Friday, October 30, 2015

Homegrown Collective October 2015 GREENBOX Review

Homegrown Collective is one of the most fun and unique subscriptions that I know of. Each month you'll receive a GREENBOX with everything you need to make your life a little more sustainable. It's definitely a DIY kit and you'll love the themes they have.

Here's their mission statement (I love it!):

The HOMEGROWN COLLECTIVE is dedicated to providing its members with products that foster self-sufficiency and promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. Utilizing a "group buying" strategy, we pass along those savings to you. We also hope to make the act of living a little bit greener, a lot more accessible and a lot more FUN!

The Cost: $39/month plus shipping

What You Get: Receive a seasonally appropriate, professionally curated  box of products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

This month it's all about making your own skincare. Everything Homegrown Collective sends will be as organic and natural as possible. I love it because it's fun, useful and not too difficult. You don't need a ton of time either!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Nina Garcia Quarterly Co. #NGQ06 Spoilers!

We have the full spoilers for the NGQ06 Quarterly Co. Subscription Box by Nina Garcia! This box is $100 and is supposed to ship quarterly, even though it doesn't.

The theme is Travel Essentials! Mine isn't here yet (not til Monday) but it looks like there are some color variations on at least the Chic Buds Clutchette (I've seen Navy and Pink).

More specific info:

OuiPlease Vol. 1.5 Along the Loire Valley Subscription Box Review and Coupon Code

OuiPlease is a luxury subscription that sends bi-monthly boxes of French goods to your door. While it's supposed to be bi-monthly, the boxes have been coming more quarterly because of hold ups with customs.
The presentation is gorgeous. It comes in a HUGE box via FedEx and it's rather extravagantly taped so be careful with the scissors when you're trying to open it. Inside the giant box is the gorgeous, sturdy and definitely reusable OuiPlease branded box. I love these!

Each shipment is accompanied by a OuiPlease mini-mag that describes the products in your box and also the options that others may have gotten.

The Cost: $150/bi-monthly

What You Get: A unique selection of full sized French products. In addition to all of the hand-selected gifts, your parcel will include the latest issue of our own “OuiPlease” magazine. Explore deliciously simple French recipes, exclusive interviews, style tips, lifestyle pieces, and discover the full range of current products that were distributed across America.

Wantable Intimates October 2015 Review

Wantable has made some changes to their program starting with the month of November. From now on you will have the option to choose Loungewear OR Lingerie. I'm actually really glad about this because I'm guessing it means they will have a lot more lounge options. I prefer loungewear over lingerie any day. Mostly because the lingerie never fits right.

Starting in November the price goes up to $50 but you'll receive a $4 credit for every month you're subscribed so it's basically $46. Current subscribers were grandfathered in at the old price of $40/$36. Of course, I don't love a price hike but it was only for Intimates so Makeup and Accessories stays the same.

The Cost: $46/month.

What You Get: Three to four premium intimate essentials based solely on your profile preferences.

Geek and Gamer Box Spoilers + Coupons November 2015 ~ Loot Crate, 1Up Box, Super Geek Box, Etc.

I decided to combine all the Geek/Gamer box spoilers into one post. This should give you an idea of which box you might like the most for the month and you can either subscribe or unsubscribe as you see fit!

I have spoilers here for Super Geek Box, Smuggler's Bounty Star Wars, Nerd Block Classic and Arcade and 1Up Box.

Check 'em out

Landfall Freight Co. ~ A Graphic Novel Subscription Review October 2015 Plus Coupon Code

Landfall Freight is a graphic novel subscription box designed for women who love comics, reading and are a little geektastic! This is fun because there are so few female-centric geek and gamer boxes out there. Not that this is only for gamers, it's more for readers but you know what I mean.

Each month will feature at least one graphic novel and/or comic usually written by a female with a female lead. Landfall Freight is very serious about supporting women owed business and bolstering women who love to read and enjoy graphic novels by introducing as much new material as possible.

This month, the theme is "Heart of Darkness" and the entire box revolves around it really efficiently. It's entirely appropriate for an October box, too!

The Cost: $29.99/month plus shipping.

What You Get: Every month has a feature graphic novels with a single issue comics, zines, or another graphic novel along with some artsy extras that play off of the month's feature title.

Get the October 2015 BeautyFix for Only $5!!!

Thanks to Liz at MSA, you have an IRRESISTIBLE way to try the October 2015 BeautyFix! Get it for $5 with code MYSUB5!!

Here's what's in the box:
For $5 you'll receive:

Replenix Neckletage
Ahava Mineral Hand Cream
Avene Eau Thermale
Follimedica Hair Regrowth Tretament
Cargo Eyeshadow
Osmosis Eyeliner
Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Molecular Repair Treatment
100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Totes worth it, I think.  You can see my full review here.  Sign up! The code is MYSUB5! You'll start with the October box and you'll be signing up for a recurring subscription so keep that in mind.

*affiliate links were used in this post.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Loot Crate Special Edition Mass Effect Crate Update and Spoiler

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Loot Crate has teamed up with BioWare for another limited edition crate and it's all about Mass Effect this time! In a few days, sales will go live!!

Hopefully, they've upgraded everything and are more prepared this time around. I believe that this box is limited to one per account, similar to the Fallout one. You don't have to be a subscriber but I think you will have to make an account.

The Cost: $75 one time charge, shipping is included!

What You Get: $150 plus of rare Mass Effect collectibles, including cool apparel.

I'm assuming the spoiler is the N7 hoodie in the photo! That is awesome and I totally want it.

Sign up here to get the email when it goes on sale officially. It ships in December so keep that in mind.

*referral link used in this post.

Smuggler's Bounty Star Wars "The Force Awakens" Edition Geek/Gamer Subscription Plus Spoiler!

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Smuggler's Bounty Star Wars is send ONLY Star Wars Funko figures along with other official Star Wars gear and collectibles. This is their very first box and it ships November 12th. There will be two Exclusive Pop! Vinyl Bobble heads.

The Cost: $25 plus $6.95 shipping/bi-monthly (I had added tax but that might be because Funko is thirty minutes away from me- I wonder if they do tours...)

What You Get: Each box contains $50 of value in exclusive, high-quality Star Wars & Funko collectible products, including but not limited to apparel, accessories, toys and memorabilia. No fluff, no filler!

Now if that doesn't sound awesome I don't know what does. Here's the spoiler:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

1Up Box November 2015 Theme and Coupon Code

1Up Box released the theme for their November 2015 box and it is "Power."

Expect to see items from Funko, DC Comics, Star Wars, Dragon Ball Z, and more. I'm subscribed. I really like the fact that every month comes with a T-shirt. Plus, Funko AND a T-shirt this month is a combination for a great box.

The Cost: $18.92/month (including shipping)

What You Get: $40+ Value of awesome stuff in each box. Every month features a new collection with an exclusive EPIC Shirt!

This month, a lucky subscriber will win a Limited Edition PlayStation 4 Batman Arkham Knight Bundle! It's a steel gray PS4 that comes with the Batman Arkham Knight game! If you sign up to receive the November box, you will automatically be entered to win.

I would LOVE to win the PS4 with Batman art! I won't, of course, but that would be so awesome. Speaking of awesome...

If you'd like to sign up for 1Up Box, you can do that here. Use coupon code AWESOME to get $3 off your first box!

*referral links were used in this post.

Try The World Spain Edition Review Plus Get $15 Off Your First Box

Try the World is a bi-monthly subscription box that sends gourmet cuisine from designated areas around the world. This review is for the Spain box which is the box you will start with when you subscribe.
Each box is curated by a celebrity chef with knowledge of the area who shares his recipes. The featured chef for this box is Jaime Bissonnette, a 2014 James Beard Award winner and chef-owner of Copa and Toro in Boston and New York. He is apparently a tapas expert and the Spain box contains products to help you make the best tapas ever.

The Cost: $39/bi-monthly

What You Get: A collection of delicious gourmet foods that are most representative of the featured country’s cuisine. You'll also receive a culture guide highlighting the rich cultural heritage of each country and product card that explain how to use the items in your box.

Tuesday Tidbits

Here's where I tell you all the things that don't fit into a review and whatever else is on my mind.

Okay, you guys. I got up enough gumption to start up a YouTube channel! You can see it here. If you want to throw me a pity Subscribe, I'll take it! Haha! I haven't put my face up on there yet; I barely managed to put my embarrassment aside just talking!

I'm trying to get a kind of Intro video done that actually has me in it but while my hands are pretty cooperative, my face isn't so it's taking more time.

My goal is to do quick unboxings that focus on the products inside the box. I hate sitting through long dragged out unboxings that take forever, unboxings that are being unboxed for the first time and you have to sit through all the unwrapping and reading of info cards. I try to know as much as I can before I make the video as possible, keeping it to right around five minutes. So if that's the kind of unboxing you like... Subscribe!

I also haven't learned how to edit my videos. If you know of any good tutorials that involve a Samsung Galaxy and YouTube, I'd love to know. I haven't yet looked up how to put text on top of the video either.

It's really weird how different I sound. It's almost like it's not even me except for the mannerisms (omg, when did I turn into my mother?!).

It's your last chance to enter the Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette Giveaway! It ends tonight at 11:59pm. Up next will be something from TooFaced!

I have to show you my new teacups. Platinum edged, fine bone china in a "Wedding March" pattern by Andre Kim for Hankook. (Actually, I hardly know what most of that means but that's what it says). I don't collect teacups... Or at least I didn't. I bought these at the Ronald McDonald House Charity Gala that we went to last week. I didn't even realize how pretty they were until the next day after I looked at them more closely. The photo doesn't do them justice since you cant even see the ivory butterflies and sprays of flowers. The light isn't right.
The Ronald McDonald House is a wonderful thing. Here in Seattle they're associated with Children's Hospital and they provide free housing for children and their families receiving treatment for cancer and other life threatening diseases. It's a blessing, especially for folks who are travelling from out of state. When you have a sick child, worrying about money or where you're going to stay is the last thing you want to have on your mind. No matter what anyone thinks about McDonalds, this is a truly wonderful thing. *gets sentimental*

I'm going to be putting up some reviews of my favorite products. A couple of them are already up. They've all been purchased by me, used by me and love by me. No "hated" products yet because I want to talk about what works. I'm also planning a post on my full skincare routine. There are so many oily skinned routines out there that I feel like I need to get one up for people who have dry skin like me.

It's a tie between The Pumpkin Batch and Litu Box. They're both new boxes, too!

That would be GreekPack. This month really let me down. I unsubscribed.

What was your favorite/least favorite box this month?

Monday, October 26, 2015

GlobeIn Has the CUTEST Spoiler for November 2015!

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The GlobeIn Artisan Box theme for November is "Bedroom" and the first spoiler is too cute to be ignored. I need the box just for this one thing.

The Cost: $35/month

What You Get: A curated box of useful goods and products created by global artisans with heartwarming stories and an impactful social mission.

Read on for the spoiler:

RawSpiceBar October 2015 "Malaysia" Subscription Review

RawSpiceBar sends a packet of spices and recipes to your door every month. This October 2015 shipment features freshly toasted and ground spices from Malaysia and includes recipes that feature each spice blend along with a little historical information about the area the spices are from.

Malaysia has a unique blend of Indian, Chinese and Thai influences to their cuisine. Because Malaysia was initially along the Spice Route, the food is sort of a conglomeration of the countries that flowed through as well as the ones surrounding them. All that leads to pure food heaven.

The Cost: $6/month

What You Get: Each month, you will be sent three spice blends which are enough to create three separate dishes serving 8-10 people. The spice blends will weigh between 1-2 ounces each month.

CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Review

The CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence is one of the first serious products I've used from CosRx. It's convinced me that this brand knows what it's doing and I've since purchased several other toners and moisturizers.

I have dry skin that tends to redden, flake and crack when I lack moisture. It's my biggest skin concern. It took me awhile to realize this because I was so used to having combination skin all my life but around 35 my skin started to change and I didn't notice. Or maybe I blamed it on other things. But it is a fact that your skin can change as you age. If you started out oily, you can become dry or vice versa or any combination therein. You can also develop skin sensitivies as you age, as well.

So just when you think you've got your skin figured out... you discover something has changed.
Korean skincare has been a real eye opener for me. High quality, scientifically proven ingredients with major benefits at reasonable prices? Sign me up!

Snakku October 2015 Artisan Japanese Snack Subscription Review plus Coupon Code

Snakku is a Japanese snack box for those who want more than just fun candies. You'll receive exclusive products and snacks brought directly from Japan made by Japanese artisans who have been making treats for generations. It's a truly unique and wonderful experience.
Every Snakku box is carefully wrapped in a furoshiki cloth. If you are a monthly subscriber, you'll receive a paper cloth one like this but if you subscribe for three months or more, you will receive an authentic furoshiki with your boxes.
Slide the box open and you'll find the information card explaining the theme for the month and describing each of the delicious snacks included.
This month the theme is "Snacks from Hokkaido." Hokkaido is the northern most island in Japan and is nown for it's dairy, sugar and wheat products. The soil is rich, the climate is cool and there's plenty of clean water. The capital of this island is Sapporo. Sapporo is the sister city to Portland, Oregon here in the US.
I feel like Snakku is the Japanese treat box for the true connoisseur. You'll receive authentic snacks, procured by Snakku directly from small and specialty companies in Japan. In a nod to more popular snacks, you'll also receive some more mainstream snacks but for the most part, you're not going to find these anywhere except a family owned shop in Japan.

The Cost: $38.95/month

What You Get: Get a collection of ten to fifteen hand-picked snacks that you can only find in Japan,
along with a selection of familiar & delicious Japanese snacks delivered every month.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

So Susan Lip Love October 2015 Review

So Susan is a cosmetics company based in London and they have a subscription called Lip Love! Every month, you'll receive makeup products from So Susan and their sister companies. They ship worldwide which is really wonderful.

The Cost: $15.95/month (The first month charges shipping, subsequent months have free shipping).

What You Get: You'll receive three full size makeup products plus one bonus makeup item and one bonus accessory in a super cute canvas bag.

The Gentleman's Box October 2015 Men's Accessories Subscription Box Review

The Gentleman's Box is a men's accessories subscription. Each month you'll get essential elements suited for today’s gentlemen. Items within our monthly box subscription range from grooming supplies to wardrobe accessories.

The Cost: $25/month.

What You Get: Four to six hand-selected products for men, accompanied by the latest issue of GQ Magazine (U.S. and Canada only), are delivered right to your doorstep.

Friday, October 23, 2015

The Pumpkin Batch ~ A Subscription Devoted to Pumpkin Goodness Plus 15% Off Coupon

Why should pumpkin and all the delicious combinations of it be relegated to two months of the year?! The Pumpkin Batch was created in order to give pumpkin spice lovers a dose of deliciousness every month of the year. Do I love Pumpkin Spice? Yes. Yes, I do. While I'm not a particular fan of the Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) from Starbucks because I worked there and know way too much about the sugar and calorie content of it, that doesn't mean it doesn't have it's own cult following.
When the PSL goes on haiatus, The Pumpkin Batch does not. Every month you'll receive all sorts of goodies and products designed to tide you over during your PSL drought.

The Cost: $29.99/month. Shipping is free.

What You Get: A monthly shipment of 4-6+ high quality pumpkin and pumpkin spice aromas, tastes, and surprises shipped directly to your door.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

HorrorPack October 2015 Horror Movie Subscription Review and Coupon Code

In case you were wondering, yes, there's a subscription box for everything! Introducing HorrorPack, here to scare you once a month with four brand-new, frightening DVDs or Blu-Ray discs every single month.

I freely admit that I'm not into horror movies. I get insane nightmares just from previews for these kinds of movies. However, if you LOVE to shiver in your boots and deal with suspense and adrenaline rushes, this subscription is probably something you need.

I believe this is the inaugural month and this pack was sent to me for review purposes so that my horror loving readers could get an idea of what they might find when they subscribe.

The Cost: $19.99/month for DVD's and $24.99/month for Blu-Ray

What You Get: Each month, our team curates four DVDs, ranging from classic horror titles to modern independent festival flicks. You'll hit all the sub-genres, from slasher to ghost story to thriller and everywhere in between.

Beauteque BB Bag Asian Beauty Subscription Box Review and Coupon Code

Beauteque has one of the few Asian beauty subscriptions that ship not only the the US but internationally, as well. They send monthly subscription bag packed with skincare and beauty items available to the US, Canada and Europe.  Besides having an online store filled with Asian beauty, they've also got a subscription site!

Each month you can get a bag of Asian beauty and lifestyle products sent to your door.  I find that it's reasonably priced and the products tend to be fun.  Products aren't necessarily all Asian but they are definitely the majority.  Each bag usually will include a lifestyle item of some kind, as well.

The Cost: $24 plus shipping.  Ships Internationally to Canada and Europe, as well as the US.

What You Get: Six to eight full size beauty, skincare and/or lifestyle products each month with a focus on Asian beauty but also including products from the US, France and Europe.

Paper Pumpkin October 2015 Stampin'Up Subscription Review

Paper Pumpkin is probably one of the best ways to get into making your own cards, increasing your stamp collection and just practicing being artsy. I'm loving it! I'm not super creative but I'm kind of creative so this is perfect for me. I don't have to think of it all by myself but I can modify their instructions so I feel like I'm still doing it "my" way.
You'll receive everything you need in your Paper Pumpkin kit to do about three different crafts (usually cards). The only thing you'll need may be scissors or a glue stick. Maybe.

The Cost: $19.99/month

What You Get: Everything you need to create the perfect craft including ink and a stamp set.

CosRx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream Review Plus Memebox Coupons

I was intrigued by CosRx Honey Ceramide Full Moisture Cream from the moment I saw it. I have very dry skin that only gets worse through the winter and I need heavier and heavier creams to keep it hydrated.

Korean beauty has a surprisingly plentiful array of ingredient-rich moisturizers that work very well with a minimum of expense and effort.
CosRx has a myriad of products that make me happy. Not all of them but a significant portion of them are either sitting on my vanity or in a cart on some korean website. Memebox has been doing a good job of keeping up with CosRx (although they don't have the new low pH cleanser yet!) and I bought this cream at Memebox along with a bunch of other lovely skincare stuffs I couldn't resist.

Birchbox Free Beauty Blender Offer with Subscription!

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If you've been thinking of re-subscribing (or signing up for the very first time!), now's your chance to get a free Beauty Blender for doing it!

I freely admit, I'm caving for this one. I've been unsubbed since my year ended in July and I've been missing Birchbox (especially the points!).

Use code BLENDGIFT to get a free Beauty Blender added to your box. The code expires Oct. 29 or while supplies last so get on it!

Sign up here and use the code to get boxes of Birchbox goodness sent to your door for $10 a month.

*referral links were used in this post.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Barkbox Allergy Friendly October 2015 Small Dog Box Review and Free Box Offer

Barkbox is one of the only dog boxes to offer both a regular and an allergy friendly box option. The allergy friendly box will contain single protein sources and exclude the typical allergens. Every Barkbox is wheat, corn and soy-free but the Allergy Friendly ones are also free of beef, chicken and turkey.

Since Dexter is allergic to chicken, I've been getting the Allergy Friendly boxes and it's been nice to have treats I don't have to worry about. Sometimes I've had to have one treat bag for Dexter and one treat bag open for Bugsy just to make sure Dexter doesn't get chicken but also that the chicken ones get used. Although, to be clear, it's not that he is allergic to chicken, he has a food intolerance. He just can't process it properly. Poor thing.

The AF boxes cannot be customized any other way so if you have an allergy like salmon or peanuts this box isn't likely to work for you. And in that case, I would say just get a regular box because fish and peanut butter appear very frequently in the AF boxes since the protein sources are so limited already.

This review is for the Small Dog box. I have two rat terriers and they're about 17lbs. I don't think the Small Dog box is appropriate for dogs under 10lbs. The toys are just going to be too big for tiny dogs.

The Cost: $29/month. Get one free month added to your subscription with my referral link.

What You Get: Every month you will receive a box in the mail with four or more carefully selected products and presents for your dog – anything from toys, bones and all-natural treats to hygiene products and innovative new gadgets! If you're getting the Allergy Friendly box, your box will be free of wheat, corn, soy, beef, chicken and turkey products.

Beauteque Mask Maven October 2015 Review "Brunch" and Coupon Code

The Beauteque Mask Maven subscription is one of the best ways to get a plethora of sheet masks delivered to your door. There's always something interesting and fun, with an assortment of Asian beauty brands represented.

Since I like finding new brands to love, the October 2015 "Brunch" month is especially good for me. It's also all sheet masks this time around. Nine of them! I think I like getting just sheet masks but I can't deny that it's also refreshing to get some wash offs and foot masks, too. You'll basically get some of everything over the course of your subscription and I appreciate that.

The Cost: $15/month plus shipping (ships internationally)

What You Get: Each month you will receive nine to eleven masks of any type or combination, including sheet masks, wash off masks, body masks, foot masks, hair masks, nail masks, etc.

GreekPack October 2015 Snack Subscription Box Review

GreekPack sends snacks and treats directly from Greece each month. I think that's awesome! The October box, sadly, was somewhat of a disappointment.  I don't know if it has to do with the issues Greece is currently facing or what but I didn't feel the value was there for this particular box.

I've been willing to overlook a value issue because of my own bias. It's been really nice to get some Greek foods I haven't had in years and to just get a peek at my food heritage. I do have to admit that the snacks don't meet the value threshold.

The Cost: $19.99/month

What You Get: You will receive six to eight carefully selected Greek treats and snacks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Litu Box Artisan Subscription Box October 2015 Review and Coupon Code

Litu Box is a brand new subscription. This is their first box and it's available currently as a one-time purchase. Subscriptions go live in December, just in time to gift one! This subscription is dedicated to providing high quality, handcrafted artisan products as well as organic and ecofriendly items each month. You will receive anything from healthy foods, bath and body goods and women's accessories to handmade jewelry or eco-friendly home goods.
The box was exploding with goodies. The mission statement of Litu Box is this:

Our mission is simple: provide you with high-quality items that you can feel good about receiving. Healthy snacks, handmade jewelry crafted by artisans from around the world, brands that follow ethical and sustainable business practices; these are just some of the amazing things we look for--- and you can expect--- in a Litu Box.

I think they definitely hit the mark with this box! Even better, this month part of the proceeds of the box sales will go to supporting UNICEF's humanitarian operation in Syria, providing children in refugee camps much needed supply of water, clothing & immunization.

The Cost: $30/month

What You Get: Each month you will receive a box of handmade and artisan goodies worth over $35. You will receive high quality, handcrafted products made by local and international artisans featuring anything from bath & home goods to women's accessories, eco-friendly products, jewelry & more!

Something Snacks October 2015 Subscription Box Review and $5 Off Coupon Code

Something Snacks is a subscription that sends both familiar and unfamiliar snacks to your door every month. I like it because sometimes I just want a snack I can read the label of or that I know I like. With this subscription, I get that plus a couple snacks that are a little more adventurous.
This subscription is also really reasonably priced at $13 and I find that it has a good array of items and types of products. There's usually a nice mix of both savory and sweet. Since I'm all about crunchy, salty goodness, that appeals to me.

The Cost: $13/month.

What You Get: Each box will contain 7 new and tasty, hand selected snacks. You can expect something familiar and something more out of the ordinary.

Monday, October 19, 2015

PetGiftBox October 2015 Small Dog Subscription Box Review and 50% Off Coupon

PetGiftBox is a pet subscription that caters to both dogs of all sizes and cats. This review is for the October 2015 Small Dog box for dogs under 20lbs. The theme this month is "Howloween" for obvious reasons. PetGiftBox does such a great job on themes. Of course, the dogs don't care but I think it's fun.
These boxes always have a great mix of toys and treats, too. Even better there's a good variety between the toys so you're sure to get at least one that's the kind your dog likes. If your dogs are like mine, most toys get played with unless they're those heavy rubber kind. My dogs are about 17lbs.

The Cost: $28.99/month-to-month down to $18.99/month if you get a year.

What You Get: A themed box of four to six toys and treats for your pet.

Ipsy October 2015 Beauty Box Review

Ipsy is one of the most popular beauty subscriptions currently available. For the price, it's a fun way to get new makeup every month and I think it's an exceptional subscription for a teen or preteen. If you want to be the best auntie ever, this is what you give to your niece. And probably yourself. Hah!

If you're trying to decide between Birchbox and Ipsy, my personal opinion is that Ipsy has more makeup and is geared toward a younger crowd than Birchbox. Birchbox seems to send more skincare and items like fragrances and teas.
Birchbox has an excellent points system that earns you cash to spend in their store. Ipsy has a points system, too, but you can only use the points to redeem items from a small (frequently sold out) rotating list. Birchbox allows you to spend and earn points from referrals even when you aren't subscribed. Ipsy does not.

Both subscriptions send a plethora of products each month so there is a lot of room for variation. You can have more than one subscription and you are unlikely to get more than one repeat item for the month. With Birchbox, you may not even have one.

The Cost: $10/month.

What You Get: Get five sample-sized beauty products in a cute makeup bag along with coupons to buy full sizes at online shops.

Popsugar Must Have November 2015 Spoiler and Coupon Code

While the October 2015 Popsugar box was a little lackluster for me, this November one is already looking goood! I'm actually going to buy a second box (yes, based on this spoiler) just for gifting purposes.

The Cost: $39.99/month

What You Get: Full size, premium products dealing with Home, Fashion, Fitness, Beauty and Food!

See the spoiler:

Wet Shave Club Men's Subscription Box and $10 Off Coupon Code

Wet Shave Club is a new way to help men get their shave on. Every month,  you'll get a box with all the accouterments needed for a great wet shave. If you are new to wet shaving you have the option to add a Wet Shave Club safety razor and/or a shaving brush to your first months box. If you subscribe for six months or longer, you'll receive the safety razor and shaving brush free in your first box. This review includes the safety razor and the brush. Otherwise, you'll get bottles of aftershave in manly scents, shaving pucks, soaps, face washes and whatever else they find to put in each month.

My husband has found he gets the best, closest shave when he uses this wet shave method. He doesn't do it every day because it does take a little more time and care than just swiping a disposable razor across your face. If you're super new to wet shaving, check out this tutorial and/or this list of things not to do.

The Cost: $24.99/month or less, depending on the length of your subscription

What You Get: Each monthly box contains razors, wet shave soaps, aftershaves, styptic matches, and mystery items that you will be pleasantly surprised with.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The 3B Box October 2015 Asian Beauty Subscription Box Review

The 3B Box is a fun way to get a taste of Asain beauty every month. It's so affordable that if you're even slightly interested in it, you should check it out. They do a great job of sending all sorts of brands and products from Korea.

It's like a Birchbox for Asian beauty. You'll mostly get samples, although it seems many months tend to have at least one full size item, sometimes two. I always feel like it's worth it. Especially if you are new to kbeauty and just getting a feel for the kinds of things you may or may not  like. This is a really good way to experience Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese cosmetics without shelling out at Sephora or making a large overseas order.

The Cost: $12/month

What You Get: Four to five deluxe size Asian beauty samples from Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

Flickerbox October 2015 "Sweater Weather" Candle Subscription Box Review

Flickerbox is a subscription box that sends a seasonally appropriate batch of candles to your door every month. I think they do a great job of selecting fun, interesting scents while supporting small businesses and independent candle crafters. The other good thing is that you can find a lot of the artisans on Etsy and buy more. I always end up buying more... That's because the brands are so excellent.

The Cost: $34/month plus $5.95 shipping. Your first box is $25 plus shipping.

What You Get: A carefully curated box of all kinds of unique, handmade artisan candles with appropriately seasonal scents.