Wednesday, December 21, 2016

December 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.

***I have 3 invites for a free glam bag. It's for first time subscribers only!***

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.

December ipsy bag. 

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

1 oz. Ouai Wave Spray. Value = $5.20

FULL SIZE Hikari Liquid eyeliner in Iris. Value = $15.00

FULL SIZE NYX Prismatic eyeshadow in fireball. Value = $6.00

.23 oz. Tarte Maracuja face oil. Value = $6.62

1 oz. Cake Beauty hand repair balm.  Value = $10.00

red fuzzy makeup/clutch bag. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $42.82.  I was super happy to see the eyeliner was purple. Now with that being said I'm not too skilled at applying liquid eyeliner but this color is gorgeous so it's worth a try. The eyeshadow is pretty but red toned eyeshadow looks terrible on me. I will definitely use the face oil and hand balm. I'm on the fence about the wave spray. I like sea salt sprays but lately I've found them to be very drying. 

Verdict: Even though I will only use half the items in this bag. I'm happy with the items I will use and it's totally worth the price. 

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December 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:

Full Circle Suds Up Soap Dispensing Brush. Value = $11.99

The total value of this box is $11.99. I was actually really happy to see this in the box this month. I have a OXO brush like this but it leaks. It was not a cheap brush so I haven't tossed up, I just deal with the soap leaking out. This brush is much nicer, with the bamboo handle and so far doesn't leak. Yay me!

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

Monday, December 19, 2016

December Birchbox

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. This will be my last box though. I made myself choose between this and the Sephora box and Sephora won. 

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.

December Birchbox

Contents of box with approximate retail price/value listed.

.75 oz. Un.Done Texture Spray. Value = $7.99

.1 oz. Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash mascara. Value = $8.00

.14 oz. Chella Eyebrow defining gel. Value = $12.00

.1 oz. Milk Makeup Highlighter. Value = $2.40

.5 oz. NUXE Moisturizing cream. Value = $11.33

Birchbox round purse mirror. Value $??

The total value of this box is $41.72 plus the price of the mirror which I would guess is $2-$3. This box was darn near perfect for me. I love texture spray and I've never tried this brand. I'm hoping it does feel dry like other brands I've tried. Benefit mascara is always welcome as well as brow gel. I've been highlighting a little bit and I gotta say, I kinda like it. This Milk highlighter is perfect for traveling. 

The verdict: I decided to let this subscription expire but of course I love everything in the box this month.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

December 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. 

December PLAY! by Sephora box. 

Contents of the Play! by Sephora box: 

.1 oz. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara. Value = $10.00

.16 oz. Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer. Value = $6.00

.8 oz. Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo. Value = $7.43

.5 oz. Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. Value = $7.50

.04 oz. Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. Value = $3.50

.07 oz. Elizabeth & James Nirvana Bourbon parfume. Value = $5.25

Cute little black cloth bag to carry your treasures in. 

The total value of the of the Play! box is $39.68. I have so many makeup and product samples I can't even keep track. I keep saying I'm going to cancel a couple of subscriptions and I have but I really do enjoy the Sephora box. I mean look at all these new products to try - smokey eye mascara, primer, parfume, red lip stain.....

Verdict: This months bag was a hit for me. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

December 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. 

I had canceled this box awhile back but it was expensive considering I wasn't using a lot of the items. I couldn't resist starting it up again when I saw a black Friday deal last month. I ended up getting a 3 month subscription for about $64.

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.

PopSugar Treasures. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Odeme Catchall + Ring Dish. Value = $67.00

Baublebar Snowfall pendant.  Value = $28.00

Mane Message Date Night Bobby Pins.  Value = $10.00

Winky Lux Lip Pill in Bunny. Value = $14.00

Sisters' Gourmet Classic Chip Cookie Mix. Value = $6.99

Dessange Color Restore Color Protecting Serum. Value = $11.99

The value of this box is $137.98. I love this catchall and ring tray. I already have a dish I use for my items but I'm hoping to get my guest room redone soon and I think this would look perfect on the dresser. I was hoping to take a picture of the lipstick because the color is really pretty and I like the container also. At first I wasn't a fan of the Baublebar necklace but it's kind of growing on me. The cookie mix is good to have on hand although they need to be out of my house my January because me and 100 million other people are going to start eating better starting in January.  

Verdict: This months PopSugar was great especially for the price I paid!

Friday, December 16, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Limited Women's Box winter 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box always has a special holiday box in addition to their regular monthly boxes. The price of the holiday special edition box is $100 with shipping included.

PopSugar goodies!

Reed Diffuser.

Cozy blanket

Contents of the PopSugar Limited Women's box winter 2016

The Cambridge Stachel Company, tiny satchel. Value = $95.00

Pehr Charcoal Muskoka Throw. Value = $136.00

Louis Sherry Camellia Pink Truffle Collection. Value = $22.50

Simpatico-Home Snow Hobnail Diffuser Kit. Value = $48.00

R+CO Tinsel Smoothing Oil. Value = $24.00

Cargo Cosmetics Around the World Shadow Palette. Value = $34.00

The total value of this women's winter 2016 box is $359.50. This box was fantastic! 

Verdict: For $100 this was a great box!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

December Graze - 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.

Contents of box:

Veggie Ceasar. 

Triple Berry Smoothie. 

Original Protein Flapjack.  

Banana Cream Pie. 

Peaches and Cream.

Chia Coconut Cookie. 

Protein Peanut Butter with pretzel sticks dipper. 

Popping Corn lightly salted.

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

Everyone Loves A Treasure

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Limited Men's Winter Box 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box always has a special holiday box for him and her in addition to their regular monthly boxes. The price of the holiday special edition box is $100 with shipping included.

This is the most of the items in the box. 

Cards from Bald Guy Greetings

Cortese watch.

Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Winter Box for Him 2016

Cortese Watches Prolongo style. Value = $160.00

Etiquette Clothiers mid calf socks in seismic and pixel. Value = $42.00

Izola Take Care shave kit. Value = $48.00

Bald Guy Greetings set of 3 cards. Value = $10.50

Gentlemen's Hardware Credit Card tool. Value = $17.00

W&P Design Peak Ice Works Extra Large Cube Tray. Value = $12.00

Sugarfina Maple Bourbon Caramels. Value = $7.50

The total value of this winter men's box is $297.00. The hero item in this box is the watch. The watch is really nice. I like the brown leather band with the blue face. I'm thinking of giving it to the boyfriend for Christmas but I'm not sure he would like the blue face. He's more of a classic watch kind of guy. The cards are hilarious and I should've taken a pic of the inside. 

Verdict: For $100 this was a box with a great value!