FabFitFun Spring 2014

This is my first fabfitfun box.  I adore Giuliana Rancic.  I was dying (a bit overdramatic, I know) to receive this quarterly subscription box.  I swear I signed up in January.  This sub is about $50.00 every quarter.  I had a $5.00 off coupon when I signed up, so I only spent $45.00, which is still kinda a lot for a sub, but I kept seeing posts of what people received in their previous boxes and thought this was a good fit for me.  

The box:

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And the contents:

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Cult Gia Turband.  Retail, $48.

This is the item I was most excited for.  I absolutely love this headband.  It’s totally a Spring item, and I love the print.  I like that it has wire in it so it makes it easier to style.  I can’t wait to wear this.  I received a 20% next purchase, so I will probably be buying a couple of these headbands.  I really want the one with cherries in it. 

Merrithew Mini Stability Ball and DVD.  Reatil, $28.94.

I love anything fitness, so I was excited to receive a fitness item.  I’m not big on working out at home, but maybe this will push me to some core strengthening exercises.  

Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt.  Retail, $19.99.

This is a great Spring item — Time to wash away our dead winter skin… Not my favorite in the box, but this will come in handy.  It doesn’t seem too harsh either, so I don’t think it will turn my skin red. 

Kai Perfume Oil. Retail, $48.00.

This does smell like Spring!  I think it’s a little too strong for me, or at least too strong in the bottle.  I’ll still use it, since it is a pleasant scent.  It’s super tiny for being $48.00.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray.  Retail, $25.00.

I have a million dry shampoos, I love this stuff! I currently have one for brown hair so that it doesn’t leave any powder in it, but this one says it sprays on clear.  I can’t wait to try it out.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, which isn’t a bad thing, because some dry shampoos are way too strong.

Cover FX SPF 30 Protection Primer.  Retail, $38.00.

I needed a new primer (surprisingly, I didn’t buy one from benefit), and am happy to have gotten one from a great brand.  I love that it has a decent SPF and it goes on clear.  It’s paraben free and vegan!  Oh, and it goes on clear. 

Level Naturals Shower Bombs.  Retail, $7.99.

These smell just like menthol to me (but I guess also a eucalyptus scent).  They smell super strong in the box, but I already used one and didn’t find it too strong in the tub.  It is very pleasant, but I prefer sweet and floral scents.  It seems like the perfect bomb to use when you have a cold or to wake you up in the morning.

The better Chip.  Spinach and Kale with Sea Salt.  Retail, $1.99.

I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks pretty good, and relatively healthy for a chip.  It is kind of high in calories – 130 calories for a tiny bag. But it’s Non GMO and naturally gluten-free.  

Overall, I think this was a great box!  I love that everything is full-sized and I know I’ll use everything in this box.  It’s perfect for Spring, so I can’t wait to get my Summer box!! Oh, and the box is worth about $215.00 so that’s an amazing deal!  The Turband alone pays for the box.  What did you guys think of this box???  

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Bulu Box Weight Loss Box March 2014

I’m really liking this subscription.  I have a three month subscription and am debating on getting another three months, once this subscription box ends.  

The box:

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K-Pax Energy.  Full-size, 30 tablet $24.95.

This is actually a full-size product! Yay!  Although it’s an energy supplement, it looks like it can be taken as a daily vitamin.  The serving size is 2, but since I drink caffeine I think I would only take 1 tablet a day, so I don’t get any weird palpitations. 

Body Glove Surge Energy Gel.  Full-size, 12 packets $25.12.

I received this in chocolate.  I’m kind of scared to try this… gel chocolate flavor sounds kind of gross to me… But I guess I shouldn’t knock it until I try it, so I will report back on the taste and if I feel the product works. 

Nuvia Trim.  Weight Loss Coffee.  Full-size, 30 packets $35.00.

I received two packets which is nice.  I’m excited to try these!! I love coffee.  They have green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones in them. 

Rootology.  Full-size, 40 tablets $18.99.

I received two packs of this as well so 4 tablets.  This sounds like a great alternative to benedryl.  

Havvn Go Sticks.  Full size, 30 packets $64.99.

Well, these are seriously expensive.  I’m not really sure what these are suppose to do or what flavor these are (((they work with the body at the genetic level, not sure what that means))), but I’m willing to try it out.  I wonder if this is the same brand as the birchbox night cream I received this month??

Overall, this box is well worth the $5.00 dollars I spent on it.  I’m really curious if they work.  =) 

Target Beauty Box March 2014

Have I mentioned that I love Target? Seriously, I could spend (and have spent) hours in target.  Anyway, I saw a post on reddit.com/r/beautyboxes about a target beauty box, so I bought it. The cost $5.00 and some change for tax.. At first they charged me about $6.00 for shipping, but I called and they took the shipping price away, because the info on the target said that it was free shipping. 

It was packaged so nicely:  

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This box came with a $3.00 off coupon your next beauty purchase of $15.00 or more. =)

It also came with a card detailing the products that are inside. 

And the inside of the box:

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Toni&Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturing Spray.  Online I saw full size going for about $17.00 

This product was also sampled in previous birchboxes. I was kinda bummed that I didn’t get it in a birchbox so that’s one of the main reasons I bought this target beauty box.  The sample size is 2.5 oz, so it’s worth around give or take $6.00. This alone makes the box worth the $5.00.  I want beachy and wavy hair so bad, and since I live by a lake it’s impossible to get “sea salt” textured hair.  I can’t wait to try this product out!

Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo.  Online I saw full size going for about $7.00

This product is 1.7 oz, and worth give or take $1.65.  I love dry shampoo, but since my hair is darker at the roots, I always get the funky white residue that takes forever to comb out.  I really that this is a travel size.  It’s the perfect size to bring to the gym without lugging around full size products. 

Jergens BB Body Cream Light.  At Target the Full Size is $12.00.

This is a whole ounce bigger than the sample I received in my birchbox!  This sample is worth roughly $3.20.  I think this is my new favorite body product.  I went to buy the full size, but target was sold out of the light skin tone one.  So I hope my samples last me a while!

Covergirl Smoochies Sizzle Gloss.  This is a full sized product and the price varies, but the average is about $5.00. 

The color I received is blind date, and it smells like candy.  It look like it’s geared towards a younger buyer, but I’ll still use it.  It’s a fun light pink and glittery color.   

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara.  This is full sized, and the average price is around $8.00.

I have so many mascaras, so this wasn’t too exciting of a product for me to receive.  But I must say that I rally like the wing tip brush.  

My pricing might be a little off depending on where you live, but even if I overvalued (or undervalued) this box is still worth more than the cost and I’m really pleased with it.  I can’t wait until target does another beauty box!

March 2014 Birchbox

Birchbox is my favorite sample subscription box and this month for an extra $20.00 they sent out a personalized link to add on either nail polish or a necklace.  I ended up doing the add on, because I got the link for nail polish, and they were too pretty to pass up…

 

The Card that explains what I’ve received:

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And, what I received:

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LAQUA & CO.  Awesome Sauce (pink)  Lovely Jubly (purple).  I paid $20.00 

These polishes are usually priced at $11.00 dollars, I saved $2.00 dollars… I’m not sure how I feel about that… oh well.  I think they are super pretty.  They are sparkly and perfect for Spring! I can’t wait to try them out.  One thing that annoys me is that I can’t review these 10 points each or get 20 points for spending $20.00 on them… Birchbox is usually amazing with their point system, just not with the birchbox plus option. 

Coola – Tinted Matte SPF 30 for face.  Full size, $36.00 

I really like this brand.  I recently bought Radical Recovery after-sun lotion… I think I’m just dying for it to be summer, and I know my pasty white will need this after a few minutes in the sun… Anyway, this sample looks like a great sized sample, but it’s not even a quarter of the way filled — bummer.  I am excited to try it out and I think there might be enough for two uses if I try really hard to squeeze out every last drop.  I like that this product has 70% organic ingredients and that’s pretty impressive for a sunscreen.  

English Laundry No. 7 for Her.  Full-size, $90

Usually if I receive a perfume sample in my birchbox I end up tossing it.. I just don’t like the tiny glass bottles and they usually don’t have caps.. They are just not my thing, so I opted for the “send me no more then 6 a year” option.  I actually like this sample.  It’s plastic and ahs a cap. I might just throw this in my purse.  It smells like Spring too, it’s really fruity with hints of vanilla.  I don’t think the price is worth it though.

HAVVN – Night Cream.  Full size, $30.

I do not like the smell of this. I put it on as a hand lotion, because the bottle says it makes a good hand lotion, and it just smells like a weird mix of herbs and fruit… I do like that it is natural.. So I guess I can handle it as a hand lotion, but I’m happy I sampled it, so I know it’s not for me. It does leave my hands feeling smooth. 

Luster Now! Toothpaste and distinctly White Set.   Full size, $19

I’m super excited that I got a tooth paste in my birchbox. I read that since has a blue dye in it it gives the look of whiter teeth and that the toothpaste itself doesn’t actually whiten (not sure how true that is) BUT  I’m okay with that if it is true.  After all, make up does the same thing — it masks the appearance of flaws, it doesn’t make them go away.  It smells really good too.

Birchbox Find:  Jergens BB Body.  All light skin tones. 

This matches my skin tone perfectly, and it smells amazing.  I don’t buy the whole “5 visible results in 5 days” thing, but I think this is a pretty awesome find!

 

Overall, I liked March.  The samples were smaller this month, but I got/get to try some products I’ve never heard of before.  I already can’t wait for April’s box. 

 

Socialbliss February 2014

This is the box that I have been dying to get, and it finally came yesterday! I think that this is one of the best boxes that I have ever received.  

The inside of the box:

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Wrapped up in radiance scarf: $22.00. 

Okay, this scarf was hard to photograph with my lighting situation and camera phone, but it is a super cute scarf that is big enough to double as a wrap to cover up the bottoms of your bathing suit.  I love the colors and the pattern.  It’s very cute and soft.  I’m not usually a scarf person, but I really can’t wait to wear this scarf. 

 

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Galena Bliss Ring by Lili Claspe – $55.00.

I love this ring.  This is something I would totally wear to work or on a night out.  I think it is super fun, and adds a little sparkle and fun to any outfit (within reason).  I received this is silver, and I’m really happy about it, because I prefer silver to gold.  I looked at other jewelry at http://www.liliclaspe.com and everything is so beautiful, but expensive.  

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Fleur de wallet $45.00 

This wallet is so much better looking in person.  I really like it, and will be using it soon, as long as it fits in my purse — it’s pretty big. You can also use it as a clutch. This item alone is worth the entire box — at least in my opinion.  

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Inked in stylus pen. $10.00

Not a big fan of the stylus portion of the pen, but I like the pen itself.  This is cute, and something I will bring to work to use, and pretend to be fabulous. 😉

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Vinotherapy face mask by naisture $3.00

I love face masks! I’ve never tried a wine mask before, so this should be fun.  I wonder what it smells like.

 

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Go matte polish by she $4.00

I think this color is super cute. I’ve never heard of this brand though, so I can’t give much feedback on it.  

 

What did you guys think of the February socialbliss box?  

 

Julep Maven – Welcome Box – February 2014

Okay, so my sister gets this subscription and she really likes it, so I thought I would give it a try (and I think she might be gifting me a subscription for my birthday – fingers crossed).  When you sign up the first box you receive is free so that is the box I am reviewing today.  Also Julep allows you to add on products, so I added on three products and ended up spending about $22 dollars total.  Also, all of their nail products are free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toulene, and DBP.

This is what I received in the box:

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Okay, so I received the Classic with a twist box.  They have many different options that you can choose from. This box came with Zora, Myrtle, and Mighty nail and cuticle serum. 

Zora (picture does not do it justice)

Zora is creamy whiteish pink with a bit of sparkle.  It is seriously one of the prettiest nail polishes I ever seen.  I can’t to try it out. 

Myrtle 

This is a pretty red, very classic, but it doesn’t really wow me.  

Mighty Nail and Cuticle Serum

I love this already.  I’ve already used it twice, I hope it works.  It is suppose to help damaged and dry nails.  My nails are damaged from the cold and from no chip manicures, so I’m trying really hard to move away from harmful nail products.  This will give you visibly stronger, smoother and nails with fewer ridges in 3 weeks and you can apply over nail polish.  

And now my add ons

Oxygen Nail Treatment

The color is a light pink. I’ve already applied it to my toes and it’s super light.  It’s good for nails prone to peeling and breaking.  

Freedom Polymere Topcoat 

This is a top coat that will give you a no chip manicure without the curing lamps.  You just let it dry for five minutes and you should be good to go. 

Mint Condition Pedi Creme 

I love the scent of this product!!! I’ve already used it and my feet already feel softer and well moisturized.  

Overall, I really loved this box.  I didn’t have to shell out too much money for really good nail products.  I can’t wait to get future boxes!

Limited Edition Birchbox Finds – February 2014

Okay, so a lot of people were less than thrilled when they saw the limited edition Birchbox. I was so excited.  It may be because I’m in my twenties, but I thought it offered a lot of decent products for a great price, $18. Also sometimes I need to stay in my budget and good products that only cost a few dollars are perfect for when you can’t afford the expensive stuff. I used my birchbox points and after shipping I paid a whole $3.00 for this box.  

The front of the card

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The back

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Besides the mascara all of the products are under $10.00

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Biore – Self heating one minute masks. 

I actually really like this brand.  I used to always buy the deep cleaning pore strips, and they always seemed to work for me.  I can’t wait to try these out.  The only bummer is a 4 pack is $8, but I guess that’s a good price for a quick and easy mask.  I also really like charcoal masks, so I’m curious to see if it will really deep clean. 

John Frieda – Frizz Ease – Nourishing Oil Elixer

Like I’ve said in previous posts, I already have a hair oil that I like.  Since this is a pretty decent size, I’m going to keep it and give it a try.  If it works well, it will definitely be worth buying for $9.99.

Sally Hansen Complete SAlon Manicure in Pink A Card

Omg, I love the name of this product, but the color is a little too light for me.  I’ve never tried a Sally Hansen nail product before, so this is definitely a find for me!  The card says that you don’t need a base coat or a top coat and that it will last up to ten days, so it’s worth trying! And, it’s only $7.99

Rimmel London – Stay Glossy 3D in Back Row Smooch

I love this color and the shimmer.  I have sensitive lips, so I hope it doesn’t dry them out.  The price is reasonable at $4.99.  Not really sure what a 3D effect is though — i guess it’s suppose to make them look fuller.  

Nivea – A kiss of Care and Color in Sheer Caramel

I wish I would have gotten a different color in this! I can’t wait to use this (even with the nude color), so I hope that it’s really nourishing, like other Nivea products. It’s only $4.99 so if I really like it, I think I might more in different colors.

Covergirl – Bombshell Shineshadow in Ice Queen

This is such a pretty shimmer.  It seems like the perfect cream to use to in the corner of your eyes to add that extra wow factor.  The price is $8.99, which isn’t horrible for a eyeshadow.  And with the proper primer I don’t think you’ll need more than one application.  It says it’s supposed to last 12 hours on its own, but I’m not sure if I buy that claim.

Covergirl – Bombshell Volume mascara in Very Black

I prefer black mascaras.  I’m excited to try this product, but it’s going to have to wait until I start wearing my contacts in the summer.  Every time I try a mascara that is lengthening my glasses end up with mascara smudges on them… Anyway, there are two applicators one for volume and one for intensity, so I really think product will give and bold and rock star look for a night out.  It’s $11.99 and seeing that is has two applicators I think that is a decent price.  

 

Overall, I really liked this limited edition birchbox.  It has some great drugstores finds that I normally would never buy.  All the products are reasonably priced, so if you are on a budget the products within in it might be worth purchasing.  Since I paid only $3 for this box, it’s definitely worth the price to me.  Did any of you guys buy this box?  What did you think of it?