Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Amazon Amoretti Syrup Sample Box

Amazon has stepped into the sample box game with a several boxes of their own. There are several boxes to choose from but this one is the Amoretti syrup sample box. It's important to note these boxes are available to Amazon prime members only! This box is $9.99 with shipping but it also comes with a $9.99 credit for a future purchase of any of the brands in the box.

Price: $9.99 shipped and a credit for future purchase.

The good:

This allows you to try different flavors without buying full size or multiple quantities. 

Price: it's a great value for what you get. 

Re-order: You can get more on amazon and it doesn't get easier than that. 

They show you what could be in your box so you get an idea if it's something you would use or not.

The not so good:

Not everyone gets the same flavors. I was hoping for more sugar free syrups but I only got one.  

Amoretti syrup sample box.


Contents of the energy drink sample box:

1.7 oz. Crema di Irish Cream syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Crema di Butterscotch syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Maple syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Sugar Free Raspberry syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Peppermint syrup Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Crema di Amaretto syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Vanilla Bean Madagascar Bourbon syrup. Value = $3.66

1.7 oz. Crema di Vanilla syrup. Value = $3.66

The total value of the energy drink box is $32.94. Amazon sells a 3 pack of these sizes for $10.99 and this box is the equivalent of (3) 3 packs. I was was hoping for more sugar free flavors in my box but I'm still happy with what I got. I put a little of the irish cream syrup in my coffee this morning and it added a nice little sweet flavor. I think the peppermint would also be good in coffee or hot chocolate. I looked on the website and they have tons of recipe ideas using the syrups so I will have to give some of those a try. 

Verdict: I think this is a clever and great idea from Amazon!

Amazon Snack Foods Sample Box

Amazon has stepped into the sample box game with a several boxes of their own. There are several boxes to choose from but this one is the snack foods sample box. It's important to note these boxes are available to Amazon prime members only! This box is $4.99 with shipping but it also comes with a $4.99 credit for a future purchase of any of the brands in the box.

Price: $4.99 shipped and a credit for future purchase.

The good:

This allows you to try different products without buying full size or multipacks. 

Re-order: You can get more on amazon and it doesn't get easier than that. 

They show you what could be in your box so you get an idea if it's something you would use or not.

The not so good:

This box is pretty straight forward so I couldn't think of anything not so good about it. 

Amazon snack foods box.

Contents of the snack foods sample box:

1 oz. bag Annie's Organic Cheddar Bunnies. Value = $1.05

.92 oz. bag Snyder's Pretzel Sticks 100 calorie bag. Value = $0.62

1 oz. bag Van's Say Cheese baked crackers. Value = $0.76

1.5 oz. bag Stacy's Cinnamon Sugar pita chips. Value = $1.00

1.5 oz. G.H. Creators Chicago Mix popped corn. Value = $1.09

1 oz. Boom Chicka Pop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn. Value = $0.88

The total value of the snack foods box is $5.40. This box value was about the same as the price paid. It's still a good deal though because this allows you to try the products without have to buy a full bag. 

Verdict: I think this is a clever and great idea from Amazon!

Monday, May 30, 2016

May 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. 

May Hatchery Box

Contents of the Hatchery Box:

(4) .035 oz. Zas Seasoning Sampler packets in Tamarind, Hatch Chile, Chili Lime, Mango Chile. Value = $0.14

2.25 oz. Nostrum Ginger Pineapple Tumeric Shrub. Value = $2.19

.5 oz.? packet NYC Halal Cart Chicken. Value = $2.25

1.25 oz. Handsome Carver's Coffee & Chocolate Peanut Spread. Value = $1.11

1.8 oz. Sir Kensington Ketchup. Value = $1.45

The total value of the Hatchery box is $7.14. I like the items in the box this month. I was happy to see it wasn't full of spicy items. I think I might try the Halal packet tonight. It says it's a great chicken marinade and since I have chicken to cook this will be handy. I love the Sir Kensington brand and was excited to see this mini jar of ketchup. Side note I recently stayed at the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco and was excited to see they provide this size jars of Sir Kensington condiments with their room service. The cocktail mixer sounds interesting. It also says you can mix it in dressings or seltzer water. 

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

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Amazon Energy Drink Sample Box

Amazon has stepped into the sample box game with a several boxes of their own. There are several boxes to choose from but this one is the energy drink sample box. It's important to note these boxes are available to Amazon prime members only! This box is $7.99 with shipping but it also comes with a $7.99 credit for a future purchase of any of the brands in the box.

Price: $7.99 shipped and a credit for future purchase.

The good:

This allows you to try different products without buying full size or multiple quantities. 

Price: it's a great value for what you get. 

Re-order: You can get more on amazon and it doesn't get easier than that. 

They show you what could be in your box so you get an idea if it's something you would use or not.

The not so good:

Not everyone gets the same items in the box. I saw some people received starbucks drinks and I didn't get that in my box. 



Contents of the energy drink sample box:

RedBull energy drink. Value = $2.99

Guru organic energy drink. Value = $2.89

Petey's Bing Black made w/blackberry juice energy drink. Value = $2.25

illy caffè espresso style coffee drink. Value = $1.95

Celsius calorie reducing drink in sparkling orange. Value = $2.25

Stok black coffee shot. Value = $0.15

Green Superfood Lemon-Lime energy drink powder. Value = $1.46

The total value of the energy drink box is $12.48. I used prices from Amazon and my local store. There are a couple of drinks in the box that I won't drink because they have lots of carbs. I'm sure the boyfriend will give them a try though. There are a couple of drinks that are new to me and I'm excited to try. Also I'm already thinking I'm going to buy more Celsius drinks because with the $7.99 credit a 12 pack will only cost $13.31 and that includes shipping! 

Verdict: I think this is a clever and great idea from Amazon!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

PopSugar Special Edition CFDA Collaboration Box

PopSugar did a collaboration box with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). The price of this box was quite high at $225.00. They didn't put a guaranteed value on this box but did say each one would include a classic split cover up from lemlem by supermodel Llya Kebede. The value of the cover up is $198.00

I hated to spend the money but I did like some of the items in the box last year. The items I didn't want I traded or sold so it still worked out. 


The special edition boxes come in a sturdy box than can be reused. 

lemlem cover up

illesteva sunglasses from Italy

Philip Lim 

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Fragrance

Swell water bottle and dry shampoo

Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition CFDA Box. 

Lemlem Split Cover Up. Value = $198.00 - this says one size but sadly it doesn't fit us curvy large busted gals. I hope I can trade or sell this. 

3.1 Phillip Lim 10th Anniversary Limited Edition 31 Nano Second Pouch. Value = $195.00 - I love this little bag. I should've taken a side view but it's a perfect size for throwing in a tote or when you don't want to carry a purse. 

S'well Shadow Water Bottle. Value = $32.00 - I love the s'well bottles! They seriously keep liquid cold for hours! My only complaint is that it's not big enough. 

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Frangrace Collection Gift Set. Value = $95.00 - how fun is this? I smelled each one of these and in the bottle they smell great. 

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo. Value = $28.00 - I don't use dry shampoo but I know I will be able to trade this. 

Illesteva Leonard Sunglasses. Value = $177.00 - These sunglasses are packaged so luxuriously. The case and nice and even the cloth bag. Unfortunately there is no way I pull off round mirrored sunglasses. 

The total value of this CFDA Special Edition Box is $725.00. There are three items in the box I will use for sure. Those items add up to $322 so while not a fantastic deal it's still a deal. If I can trade or sell the other items then it will be perfect. I really wish the cover up would've fit. I have a couple of beach trips planned and I could use a new cover up. 

Verdict: This collaboration box was awesome! 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Friday, May 27, 2016

May RawSpiceBar - Cambodia Box

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. 

May RawSpiceBar


Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

.4 oz. packet Sambal Oelek.

.4 oz. packet Kroeung Spices.

.5 oz. packet Kaffir Lime Powder.

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:

Sambal Oelek Paste
Cambodian Fish Amok
Mini Kaffir Lime Tarts

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

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 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.

May GlossyBox

Contents of the GlossyBox:

1.6 oz. Rituals Cosmetics Shower Foam in Zensation. Value = $3.59

(2) .25 oz. Versaspa Face Moisturizing Gradual Tanner . Value = $4.38/ea.

1.7 oz. Nioxin System 3 Hair Cleanser. Value = $5.00

1.7 oz. Nioxin System 3 Scalp Therapy Conditioner. Value = $4.00

FULL SIZE Talika Photo-Hydra Day moisturizer. Value = $29.00

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Super Curling & Lifting Mascara. Value = $8.00

The total value of the GlossyBox is $58.25. I was excited to see the Nioxin in this box. Their products really work and since they are pricey I'm always happy to see them in sub boxes. The shower foam is perfect travel size and I have two short trips planned next week. I am kind of afraid to use the facial tanner. I'm always worried it's going to end up streaky and weird or I'll have a uneven tan line or something. I wish the moisturizer had SPF in it but since it doesn't I'll probably just use this at night. 

Verdict: This box was a great box for me. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May Play! By Sephora box

The Play! by Sephora beauty box subscription has been around for awhile but I just could NOT get off the wait list. I don't know how long it was or what the criteria was but I think I waited almost a year or at least it felt that long. I finally saw someone post that subscriptions were open and was kind of upset that I didn't get an email from Sephora saying I was off the wait list. I signed up right away. About a day later I finally received the email from Sephora saying I was off the wait list. The need to work on their email timing. 

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. 



Contents of the Play! by Sephora box: 

.03 oz. Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine perfume. Value = $1.20

.05 oz. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi lipstick. Value = $8.67

1 oz. Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask. Value = $9.00

.001 oz. Tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram. Value = $0.18

.05 oz. Origins Maskimizer. Value = $0.34

.1 oz. Origins Drink Up Mask. Value = $1.21

.1 oz. Origins Clear Improvement Masks. Value = $1.21

.34 oz. Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial. Value = $12.15

Cute little bag to carry your treasures in. 

The total value of the of the May Play! box is $33.96. I know some people aren't a fan of sample sizes but I happen to love them. I get so many boxes it's hard to keep up when I get full size products. The only bad part is when I fall in love with a product and the sample sizes just aren't enough. I am familiar with most of the brands but not all of the products. I will use all of these items, even the lip liner crayon thing because if I end up not liking it I won't feel bad about not using a full size item. 

Verdict: Great price and fun products. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Allure Beauty Thrills Box

The Allure Beauty Boxes are PACKED with tons of stuff for a low price. The products range from drug store to salon products and are a great deal. 

The Allure boxes are seasonal and this summer box was priced eat $49.95 plus $10 shipping for a total of $59.95. The also tell you what's in the box before you buy so you know what you're getting. Basically if there is $60 worth of products you will use it's totally worth it. This box said it was valued at over $250!

They also had a deal where you could sign up to get all 3 boxes for $199.95 paid upfront but it guaranteed you a box. The benefit of this is these boxes typically sell out super fast so you're paying $6 more but you don't have to watch the clock to get a box. Turns out though this box is still available. 


Summer Beauty Thrills Box

Contents of the Allure Summer Beauty Box:

Travel Size Hask Macadamia Moisturizing Shine Oil. Value = $1.99

FULL SIZE Burt's Bees BB Cream. Value = $14.99

Burt's Bees Lipstick in Magenta Rush. Value = $9.00

ChapStick Total Hydration 3 in 1 Lip Care. Value = $2.99

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Battery-Operated Spinbrush. Value = $9.99

Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste. Value = $3.49

FULL SIZE Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Intensive Renewal Serum. Value = $21.99

FULL SIZE Completely Bare calm down ingrown hair, razor bump & redness eliminator. Value = $10.99

FULL SIZE Caress Mystique Forever Body Wash. Value = $3.99

5 pack Compeed Blister Cushions. Value = $7.99

FULL SIZE Coppertone CLEARLYSheer Faces SPF30. Value = $8.99

FULL SIZE Degree Women Dry Spray in Daisy Fresh. Value = $4.97

FULL SIZE Not Your Mother's In a Heart Blow Dry Accelerator. Value = $5.99

FULL SIZE Pureology Pure Volume Style + Care Infusion. Value = $34.00

FULL SIZE Redken Beach Envy Volume Wave Aid. Value = $20.00

2.3 oz. Rituals Magic Touch Body Cream. Value = $10.00

(2) scenic everyday & active 3x Stronger Braided Elastics. Value = $0.55/ea.

25 count pack Simple Skincare Micellar Make-up remover wipes. Value = $5.97

Sonia Kashuk Double Zip Clutch. Value = $14.99

Tangle Teezer The Original Detangling Brush. Value = $15.00

1.96 oz. Gigi Bed Head JOYRIDE Texturizing Powder Balm. Value = $30.00

FULL SIZE VersaSpa Gradual Tanning Face Moisturizer. Value = $35.00

The total value of the Allure Fall Beauty Box is about $273.42. There is definitely value in these boxes. Just looking at the products I normally use I got my moneys worth for sure. I was super excited to see the pureology item in the box. Pureology is really expensive and my hair stylist is a big fan of it for my colored treated hair.  

Verdict: Keep and eye out when these boxes go on sale. They are a tremendous value!



Friday, May 20, 2016

May 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.


cute Bluma project bracelets 


Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Bluma Project Capri Bracelets. Value = $44.00

Kocostar Foot Therapy.  Value = $10.00

Spongellé Spongology Body Buffer.  Value = $20.00

Gaiam Foldable Yoga Mat in exclusive PopSugar blue. Value = $24.98

Happy Spritz Breathe Deeply. Value = $25.00

Jimmy bar! Peanut Butter Clutter Clean Snack Bar. Value = $2.49

Special Extra

Hint Kick caffeine drink in black raspberry. Value = $1.69

Revlon Volume + Length Magnified Mascara. Value = $8.99

Half Hitch Goods $10 Gift Card. Value = $0 - There are no items under $10 and shipping is $7.00

The value of this box is $137.15. Right when I opened this box I could smell something that smelled very good. Turns out it was the Spongellé body buffer. I loved the spongellé product we received in a previous box so much that I ordered more for myself and for gifts. Summer time is here, at least it is in California so I will definitely use the foot therapy. I haven't opened it yet but I'm guessing it's a foot wrap type thing. I think the bracelets are really cute but I wish it didn't have the tassel on it. I think the yoga mat is a great idea for those people that like to still travel and do their yoga. I am not one of those people so I'll probably trade this item. 

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some cool items in it. I hadn't been excited by the last couple of boxes so I didn't renew my subscription. I am continuing with the mini box and I ordered the special edition boxes. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Thursday, May 19, 2016

May ipsy bag - Destination Chic

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.

May ipsy bag

This is the cute little makeup bag this month. I LOVE these bags and need to get my hands on more. They would be perfect to give to my clients. 

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

Slmissgram Beauty Small Contour Brush. Value = $25.00

FULL SIZE Hikari Cosmetics Shimmer Bronzer in radiate. Value = $17.00

1 oz. épiceé Hydrating Mask. Value = $12.50

FULL SIZE The Organic Pharmacy Antioxidant Lip Balm. Value = $21.50

.10 oz. Smash box x-rated mascara.  Value = $11.00?

makeup bag with a travel theme.


The approximate value of this months bag is $87.00. This bag continues to be one my favorite monthly subscriptions. The price is great and the products are a varied enough to keep your interest. I know it seems silly but my favorite thing this month is the make up bag. I love the snap closure and the travel theme. I'm a travel agent so it's perfect for me and my clients. I couldn't believe the price of the lip balm. I've don't believe I've ever tried a $21 dollar lip balm. What makes this worth $21 I wonder?

Verdict: I'm happy with the products in this bag and I love, love, love the makeup bag. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 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 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 offers up a regular mystery box with this description: It's May, it's May it's time for Spring. This mystery box has tons of bling. It will help you with your crafting feats. You may even find some washi sheets. The price is $29.99 and if you use code CRICUTSPRING you can get free shipping and 10% off.  

May Cricut Box

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 Edge to Edge cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut Anna Griffin Elegant Embellishments cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut Four Seasons Home Décor cartridge. Value = $29.99

Cricut Washi Sheets in Designer. Value = $9.99

Cricut Washi Sheets in Woodland. Value = $12.99

The total value of this box is $112.95. I'm happy with this box and the cartridges are all ones I don't have. I'm curious about the washi tape. I know a lot of people use it but I have no idea what to do with it. 

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