The “Mother Load” of all subscription boxes….Seriously though…

Ok, here’s the deal, I have a serious addiction to these subscription boxes.  Currently I subscribe to:

BirchBox:  https://www.birchbox.com?raf=bhxzm

BarkBox https://barkbox.com/r/KkjNgByWh8/

GlossyBox http://www.glossybox.com/referal?CI=NDAyOQ== 

Beauty Bar Sample Society Box

Petite Box–No longer available but worth mentioning because the concept was fantastic

PVBody Box–Fitness clothes!!!!  http://www.pvbody.com/pvbody-how-it-works

and PopSugar  http://popsu.gr/pPE 

Needless to say, its like Christmas ALL THE TIME around here 🙂  I love it.

Let me be the first to say…not all box’s are created equal!

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

BirchBox–This was the first of the boxes I ordered, fun at first, but the sample sizes are tiny and I am officially bored with them.  I have re-purchased a few things, but I don’t know that BirchBox is worth it to me anymore….that said, it is a GREAT gift!

BirchBox UnBoxing

BarkBox– For your Dog!  I loved it!  LOVED IT.  So much fun.  Willie Nelson loved it too.  Great treats and toys!  You pick the size of your dog and they do the rest!

BarkBox image from BarkBox.com

GlossyBox–GlossyBox is like the upgraded better version of BirchBox.  The sample sizes are actually deluxe sample sizes and they do a great job of sending Lux products too.  They tailor to your skin color and preferences.  I have had a few nail polishes I can not live without now 🙂

GlossyBox image from: http://www.unspottedbeauty.com/

BeautyBar Sample Society–almost identical to the BirchBox…WAH WAH.  I love Beauty Bar because they carry my favorite treatment shampoo and have free shipping, but I won’t be getting another sample box.

Beauty Bar Sample Society picture from http://www.twochixbeautyfix.com

Petite Box–As mentioned they are no longer available, but this is a great gift idea for any of your pregnant friends.  Nobody loves gifts more than a pregnant woman.

“Each month you’ll receive a new baby box full of baby necessities such as baby lotion, baby clothes, baby food, calming oils and more. The contents of the baby boxes change each month, but only the best baby products are always included. You will never get the same thing twice.   Mothers enjoy the surprise and utility of receiving a baby box every month. Each petiteBox delivery is like getting an extra treat you weren’t expecting—and more.”

PVBODY Box: “For $39.95/month, we ship a new fitness outfit right to your door. Each box has a retail value of about $139. Avoid the mall, look good, feel great and have our personal stylists shop for you. Shipping is free and you can cancel your order any time.”  -PVBODY.com

Click here: http://www.pvbody.com/pvbody-how-it-works  select the SAMPLE BOX header to see a video

I have received two boxes so far.  I would say the first box was a bit of a bust, but the second box has been great.  Here are my frusterations:  1.  They don’t have a link share program-LAME.  and 2. They do allow for returns and exchanges, but upon trying to request a return I have been sorely disappointed 😦  Still waiting to hear back on how this is done, and its been 30 days 😦  So overall I would say in concept, its incredible, in execution its a bit rough around the edges.

PopSugar–“THE MOTHER LOAD” of all subscription boxes.  Like WHOA.  While PopSugar isn’t dedicated to beauty, they are dedicated to AWESOME.  Each month I get something:  beauty (usually a nail polish combo, but this box was a Benefit pack AND hair ties AND the cucumber facial wipes), foodie (I am ALWAYS impressed with this item), fitness (the last two have been DVDs), fashion (this scarf is $89 online) and home (a note pad-but two months ago I got a diffuser from http://www.aloraambiance.com/ and it was legitimately DIVINE–I have already ordered two more for other rooms in my house) and a book (I just got Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling–I read it in FIJI).

While the pop sugar box is over double the cost of the other boxes, it is completely worth it.  As mentioned the scarf in this picture is $89 online and the diffuser I mentioned was $60.

Here is the link to sign up again:  http://popsu.gr/pPE

I have ordered their one time HOLIDAY LUXURY Box for both men (the men’s is still available) and women.  It was a WHOPPING $100 but I know deep in my heart that it will spillith over with awesome.  SHH and I intend to wrap it and put it under the tree for Christmas morning-OH WHAT FUN!   Stand by for that review!

PopSugar Box  Image from POPSUGAR.COM

Enjoy lovelies.  Enjoy.

I would LOVE to hear of any subscription boxes you have and what you love and don’t love about each!

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Hello Clarice.

Masqueology Brightening Mask

A rayon cellulose single use facial mask saturated with advanced multi-functioning ingredients that contours to your face leaving your complexion brighter and refreshed.

Benefits:
• Revitalizes and evens out the appearance of your complexion
• Diminishes the appearance of dark spots
• Leaves skin glowing and smooth

Key Ingredients:
• Niacinamide (Rosacea and acne)

Anti-inflammatory

• Arbutin

Natural very effective skin whitening

• Mulberry Root Extract

Helps to inhibit melanin production

• Witch Hazel

Soothes and reduces inflammation
Speeds up healing time of bruises
My Professional Product Whore Opinion:
I got this mask as part of my June BirchBox.
Hated it.  It was slippery and awkward.
You are not suppose to wash the residue off after and I hated the way it felt.  Also, I noticed no real results.
This is my one gripe with BirchBox.  With a one time mask like this there is no real way to tell if I like it.

April Birchbox and PetiteBox info

Nothing I was over the moon excited for, but overall a good box.

I am pretty jacked to try the Amika hair mask…especially considering my recent Ombre.  SHH and I are headed to Denver at the end of the week and will be taking in a Colorado Rockies game, so the Zoya purple nail polish was well timed for my team spirit manicure:)

I really like the Taylor Swift Wonderstruck scent.  I was surprised by this to be honest, I am really picky about scents.

The Dropps and the Juice Beauty Blemish clearing will come in handy with our impending move next week.  I’ll keep you posted on those.

Every month with my Birchbox I feel like other bloggers get better stuff.  I did some changing of my profile to see if next month might be better. I have a few friends that get their boxes in the first week of the month, this makes my wait seemingly longer.

If you’d like to sign up click here:  https://www.birchbox.com?raf=bhxzm

Also, for you ladies out there that are pregnant or have friends that are pregnant, check this out:  Petite Box  its like BirchBox but for expecting/new mothers.  I can’t imagine anything better than a monthly box full of lil gifts while I am preggers.   I sent this to a friend who is 7-8 months along, I think she really liked it:)  Its a fun gift to give!

Image from What if No One's Watching

Image from What if No One's Watching

Image from What if No One's Watching

Image from What if No One's Watching

LOOK AT ALL THAT LOOT!  What a great concept!  Check out more details on this blog: What if No One’s Watching  She has a fab full review about each product:)

What’s in my bag???

Oh, thanks for asking!  Its been a long time since I have been so consistent with what’s in my purse.

So ever since my first facial, I have cut back significantly on what I put on my face.  Thus cutting back the things I carry in my purse!

I am proud to say these are the only beauty products I keep in my purse currently:

Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter:  You might remember this purchase from my Pre-Vacation post.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scent!  It reminds me of my honeymoon:)  I love that its all natural and that its a good size for a hand lotion in my purse.

Boscia Blotting Papers:  Since my facial, my skin has been very different.  I could blame the vag cream on my face 🙂 but I love it too much:)  MONISTAT FOREVER!  That said, I have noticed that around 1 everyday my face gets really shiny.  REALLY REALLY SHINY (I think it may have something to do with having my heater on high under my desk).  I can go thru 3 papers in one blotting…that’s a lot for me.  These lil guys are a life saver.  I love them and I feel like they have lasted FOREVER.

One Love Organics Skin Savior:  This is the best BirchBox product yet!!!!  Granted its only my second box and I was super unimpressed with box one 🙂  STILL, I will likely purchase this after I finish this tub.  I use it on my hands, and my nails, and my lips.  Seriously, like everyday.  I love how fresh and light it smells.  LOVE IT.

Last but certainly not least….Dior Lip Glow.  I LOVE IT.  I get so many compliments about this product!  I LOOOOOVE IT.

Side Note, my SHH bought me that purse for my birthday 🙂 Kate Spade is my bestie.

 

Better Birchbox!

Woo Hoo my March BirchBox finally arrived.

AND I WAS REALLY HAPPY WITH IT!

I am super excited about my BB!

For starters, I have been back and forth about SuperGoop and was SO excited to see a sample here!  It’s been rainy here the last few days, so I haven’t had the chance to test it but I am excited.  We are going SUP this weekend, so it will be the perfect chance to try them!

One Love Organics:  Skin Savior

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

LOVE IT.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Its like the duct tape of my product arsenal.  It works so well as lip balm, moisturizer, and even a cleanser!  This will be a product I keep with me always.  It smells dreamy!

I also received a Lavender dry shampoo.   I am super excited to use this product!  I have heard loads of good things about it and I have been looking for a good dry shampoo so this was an exciting product to find in my box!

The tea is still un-opened 😦  But I love tea and am excited!

The teal nail polish is my ab fab!

Overall, I love BirchBox…This month!

Here’s the link for you to sign up: http://www.birchbox.com?raf=bhxzm

BirchBox SCHMIRCHBOX

SHH Sent me this from the post office:)

The box was a lot smaller than I thought it would be:(

Welcome Card! I was so excited!

Weird, it feels so empty.

Hmmmm...that's it?

Chocolate? I don't even eat sugar!

Really BirchBox? REALLY?

The Hindenburg isn’t even big enough of a disaster to describe my disappointment.  Really, .2 ounces of zit cream, and .2 ounces of face wash–both entirely not enough product to form an opinion around–perfume and peel and stick eye liner—LAME?  I spent weeks reading reviews of other HAPPY BirchBox recipients.  The Beauty Blender, Hair Oils, Violent Lips, Nail Polishes and other awesome products and I got the rejected left overs?  Talk about buyers remorse.

In My Professional Product Whore Opinion?

FAIL.  I will give you another chance next month, but it better be amaze.  Like gold plated, full sized, naked sculpture of David Beckham Amaze.

In other news, I also got my BeautyFix package.  (insert Hallelujah Chorus)

WHAT WHAT?! FULL SIZED SAMPLES???

1. Purple SpaRitual Nail Lacquer-FULL SIZE-NORMAL PRICE $10.00

2.  Color Science SunForgettable Mineral Sun Protection-NORMAL PRICE $12.00

3. Frais Hand Sanitizer

4.  2 oz. Philip B Katira Hair Masque-NORMAL PRICE $20.00

5.  7 oz. Glytone Body exfoliating body wash-NORMAL PRICE $28.00

6. Jonathan IB Revitalizer Overnight Oil Treatment Spray 100% Vegan-NORMAL PRICE $29.00

7. 4.2 oz. Jonathan Create Motion Shaping Creme Ge-NORMAL PRICE $24.00

8. Kronos Shampoo, Conditioner, Overnight Repair Masque, 7 in 1 Conditioning Spray

9. 2–YES, I said 2! Adorable floral makeup bags.

All said and done, I am guessing the grand total is $140.  I paid, $40.  This box comes quarterly and I get to pick what I want.  EAT THAT BIRCHBOX!

www.Beautyfix.com-Let me know if you’d like an invite.

FRIDAY FINDS and Stuff I want…in this case NEED. LIKE I NEED AIR.

1.  Laura Mercier Portfolio Animation

There is a STAGE 5 creeper-organizing-DIVA inside me that LOVES all Sparkly things and needs this like I NEED air.  I am convinced it will add value to my life 😉  Since I am always on the run and like to travel, I would love to have all of my beauty needs in ONE place, I would like this place to be attractive and I would like it to fit nicely in my purse:)  This fits these criteria perfectly!

I like to think of myself as a woman of action.  Not only did I already try to pre order this…I also called my BEAUTY Consultant Vicky at Macy’s to get the inside scoop on the situation.  A lil’ detective work never hurt anyone.  Turns out, its not available until March or April and NO ONE knows who will be carrying it.  This is just plain IRRESPONSIBLE and poor planning.  Laura, heed my warning…I’ll come find you.

2.  My travel bug is OUT OF CONTROL…I actually considered naming said travel bug something like “SASHA FIERCE 2.0”  OUT OF CONTROL.  I can barely think straight.  I thought living in one of the most beautiful zip codes in the US would keep “Sasha Fierce 2.0” at bay.  I was wrong.  The 13 days that separate me from this vacation are TORTUOUS. This coupled with killing time by reading Travel Blogs was a TERRIBLE idea.  I blame you;)

Image taken by Jennifer Figge

3.  I won’t lie, I am kind of excited to not be talking about Nails, or Nail Polish or Nail Art!

4.  With birthday month in full swing, I might have accidentally bought myself a few lil presents:)

Exhibit A:

Stella Dot

Exhibit B:

Pls pass the Buddha

5. I am in LOVE with Ellen.  Seriously.  Here are my 2 ABSOLUTELY FAV Videos (click the picture to continue to viewing)  I have watched both of these videos at least 10 times.  If this doesn’t make you laugh, you are barely human.

Image from Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.

Image from BuddyTV.com

6.  IT FINALLY HAPPENED!  I got my BirchBox invite!  Skittles (green skittles) popping out of my ears excited!!!!!  I honest to goodness CAN NOT WAIT to get it.  If you don’t know about it, check it out.  Like Christmas EVERY SINGLE MONTH!  Click here to sign up for your own: BIRCHBOX

From BirchBox.com

7.  FOOD PORN

I haven’t had sugar or a lot of carbs since October–Food Porn used to be this:

Macaroons

Now it is this…

Paleo Pad Thai

8.  If we had a kid:

Truth

GOSPEL TRUTH

9.  I LOVE sweet LOVE

Get it Granny!

I wish I knew who to credit this to…Whoever you are, I like you.

10.  A lil piece of my life:

Willie Nelson-The 2nd love of my life....

11.  This is just extra credit:

FAB

Friday Finds-UNICORNS AND GLITTER with RAINBOWS ON TOP

Considering my level of commitment to being a FOR REAL Product Whore, I am amazed that NO ONE I KNOW TOLD ME ABOUT THIS-I used caps to suggest frustration.

BIRCH BOX MEEP!

“Four to five hand-picked deluxe samples delivered to your door for $10 per month.”  WHA-WHAT?!!?!?!  DELIVERED TO MY DOOR EVERY MONTH?  Its like CHRISTMAS but  BETTER and EVERY SINGLE MONTH!?!!?

“Every month, you’ll receive a box filled with 4-5 beauty samples from luxury brands. Each month will include a different mix of product types, including makeup, skincare, fragrance, body, and hair care. All samples are generously sized, with enough product to allow you to figure out if they’re right for you. You’ll also want to take advantage of Birchbox.com, which is packed with all the beauty information and tips you need, including expert interviews, helpful tutorials, and fun videos.”-Birchbox.com

GENEROUSLY SIZED SAMPLES?!?!?  It might as well be filled with UNICORNS AND GLITTER with a RAINBOW on TOP!

I can’t believe I had never heard of this ’till recently.  I blame you friends.  All of you.  And Birchbox for not knowing that I am kind of a big deal and NEED this in my life.  It’s moments like this that makes me wonder if I am a country bumkin….HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS??!?  DO I LIVE UNDER A ROCK???  I am clearly not as cool as I thought.

The worst part of all of this is that when I was FOAMING FROM THE MOUTH EXCITED TO SIGN UP, I got this:  WE ARE ALL SOLD OUT, pls sign up for waiting list.

WAITING LIST????  THIS IS LIKE WAITING IN LINE AT A CLUB!!!  Those of you that know me know I would not tolerate such nonsense under normal circumstances.  (Note to reader:  I haven’t been to a club in…AT LEAST 3 years but when I was a “clubber” I was not about to wait in line)

My Professional Product Whore Opinion:

Sign up for waiting list here:  Birchbox

I obviously would not wait another minute.

Image: HERE