Socialbliss Style Box – June 2014

My Socialbliss Style Box is finally here! I have been stalking my tracking code for this one! Final box of the month (a little bitter sweet), but worth the wait!

Directly from the website:

“Socialbliss is a community of fashion trendsetters who have their eyes, ears and hands on the pulse of what’s cutting edge on the trends of tomorrow. Each month we start with a story. We then hand pick from our elite fashion community, the most popular yet unique items we know most women will love.”

The products included in this box total at least $100, and I’ve seen upwards of $200!

Cost: $39.95 Monthly + S&H ($9.95) (discounts for multi-month subs)

Last month I didn’t get any spoilers, but I was at the end of the receiving end this month, so I did cheat a little bit. I was a teeny bit disappointed, but remained optimistic. That paid off, because I love this box!

I goofed and deleted the opening of the box, but it seems to always be the same–wrapped in red tissue paper greeting you with a big “Hello gorgeous!” So let’s just cut to the chase and get to it!

20140626_202535The theme this month was Boho Chic, which they define as “A creative open-minded thinker who lives a free spirited life and believes in style, freedom and love“.

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Essie Snake Rattle and Roll magnetic polish – It’s a sort of gun metal grey color and if I can pull it off, I love the scale-like design. Little dark for this time of the year, but I’m really wanting to try this soon. I love grey, so the season can deal with it (Michael seems to think I want to paint our entire house grey…)

Ulta Super Shiny Lip Gloss – I think I need to get a lottery ticket. All of my boxes this month that came with a lip product gave me something that I really liked color-wise. I got Whisper 16, and I really like the way this looks.

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Curse my bad eyes for ruining the fun of sunglasses for me. Then again, my bank account probably thanks me. Nothing special, but I absolutely love the way these look on. These are the In.. Retro Specs Sunglasses, which are a dark brown with gold “arms”. I’ll hold on to them in case I reconsider trying contacts again, otherwise, I think my SIL would love them..

Peruvian Warrior ring – I really didn’t think this would be my style, but it’s really starting to grow on me. Depending on what I wear tomorrow for work, I might just give this a go. Otherwise, weekend warrior ring for sure.

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Fated Bliss Kimono Wrap – This is going to be fun, and I’ve been playing around with it a bit. It can be worn a few ways, and I think the vest option is working for me, and really fits what I typically wear during the work week–minus the funky pattern.

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And finally, this month’s bonus item for using the promo code WANTNEEDLOVE and sharing the post on Facebook – Creme Shop sponges. I actually needed this, so no complaints!

Overall, I’m really happy this month. I’m always down for some makeup these days, and I’m on a total new nail polish AND lip gloss kick, so this was right up my alley. Everything else was fun and I’ll get some use out of (well, except maybe the sunglasses). What did you think of this month’s Style Box?

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Bonjour Jolie – June 2014

Bonjour Jolie is a monthly subscription box that provides you with necessities, pampering items, snacks and goodies, and a gift to help you through that time of the month.

Cost – $16/mo + S&H ($21 total)

Your first box comes within 16 business days of ordering, and you’ll get a new box every month before your cycle–just enter the date you NEED it by, and Bonjour Jolie takes care of the rest! If you need changes, just email them–as of posting, their customer service seems awesome!

20140616_173002I  scoured the internet before finally picking my list of subscription boxes, and this one definitely impresses. This is my second box, and I’m glad I picked this one! It came with a selection of my choice of tampons, pads, and/or panty liners (you customize this from a nice variety), and then the goodies!! Michael watched me open this month as I explained that he’d no longer have to randomly pick up girl things for me. He said he didn’t mind doing that, and I mentioned that he didn’t bring them home with a bunch of goodies, though. This box has him beat when it comes to that!

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The edibles this month are amazing compared to last month–A Cougar Mountain Gourmet Cookie (chocolate chip), Caramels for Karson salted caramel chews, Leccare Lollipops (peach cobbler flavor!), Torie and Howard Organic Hard Candies, and of course, TEA! A variety of Bigelow Tea Company teas. Michael already ate a caramel, but the joke was on him since he wasn’t expecting it to be salted!

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The pampering items included a nice variety of crafted items, as well as some basics:
Starfire Creations Honeysuckle Soap which has that handmade smell-Can’t wait to try it!
Bonny Bubbles Body Powder – As hot as it’s been, I might take them up on sprinkling it on the sheets (It gets so cool at night, my house is covered in shade, and I’m at work all day, I just can’t justify turning on the air!)
Scaredy Cat Cosmetics EyeShadow and Brush – I’m not sure what color I got, but if it’s the brassy color, not sure I can pull that off! But it’s a cute and fun little bottle, and I’m willing to give it a shot.
Vaseline Hand Lotion – This one is a staple, and little bottles of lotion are always welcome!
Summer’s Eve Feminine Wipes – Some sort of refreshing wipe is always included, no complaints.
Advil – This is optional, but I’d never turn down packs of pain killers.

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The gift this month is this beautiful, sheer Handmade Silk and Georgette Sarong. The card indicates it’s imported from India. I love the fish on it, and goes perfect with my lake upbringing. I don’t know if I’ll necessarily wear it, but at the very least, it’s something that either my mother or sister-in-law would probably love if I end up gifting it.

20140616_173601Left the flash on, but here’s the card detailing all of the goodies. I absolutely love this box, and June definitely exceeding my expectations. What did you think of this month’s Bonjour Jolie?

Barkbox – June 2014

Barkbox is a monthly subscription for your dog. Each month, you get a nice selection of treats and a toy (or two) for your dog. The treats are all US or Canadian ingredients and products. Boxes are customized based on dog weight, and if your dog is a destroyer of toys like mine, you can just email and request the aggressive chewer option.

I’d suggest signing up with someone’s referral in order to score 10% off your sub (plus you hook their pup up with an extra box or two!)–unless there is a sale going on! If you sign up now with the code RUCKUS, you’ll get 15% off your sub (good until June 16 at 10 am est, so hurry!)

Barkbox has an amazing discount if ordering multi month options, so with no discount, it can cost anywhere from $18/month to $29/month! I highly recommend paying for as much up front as you can, as it really increases the value of this box.

For reference, I get the Big & Bold box (50+ pounds) with the heavy chewer option.

20140614_123258I barely got this open, and had to do outside with a nutcase (Riley) rushing me along. And as you can see, I could barely get a pictures of the goods laid out without a nose coming to check things out. Riley is the expert in this area, so he helped with my unboxing and review.

 

 

The offerings this month included:

  • R2P Monkey Silly Bums $10 – I didn’t even get the tag off (Riley took care of that), and he went nuts over this one. He normally rips stuffy toys to shreds, but this one has survived thus far. There’s a squeaker (YES!) and a crinkly type stuffing. It’s the most ridiculous toy ever, but maybe this headless thing is working for Riley–they normally get ripped off.
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  • Benebone Nylon Chew $12 – This thing had me a bit worried at first, since it felt like this one Nylabone we had gotten in the past that Riley annihilated in one sitting. Surprisingly, it’s holding up well and he likes it. Chew bones are always a welcome addition.
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  • Green Bark Gummies Hip & Joint Treats $10 – Even though Riley is young, he runs like crazy, so I do like getting treats that are good for his hips and joints. These have the goods with NutriaCHIA, glucosamine, and Chondroitin (we JUST ran out of his other treats for this!). I wasn’t worried, but these also passed the taste test.
  • Benny Bully’s Beef Liver & Banana Treats $8 – These smelled awful to me, but it’s not me that they needed to impress (taste test passed). Healthy treats with a mix I wouldn’t be excited about, but Riley was more than willing to inhale.
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This was my (Riley’s) first Barkbox, and I’m extremely happy I went with this box. Looking at past boxes, I knew I’d get some good stuff, and this definitely confirmed that this box amazing! Can’t wait for next month! What did your dog think of this month’s Barkbox?

Sample Society Mystery Boxes

Recently, Sample Society sold a ton of mystery boxes. I managed to snag one of each of the $10 sample boxes (A-E). With a code, I got free shipping and the total came to $35. I based the prices I came up with on Amazon, rather than BeautyBar.com, especially since the contents were from old sample boxes. For the most part, the prices were often comparable.  Each box came with a $15 off coupon, but all were long expired, so that was useless.

Here are the contents of each:

Box A – February 2014 ($33.64)

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Alterna Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand $3.70
Alterna Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Sustainable Volume Spray $3.83
AHAVA Mineral Botanic Velvet Body Lotion – Tropical Pineapple & White Peach $5.78
MURAD Rapid Collagen Infusion $8.33
Phyto Keratine Ultra Repairing Mask 1.7oz travel $12.00

Box B – January 2014 ($70.75)

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StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate $14.75
butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer $19.00
Tocca Margaux Eau de Parfum $2.00
Orlane Paris Extreme Line Reducing Lip Care $15.00
Stila Cosmetics Color Balm Lipstick, Vivienne $20.00

The card insert listed a different StriVectin product than the one I actually received, which was a bit of a bummer since this was a duplicate item.

Box C – February 2014 ($49.14)

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Minus 417 Dead Sea Cosmetics Hand Moisturizer, Ocean Fragrance $6.00
butter LONDON Nail Lacquer – British Racing Green $15.00
Diptyque L’Eau Du Trente Quatre $3.60
IPKN Moist & Firm Beauty Balm Cream #02 (Light) $5.79
Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads $18.75

I made a guess on the IPKN cream, since there was not a size noted on it.

Box D – January 2014 ($54.01)

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StriVectin SD Eye Concentrate $14.75
butter London Horse Power Nail Fertilizer $19.00
Nicole Richie Eau de Parfum $0.23
Malin & Goetz Vitamin E Face Moisturizer $11.25
StriVectin Instant Retexturizing Scrub $8.79

I found the Nicole Richie perfume much cheaper than listed on the card, and wasn’t impressed at all.. Duplicate butter London product and StriVectin.

Box E – November 2013 ($34.96)

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Jane Iredale Lip Drink Lip Balm $6.00
Borghese Splendore Brightening Makup $15.48
Annick Goural Eau d’Hadrien Eau de Toilette $1.04
Murad Anti-Aging Acne Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator $5.73
Illume Balsam & Cedar Metallic Tin Candle $6.71

I actually based the candle price on the burn time rather than amount of candle. Otherwise, it’s valued a bit lower–but to me, how long a candle actually lasts is where it’s at.

All in all, I would have loved a teeny bit more makeup, and a lot less perfume! But I did get a lot of stuff I’m definitely willing to try, though some scream winter time, so I’ll be packing them away until then.

Was definitely a TON of fun coming home to this box, though!

Ipsy – June 2014

 

 

 

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Ipsy is a monthly subscription of 4-5 beauty products (samples to full size), and a makeup bag!

Cost – $10 a month (with free shipping)

Even if you are hesitant, it’s worth signing up now to get yourself on the wait list (removed instantly if you get a signup through your referral). Though, they often have deals that allow you to skip the wait, so keep an eye out!

This month’s theme is Pretty in Paradise, which featured a bag with a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff design.

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My goods this month included –

  • Realtree for Her: Starting with this because of my dislike of perfume samples! This one I’m not a fan of on me. It’s like a floral musky smell that I’m not too impressed with, and it’s doing nothing for me. I double checked that I didn’t have perfume checked on my profile, so hoping this is just a fluke!
  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray – I’m already interested in this one. I’m almost always just straighten my hair and call it a day, but I think this will be nice to add a bit to that, and I’ve been wanting to experiment more with my hair. This seems like a simple, not too terribly drastic way to start.
  • Be a Bombshell – Lash Out Mascara – By the talk, I thought this stuff was going to have this tear inducing, noxious chemical odor. I mean, it has a weird-ish smell, but it’s not nearly as bad as people are making it out to be. As a mascara, I love it. Goes on smooth and gives me the look I like–Glad I got this because my old one is about ready to be retired.
  • OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil – I can’t say I’ve done much with eyebrows outside of the normal tweezing and cleanup. This pencil really made them pop and smooth them out. The color wasn’t too much darker than my normal color, so it’s perfect for me–add a bit of drama without looking like too much!
  • NYX Butter Gloss – This here has been what the hype has been about since the teasers came out. There were two colors I’d consider, obviously one favorite, and one I thought I’d never be able to pull off (I like a more natural looking color!)–And Ipsy heard my makeup prayers, and I got Creme Brulee! I’m happy, and really like this product.

This was my first month as an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber, and I’m extremely happy with what I got! I’ll use 4 out of 5 items, which isn’t bad for $10! What did you think of the June 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag?

Birchbox – June 2014

BirchBox is a monthly beauty subscription that sends you beauty and lifestyle items that may be sample size, deluxe sample size, or even full size!

Cost – $10 per month, $110 for 12 months (one day left to get a year sub for $99 using the coupon code BBSUBYEAR! Ends June 9)

With last month’s box being my first, I received both May and June around the same time. While excited, now I know I’ll have the real month long wait between boxes-kind of depressing considering how much fun that was!

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Sorry about the fuzzy pic, didn’t realize my lens managed to get a bit dirty.

This month’s these is “Away We Go” and the samples provided are designed to have you travel ready (which somehow includes stay-cations).  They also included a travel quiz, which you can take to enter for a chance to win your own getaway. There were only a few questions, and I managed to pick a pretty well rounded bit, only barely picking New York, New York in the end.

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So what’s in the box?

  • Number 4 Hair hydrating shampoo and a bonus conditioner – This stuff smelled amazing! And I loved the way my hair felt, though there was almost a bit of a filmy feeling afterwards–Like I couldn’t quite rinse the conditioner fully.
  • COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30 for Face – I haven’t had a chance to try this one yet, but I’m always interested in a good face sunscreen. The tint is a nice bonus if it ends up looking good.
  • Gilchrest & Soames London Collection Body Lotion – Was not a fan. It smelled alright, and I’ll definitely use the rest, but it was super runny for a body lotion. I like something with a bit more substance to it.
  • Vasanti Cosmetics BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Renovator – This is probably my favorite item in this month’s box. I love a good face scrub, and this stuff felt awesome. It had superfine minerals that felt really amazing, and I loved the way my face felt afterwards.
  • Joie Folle de Joie Eau de Parfum – Perfumes are never my favorite in a box. I think it’s mainly because I hardly wear them during the week (I’ve always felt it’s poor etiquette to wear perfume in an office). This one was OK. It’s a bit sweet and flowery, and light, so for me it would be nice during the day.

So that’s the goods in my box. I’d love to have gotten some makeup to try, but I’m still happy with everything I got to try! The only major disappointment is that I’ve gotten two perfumes in a row, despite my profile. We’ll see what next month brings, or Ipsy’s box, then I’ll try fiddling with my profile.

My breakdown: I paid $1.43 for this box (Note: I’m not yet sure if  BB will let me review both the shampoo AND conditioner, but I’m assuming yes.)

What did you think of the June 2014 Birchbox?