Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Little Lace Box February 2016 Review

Little Lace Box is a bi-monthly lifestyle, fashion, and beauty box. They consistently send really unique and hard to find items. This is one of the more creative curations, and they are pretty good about picking items that support the month’s theme. This box often includes the types of items that have not been found in any other subscription box, such as a teapot and dishwashing soap. The boxes are generally packed and the items are good quality. Subscriptions generally sell out months in advance. The rewards program can offer you discounts in the shop.

Cost: $49.99/month, $134.99/3 month subscription, $269.95/6 month subscription
How Often: Bi-Monthly
Ships To: United States (including Alaska & Hawaii & Puerto Rico) via USPS Priority
The theme this month is Love Letters. Ever thine. Ever Mine. Ever Ours. Beethoven and his love letters was the inspiration for this month.
"I love Hearts" Canvas Tote by Vine Street market USA - $35.99. This tote is fairly big, I placed a quarter for scale, but it's kind of lost in the pic. It is very sturdy canvas and made from repurposed and organic materials. It folds up into itself, so it's compact and easy to carry around.
Coupons that were included this month:
Vine Street Market USA 20% off coupon - This was included I with the tote. If you do enough sub boxes, you will never ever have any reason to purchase a tote. But there are some really cute ones on this site. They have scarves also.
16" Throw Pillow by Deny Designs - $39.99. The code will be emailed in a couple days. You can choose from over 9000 designs. I like that a pillow was included, and I like even better that there is an option for you to pick exactly what matches your taste.

Yedi Housewares Porcelain Inside Out Heart Tea Cup and Saucer - $8.99. This porcelain teacup and saucer is said to be an Oprah favorite. I can see why. This is really nice and would be perfect for a cup of tea.  Made from the highest quality porcelain, the Inside Out Hearts Collection comes detailed with either gold or platinum trim and now is also available in full glaze. The white/gold version is what was sent out. The teacups are hand glazed and available in six gorgeous colors
Wild Ophelia Peanut Butter Cups by Katrina Markoff - $2.99. I was excited to see this until I noticed the Peanut Butter. Meh, not a fan. but I do love it when treats are included! This is said to be high quality chocolate. There were several variations sent out. To honor its commitment to inspire, encourage, and help empower American female entrepreneurs through its chocolate, Wild Ophelia will donate a percentage of it's profits to organizations that fund such women.
Letters to my Love by Lea Redmond - $14.99. This is for a time capsule. Each envelope has a theme, such as "when we met". You basically write love letters, from the heart, to be opened at a later date. I LOVE this. I have zero use for this and will not be keeping, but I sure love the concept. I think this would make a great gift for a new bride.
Ever Mine Red Metallic Executive Pen - $8.99. This goes nicely with the Love Letters. This pen is very nice and comes with a velvet black pouch. This was custom made for this months LLB box, and is a reminder to be Ever Mine, to listen to your heart, be true to your dreams, your goals,  your family, your loves, and yourself!
This months box has an approximate value of $112. This is not my favorite box, as far as usefulness goes. But once again, they have really curated a very creative and unique box.

Quarterly Co Monthly Discovery Box Review

Quarterly Co Monthly Discovery Box is a quarterly subscription service with many different curators. You select a curator that looks interesting to you, and you should receive their box every quarter. Not all curators’ ship on time, meaning it could be much longer than 3 months, but you will never be billed until the box actually ships. The idea is that they tell a story with the items they choose for each box. They tend to find a lot of original and interesting items that you may not have thought to get yourself. This is a great box to discover new products, or to follow a favorite curator. They usually find unique item you may not think to get for yourself. You can get boxes specific to beauty, travel, culinary, fitness, and any many other themes. The Monthly Discovery box has items from the other boxes.

Cost: $35
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States via USPS and International shipping is available

This box does not include an info card, so I have to find the items the best I can.
Clean Bottle - $10. With the Clean Bottle, cleaning and drying are easy. Both the top and bottom of the bottle unscrew, so this washes out easily. Made with 100% non-toxic, BPA-free plastics. And 10% of all Clean Bottle profits are donated to environmentally and cycling-friendly charities. This is the same bottle as seen at the Tour de France.
Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot, 13.5 Ounces (400ml) - $14.50. One of a king, made of durable borosilicate glass to avoid thermal shock. This has a strainer lid that snaps on, no press action require. Easy to clean, dishwasher safe. This gets fairly good reviews, the tea does not stay in it long enough to get bitter. And even though the glass is thin, it's said to hold up well in both the microwave and the dishwasher.
NLP The New Technology of Achievement, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Book - $8.99. Meh. Another self-help book to help you get what you want out of life. This one has a 21-day step program. I wish sub boxes would send books in kindle form, I'm more likely to read. This one, I'll probably pass.
This little button is cute. I have no clue what to even do with it. I can't find a price because it's so non-descript.
Tattly Design Temporary Tattoo - $5. What to Focus On - Happy temporary tattoo. I like getting temporary tattoos, but this one, I'll pass on. This is pretty good size.
Tattly Arrow Tattoo - $5. This also includes the card "Hunter.” Apply your arrow tattoo as a reminder to always go after whatever you want. I could not find a link for the card, but I think it's super cute.
Poppin Notebook Cahier - $2.  This fits perfectly in a purse or handbag. Great for jotting down notes on the go. I love to get little notebooks in sub boxes, because I use them often.
This months box has an approximate value of $45.50. Quarterly co is pretty good about matching the costs of the box with the approximate value of the items. I really like this box because of the mix of items that are included.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phyto Hair Products

What I'm Raving about this week!
I have recently started using the Phyto products I have been collecting from sub boxes. I've never tried this brand before and was a little apprehensive. After all, I'm pretty stuck on using my regular brand. I have been so incredibly surprised by how my hair has responded. My hair feels soft and manageable, and non-frizzy. The key to using Phyto is to rinse right away, a tip you will see me repeat throughout this post. Otherwise, your hair can be left feeling greasy and weighed down.
PhytoJoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Shampoo $19. An intense, sulfate-free daily hydrating shampoo that restores moisture to dry hair without weighing it down. This works very well and leaves hair detangled and manageable. The container threw me a little bit, it's hard aluminum. But the formula is watery enough that it easily pours out. You don't need to use much at all. And even though it is sulfate free, it gives a lather. Rinse immediately.
Phyto Paris Reparateur Express Conditioner - $19. This instantly detangles hair without weighing it down. It's great for dry, weakened, or damaged hair. The entire key to using this product effectively is to rinse immediately! This will leave your hair soft and manageable. A little goes a long way.
Phyto Spray Reparateur Thermo-Actif - $12. This is a heat-activated, pre-styling spray that targets heat damage (blow dry & styling tools) with an infusion of botanical keratin to repair and protect weakened hair. Paraben, sulfate, and Phthalate free. The lightweight formula detangles and is nourishing, and it prevents breakage as it leaves hair looking radiant, shiny, and smooth. This goes on really easy, and does not weigh down the hair.
Very happy I've found a good combination to use for my hair. I don't miss my regular brand at all right now.

Allure Beauty Box February 2016 Review

Allure Beauty Box (formerly Sample Society) - is curated by the editors of the Allure Magazine. It promises 5 deluxe sizes “expert approved” beauty items from luxurious brands. It comes with a great info card "mini magazine" that tells you why they picked what they picked, how to use it, and why they like it.
Cost: $15/month or $165/Annually
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) via UPS Ground
Full look at the February Box.  I don't include prices for this box, mostly because everything is generally sample sized.
Skinfix Ultra Rich Hand Cream - This hand cream is paraben free, phthalates free, and the best part, scent free. This is a really thick hand cream. It does take a minute to soak in. Works very well and is my favorite item in the box. I would like to swap for more.
Bulgari Omnia Paraiba - Notes of passion fruit, biograde orange (a bittersweet orange scent), passion flower, gardenia, cocoa beans, and vetiver. Since this is perfume, I will not be keeping. I really love the "bottle" design.
Hello Breath Spray - This is an alcohol free breath freshener. Who doesn't love a good breath spary? Great for after coffee. This came in a couple different flavors, Mojito Mint, tart Pink Grapfruit Mint, and Supermint. I received Supermint.
Kevin Murphy Hydrate-me Wash and Rinse - For normal or dry hair. This is sulfate free. This cleanses and conditions gently enough to use on any hair type. I have not tried this, but it is said to smell like lemon cake. It's got shea butter and evening-primrose oil, and kakdu plum (antioxidant). I'm still on the fence about trying, but may do so this weekend.
LancĂ´me Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector Advanced Multi-Correcting Gel-in-Oil - I have never cared for face oil and this just sounds weird to me. A "gel-in-oil" basically feels like a gel coming out of the container, and melts into an oil as you rub it into your skin. It also contains a floral scent, which is just another reason I'm not keeping.
Pur-lisse Daily Lip Nourisher - This is a lip moisturizer, and works very well. No parabens or petrolatum. Key ingredients are mango-seed buter, shea butter, jojoba oil, rice-bran oil, and vitamin E. It is scent free. This is one of my favorite items this month. Goes on easy and works really well.
This is one of the better boxes from Allure Beauty Box. I feel they are really stepping up their game this year. I am happy I resigned up for this one because I love the mix of products, the brand names, and the usefulness of the items.

Monday, February 8, 2016

PopSugar Must Have Box January 2016

PopSugar Must Have Boxis a monthly lifestyle box, geared toward women, founded by Lisa Sugar. They send full size products and a mix of beauty, home, fitness, and other items. They guarantee a value of over $100. They also curate Special Edition boxes that are released throughout the year; they are very popular and contain luxury items. We recommend this box for anyone new to subscription services. 
Cost: $29.95
How Often: Monthly
Ships To: United States via USPS and FedEx
This months box had heart stamped tissue paper. I love the seasonal theme. This months inspiration is Adorning, hearts, sexy, indulgent, confident. I always have mixed feelings over the February boxes, so I expect the same this month. This months box is clearly sponsored by Victoria Secret's.
Victoria Secret Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion - $18. Infused with coconut milk for its soothing and moisturizing properties. Paraben Free. I've tested this before and I don't really care for the scent.
Fringe Studio Hello Beautiful Square Tray - $14. This is really beautiful glass tray. Much prettier in person than the photo can show. I really like this, I just do not have any use for it.
Jewelry Storm Endless Arrow Ring - $28. This is really pretty and very sparkly. I could only find this online in a size 6, and this is pretty tiny, so I'm guessing it's actually a size 6. It is adjustable, but I don't think it can be adjusted enough to actually fit another size, which is pretty disappointing. There was also 30% off coupon included for your next order at Jewelry Storm.  
BeautyCounter Nourishing Cleansing Balm - $50. This is a moisturizing cleanser. It comes with a muslin cloth to help rinse off. With raspberry seed oil, cranberry, and vitamin C. I'm looking forward to trying this, might be my favorite item this month.
Tilo Heart Print Scarf - $125. This is pretty, just not my style. I do like Tilo scarves though, good quality. This was designed exclusively for PopSugar.
FoodStirs Heart Cookie Mix - $12.95. Foodstirs was cofounded by Sarah Michelle Gellar. This kit is a mix, cookie cutter, and sprinkles. Free of artificial ingredients, GMO's, and preservatives.
Victoria's Secret Sport Socks - $5. This was a sponsored item. I always like getting socks in sub boxes, it's useful and these are nice. This fabric keeps your feet cool and dry even while working out.
Victoria's Secret Reward Card - $20. This was also a special extra. I love that this was included. Who couldn't use this? Nice that's it's included.
This monthsPopSugar Must Have Box has an approximate value of $273. I have mixed feelings about this box. I really wish the ring was either more adjustable, or came in another size. But I do like the VS coupon, the socks, and the cleansing cream.