August 2014 MeUndies Review

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We received our monthly MeUndies subscriptions in the mail a few weeks ago, so admittedly I’m a little late on posting this (sorry). Is it weird that I’m always this happy to receive underwear in the mail?

At this point I sound like a broker record, but MeUndies are the best underwear ever! Seriously. If you don’t believe me just order a pair.

I should clarify, that you don’t actually have to “subscribe,” to try out a pair or two. You can totally buy as many pair as you want straight off their website, without subscribing. But, if you do love them then you can subscribe, get a pair auto shipped to you every month, and get a discount off the per pair price ($16 for subscribers versus $20 for non subscribers).

Both my husband and I subscribe to MeUndies. You have a choice of getting the color of the month, or selecting which color you actually want. They release the new color of the month on the 1st of every month and ship around the 5th, so you have a few days to decide what you want. For August, I selected the color of the month again, and my husband selected one of their standards – black. I think it’s kind of funny that my husband doesn’t ever pick the color of the month, but I guess I also understand why some guys wouldn’t want to walk around wearing polka dot briefs, lol.

Here’s what we got in our August MeUndies shipment. As you can see, this month they included a fun pair of wayfarer style sunglasses to match their color of the month! I’m glad that I picked the color of the month, because I’m not sure if I would have received this extra if I hadn’t.

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The Box: MeUndies

Cost: $16.00 for subscribers ($20 for non-subscribers)

What You Get: A pair of underwear shipped to you once a month. (My husband and I each have a subscription, but we have them under the same name/account so they bill and ship together).

Ships to: Everywhere!

Shipping Cost: FREE for orders shipped to the U.S. or Canada/ $12 shipped to anywhere else

Referral Program –  Share your link via email, Facebook, or twitter and give your friends 20% off. You receive $20 every time they buy.

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August 2014 POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review

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I’ve been tempted to try the POPSUGAR Must Have Box for a while now. I caved this month, and after stalking my FedEx tracking number I can finally say that I have my first box in my hands! And, oh my gosh, I love everything in it!

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POPSUGAR Must Have is women’s subscription service that is curated by the editors at POPSUGAR.  Typically you can expect to receive a wide variety of items including beauty products, home goods, food items, and other miscellaneous items. Each month is $39.99/month. Often, they are running a discount code, and currently you can use the code MustHaveYT to get $10 off your first month! Currently if you subscribe, you’ll receive the September box (the August box is sold out).

Here’s the first look:

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And, here’s a breakdown of the items I received:

Kendra Scott Elisa Necklace in Black Cat’s Eye – (Value $50) – I’ve been eyeing Kendra Scott jewelry for a long time, so I was super excited to see this included in the box this month. POPSUGAR sent out either this necklace, or a pair of earrings. Originally I was hoping to receive the earrings, but now that I have the necklace in person, I love it, and am so happy to add it to my jewelry collection! It’s the perfect size, is well made, and will go with everything. As a bonus with this item everyone also received a 20% off coupon code for our next purchase at kendrascott.com. I’m definitely going to have to use this.

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Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle – (Value $8) – This candle is hand-poured, and smells of sea salt and the ocean. I’m typically pretty picky about my candle scents, but this one I actually like. I’ll burn it as soon as we go through the other ones we are currently burning. And, for $8, I can definitely see myself buying more if I fall in love with it.

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Goodbyn Purple Meal and Dipper Set – (Value $8) – This is a dishwasher safe and versatile, on the go food container. It’s a good size for properly portioning a small meal, or snacks. I could see this working great for packing snacks for kids, or for a small lunch to take to the office with you. I’m not sure if I’ll use it though. This may be the only thing in the box that ends up getting swapped.

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The Mason Jar Cookie Companie – (Value $12) – This bag of cookie mix is really big! I didn’t actually expect it to be as big as it is, but it does yield 24 cookies, so I guess that makes sense. It contains all the dry ingredients you would need, all you do is add butter and an egg to complete your cookies. I can’t wait to make these!

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Lollia At Last Perfumed Shower Gel – (Value $22) – Look how pretty the design is on this bottle! This shower gel is infused with shea butter and jojoba oil. I’m not typically one to spend a lot on shower gel, and I probably won’t buy it again once this runs out, but I sure will use it all up while I have it!  I expected a really strong scent, and was pleasantly surprised that this isn’t overwhelming.

Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip – (Value $22) – I’ve never used Bite products before, but have heard good things, so I’m excited to try this out! The color is a little intimidating looking in the tube, but I hear that it goes on pretty shear, and you can build it up. I also thought that it was pretty cool that this is a shade exclusive to the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, as it is in celebration of the box’s second birthday.

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thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar – (Value $1.99) – This is the special extra included in the box. This isn’t my favorite protein bar, but I’m not complaining. It has 20 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar.

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Turkish-T Beach Towel – (Value $32) – This is the entire reason I caved and subscribed to POPSUGAR. I had been stalking this towel since I saw it included in the June box, and was thrilled to see that MySubscriptionAddiction was offering a code to receive this item free if you subscribed for the August box.

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I really, loved this box, and I think POPSUGAR really hit this one out of the park. I calculate the value of  this box at $157.99 (including the turkish towel I received for free) which is a really great value! Here’s the hard part though…originally I had planned on only subscribing for this month, because I really can’t justify an ongoing subscription at this price. But, I fell in love with it this month, and know that I will be super disappointed if I cancel and then realize that the September box is just as amazing. Oh, what should I do! We’ll see…

If you’re interested in the September POPSUGAR Must Have Box it is available for order now, and you can use the promo code MustHaveYT for $10 off.

 

August 2014 Birchbox Review

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Birchbox is one of my favorite subscription boxes. I’ve found some really great products that I use every day, that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever tried without sampling them first.

Birchbox is only $10 a month and they send you 5-8 (usually sample size) products to try out. If you end up loving the sample, you can purchase the full size version in their shop. They also have a crazy good points system so you can rack up credit for significant discounts. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for, or pay for a full year at once (for a discount). You can also cancel any time.

Here’s the first look at my August 2014 Birchbox. I received five products this month.

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August’s theme was “Lighten Up.” It was all about not taking yourself too seriously, keeping your cool, and as they put it on their info card “laughing your way into fall”.

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Laura Geller Beauty Cool Lids Cream Eyeshadow -(value $12.35) –  Birchbox allowed subscribers to pick an item this month, and this is what I picked. It’s really easy to apply, lasts a long time, and stays put. It’s just not my favorite color.

Harvey Prince Ageless Body Cream -($0.90) –  This product lives up to its name. It’s very moisturizing, and a little goes a very long way. It also smells amazing! It is kind of funny to me that I have received so many Harvey Prince products lately. I think this is the third Birchbox in a row where they have sent me something from this brand. I don’t really mind though, because I actually like most of what I’ve received.

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nugg Beauty Revitalizing Face Mask – (value $2.99) – This brand has a variety of different facial masks, all in individual use pods. I received the Revitalizing face mask, and honestly it is the one I was the least interested in. The info card says that it should hydrate, and replenish dull, tired skin. However, after I used it my skin actually felt more dry then before. I also wasn’t a fan of the scent. It smelled too much like Vicks Vapor Rub, which I like…when I’m sick, but it’s not exactly something I enjoy on my face. I did appreciate the size of the pods (and if you have a way of sealing them up, or a spare empty container, you could easily get two uses out of each pod), and the texture and consistency of the product was nice. I’ll likely try a few of their other varieties, but won’t be purchasing this one.

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Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner –  (each valued at $4.50) – I haven’t tried this yet. Though it is getting rave reviews, so I’m excited to. But on the other hand, I’ve received so many shampoo/conditioner samples from Birchbox lately, I can’t say I was thrilled to get another one. They’re always good to have on backup for travel though, so there’s that…

I estimate the value of this box at $25.24. Overall, I had mixed feelings about my August Birchbox. I wasn’t wowed by anything I received, but I’ll probably end up using all of it. So in that sense I guess it was a successful box, and definitely worth the $10 I paid for it.

August 2014 Ipsy Review

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I’ve been subscribing to Ipsy for 3-4 months now. I gave them a shot for the same reason that I tried Birchbox…I wanted to try new products that I wouldn’t otherwise have tried or even known about.

Ipsy, like Birchbox, is only $10 a month and they send you around 5 (usually sample size) products packaged inside of a unique travel sized makeup bag (the Glam Bag). You can also review the products you sample for Ipsy Points which can be redeemed for bonus items in your Glam Bag. It’s an auto renewing subscription which you pay monthly for. You can also cancel any time.

Here’s what I received in my August 2014 Ipsy Glam Bag. I received five products + the bag. And, I thought this month’s bag was another cute one! I like it’s shape, plus who doesn’t love the orange polka dots?

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July’s theme was “Beauty/Schooled.” I took that to mean it would be a kind of back to the basics type bag, which in my opinion, it was.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo – (value $6.50) – I wish that I had a use for dry shampoo, because I know there are a lot of people out there who swear by it. But my super curly hair definitely wouldn’t do well with this. I’ve received it before in another box, and will be swapping it as well.

Dr. Brandt Pores No More –  (value $11.25) – I’ve received this before in a different subscription box. I’m probably in the minority, but I’m not that big of a fan of this product. It’s a foundation primer, and it’s not that it doesn’t do what it claims, it’s just super expensive. The full size retails for $45 for 1 oz. There are other primers on the market, that do exactly the same thing for far less money. This will probably be swapped.

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Mongongo Lip Conditioner –  (value $5.50) – This lip balm is 100% natural and USDA certified organic, and is supposed to leave lips delicious, luscious and hydrated. I have a ridiculous amount of lip balms, and it seems that at times they are taking over my life, lol. Not sure if i’ll be adding it to the collection, or giving it away to a friend.

J. Cat Beauty Flying Solo Eye Shadow – (value $2.99) – This was full size, which I definitely appreciate. But I can’t say I’m all that excited to receive yet another eye shadow. This color doesn’t do much for me, so again, I’ll probably swap this.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – (value $5.50) –  I was excited to receive this, as I’ve loved all of the Urban Decay products I’ve tried. It’s a new product for this brand. Even though I have a lot of other mascara samples floating around, I gave this one a try. And, you guys, I LOVE it!  I’ll definitely be buying a full size version when this sample runs out.

Overall, this is another Ipsy Glam Bag that I have mixed feelings about. I calculated the final value for this bag at $31.74 which was a pretty good value considering I only spent $10. However I’ll probably only keep/use one of the products that I received – the mascara. Though that was the highest value item I received so even if that is all I use, it seems that I still got my money’s worth. Also, I thought the Glam Bag itself was super adorable, and loved the shape and design. I keep tweaking my style profile, to improve the items I receive so that they more fit what I would like/use, but I still don’t think I’ve gotten it right.

Are you an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber? What did you receive this month? What did you love (or not)?

August Julep Maven Review

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Julep Maven is a nail polish and beauty box. Every month you have a choice between several curated style profiles or you can customize your box. If you’d like to customize your box, I suggest signing up for a 3 month prepaid subscription! Julep Maven is one of my favorite subscription boxes for a few reasons. Every month they create and release a new line of polish, all built around a theme. I think it’s a great idea. Also, I’m a big fan of the fact that their polish formulas are vegan, and 5-free.

For August, they introduced The Wanderlust Collection.

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Firs off, I should mention that I am a sucker for any and all things jewel toned. I think that those super saturated colors really compliment any skin tone, but especially a medium one (like mine), and I just love them. I knew at first glance that I was going to have a hard time narrowing down my selections this month. I was also happy to see that there were no creme polishes in this month’s options!  Typically, creme is my go-to, and because of that my collection is kind of overloaded with creme finishes. Not to mention, that last months box was heavy on the cream selections, so it was nice to see different finishes highlighted this month.

Julep Maven subscription details:

The Cost: $24.99 a month ($19.99 a month with a 3-month subscription). Both options are customizable for new Mavens. I totally recommend the 3-month subscription. That’s what I have, and I love being able to pick exactly what I want, and getting the lowest price.

The Products: Nail polish and beauty items.

Ships to: US and Canada

Here’s the first look inside my August Julep Maven Box. First of all, isn’t the tissue paper just gorgeous? I’m totally going to save it, lol.

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This month my selections were all over the place, and really didn’t fall into one particular box type. I think each of my three selections came from different box types. There’s a little Boho Glam in there, a little Bombshell, and some Classic with a Twist too! Does this give you an idea that I really appreciate being able to customize my box? Otherwise, I’d be spending a ton more money and ending up with polishes I wasn’t in love with.

Here are the colors that I selected this month.

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And, here is the first look at my August Maven Box.

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There were a few problems with my shipment this month. I didn’t receive one of the add-ons I purchased (Sienna), and I didn’t receive the bonus product for purchasing three addons, and they ended up sending an eyeliner that I didn’t order. But, at the end of the day, it’s not that big of a deal, plus they are sending me the items I didn’t receive (and I get to keep the eyeliner!). I think the mixups ended up being a happy accident, actually. I ended up really loving the eyeliner, which I probably wouldn’t have normally purchased.

Here is the rest of what I received in this month’s box:

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India– (Value $14) – From Julep: Freshwater blue shimmer.

  • This blue is so stunning! I haven’t seen another blue polish out there quite like it. I had to have it, and since I’ve heard that it sold out very quickly, I’m super excited that I got it.

Tazeen – (Value $14) – From Julep: Full-coverage Bollywood gold glitter

  • Tazeen is a really pretty gold glitter. I thought that this would be one of my favorites from this month, but actually I’m a little less thrilled by it. It’s pretty for sure, but I’m not crazy about the formula. It seems to be really gloopy (is that a word?), but I haven’t used it yet. I’ll reserve final impressions until I actually give it a try.

Avni – (Value $14) –  From Julep: African violet shimmer

  • I’ve been really in to purple polish colors this summer. I didn’t have a deep purple in my collection, and am really happy with how saturated this purple is. I really like it.

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So, they sent one of their new Gel Eye Gliders by accident, and then let me keep it when I called to notify them. So I got to try it out, even though I really wasn’t interested in new eyeliners (I already have so many that I like). I’m so glad I did though! I really like this pencil, and the color I got – Plum – is a really nice color. It’s super easy to use, with a smooth application.

I chose the following as ad-ons:

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Sushmita – (Value $14 – added on for $6.99) – From Julep: Pashmina pink silk

  • This was also from the August Wanderlust Collection, and I thought the rich pink color in a silk finish was too pretty to pass up.

Sienna – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Sophisticated, shimmery gold

  • This had been on my wish list for a while, so I was happy to see it listed as an add-on. It’s not pictured though because it wasn’t actually included in my shipment, but they’re sending it separately.

Cameron – (Value $14 – added on for $4.99) – From Julep: Silver lilac stardust (matte glitter)

  • Honestly, I only added this so that I could max out my 3 add-ons and qualify for the free surprise gift. However, I thought that the idea of a matte glitter was interesting enough to try out.

If you’re new to Julep Maven, don’t forget to use code FREEBOX to receive your welcome box for free (you just pay for shipping or get free shipping when you sign up for a 3 month subscription).

Next month (September) will be the last of my pre-paid 3-box subscription. I hope it’s a great month, as I’ll have to decide wether to renew for another three months after that. So, the pressure is on, Julep! Lol. I do have a feeling that next month we’ll start to see a transition to more fall-like colors (or at least, here’s hoping), so I am excited for that. Also, that’s a good thing…I don’t know how many more bright summery colors my collection can handle.

And as a side note, I know that Julep transitioned to a new shipping facility and have experienced some shipping and inventory problems this month. I know my box was incorrect (they forgot to include two items, and sent one that I didn’t actually order), though they did rectify the situation. I think that compared to the problems other Maven subscribers have had with their August Maven shipments I have relatively little to complain about. But I do sincerely hope that before the September boxes are shipped that they work out all of the kinks they experienced this month (and there appear to be many to work out).

Are you guys subscribed to Julep Maven? Do you love it? What did you think of your August Julep Maven Box?