Thursday, June 30, 2016

PopSugar - Limited Edition Summer Box 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box always has a special edition summer box. Last years box didn't exactly wow me but, of course, that didn't stop me from buying the summer box this year. It's an addiction, I can't help myself. The price of the box was $100 but would contain well over $100 worth of goodies geared towards summer. 

I received an email apologizing for the delay in this shipment and it said to enjoy this extra gift. I have no idea what extra gift they mean though. I did notice I have another box coming from PopSugar scheduled to arrive on July 7th. I don't know if that's the regular box or something extra. 


These Limited Edition boxes always come in a nicer box than the regular boxes. 

Beach bag and towel. 



Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Summer Box. 

Toting Towel Co. The Chesterman.  Value = $74.99 - This towel is circular which is way more comfortable to sit on. It's also really pretty! 

Sugarfina Ice Cream Cone dummies. Value = $7.50 These are really tasty!

Herbivore Botanicals Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist. Value = $32.00 -I do enjoy a nice face mist and I have a few trips coming up to Mexico and the Bahamas. 

Londontown nail polish in Lakur Royal Wedding. Value = $16.00 - This color really isn't my style but it's summery. 

Hat Attack Twisted Stripe Tote. Value = $95.00 - I love this bag! It's lightweight and will hold all of your beach needs!

Corkcicle. Value = $27.95 - If this bottle works as well as the S'well bottles then I'm sold. This says it will keep cold for 12 hours and hot for 12 hours. 

The total value of this Summer Special Edition Box is $253.44. In my opinion this was one of the best summer boxes they've done. The only item I wasn't thrilled about was the nail polish and that was a smaller value item. I can't wait to use my new bag on my beach trips. 

Verdict: This years summer box was fantastic! 

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June Target Men's Looking Good Box

It used to be that every now and then Target put together a box of goodies and offered them for $5-$10.00 each. They seem to be coming out monthly now but you can't subscribe. You just have to 
watch for it to go on sale. They are sold on a first come first serve basis and sometimes 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. 

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.



Contents of the March Target Beauty Box

.04 Nautica Life Cologne sample. Value = $??

1.25 oz. göt2B Glued Spiking Gel. Value = $0.87

1 oz. Marlowe No 142 Men's Shave Gel. Value = $1.28

1.69 oz. Axe White Label Night Body Wash. Value = $0.40

.5 oz. Old Spice Hardest Working Deodorant. Value = $1.10

1.8 oz. Dove Men + Care Complete Care 2-in-1 Shampoo. Value = $1.80

1 oz. Nivea Men Creme. Value = $1.04

Schick hydro Men's Razor. Value = $9.49

1 oz. CereVe Hydrating Cleansing Bar. Value = $1.11

2.7 ml Remington Beard Boss Beard Oil. Value = $1.36


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

The total value of this beauty box is $18.45. I always get these boxes because they are usually only $5 and they almost always include a razor worth more than that. There are a few items in here that we won't use but my nephew is almost 11 years old and he was excited to get the cologne, body wash and deodorant. 

Verdict: The mens boxes are always worth $5. 
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Target Women's Beauty Box

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 $10.00 with shipping included. 


The Good:

Price: You can't beat the price!

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

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

The Not So Good:

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

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


June Women's Beauty Box


Contents of the June Women's Target Beauty Box

3.9 oz. Pantene Expert Intense Hydration Shampoo. Value = $2.03

3.2 oz. SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Créme Rinse. Value = $2.80

.03 oz. Pixi Mesmerizing Mineral Duo. Value = $2.00

.3 oz. Laneige Water Bank Serum. Value = $13.16

small packet S.W. Basics Exfolliant. Value = $??

.06 oz. L'Oréal Paris True Match Cushion. Value = $1.87

.5 oz. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Volume Filler Cream. Value = $5.00

.33 oz. Soap & Glory Righteous Butter Body Butter. Value = $0.33

.35 oz. CoTZ Face SPF40. Value = $4.75

e.l.f. Lip Kiss Balm in Bare Kiss. Value = $2.00

10 pack Yes to Cucumbers facial wipes. Value = $2.69


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

The total value of this beauty box is $36.63. This box was fantastic for me with a great price. 

Verdict: It seems like this is becoming a monthly box. I hope they make it a subscription soon. 
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Monday, June 27, 2016

June BeautyFIX by Dermstore Box

The BeautyFIX by Dermstore is a monthly subscription box for beauty items. Each month Dermstore will send out a BeautyFIX box filled with skin care, makeup and hair care with a value of at least $100. The price on the website shows $34.95 but if you sign up for a monthly subscription the price is $24.95. Both prices include shipping. Also if you subscribe your first month is half price making it $12.48 for your first box. 

Price: $24.95-$34.95 a month with no option to skip.

Ships to US only, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico additional shipping charges apply.


The good:

Price: They send great products with a value of at least $100 that's 3-4 times the price of the box.

Want more: Since they have a retail website reordering is easy and all these products were easily found.

Referrals: If you refer someone that person gets $10 off a purchase of $30 or more and you get $10. 

Discount: They offer a discount if you want to purchase an item from your box.

The not so good:

Price: This is one of the higher priced subscriptions but the products are usually high end.

Skip: Their website is not user friendly.  I couldn't find an option to skip or cancel.

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

June BeautyFIX 


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

Supersmile Mini-Professional Whitening System. Value = $6.55

FULL SIZE Laura Geller Beauty Lip Liner in Buff. Value = $18.00

FULL SIZE Keranique Lift & Repair Treatment Spray. Value = $18.00

.5 oz. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Value = $40.00

.5 oz. Erno Laszlo Hydraphel Skin Supplement. Value = $4.07

.17 oz. MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion. Value = $27.33

Lumarx Detail Trimmer. Value = $19.00


The total value of of this BeautyFIX box is $132.95. I was excited about the trimmer then I realized I don't really need it. I also don't use lip liners so those two items are not for me. I do like the Erno Laszlo products and the keranique and I will use everything else so this box was still a good one for me. I'm excited to try the Elemis  cream, that stuff is expensive! 

Verdict: Great box for full size and high end products. 
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Play! By Sephora box

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: 

.5 oz. Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It. Value = $3.75

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics They're Real Mascara. Value = $8.57

.23 oz. Tarte Tarteguard Sunscreen Lotion. Value = $7.27

.1 oz. Bare minerals bareSkin Bronzer. Value = $2.80

.2 oz. Becca Backlight Priming Filter. Value = $7.60

.05 oz. Tocca Beauty Perfume in Florence. Value = $3.30

Cute little bag to carry your treasures in. 

The total value of the of the May Play! box is $33.29. This months box was great. I am really excited to try the priming filter. It says it blurs imperfections and I have a spot on my forehead that has a pigment issue. I have bangs to cover it up but I'm looking forward to seeing how this works. I'm not sure I'll use the bronzer, although like the tanner product from the other box I might use it on my chest. I'm a fan of the benefit travel size mascara and sunscreen lotion. I'm heading to Cabo San Lucas next month so these will be perfect. I think I'll toss the perfume in my to go bag also. 

Verdict: Great price and fun products. 
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Walmart Trendsetter Beauty Box

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

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

The Good:

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


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

The Not So Good:


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




Walmart Trendsetter Beauty Box


Contents of the Walmart Beauty Box with Walmart prices listed:

.34 oz. L'Oréal Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo. Value = $0.11

.34 oz.  L'Oréal Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Conditioner. Value = $0.11

.34 oz.  L'Oréal Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Pre-Conditioner. Value = $0.43

FULL SIZE Degree Motion Sense Solid anti-perspirant/deodorant. Value = $3.69

2 oz. Jergens Natural Glow Daily MoisturizerValue = $9.57

1.8 oz. Caress Mystique Forever Body Wash. Value = $0.53

1 oz. Aveeno Coconut Lotion. Value = $0.60

Travel size .75 oz. Tom's Rapid Relief Sensitive Toothpaste. Value = $1.08

100 sheets Swisspers Blotting Paper. Value = $2.39


The total value of the Walmart box is $18.51. I was very happy with this box. I will use everything in here except the deodorant but only because I'm allergic to one of the ingredients. Turns out my mom is a fan of this brand so I passed it on to her. I'm not sure I'll use the Jergens on my face but I'm thinking maybe my chest area. I was stoked to see sensitive toothpaste in the box since that's what I use. I've never tried the Tom's brand before so this is new for me. 

Verdict: This box was great in value and products.


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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June PopSugar 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.


June PopSugar box

Sarong

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Hat Attack Neutral Diamonds-Printed Sarong. Value = $58.00

Sisters of Los Angeles "Cheers" Gold Bottle Opener.  Value = $12.00

Wild and Wolf Ridley's Game Room "Who Am I" Quiz.  Value = $12.95

NCLA Born on the 4th nail polish. Value = $16.00

Knock Knock Are You Ready Compact. Value = $10.00

Pacifica Underarm Deodorant Wipes. Value = $9.00

Pressels Sriracha flavor. Value = $1.29

The value of this box is $119.24. This box wasn't that exciting. I had actually canceled my subscription but then they sent me a discount code that brought each box down to $30 so I signed up for a 6 month subscription. I thought the pressels were pretty tasty and not too spicy. The game is kind of fun and I can see bringing that camping or to a party. The nail polish is really fun and just in time for 4th of July

Verdict: This months PopSugar had some cool items in it but I wish I didn't succumb to ordering another 6 months. We will see what the next 4 boxes look like. 

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Quarterly Co. Culinary Box #YUM04

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 Kristin Emi Rimback of sfbayareaeats.com. This box was curated by Chef José Andrés and priced at $75.00.

This months box was curated by Chef José Andrés. 

Price $75 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. 

Chef Andrés Culinary Box

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

José Andrés White Tune in Olive Oil. Value = $12.95


Don Bocarte Anchovies. Value = $12.75

José Andrés Potato Chips. Value = $4.95

Fermín Jamón Ibérico. Value = $15.50

José Andés Pisto. Value = $7.95

(2) Teraforma Artisanal Ceramic Plates. Value = $16.25/ea.

The approximate value of this box is $86.60. This box is totally me! I love foods like this and I'm excited to try some new stuff from the Chef Andrés brand. I already know I love the ibérico ham. The potato chips were ok, nothing special really. I also can't wait to try the anchovies. I think this will inspire me to make an authentic caesar salad this weekend. I absolutely love the plates. They are the perfect size for tapas. 

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

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Monday, June 20, 2016

OuiPlease Volume 2.2: Joie De Vivre

The OuiPlease is a box full of Parisian treasures that ships 6 times a year. The price of the box is quite high at $150 per shipment. You can also subscribe yearly for $650 bringing the price of the box down to $108. Per the OuiPlease website your special delivery will feature a surprise selection of products, including the very best France has to offer in beauty, jewelry, accessories, apparel, home and epicure and have a value of at least $300. 

Every now and then they have a 20% off code that can be used on yearly subscriptions and brings the price down to $520 or $87 a box. The catch is you have to pay the full amount upfront which is a lot to shell out for a subscription box. 

Price: $108-$150 every two months depending on subscription commitment. 

The Good:


Luxury products: The boxes are filled with name brands that would be considered luxurious.


Variety: This box isn't just beauty products. It will have jewelry, apparel, home goods, etc.

Information: They include their own magazine that talks about the products in the box as well as other products.

Pricing Structure: They offer one-time, monthly or yearly subscriptions. It would be nice to see a 6 month (3 box) subscription tier.


The Not So Good


Price: The price is way high but at the same time you will hopefully get what you pay for.


Referrals: I would like to see a referral program. If you can convince someone to spend this much money on a box you should get a little thank you treasure.

OuiPlease Vol. 2.2 Box

Personalized 


Contents of the Volume 2.2 OuiPlease Box:

Les Interchangeables Fine Rock Bracelet with Swarovski Crystals. Value = $45.00

Andréa Chéreau Solid Silver Bracelet with Amethyst. Value = $70.00

Lucky Team Bracelet with Pendant. Value = $40.00

Sencha & Bourbon Personalized Beach Silk Stoles. Value = $130.00

David Jourquin Fragrance in Cuir R'Eve and Cuir Solaire. Value = $30.00

Kalyn Cosmetics Honey Calques Body Balm. Value = $35.00

Kusmi Tea in AquaRosa. Value = $20.20

Cousu De Fil Blanc Soap Bar. Value $10.00


The value of this box is $380.20. I was very happy with this box. I love the beach wrap and it's just in time for summer. It's super soft and a little stretchy. I was shocked to see 3 jewelry items in my box this month. I really love the amethyst bracelet but it's just a little to tight for my liking. I discovered the Lucky Team bracelet can also be worn as a necklace and it looks kinda cool. I was hoping to get the exfoliant body product instead of the body lotion but I will eventually use the body lotion. I also received two perfume bottles. I love that they wrapped them securely in the pouches, although their box keeps things nicely secured also. 

Verdict: It's a lot of money but it definitely has value. 

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

June ipsy bag

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.

June ipsy bag. 


Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.75 oz. Peter Lamas Youth Revival Reparative Hair Oil. Value = $13.27

1 oz. Radial Stem Cell Cleansing Cream. Value = $??

FULL SIZE Colour Pop Créme Gel liner in Get Paid. Value = $5.00

.03 oz. Urban Decay Lounge Shadow. Value = $10.00?

FULL SIZE? Be A Bombshell Pout Potion in Famous.  Value = $14.00

makeup bag with a graffiti theme.


The approximate value of this months bag is $42.27 plus the price of the Radial product. I couldn't find that item anywhere on their website so I have no idea how much it is. Other similar items were in the $40 range so I'm thinking $10-$15 for this. I'm also not sure about the the size of the shadow or the lip gloss but I think the estimates are close. 

Verdict: I'm happy with the products in this bag and the makeup bag is really cute. 

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Summer Walmart Classic Beauty Box.

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

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.



Summer Walmart Classic Beauty Box


Contents of the Walmart Beauty Box with Walmart prices listed:

1.7 oz. Schwarzkopf Essence Ultîme Diamond Color & Radiance Shampoo. Value = $0.88

1.7 oz. Schwarzkopf Essence Ultîme Diamond Color & Radiance Conditioner. Value = $0.88

2 oz. Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion. Value = $3.33

1 oz. St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Value = $0.58

Travel size Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant ToothpasteValue = $1.02

Incoco Coconut Nail Art. Value = $4.97

.75 oz. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. Value = $3.39

.04 oz. Lady Gaga Fame perfume. Value = $0.46

The total value of the Walmart box is $15.51. I am very happy with this seasons classic box. Although I've tried most of the items in this box there is nothing in here I won't use. 

Verdict: This box was a win for me. 

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 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.



Contents of the MightyFix box:

13 oz. Duralex glass container. Value = $6.00

3 1/2" Duralex glass container. Value = $5.75

The total value of this box is $11.75. I have so many containers in my pantry I'm on container overload. With that being said I'm trying to weed out the old ones and replace them with high quality longer lasting ones. I was actually excited last week when I noticed a hole in one of my old containers and had to toss it.

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