Sunday, August 28, 2016

August Play! By Sephora

The Play! by Sephora box contains five deluxe samples plus a fragrance bonus handpicked from Sephora. It also includes a little bag, booklet with tips and tricks and a free one-on-one tutorial at your local Sephora.

Price: $10 a month with shipping included. 

The Good:

Products: Sephora is a mecca of beauty products. If you like Sephora you will like this box. 

Booklet: They include a booklet full of information on the products in the box. 

Points: If you buy an item from the box they give you extra points on your Sephora account. 

Price: Can't beat the price. 

The Not So Good:

It's a month to month subscription with no option to skip. 

August Play! by Sephors

Contents of the Play! by Sephora box: 

.02 oz. Make Up Forever Artist Shadow in I-544. Value = $4.89

.05 oz. Clean Reserve Warm Cotton Perfume. Value = $3.73

.23 oz. Algenist Eye Renewal Balm. Value = $32.38

.1 oz. Urban Decay Perversion Mascara. Value = $5.50

.16 oz. Lancome Moisturizer. Value = $1.19

.017 oz. Sephora 12 hr wear waterproof eyeliner in love affair. Value = $5.00

Cute little bag to carry your treasures in. 

The total value of the of the May Play! box is $52.69. I was kind of on the fence about this box but then this box came and the items in it are great. I love the color of the eyeshadow and the urban decay mascara is always great. I don't normally wear any waterproof makeup because it's so hard to get off but I love the color of the eyeliner. 

Verdict: This months bag was a hit for me. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August PopSugar Must Have

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.

Baggu bag and Cookie Pop

August PopSugar Must Have

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Cargo Cosmetics "The Big-Easy" Powder Blush. Value = $26.00

Cookie Pop Popcorn in Cookies & Cream.  Value = $3.99

Unplugged Dusti Screen Cleaner.  Value = $5.99

Baggu Duck Bag. Value = $26.00

Triple C PowerGloss in Silver. Value = $30.00

Christian Lacroix Paris Paseo Sticky Note Folio. Value = $13.00

The value of this box is $104.98. I'm pretty excited I received the striped Baggu bag because it matches my other Baggu bag. The other stuff is ok and the popcorn is delicious! I like the color of the blush but I still don't wear blush so I'll trade this. I've used sticky screen cleaners before and they are ok but I didn't like having them stuck on my phone case. I already have a couple of portable chargers but this one is really sleek and nice. I wish the stick note folio were a notebook. I think I would get more use out of that. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar was pretty ok. 

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

August 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.

August GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox:

FULL SIZE Wella Professionals Oil Reflections Smoothing Oil. Value = $20.00

FULL SIZE De Bruyére After Sun Lotion. Value = $12.00

.04 oz. Too Faced Mascara cleansing oil/dissolver. Value = $3.09

3 pack Invisibobble. Value = $8.00

FULL SIZE Trifle Cosmetics lip color in guilty pug. Value = $19.00

.1 oz. Borghese Face + Body Mud. Value = $5.29

The total value of the GlossyBox is $67.38. I will use all of the items in this box which makes it an awesome box for me. 

Verdict: This box was a great box for me. 

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Monday, August 22, 2016

August Bespoke Post - Chop

Bespoke Post advertises their subscription service as a monthly box of awesome.  The way is works is like this.  You subscribe by giving them your email address.  This doesn't obligate you to anything but it will give you the ability to look at the available boxes. If you like the box you can purchase it, if you don't then do nothing.  The price of the box is $45.00 w/shipping included. Once you purchase a box you will get an email every month for that months box. If you decide you don't like that box just skip but make sure and do so by the 5th of the month.  If you don't skip you get a credit towards a future box.

Price: $45 a month/with skip option.

This box ships to the US, Canada and Hawaii. Canadian shipping is an extra $10-$20 and Hawaii is $10.

The good:

Know what your getting: $45 is a lot to spend on a surprise so Bespoke let's you know what the expect and you decide if you want it or not

Don't like the box you received: Bespoke lets you return your box for a refund or credit.  How awesome is that.

Skip a month: don't want any of the boxes, trying to save money - just skip the month

The not so good:

I really can't think of anything

August Bespoke Post Box

Contents of the Bespoke Post box w/approximate retail value: 

Lawson Walnut Ulu Knife. Value = $27.30

Lawson Walnut Chinese Vegetable Cleaver. Value = $52.50

The total value of my Bespoke Post box is $79.80. I have been wanting a Ulu knife for years! I was going to buy on in Alaska but we were on a cruise ship and it's kind of a pain to bring knives on cruise ships. When I saw this I immediately opted in for this box. I used the cleaver this weekend to cut up some chicken and it was awesome. I can't wait to use the Ulu to chop of some veggies. 

Verdict: I loved this knife set!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August RawSpiceBar - Anguillian

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. 

August RawSpice Bar - Anguillian 

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.3 oz. packet Pimento Blood Mary.

.3 oz. packet Scotch Bonnet Jerk.

.3 oz. packet Poivre Melange.

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:

Bloody Mary Mango Salad
Jerk Chicken
Black Pepper Ice Cream

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

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

August 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.

Products: You are likely to end up with products you won't use. The good news is the value is so high it's usually still a good value. 

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

August BeautyFIX Box

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

Danielle Creations Cork Pill Box. Value = $14.99

.16 oz. Bliss Triple Oxygen Foaming Mask. Value = $4.84

1 oz. Pangea Organics Facial Cream w/Lavender & Thyme. Value = $20.00

2 oz. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel. Value = $45.00

.05 oz. Tocca Beauty Eau de Parfum in Giulietta. Value = $2.00

1 oz. Alterna CC Cream Leave-in hair perfector. Value = $10.00

.16 oz. Decleor Aromessence Neroli Hydrating Oil Serum. Value = $22.12

Vincent Longo Trio Eyeshadow in Seduction. Value = $27.00

.33 oz. Luzern Laboratories Oxygen Cream. Value = $25.00

The total value of of this BeautyFIX box is $170.95. I know it sounds silly considering all of the high end items in this box but I'm super excited about the pill box. Inside is a plastic pill container but it comes out so this box could also double as a jewelry holder for traveling! I'm also pretty excited about the Alterna CC Cream. I think the Alterna products are great and work well with my hair. I was shocked at the retail price of the Luzern and Decleor products! I am so curious how or if they work for those prices.  

Verdict: Great box for full size and high end products. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

August MightyFIX Box

MightyNest is a website that sells natural, organic and non-toxic products. Basically they have done all the research for you. They also have a monthly subscription box called The MightyFix. Each month they will handpick a singular solution that allows you to live more mindfully. The price of living more mindfully is just $10 a month with shipping included AND if you want to order something from the MightyNest store just add it to your MightyFix box and it all ships for free! In addition your MightyFix box is guaranteed to have a value of at least $10 and they are not samples but full size products. There really is a lot of cool stuff on the website so if you get a chance check it out. 

I like this box so much that I ended up subscribing yearly.

Price: $10 a month. Available in the US only and ships from Evanston, Illinois.

The Good:

Full Size: The items sent are NOT samples. They are full size items and things that are sold in their online shop.

Donation: 15% of every purchase, including the subscription box goes back to a school of your choice. 

Gift: Need a gift? They offer 3, 6, or 12 months subscriptions. 

The Not So Good:

You might end up with a product you don't need.

August MightyFIX 

Contents of the MightyFix box:

e-cloth window cleaning cloths 2 pack. Value = $14.99

The total value of this box is $14.99. I'm pretty excited about these cloths. I have a glass pub table that is constantly getting dirty. I've tried using regular cloths with water but it doesn't work. I'm really hoping this works as well as it says.  

Verdict: I'm still very happy with this subscription. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

August Graze Box - 8 snack pack

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 $11.99 per shipment. You can also choose how often you want the boxes. I have mine set up for every four weeks.  

Price: $11.99 per 8 pack shipment or $6.99 per 4 pack. This subscription ships to the US only, except Hawaii and Alaska.

Use Code: ANISHA6PP and get your 1st and 5th Box Free!

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 which is kind of a bummer.

Skip: 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. 

Special Diet or preference: You can choose from high protein, low carb, low sugar, low calories, savory, sweet treats, etc. 

Gift: This is a great gift for a college student. I just send one to the teenager because she is always raiding our stash when she comes over. 

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.

August 8 Snack Pack

Contents of box:

Strawberry Chocolate Cheesecake. 

Original Fruit Flapjack. 

Peachy Orchard.  

Kettlecorn Kern Pops. 

Sweet Mustard Ranch.

Natural Energy Nuts. 

New York Everything Bagel. 

Strawberries and Cream Yogurt Topper.

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

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