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Friday, May 23, 2014

POPSUGAR Must Have: May 2014

The POPSUGAR Must have box is easily one of my favorite subscriptions.  Every month for 39.95 they send a box loaded with high value products (and the best snacks ever).  This month was no different.

 So many goodies!  This month is all about getting summer ready and features a lot of great fitness and beauty products.
Hi I’m Skinny Sticks  in Multi-Grain Sweet Onion flavor... I opened them right after I took the picture.  These are so good.  These are way better for you than potato chips and I think they taste better too.  This bag did not last long.

I love this color!  Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics nail polish in "Pool Boy."  I put it on my toes and its so fun... perfect for summer!

This Kerry Cassill eye mask is very soft, but I already have one that I like, so I gave this one to my sister.  I'm sure it will come in handy for all those day-time naps college students get to take. (So jealous...)

Another item that I gave to my sister, this Smellbent St Tropez fragrance smells like sunscreen on the beach.  It smells decent, but not really my style.  This was the heavy hitter in the box valued at $45.00, but I'm so picky when it comes to fragrances that I was a little disappointed that the highest value item in the box was a fragrance.  Caroline liked it though, so that is a plus.

I haven't actually tried this workout DVD from Tone It Up yet, but I'm looking forward to it!  It looks like a really good one!  I've been working out lately with a personal trainer and haven't been doing too many indoor workouts on my own, but with the hot summer weather coming it will be nice to have a new indoor workout to try.

This Zing Anything water bottle has a built in citrus juicer in the bottom compartment so that you can have naturally flavored water anytime!  I think its a really neat concept and I've been using lemons in it.  The only downside is that you have to be really careful about making sure the bottom is sealed tight otherwise it will leak.

Overall, I'm pleased with this box.  The total value of the box was $108.00 so definitely a great value for the 39.95 monthly subscription.  This wasn't my favorite Popsugar box, but Its still one of my favorite services.  What did you think of your box?  Have you tried any of these products before?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Escape Monthly May 2014: California

Sunny California, Here I come!  Escape Monthly is a monthly vacation in a box subscription service for $49.95.  The theme of this month's box is California, and I have to say, its my favorite theme so far. 
Escape Monthly always includes lots of snacks.  While I'd prefer the value of the box to not be snack heavy, the snacks this month were appealing. I got a package of All Natural IPS Egg White Chips, a box of San Franola Cinnamon Almond Granola, a bottle of Caliwater Cactus water, and 2 Nicobella Organic Chocolates (of which only the empty box is pictured because we ate them as soon as we opened the box... Yum!)
I LOVE all the beauty products in this box!  This Hugo Naturals handcrafted soap smells amazing and I love the natural sponge.
I also received a full size Juice Beauty Green Apple Age Defy Hand Cream.  I think it smells more like lemon than green apple but I really love the scent and the product. This left my hands very soft and smooth.
Every Month, Escape Monthly includes a travel guide to the chosen destination.  Normally, I don't find them useful, but this time the guide is for California Wine Country and I will definitely be flipping through to plan my imaginary vacation.

Bonus!  Escape Monthly included this tin of California Poppy seeds!  Its so cute and a thoughtful bonus addition.

In all, this month was definitely my favorite.  The Escape Monthly boxes usually are close in value of the items to the overall cost of the subscription, however the selection of products is fun.  What was your favorite item this month?  Where would you like to travel to next month?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Birchbox Man May 2014: True to GOOD FORM

(Guest Post by my handsome and hilarious boyfriend Jonathan, Enjoy!)

Hello again. 

Despite my somewhat ineloquent grasp of written communication, I’ve been asked to guest review the contents of this month’s Birchbox Man!  Whether this is because my review was actually good or not is left to be determined.  In any case, I am indeed a MAN and therefore meet the minimum qualifications required to review this month’s man-box.  

The items collected in this box are as follows:

A vial of Histories de Parfums’ 1969 themed cologne which smells a lot like a used record store that also happens to sell “waterpipes” for “tobacco”.  This pleasantly mellow musk will make you want to put on some tie-dye, listen to some Hendrix, and seriously consider moving to Canada to dodge the draft (and also, like, how love is, like, everywhere, man, if you just look hard enough).  At $125 for a full-size bottle, it’s way more expensive than what an actual hippie would pay, especially when you consider how much weed that could buy in 1969!

A tube of COOLA Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recovery After-Sun Lotion.  For the REAL MANLY MAN who would rather get sun poisoning than wear some sissy sunblock!  I haven’t gotten much use from it yet since the longest I’ve been outside recently was when I got stuck behind a confused, elderly woman at Redbox.  But it’s a smooth and soothing cream that moisturizes without feeling oily.  I’m sure it’ll come in handy on those summer days when I either forget to put sunscreen on or can’t find a friendly stranger to rub it on for me.

PRORASO Shave Cream
If you’ve ever wanted the feel of an old-fashioned shave without the pain of using a Straight Razor, then this shaving cream is for you!  A little dab lathers up nicely and smells like an upscale barbershop (the kind that businessmen go to).  Leaves a nice, clean shave that feels like I just shaved with my grandfather’s shaving kit (except this time my face isn’t all sliced up).

Bread & Boxers Boxer Briefs
Despite it’s name, bread did not come with this particular pair of boxer briefs.  Made of organic cotton, this comfortable and stylish underwear will keep your boys in place until it’s time to let ‘em loose.  While the front panel shows off my package nicely, I failed to realize that these briefs were fly-less until the most inopportune time.    

32 Oral Care, LLC Effervescent Breath Treatment
Pop Rocks....but for adults!  The ordinary (boring) packaging makes it look like something you’d find in the toothpaste aisle of a pharmacy.  Taste good but kind of overpriced (pack of 15-60 will cost you anywhere from $9.99 to $29.50, yikes!).  Flavors included; Honey Mint, Lemon Mint, Peppermint, and Spearmint.  Don’t drink with soda.

Bicycle Robocycle Playing Cards
How do robots unwind after a long day of serving/enslaving mankind?  By heading over to R2-D2’s place for poker night of course!  This clever twist on the classic deck of cards features a retro-futuristic design that’ll make a simple game of war look like a scene from Terminator!  So if you’re into Steampunk and enjoy an analog game of solitaire, this deck’s for you!

Oh, yeah, and there’s a poster.

Altogether, this Birchbox was the best one I’ve ever had and am quite impressed by the variety of high-quality products for today’s modern man.    

Beauty Box 5 May 2014!

 I just received my Beauty Box 5 May Box (a week ago..) and I'm excited to share it with you.  This is my first month with this box and I'm definitely pleased with it.  This is one of the more affordable beauty boxes out there at just $12.00/Month U.S.  Its even cheaper with a 3-month or yearly subscription. 
I was very impressed with the selection for the price.  I also got a free Bellapierre Cosmetics eyeshadow when I used a (now expired) Promo Code advertised on the Beauty Box 5 Website.
Shiny, Coppery, Shimmery-ness

This Cattiva Eyeliner Pen is nice, but is just a basic black.  I gave it to my sister, Caroline.  She never turns down free makeup.  I have a lot of black eyeliners, even more so from signing up for all of these subscription services, so for me this pick was a little boring.
This MaskerAide Weather Warrior Mask was really nice.  While I looked like a weirdo, I loved how cool and moisturizing it felt.  I also loved that once I was done, I didn't need to wash the lotion off.  

This is a Harvey Prince Fragrance called "Hello."  I received a different Harvey Prince fragrance (Yogini) in a Birchbox subscription, which I hated, but this one was not too bad.  I'm still not a big fan, but it was a nice floral.
I love this H20+ Face Wash, definitely tossed it in my gym bag along with the Ban Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths.

For the price, I definitely feel like I got a good value from the products, even though some of them were a little boring.  6 out of 10 stars, but still a fan.

For more information about this subscription, visit Beauty Box 5.

What did you get in your May box?

Friday, May 9, 2014

Birchbox May 2014: Freewheeling!

 I just received my May Birchbox yesterday!  Birchbox is a great way to try 4-5  new products for only $10.00 a month and I've really been enjoying it.  Other reviewers have been posting their pics as well and looks like there was a lot of variety this month which is really exciting to see.
I have to admit that my feelings are a bit mixed this month, but I still think its a great service and fun to try new things.  If you are interested in signing up, click here for more information.

First up: Beauty Protector shampoo and conditioner.  This product smells amazing and lathers well too.  I'd love to order the full size but at $21.95 each for the full size, I will probably stick to my tried brands.  The packaging is just too cute though.

Its kind of hard to tell from this picture but this LAQA & CO sheer lip pencil is a very pretty coral color.  It smells (and feels) minty when you put it on.  I like that it also feels soft, like a balm.  The only thing I didn't like is that it is almost a frosty coral color.  I look good in coral, but not so much in frosty shades.

I love Supergoop sunscreen.  I recently received a sample of the Supergoop sunscreen serum in my March Birchbox, so I do wish I would have received a different product, but I love the brand and it will definitely get used up.

32 Oral Care Effervescent breath crystals with IsoVoxy.  Ahhh I love this.  My boyfriend received some of these in his Birchbox (review coming soon) and I was kinda jealous.  I'm a sucker for gimmicks like this.  These breath crystals are like Pop Rocks that leave you minty fresh.  Very cool.

Also included was a $25 off coupon to use on any $75+ purchase from Kate Spade Saturday!  I want everything on this website.  Everything is adorable.

Overall I was pleased with my Birchbox and I'm looking forward to using my new products!  I would rate my May box 5 stars out of 10, but only because of the duplicate product and the color of the lip lube.  What did you think of your product selection?