Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Popsugar Must Have September 2016

Rating: Like It!!!
Cost: $39.95/month

I received my September Popsugar Must Have Box and I had looked at spoilers, so I knew what I'd be getting. I wasn't too excited for this month's box, because I knew one thing definitely wouldn't work for me.

Popsugar Must Have always includes an information card explaining everything in the box. It also includes the inspiration for the month. This month's inspiration was glamorous, eye-catching, indulgent, bold, timeless, sartorial.

The spoiler for this month's box was the Jack & Lucy Bicoastal Wide Brim Hat. Retail value $58. Hats never work for me because I have a small head and they always look too big on me. This hat is adjustable and has strings inside that you can pull to make it tighter. Even with the strings tighter the hat looks too big on my head and I just can't pull it off. I'll be gifting this to a friend that can. It's a very nice hat and will look great with Fall outfits, just not for me!

The next item included was NCLA MANI-ER Tool Kit. Retail value $16. I really like this usefull little kit. This will be great to throw in my purse, because I always need a nail kit and don't have one in my bag. This is a tiny little kit that won't take up much room in my bag. I love that it zips shut, so nothing falls out too. I really like when we get useful items in subscription boxes that I don't already own. This is perfect!

The Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is a product I've sampled from Birchbox. Retail value $36. I was happy to get a full size version in Popsugar this month. This works well to make my hair really soft and smooth!

I also received Flint Lint Roller. Retail value $9.99. I like this small lint roller to keep in my bag or my desk at work. I'll definitely use this! This one is retractable, which I really like. It won't take up much room and won't get stuck to everything in my bag. We also received lint sheets in The Zoe Report Box of Style this month, so I'll have to remember to use them both.

The Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer in The Warning is a new brand to me. Retail value $22. This color does not look like something I would pick out for myself, but I'm kind of excited to try it. I hope it's a color that goes on sheer, because I don't think I'll wear it if it's too bright.

The final item included was The Gluten Free Bites Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites. Retail value $4.99. These look really yummy, but I haven't tried them yet. I can't wait to!

The Popsugar Must Have for September had some good things, but I'm disappointed the biggest item in the box I won't be able to use. It will make a great gift though! There were already a couple spoilers for the October box, and I'm much more excited for next month's box. I hope it ships early, because I can't wait to see what else is included!

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Love with Food September 2016

Rating: Like It!!!
Cost: $10/month

I received my September Love with Food box last week and had a chance to try most of the snacks. We get a lot of the same kinds of snacks each month, so I don't think I'll miss this subscription when it runs out. My daughter loves it though. She gets excited when she sees the red box on the counter and always checks out what is inside.

I think Love with Food stopped including information cards explaining what is in the box, because we didn't get one for the second month. They include a card, but it doesn't say what's in the box.

The first sample included was Loacker Cocoa & Milk. These were yummy cookies that didn't taste overly sweet. I liked them!

The next item was hard candies. I didn't get a chance to try these because my daughter ate them. She said they were good!

The Cosmos Creations Caramel Apple Crisp Premium Puffed Corn was my favorite snack this month. It tasted like the perfect Fall snack! It had a great apple caramel flavor and the crisps were light and crunchy. Yum!

I wasn't sure I would like the Lance Gluten Free Cheddar Cheese Bite Size Sandwich Crackers. These were much better than I expected. They didn't taste gluten free at all, they were very light and crispy and tasted just like regular cheese crackers. This was a welcome surprise!

The Super Food Bunches of Crunches is one snack we haven't tried yet. It looks good!

The Black Forest Organic Gummy Cherries were sweeter than I expected. These weren't my favorite snack. I thought my daughter would love them, but she ate a couple and didn't want any more. Too sweet for us all. 

I don't really like bars like the Orchard Bar Bites Strawberry, Raspberry, and Walnut. I tried this when I was really hungry and it tasted like all natural ingredients, but was much too sweet for me. I expected it to just have a little fruit, but this was packed with fruit. It wasn't what I expected.

The final snack included was Vermont Uncured Pepperoni Turkey Stick. I don't like these types of snacks and usually don't try them. My daughter reached for this yesterday and made me try a bite first. I didn't like it, but like I said I don't like these types of snacks, so I wasn't surprised. It was a little spicy, so my daughter didn't like it either. 

The September Love with Food was okay. It had some good snacks and some snacks I wouldn't try again. I hope they send something different next month, maybe something pumpkin favored for October, because that's my favorite!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Popsugar Must Have Bridesmaid Gift Collection Box

Rating: Love It!!!!
Cost: $50

I love Popsugar Must Have and I love when they curate gift collection boxes. I'm not getting married, but when I saw what was in the Bridesmaid box I knew it'd make a great gift for friends. Rue La La offered the boxes for $25 (50% off), so I jumped at the chance to pick up 2 for the price of one!!! These boxes are worth the $50 cost, so getting them half off was a steal.

I couldn't wait to open these up when they arrived. They were packaged in heavy duty, nice white boxes similar in quality to the limited edition boxes. And there was a bridesmaid themed wrap around the box. Since I'm not using these as intended, I will re-package them, but this was a great presentation!

The inside had tissue paper, and a sticker like all Popsugar boxes!

Popsugar also included an information card in this box! And everything was wrapped in white tissue paper. The box wasn't very full, so I will be packaging everything in a smaller box for my friends.

The information card explains everything included in the box.

The first item in the box was the Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace in Slate. Retail price $50. I love Kendra Scott and bought this style necklace in black pearl for myself. The slate stone is a light smoky gray color that will go with everything! Getting this necklace in a box with other items for $25 was the reason I ordered. Even buying this box for $50 is a great deal! Kendra Scott necklaces are rarely on sale and I love this simple style and stone color. This was packaged so nicely with a blue bow and definitely ready for gifting. It also came with the bag to keep the necklace in. This was my favorite item in the box!!! I'm tempted to keep one for myself.

The next item included was June Jacobs Spa Collection Papaya Body Balm. Retail price $40. This is paraben and preservative free and smells amazing. I really loved how the whole box smelled like papaya when I opened it up. It's not an overwhelming scent and I really liked it! And this is a full size lotion. I never really know what to expect in these types of boxes, so I was very happy!

The final item included in the box is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar Set. Retail price $39.50. We received a nail polish from this brand in a Popsugar monthly box a while ago and it continues to be my favorite nail polish, so I was excited to get a different product by the brand. These are bright and fun colors that are not going to be for everyone, but I really like them. I love that a small lip brush was included in the set also. And I love the names of the shades Divine, Electric Grandma, and Strumpet!

I am really happy with the Bridesmaid Popsugar Must Have Gift Collection Box. It was an amazing value for what I paid and I can't wait to give them to my friends, because I think they'll love them! I think these would also make a very fun Bridesmaid gift!!! Popsugar also has baby gift collection boxes that are very nice, if you need a baby shower gift. Check them out.

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Saturday, September 10, 2016

ModCloth Stylish Surprise August 2016

Rating: Like It!!!
Cost: $10 per item

ModCloth has surprise sales every once in a while and I have a hard time resisting a purchase. A few weeks ago they offered their Stylish Surprise sale and I was able to snag a couple pairs of shoes in my size. I haven't had much luck with the clothing or dresses, so I decided to skip them this time. I ordered 2 pairs of size 8.5 shoes and couldn't wait to see what I'd receive. I'm always hoping for a pair of amazing shoes that is a steal for $10, but my luck is never that good! They do have some gorgeous shoes on the ModCloth site though.

The shoes shipped quickly and arrived in a plain brown box, so I didn't take a picture. Here are the shoes I received in their boxes. Neither of these brands really made me excited, but I was still hopeful to see something I liked inside.

I'll start with the pair I liked! The Report Shoes Milez in Nude. I saw these for sale for $24.99, so $10 was a good deal for them. I mainly wear flats, so these are perfect for me. They'll go with everything and I'm sure I'll reach for these a lot. Plus they're a basic, timeless flat that I'll be able to wear for years.

The shoes have an adorable woven back detail that I love! I was very happy with these shoes. I'll definitely wear them and they fit great!!!

The Lulu Hun Amelia Mid Wedges in Burgundy are cute also! I couldn't find a price for the exact style I received, but similar styles retail for $55, so $10 was a great deal for these. I love the pin-up style and white bow and peep toe. Unfortunately, these do not fit me well and were too small (so small that I thought I was sent the incorrect size, but they were labeled right). So, these didn't work for me, but I'm still happy getting one pair that I like and will wear.

The wedge heel is a totally wearable height. I definitely would have worn these if they fit me.

I tried to get a picture of the true patent burgundy color, but the lighting was not ideal. I'd say they're a tad bit brighter than this picture. 

Have you ordered from ModCloth Stylish Surprise? Do you love what you get? I'll probably keep trying the shoes once in awhile, because I love the surprise element of it and it forces me to try shoes I wouldn't normally order for myself. It's such a fun sale!!! I love seeing what everyone gets!

The Zoe Report Box of Style Fall 2016

Rating: Love It!!!!
Cost: $100/quarterly box; $350 yearly subscription

The Zoe Report Box of Style comes once a quarter and the months the boxes come are always my favorite. The Fall box shipped in September and arrived today! I couldn't wait to see what was inside. I loved the spoiler Hero Item this quarter and couldn't wait to see it in person.

This is one of my favorite luxe subscription boxes! I almost didn't renew, but when I saw the Hero Item I knew I didn't want to miss out on it.

Everything comes individually wrapped in black tissue paper, so it really is like a gift!

The Box of Style always includes an information card explaining everything in the box. I love reading these cover to cover for styling ideas!

The Hero Item this quarter was the Donni Charm Wonder Cape. Retail value $197. I love this item! It's soft and luxurious and can be styled a million ways with anything. It's colorblock in black and white, so seriously goes with everything. It can also be styled as a scarf, but I haven't quite figured that out yet. These are the types of items that make me love the Box of Style and are the types of things I want to see in a fashion subscription! And this really will fit everyone perfectly! It's so perfect for Fall!!!

I tried to style a couple pics, but it is over 80 today and way too hot to be thinking Fall clothes, so the pictures are pretty bad and not really styled. I'll try to snap a pic when the weather cools down and I'm actually able to wear it!

The next item included was the B-Low The Belt Gatsby Wrap Belt. Retail value $105. This belt looks great with the cape and will look great with other dresses and pants I own too. I am in love with tassels, so I think this is great! I love how the tassels have some volume and are not all one length. And black leather will go with everything!

I also received IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil. Retail value $24. I don't usually do much with my brows, but I know I should. I love this simple tool because one end is the pencil and the other is a brush. This will be easy to throw in my bag, so I may actually start making my brows look more polished! The color on this also looks perfect for my hair color, so I'm very happy.

Another addition to the box was IT Cosmetics Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Glass Stain in Mauv-a-lous Darling. Retail value $24. This is a really nice mauve color! Subscribers received an email to choose the color they wanted to receive. I love that, because then I knew I'd be happy with what I was getting. I hope they continue to do this with other items in the box.

Rachel Zoe included a piece of jewelry from her own jewelry line the Rachel Zoe Tassel Bracelet. Retail value $95. I love this! It fits my small wrists perfectly and doesn't look overwhelming on me. And I love tassels, like I mentioned above, so I'll be wearing this a lot!

The final styling tool item included was Hollywood Fashion Secrets Lint Removing Sheets. Retail value $6. These lint sheets are in small packages, so they are perfect to throw in your bag for whenever you may need them. I think this was a perfect styling tool to include for Fall, when sweaters come back into my wardrobe!

The Zoe Report Box of Style Fall box was perfection! I loved everything about it, but my favorite item was the cape!!! The last couple boxes I wasn't crazy about, so I was happy to finally get a box with lots to love. I will be wearing everything throughout the Fall and am starting to wish for cooler weather to style the cape!!! And I'm already excited for Box of Style to release the Winter Hero Item.

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