Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Quarterly Co. Culinary Box #YUM03

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  The way it works is you pick a contributor you would like to receive a curated gift from anywhere from $50-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each gift you receive the story behind it. This subscription is for the Culinary box. Each shipment is curated by a different person in the food field. The last shipment was curated by Andrew Zimmern. This box was curated by Kristin Emi Rimback of sfbayareaeats.com. This box celebrates San Francisco recently named The Best Food City in the County by Bon Appétit and more importantly my home town. I couldn't wait to see what was in this box. 

This months box was curated by Kristin Emi Rimback. 

Price $50 every 3 months.

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure. 

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you. 

#YUM03 Treasures

13" x 19" seasonal fruit & vegetable poster


Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Ritual Roasters Whole bean coffee. Value = $16.50


1 oz. bag 4505 Meats Chicharrones. Value = $4.00

9 oz. jar SFQ The original San Francisco-Style barbecue sauce. Value = $7.00

(2) Alter Eco Sea Salt Truffles. Value = $0.80/ea.

YA.C Seasonal Vegetable Poster. Value = $20.00

Parabo Press code for 25 free prints w/app download. Value = $0 - new customers always get 25 prints free and this code is only valid for new customers. 

The approximate value of this box is $49.10. I was really excited to see the chicharrones. 4505 meats has some of the best chicharrones I've ever tasted. I was also already familiar with alter eco chocolates which were delicious as always. I am not familiar with the SFQ barbecue sauce but from what I read it's delicious. The most interesting and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it item in the box is the poster. It's not just a poster though. It's printed and embossed on chipboard with clear, white and gold foil colors. It's a gorgeous poster but I'll have to have it framed and I'm not quite sure where I will put it because it's quite large. 

Verdict: This box had a nice mix of items and the value was on point with the price paid. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Walmart Beauty Box - Classic 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.

Recently Walmart introduced a second version of their beauty box called the classic box. The price is the same but they didn't really say what the difference was from the first box, now called the Trendsetter box. 

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.


Spring Walmart Classic Box

Spring Classic Walmart Beauty Box - foundation samples


Contents of the Walmart Beauty Box with Walmart prices listed:

1.45 oz. Colgate Optic White Express White toothpaste. Value = $1.97

1 oz. Cetaphil Cleanser. Value = $1.50

2 oz. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer w/monoi oil. Value = $1.30

FULL SIZE Neutogena Moisture Smooth Color stick in Almond Nude. Value = $6.77

1 oz. Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF30Value = $1.00?

.5 oz. Aveeno absolutely ageless daily moisturizer SPF30. Value = $5.58

.17 oz. RoC Multi Correction 5 in 1 chest, neck and face cream. Value = $2.38

.5 oz. Aveeno absolutely ageless restorative night cream. Value = $5.88

.02 oz. foil packet Olay Regenerist moisturizer. Value = $0.25

.02 oz. foil packet Olay Regenerist Luminous tone perfecting cream. Value = $0.25

.06 oz. Burt's Bees Renewal firming serum. Value = $0.91

.04 oz. Vera Wang Embrace eau de toilette. Value = $1.13

The total value of the Walmart box is $28.92. This box totally makes up for the lower than normal value of the trendsetter box. It seems like this box is geared more towards us women "of a certain age". I see a lot of serums and creams in this box. I'm actually totally ok with that though because you know I'm a fan of the travel size products. I also noticed the one makeup product was a nude color, nothing bold but a classic color. I'm still very happy with this box and will use 90% of the items in it. 

Verdict: This box was pretty great. I added this one to my Walmart subscription boxes.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

March Hatchery Tasting 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. 


March Hatchery Box

Contents of the Hatchery Box:

1.15 oz. Homeplate Honey Peanut Butter. Value = $0.36 - I'm a crunchy peanut butter fan but this was delicious!

1.7 oz. Formosa Jalapeño hot sauce. Value = $2.38

1 oz. Taste Elevated Sweet & Tangy Mustard Seeds. Value = $0.88

.5 oz? Christabelle's Spices Bombay Bliss. Value = $3.00

1.5 oz. Sir Kensington's Special Sauce. Value = $1.20

The total value of the Hatchery box is $7.82. Once again the value of this box is way too low in my opinion. Now I know making sample sizes can be costly and most of the cost is in the packing but I still feel like the visual value should be more than the price of the box. With the exception of the jalapeno sauce I'll give everything in this box a try. I'm really excited to try the Sir Kensington's special sauce. I've tried other products from Sir Kensington and they are delicious! I love mustard and especially mustard seed sauce. This will be fantastic on a polish dog.

Verdict: I like the premise of this box but would like to see a higher value. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Special Edition Resort Box

PopSugar Must Have Box announced a special edition resort box earlier this year. As with most of their special edition boxes this one was $100 plus tax. The resort boxes always have a summer/travel theme. The price is high but the value is always well over $100. 



Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Resort 2016

Tai Evil Eyes Pom-Pom Bracelet. Value = $95.00

Mela Artisans Congo in Indigo Photo Frame. Value = $50.00

Goring Bros. Fatima Hat. Value = $46.00

Indie Lee Coconut Citrus Body Scrub. Value = $38.00

MAKE Beauty Custom Finish Effects - Matte Dew. Value = $27.00

Kara's Cupcakes Artisan Handmade Toasted Coconut Marshmallows. Value = $12.00

Rifle Paper Co. Passport Pocket Notebook Set. Value = $10.00

DuJour Magazine Subscription. Value = $0 - The card says it's a $31.96 value but you can go directly to their website and subscribe for free.

The total value of this Special Edition Resort Box is $278.00. I guess this box has a resort theme to it. The hat, photo frame and notebooks are all travel related. The bracelet is cute but it would be super cute if it didn't have the pom poms on it. The kind of stick up when you put it on. The frame is gorgeous but $50??. I'm thinking this would make a great gift. The marshmallows are freaking delicious! I ate 3 of them and could've ate more but my sensibility kicked in. I will definitely use the citrus body scrub and I haven't opened it yet but I'm sure it smells delicious! I was pleasantly surprised the hat fit because I had heard others say it was a bit small. The last hat I got from PopSugar was too small.

Verdict: Overall I guess I'm happy with this box.  

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Monday, March 21, 2016

March 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.

March GlossyBox


Contents of the GlossyBox:

.5 oz. EB5 Intense Moisture Facial Cream. Value = $5.88

Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Large Angled Face Brush. Value = $16.00

FULL SIZE I love...Cosmetics Hand Lotion. Value = $6.00

.4 oz. Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Chihuahua. Value = $10.00

.04 oz. Eyes Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner. Value = $11.43

The total value of the GlossyBox is $49.31. This box was just ok, nothing too exciting in it. I have a melted lip gloss in a different color but I'm not a fan, too melty looking for me. The other items are ok and I'll probably use them but there just aren't super exciting. 

Verdict: This box was just ok. Great value but ok in products. 

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

March Cricut Mystery Box 2 of 3

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 or supplies and they are a terrific value! The cartridges that are needed to use the machine run anywhere from $20-$50 a piece and if you have a cricut you always need supplies like paper, vinyl, etc. As you can see, adding to your collection of cartridges can add up quick.

This month Cricut is releasing 3 mystery boxes for March madness. This is the second box and it is a cartridge mystery box. This box will contain supplies with a value of $122.95 per the cricut website. The price of this box is $29.99 and is you use the code CRAZY10 you can get 10% off plus free shipping. 

The third mystery box is a cuttlebug mystery box. I don't have a cuttlebug and although it looks like fun I really don't want to get started with another crafting machine. 



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 pretty packages cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut 3D floral home decor cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut lyrical letters 2 cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut decorate! celebrate! cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut universal overlay. Value = $2.99/$2.09


The total value of this box is $122.95 or $122.05 using current prices. Again I was surprised that I didn't have any of these cartridges. I don't really care about the overlay because my cricut machine doesn't use it. I have about 3 or 4 extras now and I'm not exactly sure what I'm going to do with them. At least they aren't an expensive item. 

Verdict: If you are into Cricut and don't have a lot of cartridges or supplies the mystery boxes are great deal.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Spring FabFitFun 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.


Spring FabFitFun Box

Jook & Nona necklace and Bath Bombs


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

MakersKit Herb Garden. Value = $35.00

ISH Contour Kit in light/medium. Value = $32.00

Jus D'Amour Bath Bomb TrinityValue = $28.00

Keratin Gloves & Socks. Value = $9.98

Jook & Nona Tag Necklace. Value = $65.00

HelloLegs Shaving Emulation Lotion. Value = $19.95

Marrakesh Argan & Hemp Oil Therapy. Value = $22.99

Merrithew Yoga Mat Strap. Value = $14.99

31 Bits Gift Card. Value = $15.00 - They have items under $25 but shipping is about $10.00

Sterling Forever Gift Card w/free shipping. Value = $30 - They have items under $30 and shipping is included!

The total value of the first FabFitFun box is $257.91 or $272.91 if you count the 31 Bits gift card. I am very happy with this box. I love the bath bombs, hair oil and I can't wait to try the keratin gloves. I'm also very excited about the herb garden. I don't have much luck with growing them indoors but I'm going to give it a try anyway. I though the mat strap was pretty cool. I've used those straps for stretching and boy do they work! I was also happy to see the sterling forever gift card includes shipping and they have items under $30. It truly is a useable gift card!

Verdict: Overall this quarters box was great and well worth the money!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Walmart Spring Beauty Box - Trendsetter 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.



Spring Walmart Beauty Box 

Contents of the Walmart Beauty Box with Walmart prices listed:

.34 oz. Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Shampoo. Value = $0.08

.34 oz. Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Conditioner. Value = $0.08

.34 oz. Garnier Fructis Full & Plush Voluptuous Blow Out. Value = $0.33

(3) .28 oz. Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer in Medium to Tan. Value = $1.50

Foil packet L'Oréal Age perfect flow renewalValue = $??

Crest 2 step 3D white Brilliance toothpaste and whitening gel. Value = $??

Foil pack L'Oréal Revitalift Miracle Blur Instant Skin Smoother Finishing Cream. Value = $??

travel size 1 oz. ACT mouthwash in clean mint. Value = $1.00

2 oz. Vaseline Intensive Care lotion. Value = $2.74

travel size 1.5 oz. Aussie Mega hairspray. Value = $2.92

The total value of the Walmart box is $8.65 not including the foil packet items. This box was just ok. I was hoping for less foil packets. The last box box also had a low value value. I don't mean to sound greedy but I guess I was spoiled by the previous boxes with values in the $20's. I'll use all the items in the box though so it's still an ok box. 

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

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 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.

March PopSugar Must Have box.

close up of the watch and necklace.


Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Nanette Lepore Classic Rose Gold Watch. Value = $55.00

Pixi by Petra Book of Beauty, minimal makeup. Value = $24.00

Miss Ivy Pearl Five-Tassel Necklace.  Value = $38.00

Govino Go-Anywhere Carafe and Water Glass Set. Value = $14.95

Hello Extra Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste. Value = $4.49

Goodie Girl Cookies Toffee Chaos. Value = $4.99

Special Extra

Lola Gift Card for your first box free. Value = $10.00

The value of this box is $141.43 or $151.43 if you count the Lolo gift card. I guess this box was a good box but the high dollar items aren't items I would use. The watch looks nice but I don't wear watches. I guess the necklace is nice but it looks too much like curtain tassels for me. I do like the Pixi beauty book but I would probably only use the eye shadow. I will definitely use the toothpaste and although I won't eat the cookies (trying to cut out carbs) the boyfriend will. I'm not sure how I feel about the govino carafe. I have other govino glasses that I thought I would love but haven't actually used them yet. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some nice items but not things I would really use. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Monday, March 14, 2016

March ipsy bag - hello spring

ipsy sends out a glam bag with 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.

March ipsy bag


Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

1.69 oz. Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco. Value = $7.99

10 ml. 28 Remedy Skin Care Program Balancing Toner. Value = $5.36

Skone Tattooed waterproof eyeliner in black. Value = $15.00

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Pink Lust/Passion Rose. Value = $7.00

Pixie by Petra Beauty blush duo in Rose gold. Value = $10.00??

makeup bag with a rose pattern.


The approximate value of this months bag is $45.35. On the Petra website the blush is sold with a kabuki brush so I had to guess on the price of just the blush. This box was mostly ok. I'm all about the organ oil and the toner. I don't usually use waterproof eyeliner because it's a pain to get off. I also don't use blush, even though I probably should. I like the color of the lipstick but I don't wear lipstick often. I might hold on to it though just in case. 

Verdict: I'm happy with this bag. The stuff I will definitely use is worth the price of the bag. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Sunday, March 13, 2016

March Birchbox - Ready for Anything

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.

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 department store/beauty store brands. 

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.

March Birchbox - Ready for Anything


Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

1 oz. Parlor by Jeff Chasten blowout spray. Value = $4.90

.014 oz. MILK Studios Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M. Value = $??

.04 oz. Smashbox Photo Op Eye Shadow Trio in Filter (vanilla, sable, sumatra). Value = $12.44

.25 oz. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. Value = $4.10

1 pack Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads. Value = $3.60


The total value of this box is $25.04 not including the lip color. It's a sample size so it was hard to figure out the approximate price. I love the size and colors in the smash box palette. I'm also a big fan of the eye pads. Flying really takes a toll on the eyes and these things really help with the swelling and icky eye look. I used to use Kiehl's products a lot but since I've been getting subscription boxes I haven't purchased anything. I will put this in my pile of things to use at night. I've actually stopped blow drying my hair on a daily basis so I'm hoping the blow out spray works without a blow dryer.  

The verdict: This box was practically a perfect match for me. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

March Target Beauty box - vacay vibes

It used to be that every now and then Target put together a box of goodies and offered them for $5-$10.00 each. It seems they are coming more frequently now but it's still available on a first come first serve basis. Once they go on sale they are sold on a first come first serve basis and they sell out quick! The other nice thing about this box is they tell you what you are getting prior to ordering. This box was priced at $5.00 with shipping included. This box theme is vacay vibe. 


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.


March Target Beauty Box.


Contents of the March Target Beauty Box

.33 oz. Hair Food Moisture Shampoo. Value = $0.19

.33 oz. Hair Food Moisture Shampoo. Value = $0.19

Travel Size Not Your Mother's Texturizing Sea Salt Spray. Value = $2.99

FULL SIZE Sinful Colors nail polish in wonder mint. Value = $2.02

.6 oz. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Value = $5.75

1 oz. Banana Boat Sun Comfort SPF30 Lotion. Value = $1.00??

1 pot Nugg Deep Hydration Facial Mask Treatment. Value = $3.29

you are AMAZING Juicy Grapefruit Body Lotion. Value = $0.50

1.8 oz. Caress Adore Forever Body Wash. Value = $0.40

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

The total value of this beauty box is $16.33. I am very happy with this box and it was right on point with the theme. These are all thing that would be great on vacation. In addition to blogging I'm also a travel agent. When I put together my clients documents I also try and include some travel essentials depending on their destination. These items are exactly what I put in their goodie bags! They are also items that I would totally use during my travels. I'm a big fan of small items that I use up and toss when traveling. 

Verdict: Great deal for $7.00 and you know what you're getting before hand. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

March Julep Maven Box

Julep is a monthly subscription company for nail polishes. When you sign up for Julep you take a little quiz and it figure out what your style profile is and how it should customize your box. Julep offers both nail and beauty products. The monthly Maven box will contain a $40 worth of products or you can opt for the Maven Luxe box that will contain $60 worth of products. 

Price: $24.99-$39.99 a month with a discount for prepaid 3 month subscription. 

The good:

The colors: If you like nail polish then it's a nice way to experiment with multiple colors

Need a gift? If you want to send your box to a friend there is an option to do so.  Just log on to your account and click send to friend.

Ingredients: Julep is 4-free which means it's formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene or DBP free.  

Want the polish but not the commitment?  You can buy the polish online at Julep.com. The cost is $14 so if you like polish then becoming a Maven is a better deal.  

Swatches: I love how every month Julep shows what the color looks like on actual nails and shows it on different skin tones. 

Referral program. You earn "Jules" for referrals, purchases, anniversary, birthday and upgrades.

Skip a month? YES. They recently changed it so ALL mavens have the ability to skip after purchasing their first monthly box. 

The not so good:

Now that they have brought back the skips I couldn't think of anything that wasn't so good. 

My customized Maven box with lock down your brows eyebrow gel.

Close up of the colors. 


Contents of Boho Glam box w/retail price:

Cecile, It Girl, Caribbean breeze holographic jelly. Value = $14.00/$11.20

Yiyi, Bombshell, pink freesia holographic jelly. Value = $14.00/$11.20

When pencil met gel, electric teal shimmer. Value = $16.00/$12.80


Add-On

Lock down your brows. Value = $22.00/$17.60

The approximate value of my Bombshell Maven box is $44.00 or 35.20 not including my add-on which cost me $10.  The nice thing is I was able to customize my box so all of this is items I will actually use. I keep seeing swatches of the holographic jelly and they look awesome. I can't wait to try them out this weekend. 

Verdict: I really like being able to customize my box. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March MightFIX 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.


March MightyFIX

Here is what the bag looks like in use. 

Contents of the MightyFix box:

Flip & Tumble Crossbody bag. Value = $36.00

The total value of this box is $36.00. I can't believe how expensive this bag is. I had to look it up to see what made it so pricey. Turns out it's made of rip stop so it's super durable and it has a zip top to keep your items secure and an outside zipper pocket. It also has a couple of snaps to keep the storage bag inside the bag. And the best part is it's machine washable. This would be a great bag to take the the store, beach, farmers market, traveling or wherever. 

Verdict: The more I look at this bag the more I loved it. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

March Cricut Mystery Box 1 of 3

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 or supplies and they are a terrific value! The cartridges that are needed to use the machine run anywhere from $20-$50 a piece and if you have a cricut you always need supplies like paper, vinyl, etc. As you can see, adding to your collection of cartridges can add up quick.

This month Cricut is releasing 3 mystery boxes for March madness. The first box is a supplies mystery box. This box will contain supplies with a value of $101.88 per the cricut website. The price of this box is $29.99 and is you use the code CRAZY10 you can get 10% off plus free shipping. 

March Cricut Mystery Box 1 of 3


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 transfer tape. Value = $17.48/$10.99

Cricut vinyl in blush. Value = $6.99/$4.89

Cricut vinyl in pebble. Value = $6.99/$4.89

Cricut window cling in purple. Value = $6.99/$4.89

Cricut faux leather in boxwood. Value = $8.99/$6.29

Cricut faux leather in charcoal. Value = $8.99/$6.29

Cricut faux leather in expresso. Value = $8.99/$6.29

Cricut faux leather in walnut. Value = $8.99/$6.29

Cricut 12x12 light grip cutting mat. Value = $12.99/$9.09

Cricut standard blades. Value = $9.99/$6.99

Cricut weeder tool. Value = $7.99/$5.59

Cricut balloons. Value = ??


The total value of this box is $105.38 or $72.49 using current pricing online at Cricut.com. I thought this box was a great box of supplies. The only things I don't really need is the mat and the blades. I will use them eventually but I'm stocked up already from previous mystery boxes. I already have a weeding tool also but not in this new design. I have no idea how or what I'm going to use the faux leather on but it looks pretty cool. I'm sure I can find tons of ideas on pinterest. 

Verdict: If you are into Cricut and don't have a lot of cartridges or supplies the mystery boxes are great deal. 

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

March Graze Box - 8 snack pack variety

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: ANISHA6PB 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.

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.

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.



Contents of box:

Antioxidant vit.e. nuts.  

Pumpkin Spice Flapjacks. 

Smart Blondie. 

Garden of England. 

Chocolate Pretzel. 

Stars & Stripes. 

Hot Pepper Jam.

Herby Bread Basket


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

Everyone Loves A Treasure