Ipsy May 2013 Glam Bag Review!

I was so excited to see my May 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag arrived today. This is my second bag and I am smitten already!

If you didn’t know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription. For $10 a month, you receive a collectible makeup bag plus 4 to 5 deluxe and full-sized beauty products. The value is usually way over the $10 you pay and this month was no exception!

The first thing I noticed was the product card and an extra card that I originally thought was just another product guide. Actually, it is a coupon for $110 off to spend on a hair styling tool at NuMe! I already checked out the site and the cheapest tool they have is about $128, so I would have to pay only $18 plus shipping for a brand new high end hair straightener! I love my GHD, but I think using another straightener will only help extend the life of my current straightener. 

Yaby concealer refill in Buff $5.06
Juice Beauty in Pink $9

There is some confusion as to whether or not the Juice Beauty lip gloss is full size or not. On their website, it says that full size is .28 floz and this sample is .14 floz, so it is safe to say that this is a deluxe sample size. I love the gloss. It is so silky and smells amazing!

NuMe Finishing Serum $4.83

In my Glam Room, I would have gotten either this or a heating oil treatment. I am glad I got this because I was not very interested in getting another oil.

Pacifica Coconut Crush Pearl luminizing body butter – FULL SIZE $7
I love coconut and the shimmer is just enough to make this the perfect summer addition to my purse!
Zoya nail polish in Jacqueline FULL SIZE $8
I was excited to see Zoya in my bag, but once I saw the color, my excitement faded fast. I am not really into beige colors like this and was really hoping for the blue. I think this might be gifted. 
Verdict: Overall, I am very, very happy with this month’s bag! I love everything except for the nail polish. In total, the bag valued at $33.89 and that is not including the $110 coupon!
What did you think about the May 2013 Ipsy Glam Bag? If you haven’t signed up yet, do you think this bag would tempt you?

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The Bride Box May 2013 Review and Coupon + GIVEAWAY!

I came home today to see a wonderful surprise at my door. This is not only my very first bridal subscription service, but it is the only bridal subscription service out there – and this was their very first box they’ve sent out!



I’ve been engaged to my fiancee for what feels like ages and we still haven’t done any planning at all. After seeing this box, all I do now is think about our special day!



 ‘I Do” shoe decal $8

I saw this on Pinterest a few times. You put them on the back of your wedding heels as your “something blue” I’ve been wanting to do this for my wedding so I am so happy to have this!



Mustache and Red lips Chocolate Pops $7

I was so excited to see these. Again, I’ve seen these around and I think they are so cute for a wedding photobooth. By the time I opened the box, I was starving, so my daughter and I ate the mustache already!


Burlap “Love” Banner $35


Sterling Silver “Mrs” Necklace $45

This necklace is even cuter in person! I can’t believe they are handmade! This is definitely my favorite item in the box.


Guinot Gentle Face Exfoliating Cream $4

This is an estimated price. I never heard of this brand before, so I am excited to have it. I just tried it and I did not realize that it gives your face a beautiful shimmery/dewy look. It is definitely a good cleanser to use the day of your wedding for an ethereally fresh face!

Thoughts: Overall, I am very happy with this box. The total value was approximately $99 and I loved everything! It definitely got my wedding fever sparked and I cannot wait to start really planning my wedding!

Now, on to the fun part – Bride Box was nice enough to give me a special coupon code for all my readers and couple of things to giveaway!

For a limited time you can receive $5 off a monthly subscription, $10 off a 6 month subscription or $20 off a yearly subscription by using the code: JUNEBRIDE. This code is available using this link only. 

Enter below to receive your own “I Do” decal and sterling silver “Mrs” necklace. I am also going to throw in something of my own as well! The winner will be announced May 27th! 

*Giveaway is open to USA and Canadian brides only. Please note that “likes” and “follows” are only counted as entries if you stay subscribed at least until the giveaway ends.  

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Door to Door Organics Tristate Review

Door to Door Organics is not necessarily a monthly subscription box, but I love it so much that I feel it deserves a quick review. This is a weekly produce subscription service that delivers fresh organic produce to your door each week – most of it is from local farmers in the area. In my area, the company is called Door to Door Organics Tristate.

Cost: Boxes range from $25 to $54 a week including shipping, depending on the size of the box. You can skip weeks, put your orders on vacation or pause your subscription any time.

Products: Fresh organic fruits and vegetables delivered to your door weekly. You can choose to have just fruits or just veggies or even do a combination of both. They pre-select the produce, but you can substitute up to five and create a “love” and “hate” list of produce you want more frequently in your box and those you never want to see in your box.

They also have a shop where you can purchase organic fish, meats, dairy, snacks and more to be delivered with your produce. They package items like meat in a separate box.

I’ve been using Door to Door Organics for months now and I can never express how much I love this company.

Have you heard of this subscription service before? Do you use any produce subscription services or think you might want to try one?

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New Fashion Subscription Box – Social Bliss

Social Bliss new subscription box

 

 

The Cost: $39.95 a month

The Products: Social Bliss is a new fashion subscription box the delivers trendsetting items – some of which may not even be available in the country yet as chosen by their team of fashion experts. Items will be popular one size fits all fashion accessories and lifestyle products.  The values will be between $100 and $200 each month. Each box comes with a guarantee and you can return boxes for a full refund if you are ever unhappy with your box.

Currently boxes are available via invitation.

 

What do you think about Social Bliss?

Julep Maven Boho Glam Jazz Collection – May 2013 Review

I came home to find a welcome surprise in my mail box.

I seem to be one of the last people to receive their Julep Maven box this month and it is only the 2nd! Oh well! I’ve been an on and off subscriber to Julep Maven for the past year. I would usually get the free first box and cancel soon after. It’s not that I don’t like Julep Maven, but I always find myself thinking that I just don’t know what I would do with a big collection of nail polish since I don’t polish my nails much. This Jazz Collection box may just change my mind if Julep Maven decides to add as many other beauty products in future boxes.
I love the 1920′s and the Jazz Era, so I could not pass up the chance to get this month’s box. I got the Boho Glam because that is what my profile came up as first, but think I might try out the other Jazz collections.

I loved the attention to detail with the box’s theme. Out of all the packaging I’ve seen them do in the past, this is my favorite.

Julep Maven Hair clips – $5

I think these are really cute, but I can never imagine a time when I would ever wear them. I put them in my daughter’s hair and they look adorable on her!

I loved how this was packaged! It really takes you back to that era and the lip colors are perfect for a night out at a Vaudeville show! The colors are: 
  • Lady in Red – Matte crimson red
  • Satin Doll – Poppy lip sheey
  • Tea for Two – Nude sheer 
I don’t wear lipstick a lot, and certainly not red. The Satin Doll is actually perfect for me because it has just the right amount of color to accentuate the lips, but still appear natural. I’ve since placed it in my purse!

Julep Nail Polish in Alice and Millie $14 each
Purple is my favorite color and I love both of these colors. My only problem is that I have no idea which I want to wear first!
If Julep Maven keeps this up, I might have to keep my subscription this time! What box did you get? What did you think of this month’s box?

Get your first box FREE by using coupon code FREEBOX

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Vegan Cuts April 2013 Review – Vegan Eco-friendly Subscription Box

I came home to find my Vegan Cuts box arrived. In case you didn’t know, Vegan Cuts is a vegan snack subscription service that also sometimes send out beauty and home items. It costs $19.99 a month and you get at least eight items plus a few coupons.

Although I am not vegan, I try to eat more vegan-friendly food simply for health reasons. This also allows me to freely share snacks with my daughter without any guilt.

What really grabbed my attention with Vegan Cuts is that they show a real passion for their work and helping people live a healthier, more earth-conscious life. They also prefer to work with small businesses which is something I am also very passionate about. Unlike your typical snack box, they try to give you a variety of foods, including those you can cook with like some of the things found in this box and the Beyond Eggs from last month’s box. They also like to sneak in a beauty or home item too which is always a fun surprise.


I sensed a real Italian theme with this month’s box.


Teese vegan mozzarella cheese, Milas roasted red peppers and artichoke brushetta and a sample of the Parmela Parmesan. I’ve seen Parmela around and was always curious as to the taste. I am supposed to be eating fewer dairy products, so hopefully these two cheeses can turn out to be nice replacements for me in the long run. 

Lemon and garlic Oloves,Teeccino herbal coffee, Meow Meow Tweet lip balm and information plus coupon for Eat Beyond Meat. I already tried the Oloves and they were pretty nice. I may invest in more as an office snack. I got the grapefruit clove lip balm and it isn’t my favorite scent and while I like grapefruit, clove is more of an autumn scent for me. 



I was really excited to get the protein bar and powder from 22 Days. I’ve heard a lot about plant-based protein powder and have been wanting to try it. The bar was amazing and I even ordered a box off their website. I tried the powder and was not a fan. I don’t know if it was because of the vanilla flavor, but it felt like I was drinking play dough. 

I love popcorn, but to be honest, that amount of popcorn for 100 calories is actually a lot. I like to make my popcorn on the stove and it is really low in calories, so this wasn’t that big of a deal to me. I did have it already and it was good, but I think I will stick to my stovetop popcorn. We also opened the sweet potato chips. I didn’t realize they were actually tortilla chips, but that I know,  I want to try the bruschetta on top.


Here is a rundown of everything in the box:

  • Teese vegan cheese Full Size – $4.50
  • Milas roasted red pepper and artichoke bruschetta – 66 ¢ 
  • Parmela parmesean sample – 50 ¢ 
  • Oloves Full Size – $1.45
  • Teeccuno herbal coffee – 83 ¢ 
  • Meow Meow Tweet lip balm Full Size – $5
  • 22 Days protein bar Full Size – $2.99
  • 22 Days protein powder sample – $2.63
  • Skinny Pop popcorn – 99 ¢ 
  • Food Should Taste Good – 99 ¢

In total, everything came out to be about $20.54 and some of these numbers are just approximations. I have a feeling the total box may be a bit higher. This also does not take the coupons in account. So far, I’ve been pretty happy about my boxes with Vegan Cuts and plan on keeping my subscription. They are really great for helping me discover new types of food and ways to incorporate more veganism in my life. 

Have you signed up for your Vegan Cuts box yet? What do you think of this month’s box?




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Ipsy Glam Bag review – April 2013 Pretty in Pink

It’s here! It’s finally here! Last night I came home to find my very first Ipsy Glam Bag. I have been waiting for weeks to get receive one. If you didn’t know, the Ipsy Glam Bag is a $10 monthly subscription where you get a collectible makeup bag and 4 – 5 full sized and trial sized makeup or beauty goodies. It can be anything from lipstick to makeup brushes. For just $10 a month, it is definitely worth trying out for a couple of months, especially since they guarantee the value of the bag and goodies will be much more than that.

To be perfectly honest, I am a little on the fence about this particular bag. This month’s theme was Pretty in Pink. Now, I am not a big fan of the color pink. (Ironically, I am actually wearing a pink cardigan right now!), but my mom and my sisters all love the color so I figured if I didn’t like anything, I could regift.

When I first opened the hot pink mailer, I was a little disappointed by the makeup bag. It was a little on the grungy side as you can see from the stains. It is nothing I can’t clean up, but you would think they would be a little more careful with the bags. I don’t know, maybe I am being particular.

The first thing I saw was the Sexy Hair Soy Renewal. I peaked at my Glam Room before I got the bag in the mail and I was really hoping I would get this one. I have naturally curly and frizzy hair and the last thing I need is something that gives me more volume. With my long, thick hair, I will get a ton of uses from this as well as my daughter, so I am ecstatic to have it.

Next in the bag was the Sation nail polish. Like the Soy Renewal, I was hoping to get Love at First Byte, but when I saw it in person and tried it out, I realized how watery and translucent it is. I need about three or four coats to see any color. It is great for maybe a French manicure, but I never do them so this will go to my sisters.

Mica mineral eyeshadow in Earth was next. I always loved shimmery eyes so this is perfect for me. I cannot wait to try it out! I feel like the color and shimmer go really well with my skin. I have a few Urban Decay colors I know would complement this perfectly.

Last in my bag was the Be a Bombshell blush. I have olive tan skin, so I naturally thought I would be getting Sweet Cheeks in my Ipsy Glam Bag. Imagine my surprise when I pull out Beach Please which is an intensely 80′s pink. I thought there was no way it would ever look good on me and I immediately started thinking about who I would give it to. I gave it a quick swipe on my hand and it actually came out a lot less intense and complemented my tone very well. I am pleasantly surprised and plan on keeping it.

The value run-down is this:

  • Be a Bombshell blush Full Size – $16
  • Mica mineral eyeshadow Deluxe Size – $13
  • Sation nail polish Full Size – $5
  • Sexy Hair Soy Renewal  Trial Size-  $5
Total value excluding the bag: $39
So in total, I got three full-sized products, a trial size and one deluxe size, that is really only a few grams away from being full-sized and the value is obviously way more than the $10 I paid. A great deal in my opinion!

What did you think of this month’s Ipsy Glam Bag? Do you feel Pretty in Pink or are you left feeling a bit washed out? If you haven’t subscribed to Ipsy yet, do it now! They usually have a waiting list, so get on now to guarantee yourself the May bag. 

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PopSugar Must Have – April 2013 review

Pop Sugar’s Must Have box is the one that I was the most excited about when I decided to sign up. I spent weeks going back and forth debating whether or not I wanted to join. I read such mixed reviews, but in the end, I realized that I would only find out if I tried it myself. And oh boy am I glad I did! I didn’t love everything about this box, but the things I did like – I loved! This was definitely a box that I am glad to get and I’ve already started hunting down one or two of the brands I discovered thanks to Pop Sugar.
Again, this is days overdue since I got my box about three or four days ago, and I already went through almost everything. Luckily, I can still take photos of everything unlike some of the snack boxes I got.

This month’s box was all about celebrating Earth Day and preparing for Spring which was perfect because I love anything that is good for the planet. I noticed a heavy international theme here, which I love, being a heavy traveler.

The first thing I saw was the Alter Eco Quinoa Chocolate Bar and coupon *Picture coming soon – I left it at work by accident!. Could this be any more perfect of a chocolate bar? To be fair, I was a little disappointed when I first saw there was chocolate because I was more interested in getting things and not food, especially chocolate since I am trying to lose weight. When I noticed that there was quinoa in the bar, my feelings took a complete 180. I love everything quinoa and apparently, so is Alter Eco. Match made in heaven.

The Shashi bag immediately caught my attention. I was hoping I would get a nice piece of jewelry and this is definitely my style. I wore it the next day with a necklace my friend gave me from her trip to Cairo and it matched perfectly. My only problem with the bracelet if that it cannot rest flat on your wrist because of the nature of the gold-plated beads.

These Tatcha Aburatorigami blotting sheets where next in the box. These are not your mother’s blotting sheets by any stretches of the imagination. They are made with Abaca leaves which are a renewable fiber source, charcoal and gold flakes. There is something about using bits of gold to help freshen you face that just makes a girl feel luxurious. The fact that it is much better for the planet than your standard sheets is just the cherry on top. I never really considered my skin as being oily, but when I tried one out, I was surprised at how much oil did come off and my skin both looked and felt really soft. This is full-sized and will last most people a while. At $15 per set, I think it’s a worthy investment if you can afford it.

From what I understand, there is some controversy about the Kai perfume oil in April’s box. Personally, I was thrilled to have it. The scent is strong and very floral. They describe it as “an intoxicating blend of gardenia wrapped in white exotics” and since it is an oil, it is supposed to smell differently on everyone. This perfume is the perfect Spring scent for me.It reminds me of my fiancee because he reminds me of the Spring. It also reminds me of when he would come home late at night and have huge bouquets of exotic flowers for me. He used to joke that he would sneak into Kew Gardens to pick the flowers. I love how this smells on me so much that I decided that I want to wear it on our wedding day. The only thing I do not like is the price. I thought this was just a sample size, but no. This is full size and $48 a pop. Don’t know that I will be able to afford any more than this, so I better use it sparingly. If you did not like this perfume, I will gladly take it off your hands!!!

The final item, the PopSugar garment bag by The Green Garmento, was perhaps the most disappointing item because it was so big, but also so useless for me. I have no use for it whatsoever. If my daughter was still in diapers, I might have been able to use it as a laundry bag for her diapers, but I already have a wetbag that I adore for that. According to my mother, one of my sisters has a lot of “gowns” so I will be giving it to them. Not a total loss, I suppose.

Here is a general breakdown of the value of this month’s box:

  • Shashi bracelet – $28
  • Kai perfume oil – $48
  • Tatcha oil blotting sheets – $15
  • Alter Eco chocolate bar – $3.99
  • Pop Sugar garment bag – $9.99
So in total it came out to be $104.98 and I am pretty happy overall with the box and look forward to more boxes in the future. I can see why some people may be upset about the value of such a small vial of perfume oil since it eats up much of the box’s value, but I am still happy to have it. What did you think of this months PopSugar Must Have box?
If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t forget to use the code REFER5 for $5 off your first box!

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Vegan Cuts Review – March 2013

I got my first Vegan Cuts box a while ago. Although I am not vegan, I do like having healthy snacks I can feel good about eating and giving to my daughter. I’ve been so busy with work, I never got a chance to go over what I got. Unfortunately, we ate almost everything within the fist couple of days, so I only have the one picture of the entire box here. 


In the box:

My favorites where the lentil and coconut chips, egg replacement and the cooking class. The cooking class alone was worth $99 – putting the box way over the $19.95 I paid for it! 

Saying that, I was a little disappointed with the course because the production was not of the highest quality. I still got a lot of good information from it and I’ve only done the first lesson. I was really surprised with the marshmallows – they actually had a better consistency than the non-vegan kind. My daughter even ate one and she normally hates marshmallows. 

The Dang coconut chips are probably going to be a new staple in my house. Pretty much everyone loves coconut and the crunchy, salty, sweet snack was an immediate hit among everyone. I even hid the bag for a little while so I could make sure it would last! 

My least favorite is a tie between the PureFit bar and the Righteously Raw chocolate mint bar. I subscribed to Vegan Cuts because I wanted to try something new and I’ve seen PureFit around at my local Whole Foods and Wegmans.  What was surprising was to learn that it was vegan. That I did not know. I also tried Righteously Raw’s chocolate before when I bought a one-off box from Healthy Snacks and I was not a fan. I am not a huge fan of dark chocolate and their raw chocolate is like dark chocolate overload. 

What I love about Vegan Cuts is that not only can you buy everything they give you in its full-size version, but they sell it in bulk so you have enough to last you a while. Many of the products also offer free shipping – talk about convenience! I highly recommend anyone, vegan or otherwise, who is looking for a snack box with a lot of new and delicious products, but do not want to spend a lot to try them out. 



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