Thursday, November 30, 2017

November 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.

November ipsy bag. 

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.05 oz. Tarte cosmetics Amazonian clay 12-hour blush. Value = $7.77

15 ml. Clark's Botanicals Deep Moisture Mask. Value = $21.68

.05 oz. Colour Pop Pressed Shadow in Paper Tiger. Value = $5.00

.09 oz. Manna Kadar HD Perfecting Powder. Value = $5.27

Crown Brush C141 Small Chisel Brush. Value = $5.69

golden yellow makeup bag. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $45.41.  This bag was just ok for me.  I liked the perfecting powder and the moisture mask. The good thing for me is the moisture mask was the big ticket item. 

Verdict: Although I wasn't super excited about all the items it was totally worth the $10 price. 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November 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.

November Love with Food tasting box.

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

MadeGood Apple Cinnamon Granola Bar.

One Potato Two Potato Sweet Potato Chips.

Dilettante Chocolates Blood Orange Truffle Cremes.

Enstrom Milk Chocolate Almond Toffee. 

Emmy's Organics Vanilla Bean Coconut Cookie. 

Gratify Everything Thins Pretzel.

Smashmallow Cinnamon Churro marshmallows.

Purell Multi Surface Disinfectant.

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. The Purell was a little something different this month, meaning not a food item. I didn't mind it though since I travel a lot of take disinfectant with me. 

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

October 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 fall box was priced at $49.95 plus $10 shipping for a total of $69.95. The also tell you what's in the box before you buy so you know what you're getting. Basically if there is $70 worth of products you will use it's totally worth it. This box said it was valued at over $250!

You could also buy a year subscription upfront for $199.00 plus $10 shipping per box. The total was $240 for 4 boxes which is $10 less per box if bought separately. 

Contents of the Allure October Beauty Box:

FULL SIZE Aveeno Positively Radiant make up removing wipes. Value = $5.99

FULL SIZE Burt's Bees Glossy Lipstick. Value = $9.00

FULL SIZE Chapstick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint in Flaunt it Fuchsia. Value = $4.99

FULL SIZE Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Pomegranate & Peptides Peel-off mask. Value = $7.99

FULL SIZE Grande Bat Your Lashes. Value = $45.00

FULL SIZE Hask Chia Seed Volumizing Dry Shampoo. Value = $7.99

FULL SIZE Incoco Nail Polish Appliqué in cherry blossoms. Value = $6.99

FULL SIZE Jordana Glow n' Go Creamy Strobing Stick. Value = $4.99

FULL SIZE Le Petit Marseillais Lavender Honey body wash. Value = $4.99

FULL SIZE Not Your Mother's Coconut Milk & African Marula Tree Oil Smoothing Cream. Value = $8.99

FULL SIZE Nubian Heritage Coconut & Papaya 24 hour deodorant. Value = $8.99

FULL SIZE Paula's Choice Resist Intensive Wrinkle-Repair Retinol Serum. Value = $21.00

FULL SIZE Spalife Miraculous Moisturizing Hand Gloves. Value = $16.00

FULL SIZE Tom's of Maine Luminous White Anticavity Natural Whitening Toothpaste. Value = $4.99

32 oz. Wen Hair and Body care by Chaz Dean Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner. Value = $72.00

4 oz. Wen Hair and Body care by Chaz Dean Bamboo Green Tea Remoist Hydrating Mask. Value = $80.00

16 oz. Wen Hair and Body care by Chaz Dean Spring Gardenia Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner. Value = $32.00

32 oz. Wen Hair and Body care by Chaz Dean Winter Cranberry Mint Cleansing Conditioner. Value = $72.00

16 oz. Wen Hair and Body care by Chaz Dean Winter Vanilla Mint Cleansing Conditioner. Value = $32.00

The total value of the Allure October 2017 Beauty Box is $445.90. As you can see the big ticket items in the box are the Wen products. I'm so torn about these products ever since they had the lawsuit from people who said their hair fell out. Has anyone had any personal experience with Wen, good or bad? 

Verdict: Overall I'm still happy with this box. It's breaks down to about $2.50 per item and that's a bargain!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November Robb Vices Box

Robb Vices is a monthly subscription box focused on exceptional products, food, accessories, etc. Each box is curated and comes with a booklet that tells the story of the items in the box. This box is for those who enjoy the finer things and appreciate the history or story behind it. I only say that because this box is not inexpensive. The price is $89.95 per month plus shipping. I subscribe to the Robb Report magazine and very much enjoy reading it. If you subscribe to the magazine they offer a discount on the box. I researched previous boxes and liked what I saw so I subscribed.

Price: $89.95 per month plus shipping w/discounts for 3, 6, and 12 month subscriptions.

The Good:

Products: The products are high end, artisan and great quality. 

Information: The include booklet is a wealth of information on the products. 

Referral Program: Refer 3 friends and get a free box. 

Alcohol: Sometimes they include alcohol which I'm a big fan of. 

The Not So Good:

Price: The price is high for a monthly box of surprise items.

Auto-Renew. I don't care much for auto-renew especially on a box with a high price tag. 

November Robb Vices Box

Contents of the Robb Vices Box:

Groth Wines Cabernet Sauvignon. Value = $59.99

Sempli Vaso-Vino Decanter. Value = $50.00

Urbani Stringozzi Pasta. Value = $9.00

Lark Fine Foods Salted Rosemary Shortbread Cookies. Value = $6.00

Artstar $100 Gift Card. Value = $0

New York Prime Beef $125 off. Value = $0

The total value of this box is about $124.99. I very rarely include the price of gift cards and discount codes because they usually require and out of pocket expense. I searched the website of both Artstar and New York Prime Beef and while you can save a lot you still have a minimum out of pocket expense of $25. 

I was very excited about the other items in the box. The first thing I noticed was the Groth wine. I'm a fan of this wine and the winery is within a couple hours of my house. The next thing I noticed was the decanter which matches the wine classes that came in a previous box. I love it! I'm also familiar with the Urbani and Lark cookies and was super happy to see those in the box. I can't wait to try the pasta. 

Verdict: This Robb Vices box was a win for me. I will use all the tangible items in the box and probably order a few steaks also.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 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
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag
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.

Contents of the MightyFix box:

Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag. Value - $10.99

The total value of this box is $10.99. I was actually pretty excited to try this little treasure out in my closet. The boyfriend rides a motorcycle for work and tends to sweat a lot in the summer. This makes for a not so pretty smelling closet sometimes. It's a large walk-in closet and we do our best to keep it aired out but sometimes it gets a little musty in there. I put this in the closet and in the first week I noticed a difference. I will say the weather where we are has cooled down a lot so his clothes aren't as sweaty but I still think it's helped because I can't smell anything in that closet now. 

Verdict: I'm sold on this product and so glad I was able to try it in this box.