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June Birchbox

18 Jun


Love the colorful box this month!


Davine’s SU hair and body wash. The bottle says it’s a good wash to use for sensitive skin. I LOVED the last Davine’s  shampoo and conditioner sample that birchbox sent, but the shampoo is regularly $26 for a normal size bottle. I could never justify spending that much. I own the Davine’s leave in conditioner spray, it’s really nice.

Benefit Gimme Brow. It’s a tinted brow volumizing gel. I didn’t notice volume, but does work as a gel. Mine is marked with a 3, which I assume is the color for dark brown,  though it doesn’t deposit heavy color.
– Coola spf 30 sunscreen. I’m a fan of getting sunscreen samples. It’s a practical product that will get used up. This sample will probably last one day hiking or a day trip to the beach,  perfect size to toss into a travel bag.
Oribe dry texturizing spray. I saw a birchbox tutorial using this, I’m looking forward to trying it out.
Ardency Inn modster black eyeliner. I’ve received a different eyeliner that I wasn’t  a fan of from Glossybox. It had a brush applicator, so you would be painting your eyelid black. Yeah, I never used it. I’m more willing to try this pencil style, though.

I noticed that there is a padding layer at the bottom of the box now,  that is a great idea. That will protect the products more than shipping in a piece of tissue paper. The winners this month for sure are the Benefit brow gel and the Davine’s body wash. Those will definitely be used up asap!

Birchbox referral link.


Boxycharm March 2014 Box!

3 Apr


Boxycharm – $21/month

I re-signed up for Boxycharm this month after seeing the moisturizer as a sneak peek item. This is the best box I’ve seen from them yet!

Pur-lisse moisturizer – $55, Bella Pierre Makeup Base – $19, Bella Pierre “Earth” shimmer eye shadow – $15, Model Co Party Proof Lipstick in “Pinking of You” – $17, StrangeBeautiful Nail Polish in “Pussy Willow and BandAid” – $18.

That totals $124 value for this box!

Up until now Boxycharm has mostly been full size drugstore brand make up, nails and hair products only. This is the first box that is such a high value!

I highly recommend signing up for this box now that it is increasing in quality!

J’Adore VoxBox from Influenster

20 Mar


So I signed up for influenster a couple months ago not really understanding what it was and then never really exploring it. I forgot about it until they sent me an email that I qualified to receive a voxbox. It seems the trade off for getting a free box of items is that we receive items to review and to encourage online social interaction for these brands.

This was the J’Adore box. I’ve never used false eyelashes, buy my mom saw them and claimed them right away. My 3 year old niece ended up enjoying most of the Hershey kisses. She saw which drawer I put them in, I later found her standing next to a pile of empty wrappers! I haven’t used the frizz ease product yet, for sure will try it next tune I straighten my hair (a few times a year, max). Aaand the face mask…gave it away to a friend. I feel sometimes I don’t have the time or patience to do a mask. Smells good, at least. I’ve been way more in to tea lately, enjoying these so far.

I hope I keep getting more boxes!

My first Pop Sugar Must Have box!

10 Oct


Popsugar Must Have Box $35/month -> will go up to $40/month starting in November unless you lock in a lower subscription price during October.


I used a coupon code to get $5 off my first box. Technically my first box was September, but I moved and that box is still at my old address waiting for me to pick it up. So this is actually my first – how exciting!

8 items plus a $20 coupon for Stitch Fix – a monthly clothing subscription that sends you 5 clothing items and you pay for only the ones you keep, minus a $20 credit. I may they this for one month only, I shop enough on my own to have to justify.


“Wet” Detangling hair brush – what a useful item to include in this box!
Jane Tran hair pins (set of 6) $12 (estimate based off of similar set from birchbox) – I will definitely use these for those sassy mid day hair strands.
The Can’t Cook Book 100+ recipes – I’m not really in a cook book kind of phase right now…. [puts book to the side indefinitely]
NYX Smokey Shadow Palette $7 – Meh, I never do a smokey eye, but I might use these individually. I found mixed reviews on the Google machine, so I may just pass this along to someone else.
NYX Liquid Brown Liner $7 – Yes, I think I may get some regular use out of a liquid brown eye liner for an everyday look.
Gorjana Bali Bead bracelet in hot pink– 100% of proceeds on their website go to Breast Cancer Connections.
The Crispery Halloween Crispy Cake $4 – It’s more like a huge marshmallow with rice crispies in it, topped with sprinkles. I just ate half of it like a crazy person…sugar overload!
Julep Polish Duo $28- Freedom Polymer Top Coat and Millie (grayish grape color). I was excited to see this, but too bad I already own Millie from my Julep Maven subscription box. (Use code FREEBOX to get your first box free!)

It was a cute box to open, but I think I may cancel. I think I could better spend this money towards purchasing items I love or want/need. Nothing in this box jumps out like the feeling of “OHMYGOSh I can’t believe I have this now!” So I cannot justify paying $35-40 to continue this subscription. If I had income to spare I would like keep it for a short of entertainment value, but times are tough and decisions need to be made!

It’s worth mentioning the accordion style info booklet is well designed, easy to read and much appreciated.

That’s my quick rundown for the October box. What did you guys think of it? Am I coming down off the subscription box high? Is the Popsugar Must Have Box worth keeping??

Goodies Box – July 2013

20 Jul


Goodies Box is only $7/month + free shipping!


This box is about three to four times the dimension of a Birchbox! How can they ship this and still be profitable at $7/box? Not my problem!

Goodies Box and I had a short lived relationship. I discovered this snack food sub box, signed up, read some reviews from last month’s box that included Pringles chips, got my shipping confirmation, then cancelled my subscription thinking I was going to be getting a snack box of Pringles type of stuff. Yuck. “Not for me,” I said.

But my box is so yummy and 4 of the 5 items are not artificially flavored. This lovely box was waiting for me when I got home from work today. Warning: never open an edible subscription box right when you get home from work. Must eat allthethingsnow!! Hungry monster immediately said yum to 3 of the 5 items.

Sparkling Fruit Water in Black Raspberry, couldn’t find a link to this. Currently in my fridge, chillin’. I’ll sip on this over the weekend 🙂


Gimbals Cherry Lovers heart shaped jelly bean candy (chocolate cherry and vanilla cherry are my favorite in this bag). Too many in this bag to eat all at once, but if you need a sweet sugary treat these are perfect to have on hand to satisfy the sweet tooth. Notice the bag has been ripped open before the picture!


Cosmos Creations caramel baked corn, labeled as non gmo (100 calorie snack bag = gonesoofastmustbuymorenow!) Very tasty snack. Notice the package is also ripped open on the left!

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Original gluten free crackers – Tip: use these instead of regular tortilla chips to make nachos. Spread out on a plate, sprinkle shredded cheese, pop in the oven for a few minutes, top with fresh salsa and voila! More protein, less calories than tortilla chips, still crunchy and tasty!

Better Chip – fresh corn chips. Haven’t tried these yet, I’ll make some salsa first to try these out with.

Before I even finished this post I went and re-subscribed!

The Goodies.co website has a point system similar to Birchbox where they give you points for reviewing products. Points can be reserved for a fee box, but I haven’t yet figured out how many points ars needed. I’m glad I didn’t get the June box, check out previous boxes on their website. They do not customize the boxes, looks like everyone gets the same items. I’m happy with my first box, hope to continue enjoying this subscription – plus it’s only $7!

Sample Society Box – June 2013

13 Jun

Sample Society from BeautyBar.com – $15/month (+tax in CA, free shipping)


This box makes me think about getting rid of Birchbox and keeping Sample Society Subscription instead.


Starting with my favorite, here’s what I received this month:
Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit (on sale at stilacosmetics.com
Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser
Illume Candle in Desert Rose
Philosophy Hope in a Jar
Go Smile teeth whitener

I love everything in this box!! I did see another review that had another Stila product in place of the teeth whitener. Love Stila lip glazes (I think I have 5 or 6) and Love Murad skincare products, they are too pricey to keep stocked in my bathroom, though, glad for this deluxe size product. The Illume candle had a strong perfume scent, but it is less intense while it is burning – “10 hr burn time”.

I might cancel my Glossybox and keep Sample Society after this month.

Salma Hayek Nuance Sample Box

27 May


Woohoo! I also got the Salma Hayek Nuance sample box from Birchbox! I opted in to the email notice to possibly receive Nuance samples, I didn’t know I would get a whole box of items to try. There were 5 items in my box. Free of parabens, based on her grandmother’s home made beauty recipes, and all available at CVS stores.


Mamey Fruit Volumizing Shampoo & Conditioner – I usually use EO brand from Whole Foods since it’s free of all the sketchy chemicals found in most shampoos. I am glad to try another “clean” brand. Regular price $7.99 each

My Super Secret Moisturizing Body Cream – Shea and honey infused family recipe, it’s pretty thick with a very light, sweet scent. Very awesome I used it on my arms and legs after shower today and my skin was thirsty! Okay, I’ll use this for a few more days and see what I think. Full size $14.99

Lights, Camera, Action Eye Trio – Hmm, I missed something, I can’t figure out where the liner is lol. No prob, I will use it as a duo!! Lol. I got a bronzey color “Champagne/Gold Shimmer”. Oh! It was a little stuck, I figured out the liner is on the opposite end as the shadow, the highlighter untwists in the middle, the shadow wand twists out of the gold shadow end. Folks, we now have a Trio! Yay! Full Size $8.79

AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream – Antioxidant rich moisturizer. I haven’t even opened this to try it yet, all in good time. Too many boxes, so many products to sample!

How exciting! The card included says this is a sponsored box, probably by cvs and Salma Hayek, so it was sent separate from my regular Birchbox subscription. I’ve seen this brand in the makeup aisle at CVS, but never thought to try it since it was a new, unknown brand. I may be wearing the eye trio tomorrow! 😉