Friday, April 24, 2015

April Urth Box

The Urth Box tagline is "Discover a Healthier You". Well who doesn't want to do that?  Each month Urth Box sends a box of healthy full size snacks for you to try. They have different types and sizes of boxes the choose from. You can choose a gluten free, diet, classic or vegan box. From that point you choose which size box you want. They have a small box (7-10 items) for $29 a month, medium box (12-15 items) for $39 a month, large box (20-24 items) for $59 a month. Shipping to US is included. If you choose a 3 or 6 month plan you can save up to $10 a month. 

This review is for the small box under a 6 month plan so the box cost me $19 a month. 

Price: $29-$59 a month depending on size of box with discounts offered for 3 or 6 month subscriptions.

This box is available to US and Canada but extra shipping fees apply to Canada. 

The Good:

Variety: They have a variety of boxes to choose from depending on your dietary needs.

Products: They send full size products which is awesome!

The Not So Good:

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

Skip: It doesn't appear there any way to skip.

April Urth Box

Contents of the Urth Box:

Coco Libre Coconut Water with Pineapple. Value = $1.99

1.5 oz. Lesser Evil Super 4 Baked Bean Bites Kale & Roasted Garlic. Value = $1.35

2 oz. Newton's Naturals Go Nutty Cashews Sesame. Value = $??

3 oz. Pretzel Perfection Salted Caramel Clusters. Value = $4.66

Betty Lou's Just Great Stuff Superberry + Acai Bar. Value = $1.97

Fuel for Fire Triple Berry Fruit + Protein Pack. Value = $2.99

1.2 oz. Mr. Popular half-popper corn kernels. Value = $2.00

Good 2 Go Protein Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. Value = $2.50

2 oz. Chic-a-Peas Baked Crunchy Chickpeas in BBQ. Value = $2.00

4 oz. Dakota Style Savory Bacon Sunflower Kernels. Value = $1.99

The Yes Bar, Mocha Cayenne. Value = $3.00

TerraNut Pnut Punch. Value = $0.80 - great protein shot but tasted like really dry peanut butter. 

Urban Remedy $15 Gift Card. Value = $0 - requires a $50 min purchase. 

The total value of this box is $25.25 plus the value of the Newton's Naturals product. I couldn't find it anywhere and I couldn't get their website to load. If you have been reading awhile you know my issues with coconut water. This one happens to be pineapple flavored. I'm hoping that will make it better. I can't wait to try all of the products in this box, even the coconut water. 

Verdict: This box was great in value and products.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Spring Target Beauty Box

Every so often Target releases a one time purchase beauty box. There is no set schedule of the box but it seems like it happens a few times a year. I usually find out about them through Facebook or word of mouth. The price of this box was $5.00 which includes shipping.

I'm not going to break down the good and not so good of this box since it's a one time purchase box. Also Target tells you what items and sizes are included so nothing is a surprise. Basically you know what you're getting when you buy the beauty box.

Spring Target Beauty Box

Contents of the Target Beauty Box:

FULL SIZE L'Oréal Paris Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Value = $13.99

Travel Size TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray. Value = $1.47

FULL SIZE Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Color in Rose Redefined. Value = $5.49

.25 oz. Neautrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel Cream. Value = $8.55

SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo. Value = $2.44

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

The total value of this beauty box is $31.94. Target said this box would have a value of $38 but using Target prices I came up with a lower value. I still think it's a great deal though. I used to use a makeup extender spray awhile ago but haven't used one in a long time. I think I will use this in those hot summer months when the makeup tends to just melt off. Loving the travel size hair spray, shampoo and eye cream. Perfect items for me. 

Verdict: Great deal for $5 and you know what you're getting before hand. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April 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 these prices. The price is higher than a lot of the other beauty companies but they include luxury items in their boxes. The company ships their boxes towards the end of the month so you will receive it at the end of the month or the beginning of the following month.

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

This subscription is available in the US (not including Alaska or Hawaii), Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. 

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 usually at least one full  size item. 

The box: I know it's just a box but it's a really nice sturdy box. The regular boxes are pink and the special collaboration boxes vary in design in color. It's a perfect box for reusing to store items or for a gift. 

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. You can also earn glossydots from referrals. You have to claim your free box before your subscription ends and becomes inactive. This can be tricky because you don't want to receive duplicate boxes.

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.

Skip: There is no option to skip a month. 

How cute is the box this month? I love it!

April GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox with retail price:

FULL SIZE Marrakesh Endz Split End Mender & Preventer. Value = $5.99

.3 oz. Aerin Waterlily Sun Eau De Parfum Spray. Value = $19.43

FULL SIZE Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Stained Gloss in New Wave. Value = $18.00

.24 oz. Estée Lauder Enlightening Dark Spot Correcting Night Serum. Value = $14.94

FULL SIZE Julep Gel Eye Glider in Bronzer Shimmer. Value = $16.00

Thursday Friday Pouch. Value = $20.00??

Thursday Friday Mystery Discount - Mine is 50% off total purchase!

The total value of this GlossyBox is $94.36. This was a really great box this month. I don't have noticeable split ends but using this split end product can't hurt. With the summer shining brightly my skin pigment gets all never so I'm always looking for a good dark spot cream. I love the Julep eye glider and I can't remember if I have this color or not, either way it's a win. The pouch is super cute and will definitely get used. The only thing I'm not thrilled about is the lip gloss because it is super bright. I can always put it in the trade pile though.  

Verdict: This box was great and I've very happy with it. Bonus - I got this box free by redeeming saved up points!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 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.

April Bestowed Box.

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

Balance Bar in Dark Chocolate Crunch. Value = $1.07

Bitsy's Brainfood Smart Cookies in Sweet Potato Oatmeal Raisin. Value = $2.49 - These are strangely addicting. 

Coco Libre Pure Organic Coconut Water. Value = $1.99

Dandy Blend Herbal Beverage packet. Value = $0.36

ENLIGHTENED The Good For You Crisp in Wasabi. Value = $1.25

Fuel For Fire Fuel Pack in Triple Berry. Value = $2.99

Snap Infusion SUPERCANDY Tart. Value = $1.99

Zarabee's Naturals Seasonal Relief tablets. Value = $9.99

The total value of this months box is $22.13. I know coconut water is super good for you but it's just so icky. I'm going to try and mix it  in small amounts with other drinks which I'm hoping will help the flavor and I still get the benefits. The Bitsy's cookies were odd tasting at first but then I couldn't stop eating them. The fuel packet looks pretty cool and a quick way to get 10g of protein. The balance bars are always great for a snack. I've been taking a regular allergy medicine and even though they say they are 24 hours pills I find that they wear off towards the end of the day. So what I'm doing is when they start wearing off I take this natural tablet. It seems to be working.

Verdict: This month's box was right on point. It had some great products and a good value. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Julep Pamela and Cora mystery boxes with add-on's

Recently Julep offered up two mystery boxes for sale. I really don't need any more polish but I figured I had skipped the last few monthly boxes and mystery boxes so I was hoping to get some new colors and products. The two boxes offered each came with a new polish color. The first box came is a polish box with Cora an It Girl color described as a midnight blue jelly glitter top coat. The second box is a beauty mystery box with Pamela an It Girl color described as jade lagoon shimmer. Each box was prices at $24.99 and as always they had add-ons priced from $4.99-$14.99. I bought both mystery boxes and a $9.99 add-on and a $14.99 add-on and used coupons so both boxes with both add-ons came to $55.00.

This is the Cora mystery box. 

The colors are Lizanne, Shari, Cora and Hazel. 

I also added the $9.99 add-on and got the Glycolic Hand Scrub which is awesome!

This is the Pamela mystery box. It came with Pamela and Casey. 

I also added on the major mystery add-on which came with the regal teal shimmer eye glider, Natalie and Sienna.

Contents of the Cora Mystery Box:

Clean Slate Polish Remover Pads. Value = $10.00/$8.00

Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum. Value = $28.00/$22.40

1 oz. Rock Star Hand Créme. Value $6.67

Lizanne, It Girl, Sea Green Shimmer. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Shari, Classic with a Twist, Delicate Sweet Pea Créme. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Cora, It Girl, Midnight Blue Jelly Glitter Top Coat. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Hazel, Boho Glam, Wild Violet and Bronze Duochrome. Value = $14.00/$11.20

The $9.99 add-on:

FULL SIZE Glycolic Hand Scrub. Value = $23.00/$18.40

This whole box cost me $24.99 after my $10 discount. I received $100.27 worth of products. Two of the colors are dupes for me but everything else I will use so this box was a winner for me. 

Contents of the Pamela Mystery Box:

Orbital Shadow in Borealis. Value = $18.00/$14.40

Lip Gloss in Lively. Value = $16.00

Kajal Eye Glider. Value = $22.00/$17.60

Blank Canvas Eye Primer. Value = $22.00/$17.60

Casey, Boho Glam, Galapagos Teal Créme. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Pamela, It Girl, Jade Lagoon Shimmer. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Major Mystery Add-on:

Regal Teal Shimmer eye glider. Value = $12.80

Natalie, Classic with a Twist, Chic Retro Honeysuckle Pink Créme. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Sienna, Classic with a Twist, Sophisticated Shimmery Gold. Value = $14.00/$11.20

This whole box cost me $29.99 after my $10 discount. I received $123.20 worth of products. Only one of the nail colors is a dupe for me. I've been wanting to try the red color lip gloss and I'm loving the color of the teal eye glider. The eye shadow, eye primer, kajal eye glider are things I already have so I will probably trade those items. Even with the dupes I'm still happy with this box. 

Overall I received $223.47 worth of Julep products and nail polish for $55.00. I feel like I definitely got my moneys worth with these two boxes. 

Verdict: Julep mystery boxes are a great way to build your collection for little money. 

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

April RawSpiceBar - Japan

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. 

This is the package the spices come in. 

April RawSpiceBar - Japan

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.4 oz. packet Shichimi Togarashi.

.4 oz. packet Spicy Gomasio.

.5 oz. Matcha & Chia.

I was super excited about this months spice journey. I'm a huge fan of Japanese food. I've tried and might even have some Togarashi in my pantry and I love matcha. I love the Jamba Juice matcha drink. I've learned to make my own match green tea lattes in my Vitamix which I'm super excited about. The other thing I love is mochi so combine matcha and mochi and I'm sold! I honestly can't wait to try the recipes this month. 

The recipes are:

Gomasio & Avocado Soba Noodles
Shichimi Togarashi Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Matcha & Chia Mochi

Verdict: I think this is a great subscription and I'm excited to try these new spices and recipes!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Gobble Box - Weekly Meal Delivery Service

Gobble is a new company entering into the weekly meal delivery business. I had found a Groupon which made this package half off so I snatched it up. 

What makes Gobble a little different from the other companies is they are 10 minute meals. They advertise that you go from kit to table in 10 minutes or less. Each meal is 500-700 calories making them a healthy choice. Gobble also sources their ingredients from local (to them) places in some cases the same farms and purveyors as local michelin star restaurants. The standard dinner kit comes with 3 different recipes each serving 2 people. Those total cost for that service is $71.70. If you want each recipe to serve more people then it's an additional $11.95 per meal in increments of 2. Meaning you can order a serving for 2, 4, 6, 8 or 10 and each increment adds $23.90. Sounds confusing but it's not once you order. 

Price: For standard meal delivery of 3 recipes/2 servings each $71.70 per week. 

This service only ships to California and Nevada at this time. 

The good:

Busy: This is great for busy people. The ingredients are fresh, on hand and the meals take on average 10-15 to prepare.

Don't cook?: The included recipe cards are easy to follow and a some of the ingredients are already cooked. 

Eating Healthy: Each meal is 500-700 calories.

Ingredients: fresh ingredients from local (to them) purveyors. 

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

The not so good:

Price: It's a bit pricey and in most cases less than a restaurant but you're paying for convenience. 

This is the packing box. It's insulated with cold packs inside. 

Here is the complete box. I ordered 6 meals with 2 servings each. 

The first recipe I made were the Korean Bulgogi Tacos. I thought they were delicious!

The Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken. 

This week I made two of the 6 recipes I got. The website says the ingredients will last 5 days in the fridge or longer if frozen. Of course some of the ingredients can't be frozen so my suggestion is to cook what will spoil early first.

The recipes:

Korean Bulgogi Tacos with Radish Slaw - delicious! I would make it again for sure. 

Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken & Broccolini - very good and would be so easy to make. 

Miso Glazed Salmon with Soba Noodles

Turkey Meatballs with Asparagus & Bhutanese Red Rice

Quinoa Vegetable Chili with Corn Muffins

Black Pepper Tofu with Jasmine Rice

The website says the meals are 10 minutes and I found that to be true with the tacos. Those were done in no time. The chicken took a little longer - maybe 15 minutes. The reason for the short cooking time is some of the ingredients are pre-cooked. For instance the rice in the taco recipe was already cooked, it just needed to be warmed up. Also the pasta in the chicken alfredo was fresh pasta which cooks quicker than dried pasta. I would've wait to post after I tried the other recipes but I received an email from Gobble giving me a free box to giveaway. But it's only good until Sunday. 

FREE BOX - If you're interested in receiving a free box with 3 meal kits send me your email address. First come first serve. Only available to NEW Gobble customers. Offer only good until Sunday April 19th at 11:59pm PST. I will update this post when this offer is claimed. ****OFFERED CLAIMED****

If you don't get in on the free box use my link to get a free dinner kit. I'm assuming it's just one kit that serves 2 people. 

Verdict: I enjoyed the quickness of these meals but it's a more expensive option than other similar services. 

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April Birchbox - Mad Men California box

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.

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.

April Birchbox Mad Men California box. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1.5 oz. 12 Benefits Instant Healthy Hair Treatment. Value = $5.25

.05 oz. Clean Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.90

.04 oz. Cynthia Rowley Brightening Illuminator. Value = $10.18

.07 oz. LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Pencil in Honeypot. Value = $14.08

1.2 oz. Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in Bathing w/Sharks. Value = $1.41

The total value of this box is $32.82. This month there were 3 different box options. You could choose between Mad Men New York, Mad Men California of their regular box. I went for the Mad Men California box because it had things I would use in it. I've used the 12 benefits spray before and it made my hair feel really soft. Keeping your hair hydrating when it's colors/bleached, etc is super important. I'll always use bath soap and perfumes. I don't normally use illuminating products but since this is a small tube with a high value I'll give it a try. 

The verdict: This box was a good one. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

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.

Price: $19.95 a month with a discount for 6 and 12 month plans. No option to skip. 

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

The good:

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.

April Love with Food Starry Nights Box

Contents of box with approximate retail value from Love with Food:

1 oz. Walkers Shortbread. Value = $0.71

(2) 1 oz. Vintage Italia Garlic Olive Oil Pasta Chips. Value = $0.77/ea

(2) Mighty Leaf Tea Green Tea Tropical. Value = $0.42/ea.

(2) .7 oz. Yumearth Sour Beans. Value = $0.65/ea.

(2) Luna mini Lemon Zest bars. Value = $1.11/ea.

1.25 oz. Back to Nature Mini Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Value = $0.66

Wild Garden Hummus Snack Pack. Value = $2.50

1.1 oz. Popcorners Kettle Popped Corn Chips. Value = $0.75

1.1 oz. Popcorners White Cheddar Popped Corn Chips. Value = $0.75

Liz Lovely Chocolate Moose Dragon. Value = $2.50

The total approximate value of this box is $13.77. I'll be honest I'm really disappointed in the value of this box. I thought last month was low but this is even lower. With that being said I love all the products in the box I just wish there were more of them. 

If you use my referral link you can try the LWF snack box for just $2 shipping!

Verdict:  This Love with Food box is going to be delicious!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

April ipsy bag

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.

April ipsy bag - Beautifully Bohemian

Contents of bag with value and approximate retail price:

FULL SIZE Hikari Blush in Tango Value = $15.00

theBalm Nude Dude Mini Eyeshadow in Flirty. Value = $3.00

FULL SIZE Julie Nail Polish in Damsel. Value = $3.99

.15 oz. MICA Beauty Eye Primer. Value = $22.48

Travel size Klorane dry shampoo with Oat Milk. Value = $9.00

rattan/string makeup bag.

The approximate value of this months bag is $53.47. I was disappointed to see the blush in this bag. I've repeatedly reviewed items and said no blush. I've also said no dry shampoo but that didn't work either. I've heard good things about this dry shampoo though. I think I might bring on it vacation just in case. I was shocked to see the price of the MICA eye primer. $45 a jar? Wow! I use MAC eye primer now but I'm definitely curious about this one. I love the little theBALM eye shadows. I think they are perfectly sized and this color is a good one for me. Pink nail polish? eh, I have lots of pink already. I thought the makeup bag was super cute!

Verdict: This bag had a few items I won't use but the value of the eye primer is fantastic and I will use that for sure. 

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Allure Sample Society Box

The Allure Sample Society beauty box 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.

Price: $15.00 a month with no option to skip.

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.

Contents of box with approximate retail value.

small sample Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip Plumper in Rio. Value = $??

.1 oz. Benefit POREfessional. Value = $4.00

.04 oz. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Eau de Parfum. Value = $1.81

1 oz. Illume Tonka Noir candle. Value = $5.00

.07 Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Value = $0.81

.06 oz. Mt. Sapola Lavender-Chamomile Body Lotion. Value = $0.20

The total value of this box is $11.82. Yikes! What a terrible value for this box. This box usually has a high value but this one totally missed the mark. I can usually count on getting at least one full size product but this box had all sample sizes. I will use most of the stuff in this box, although the lip color is kind of plain. Good everyday color though. The Lavender-Chamomile lotion reminds me of bedtime. I think it's the lavender scent. 

Verdict: This box had a terrible value but since this doesn't normally happen with them I'll forgive it this time.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag - Large

Rainbow Honey is a nail polish that is sold mostly online. Each Rainbow Honey mystery bag will have sneak peaks and preview of new lacquers, unreleased samples of future collections and exciting new products made by the Rainbow Honey Lab! They have two sizes of mystery bag mini and full size. The mini mystery bag is $10 plus shipping which I think is $3.95. The full size  mystery bag is $25 and includes shipping. The difference between the two bags, besides price is size of the products. The mini mystery bag will have the mini size bottles of nail polish and smaller versions of whatever is included in the bag. I debated on which one to get because I actually like the smaller bottle of nail polish. I have so many polishes that I never finish a bottle so the small ones are perfect for me. Then I thought for only $11 more I can get full size versions of everything. Decisions, decisions. Finally I decided on the full size mystery bag.

Price: Small $13.95, Full size $25. Also available as a free gift with $65 purchase.

The good:

Price: $25 is kind of a lot on a subscription but $14 (with shipping) isn't so bad. I like that  they have two different price points.

Love what you got: The have a website full of stuff you can order.

Booklet: The include a booklet with info on the products.

The not so good:

Skip a month: I don't see a skip option.

April Rainbow Honey Large Mystery Bag

April Colors

Contents of the large mystery bag. 

FULL SIZE nail polish in Thistle Tresses, blend of vile, blue and teal glitters. Value = $10.00

FULL SIZE nail polish in Eidolon, shimmery gold-purple! Value = $10.00

FULL SIZE nail polish in Delphine, a pastel blueberry créme packed with our signature shimmer blend. Value = $10.00

FULL SIZE Pomelo Scented Cuticle Oil. Value = $8.00

FULL SIZE Melon Fizz Sugar Lip Scrub. Value = $8.00

FULL SIZE Melon Fizz Lip Balm. Value = $5.00

The value of the mystery bag is $51.00. I think all the colors really compliment each other this month. I'm also super glad, that like last month they included 3 colors. The thistle tresses color is a topper that I think will go great over delphine. I've never tried their sugar lip scrub before. I've used lip scrub before and they certainly do work and make your lips feel nice and smooth. 

Verdict: I still enjoy these bags and I now have quite a large RH collection. 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

April Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5 is a monthly subscription service for beauty products including makeup, skin care, fragrances, nail care, body care, beauty tool and just about anything else beauty related.  Each month you receive 4-5 samples of beauty related items.  They have three ways to subscribe.  You can pay monthly for $12 a month, or quarterly $30 which brings the price down to $10 a month or yearly for $100 which brings the price down to $8.33 a month.  Shipping is included in all these prices.

Price: $12 a month with no option to skip. Discounts for 3 and 12 month plans. 

This subscription ships the the US and Canada from Austin, Texas. 

The good:

The brands. Well known brands including some eco-friendly ones.

The pricing structure.  I like the options they have, monthly, quarterly and yearly.  Even the quarterly gives you a little bit of a discount.

Information: They have started including an information cards on the products in the boxes which I love

The not so good:

Skip a month. Currently there is no option for this.  If you want to skip you have to cancel.

April Beauty Box 5 (sorry for the dark picture)

Contents of box with approximate retail value.  

FULL SIZE Lasting Smiles Passionfruit Mango Organic Lip Balm Value = $4.99

2 oz. Dancin' Goat Hula Bliss Body Lotion. Value = $4.50

Incoco Nail Polish Applique Set. Value = $8.99

FULL SIZE Style Essentials TwinGloss. Value = $2.50

(3) .06 oz. First Aid Beauty Facial Cleaner packets. Value = $0.25/ea.

The total approximate value of this month's box is $21.73. This box had lots of useful items in it. I've been gathering foil packets and travel size items for our big trip this summer. We will be gone 3 weeks so I would like to take small containers that can be tossed when empty. I'm going to put these face cleaners in my travel bag. I also think I'm going to bring the nail set. These things are so convenient because you don't have to wait for them to dry and there is no nail polish odor. I also like the ones that are real nail polish because they last much longer, at least for me they do. The twingloss looks interesting. It says it's a mix of two complementary colors. I don't see much of a color though. The goat lotion is kind of minty smelling, not what I expected. 

Verdict: This was a hit for me. I'm digin' the lotion, polish decals and face cleaner. 

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