign up you can choose to receive meat and fish or vegetarian dishes and you choose how many servings (2,4 or 6) you want for each dish. You will receive 3 meals per week with enough ingredients for the servings you request. The prices vary depending on what you order. For 2 people it's $59.94, 4 people is $119.88 and 6 people is $179.82 per week with shipping included. This works out to $9.99 per meal per person. It's less than going to a restaurant but may more than going to the grocery store and getting the ingredients yourself. They send out the menus weekly and you can also log on to your account and skip deliveries 6-8 weeks in advance. I went into my account and skipped all the weeks because I would rather skip and miss something than forget to skip and get something I don't want. I can't justify getting this every week so I look at our calendar to see what kind of week is coming up and if the menu looks good and it's a busy week I will unskip the week. If it's not a busy week, the menu isn't my thing or we are going to be out of town I leave it as skipped.

The good:

Busy: This is great for busy people. The ingredients are fresh, on hand and the meals take on average 35 min to prepare.

Don't cook?: The included recipe cards are not only beautiful they have very easy to follow instructions complete with pictures.

Counting Calories: The calorie info is included and each meal is 500-700 per serving.

Ingredients: fresh ingredients from artisan purveyors with an emphasis on sustainable practices

Need a specific delivery day: You can choose between Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and even Saturday delivery. Also the food is well packed on ice packs in an insulated box.

The not so good:

Price: It's a bit pricey but you're paying for convenience.

Organic, free range, grass fed: I couldn't find anywhere where these types of items were used. I also went to the Tradesman Premium Cuts website and it looks like it's specific for Blue Apron but doesn't have a whole lot of info about it. I usually buy grass fed, free range meats because I think it taste better and I feel better about eating it.

Ginger Soy Glazed Salmon ingredients and recipe card.

The completed dish. I thought it turned out great and I would make it again. 

Chicken, baby artichoke & spinach casserole with gouda béchamel. 

This is what the completed dish looked like. I thought it was tasty and it was plenty for both of us. 







































All the ingredients for the Swedish Meatballs & Braised Kale w/lingonberry jam and creamy mashed potatoes.

This is the completed meal. I thought it turned out really good. I like the meatballs a lot and since I had extra gravy I added it to my potatoes. 



I'm not going to do a complete price breakdown like I did on my review. If you you to read it click here. For me, I feel like there is value in these meals and they are working out great for those busy weeks. I logged into my account and skipped all weeks. When Blue Apron sends out the email with the menu information I can simply go back into my account and unskip. This works for me and I'm less likely to get a shipment I didn't want.

***Blue Apron sent me invitations to share for new customers. I have 2 invitations left. If you're interested in trying it Blue Apron will send you 1 weeks worth of meals which consists of 3 meals with 2 servings each. When you accept the invitation you will have to provide a credit card and will be signed up for their service. You can keep the service as is, go into your account like I do and skip the meals ahead of time, or cancel completely. If you are interested in trying it send me an email at
pixiepowered@hotmail.com. I will update this post when the meals are claimed.***

************BOTH INVITES HAVE BEEN CLAIMED, ENJOY!*******

Verdict: I'm enjoying the food and flexibility of this subscription. I average about 1 shipment a month and I feel that is reasonable. 
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Monday, April 28, 2014

April Nibblr box

Nibblr is a snack box company very similar to Graze box. They send portion control snacks all wrapped up in a little sealed box. Each shipment contains four snack boxes. You can choose to receive a shipment every week, every other week or once a month. You don't get to choose which snacks you receive but they have rating system on their website for the snacks they send. Your ratings will determine snacks in future shipments. They have 59 different boxes so they is surely something for everyone. The price per shipment is $5.99 which includes shipping. You can choose to pay for four boxes at at time for $23 ($5.75/shipment) or twelve boxes for $66 ($5.50/shipment). I had found a deal through Gilt City to get twelve shipments for $40 which makes it under a $1 per snack pack. That sounded like a great deal to me. I opted to have my boxes shipped once a month.

The good:

Snacker? If you're a snacker like me this is a perfect little box. Portion controlled and portable.

Nutritional info: Printed on the back of the container which I love.

Customize shipments: You can choose how often you want a box. Choose wisely though I couldn't see a way online to change it back. Also you get to rate the items and say love it, like it, interested or no thanks.

Referral: Use my referral code 4051 when signing up and you will get a free box.

The not so good:

Price: Depending on how you pay the price ranges from $1.37-$1.50 a box.

Skip: I couldn't find any sort of skip or vacation hold option.


This is how the shipment comes.

All four boxes fit perfectly inside. I love that there is no excess packaging. 

Close up of two of the snacks. 

Nutrition info printed on the back of the box. 

Contents of box:

Orange You Happy, orange flavored cranberry, granola clusters and fruit pieces. 

Dark Sweet Almonds, dark chocolate and cranberry coated pralines. 

My Week Starts with Sundae, banana chips, chocolate covered cranberries and peanuts. 

Take Me Out to the Ballgame, cracker jacks with flax sea salt pretzel pearls. 

I like these boxes and I'm sure they will be a big hit in my house like the graze boxes. I'm not a big fan of the regular price but convenience doesn't always come cheap. If you want to try it out sign up and use my referral code 4051 and get your first box free. 

Verdict: I like these boxes for the convenience and portability. 

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

April Escape Monthly - Mexico Box

Escape Monthly combines two things I love which are traveling and getting treasures in the mail. Escape Monthly ships every month and includes full size products, travel guides, secret tips and special offers. Each box has a destination theme and every month one lucky member will win a vacation to the destination.  The price of this box is $49.95 a month with shipping included. Right now they are running a deal on their website where you can get 20% off the price of the box for life. This means the monthly box will cost $39.95 a month instead of $49.95.

This box is available in the US only and ships from Lake Oswego, Oregon. 

The good:

Products: You get full size products from the region of that month. 

Referrals: They have an ambassador program that pays you via paypal for members you refer. 

Travel: They give away a trip every month to the destination. There is a card in one box each month telling you if you've won. 

Info cards: These are so important and theirs is fantastic. It includes product info and price as well as info about the destination. I have noticed that the prices they list is not always accurate. 

The not so good:

Skip: So far I can't find anything on skipping.  

Price: The price is quite high for a monthly box.


Contents of box with retail value:

Ixtapa & Zihuatanejo Travel Guide by Moon books. Value = $17.99

Mundet Green Apple Soda. Value = $2.00

Mundet Sangria Senorial Soda. Value = $2.00

Ayate Fiber Exfoliation Cloth. Value = $7.99

Pacifica Mexican Cocoa Candle. Value = $6.00

.6 oz. Salt Works Fusion Gourmet Habanero Salt. Value = $2.25

Kopali Organic Dried Mango. Value = $4.79

Bonus:

Trio of Mexican Candy including Pulparindo, Mango and de la Rosa candy. Value = $4.00

The total value of this box is $47.02 or $29.03 if you don't include the book. The agave washcloth looks very rough and not comfortable at all. It sort of reminds me of burlap. Interesting. The Pacifica candle smells really good. I'm definitely going to have to sneak and light that one when the boyfriends not looking. Speaking of the boyfriend I saved the Mexican soda for him. He likes those things and I'm trying to cut back on the sugar and carbs. I might use the habanero salt this weekend on some shrimp. I'm hoping it's not too spicy.

Verdict: The Mexico box was pretty good. Next month is California, my home state. I have to see what's in that box.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

April KlutchClub - Women's 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.  I've a had a few months where the value was lower than the $50 promised but still higher than the price of the box. I don't count gift certificates or coupons that require out of pocket money in order to use them. KLUTCHClub offers three types subscriptions, one for women and one for men and now one for moms.  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. I had found a deal back in July where I was able to purchase a year for $144 bringing it down to $12 a box.

This subscription is available in the US only and ships from Illinois. 

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.

Value: They promise a value of $50 in each box but they don't send that in product. Sometimes they send gift cards and I think they count those towards the value.

April KlutchClub Women's Box


Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed. 

Organisaurus Cheddar Cheese corn snacks. Value = $0.75

Scheckter's Organic Energy Drink. Value = $2.42

Good Boy Organics Sour Cream & Onion Chips. Value = $1.04

Core Power Strawberry Banana Drink. Value = $3.39

(3) Revolution Southern Mint Tea. Value = $0.44/ea.

(2) Shredz fat burning supplement. Value = $2.00/ea.

Earnest Eats power grains and flax. Value = $1.20

Lovely Candy Co. Caramels. Value = $??

Coromega Omega3 Squeeze, 7 day supply. Value = $4.99

KT Tape sample. Value = $0.60

(2) Sweat Block packets. Value = $2.00/ea.

(3) Sir Richard's Condom Co. condoms Value = $4.99

Pro Compression coupon for $25.00 off marathon socks or sleeves. - Prices start at $45.00**

The total value of this months box is $38.70 plus a little bit more for the caramels. Overall I'm happy with this box but I was really confused by inclusion of the condoms. I'm not against condoms but I'm not sure it goes with the theme of the box. So I take them out thinking maybe I can give them to a friend or something, kinda odd but hey I'm all for safe sex. I start looking at them and the first thing I notice is one of the packages is cut making it no longer usable. The other packages look fine but I'm just not sure I trust them enough to give them away. The other item I'm not too sure about is the sweat block wipes. I've received them in other boxes but I don't know that I want to restrict my sweat for up to 7 days. Turns out they have aluminum in them which I'm allergic to so off they go somewhere else.   All the snacks are great and I'm loving the Core Power shakes so I was super happy to see that in this box.

**If anyone wants the Pro Compression code for $25 off email me at pixiepowered@hotmail.com.

Verdict: This was an interesting box. Since I only paid $12 I feel like I received my money's worth. 

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Ummm yeah not a chance I would trust these. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

April Kona Kase Box

Kona Kase is a monthly box designed to fuel your active lifestyle by sending nutritional products, inspirational quotes and training tips. The box is priced at $15 a month with shipping included. They also offer a 3 month plan for $41 ($13.66 a month), 6 months for $77 (12.83 a month) or 12 months for $145 ($12.08 a month). The 3,6 and 12 month plans need to be paid for in full.  Kona Kase ships between the 10th and 18th of every month.

This subscription ships to the US and Canada (additional $8 shipping). Ships from Oakland, Ca. 

The good:

Don't know what to buy: This is a great way to try protein bars, food, snacks and healthy stuff without having to go out a buy it.

Variety: They send a nice variety of products.

The not so good:


Skip: There is no option to skip. You can cancel and restart.

Value: The value varies but is usually never above the $15 price.

April Kona Kase Box


Contents of the Kona Kase box with approximate retail value:

Amrita Plant Based Nutrition Bar in Apricot Strawberry. Value = $2.50

Nutryvitta Banana Bar. Value = $1.80 - This is interesting. It's brown and soft and tastes like compact concentrated banana. 

Newman's Own Dark Chocolate Cups with Raspberry Centers. Value = $2.89 - yummy!

Pocket Fuel Pineapple Coconut Almond Butter Blend. Value = $1.49

Clif Kidz Bar in Honey Graham. Value = $0.94

Dr. Will Bar. Value = $2.00

The total value of this months Kona Kase is $11.62. While this is a pretty good box of nutritional products I'm disappointed at the value. I wish they would get closer to the $15 subscription price. A couple of these things I've tried before and a couple are new to me. I really like the raspberry cups but  how can you go wrong with dark chocolate and raspberry centers. The pocket fuel looks good although I wish it had more than 5g of protein. I hope the honey graham bar has a graham cracker crust. I always forget how much I love graham crackers.

Verdict: Overall this was a pretty good box of items although the value didn't meet the price paid. I canceled this box and I believe this was the last one in my subscription.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

April Bulu - Weight Loss Box

In addition to their regular box Bulu Box also has a box focused on weight loss.  This box contains a variety of 4-5 weight loss targeting items including but not limited to supplements, fitness tools and healthy eating tools for both men and women. The cost of the box is $10 a month or $110 a year ($10 savings) which brings it down to $9.16 a month. The boxes ship around the 15th of the month so this box will arrive towards the end of every month.  This is a great way to try supplements and weight loss items without spending a ton of money. I had a coupon when I ordered this subscription so I got a year for $88 which brings it down to $7.33 a box.

This subscription box ships to the US only and ships from Lincoln, Nebraska. 

The good:

New products: Weight loss 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.

Points: You can earn points by reviewing products on their websites. Points can be used for discounts on full size items. I've used my points to by a protein powder I liked.

Skip a month: No but you can put your account on pause.  It will stay in that status until you reactivate it.

The not so good:

You may get products you won't use or don't want to use.  A lot of people don't like taking supplements which I totally respect but I would say this probably isn't the box for you.


April Bulu Weight Loss Box


Contents of box with approximate retail price listed:

Energy Gummi Bears in citrus blast. Value = $1.42 - These tasted good but hard to say if they worked or not. 

Skinny Girl On-The-Go Dark Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Bar. Value = $1.60

(3) WhiteShield coffee stain preventative. Value = $0.44/ea.

(3) Shredz fat burning supplements. Value = $2.00/ea.

Rainbow Light PMS Relief supplement. Value = $1.20

(2) Nuvia Cafe Instant Healthy Coffee. Value = $1.00/ea.

The total value of my Bulu box is $13.54. I'm not really thrilled with this box.
  
Verdict: The value this month was better than last month but the products didn't fit the weight loss theme in my opinion. Fat burning supplement?, meh. PMS relief?, maybe. Instant coffee? perhaps in a pinch. Coffee stain preventative? Not something I would buy but I'll give it a try. The skinny girl bar looks promising. It feels really substantial, I hope it's good. The energy gummi's tasted good and I guess they worked but I can't say for sure. 

If anyone wants to try a Bulu Box send me an email at pixiepowered@hotmail.com and I'll send you a link via email for a free box.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April PopSugar Must Have - Limited Edition Resort Box

This is the PopSugar Must Have Box Limited Edition Resort Box. This box, like the other limited edition boxes was $100.00. They always have really nice high end products in them with a value way over the $100.

The special edition boxes shop in a sturdy black box. This is totally reusable and will hold up. 

This is what it looks like when you take the lid off. It also comes with the information card. 

Each item in the special edition box comes wrap. It's like opening a bunch of little presents within a present. 

All the treasures inside my Limited Edition Resort Box.


Sisco Bertuli Bracelet Stack, exclusively for PopSugar. Value = $148.00? - I couldn't find this particular bracelet online but I found the individual bracelets and it came out to $148 for all three. 

Cuyana Turkish Towel. Value = $55.00

Epicuren Discovery Tropical Lave. Value = $24.00

R.B. of McD #2 Clutch, exclusively for PopSugar. Value = $175.00 - Since this is made for PopSugar I wasn't able to find a price on this. I looked at similar items on their website and based my value on that. 

Clark's Botanicals Cellular Lifting Moisture Mist. Value = $13.50 - This smells really good. I'm totally into this. 

Smashbox Cosmetics, The Santigolden Age Double-Ended Limitless Eyeliner. Value = $24.00 - I love the colors of this. I can't wait to experiment with it. 

Salty Road Salt Water Taffy. Value = $6.50 - I've had this before and it's good but not spectacular. 

The total value of this limited edition resort box is around $446.00, depending on the actual price of the purse and bracelets. I was shocked at how expensive the bracelets were. The bracelets are cute and all but I'm not sure they are worth the price. The towel is super soft and I will definitely put it to use this summer. I only wish it weren't white because I see it getting dirty real fast. I was happy to see an all blue clutch in my box. The two tone once is nice but again I see the cream color part getting dirty.  

Verdict: The limited edition boxes are always a big gamble since the price is so high. Overall I was happy with this box. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Graze Box

Graze sends out a box of four snack size containers of dried fruit, nuts, crackers, dip and dippers, etc.  The boxes are semi-customizable meaning you don't actually get to pick which items you want but you can rate the items you receive from love to never send me this again.  The cost of the box is $6.00 per shipment. You can also choose how often you want the boxes. I have mine set up for every two weeks.

This subscription ships to the US only, except Hawaii and Alaska.

The good:

Like Snacks: Are you a snacker like me?  These are perfectly proportioned snack size containers.

Nutritional info: The include nutritional info in each box. It's on the card in the package though, not the actual product.

Skip: Sort of.  They don't call it skipping, they call it pushing back but it works the same.  You can do this online through your account and it's super easy.

Semi-customizable: You rate items and that's how they choose which items to send you.

Referrals: They have a generous referral program. The new customer gets their first and fifth box free and you get $1 off your next box or you can donate that $1 to the graze school of farming.

The not so good:

Price: The costs ends up being $1.50 per package.  You're paying for convenience but I gotta be honest it was super convenient to pick up a pack and throw it in my lunch bag this morning.



Contents of box:

Cherry Fudge Sundae, chocolate fudge, blanched almonds, cherry infused raisins and cherries.

My Thai, sweet chili spice with bakes soy bites.

Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack, rustic rolled oat flapjack with apple and cinnamon.

Tropical daiquiri, pineapple, lime infused raisins, and green mango.


Contents of box:

Smoky Gazpacho Dip, smoky gazpacho relish with wholemeal crisp bread slices.

Cracking Snack Pepper Cashews, black pepper cashews, roasted unsalted cashews, redskin peanuts.

Honeycomb Flapjack, rustic rolled oat flapjack with honeycomb and chocolate drizzle. 

The British Barbecue, rosemary crostini, mini basil breadsticks, fiery seeds & smoked almonds. 

These are a bit hit in my house and super convenient. The only problem is the boyfriend will sometimes eat three of them in one sitting. If I get something I don't like I just log on and click "trash" and they never send it again. If you get something I love I click "love" and they send more. It's that easy.

Verdict: I'm really like my Graze boxes for convenient portable snacks. 


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Sunday, April 20, 2014

April ipsy bag - Beauty Rocks

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.


April Beauty Rocks ipsy bag. 


Contents of bag with value and approximate retail price:

FULL SIZE Cailyn tinted lip balm in Apple Pink. Value = $19.00

Travel size Big Sexy Root Pump. Value = $6.00 - love this brand!

.03 oz. Urban Decay 24/7 velvet eyeliner. Value = $15.38 - great eyeliner!

.25 oz. Dr. Brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliate. Value = $9.75

Elizabeth Mott Pop Goes the Shadow in champagne Value = $12.99 - This arrived broken up. I sent them a picture and email. They sent me an email saying they would replace it.

makeup bag with a music theme.

The approximate value of this months bag is $63.12. This bag was a hit for me. I think filling out those reviews are finally working. I love Big Sexy products and this travel size will be perfect for my upcoming cruise. I like any face product that scrubs and gets off that layer of skin that makes you complexion look dull. I have lots of black eyeliner but I really like the Urban Decay brand and this goes on really smooth. I'm not too sure about the Cailyn product. I don't use a lot of lip products but the color is pretty light and it get good reviews. The eyeshadow came broken but I'm getting a replacement so no big deal.

****UPDATE ON REPLACEMENT EYESHADOW****
I contacted ipsy and they said they would send me a replacement asap. A few days later I received a package from them but it didn't have the Elizabeth Mott eyeshadow it had the bh cosmetics California  eye shadow. So I emailed them back and said that I had received the package but it was the wrong item. They said they ran out of the Elizabeth Mott eye shadow so they sent this one instead since people seemed to really like it. They they were sorry to hear I was disappointed, apologized and thanked me for sticking with them as they grow. Ummm, really? I was not happy with that response or the product since it's not what was in my bag and not what I wanted. I figured it was useless to respond back so I'm just dropping it.

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

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Love with Food - Deluxe Box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They now offer a deluxe size version of the box which contains 16-20 new snack foods. The price of this deluxe version is $19.95 a month with shipping included. You can also sign up for a 6 or 12 month plan each which will save you a couple of dollars a month. Also for each deluxe box purchased 2 meals are donated to hungry children in America. I decided to cancel my regular snack size box and subscribe to just this larger size box.

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

The good:

Bigger is better? I know some people don't like that the regular box is so small but it also comes with a small price tag. This deluxe box would be better suited for those with more than 2 people in their house. No more fighting over the tasty snacks!

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.

Love with Food - Flower Power Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

.75 oz. Sensible Foods Orchard Blend dried fruit. Value = $1.98

(5) Wild Hibiscus Flower Co. Heart-tee packets. Value = $0.49/ea.

(2) Vintage Bee Creamed Honey with Chocolate Mint. Value = $0.62/ea. - This was good but I think I would like it better without the mint flavor. 

(2) .75 oz. Sahale Snacks Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt. Value = $1.50/ea.

(2) 1 oz. Crave Canyon From Ye Olde England with a Kiss Kettle Corn. Value = $1.95/ea.

1 oz. Crave Canyon White Cheddar Popcorn. Value = $1.95

(4) Meli Honey Waffle. Value = $1.50/ea. - We absolutely love these!

(2) Rigoni Di Asiago Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread. Value = $1.00/ea.

Bumble Bar Organic Energy bar in Original. Value = $1.07

Bumble Bar Organic Energy bar in Almond. Value = $1.07

.5 oz. Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Value = $0.90

(2) .8 oz. Simple 7 Snacks Sea Salt Pomegranate Chips. Value = $1.42/ea.

The total approximate value of this box is $28.40. This box was packed FULL of delicious goodies! This is one box where I'm happy that they send multiples of items. If they didn't I probably wouldn't get to try any of it. All of the stuff in this box looks fantastic!

Verdict:  This Love with Food box was fantastic!

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Eco Emi Box

Eco Emi is a monthly subscription service that sends a minimum of 5 eco-friendly/conscious products to your door for $15 a month w/shipping included.  They also offer 3, 6 and 12 month plans. These have to be paid upfront but each one offers a discount. The products range from beauty, household, food, etc.  They send a really nice variety of items including food, beauty etc. You get a little bit of everything. It's something everyone is your house could enjoy.  My Eco Emi boxes are always nicely packaged and stuffed full of treasures.

This subscription is available worldwide (prices higher outside the US) and ships from St. Peters, Missouri

The good:

Price: Eco-friendly product samples can be difficult to find.  I appreciate being able to try these products for a fraction of the price of purchasing full size. 

Eco-friendly: Every little bit helps

Variety: Not just beauty products.  You get food, home, drinks, etc.

Want more: Sometimes they have left over boxes that they sell after the subscriptions have been sent out.  The cost of these is $15 w/shipping included.  Kinda cool if you really like or know someone that would really like that months box. 

Skip a month:  You can put your account on pause if you want to skip that month.    

Information: They put a card in every box with information on the products as well as the price. 

The not so good:

Payment: You have to set up a recurring payment through PayPal.  I don't like this because PayPal makes you use your PayPal balance before they take money from your checking/credit card.  I like to save my PayPal balance for misc eBay and Storenvy purchases.


April Eco Emi Box

Contents of box with approximate retail price listed:

Fortune Cookie Soap Bath Fizzy "The Tree of Life". Value = $2.50

Homespun Northwest Natural Vegan Lavender Eye Makeup Remover. Value = $6.00

RamblinRiver Earth Day Sun Flower Seed Packet. Value = $2.50

All Natural Face Vegan Edible Love Dust in Cocoa Sparkle. Value = $10.00

.05 oz. Desert Essence Ultra Care Toothpaste - Mega Mint. Value = $0.06

.05 oz. Desert Essence Whitening Plus Toothpaste - Cool Mint. Value = $0.06

Honey Stinger Honey Organic Stinger Waffle. Value = $1.39 - these are always good with a cupa joe

Flavrz Tropical Liquid Drink Mix. Value = $1.17 - This tasted good but after I drank it I read the label and it has 19g of carbs. I would've rather had plain water since I'm trying to watch my carbs. 

The total value of  this box is approximately $23.68. The two winners in the box for me this month are the bath fizz and the eye makeup remover. I love any type of bath bombs, fizz, and the like in my bath. The eye makeup remover is good because I'm currently using cleansing wipes that do a horrible job of removing my mascara. I don't want to toss the wipes so I was looking for an eye makeup remover to use with it. I was thinking I need to start my garden and I've always loved sunflowers. I've planted them a couple of times and didn't have any luck but I'm going to try again with these. This time I'm going for a super sunny spot. One of the things I like about this box is how random it is. You have bath products, food products, gardening items and what's this? edible love dust? It's actually really sparkly and doesn't taste bad either.


Verdict: This box had some great new products for me to try and it had a great value.

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April Taste Guru Box

Do you live a gluten free lifestyle? Or maybe you know someone who is gluten free? Taste Guru is a whole box of food that is gluten free. Taste Guru came about when the co-founder was diagnosed with celiac disease. Many of the gluten free foods they found tasted like cardboard and generally didn't taste very good. Through trial and error they found foods they love and mealtimes became enjoyable again. Each month Taste Guru sends out a box of 7-10 full size gluten free foods that have been tested and reviewed by those who live a gluten free life. The box is shipped monthly and the prices ranges from $25 to $34 a month depending on which plan you sign up for. All plans include shipping.

This box ships to the USA only from Denver, Colorado. 

The good:

Gluten free made easy: This is a great way to try a whole bunch of gluten free foods.

Need a gift: I think this would make a great gift for the gluten free person in your life.

The not so good:

Want more: The products they send can be hard to find but an online store through their website is coming soon.


Contents of Taste Guru Box with approximate retail value:

(2) At the Table Together Flour Tortilla Mix. Value = $3.16/ea.

(2) Seaweed Love Roasted Seaweed packs. Value = $0.72/ea.

Bella Gluten-free All-purpose baking mix. Value = $1.52

(2) Nature Valley bars in Almond Crunch. Value = $0.80/ea.

(2) Nature Valley bars in Peanut Crunch. Value = $0.80/ea.

Massel Concentrated Liquid Chicken Stock. Value = $2.99

Massel Concentrated Liquid Vegetable Stock. Value = $2.99

4 oz. Fiona's Natural Foods Mountain Blend Trail Mix. Value = $2.40

The total value of this box is $20.86. This value is worse than last month. I really wish they would step up the value of their boxes. I am interested in trying the tortilla mix. I usually buy the high fiber tortillas and put egg and cheese in it for a quick breakfast. I do love the taste of homemade tortillas though. I love me some seaweed so this was perfect. I'm not a huge fan of the nature valley bars, I find them to be dry. I'm sure they will get eaten though. At first I was disappointed by the baking mix sample because it's only one cup. I thought where the heck am I going to find a recipe using one cup of gluten-free flour? Then I realized there is a recipe for pancakes on the front. Duh! The trail mix is great for me and since it has nuts in it the boyfriend won't touch it. Each packet of stock concentrate makes 2 quarts/8 cups. I use stock all the time so this will come in very handy.

Verdict: I'm not thrilled with the value of this box. I have a 6 month subscription and paid $29.00 for this box. I was going to cancel but I found a deal on Gilt city for a 6 month subscription for $65. 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April Sample Society Box

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 with shipping included.

The good:

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

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: It's a win/win. You get a $5 credit on your account or you can donate that to charity and the person you refer gets a 20% discount on their first purchase at Beauty Bar. 

The not so good:

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

Subscription discounts: They don't offer discounts for multiple months unless you gift a 12 month subscription. Then you get 12 months for the price of 11.


Contents of box with approximate retail value.

Tatcha Aburatorigami sheets. Value = $12.00

(2) Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes. Value = $0.90/ea.

2 oz. Illume Candle Anemone. Value = $5.63

.34 oz. H2O+ Aquafirm Micro-Collagen Moisturizer. Value = $10.00

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Holland. Value = $18.00

The total value of this box is $47.43. When I log onto my account it says I have the pink colored eye pencil. I sure am glad there was a mistake because I love this holland aka blue color. Also the pencil is super soft and glides on (see below for color swatch). I always like to think I will use the face blotters but I never do. I'm not a fan of any facial cleaners where you have to clean before the clean. I have some facial wipes that I'm using now that don't do a great job of removing all my mascara. So I'm thinking I will use these since I have them and see if that helps. These little illume candles make great travel and bathroom candles. I was surprised that this little sample of the H2O product was about $10. I'm willing to give it a try but it will have to be at night because I like to use moisturizer with SPF in the daytime.

Verdict: I'm excited about the eyeliner and that alone is worth the price of the box.  

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love this blue eyeliner color!

Monday, April 14, 2014

April PopSugar Must Have Bag

The PopSugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription box that is geared toward many aspects of your lifestyle.  It includes, food, beauty, fashion, tech, and all kinds of other treasures. The price of the box is $39.95 a month w/shipping included.  They also have 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions and each one saves you a little bit of money.

This subscription is available in the US only and ships from Gilroy, Ca.  

The good: 

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

Booklet: The include an info booklet in each box about the products. 

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.  I've was super lucky and 10 people used my referral link so I got 6 months free way back when I first started subscribing.

The not so good:

The price: $40 is a little high for a monthly box but you do get some really cool stuff with a value of way more than $40

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

Max Referrals: They only reward you for the first 10 referrals. I think they're referral program is very generous but I would like to see something beyond 10 referrals. Maybe some type of point system or discount.

PopSugar goodies!

This is the eco-shopped bag. It's self contained and the zipper pouch is also the bottom of the bag. 

This is what the bag looks like open. It was easy to put back together. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Must Have Fashion:
Blueavocado (Eco) Shopper designed by Lauren Conrad. Value = $25.00 - This says it folds up into a wallet sized pouch. I don't know what size wallet they carry but the pouch it folds into is about the size of an iPad mini. I still like it but it's bigger than a wallet.

Must Have Beauty:
Too Faced Natural Eyes eyeshadow kit. Value = $36.00

Must Have Home:
Graphic Image Pocket Notes. Value = $12.00

Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap. Value = $10.50

Fresh Pastry Stand Totally Awesome Tea Towel Set. Value = $18.00

Must Have Food:
Naturebox PopSugar Must Have Mix with almonds, soybeans, corn & cranberries. Value = $5.00

The value of this box is $106.50. I love the Too Face kit. It has neutral colors a mirror and instructions for different looks using the colors. This will be perfect for traveling. The shopping bag is really cute and I'm always using reusable shopping bags. I will probably keep this in my car and use it at farmers markets. The tea towel set would be cute except I don't like that they say the words "Totally" and "Awesome". I used to subscribe to Nature Box and liked almost all of their snacks. I'm sure this will be tasty. The hand soap will go in the bathroom and the notebook will probably go in my purse.

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some really great things in it.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

April Fancy - food box

The Fancy Food Box includes 5 or more gourmet artisan food products. The Fancy Food box is priced at $39.00 plus $7.95 shipping. This is a little high but if you are into food products they send out some really cool stuff and so far the value has been over the $48 price of the box. I also think this would make a great holiday gift for the food lover in your life.

This subscription is available worldwide, shipping prices vary on location.

The good:

Sizes: You get full size food items!

Information: They include a nice card with the product information and picture.     

Products: They really do sent gourmet and artisan foods and products. 

The not so good:

Skip: There is no option to skip a month, only cancel but the cancel process is online and super simple. 

Price: The price is a little high - unless of course it has great products and a high value.


All the products in this months box. I accidentally left the pinch pots out of the pic. 


The information cards that are included in every box. 


Contents of The Fancy Food Box with approximate retail price listed: 

Roots & Branches Olive Oil Crackers. Value = $7.00

Fine & Raw Cacao & Coconut Chunky bar. Value = $7.00 - I wasn't expecting this to be soft but it was. It had hard chocolate on the outside and soft chocolate on the inside. 

Ovi Pinch Pots by Joseph Joseph. Value = $12.00

Bjorn Qorn Popcorn. Value = $3.00 - I'm not sure what the flavoring is on this but I wasn't a fan. The boyfriend liked it though, he ate the whole bag. 

Queen City Cookies Pure Shortbread Pachyderm Cookies. Value = $7.00 - fantastic shortbread cookies!

Dragon's Blood Elixir Hot Sauce. Value = $7.50

Herb n Zest Spoonable Curry Ketchup. Value = $8.00

The total value of this months box is $51.50. This box was sort of all over the place and had no theme but I'm ok with that. The only thing I'm not super excited about is the hot sauce. We use hot sauce but not a lot so bottles tend to last us a very long time. Out of all the gadgets I have in my kitchen I'm shocked that I don't have a pinch pot. Well now I do. I will have to find a nice place next to the stove for this. I thought the shortbread cookies were absolutely delicious. I still haven't used the curry ketchup I received from the Taste Trunk box. I'm hoping with summer coming there will be more bbq's and more opportunities to use the ketchup. 


Verdict: The fancy food boxes rarely disappoint in value and products. I always look forward to this box. 

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April Conscious Box - Classic Box

Conscious box offers 3 types of boxes. The classic, vegan and gluten free.  Each box contains a wide variety of items from food to beauty products to household goodies.  The price is $19.95 a month with shipping included. They also have a 3, 6 and 12 months plans. The 12 month plan is the only one that offers a discount.

I found a deal to get a year for half price so this box only cost me $9.00 a month. 

This box is only available to ship to the US including Alaska and Hawaii and ships from Portland, OR

The good:

Variety: You get a wide variety of items and the box was packed!

Vegan: If your vegan the vegan box is great for you.

Gluten free: If you live a gluten free life the gluten free box would be great for you.

Information: They now include an information card with product details on it.

Points: You can earn points for rating products. The points earn you discounts should you want to purchase something you like.

The not so good:

The price: It's on the high side for subscription boxes but I would consider this a specialty box for sure.
  

Sample size: Some of the sample sizes are really small and not enough to really evaluate the product. 



April Conscious Box



Contents of box w/approximate retail price: 

ips Egg White Chips in sea salt & black pepper. Value = $1.75 

Neo Energy Organic Drink. Value = $2.79

.12 oz. Evenly Radiant Brightening Cleanser. Value = $0.31

.12 oz. Evenly Radiant Brightening Night Créme. Value = $1.68

.06 oz. Evenly Radiant Brightening Dark Circle Eye Créme. Value = $6.82 - This doesn't work great but it works. 


Spatone PurAbsorb Iron. Value = $0.71

.1 oz. Egyptian Magic Skin Cream. Value = $1.30

Rescue Pearls natural stress relief in a capsule. Value = $9.99

This Bar Saves Lives in dark chocolate cherry & sea salt. Value = $2.22

Amara Organic Baby Food in Banana. Value = $3.86 **See below**

The approximate value of this classic box is about $31.13. My friend and I were having an especially busy stressful day at work so we tried the stress relief capsules. I can't really say if it worked or not but it didn't taste bad. The ips chips aren't bad but I like the cinnamon ones better. I can always use energy drinks working the night shift. I've been told my iron is on the low side and I bruise easily so I'll use this little iron shot but I don't know about buying it all the time. I've used the Egyptian magic cream before and it works but is a little greasy. The chocolate bar thing looks great and for every bar bought they send a packet of food to a hungry child. Love it!

**I don't have any use for this and I don't know anyone with a new baby. It says it expires April of 2014. If anyone has a 4+ month child and wants to try it let me know and I will mail it out to you asap.**


Verdict: This box had some stuff I love and some new stuff to try. Fantastic value considering I paid $9


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