Sunday, October 29, 2017

October 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 5 invites for a free ipsy bag. This is for new 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.

October ipsy bag. 

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

3g. it Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed powder. Value = $9.50

FULL SIZE Nail Medic Charcoal Infused nail polish in volcanic ash. Value = $7.99

.35oz. Tony Moly Peach Hand Cream in Peach. Value = $4.00

15ml. BLAQ charcoal face mask. Value = $7.25

.1oz. tarte Lifted waterproof mascara. Value = $9.50

Burgundy makeup bag with lace print. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $38.00. This is a low value for an ipsy bag but I love all the products except the nail polish. I'm not a fan of the color. The peach hand cream smells deliciously peachy. I love a good face mask and I've been dying to try a charcoal mask! 

Verdict: I'm super excited about the face mask in this box. 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

October Love with Food - tasting box

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food. They offer a tasting size box and a deluxe size box. I had been a subscriber to the deluxe size box but the values were consistently low so I canceled that subscription. The tasting box is $9.99 a month and contains about 8 snacks in the box. 

Price: $9.99 a month with a discount for 6 and 12 month plans. No option to skip. 

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

I really can't think of anything I don't like about this box.

October Love with Food box. 

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

Door Country Jalapeno Potato chips.

Go Organically Fruit Snacks.

Sheila G's dark chocolate sea salt brownie brittle.

Kashi Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Granola Bar. 

(2) Darrell Lee Strawberry Licorice. 

Wow Butter Toasted Soy Butter Spread.

YumEarth Watermelon Lollipop.

Prince of Peace Ginger Candy.

I didn't do a breakdown of this box. If you look at my previous reviews they usually come in at the $8-$10 range. This box is just a great box if you like snacks and trying new snacks. I've discovered quite a few things that we now purchase because of these boxes. Also LWF makes it easy because you can order direct from their website. 

Verdict:  This Love with Food box had some yummy items in it.

Friday, October 27, 2017

October Macy's Beauty Bag

Macy's recently stepped into the beauty box game with their own monthly beauty bag. Each month Macy's will send 5 deluxe beauty samples, one bonus item, a $5 off coupon in a makeup bag. I was anxious to try this box since I knew it would have beauty products that Macy's carries. 

Price: $15 a month w/shipping included. Ships to 48 states excluding Alaska and Hawaii. 

The Good:

Brands: Department store brands.

Makeup bag: Comes with a makeup bag every month. 

Information: They provide a card with all the product info on it. 

The Not So Good:

Skip: You can't skip a month. If you want to skip you have to cancel. 

Price: I think the price is a little high. 

Macy's beauty box.

Contents of the Macy's beauty bag. 

.5oz. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. Value = $4.00

.5oz. Lancome Energie De Vie Moisturizing Cream. Value = $16.00

.04oz. YSL Black Opium perfume. Value = $3.40

.25oz. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer. Value = $8.00

.35oz. Strivectin Multi-Action. Value = $12.00

.17oz. Elizabeth Arden Superstart Skin Renewal Booster Value = $11.40

Makeup bag.

The approximate value of this debut Macy's Beauty Box is $55.00. This is way better than the previous months, perhaps they are getting word that they needed to step up their values. I also noticed the brands and products were higher end than previous boxes. Again a step in the right direction. This box is all face product though and I would like to have seen at least one makeup item or at least a bath product. I know it sounds picky but with so many subscription boxes out there you have to be a little picky.  

Verdict: While this box had a high value I just wasn't impressed with the overall contents. I've giving up this subscription for now and will watch for changes in the future.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall RawSpiceBar Envelope

It's been awhile since I've reviewed RawSpiceBar but it's not for a lack of enjoying the products! 

RawSpiceBar has recently changed up their subscription format and I for one think it's awesome. Instead of sending monthly packages they are now quarterly and you get more spices. When you sign up you have a choice of 4 diet types; eat anything, healthy& light, vegetarian & vegan or paleo. This will help them send personalized recipes using your new spices!

Price: $26.00 every 3 months or $88 a year. Each shipment contains 6 large spice packets. Shipping included. 

If you use my referral link you will get $10 off your subscription. 

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!

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 of the spices you like. 

Fall RawSpiceBar envelope.

Contents of the RawSpiceBar envelope:

1.1oz. Umpumpkin Pie Spice.

1.1oz. Punjabi Garam Masala.

.75oz. Salt Free Greek Seasoning.

1.1oz. Shichimi Togarashi. 

1.1oz. Kashmir Chilies Tandoori.

1oz. Freshly Ground Chiles Taco. 

This first thing to notice is the packets are big, in fact all but one over 3 times the weight of the previous packets. This is great for trying multiple recipes. Another change is the recipes are now sent to your email and not printed out. I'm not sure I like this as I'm a bit old school and still use recipe cards and books. I get it that it's more eco-friendly though. However, I did find their pinterest board which has tons of links to great recipes and I love me some pinterest!  

Verdict: Overall I like this new subscription format. 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

October 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.

If you would like to try your first months of mightyFIX free send me an email at You can even pick which product you want to try for FREE! Choose from: 

Swedish dishcloths 
Stasher bag 
Flip and Tumble 24-7 reusable bag x2
Green cleaning spray
Stainless Steel straws
Wool Dryer balls
Duralex Glass containers
Reuseable Bamboo Utensils
RSVP Silicone Spoon and Spatula
eCloth window cleaning
Produce bags
Tidy Dish cloths

All Good Goop Healing Balm
Bee's wrap
Lunchskins set
Wean Green Lunch Cube
thinksport Everyday face Sunscreen
Soapwalla Déodorant Créme

MightyFIX has given me three more invites to share. I will update this post when they are spoken for.

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 or use.

October MightyFIX box.

Contents of the MightyFix box:

Soapwalla Déodorant Créme. Value - $14.00

The total value of this box is $14.00. I am allergic to aluminum so I've been using Crystal deodorant since my high school days. I like crystal because it's a spray and easy to apply. Since this is a aluminum free product I'm going to give it a try but I'm not a fan of having to use my hands to apply.

Verdict: Even though I'm a little skeptical of this product I'm still very happy with this subscription.


Friday, October 6, 2017

October Graze Box - 8 Snack Pack

Graze sends out a box of four snack size containers of dried fruit, nuts, crackers, dip and dippers, etc.  The boxes are semi-customizable meaning you don't actually get to pick which items you want but you can rate the items you receive from love to never send me this again.  The cost of the box is $11.99 per shipment. You can also choose how often you want the boxes. I have mine set up for every four weeks.  

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

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

The good:

Like Snacks: Are you a snacker like me?  These are perfectly proportioned snack size containers.

Nutritional info: The include nutritional info in each box. It's on the card in the package though, not the actual product which is kind of a bummer.

Skip: You can do this online through your account and it's super easy.

Semi-customizable: You rate items and that's how they choose which items to send you. 

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

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

The not so good:

Price: The costs ends up being $1.50 per package.  You're paying for convenience but I gotta be honest it was super convenient to pick up a pack and throw it in my lunch bag.

Contents of box:

Soy Roasted Seeds. 

Apple & Cinnamon Flapjack.

Cinnamon Apple Pie.

Peanut Butter & Jelly.

Dill Pickle & Pepper Crunch. 

Snickerdoodle Dip.

Hickory Smoked BBQ.

Grilled Cheese.

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