Sunday, December 24, 2017

PopSugar Must Have Limited Women's Winter Box 2017

Every year PopSugar Must Have Box offers 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.

PopSugar Must Have Limited Women's Winter Box 2017

 Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Winter Box for Her 2017

Cluse La Boheme Rose Gold Watch. Value = $99.00

Tribe Alive Luxe Brass Handle Handbag. Value = $168.00

Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil. Value = $44.00

Odeme Melamine Dessert Plates. Value = $27.00

Pehr Chambray Fringe Napkins. Value = $40.00

Vosges Haut-Chocolate Holiday Cracker. Value = $10.00

Esteé Lauder Modern Muse Parfum Rollerball. Value = $26.00

The total value of this winter men's box is $414.00. I really love the Tribe Alive bag that was included in this box. I'm also a fan of the melamine plates even though I have a ton of plates right now. The watch is really nice but I'm not really a watch person and if I do become a watch person I'm getting an apple watch. The cloth napkins will go nicely the silver placemats from the Neiman Marcus box and the table runner from a box several months ago. 

Verdict: I'm happy with my $100 investment in this box. 

Saturday, December 23, 2017

December 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. 

December Robb Vices box

Contents of the Robb Vices Box:

Georg Jensen Indulgence Champagne Sabre. Value = $200.00

Robb Vices Reserve Sparkling Wine. Value = $39.95

The House of Gabriel Boudier Créme de Cassis Dijon. Value = $30.00

The total value of this box is about $269.95. This box includes a champagne sabre that screams ridiculously indulgent! This is something I would never buy myself but I'm super happy to own one. We are going be be remodeling our game room/bar and I'm going to proudly display this and offer it up for all the champagne openings. I'm going to save this bottle of sparkling for Christmas and break out my new sabre. 

Verdict: This Robb Vices box was super fun and indulgent. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

December 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.

Love with Food Christine Ha tasting box

Contents of Love with Food tasting box. 

The Daily Crave Veggie Chips.

Wholesome Organic Peppermint Candy Cane.

Dolcetto Chocolate Wafer Rolls.

Nothing but the Fruit Mixed Berry Real Fruit Bites. 

Nothing but the Fruit Strawberry Real Fruit Bites. 

Blue Diamond Hint of Sea Salt Nut Thins. 

Bakery on Main Cranberry Almond Maple Granola Snack.

Munk Pack Coconut Chocolate Macadamia Protein Cookie.

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:  Love with Food box always has yummy items in it.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

PopSugar Neiman Marcus Special Edition Box

The PopSugar Neiman Marcus box is always a gamble box for me. The price of the box is $250 and this year the promised value is over $750. They also let you choose between a gold or silver box which meant 5 of the 9 items would be based on your metallic preference. 

All the sparkly items!

I love these placemats! 

So purrrty!

Contents of the PopSugar Neiman Marcus box with retail price:

Jonathan Adler Pop Candle in Vodka. Value = $42.00

Anna by Rablabs Forma Spreader Set in Azure Silver. Value = $85.00

(4) Kim Seybert, Inc. Spotlight Placemats in silver. Value = $112.00

Glamglow Dreamduo Overnight Transforming Treatment. Value = $59.00

Edie Parker Heart Charm in Pink and Silver. Value = $125.00

W&P Design Pineapple Cocktail shaker in Silver. Value = $80.00

Yves Saint Laurent Limited Edition Neiman Marcus Exclusive Wild Illusion Palette & The Shock Mascara. Value = $60.00

Chan Luu Swarovski Pearl & Crystal Necklace & Earring Set in Silver. Value = $195.00

Neiman Marcus Gift Card. Value = $25.00

The total value of this special edition box is $783.00. That's 3 times the price of the box! I gotta be honest I was super happy with almost everything in this box. I question the retail price of the charm because there is really nothing special about it and no way worth $125 in my opinion. The candle container is gorgeous and when it's empty I'll probably repurpose that. I absolutely love the geode plate, it's so pretty. The placemats are super fun and my only complaint is I need about 6 more for my table. I've been wanting a new cocktail shaker but I wish it matched the other stuff I have from that brand which is gold. I love, love, love the eyeshadow colors. I wasn't sure I was going to like the necklace and earrings but they are actually really pretty in person. 

Verdict: I am super happy with this box! 


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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 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.

Contents of ipsy bag w/approximate value:

.2 oz. Radial Glamolash mascara XXL. Value = $12.00

Smashbox Always on Gel Liner in fishnet. Value = $9.00

Luxie precision shader brush. Value = $14.00

1 oz. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser. Value = $10.00

.03 oz. Pixi by Petra eyeshadow duo in orchid ornament. Value = $5.00

silver w/glitter makeup bag. 

The approximate value of this months bag is approximately $50.00. I love the little makeup bag this month. I'm a sucker for glitter! I was way too many brushes and mascaras right now so I'm not too excited about those two items. I'm am digging the colors of the eyeshadow and the travel size face cleanser is right up my alley. 

Verdict: Great deal for $10!

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Winter FabFitFun Box

FabFitFun is not a monthly subscription but quarterly. Each season you will receive hand-picked, high-end and exclusive gifts including beauty, fashion and fitness products. The items are full sized and premium with a value of $200+. The cost of this box is $49.99 billed every 3 months. 

Price: $49.99 every 3 months. Discount of $20 for yearly subscription.  

This subscription in available in the US only and ships from Los Angeles, Ca. 

The good:

The Products: You will receive mostly full size and premium products in each box and not just beauty items.

The Brands: They send well known premium brands

Quarterly: This is nice because monthly boxes can cause overload.

Info: They send newspaper of sorts with all the product information, interviews and other fun things to read. 

The not so good:

Price: The price is a sticker shock, but it's only 4 times a year as opposed to monthly.

Contents of the FabFitFun box with approximate retail price/value:

Nelson Moisture Healing Hair Mask. Value = $23.00

Pointe Studio Aloe Infused Cozy Socks. Value = $19.00

AHAVA Mineral Hand CreamValue = $33.00

BB Dakota Poncho in Black. Value = $70.00

Doucce Freematic Pro Paletts in Smokey. Value = $70.00

Homemade by Ayesha Curry Ceramic Mug. Value = $16.00

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. Value = $75.00

8 Other Reasons Nine Lives Choker in Silver Color. Value = $58.00

Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. Value = $29.00

The total value of the summer FabFitFun box is $393.00. I'm in love with the poncho. It's kind of blanket like but I like the colors and the fact that it's reversible. I also really love the eyeshadow palette but I can't imagine paying $70 for it. The necklace is really pretty but not something I would wear. I can't wait to try the pillow spray. I work shift work so I need all the sleep help I can get. I am a fan of the exfoliKate but if you've never tried it avoid getting it in your mouth - it's not good! Really the only item in this box that I won't use is the necklace and the mug. I think the mug is adorable but I have so many already. Makes a perfect gift though!

Verdict: Overall this quarters box was a major hit for me and well worth the money.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Quarterly Co - Jamie Oliver

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.

This months box is curated by Jamie Oliver. 

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. 

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook w/annotations by Jamie. Value = $35.00

Ginger People Ginger Syrup. Value = $9.00

El Rey apamate dark chocolate disks. Value = $6.79

Tierra Farm Organic Very Berry Mix. Value = $8.82

Tierra Farm Organic Shredded Coconut. Value = $1.50

Tierra Farm Organic Mixed Raw Nuts. Value = $4.00

Select Popcorn Sunburst kernelsValue = $.85

El Rey Icoa White Chocolate disks. Value = $2.79

El Rey Caoba dark milk chocolate disks. Value = $2.79

Meri Meri Festive Star Napkins. Value = $5.50

The approximate value of this box is $77.04. The holiday boxes are great because it's always full of great baking items. The cookbook is awesome and I can't wait to read it plus all the notes. You can purchase the cookbook for less online but it doesn't have all the annotations which is what makes this a little personalized. There are probably 50 post it notes throughout the book! I have a full size popcorn machine and we will for sure use this popcorn. I'm going to try and refrain from eating the chocolate out of the bag and actually use it for baking. 

Verdict: This box was perfect and I can't wait dive into the cookbook! 


Friday, December 15, 2017

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
Color Kitchen Food coloring and sprinkles 

MightyFIX has given me 2 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:

Good Kitchen decorative food colors from nature. Value = $7.99

Good Kitchen rainbow sprinkles from nature. Value = $5.99

The total value of this box is $13.98. These are cool if you are trying to avoid artificial colors in your food. I don't use food coloring or sprinkles much anymore but I might be inspired to make a batch sugar cookies since I have these around. 

Verdict: This month wasn't too exciting but I'm still happy with it. 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

PopSugar Must Have Limited Men's Winter Box 2017

Every year PopSugar Must Have Box offers 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.

 Contents of the PopSugar Special Edition Winter Box for Him 2017

V76 by Vaughn 4-in-1 Cleansing Foam. Value = $22.00

Will Leather Goods Pebble Slimfold Wallet. Value = $110.00

Govino Go Anywhere Whiskey Glasses. Value = $17.95

Wild & Wolf Limited Edition Poker Set. Value = $30.00

Related Garments Camo and Polka Dots socks. Value = $40.00

Aviator Nation Vintage Bolt Trucker Hat. Value = $44.99

Vosges Haut-Chocolate Smoke & Stout Chocolate Bar. Value = $8.00

The total value of this winter men's box is $272.94. This box has some really nice items in it. The wallet is super soft and would make an awesome gift. I love the socks and I'm pretty much keeping those for myself. I can't wait to try the chocolate bar. I think I might pair that with some whiskey in my new whiskey glasses. The poker set is ok but I already have one and I'm actually thinking of getting rid of my poker table. The cleaning foam will be good to toss in the boyfriends travel bag. I'm not a fan of trucker hats and neither is the boyfriend. Also are they really that expensive?!?

Verdict: For $100 this had some great items in it. 


Friday, December 1, 2017

OuiPlease Vol. 3.2 Fall Edition

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%-30% off code that can be used on yearly subscriptions and brings the price down to $520 or $455. I was lucky enough to find one for 30% off so this box was only $75. The bad part is it's an overlap box with my previous subscription. 

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.

Close up of the earrings.

Contents of the Volume 3.1 OuiPlease Box:

Iles Formula Haircare set w/shampoo, conditioner and comb. Value = $25.00

Lull Paris Regenerating Hand Cream. Value = 62.00

Les Nereides Diamantine Earrings in opal. Value = $66.00

Red Beret. Value = $59.00

PopUp Candle in Desert. Value = $40.00

Les Cocotte Paris pochette in Luxembourg print. Value = $50.00

Oui Love It Les Boudoirs. Value = $30.00

The value of this box is $332.00. I've been contemplating canceling this box at the end of my year because I haven't been too excited with the items. This month was a whole different story. Besides the beret, which I can't pull off at all, I loved everything in the box. I think the earrings, while not real opal are really pretty. I love, love, love the les cocotte pouches. I think the prints are super cute and they are great for traveling. I've burned a few of the PopUp candles and still haven't found a diamond but at least I got a nice candle out of it. The booklet included a recipe for tiramisu using the lady fingers in the box. They had better be delicious for $30 a box! 

Verdict: I'm not sure how many months left I have on my subscription but I'm leaning towards not renewing. The last 2 boxes have left me unexcited.