Thursday, December 31, 2015

December Hatchery Box

Hatchery is a subscription box for small batch food products from independent makers. This is always a great way to be able to try artisan type food products without ordering in large quantities. Each month you will get 5-6 products. The price of this box is $20 a month w/shipping included. I found a deal through Gilt for half off a 12 month subscription so each box cost me $10.  

Price: $20 a month

This box is available to the US and Canada. 

The good: 

Variety: You get to try a variety of items without having to order from lots of places. 

Not just food: They also included mixers for drinks!

Info: They product a booklet with info on each product/company. 

Need a Gift: They offer 3, 6 and 12 month gift subscriptions.

Instructions: They include recipes and or uses for the products in the box. 

Need More: They have a marketplace where you can shop your box!

The not so good:

Discounts: No discounts for long term subscriptions. 

This is how the box looks when first opened. Each piece individually wrapped. 

The artisan products.

Tattly Tattoo's.

Contents of the Hatchery Box:

1 oz. LA Culinary La Sriracha Racha. Value = $1.00

2 oz. Element (Shrub) Chai Pear Herbal Elixer. Value = $4.75

2 oz. The Craic and Blonde Hot Haitian Pikliz (pickled carrots & cabbage). Value = $6.67

.5 oz. Del Viejo Datil Pepper Seasoning. Value = $1.28

.5 oz. Jolene's Jar Bloody Mary Boost. Value = $1.14

Tattly Temporary Tattoo's. Value = $5.00

The total value of the Hatchery box is $19.84. I was happy to see the value at the $20 mark. I am also happy to see that these products are all new to me. I can't wait to try the elixir. You can drink it plain but they also included a recipe that uses bourbon, so I'm going that route. I'm also very curious about the pickled carrots. I only hope it's not too hot. They suggest putting it on oysters but I kind of like my oysters plain. I don't drink bloody mary's but it also says it's good in Micheladas which is a beer based drink. I may give that one a try. I am not sure what I'm going to do with the tattoo's but I think just for fun I'll put them on and see how long before the boyfriend notices. 

Verdict: This looks like it's going to be a fun box. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December ipsy bag - For You With Love & a Bonus Item!

Ipsy bag sends out 4-5 samples and a makeup bag for $10 a month with shipping included. If you sign up yearly it's $110 which brings the price down the $9.16 a month with shipping included.  I've been with them since 2011 and this is one subscription I am for sure keeping. They constantly have a high product value with products that I use.

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

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

The good:

The samples: Usually you get at least one full size product in each bag.

The packaging: Each month the products come in a cute makeup bag for all your goodies.

Discounts: The almost always offer a discount on any additional purchases you want to make.

Semi-customized: You take a little quiz and your bag is semi-customized with products you will enjoy.

Points: You can earn points for reviews and referrals. You can redeem points for extra goodies in your bag. 

The not so good:

Skip a month? There is no option to skip a month.  You have to cancel.

Renewal. If your a yearly subscriber they automatically charge your credit card for another year when the paid for year is up. I think they should sent out an email prior reminding you that your year is almost up and it will automatically renew.

Red quilted makeup bag.

All the treasures.


Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

1.69 oz. Marc Anthony Coconut Conditioning Treatment. Value = $2.99

FULL SIZE Pacifica Power of Love Lipstick in nudie red. Value = $10.00

.17 oz. Elizabeth Mott Thank Me Later Eye Shadow Primer. Value = $10.00

.07 oz. Tarte Smooth Operator Finishing Powder. Value = $7.00

Ricky Care 3D Blender. Value = $10.00

Red Quilted Make Up Bag.


em Cosmetics Shade Play eye color palette in Dublin Khakis. Value = $28.00

The approximate value of this months bag is $39.99 not including the eye shadow palette. Let's talk about that palette though. The included card thanked me for being a subscriber for over 3 years and noted I was one of the first subscribers (when it was glam bag). I thought this was an awesome surprise, not to mention an awesome palette. The other items in the bag when ok but nothing super exciting for me. I know a lot of people like the makeup blenders but I don't wear foundation often so I'll probably trade this. I am looking forward to using the coconut conditioning treatment. I have a finishing powder from another box but I haven't used it yet, mostly because I'm not sure how and I've been too busy to Google it. I do use eye primers so I will use the Elizabeth Mott primer and see how it compares to my MAC primer.

Verdict: This is the box I've subscribed to the longest and it was awesome to see ipsy acknowledge that. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December Bestowed Box

Bestowed was created by nutritionist and author Heather Bauer in an effort to answer the question everyone had when it comes to health food.."which one of these is really the best?" Each month, Heather and her team of health and diet experts carefully curate 7-10 healthy snacks, beverages and lifestyle item and send them to you. Bestowed has also partnered with The Food Trust and for each box sold they supply a kid in need with a days worth of snacks. The price of this box is $20.00 a month with shipping included. They also have 3 and 6 month plans that offer a 10-15% discount.

Bestowed offered this box to me for review for a discounted price of $10.00

Price: $20 a month w/no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 6 months prepaid plans. 

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

Bestowed is offering 10% off any subscription using code LOVEHEALTHY. 

The good:

Variety: I liked that there was some variety to this box. It wasn't just limited to food or products, you get both!

Good size samples: The samples are full size or close to it.

Information: They include a sheet with product info and tips on usage.

The not so good:

Skip a month: I didn't see an option to skip a month.

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

FULL SIZE Explore Asian Ready-to-Eat Pasta. Value = $5.00

1/2c Familia No Added Sugar Swiss Muesli. Value = $0.75

1.5 oz. Lundberg Rice Chips. Value = $1.19

(2) pkts. Manitoba Harvest HempPro70. Value = $1.00

Nature's Bakery Apple Cinnamon Fig Bar. Value = $0.79

Simply Organic Spice Right Everyday Blends in  Pepper & More. Value = $5.99

The total value of this months box is $14.72. I thought this was a fun box with lots of new products to try. I'm very curious about the soybean pasta. It has tons of protein which is great! I was super excited about the spice jar in the box. I'll all about trying new spices. I wanted to try the sriracha chips but the boyfriend got to it before I did. I'm guessing they weren't too spicy because he ate the whole bag. 

Verdict: This box had just an ok value but delicious products to try!

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Saturday, December 26, 2015

December Cricut Mystery Box

Cricut is a personal electronic cutting machine used in card making, scrapbooking, and crafting of all types. Cricut started selling mystery boxes which when they contain the cartridges are a terrific value! The cartridges that are needed to use the machine run anywhere from $20-$50 a piece. As you can see, adding to your collection of cartridges can add up quick.

The price of this months Cricut mystery box was $49.99 with free shipping. 

Assortment of Cricut Papers

This pic shows what type of paper is in the first picture.

Cricut Cartridges.

Contents of box with prices from the Cricut website listed.
The first price is the regular price and the second price is the sale price listed. 

Cricut Fancy Boxes Cartridge. Value = $29.99/$19.99

Cricut Valentines Day Cartridge. Value = $29.99/$19.99

Cricut  Bits and Pieces Cartridge. Value = $29.99/$19.99

Cricut Vinyl Bright Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Vinyl Home Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Gold Vinyl Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Stencil Vinyl Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Dry Erase Vinyl Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Printable Vinyl Paper. Value = $??

Cricut Clear Transfer Paper. Value = $??

The total value of this box is a minimum of $59.97. I couldn't find anything on the cricut site that included an assortment of these papers so I wasn't able to price them. Most of the packs had about 5 sheets of paper in it but the transfer paper pack had a lot more. I would say this is probably at least a $30.00 pack of paper. I was super excited about the paper because I have some projects I'm going to be working on and paper is not cheap.  

Verdict: If you are into Cricut and don't have a lot of cartridges the mystery boxes with cartridges in them is a great deal. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Friday, December 25, 2015

PopSugar Must Have -Special Edition For Him Box

PopSugar Must Have Box always has a special holiday box for him and her in addition to their regular monthly boxes. The price of the holiday special edition box is $100 with shipping included.

This is the briefcase and blanket that came in the bag. I didn't want to take them out of the plastic because I'm giving them as gifts and my cats were lurking around waiting to leave all their cat hair on them. 

All the other treasures in the bag. 

The single malt toothpicks.

Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Holiday for Him 2015

Esperos Baldwin Porter Brief. Value = $99.00

Men in Cities Double Sided Cash & Credit Money Clip. Value = $40.00

Woolrich Exclusive Urban Throw Oversized Plaid Blanket. Value = $85.00

Southern Culture Original Candied Bacon Rub. Value = $6.99

Danes Single Malt No. 16 Toothpicks. Value = $8.99

ACME Party Box Company Moscow Mule Mug. Value = $20.00

Pair of Thieves Socktail. Value = $24.00

The total value of this Holiday Special Edition for Him Box is $283.98. This was an exciting box for me because I was able to use the blanket as a gift and 2 of the other things as stocking stuffers. Two of the items in the box, the socks and money clip I'm not too excited about but I'm hoping I can trade them. I would love another moscow mule cup and depending on how well the bacon rub turns out maybe another one of those. 

Verdict: For $100 this was a great box!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

December PopSugar Must Have Box

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.

Price: $35.78-$39.95 a month depending on plan with no option to skip. 

Use Code REFER5 to get $5 off your first box. 

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 including the value. 

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 3 people get a month free. For each additional referral you get $10 off your next box. 

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.

November PopSugar Must Have Box

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Luv Aj The Rose Gold Ombré Bracelet. Value = $65.00

Stowaway Cosmetics Créme Lipstick Trio. Value = $30.00

Nima Oberoi Lunares Geo Stopper.  Value = $24.00

Swing Design Nova Blue Mist Jewelry Box. Value = $36.00

My Cup of Cake Classic Belgian Chocolate. Value = $5.99

Meri Meri Silver Stars White Glitter Tape. Value = $4.00

Special Extra:

Tiny Prints Gift Tag Stickers and $20 off Code. Value = $20.00.

The value of this box is $164.99 or $184.99 if you include the Tiny Prints gift card. The big ticket item is the bracelet. This bracelet actually fits but overall I think it's too chunky. I am loving the jewelry box though and that it's almost the color of Tiffany blue. The bottle stopper in this box matches the candle stick holders from the special edition box. The mini lipsticks are a great size to stick in your pocket and for the travel bag. I can't wait to try the mug cake. It looks easy, almost too easy. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar was ok. I think I'm going to save a couple of these items for gifts.

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

December RawSpiceBar - Scandinavian

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

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

The good:

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

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

Price: $6 is a great low price. 

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

The not so good:

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

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

RawSpiceBar - Scandinavian Box

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.4 oz. packet Gravlax Spices

.4 oz. packet Winter Herbs

.4 oz. packet Gingerbread Spices

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

The recipes are:

Nordic Caraway Gravlax.
Potato Herb Gratin.
Pepparkakor (Nordic Ginger Cookies).

I went to Norway last June for two weeks and I have to say I really did love the good. Lots of fish and veggies. I am definitely interested in making this menu! 

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

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PopSugar Must Have -Special Edition For Her Box

PopSugar Must Have Box always has a special holiday box in addition to their regular monthly boxes. The price of the holiday special edition box is $100 with shipping included.

Each special edition box comes in a black box with each items wrapped in black tissue paper.

2015 Special Edition Holiday for Her

Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Holiday for Her 2015

Elizabeth Cole Adelia Cuff. Value = $167.50

Prtty Peaushun Skin Tight Body Lotion. Value = $39.00

Estée Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge Parfum. Value = $6.00

White + Warren Luxe Knotten Headband. Value = $88.00

Butter London Lip Service. Value = $29.00

Et Al Designs Dot Candles. Value = $24.00

Nima Oberoi Lunares Orb Candlestick Holders. Value = $69.00

The total value of this Holiday Special Edition for Her Box is $422.50. I was really excited about the cuff when I saw the spoilers. Sadly it doesn't fit. I never thought of myself of having large wrists but these cuffs/bracelets seem to never fit. I really hope I can trade it since it was a high value item. The headband is super cute and it's cashmere and SUPER soft. I really hope I can manage to pull it off. The lotion is interesting. I've never seen it packaged like this before. The lippy set is kinda of fun and it comes with 2 limited edition colors. I don't normally use stick candles but I like the dots on these ones. I'm trying to figure out how I can use them at our Christmas dinner but our table is usually covered in food. Of course they would always make a great gift...

Verdict: For $100 this was a great box!

Monday, December 21, 2015

December GlossyBox

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

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

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

The Good:

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

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

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

Information: They provide information on each product with price. 

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

The Not So Good:

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

Skip: There is no option to skip. 

December GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox:

FULL SIZE GlossyBox eyeshadow in Glossy Mauve. Value = $11.00

FULL SIZE MTJ Cosmetics High Definition Mascara. Value = $21.00

.33 oz. EMK Beverly Hills Supra Face Cream. Value = $4.00

FULL SIZE Color Club nail polish in Feverish. Value = $8.50

.13 oz. Lash food Conditioning Lash Primer. Value = $10.00

Complimentary Beauty Service at Estée Lauder and a free 10 day supply of your perfect foundation. 

The total value of the GlossyBox is $54.50. This box was sort of underwhelming to me. I guess I expected more holiday-ish items, something sparkly or glittery. It's still a good value because I will use most of the items in the this box it's just not super exciting. 

Verdict: This box had some products I will use but it was super exciting. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Zoya Mystery Box

Zoya is primarily a nail polish company however they do dabble a little in makeup. Every once in a while they offer up a mystery box for a low price of $20. I've purchased the mystery boxes in the past but I haven't posted about them because they usually sell out very quickly. This time I figured maybe peeps were curious so here you go. 

This came in a rectangular shaped box that was kind of heavy. 

Inside the box was this flyer with information about the products inside. 

All of this for $20!

Close up of the polish. 

Contents of the Zoya mystery box:

QBody Intense Lip Repair Balm. Value = $12.00

Special Redbook edition nail polish in Marjorie. Value = $9.00

Special Redbook edition nail polish in Cindy. Value = $9.00

Special Redbook edition nail polish in Renee. Value = $9.00

Naked Manicure Naked Base. Value = $12.00

Naked Manicure Glossy Seal. Value = $12.00

Naked Manicure Pink Perfector. Value = $10.00

2 oz. Zoya Nail Polish Remover. Value = $4.60

Coupon for 50% off a purchase of $50 or more. 

The total value of this Zoya mystery box is $77.60. I was super excited when I opened the box and saw the Naked Manicure set. I kept seeing this on their website but I didn't want to spend the money since I already have a ton of polish. That set alone is worth $34! The three nail polish colors are from a special Redbook curated box. I really like the burgundy and gold glitter. The red is ok but I like darker reds. I thought the included coupon was awesome also, even though it requires you to spend 

Verdict: If you like Zoya polish keep an eye out for their mystery boxes. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

December Birchbox - All Wrapped Up

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.

I resubscribed to this because I came across a Cyber Monday deal which made a yearly subscription $88.69 which breaks down to 7.39 a month. I figured that was a pretty good deal. Right now yearly subscription are available on Rue La La for the same discount!

Price: $10 a month or $110 a year pre-paid. 

This subscription is available in the US only.     

The good:

Name Brands.  You will receive items from Benefit, Stila, Pür, Essie, Kerastase, Tarte, etc. 

Cost.  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.

December Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.75 oz. Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo. Value = $6.75

.023 oz. Coastal Scents styleEyes Eyeshadow Palette in formalEYES. Value = $0.63

.24 oz. Coola Classic SPF30 Cucumber Moisturizer For Face. Value = $4.57

.27 oz. Harvey Prince Sea Salt Texturizing Mist. Value = $1.09

FULL SIZE The Beauty Crop Lighting Crew Highlighting Cream. Value = $18.00

The total value of this box is $31.04. I am very happy with this box. I like the color of the eye shadows a lot. I like travel size sunscreens for traveling. The sea salt spray is probably a one time maybe two use. In this case I don't mind because while I like sea salt spray every now and then I don't use it often. I'm not a user of dry shampoo but the teenager is so this is going in her stocking. I'm going to give the highlighter a try and see if I can accomplish that healthy glow!

The verdict: This box was just about perfect for me. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

December BeautyFIX by Dermstore Box

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. Also if you subscribe your first month is half price making it $12.48 for your first box. 

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.

Referrals: It's not a clickable link for referrals. You have to send an invite via email.

December BeautyFIX Box. 

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

Harry Josh Mini Oval Brush. Value = $25.00

1 set of Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Face Gel for Smile Lines. Value = $4.38

FULL SIZE Glominerals Suede Matte Stick in Pinup. Value = $16.00

.24 oz. Dermalogica Age Smart Primer SPF30. Value = $16.34

.1 oz. Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10. Value = $4.50

FULL SIZE Bliss Foot Patrol. Value = $18.00

1 oz. Toppík Hair Fattener Advanced Thickening Serum. Value = $5.28

.23 oz. Lalicious Weightless Hand Cream in Sugar Reef. Value = $1.38

VBeauté Lip Spread Lip Gloss in Distraction. Value = $19.00

The total value of of this BeautyFIX box is $109.88. I just cannot believe how expensive the Harry Josh products are. I love the small size of this brush and the color. I'm a big fan of Bliss products and I love their foot products. I was hoping the lotion would smell better than it does. It doesn't smell bad but I was expecting sweet and it's more woodsy. I'm very curious about the hair fattener. I have thick hair already but it's really fine so it appears kind of limp. I'm going to give this a try and see what happens. 

Verdict: This months a few new items for me to try and a great value.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

FabFitFun 2015 Winter Box

FabFitFun is not a monthly subscription but quarterly meaning 4 times a year. Each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $200+. The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 3 months.

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

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

The good:

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

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

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

Info: They send a nice color information sheet that has all the product info and prices on it.

The not so good:

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

2015 Winter FabFitFun Box

Close up of the earbuds.

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

Juana Candlenut Body Créme. Value = $35.00

FabFitFun Wine Stopper & Charm Set. Value = $15.00

Dermalogica Travel Set w/Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner and Skin Smoothing CreamValue = $45.00

Whitney eve x FabFitFun Fingerless Gloves in gray. Value = $26.00 

EJH Brand Diffuser in Cinnamon. Value = $37.00

Zoya nail polish in Vanessa. Value = $9.00

Frends The Donna Earbuds in Rose Gold and black. Value = $80.00

Sweet & Spark Gift Card. Value = $40.00 - they have items under $40 and shipping is free!

Shoptiques Gift Card. Value = $25.00 - This is in a nice gift box and doesn't say anything about coming from a subscription box. Perfect for gifting!

Hello Fresh 3 free meals. Value = $0 - I already have a Hello Fresh account so I can't use it. 

The total value of the first FabFitFun box is $247.00 or $312.00 with the gift cards. Each month VIP members get to customize a couple of items in their box. I was able to pick out the color of gloves and earbuds I want as well as which scent for the diffuser. I think this is nice little perk for paying yearly. It seems earbuds were super popular the last couple of years in subscription boxes. I think I have about 3-4 pairs of good quality ones now. I'll be honest though my favorites are the Bose ones the boyfriend bought me for Christmas last year. I would love a pair of bluetooth ones though! I also think the gloves are super cute and I like that they are fingerless. I'm thinking of keeping these ones in my car. I put the diffuser in the family room, I feel like cinnamon is a nice holiday scent. I'm always happy to get dermalogica products and I'm digging the travel size. The wine bottle stoppers are cute but I'll be honest and say I very rarely if ever have leftover wine. ; ) 

Verdict: This box was fun to open with a few new products to check out. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Target Holiday Beauty Box for Him

Target occasionally puts together a box of goodies and offers them for $5-$10.00 each. The Target box is similar to the WalMart box except this doesn't have a set shipping schedule and you can't subscribe. Once they go on sale they are sold on a first come first serve basis and they sell out quick! This box was priced at $5.00 with shipping included.

The Good:

Price: You can't beat the price!

Contents: They tell you what's in the box before you order. 

Like the products: They even include a coupon for $3 off a purchase at Target. 

The Not So Good:

Goes Fast: This sells out super fast so you have to order quick. 

Random: The boxes have no set schedule so you never know when they are going to be available.

Target Holiday Beauty Box for Him.

Contents of the Target Beauty Box:

FULL SIZE Gillette Cool Wave Deodorant. Value = $3.99

3 oz. Axe Shower Gel. Value = $0.75

up & up 5-Blade System Razor. Value = $8.19

3 oz. Dove Men + Care Body & Face Wash. Value = $1.54

FULL SIZE Degree Adventure Dry Spray anti-perspirant. Value = $4.99

Coupon for $3 off beauty purchase of $15 or more at Target. 

The total value of this beauty box is $19.46. The razor alone is worth the price of the box. I found it interesting that they put 2 deodorant products and 2 body wash products in the same box. For $5 I think this box is a incredible deal. I actually think I'm going to toss a couple of these things in the boyfriends Christmas stocking.

Verdict: Great deal for $5.00 and you know what you're getting before hand. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

WalMart Winter Beauty Box

Last year Walmart ventured into the subscription box market with a beauty box. The box ships 4 times a year for spring, summer, fall and winter. The best part of this box is the price. Ready for it? It's just $5 per shipment to cover shipping and handling costs. Yep it's only $5 per box. My guess is these are brands that Walmart has a contract with and they probably get the items for free which is why the box is only $5 to cover shipping costs.

Price: $5 per season shipped 4 times a year.  

The Good:

Price: $5, doesn't get much lower than that.

Drugstore brands: I love getting luxury products but they can be pricey to buy. This box will contain items that can be found at Walmart which means reasonably priced.

The Not So Good:

Drugstore brands: If you're not into drugstore brands then this is probably not the box for you.

Winter 2015 Walmart Beauty Box

Contents of the Walmart Beauty Box with Walmart prices listed:

Travel Size 2.25 oz. Pure Silk Raspberry Mist Shaving Cream. Value = $1.27

Travel Size 1 oz. Pantene HairsprayValue = $1.50??

Travel Size 1.7 oz. Nirvana Spa Exotically Coconut Body Butter. Value = $1.38

.02 oz. Olay Tone Perfection Moisturizer. Value = $0.25

.06 Burt's Bees Renewal Intensive Firming SerumValue = $0.91

2 pack Centrum VitaMints Multivitamin. Value = $0.23

The total value of the Walmart box is $5.54. This is a pretty low value for this box but I'm still happy with it. I had a hard time finding the products online and was surprised they weren't on the Walmart website. At least not in these sizes. Also I think the value is probably a little higher on some of these items. I will use all of these goodies and I'm a fan of travel size since I do quite a bit of traveling. 

Verdict: This box value is not as great as others have been but still worth $5. 

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