Subscriptions I Would Like to Try

I will be the first person to admit that life got the better of me and I sacrificed the blog in order to take care of other things. I did really enjoy writing the blog while I was doing it. I also still receive several subscription boxes. That being said, I am going to try and start off 2017 by getting back into the blog. The topic I would like to start the year off with is one that I have written about before: subscription boxes that sound interesting to me.

If you have ever read any of my blog posts from previous years, you would know that subscription boxes are a bit of an addiction for me. I am fairly confident that if I hadn’t become so interested in them back in 2013 (I believe), than my student loans would already be paid off. That’s neither here nor there at this point though. My loans are still there and my subscriptions still make me happy so I just have to come to terms with that so here we are.

The boxes that I currently subscribe to are:

  • Ipsy
  • Luxebox
  • The Soap Box (Fortune Cookie Soap)
  • Love With Food
  • Universal Yums

I think that’s all of them? Yikes, that makes me wonder if there are more that I am forgetting about (like there need to be more, really). I am always searching for boxes that I think I would enjoy, and can afford. One of my problems is that I live in Canada. Not that living in Canada is a problem, I really do love it. However, when it comes to subscription boxes, there are 3 main obstacles for Canadians.

  1. A lot of boxes do not ship to Canada at all. There are tons of boxes that I have had my eye on that just don’t ship up here and it makes me pretty sad. I can understand why they don’t, but I have selfish interests at heart.
  2. When boxes do ship to Canada, there is usually an obscene flat rate for shipping that I am just not willing to pay. Where a box in the US will ship anywhere in the US for free, it costs $20 USD to get it to me. As a note, I am just a 2.5-3 hour drive from the border so that $20 stings even more.
  3. The current third hurdle, that has been in the way for quite awhile now, is the horrible exchange rate. While a price may look good, you get the cruel reminder on your credit card statement that the price was listed in US Dollars. Once that exchange comes through, you realize how much more you had to pay just for living in Canada.

Most of the boxes that I subscribe to are American so clearly I like them enough to take the financial hit to have them. It’s hard to make the decision to take the plunge, though, when the cost can be so high. Sometimes I will gift myself a short subscription so that I don’t have the commitment but can try it out to see if I want to fully subscribe.

I have a previous post where I wrote about the boxes I would love to try. Some of the ones I wrote about in that post were:

  • Naturebox
    • I did have a chance to try Naturebox and I was subscribed for quite awhile. This was one that was quite costly for me with the exchange rate but I did enjoy the snacks a lot. The snacks I received started to become repetitive though and it stopped being worth the money for me so I stopped receiving the service.
  • MunchPak
    • I still have not tried this one but it does still interest me. I have really been into snack boxes lately so there is still a chance that I will try this one.
  • Mystery Chocolate Box
    • I also haven’t tried this one but I am considering it in the next few months. I have gifted myself a Chococurb subscription. They will no longer be shipping to Canada but will be honouring prior purchases so once that subscription runs out, I may try Mystery Chocolate Box.

There were others but there aren’t any others that I have tried. There are some boxes that I’m planning on trying this year or that are newer on the scene than my previous post so they are the ones that I am going to talk about today.

Chococurb

For those who have never heard of Chococurb, it is a chocolate subscription box. There are two different sized boxes you can receive: Chococurb Mini ($20) or Chococurb Classic ($35). The Mini comes with 3 items each month and the Classic comes with 5-7 items each month.

I am so excited to get my first Chococurb box. I really hope that I like it but I am also going to be disappointed if I do and then after a few months won’t be able to receive this box anymore. I will be sure to post reviews of the few months that I do receive though so you can see what my thoughts are.

HandPicked

HandPicked is a relatively new subscription box, with the first box only shipping out in September of 2016. The creator of this box is a blogger named Alexia who wanted to help people discover wonderful new beauty products, thus leading to the creation of her own box! Each month, subscribers will get 5 full sized products at a cost of $39.99 plus the cost of shipping.

This box looks so good to me, with full sized, high end products. This is another box where I run into the obstacle of the exchange rate to Canadian dollars. I would absolutely love to try this box at some point so I will have to keep an eye on it in the future when I have more money. For those of you that can afford it though, I would recommend trying it. I have seen the previous boxes and they look really great to me!

La Boîte à Bonbons

This subscription box is Canadian which is something that I really appreciate. Every month they send 1 kg of assorted candies (you get to choose between soft, sour, or a mix) and it seems there are 4 different types each month. This is a box that is $25 and only ships within Canada so for my fellow Canadians, this is one for us. I am definitely intrigued by this box and I am hoping to try it out in the future.

These are just some of the boxes that are interesting me at the moment. I look forward to getting back on track and getting to write about some of these in the near future!

What are some great new subscription boxes that you guys think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

xo Amanda

Ipsy March 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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The theme for March was Floral Fantasy which I like and the bag for this month was pretty nice so I was impressed with that. Let’s see what came in my March bag!

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Skyn Iceland Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels

Eye gels and eye masks are such a big thing right now and I really enjoy them. Everyone who got this in their glam bag received two pairs which I think is really great because it gives you a better idea of whether or not you like them. I have already tried a pair of these and I found them so refreshing! These might be my favourite eye gels out of all the ones I’ve tried to date!

A full size box contains 8 pairs and retails for $30, making these 2 pairs worth about $7.50.

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Acure Day Cream

Since I have so many creams lined up from my Memeboxes in the past, a day cream isn’t necessarily the most exciting thing in the world for me. I would much rather try various makeup products but it is nice to mix it up every once in awhile. I know that I have tried skincare that I’ve received in past Ipsy bags and really enjoyed them so I can’t make a snap judgement. I will definitely try this out at some point.

A full size of this is 1.75 oz and retails for $18.99, making this 1 oz sample worth about $10.86.

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Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Duo in Apricot Glow

From what I can tell, this little duo was made for Ipsy but I am not 100% sure on that one. I quite like using Pixi shadows, and have a palette from them that I really enjoy. These colours are beautiful and are definitely the kinds of colours I wear on a daily basis. I have such mixed opinions on the colours I get from Ipsy. I have mostly gotten neutrals which means I end up with a lot of single shadows that are near the same colour. However, I wear those kinds of colours and if I were getting blues and greens all the time, I would be complaining that I never get wearable colours. So, that being said, I am very happy with what I have received here.

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Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter

I remember before I subscribed to Ipsy, I watched through so many videos of past bags. I remember seeing this Chella highlighter in some of the earlier bags, thinking it looked cool, and being a little sad that I wouldn’t ever get it because it had already been featured. Fast forward to this March bag and I got it! I quite like the effect it has, although it can be a little tough to blend. I think the colour is perfect for me and once I get the hang of how much I should be using, I will be even happier with it!

I think this might be a full size of the product, making is $18, but I could be wrong about that.

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NYX Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Pops

I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. First of all, I am a bit of a lipstick junkie these days so I am super happy to have received this in my bag. There were a couple colours you could have gotten. This one, a berry-ish pink, and a brighter pink I believe. I am happy to have received this more nude shade because it is perfect for daily wear. Not only that, but it feels so lovely to wear. It goes on so smoothly and just feels lovely. This is by far my favourite item in the bag!

I’m really happy about this bag! I received quite a few items that I am pretty excited about and everything in the bag will get used so that is a success to me. The overall value of this bag was $46.36 which is pretty good so I would say it’s a win!

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Beauty Joy Box March 2015

The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples. Let’s see what came in the February 2015 box.

This will be my last Beauty Joy Box. It may be my last box ever or my last box for a couple of months, we will see how things go. As for now, let’s see what came in this box.

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They sent out a new box to try this month and I think it is beautiful. One thing that Beauty Joy is really good at is packing their boxes nicely.

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Gold and Glass Necklace ($12)

Hand blown glass beads with gold plated cores individually made, just for you!

I am a little bit on the fence about this necklace. I do have to say that I love the beads on this one, I think they are beautiful. However, the chain is that fake yellow gold and it is quite short so that part isn’t great. I would happily put the beads on a different chain though.

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Bare Minerals Full Size Eyeshadow ($14)

Borrow some beauty from our lady Mother Nature, capturing the pure pigments of stone, seed, and soil. Rich and velvety, these subdued shades, including Java, Cocoa, and Clay let you emphasize your eyes with understated oomph.

I received this shadow in the colour You Can Never Be Too Rich Brown. Although I don’t typically reach for loose shadows too much, I do really like this colour. I think it would be a good outer corner/crease kind of colour and I look forward to trying this one out.

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($12)

Bigger. Blacker. Badder. Urban Decay’s ultra-creamy, lengthening and volumizing mascara features triple-black pigments and a deeply nourishing ingredient blend.

I am super happy to have gotten this. I received this same sample in one of my first Ipsy bags and I really liked it! I have so many mascaras open at the moment so I won’t be using it for awhile but I am very excited about it.

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Ciate Nail Polish Mini Pot ($8)

A stunningly beautiful and intensely pigmented nail colour. Made without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals, and phthalates. 

I am not really sure which colour I received, which bothers me a little bit because I like knowing my nail polish colour names. Crazy, I know. Anyways, I asked Beauty Joy which colours went out in the boxes and the reds were Hopscotch, Playdate, and Boudoir. As far as I can tell, Hopscotch is a much more orange colour so I’m in between the other two. If anyone knows which it might be, let me know in the comments. Either way, I am super excited to have gotten this. Some people received clear polishes so I am happy to have a colour!

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Pharmacopia Verbena Lotion ($2)

A nourishing moisturizer that leaves skin smooth and soft. Enriched with certified organic aloe vera and shea butter to nourish and protect.

This is a nice scented lotion, very citrusy and a little bit floral. It is a thinner consistency but I don’t mind that. I like that it has shea butter in it and apparently this is a Canadian company which is awesome!

The approximate value of the products this month is $48. I am really happy with this box, it is probably my favourite Beauty Joy Box so far.

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

Beauty Joy Box February 2015

Now, it should be mentioned that my Beauty Joy posts have been absent for awhile. I have had some issues with shipping and what not so it has been a bit of a process. My January box was never sent. I had contacted them and they said it was re-sent but after a couple weeks without hearing anything, they ended up refunding me. We had some trouble with the shipping of this box too so it got to me pretty late.

Anyways, on to what this box is all about. The cost of this box is $15 a month with free shipping within the US. There is an extra $5 shipping fee to Canada and $10 to ship internationally. Each box ships on the 15th of the month so for those of us in Canada, that means receiving it relatively late in the month (November 24 for this particular month). Each box comes with 1 jewelry item, 1 full sized beauty item and 2-3 deluxe sized samples. Let’s see what came in the February 2015 box.

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This box was re-sent which is why it took so long and I am assuming that is also the reason I didn’t get an informational card in the box. Fortunately, I was able to look at other blog posts for pictures of the card to find out the values of each product.

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LipFusion Micro-Collagen Color Shine Lip Plumper ($38)

The colour that this lip gloss came in is called Bare. You can see why from the swatch picture above. It is definitely a nude which doesn’t really provide a colour on my lips, more of just a shine. Lip gloss isn’t my favourite kind of product because of the stickiness and I certainly can’t imagine paying $38 for a lip gloss. I didn’t notice any real plumping effects but I did feel the tingle. I am kind of neutral on this product, it isn’t bad but I would have preferred a nude lipstick.

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Silver Plated Heart Locket Necklace ($20)

This isn’t necessarily my favourite piece of jewelry but it isn’t bad. I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 or not because it does feel a little light and cheap but I may wear it at some point. It is a little bit rattly when it is hanging around my neck so we will see if that drives me crazy or not. I do really like the patterning on the front of the heart though.

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Alexandra de Markoff Balancing Cleanser ($3)

From what I can tell, other people who received the February box only received one of these cleansers so my value is actually $6 instead of $3. I have been using one of these are my shower cleanser lately and it definitely does do a good job of cleaning my face. It is a cream cleanser and it doesn’t foam so it kind of feels like I am rubbing lotion on my face in the shower which is a strange sensation. It does its job though for sure!

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Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer ($1.75)

This is another product in the box that I think everyone else only got one of. I really like the hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works so I’m definitely not sad to have gotten two of them. My value for these is actually $3.50 instead of $1.75. I think that there was an assortment of different scents people received which is always fun. I received Jungle Passionfruit and Blue Skies & Blooms. Jungle Passionfruit is pretty good, definitely one I would have bought myself.

It was kind of funny because the day I got this box, I had been at Bath and Body Works that morning. While I was there, I had pointed out Blue Skies & Blooms because it sounded like it would smell great. I am happy that I have it because it smells great!

This box isn’t my favourite by any means but it isn’t bad.  The box value for this month was $67.50. I do have to say that after the frustration with all the shipping, I ended up cancelling my subscription. I had already paid for my March box so I have that one and that will it for awhile at least. I’m going to be unsubscribed for at least a few months and see if I really miss it. In the mean time, I have a couple other subscriptions I will be trying out to see how I feel about them.

If you are interested in this service and want to check them out, you can find their website at www.beautyjoybox.com or their facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeautyJoyBox

Also, the company does have a referral program so if you would like to sign up using my referral link than I would really appreciate it! My link is www.beautyjoybox.com/beautylife

xo Amanda

*Disclaimer: This box was purchased with my own money and all pictures and opinions are my own.

Fortune Cookie Soap Spring 2015 Unboxing

When Fortune Cookie Soap revealed that the spring 2015 box was going to be Alice in Wonderland themed, I could not contain my excitement. I LOVE Alice in Wonderland and the fact that it is based more on the Tim Burton version made me even more excited. I also have been into garden greens types of scents lately for some reason so I was excited that these were going to be spring scents.

For those of you who don’t know, Fortune Cookie Soap is an indie bath and body company based out of Oklahoma. They have one retail store but most of their business takes place online. You can order products from their website but they also have this quarterly subscription service called The Soap Box.

Every 3 months, the company comes out with a new seasonal line and about 2-3 weeks before the launch of this line, they send out the soap boxes. In each box you will find one product for each scent of this new line. When they do launch these lines you can get each scent in multiple different products but this box gives you a chance to see what each scent actually smells like. The box is $20 quarterly for US residents, $28 quarterly for Canadians, and $34 quarterly for those of you living internationally.

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This box was packaged so perfectly! The little confetti worms were a perfect spring grass kind of green and they put in a beautiful little butterfly. It just looks like a nice spring-like scene and it made me so happy. This is my third Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap and I think that it may be my favourite one yet. I’m sure I will say that every time though.

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Fortune Cookie Soap always includes really beautifully printed cards to tell you what the scent descriptions are for each product. One thing that I really enjoy about their cards is that they include pictures of each product so you aren’t trying to figure out what anything is.

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Let’s see what was included in this box!

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“Almost Alice” Fortune Cookie Soap (I’d rather be almost alice than completely Bob — or Stan for that matter!)

Fresh green snap peas and juicy pears brighten this bouquet of sweet pea flowers, and freesia, sprinkled with ripe berries.

I am obsessed with this scent! Like I said before, I am super into garden greens scents lately and I think that this is just perfect. FCS already had their spring launch party and I purchased several things in this particular scent because I love it so much. I also think that the colour of this is just so beautiful. Both the scent and look of this soap make me wish all the snow would melt away and that the sundresses could start making their appearance again. One of these days!

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“Twisted Tea Party” Bath Tea (That sounds like my kind of party, as long as you’re serving Long Islands!)

A light, refreshing, green tea with notes of sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, and hints of neroli and geranium, stirred with a bright sprig of spearmint. Directions: Place tea bag directly in a warm bath.

I quite enjoy the scent of this product. It is definitely strongly tea scented but I could also smell the fresher scents such as the cucumber and spearmint. I did use this product already and it is quite interesting. It didn’t provide too much scent to my bath and it was kind of weird to have a tea bag floating around the tub. However, the way that they sell the full size product is a little different though. They sell a jar of the actual product and it comes with a reusable muslin bag to fill it with. I didn’t order any of the full size product but it would be interesting to see if using more product would make a difference.

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“Who Are You?” Incense Cone (…what exactly are you smoking, vapor?)

A mysterious mixture of crisp, ripe, pear twisted with tart limes, vanilla orchid, and dash of raw cane sugar. Directions: Place cone on a non-flammable surface, light tip and let burn for 10 seconds, then extinguish. OR keep cones in muslin bag and use as a sachet. There are hundreds of way to use a sachet – GTS! 🙂

I think it was so neat that they introduced incense cones as a new product with a scent based on the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Maybe I’m the only one who is so happy about these kinds of things. I love the scent of this one but I think I enjoy the scent more when the cones aren’t burning than when they are. I have only burned one of the cones so far though so I will try another one and see what i think. I did purchase different products in this scent though because I do really enjoy it!

IMG_20150217_152147“It’s Only a Dream” Whipped Cream (Welcome to Wonderland, where playing cards come to life and everything is full of nonsense)

Calming verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, and citrus blended with leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, and ozone; with hints of soft musk and roses.

The past two boxes have had randomized whipped creams where you could have gotten one of four scents. This is the first box I’ve received that has had the same whipped cream scent going out to everyone. I like that this whipped cream is a nice light pink colour. I’m not sure why I like this so much but I feel like there would be fluffy pink clouds in parts of Wonderland. Maybe this makes me crazy…I’ve come to terms with that though! For me, I find this scent is mostly floral with just a hint of citrus but I do really enjoy it! Like I’ve said in past posts, I don’t think I’ve found a whipped cream from FCS that I haven’t enjoyed.

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“Off With Their Heads!” Bath Bomb (“I just love my morning coffee and executions, don’t you?”)

Groves of Meyer lemons and succulent oranges mingle with a perfectly manicured garden of wild roses, violets, and star jasmine perfumed with romantic tones of bergamot and Egyptian musk.

Now, I am definitely not the best at picking out scents but for this one, I really only smell floral notes. I didn’t get any citrus from this one which does make me a little sad because I absolutely love citrus. That being said. I did enjoy the scent of this one, and it really just looks gorgeous. I used this one and it was nice having little rose petals floating around the tub. The only downfall is that the petals do stick to you, and the tub afterwards. You could easily use the muslin bag from the incense cones or something else like that to put the bath bomb in before putting it in the tub. That way, the petals would stay in the bag and you wouldn’t need to clean your tub out.

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“Futterwacken” Body Wash (Not here! Everyone’s watching!)

Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air.

This body wash is the coolest neon orange colour, I absolutely love it! I have a hard time smelling this while it’s in the bottle for some reason so I will have to actually try it to know how I feel about the smell. My mom was able to smell florals and grapefruit without me reading the scent description to her so obviously those scents are there. I’ll try it out soon!

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“Eat Me” Perfume Oil (I dare you… but not really, your tummy would hurt)

Scrumptious yellow cake with a fresh slathering of rich, creamy vanilla frosting, topped with fresh white pineapple slices and garnished with a sprig of blooming cilantro.

I’m pretty sure this is a full one dram size of this perfume which is actually a size that they sell, not just a sample size. However, when they sell the drams to you, you get a stopper to put in the bottle to control flow of the oil. They did not give this in the soap box and this may not be a big deal for some people but I kind of wish they had included one. This is only because I am a klutz and I end up spilling it all over myself.

As for the actual scent itself, I really enjoy it! This is one that I have enjoyed wearing and I did end up getting the scent in a bath bomb. I soooo wanted to buy the bar soap of this scent because it looked like a stunning piece of cake. It really is a work of art and clearly everyone else felt that way too because it sold out before I could place my order. That is okay though, not the worst thing in the world.

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“We’re All Mad Here” OCD (…which truly explains a lot!)

Playful mint waters and natural leafy green notes perform a masterful balancing act with musky rich cedarwood.

This is another scent that I loved in this box! This is probably my second favourite after Almost Alice and I did purchase several other products in this scent because I enjoy it so much. I think this is because it’s one of those scents that includes the greens. Along with the scent, I always enjoy the hand sanitizers from FCS because they do not dry out your hands from using them. I have quite a stash of their OCD sanitizers and will probably never run out of hand sanitizer ad this rate.

I absolutely love this box and can’t wait for my launch order to arrive! If you are interested in any of these scents, keep an eye on the FCS website and Facebook pages for an announcement that they are restocking products. I do believe some of the products from this line are still available but people are always buying stuff so it’s hard to say for sure.

If you would like to check out the Soap Box you can follow this link: http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/pages/the-soap-box. They are taking orders for the Summer 2015 box which will be shipping out sometime in May. If you do order, you will be charged every 3 months from the time you sign up.

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you get the Soap Box and what your favourite Spring 2015 scent was!

xo Amanda

Naturebox February 2015

Naturebox

Naturebox is an American subscription service that sends out healthy and delicious snacks. There are a couple of different box sizes that you can receive. The monthly deluxe box is $19.95 monthly (plus shipping) and you get 5 full sized bags of snacks. They do have other size options which are: 3 snacks ($13.95 + shipping), 10 snacks ($29.95 + shipping), or 20 snacks ($49.95 + shipping). The shipping for Canadians is $7.95 per box. It used to be $4.95 but the cost went up for some reason when they launched the full site which isn’t the best. With the exchange rate at the moment, the cost can end up being fairly high.

You can sign up for a trial box which is free but you do have to pay the shipping cost. In this trial you will receive 4 different single serving bags of snacks and one full size bag of snacks. After that month, you will be signed up for a recurring monthly subscription but you can cancel anytime. I received my trial box last month and this is my first full box. Let’s see what I got!

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Apple Pie Oat Clusters

These Apple Pie Oat Clusters combine the sweet apple taste of freshly baked pies with the crunchy goodness of oatmeal cookies. These bite-sized clusters are perfect right out of the bag but even better atop a scoop of vanilla yogurt. But we doubt you’ll have any left for that!

Sometimes when you put things into your Naturebox pantry, they are out of stock so they replace the snack with others that may be similar. Some people are really frustrated by this but I don’t mind at all. I just put things into my pantry in hopes that I will get them. For this one, I had requested the mini Belgian waffles and they replaced them with these.

I actually really like these. I like the bit of chew that they have and they are just tasty!

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Mango Almond Bites

That post-breakfast treat is a tough one to get just right. You’re ready for a little nourishment but not quite hungry enough for lunch. But one thing is certain: you’re looking for the perfect pair to that morning cup of coffee. Chewy mango and crispy rice come together in a sweetly satisfying snack. We dare you not to spoil your appetite for lunch.

I really love this snack! It has that puffed rice taste that is reminiscent of rice cakes or Sugar Crisp cereal. I’m also a big mango fan so this is an all around win for me. I have to remind myself to step away from the snacks or else I’d eat a ton at a time.

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Antioxidant Boost

You’re rushing to the gym for the next crossfit class but first – sustenance! Open this lovely mix of roasted nuts, dried fruits and dark chocolate. Savory yet tart, this snack makes for a sweet greeting to any workout. After all, you need a wholesome treat to get you through those handstand push-ups.

I’m not typically one for trail mix kinds of snacks but I really like this! I love the dried fruit in it and the level of salt and what not is perfect! I really love the bites that have the chocolate in it, and I’m not the biggest chocolate person. Super yummy!

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Jalapeno White Cheddar Popcorn

What’ll it be: a little cheesy or a little spicy? Get the best of both worlds in this popped snack! Whole grain popcorn is flavored to cheesy perfection then taken to spicy new heights with jalapeño flakes. We can’t imagine a more satisfying accompaniment to game night at home than tangy white cheddar popcorn with jalapeño heat.

This was one that I did request. I love jalapeno and white cheddar popcorn so I saw this one being a winner and I was right! This was delicious. My family found it to be too spicy but I didn’t think it was. Just perfect!

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Greek Yogurt Pretzels

I don’t have an actual description for this one because they aren’t available in the original or blueberry flavours anymore, only strawberry. I had requested the blueberry because my brother wanted to try them but we got these ones. That was fine with me, I didn’t even think I would like them, just got them for him to try. Little did I know these would be creamy and delicious! Definitely glad I tried them.

I am so happy with my first full box! I can’t wait to see what I get next month!

If you would like to check out Naturebox for yourself, you can find their website at https://naturebox.com/

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: Promotional images and product descriptions are taken from the Naturebox website. All other pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Ipsy February 2015

For those of you who don’t know what Ipsy is, it is a monthly beauty subscription service. The cost is $10 per month plus $5 shipping per month to Canada. When you sign up, you take a little quiz about your preferences and details about yourself and they use that to choose appropriate products for you. Each month you will get a beautiful pink bubble mailer and inside is a cosmetics bag with the products inside. The cosmetics bag is different each month which is kind of cool! You can review products and share on social media in order to get Ipsy points which you can accumulate to buy certain products.

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Since February has Valentines Day, it makes sense that Love was the theme. I think they did a pretty good job sticking to the theme but let’s see what I got!

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Pencil Me In Cosmetics Natural Eye Liner Pencil in Amethyst

Mehhhhh, I’m not sure how I feel about this eyeliner to be honest. I’m not opposed to coloured liners, although it takes some experiment to figure out how I want them to look. This purple is fine and I like that there is a built in sharpener. However, just swatching it on my hand felt pretty waxy and like it was pulling at my skin. I’m a little nervous to see how it applies on my eyes.

This is a full sized product and retails for $7.

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ModelCo. BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini

I planned on waiting until after I had taken a picture of the blush to swatch it but then i accidentally took a gouge out of it with my fingernail, so look at me go! I really like this blush. I don’t really have any peachy blushes so I am happy that I got this one instead of the more pink option. I have worn this a couple times and I really like it! I think this is a nice inclusion for a Valentines Day bag.

As far as I know this is a full sized product and it retails for $22

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Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray

I have heard a lot of people rave about Eva NYC products and although I am not big on hair products, I will give this a try. My hair definitely does need volume because it is super fine and the longer it gets, the flatter it seems to lay around my face. This can be used when your hair is wet or dry and it’s supposed to add volume and texture. This isn’t one that I’m super excited about but I will try it.

This sample size is 1 oz. and is worth about $3. You can purchase the full size (8 oz.) for $24.

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CARGO Cosmetics Mini Lip Gloss in Anguilla

I didn’t even think to swatch this one which was silly of me. I did try this colour on my lips and I have to say, the colour is not great for me. It is a white pink, I don’t think that’s an actual way to describe a colour but I’m doing it! I feel like this is the kind of colour that you see on someone who has their hair bleached a super white blonde and even then you think this colour is too light for them. I may be able to put this over a deeper lipstick to make the colour seem a bit better but that may take some experimenting.

The size of this vs. the full size is a little confusing but I’m thinking that this is about half the size of the full size which makes it worth about $8. The full size retails for $16.

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Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush 504

Now, onto my favourite item in the bag. I think that the colours on this brush are beautiful and it is so soft! The bristles are pretty dense so you have to be light handed with this one! I am so happy that I got this, love it!

This is a full sized product of course and it retails for $6.40.

Overall, I am pretty happy with this bag! The eyeliner and volumizing spray aren’t necessarily my favourite but I will use them. I love the blush and the brush, and will try to make the lip gloss work. The overall value of this bag is $46.40 which isn’t too bad.

If you are interested in signing up for Ipsy, you can use my link http://www.ipsy.com/r/c762?sid=ipsypoints&cid=general or you can check them out without my link at www.ipsy.com

Let me know what you got in your December Ipsy bag!

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: This bag was purchased with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own.